About Helen Elfer

Helen Elfer has been a travel journalist for seven years, living in Shanghai and Abu Dhabi before recently moving back to London. You can read about her experiences meeting Uighur rock stars, climbing coconut trees in Kerala, dabbling in the dark arts in England and more at www.helenelfer.com. Her work has appeared in the Guardian, Conde Nast Traveller and Time Out among other publications. Follow her on twitter @helen_elfer

Five of the Best Rooftop Bars in Shanghai

  There’s the bitter winter in Shanghai, which seems to last forever. And there’s the equally long, sticky summer, when it’s so hot anything you drink sweats out of your pores faster than you can gasp: ‘Three lychee martinis, please.’ But in between the indoor … Continue reading
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Contemporary Chinese Art: The Best Galleries in Shanghai

  To most people with an interest in contemporary Chinese art, Shanghai’s fizzing scene is absolutely riveting right now. The backdrop of political upheaval and overwhelming creative suppression through the Cultural Revolution of the 1960s and 70s, has meant that a new generation of Chinese … Continue reading
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