A Snippet of Local Life: Shanghai Haircuts

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Passing through Shanghai’s Old Town on a sun-soaked early spring day in mid-March, a colleague and I were halted in our tracks by a charming local custom. On the 15th of every month, a group of retirees earns a bit of extra money by offering cheap public haircuts right on the sidewalk — and they had no shortage of customers. They snip away efficiently, seemingly oblivious to tourists flocking to the nearby Yu Gardens or the ever-popular Din Tai Fung dumpling restaurant just across the street.

A Snippet of Local Life: Shanghai Haircuts


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