About 26 million people live in Shanghai.

35-year-old Sonia is one of them.

Her two-floor apartment is close to the Hongqiao airport.

Sonia lives alone after her divorce five years ago.

She works in an office beside the airport, where she sits in front of a computer all day.

After work she goes into her tea-room, where the blend of incense and tealeaves fills the air.

Sonia plays the traditional instrument Guzheng. Playing it gives her a sense of connection to her Chinese roots.

Her wardrobe contains a lot of traditional clothing. She wears them when she attends tea ceremonies and parties.

Sonia in her bed at night, watching relaxing music videos on her phone.

Sonias parents lives 5 minutes away from her. She eats dinner there several days of the week.

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