Florist Lily Wang is a rarity in Shanghai: a public protester against the war in a commercial city that typically values profits over politics. Soon after Valentine's Day last month, the 26-year-old Shanghai native chalked an anti-war protest on a blackboard outside her flower shop in the heart of the city. 'No war. Love and peace,' the sign reads in English and Chinese. The message quickly attracted the attention of customers and passers-by. 'I support peace. This is the only thing I can do to show it,' Ms Wang said. There have so far been no organised protests outside the US consulate in Shanghai, although several people have stood outside the heavily guarded compound and shouted slogans. Some students at Fudan University have considered launching protests against the war but have yet to act. The school has taken a neutral stance, neither supporting nor banning protests. The last large-scale public protests in Shanghai took place after the 1999 Nato bombing of the Chinese embassy in Belgrade, which the US said was accidental. Thousands of students participated in those demonstrations, organised with the help of their state-run schools. Ms Wang's partner in the flower shop took the sign down after a few weeks out of fear of angering authorities. The chalkboard is usually kept out of sight, under shelves covered with roses, lilies and orchids. Ms Wang has never heard of the American 'flower children' who protested against the Vietnam War in the 1960s. Her parents, who lived through the tumultuous Cultural Revolution in the 1960s and '70s, have no stomach for politics. She says many Shanghai women her age are only interested in what clothes to wear and what make-up to use. But her anti-war feelings are so strong that she felt she had to speak out after hearing of protests through state television and the Internet. 'If there were protests, like in Hong Kong, I would participate,' Ms Wang says. She briefly considered offering an anti-war petition for customers to sign but scrapped the idea after deciding it might offend some people. Such is protest, Shanghai-style.