||Know Your Shanghai's Spring Festival - Places worth your while
It's time again to bid adieu again to the old and welcome the new. The Valentine's Day will be immediately followed by the Chinese Spring Festival. Find how the unique charms and native pleasures of Shanghai in the Year of Goat come out!
In this cold but festive winter, don't underestimate the conventional fun of bumming around with your family or friends in parks.
Folksy entertainers do folksy performances. Handicraft artisans show their tricks of the trade. Plum blossoms jostle for attention. There's a lot to do and see. If you are interested in Spring Festival cultural immersion, Guyi Garden fits the bill.
- ●Date: Now - March 6, 2015
- ●Add: 218 Huyi Road, Nanxiang Zhen, Jiading District
The easily accessible park is Shanghai's prime destination for watching plum blossoms especially during the Spring Festival. When they are in bud, the plum blossoms are like lovely pearls; when they are in full bloom, they recall lotus flowers or Chinese lanterns hanging from branches.
- ●Date: February 10 – March 31, 2015
- ●Add: 1001 Jinxiu Road, Pudong New Area
Shanghai's Happy Valley obliges if you are looking for international performances. Everyday the International Comic Arts Festival will serve up dozens of great comic performances done by comic entertainers from over 20 countries like the United States, Russia and Moldova. Get ready for belly laughs.
- ●Date: January 1-15, Lunar Calendar
- ●Add: 888 Linhu Road, Shenshan, Songjiang District
Ice Town, China's first mobile ice theme park, has opened its doors to welcome visitors and will be around for 3 months. Myriad interesting activities keep visitors entertained. Experience what life in the polar regions is like. Play a game in the snowy world. Hunt for your favorite trinkets at the Christmas market. Watch a cartoon parade. Dine at the snow restaurant. Shanghai Italy Center is the place for a happy family party and a romantic date.
- ●Date: From now to March 8
- ●Add: 2095 Shibo Avenue, Pudong New Area
Shows and exhibitions are an important part of Shanghai's Spring Festival celebration.
Meng Jinghui's drama studio: "Romeo & Juliet"
Asia's most influential experimental drama director will give his rendition of one of the world's most touching love stories.
- ●Date: February 4-14, 2015
- ●Venue: Yihai Theater, Jingan District
Classical ballet "Swan Lake"
Star lead dancers, a big group of "swans", grand symphony accompaniment, and former British National Ballet artistic director Derek Dean on the site to give guidance will make the show the most impressive ever.
- ●Date: February 13-14, 2015
- ●Location: Shanghai Grand Theater, Huangpu District
Mark Bradford: "Tears of a Tree"
The Los Angeles-based artist will bring his 3 huge paintings, among his other works of art, to his Asian exhibition debut. His works of art are inspired by the sights and sounds of Shanghai and reflect the distinctive aura of the city.
- ●Date: January 31 - March 31, 2015
- ●Add: Rockbund Art Museum, 20 Huqiu Road, Huangpu District
Shanghai Art Scene - works of art of the 20th century at the Long Museum
The 20th century is a period of art boom. Shanghai Art Scene, an exhibition series, has made its debut and is intended as a showcase of the works of art that shed interesting light on Shanghai's art scene of the 20th century and reflect the close association between art and urban development. Exhibits include a collection of valuable paintings that depict the past iconic landmarks and public places deeply etched on the city's memories. Some of the works of art are the creations by the highly recognized artists of the art communities in the 20th century.
- ●Date: December 18, 2014 – June 30, 2015
- ●Add: Long Museum (West Bund), 3398, Longteng Avenue, Xuhui District
Shanghai is a center of gastronomic pleasures. Both the locals and visitors alike are blessed with numerous alternatives for delicious, authentic representations of cuisine from all over the world. A typical Chinese festival is the best time to feed your face. Tuck in!
Italian weekend lunch
This winter, Jenny, an Italian lead chef, has brought to Shanghai his delicious renditions of Mediterranean recipe at Favola. The menu features a respectable offering of tailor-made traditional Italian pizzas and pasta. RMB 188 per person, with free soft drinks. An additional RMB 88 will buy you Prosecco. Unleash your inner gourmand.
- ●Add: Favola, Le Royal Meridien Shanghai,
- 789 Jiujiang Road
- ●Tel: 021-3318 9999 ext. 7778
Chinese New Year banquet for family reunion
Chinese families tend to get together for a happy family banquet on the New Year's eve. Now, Chinese lead chef Kong Deqin will select quality seasonal raw materials and delight families with his great creations like shrimps stir-fried with bamboo shoots, abalone cooked in an ancient way and duck braised with mushrooms. Rooms of privacy are available.
- ●Add: VUE Restaurant, Hyatt on the Bund Hotel,
- 199 Huangpu Road
- ●Tel: 021-63931234 ext. 6330
Japanese food for family banquet
At Nadaman Japanese Restaurant of Shanghai Pudong Shangri-la Hotel, contemporary design meets exceptional cuisine. The establishment offers diners a taste of the finest in Japanese culinary art, served in a contemporary Japanese setting. Innovative creations made from the freshest and highest quality ingredients represent the best of traditional Kaiseki-ryori cuisine. Each set for the New Year's family reunion starts from RMB 558; with an additional RMB 100, you get champagne, plum wine, beer, and soft drinks.
- ●Add: Shanghai Pudong Shangri-la Hotel, 33 Fucheng Road, Pudong New Area
- ●Tel: 021-68828888 ext. 6888
Romantic dinner for Valentine's Day
The steakhouse of Shanghai Marriott Hotel Changfeng Park will serve up the most romantic diner for Valentine's Day. The upgraded set menu features oyster, Boston lobster, filet steak, and lead chef's signature dessert "Love Boat". Each couple will also receive a wonderful gift from DÔME.
- ●Add: Shanghai Marriott Hotel Changfeng Park, 158 Daduhe Road, Putuo District
- ●Tel: 021-22156666