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In 2013, Shanghai was shunned for a baking summer. In 2013, Shanghai saw the 24th Tourism Festival and the 15th China Shanghai International Arts Festival celebrated with grandeur and magnificence. In 2013, Shanghai saw Alonso crowned F1 champion and Djokovic crowned Shanghai Rolex Masters champion. In 2013, Shanghai saw a free trade zone created and hosted to the long-awaited 52nd ICCA Congress. In 2013, visitors from around the world listed 99 reasons to enjoy Shanghai…

Now, we have to bid adieu to 2013 and are ready to celebrate another new year. Expect more surprises.

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2013 Shanghai Christmas Market

Fun-filled activities, delicious exotic foods, Santa Claus – experience a true Christmas at 2013 Shanghai Christmas Market!

10:00-21:30, December 6, 2013 - January 5, 2014
Dongmatou, Qinhuangdao Road
RMB 15 for weekdays, RMB 30 for nighttime, RMB 80-100 for specified days


Kiss your lover under the 18-meter, richly decorated "Tree of Kiss" courtesy of Xintiandi and start your new year in a memorable romantic way.



17:30 – 22:00, Nov.21 – Jan. 3

"Kiss Style" Art Exhibition
10:00 – 22:00, Dec. 1 – Jan. 3

Christmas Weekend
Friday/Saturday/Sunday, Nov. 22- Jan. 1

2013 Shanghai Xintiandi Christmas Carnival Night
20:00, Dec. 24

Kiss Market
12:00 – 22:00, Dec. 1 - 31

2014 Countdown
20:00, Dec. 31

On Stage

Austria Strauss Philharmonic Orchestra New Year's Concert

Austria Strauss Philharmonic Orchestra boasts a glorious past in the world's music scene. Since its creation, the prestigious orchestra has given over one thousand performances to critical acclaim. Its repertoire in Shanghai this year includes such classics as "Carmen" and "Jasmine".

Shanghai Grand Theater
19:15, Dec. 29 - 30, 2013

The Phantom of the Opera

Retro red velvet curtain, brass-colored sculptures in relief and columns, actors and actresses dressed in ornate palace attire, classic opera arias –"The Phantom of the Opera", an extremely successful musical, will come back to Shanghai to entertain Broadway classics fans.

Shanghai Culture Square
Dec. 3, 2013 - Jan. 26, 2014

Dancing Queen

"Dancing Queen" is one of the most successful creations of Spirit of the Dance Productions. It has toured over 80 countries and regions in Europe and America, the Middle East and Asia. It has grossed stunning box office everywhere. To mark the new year, the ABBA music legend will be in town.

Shanghai Oriental Art Center
19:15, Jan. 18 - 19, 2014

Bell Tolled for the New Year

At Longhua Temple

The "Chiming Longhua Bell for the New Year" ritual is touted as the "Number One New Year Tour of Shanghai". 108 distinguished guests trek onto the Bell Tower and chime the bell 108 times to mark the New Year. All monks converge to the main hall for a religious ritual and chant New Year greetings, with visitors around. New Year noodles means that your luck and happiness will extend into the coming year.

Longhua Temple (2853 Longhua Road, Xuhui District)
22:00-02:00, Dec. 31, 2013 to Jan. 1, 2014

At Baohua Temple

The "2014 New Year Bell Tolling For Happiness" will include Lantern Riddles, Wishing Tree, Burning Incense Sticks and Dancing Dragon and Lion and other traditional activities.

1000 Gaoping Road, Zhabei District
21:30 on Dec. 31 2013 - 01:00 on Jan. 1st 2014

At Donglin Temple

Countdown, praying and bell tolling are essential elements of the New Year celebration at Donglin Temple. Whoop it up with the crowd to welcome 2014 as the bell is tolled 108 times.

150 Donglin Street, Jinshan District
Dec. 31, 2013 to Jan. 1, 2014

Scaling the Heights
Racing up the Oriental Pearl TV Tower

Racing up the Oriental Pearl TV Tower

Jump onto the bandwagon of the Chinese in the New Year by scaling the heights the Oriental Pearl TV Tower. The message is that the higher you go, the better off you'll be in the coming year. Don't miss the race.

Venue: Oriental Pearl City Plaza to 259-meter transparent sightseeing corridor
09:00, Jan. 1, 2014

Hiking up Mount Sheshan

The activity is meant to publicize the national tourist attraction of Shanghai and promote hiking as a healthy physical exercise during the celebration of the New Year.

Shanghai Happy Valley to Sheshan National Forest Park
10:00-11:30, Jan. 1, 2014

Shopping Spree

K11: Art • People • Nature

K11 is a great shopping destination that provides customers with experiences spiced up by elements of art, culture and nature. Since its opening, K11 Shanghai has become Shanghai's multicultural community hub and a new trendy landmark.

300 Middle Huaihai Road
+86 21 23103188

Jing'an Kerry Center: a one-stop shop venue

An advocate of "Lifestyle Luxury" concept, the shopping mall of Jing'an Kerry Centre helps new brands gain ground and introduces consumers to distinctive creations. It has a wide range of options for weekend leisure-seekers, like supermarket, boutique fashion stores, food purveyors, household goods stores and cinema.

1515 West Nanjing Road
+86 21 60871515

iapm: Day and Night

iapm is Shanghai's first "Night Shopping" destination. It houses 238 international high-end fashion brands. Most of the shops are open until 23:00, and food joints, midnight. Flagship stores front onto the 220-meter-plus Middle Huaihai Road.

999 Middle Huaihai Road
+86 21 33266700

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