This traditional well-known branded event of Shanghai for the Spring Festival plays out in an area of 5.3 hectares in Yu Garden, a classic Chinese garden owing its origins to Ming and Qing architects, from January 1 to January 18 of the lunar month. A great draw for both visitors and locals.
Date: January 31 - February 17, 2014
Add: Yu Garden, 269 Middle Fang Bang Road
During the Spring Festival, over 40 constellations of colored lanterns of all stripes and shapes will be on display to add to the joyous atmosphere. If your Chinese is good enough, solve any one of the 2014 riddles and you'll win a delightful prize.
Date: January 31 - February 17, 2014
Add: 218 Huyi Road, Nanxiang Town, Jiading District
Fengjing, a historical and cultural town of China, is touted as one of Shanghai's eight greatest sights. It's crisscrossed by ancient waterways spanned by ancient bridges, including the 700-year-old Zhihe Bridge which dates back to Yuan Dynasty. From January 2 to January 6 of the lunar month, the first 50 visitors who buy admission tickets receive a "Treasure Hunt Map", which can direct them to the attractions with lantern riddles. If they can solve four of the riddles in different attractions, they will win a delightful prize. Feel-good attractions include Ding Cong Cartoons Museum, Zhu Xuefan's Former Residence, Cheng Shifa's Former Residence, Sanbai Park and Chinese Farmers' Painting Village.
Date: February 1 - February 5, 2014
Location: Jinshan Fengjing Town (Fengli Road, Xinfeng Road), Jinshan District
This traditional Chinese floral species is in bloom from December to April. Visit the greenhouses decorated with the tropical plants and the trinkets used by the ethnic groups of Yunnan to learn more about Yunnan's exotic traditions. Camellia varieties are further livened up by traditional flower arrangement techniques and paintings, lending an artistic aura to the whole place. Don't miss the Chinese New Year folksy excitement which lasts from January 31 to February 9, 2014. Watch how artisans produce paper cuts and sugar paintings.
Date: January 28 - March 16, 2014
Location: Shanghai Botanical Garden
Add: 1111 Longwu Road
Jimmy's cartoons and writings always touch a chord with youngsters. This collaboration between Jimmy and Shanghai Joy City features a wide range of unique themed installations telling stories about Jimmy's "Outdoor Plush Rabbits and Lambs", "Secret Garden", "Rocking Horse", "Apple Tree", "World Center" and "Circus Feast". Come and get one postcard of limited edition; write your greetings and your postcard will be sent to the person you choose.
Time & date: 10:00-22:00, December 5, 2013 - February 28, 2014
Location: Shanghai Joy City
Add: 166 North Xizang Road
Urbanization represents a new stage of human contemporary culture. "Design" is one important factor in the process of urbanization. The "Aesthetics City" exhibition is meant to promote the idea of "Leading a creative life with designs, building ideal cities with aesthetics". By presenting to visitors novel designs and life concepts, it will contribute to the country's art design and creative industry.
Date: November 30, 2013 - March 30, 2014
Location: Power Station of Art
Add: 200 Huayuangang Road
A decades-long siganture dish of Shanghai cuisine which leans towards onslaught of oil and sauce. Raw shrimps stay in hot oil for only 18 seconds. Sweet, salty, crisp outside, tender inside.
Recommended restaurant: Laozhengxing
Add: 556 Fuzhou Road
Freshwater fish is smoked to a flavorful richness which slips on the tongue.
Recommended restaurant: Lulu Restaurant
Add: 1266 West Nanjing Road
A classic red, flavorful Shanghai dish doused in rich vegetable sauce mixed with mushrooms and peanuts. Salty, sweety, nutritious.
Recommended restaurant: Dragon Phoenix Hall
Add: Fairmont Peace Hotel, 20 East Nanjing Road
Oily but not cloying. Served with bones. Duck steamed to a red tenderness.
Recommended restaurant Shanghai Classical Hotel
Add: 242 Fuyou Road
Formerly known as "Crystal Shrimps", the famous dish is best prized for its crystal gloss and tenderness.
Recommended restaurant : Fu 1088
Add: 375 Zhenning Road
The Chinese New Year Concert by Shanghai Folk Music Troupe has been around for seven years on end and applauded enthusiastically. Treat yourself to the well-orchestrated Chinese folk music pieces and share the joy of the Chinese people.
Time & date: 7:30 p.m. on January 25, 2014
Venue: Shanghai Concert Hall
Add: 523 East Yanan Road, Huangpu District
"Radetzky March" will be performed by Beijing Wind Orchestra's musicians at Shanghai Oriental Art Center. It will open with the melodies from the famous musical "Phantom of the Opera". Other pieces will include "Type a Menu" played with typewriters, "Happy Chef" played with kitchen utensils, "Toreador" played with trumpets, and Michael Jackson's "Heal the World" played by a brass band.
Time & date: 19:30, February 1, 2014
Venue: Shanghai Oriental Art Center - Concert Hall
Add: 425 Dingxiang Road, Pudong New District
One of the most famous Broadway musicals, "Chicago" is based on a true story of the 1920s, a fodder for thought on issues that are very relevant today. The show is a wonderful mix of both jazz and tango, with a great sense of humor and contemporary flavor. Choreography is very charming and eye-pleasing.
Time & date: 19:15, February 4-9, February 11-16, 2014
Venue: Shanghai Culture Square
Add: 36 Yongjia Road, Huangpu District
The boot-shaped building houses almost all of the French luxury brands under LV Group. Designer items are highly popular with young fashionistas. Now, every weekend fantastic performances are offered. Watch Hollywood Chaplin parody master and Europe's Quentin. Give yourself a respite after a week's worth of hard work!
Add: 99 Xianxia Road
Tel: 021 - 60290066
The elegant, grand building dating back to 1911 impresses with its interior décor, rotating marble stairs and crystal lamps. Have a shopping spree but don't forget an afternoon tea in a bar.
Add: 99 East Beijing Road
Tel: 021 - 63392228
This high-end retail brand founded in 1850 brings customers seamless shopping experiences that combine brick-and-mortar shops and online stores. The four-story building houses the world's over 500 brands in various sectors like fashion, cosmetics and home items. "THE HAPPY SALE" offers discounts of up to 50%. Don't miss out on winter's best deals.
Add: 99 Middle Huaihai Road
Tel: 021 - 61358611
Jilin, China's ecological role model, boasts unique tourism resources, drawing a crowd with its breathtaking sceneries and cultural sites. Shanghai is one of China's most charming and vibrant cities and is an East-meet-West international metropolis.
The two regions now join hands to take advantage of each other's pluses to offer travelers unique options during the Spring Festival.
- Tour of two distinctive towns in northeast China
- Bus ride from Yanji to Mount Changbai
- Best for those who love Korean foods and those who are looking for alpine excitement
Reference price: RMB 4090/person (during the Spring Festival), RMB 3290/person (normal times in February)
Travel agency: Shanghai Spring Tour
Contact: 800 -820-6222
- Mountain Changbai: The tour offers an opportunity to experience the magical mountainous destination in northeast China, including RMB 290 rides into and within the scenic spot
- Mojie: A place that fires imagination, best for winter photography
- Wusong Island: A respite from the winter bitterness
- Changbai Waterfall, Julong Hot Springs, Luyuan Pond
Reference price: RMB 5599/person (during the Spring Festival), RMB 3899/person (normal times in February)
Travel agency: Datong Travel
- Picture-perfect Tianchi (celestial pond)
- Exotic Korean village
- Rime, a natural wonder
Reference price: Starting from RMB 4860/person (Spring Festival); starting from RMB 4360/ person (normal times)
Travel agency: LvMaMa
Rock Bund (1 hour) – The Rockbund Art Museum (1 hour) - Suzhou Cobblers (20 minutes) – Blue Shanghai White (20 minutes) - Shanghai Telecom Museum (1 hour) - Shanghai Archive (1 hour) – the Bund 22 (1 hour)
Rock Bund: Yuanmingyuan Road, Huqiu Road
The Rockbund Art Museum: 20 Huqiu Road
Suzhou Cobblers: Room101, 17 Fuzhou Road
Blue Shanghai White: Room103, 17 Fuzhou Road
Shanghai Telecom Museum: 34 East Yan'an Road
Shanghai Archive: 9 Zhongshan Road (E-2)
The Bund: Zhongshan Road (E-1)
China Art Museum (1.5 hours) - Moon Boat (1 hour) - Mercedes-Benz Arena (1 hour) - Expo Park (1 hour) - 2062 New Energy Theme Park (1 hour) - Chocolate Happy Land (1.5 hours)
China Art Museum: 161 Shangnan Road
Moon Boat: 1221 Bocheng Road
Mercedes-Benz Arena: 1200 Expo Avenue
Expo Park: Expo Avenue, near Zhoujiadu Road
2062 New Energy Theme Park: 191 Tangzijing Road
Chocolate Happy Land: 100 Bocheng Road
Waibaidu Bridge (15 minutes) - Shanghai Postal Museum ( 1 hour) – Broadway Mansion Hotel (30 minutes) - Hyatt on the Bund Shanghai Hotel (1 hour) - Hongkou Firefighting Council's former site (10 minutes) - 1933 Shanghai (1 hour)
Waibaidu Bridge: Near the Bund
Shanghai Postal Museum: 395 Tiantong Road
Broadway Mansion Hotel: No.20 Bei Suzhou Road
Hyatt on the Bund Shanghai Hotel: 199 Huangpu Road
Hongkou Firefighting Council's former site: 560 Wusong Road
1933 Shanghai: 611 Liyang Road
Former Residence of Soong Ching-ling (30 minutes) - Wukang Building (30 minutes) – Shanghai Old Mansion Exhibition Art Center (30 minutes) - Bai Hua (30 minutes) – Ferguson Lane (1 hour) - Former Residence of Ba Jin (30 minutes) – Romeo Balcony (10 minutes) - Shanghai Drama Art Center (2 hours)
Former Residence of Soong Ching-ling: 1843 Middle Huaihai Road
Wukang Building: 1850 Middle Huaihai Road
Shanghai Old Mansion Exhibition Art Center: 393 Wukang Road
Bai Hua: 29 Taian Road
Ferguson Lane: 376 Wukang Road
Former Residence of Ba Jin: 113 Wukang Road
Romeo Balcony: 210 Wukang Road
Shanghai Drama Art Center: 288 Anfu Road
Shanghai Textile Museum (1 hour) - Changle Road Cheongsam Street (1 hour) - Maoming Road Cheongsam Street (1 hour) - Shanghai Culture Square (15 minutes) - Jiashan Market (1 hour) - Tianzifang (2 hours) – Xiao San Tang (1 hour)
Shanghai Textile Museum: 150 Aomen Road, Putuo District
Changle Road Cheongsam Street: Changle Road, Huangpu District
Maoming Road Cheongsam Street: Maoming Road, Huangpu District
Shanghai Culture Square: 597 Middle Fuxing Road, Huangpu District
Jiashan Market: 550 South Shanxi Road, Huangpu District
Tianzifang: 210 Taikang Road, Huangpu District
Xiao San Tang: 25 Taikang Road, Huangpu District
* Remarks: Visiting time is suggested for your reference only.