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Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year is best recognised for having one of the grandest fireworks displays on earth, which almost everyone in Shanghai contributes to. The dates vary every year but it's usually in February and lasts for 15 days. Apart from the fireworks, visitors won't notice too much in the way of celebrations - it's very much a family occasion. However, it's worth visiting Yu Yuan Gardens on the final day, known as Lantern Festival.

Date: 05 February 2019 - 20 February 2019
Venue: Throughout Shanghai especially in temples and parks.


Shanghai Literary Festival

Writers from across China, Asia and the world attend what is China’s largest annual literary festival.

Date: 27 March 2019 - 31 March 2019
Venue: Glamour Bar


Longhua Temple Fair

This fair, held in Shanghai during the third lunar month (late March, April or early May), is eastern China’s largest and oldest folk gathering, with all kinds of snacks, stalls, jugglers and stilt walkers.

Date: 07 April 2019 - 07 April 2019
Venue: Longhua Temple.


Chinese Grand Prix

The Chinese leg of the Formula One World Championship is held at the Shanghai International Circuit.

Date: 12 April 2019 - 14 April 2019
Venue: Shanghai International Circuit.

Shanghai International Film Festival

With a screening programme of close to 1,000 films by filmmakers and directors from all over the world, this is one of the biggest events of its kind in China. The festival, first held in 1993, is a juried competition with prizes awarded in four main areas of competition.

Date: 15 June 2019 - 24 June 2019
Venue: Various venues in Shanghai.

Shanghai Biennale

The Shanghai Biennale is a series of talks, lectures, exhibitions and installations in various venues throughout Shanghai. Each biennale tackles a particular theme through a series of innovative and challenging displays and exhibitions.

Date: 08 November 2020 - 10 March 2021
(Date to be confirmed)
Venue: Various venues.


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Featured Hotels


Pudi Boutique Hotel

This exquisite 52-room boutique hotel in Shanghai has trendy, ultra-modern rooms, professional staff and an elite, but accessible, atmosphere. The interior is super stylish and alluringly dark hued, while rooms are beautifully attired and spacious.


China's first carbon neutral hotel has open-plan rooms that are beautifully designed with low furniture and sunken living areas exuding space. Bathtubs are in the bedroom rather than the bathroom, while grey slate tiling gives this excellent boutique hotel an urban vibe.

Yueyang Hotel

A decent budget option in the French Concession area of Shanghai, Yueyang Hotel has smart, spacious rooms with big double beds, desk and chair, TV, kettle and free broadband. Shower rooms are clean and modern, although, annoyingly, the hot water isn't always piping hot. English is minimal.


In the heart of the French Concession, the spotless rooms, great service and attention to detail at Quintet has been winning over visitors. As the name suggests, there are just five rooms, each individually designed to a standard you’d expect from pricier stays. The staff are super friendly too, with a wealth of knowledge about the area.

The Waterhouse at South Bund

Once a dockyard factory, The Waterhouse is now one of Shanghai’s sharpest boutique hotels. Lavish furnishings and the odd nod to the city’s shipping heritage offset its industrial chic. There are just 19 rooms, 11 of which are suites. Thanks to its location, views across the river to Pudong are stunning whichever one you bed up in.

Magnolia Bed & Breakfast

This cosy little bed and breakfast located in a 1930s French Concession home has art deco features as well as modern comfort and design. There are only five rooms so book well in advance.