Shanghai Off The Beaten Path

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    Get up early one morning( 7-8...

    by Jim_Eliason Updated Jan 2, 2009

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    Get up early one morning( 7-8 AM) and head to the closest park. Groups of senior citizens gather to do Tai-Chi, Aerobics, Ballroom Dancing, swordplay and do numerous variation of exercises to mention. Definitely a must see!

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  • Concert in He Luting Concert hall

    by flyer31 Written Nov 22, 2008

    The He Luting concert hall is an older style concert hall with a relatively ordinary rectangular shape and an impressioning wooden wall - otherwise quite "spartanic", but nice and good chairs. It is located in the middle of the campus of the Music university of Shanghai, where also Lang Lang comes from. The campus is between the stations South Shanxi and Changshu Road (in the north there is the luxurious Donghu hotel - so it is also between Donghu hotel and Yu garden).

    I saw there a presentation of the BG Choir (www.bgchoir.org), giving Chinese folk songs in modern interpretation, this was extremely nice. I was lucky to pass by one day earlier and meet some students who showed me the (extremely hidden) box office (in another building, a woman speaking only Chinese) and got the second last ticket for me.

    The presentations in this concert hall seem to be presented in http://www.culture.sh.cn/english, which is a very helpful site (except booking online does not work and it can get quite an adventure to find the concert hall locations, as they give only the street names, no maps).

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  • Happy Circus in Shanghai Circus World

    by flyer31 Updated Nov 22, 2008

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    Although this is more meant for children, starting typically at 14h00 on Saturday / Sunday only (and only in some months - when the troup is "at home" Shanghai), this circus from my point of view include the nicest acrobatics in Shanghai and with extremely high quality. I see it nearly every year when I come here, and it always changes. Typically it includes several very impressioning clown-artistic points, very nice and funny dog shows, they also had two nice bears this time and a small dancing horse and 3 great young white tigers plus two great young lions, and a very impressioning praerie horse riding with acrobatics on the back of the horses. All the presentations are more intended to bring you to laugh also and the animals look very perfect and are handled nicely. Typically the presentations seem to be never sold out (which is strange - they really have such high quality). So you can just go there and buy a ticket before the presentation starts - it is not in the big dome, but in a smaller tent-type theater called "Medium theatre" in Shanghai Circus world (on Metro line 1). The image enclosed is a bit misleading - the strongest attraction are the clown-acrobats as to be expected for a Chinese circus, but all the animal presentation really also are world-class.

    Information about presentation times is available at www.culture.sh.cn/english under "Acrobatics and Circus".

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    Take a stroll

    by kesitian Written Nov 10, 2008

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    Take a stroll away from the touristy places. For example, if you're close to Jing'an Temple, follow Nanjing Road to its end and just wander. You'll get to a busy area with small streets and many small restaurants. If you're somewhere around Yuyuan (Yu Garden), stroll away from the touristy parts, preferably towards the west. This is where you'll experience a taste of "real" Shanghai!

    Cooks preparing meat for dinner - on the pavement Jing'an area neighborhood Old man selling woks in the street (Jing'an Area)
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    Take a stroll

    by kesitian Written Nov 10, 2008

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    Take a stroll away from the touristy places. For example, if you're close to Jing'an Temple, follow Nanjing Road to its end and just wander. You'll get to a busy area with small streets and many small restaurants. If you're somewhere around Yuyuan (Yu Garden), stroll away from the touristy parts, preferably towards the west. This is where you'll experience a taste of "real" Shanghai!

    Cooks preparing meat for dinner - on the pavement Jing'an area neighborhood Old man selling woks in the street (Jing'an Area)
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  • Bargain shopping

    by thescene Written Apr 17, 2008

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    You can try bargain shopping at mall beside the Shanghai Science and Techology museum. You can get there via the Shanghai Metro. They sell mostly imitation/non-genuine clothing articles like shirts, jeans, and jackets. You can haggle with the sellers but be careful because they can be very persistant and usually chase you even after have left his shop.

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    Guangqi Park

    by cheezecake_deli Written Feb 10, 2008

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    Guangqi Park in Xujiahui is named after Xu Guangqi, a famous Ming dynasty scientist who also gave his name to this district of Shanghai (Xujiahui means "Xu family gathering"). Formerly known as Nandan Road Park, it was renamed in Xu's honour in 1983, on the 350th anniversary of his death. His tomb is located in a corner of the small park. Nearest metro: Xujiahui. Address: 17 Nandan Road.

    Guangqi Park entrance
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    Garden

    by syed-arshad Written Nov 12, 2007

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    This is, believe me, in the heart of the city! Looks like a rain forest but is a beautiful garden with a restaurant in the center of pond and a bamboo 'forest' all around it. Beautiful place to spend evening.

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    Xujiahui Park

    by cheezecake_deli Written Oct 23, 2007

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    Shanghai has traditionally lacked parks, though the local government appears to be trying to correct this. Xujiahui Park is one of Shanghai's newer parks, located along Hengshan Road between Xujiahui and Hengshan Road metro stations. It appears very popular with locals.

    Greenery in the city
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    Century Square

    by cheezecake_deli Updated Sep 26, 2007

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    The largest public square in Shanghai is a new creation - the modern Century Square in the heart of Pudong. It felt a bit soulless, an expanse of concrete surrounded by modern architecture, with a few people flying kites (a popular pastime in squares, it seems). Nearest metro: Century Square.

    Century Square
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    Tang Dynasty Health Care Centre

    by xuessium Updated Jul 12, 2007

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    This is massage from the blinds. They do both body and foot massages. Just the thing you need after a long day of walking/exploring/shopping.

    A foot massage costs RMB68 while a 1 hour body massage costs RMB58.

    No hanky panky here.

    Address: 339 Shangcheng Road, 2F, Pudong.

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    Century Park

    by cheezecake_deli Written Jun 24, 2007

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    Century Park deep in Pudong is Shanghai's largest park, modelled after New York's Central Park. It has a central lake with boats, children's play area, and western-style lawns. Entry cost RMB10 and the nearest metro is Century Park station.

    The lake at Century Park
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  • Exciting Chinese Acrobatics / Drum music / Kung Fu

    by ThomasWolff Updated Jun 17, 2007

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    Go to the KungFu Performance "The verve of Zen Dance" in Yuyuan Stage in Yuyuan Garden. Only problem to find it - in Yuyuan garden no body knows that there is a stage / theatre or KungFu show. Stunningly not even the Tourist information counter on the central place knew it when I looked for it. But if you found the Tourist information counter, you are very near, it is just diagonally over this square in a tea house in the 4th floor (including is free tea, free mini-snacks, and a wonderful view over Shanghai with the magnificent roofs of Y Garden area in the foreground). The show is very exciting and has very different elements - not only the martial things to be expected from KungFu show, but also very nice acrobatics and music parts (including very crazy drumming). The Artists/Monks also show the preparation to the most difficult parts very impressively including meditation. It is over 1 hour, really worth the money, you will not forget this so easily. The contact to the artists is very prompt, as the tea house is not very big - you are sitting around tables, the room has a wonderful Chinese athmosphere, not only the decoration, but also the roof construction and the furniture.

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  • take in the sounds of LuXun park

    by travelingwithFiona Written Jun 16, 2007

    Saturdays at LuXun park...singing, card playing, dancing, more people singing, exercise competitions by the very old and very young. There are boats to rent for a short cruise on the lake for a fee, blow-up slides for the kids and a small carousel and other rides for young kids from between 5-10 rmb per ride. Entrance to the park is free. Built in 1950, it has quaint bridges, rockeries and mature foliage. Lots of places to hide away on a park bench or on a rock by the stream. There are lots of people there, so you are never alone, but it's beautiful and small enough that you don't walk have to walk for hours to see the whole thing. The funniest part was one plaza where a dozen people had set up their karaoke machines and were trying to out sing each other on their microphones. My kids and I enjoyed watching the 60-70 year old men doing tricks on the bars. My 9 year old son had an adlib competition with similar aged Chinese girl doing pull-ups on the bar. With our 6 kids we were still mobbed everywhere we went. It is not a touristy spot though, and we were not being constantly asked to buy things. It was a beautiful walk in the park. I'm so sorry I didn't take my camera.

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    Church in Shanghai

    by marciaca Written May 7, 2007

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    Believe it or not Churches are up and running in Communist China. The Catholic Church is not quite official. The Vatican and the Chinese government have disputes about who should appoint the bishop. Churches have limited freedom of speech. Don't expect a church to stay open long if it criticizes a government policy.

    Nonetheless, on the surface it look and felt the same. It is an interesting experience. For those of you who are Catholic, St. Ignatius Cathedral is an old French cathedral. Yes, I was the only Westerner there and got several wide-eyed looks. The stained-glass windows were destroyed during the Cultural Revolution, but they are being slowly replace. There were TV screens along the side of the pews which has the scriptures in Mandarin and English. However, for the rest of the Mass, I was on my own.

    The few differences that were noteworthy. There was no offetory, but people left money in the poor box at the end. At the "peace be with you part", people do not talk and don't shake hands. They do two quick little bows at each other and then turn and do it to someone else. At Communion, there was no queueing. Everyone just rushed forward. (Why should that be any different?)

    Xujiahui - directions by taxi

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