The Golden Holidays are upon us! Hurrah for national holidays! Have you been lucky enough to get a full 7 days off of work? Perhaps you just have an extended weekend? Whatever your slave driver boss has permitted you, make sure you make the most of it! Shanghai is set to be full to the rafters over the next few days with people flocking to the city to pay homage to the homeland; with this in mind, you’d better make full use of this week’s Weekendist in order to make the most of your time off.
Throughout the course of the weekend Shanghai will be littered with various cultural activities; and according to the Shanghai Greenery and Public Sanitation Bureau, every evening from 6.30pm you will be able to enjoy ‘splendid night views’ – especially in People’s Square, along the Bund and in Lujiazui. The notorious MIDI festival is also taking place throughout the whole weekend, so if you fancy escaping the hustle and bustle of Shanghai, you can exchange it for the hustle and bustle of a field in Zhenjiang.
We urge you, take these offerings, spread on a little of our Midweek Music Preview, and top off with our calendar et voila, you have the perfect weekend recipe!
During these hectic October holidays, bypass the traffic, smog and overcrowding of Shanghai and head for the hills! China Cycle Tours are giving you the opportunity to escape to Moganshan for a weekend of tranquil lakes, open fields and lush forests. This is a 3 day trip of relaxing pedalling through some truly astonishing scenery. For this privilege you will have to hand over 1,880RMB. On first viewing this may sound pretty hefty – but in actual fact, when you consider what it includes, it’s pretty reasonable. Included in the price is your transport (meeting from Central Plaza), a tour guide, 2 nights’ accommodations, meals and water.
For more info go to www.chinacycletours.com or call 137-6111-5050
Ok, so this one isn’t going to win any points with the government for pro-China propaganda, but what the heck. Slap on some lederhosen and celebrate Oktoberfest in true German style! Head down to Paulaner’s in Xintiandi for some traditional Oktober fest festivities and beer, beer and more beer! They are also running some sort of ‘Earn a Mile per RMB spent’ deal with Lufthansa – it’s hyper confusing though but perhaps after a coupla’ yards of beer it will be crystal clear yarr!
3pm Paulaner No.19-20, North Block Xintiandi, Lane 181 Taicang Lu, 仓路181弄新天地北里19-20号 near Metro Line 1 Huangpi Nan Lu Station
Carry on the Oktober fest at Cuvee Wine Lounge and enjoy their ‘beer buffet’. Drink to China, drink to Germany, drink to the guy or gal sat at the opposite end of the bar, drink because you can! From 5pm -8pm all you can drink beer bottles for only 88RMB with 10 different beers to choose from! It’s gonna’ be one hell of a hangover tomorrow!
5pm Cuvee Wine Lounge 528 Kangding Lu, Jing’an 康定路528号
If three days worth of pedalling isn’t your thing, yet your determined to head for the country, YANA Adventures are organising a ‘Hangzhou Hike’. Leave the hustle and bustle of Shanghai behind for the day and head for a hike through the mountains of Hangzhou. The 25km hike will go through Lao He Mountain and will offer breath taking views of Hangzhou and beyond. It’s an action packed day starting at 8am and involving a 25km hike. For 500RMB (discounted by 10% if you bring some chums) you get return transport and meals for the day.
For more info go to www.withyana.com/nesnr.asp?nid=1406 or call 008621-5169-2240
BBQ’s are enjoyed throughout the World; the Brits put bangers on the BBQ, the Americans throw a rack of ribs on the grill, the Aussies slam a burger on the barby and the Chinese ‘tie ban shao’. A BBQ is the perfect centerpiece for any celebration – weather dependant of course! This Golden Holiday, why not check out some of the great BBQ feasts around Shanghai?
From 3pm, Hard Day’s Night allows you to fill your boots with the all you can eat grill and free flow Tiger, Carlsberg, House Wine and Soft Drinks. 150RMB.
Hard Day’s Night 629 Lantian Lu near HongFeng Lu, 红枫路号
Freshly grilled steaks and Shrimp Skewers await you at a Big Bamboo near you from 5pm (JinQiao or HongQiao). 168RMB gets you fed and includes either 3 pints of Stella or free flow Tiger/Carlsberg.
JinQiao -381 Hong Feng Lu, 红枫路381号
HongQiao- 20 Hongmei Entertainment Street, Lane 3338, Hongmei Lu , 虹梅路3338弄虹梅休闲街20号
Head down to Kee Club from 6pm, enjoy the ambience of the Kee garden and indulge in a selection of delights. A ticket to eat in this place is 280RMB and includes free iced tea and sangria. Booking is highly recommended.
Kee Club 796 Huaihai Zhong Lu,淮海中路796号
Indulge in all you can eat spicy Mexican burgers and enjoy a free shot of Tequila from 6pm at Zapata’s for 150RMB.
Zapata’s 5 Hengshan Lu, 衡山路5号
Bangers, Burger and Ballet? Probably not the most poetic of relationships but even still, it’s possible! If, after you’ve had your fill of char grilled foods you fancy something more refined, head down to Shanghai City Theatre to watch ‘Swan Lake’ on Ice. Boasting over 800 costume changes and 80 figure skaters, tickets range from 100RMB – 380RMB.
7.30pm Shanghai City Theatre 4889 Dushi Lu, Minhang 都市路4889号
Here’s something you don’t get to go to every week; a piano recital by Israeli pianist Arie Vardi. This well known piano guru and former teacher to award winning pianists such as Yundi Li and Chen Sa, is showcasing his talents in his own show at the Oriental Arts Center. Commencing at 7.30pm ticket prices vary between 80RMB – and a whopping 580RMB!
7.30pm Shanghai Oriental Arts Center, 425 Dingxiang Lu, near Century Park 丁香路425号
If you fancy mixing with the Shanghai LGBT crowd in a more relaxed and attractive environment away from the club and bar scene, then head down to the Fat Olive. The Fat Olive boasts a stunning terrace facing the Bund, three drinks for 100RMB and 7 Mezze for only 120RMB. Eat, drink, be merry and gay!
6pm The Fat Olive, 6/F, Silver Court Complex, 228 Xizang Nan Lu, near Huaihai Lu 西藏南路228号6楼, 近淮海路