While word has been out for days that New Year’s Eve celebrations in Shanghai won’t be going ahead this year, authorities are making sure that anyone who didn’t get the message know that the party is cancelled by erecting metal barriers along the length of the Bund.
Last year’s New Year’s Eve countdown turned into a deadly stampede which left 36 dead and 47 injured due to a lack of crowd control and planning. Authorities appear to be leaving nothing to chance this year, warning residents to stay clear of the Bund and setting up crowd control measures just in case.
Nanjing East Road subway station will reportedly close this evening at 8 p.m. and other major stations will also shut early. Lines 1, 2 and 8 will, however, remain open past midnight, with revelers able to catch trains from People’s Square up to around 12:40 a.m. in both directions.
The only major celebration is being held at Xintiand and is limited to 4,800 participants. Shopping centers like the No. 1 Yaohan Department Store in Pudong, and the Shanghai New World Department Store on Nanjing Road will hold overnight promotional activities.
If you’re stuck for ideas on how to ring in the new year, be sure to check out our list of the best places to dine on New Year’s Eve where we’ve rounded up some of the best dinner deals from the city’s best tables. Or if you’re just looking for a boozy evening, we’ve selected 10 of the best places in Shanghai to get completely wasted.