Staying in Shanghai over the holidays? The city might seem quiet, but there’s plenty to do – in fact, it’s secretly one of the best times to be in the city. Read on for a list of things to do (and NOT do) during the Mid-Autumn break.
DON’T Take a Last Minute Train
We know how it goes. You thought you’d take it easy, skip the planning and just stay in the city. Now that it’s getting closer, you’re getting pangs of regret and considering a last minute trip out of town. But have you ever seen a Chinese train station during the holidays? And forget about trying to get a ticket. If you’ve left it this late, trust us, you’re probably better taking the staycation route and taking advantage of Shanghai in it’s downtime.
DO a Little Al Fresco Drinking & Dining in the FFC
One benefit of being stuck in Shanghai during the holidays? Half of the in-the-know Shanghaiers that usually take up all the prime real estate on the outdoor terraces of bars and restaurants are out of town. Take advantage by soaking in some of Shanghai’s best weather in the city’s most photogenic district. Our own XO Bar (at 237 Hengshan Road, near Yongjia) has a delicious European bar menu, awesome street-side seating and – most importantly – great wine and beer starting at just RMB 25 a glass.
DON’T Visit Yuyuan Garden
Yes, it’s listed in Lonely Planet as one of the city’s attractions. Yes, it’s close to the Bund and easy to get to by metro. But you really don’t need to come here. Remember the insane crowds from the train station? Imagine that, with more aggressive salesmen and stinky tofu. To find out about Shanghai’s real hidden treasures and must-visit spots, find our roundup here.
DO Hit Up the Park for Picnic
If you’re not leaving for a vacation, you can at least get a little ways out of the city. Take advantage of some of Shanghai’s many great parks. There are some downtown, like Fuxing and Zhongshan, but these are likely to get busy. You’re better off going further afield to places like Gucun Park (north on Line 7) or Gonqing Forest Park (at the very Northern end of Line 8). That’s far enough out of town to feel like you’re somewhat out of a the city, at least, and you’ll be able to get a bit of peace and soak in the greenery after you’ve laid your picnic blanket down and popped open a bottle. For a few more parks to try out, click here.
DON’T Miss Shanghai’s Music Fest Season
JZ Festival is Shanghai’s longest running, with Kool and the Gang heading things up this year and a reliably solid, eclectic lineup. Diàn Mí is an electronic music festival in an amusement park and camping site out of town by Taihu Lake, while Simple Life has lots of local indie and hiphop talent closer to home in Expo Park. Finally, Shalanaya Open Air Festival takes place way out in Dianshan Lake Resort with lots of trance music, performances and hippie stuff. Look ‘em up, decide which ones for you and take in some tunes.
DO Take a Bike Ride Through / Out of Town
Shanghai is great for cyclists. It’s flat, with bike lanes bordering most of the major roads and streets. But there’s more to biking in Shanghai than that. Feeling adventurous? Take a ride out to Jinshan Beach, across the river and way down south. Or head north to explore the university campuses of Fudan and Tongji or, further afield, Shanghai University. Basically just pick a direction and ride. It’s Shanghai; you’ll find something interesting – and with bike-sharing services like Mobike making everything extra convenient, you don’t even need your own set of wheels.
Mandarine City Pool
DO Spend a Day at the Pool
The recently opened W Shanghai by the Bund is the city’s latest addition with an amazing view of the Pudong skyline – their WET Bar’s pool is reserved for table guests, but a pretty great experience. If you’re looking for something a little less fancy, the Mandarin City pool in Gubei (at 788 Hongxu Lu) is one to check out, with their own bar and a fun atmosphere. Click here for more pool recommendations.
If all else fails… DO Stay Home & Get Drunk
If all else fails, do what you know works. You don’t even need to plan ahead or go to the store – we’ll deliver great quality wine and craft beer straight to your door in less than an hour, chilled and ready to drink. Planning on getting together with the rest of your mates that are stuck in the city and need a couple of drinks to drown your sorrows? We’re the solution.
Take care of your holiday blues – let us take care of the drinks. Download the BottlesXO wine and craft beer delivery app here.