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Shanghai Happenings

From shows to international sports and trade events, Shanghai is truly a city of diverse life offering a year round calendar of interests and activities to intrigue and entertain. We endeavor to keep you informed and up to date at all times as to what is happening, where and when. Never a dull moment would not be inappropriate as this city’s motto.

Bespoke Travel Shanghai
Private Tours & Guides

The cats PJ's for personal experiences, ace custom crawls and unique outings across the city, plus signature thematic tours and neighbourhood jaunts by local experts. Unearth the city's secrets, dive into Deco Shanghai or customise your own. Foodies will also love the xiaolongbao (soup dumpling) classes and bespoke cocktail making. Book.

Centre Pompidou x West Bund Museum Project
Museums & Art

Global art heavyweight lands on the banks of the Huangpu, and what an arrival it is. British starchitect David Chipperfield conceived the colossal iridescent three-level showpiece, housing exhibitions and performances drawing on French and Chinese talents and collaborations. Three galleries feature a rotation of works from Paris. Check site for programs, creative studio events and children's workshops.

Grand Theatre

Sink into the red seats of French architect Jean-Marie Charpentier's futuristic centrepiece, housing regular world-class performances from whistles and bells musicals to intimate chamber music concerts. By night the crystal box, home base to the Shanghai Opera House Company, glows from within.

Matthew Liu Fine Arts
Museums & Art

Ex-financier Matt has set up shop amid the restored neo-classical facades of the Rockbund Development, repping German photog Candida Höfer, Arranz-Bravo from Spain and Brazil's Vik Muniz, and a show schedule rotating six times yearly.

People’s Square

This former horse racecourse is now a one-stop cultural park to get your fab art fill. Archi-symbolic Shanghai Museum houses dynastic relics and rarities, while the glass-paned beauty MoCA draws international contempo heavyweights. The Urban Planning Exhibition Hall sounds like a boring old crud, but on the 4/F is a fascinating scale model of the shape of Shanghai to come. All cultured out? Plant your bot in the red seats of French architect Jean-Marie Charpentier's futuristic centrepiece the Grand Theatre for regular world-class performances. Ta-da!

Museums & Art

Vaulted, world-class showcase with a focus on Chinese contempo, boasting river views and a chic Bund location, with prices to match. Prominent artists include Xu Bing, Yang Yongliang and Yan Lei.

Tianmashan (Tianma Mountain)
Gardens & Parks

Known as the most beautiful hill in Shanghai, make the trip to Songjiang for bamboo-shaded hikes around the mountain, serene temple stops and at-the-peak views of Shanghai’s western ‘burbs. Day trip it and tag along Chengshan Botanical garden for pretty pink blooms.


Water Towns
Cultural Activities

Just over an hour's drive is a stuck-in-time-necklace of water towns with old stone homes, alleys and quiet canals. Expressive Xitang has its quiet moments. Closer but busier is Zhu Jia Jiao.