13 Things to Do in Shanghai This Chinese New Year!

The Chinese New Year holiday will be upon us very, very, soon!

But if you've got no plans to leave Shanghai, what exactly are you going to do? Cuz guess what? Unless you plan properly, CNY can be pretty boring...

DON'T PANIC! We've got you covered!
1. The Butterfly Lovers
Kickstart your holiday with Shanghai Ballet's rendition of The Butterfly Lovers, a poignant love story dating back to the Tang Dynasty. Often compared to Romeo & Juliet, this is a truly touching story of love and loss.

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2. Chinese New Year's Eve Dinner
Celebrate the start of Chinese New Year at South Beauty - a sumptuous Shanghai take on Sichuan cuisine located near the Bund. With 22 dishes to share, in addition to unlimited soft drinks and beers, the price also includes free entry to the after party at Bar Rouge! Now that's bang for ya buck!

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3. CNY Sewing and Craft Camp
Staying in Shanghai with kids? Keep them busy with one of Craft'd's short holiday camps, offering them a wide variety of creative workshops. From watercolor painting and soap making, to yarn crafts, the young ones will have a great time, make new friends, and learn a new skill!

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4. Island Adventure Trip
Avoid the insane sea of travelers and head down south to Dayushan Island, where you'll experience the some truly stunning nature and peace. From camping under the starry night, to having a bonfire party on the beach, to visiting minority villages, this 3 day trip packs a real punch. A big bonus to this trip is it's super close to Shanghai, so no getting caught up in a CNY travel nightmare!
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5. Spring Festival Overture
Composed in 1955–56 by Li Huanzhi, the Spring Festival Overture is an immensely popular piece throughout China and beyond. In 2007, it was one of 30 musical selections sent into outer space aboard Chang'e No.1, China's first lunar probe satellite, which beamed this music back to earth from a distance of some 236,000 miles!
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6. The Westin Sunday Brunch
Head to The Westin to celebrate Chinese New Year in style: with a lavish Sunday brunch! They're offering two floors of what we can only describe as a food extravaganza, free-flow Veuve Clicquot champagne, a wine buffet, a ‘make-your-own’ cocktail bar and a myriad of entertainers! What a way to spend a Sunday!
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7. Learn Chinese Kungfu
Keeping your "New Year New Me" resolutions in check, improve your health, fitness, and self-cultivating goals by taking Kung Fu classes! Located on Tai Kang Road artist area, this center has rapidly become the studio for anyone and everyone who has an interest in Chinese Kung Fu.
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8. Rainbow Chamber Orchestra
The Rainbow Chamber Orchestra was founded in 2010, and performs old favorites alongside newly written, traditional-style pieces. It is led by conductor Xue Yuan, who has won a number of major awards, including first place at the Second International Conducting Competition for Chinese Music in July 2014.
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9. Winter Wonderland Trip
OK, so it's snowing today but it's not exactly a winter wonderland in the city, is it? But you don't have to go far to see a real, stunning blanket of snow and nature in all it's glory. Head over to Daming Mountain, just a few hours on a bus from Shanghai, and hike through incredible winter scenery, an ancient village, take a dip in relaxing hot springs, and more!
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10. Radetzky March Symphony Concert
Beautiful classical music originally composed by John Strauss, performed in the stunning Shanghai Oriental Art Center Concert Hall will give you goosebumps. Don't miss this wonderful performance, perfect for a slightly different evening out!
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11. Fly A Plane Above Mount Putuo
Have you ever wanted to fly a plane, but don't know anyone who has one casually lying around? Don't despair! This one-of-a-kind trip will allow you to experience the thrills and challenges of piloting a SR20. You won't forget this amazing trip in a hurry!
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12. Floatation Spa
Take a break this holiday with Floatasian: a luxurious, Swedish floatation spa in Shanghai that provides a unique gravity-free experience. Designed for city dwellers who are looking for increased well-being, Floatasian offers the ultimate form of relaxation and comfort for both body and mind.
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13. Hands On Dumpling Delights
Are you obsessed with dumplings? Get off the beaten track and sample regional varieties of dumplings, from streetside stalls frying up potstickers to mom-and-pop shops serving boiled jiaozi from China’s frigid northeast. After eating your fill, you’ll learn how to make a dim sum specialty from a Chinese chef!
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And that wraps up our list of things you can do in and around Shanghai during Chinese New Year! So don't fret, because we've always got you covered.