11 Things You Didn’t Know You Could Do in Shanghai

Shanghai is a city full of huge attractions, shows, and is world famous for its skyline and financial district. The hustle, the bustle, the lights, the magic - they're all great…but seeing the Bund in the background, or pottering around Puxi can be a little tiring for those of us who've been here a while. Shanghai-dwellers need more, and more is what you shall have!


There’s a TON of stuff to do in the city that you probably didn't know about. From recording your own album, to sailing a boat or flying a plane, you’re not short of amazing activities that'll quench your thirst for something new to do, band add to your skill-set repertoire! How many people can confidently say, “I can make dim sumand my own shoes!”? Really. How many.


1. Become a Makeup Artist 
Day, night, and some killer looks that will make you stand apart from the crowd - this beauty course ain't no joke. This 8 hour glam session runs over 2 Saturdays and will help you master the art of makeup. 

Calin Fashion Academy
Until June 30
From ¥3000
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2. Record Your Own Music
Find out what it’s really like to be a rock star. Head over to the Sounds Great studio and learn all about the recording process, then lay down some tracks of your own! Perfect for anyone with an interest in singing, performing, or looking to make it big in the music biz. It's a great upgrade from your shower.

Sounds Great Studio
Ongoing
From ¥399
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3. Sail a Boat
What better way to spend a warm Shanghai afternoon than on the water, sailing a boat? This experience is great for individuals, couples, or families and will give you a real sense of escapism from the go-go-go metropolis we live in.

Shanghai Sailing Club on Dishui Lake
Ongoing
From ¥99 (Child under 1.2M)
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4. Become a Kungfu Master
When in Rome, or indeed China, why not learn Chinese Kungfu? Not only does it help with fitness and focus, it also sounds VERY badass. Kids and adult classes available.

Hong Wu Kungfu Centre
From ¥1000 (2 months)
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5. Learn About Shanghai's Ghosts
Dare you dance with the Paramount Theatre ghost? Will you summon up the courage to enter a pitch black grotto? And how fast will you run when the dragon stirs? Join an action-packed Ghost Tour and find out just how brave you are as you to visit Jingan Temple’s Guardian Lions, explore an expat cemetery, and go in search of Shanghai’s long-lost Bubbling Well.

Exit 1, Jing'an Temple Station
Ongoing
From ¥1160 (1-4 adult group)
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6. Learn to Swim
Classes are available at the Fairmont Peace Hotel for children and adults who want to learn how to swim. 1 and 2 person sessions are also at the ready, so you can learn with a friend at a time that suits you! 

Fairmont Peace Hotel
Ongoing
From ¥3500 (2 person class)
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7. Make your own shoes
If you have an interest in crafting, fashion, or just love having unique things in your closet, why not try your hand at making your own shoes? There are a few different sessions available, all brought to you byCraft’d. Let's get creative!

Make Your Own Espadrilles
Craft'd
May 24 - August 12
¥400
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Make Your Own Boho Sandals
Craft'd
May 8 - 20
From ¥200 (Bring your own sandals)
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8. Go Rock Climbing
Rock climbing can help you tone up, slim down, train your brain, and build your self-confidence. Basically, it can help you become the best version of yourself – and who doesn’t want that?


Park Climbing Gym
Ongoing
¥110 (incl. shoes & safety gear)
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9. Fly a Plane Above Mt. Putuo
Always want to fly a plane, but don’t know anyone who can casually lend you one? Don’t despair! You can now pilot an SR20. That's right. Add this bad boy to your bucket list and get the rush of a lifetime.

Zhoushan Putuo Shan Airport
Ongoing
From ¥1980 (15 mins)
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10. Become a Pro Chef
This is a skill that you’ll use for the rest of your life, be it for impressing a date or a potluck dinner party. That's right - you can learn how to mak dim sum. Who wouldn't be all about that?

Cooking Workshop - Dim Sum (Group Course)
370 Wulumuqi Nan Lu
Every Sunday
¥240
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11. Enter Your Fish in a World Goldfish Competition
Do you think you have the best pet goldfish in the world? Well, this is fishy friend's time to shine! Just make sure you enter them into the right class -- or you'll get their little tails disqualified.

Shanghai New International Expo Center
August 20
¥200
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11 Things You Didn’t Know You Could Do in Shanghai
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