New Year’s Eve in Shanghai

New Year’s Eve in Shanghai

By Leah O' Hearn

My Google search for NYE events this year has so far yielded not much beyond a string of Jacky Cheung concerts from December 30 to January 3rd (www.tickets.com.cn/products_1912.html). However, if you’re not really into Hong Kong pop, what else is there to do on December 31st as the clock kicks us over to 2011?

Since Google is keeping mum on the topic, here’s a little list of what’s happening around the city on NYE.

It’s just not New Year’s without fireworks but it has been rumoured that there will not be any official fireworks displays this year. Check out our forums here for discussion of this. However, do not fret: if there are no official fireworks displays, there will more than likely be unofficial firework celebrations in your neighbourhood.

One event that is becoming a tradition in Shanghai is the Countdown Party in Xintiandi. Past years have seen the Countdown Party centred on the Taipingqiao Lake and this year will be no different. The theme will be ‘A World Celebration from the Heart” and there will be a colourful concert featuring both Chinese and Western singers from China’s Got Talent and Britain’s Got Talent. You can get tickets right up until the 31st by making purchases at Shanghai Xintiandi Style, Shanghai Xintiandi, and Corporate Avenue/ The Langham Xintiandi Hotel. If your same day invoices reach the required amount (RMB688), you can redeem them for a ticket. For more information, visit their website at www.xintiandi.com

Although Chen Yi Square on the Bund does not seem to be holding its usual fireworks display, the area should still be buzzing with people attending the countdown there. Even if there are no fireworks, you can still admire the river and the pretty lights of the city from the promenade.   

The Grand Gateway mall in Xujiahui will hold a concert featuring stars from Hong Kong and Taiwan. The Shanghai Daily event listing, mentions a three minute fireworks display.

For something a little different, head to Longhua Temple where there will be a lion dance and folk music and temple bells will ring in the New Year. Entry charges range from 200-518 RMB but call 64566085 for details.

In terms of restaurants and bars, there will be a plethora of holiday set menu offerings and it’s really a matter of personal taste: Choose a place that suits your budget and tastes but also consider proximity to your apartment as taxis will be thin on the ground. However, here’s a few of the deals that we’ve noticed…

Hyatt on the Bund - Countdown to the new year in China’s tallest hotel – Bookings Tel: 13916842731, info@inthecutent.com

Racks - Set Menu and Open Bar – Bookings Tel: 52125971 or 13331937393.

M1NT is holding a swish black tie event with limousines and Dom Perignon - Bookings Tel: 6391 2811, bookings@m1ntglobal.com

Ambrosia Teppanyaki and Tempura Restaurant are having a Toga Party this NYE with free-flow prosecco, plenty of lobster, and sake too – Bookings Tel: 64313935

Mi Tierra – RMB199 for the buffet and a further RMB199 for free-flow margaritas, sparkling wine, and beer – Bookings Tel: 54655837, tierramexicana@gmail.com

If you know of any NYE events (or would like to promote one), send me an email at leah@shanghaiexpat.com and I will add it to the list.

You can also discuss what’s happening for NYE in our forums, here.

Global Times have a brief article about events in the city here .