Chat in China's biggest English language forum.
Receive our weekly
newsletter.
Find an apartment or rent
yours out.

Join the Shanghai Expat Community!

*   *   *  
*   *  captcha
refresh
  Receive our weekly newsletter.   I agree with the Shanghai Expat Terms of Service.  
Register   or   Sign in
CLOSE X
Email or username:
Password: Forgot your password?

New Year’s Eve in Shanghai

 

Writer

Leah O' Hearn

Share with
Scan & Share
on Wechat
Tagged
Nightlife

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 .

ARTICLES YOU MAY LIKE:
The Coolest Countdown Party in Town
Glide into 2015 with a glass in hand on December 31st. Flair at the Ritz-Carlton Shanghai is  t...
Celebrate St. Patrick's Day in Style
You could be celebrating St. Patrick’s Day at the Shanghai Shangri-La this year. Sherpa’s is offer...
On Top of the Bund: Bar Rouge
Bar Rouge opened their new terrace in style last Friday, May 3rd. Soft saxophones and chilled beat...
Bund 18: Lasers, Legs and Long Drinks
Afraid of elevators? Hate the tight space, the boring music and the inevitable push and shove ...
BY THE SAME AUTHOR:
Vaccinations: For Shanghai and In Shanghai
When I first came to China in 2006, I went to live in Chongqing. In my preparations for leaving Aus...
Sailing...In Shanghai?
The Shanghai Yacht Club and its new Marlin Bay restaurant, brought to you by the same people who ru...
Hunting Mosquitoes in Shanghai
Mozzies, wen zi, evil little bloodsuckers from the circle of hell specially reserved for people who...
Name that Vegetable
What the hell is it? No, it’s not some crazy science experiment gone wrong. It’s not a GM crop th...

In Your Mailbox, Every Tuesday!