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  •  Cherry Blossoms at Gucun Park (NEW)

    2019 Mar 21st, Thu 8:30 am, at 8:30:am 8:30 am

    Please join Lilo Bruckmeier and Suanne Sardi for an informal SEA group walking tour of the Sakura Forests in Gucun Park to see the cherry blossoms. Gucun Park is “First in Shanghai” for both the number and variety of cherry blossoms and is a “Top Ten” cherry blossom destination in China! The park is graced with over 12,000 blossoms covering 82 species. We will meet at the Starbucks Coffee Shop at the top of Exit...

  •  The History of Bound Feet (NEW)

    2019 Mar 22nd, Fri 10:15 am, at 10:15:am 10:15 am

    We’ve all heard the stories and seen the strange but delicate and often beautiful shoes worn by Chinese women during the period of bound feet. But how did this practice begin? And how did it end? Ms. Shirley Shen, owner of a private collection containing over 400 antique costumes, shoes, and headdresses, will cover these questions and more. We’ll delve into why this process of inflicted deformity was considered a mark of beauty and status,...

  •  Yuz Museum – Nested Exhibition (NEW)

    2019 Mar 22nd, Fri 1:45 pm, at 1:45:pm 1:45 pm

    The current exhibition Nested at the Yuz Museum is a quiet treasure that requires a bit of prodding and examining to discover it’s rich content. The exhibition comprises of works by the artist Su-mei Tse from Luxembourg. Born to a Chinese father and a British mother, Tse is representative of the  current generation of glob-trotting artists who are not constrained by nations or borders. As a multi-diciplinary artist, she fuses photography, sculpture, videos and even...

  •  Wine Tasting – Pudao Wines (NEW)

    2019 Mar 22nd, Fri 6:45 pm, at 6:45:pm 6:45 pm

    As you may have heard, Pudao Wines will be leaving their Ferguson Lane location in May.  The March and April tastings will be your last chance to join your fellow SEA members at Pudao on Wukang Road.  The topics are yet to be determined, we will update as soon as they have been decided.   DATE: Friday, March 22 TIME: 6:45pm Registration, 7pm to 8:30pm VENUE: Pudao Wines 376 Wukang Rd., House 102, Ferguson Lane...

  •  Brunch Like a Local (NEW)

    2019 Mar 23rd, Sat 9:15 am, at 9:15:am 9:15 am

    Our guide Lisa Zhu invites us to experience brunch like the local Shanghainese. We will venture into a local neighborhood and enjoy many delicious treats hidden in this slowly disappearing community. Cicifan, youtiao, danbing, and congyoumian are just a few examples of the food on offer. This is a family friendly outdoor event. Come hungry and please dress appropriately for the weather.   DATE: Saturday, March 23 TIME: 9:15am Registration, 9:30am to 11:30am MEET: Huangpi...

  •  Men’s Premium Tailoring Experience (NEW)

    2019 Mar 23rd, Sat 1:45 pm, at 1:45:pm 1:45 pm

    In need of a new tailored suit for this spring or upgrading your work attire? Join RJ Clothing for an exclusive tailoring session in their new showroom. Bring your friend/partner/wardrobe advisor and enjoy this experience while savoring some Chivas Regal 18 and light refreshments. We will explore the exciting suiting industry and learn what you should look out for when commissioning your made-to-measure garments. Please see the online calendar entry for more details on this...

  •  Craft Beer with Brewdog and Laowines (NEW)

    2019 Mar 24th, Sun 2:45 pm, at 2:45:pm 2:45 pm

    What is craft beer? Why has it taken the world by storm? Spend the afternoon with Chris from Brewdog for plenty of fun, beer, and just the right amount of beer knowledge. We will learn what craft beer is and why it’s different from “normal” beer. We’ll also taste six of Brewdog’s beverages from IPAs to stouts and everything in between. Have you ever had a question about beer? Now is your time to get...

  •  Watercolor (NEW)

    2019 Mar 25th, Mon 9:45 am, at 9:45:am 9:45 am

    Anyone Can Paint! Learn the basics of watercolor. We will learn the skills of color blending shading and basic strokes in order to design and paint our own floral botanical wreath. We also learn the steps behind creating 3D lettering as well as how to incorporate fluid masking into our artwork.   DATE: Monday, March 25 TIME: 9:45am Registration, 10am to 12pm VENUE: Craft’d 1288 Fuxing Rd (M), near Xiangyang Rd (S) Building 3, 1st...

  •  Chinese Funeral Museum (NEW)

    2019 Mar 26th, Tue 10:15 am, at 10:15:am 10:15 am

    The Qingming Festival (also known as Pure Brightness Festival or Tomb-Sweeping Day) is set aside as a day to offer sacrifices to one’s ancestors. To understand the Chinese funeral customs, our guide Janny Chyn will show us China’s only Funeral Industry Museum. This modern museum offers an overview of the funeral business in China. During this guided tour, we’ll begin to understand Chinese funeral culture, hear amazing stories, and learn funeral history. This is an...

  •  Newcomers’ Reception

    2019 Mar 27th, Wed 10:00 am, at 10:00:am 10:00 am

    New to Shanghai? Interested in the Shanghai Expat Association? Please join us for a casual coffee morning to learn more about SEA and make new friends. To become a member, please bring your passport or a copy, along with RMB 350 (membership valid September 2018 – August 2019). Download our SEA Membership form 2018-2019. Forms will also be available at the coffee morning.   Date: Wednesday, March 27 Time: 10am to 12pm Venue:           Regal...

  •  Wire Jewelry – Beginners I (NEW)

    2019 Mar 27th, Wed 10:15 am, at 10:15:am 10:15 am

    Making wire jewelry is fun. Goldsmiths, jewelry designers, hobbyists, and jewelry artists all use wire to make jewelry. After mastering the basic technique, we can freely create the style of jewelry we like and enjoy the pleasure of our achievement. Join Valerie Wu for a morning of creativity and go home with a pair of simple, stylish earrings and a matching ring. Valerie has taught jewelry classes in Shanghai and Hong Kong and designs jewelry...

  •  Nanjing Purple Mountain and Memorial Hall (NEW)

    2019 Mar 28th, Thu 7:30 am, at 7:30:am 7:30 am

    Nanjing is one of four great ancient capitals of China. Its epic influence and the tombs of Sun Yat Sen and the first Ming Dynasty Emperor can all be observed at Purple Mountain. During this very special day trip opportunity, the team from Shanghai and Beyond will share the stories of these legendary heroes as we explore the scenic paths and relics. Lunch will include Nanjing specialties such as tangbao dumplings, salted osthmanthus duck, and...

  •  The Violin Maker (NEW)

    2019 Mar 30th, Sat 9:45 am, at 9:45:am 9:45 am

    Ding came to Shanghai at the age of 18 and followed a master to learn how to hand make violins. What’s driving this young man to continue the journey of his handcraft work when most of the world is utilizing machine-made instruments? According to Ding, “Machine has no life, it’s the people who give soul to music.” Let’s follow our guide, Lisa Zhu, to visit this hidden violin workshop in a beautiful area of the...

  •  Shanghai’s Extraordinary Jewish Legacy (NEW)

    2019 Mar 31st, Sun 9:15 am, at 9:15:am 9:15 am

    Join us for this fascinating historical tour of Jewish Shanghai. From the 1840s to the 1950s, waves of Jewish immigrants from Baghdad, India, Russia,and Central Europe left their mark on Shanghai. We will start at the Bund exploring the Baghdadi Jewish heritage followed by visits to various places in Hongkou district, including the Ohel Moshe synagogue (now Shanghai’s Refugees Museum), a monument in HouShan Park, and a Chinese (formerly Jewish refugee) home. Bring comfortable walking...

  •  Guang Ming Cun (NEW)

    2019 Apr 1st, Mon 10:45 am, at 10:45:am 10:45 am

    Everyday at Guang Ming Cun, local Shanghainese people line up for takeout food from 10am to 6pm. During Mid-Autumn Festival, a scalper might charge over RMB 300 for a front spot in line to buy mooncakes. Local guide Lisa Zhu will take us to find out why the restaurant is so important to locals as we join her for a meal at this interesting, and delicious, establishment. We will learn about the menu and how...

  •  Yangcheng Lake Bike Tour (NEW)

    2019 Apr 2nd, Tue 7:45 am, at 7:45:am 7:45 am

    “Seen from far away, Yangcheng Lake looks like a piece of shiny jade in the sun.” Bato from Cycle China will lead us to take in the lake views while cycling an easy and relaxing 20 km around the perimeter on well-paved roads that are made only for bikes. Afterwards, visit the highly-rated Chongyuan Temple and see the highest and heaviest above-water indoor Guanyin (Goddess of Mercy) Pavilion in China. A 20 minute boat ride...

  •  Cashew Chicken and Spicy/Sour Eggplant (NEW)

    2019 Apr 3rd, Wed 9:45 am, at 9:45:am 9:45 am

    The Chinese Cooking Workshop was established in 2003 as the first hands-on cooking school targeted to expats. Please join us for this Chinese cooking class where Head Chef Mike will teach us how to prepare two dishes. Our first dish will be Cashew Chicken. Next, we will learn how to make Spicy and Sour Eggplant. Afterward, we will sit down together to enjoy the dishes we have created. A vegetarian option can be arranged in...

  •  Silky Body (NEW)

    2019 Apr 5th, Fri 9:45 am, at 9:45:am 9:45 am

    Pamper yourself with Subconscious Day Spa signature silky body exfoliation for regenerating new cell growth and hot shower before embarking on a 60 mins spa body oil massage. You get to experience the best of both treatments in this blissful spa journey.   DATE: Friday, April 5 TIME: 9:45am Registration, 10am to 12pm MEET: SPA Subconscious 183 Fumin Road, Jingan (line 7 Jingan Temple Exit 8, 500 meter) 富民路183号 COST: RMB 480 (includes: treatment, snack...

  •  Night Food Tour (NEW)

    2019 Apr 6th, Sat 6:00 pm, at 6:00:pm 6:00 pm

    If you like Chinese food, and particularly if you love noodles, xiaolongbao, stir-fry, and traditional Shanghai desserts, then this is the tour for you! Lisa Zhu will lead us as we explore some of the small, hidden restaurants that are extremely popular among locals. Vegetarians and families are welcome. Come hungry for this delicious night food tour.   DATE: Saturday, April 6 TIME: 6pm Registration, 6:15pm to 8:15pm MEET: Fuxing Rd and Ruijin Rd (No....

  •  Coffee Morning

    2019 Apr 8th, Mon 10:00 am, at 10:00:am 10:00 am

    Please join us for our monthly coffee morning! Meet friends new and old, enjoy some coffee and snacks, shop at the vendors’ tables (new vendors every month), and find out what is happening in the Shanghai Expatriate Association this month. We look forward to seeing you there!   DATE: Monday, April 8 TIME: 10am to 12pm VENUE: Regal International East Asia Hotel, Emerald Ballroom 2/F516 Hengshan Rd, near Wuxing Rd (metro line 1 to Hengshan...

  •  Dragon Well Tea Tour (NEW)

    2019 Apr 9th, Tue 8:00 am, at 8:00:am 8:00 am

    Once a year, a sleepy tea village awakens. Dragon Well, China’s most iconic tea, has a short harvest season in China’s renowned scenic area of Hangzhou. Join Shanghai & Beyond to travel by high speed train and private bus to YangMeiLing tea village where our local family will welcome you as honored guests. Hike up tea terraces to observe the ancient skill of harvesting, enjoy rare photographic moments, and learn about culture, history and legends....

  •  Survey of Art in China – Session 8

    2019 Apr 9th, Tue 1:45 pm, at 1:45:pm 1:45 pm

    Overview of Chinese Contemporary Art This is the eighth session in the continuing series, Survey of Art in China, taught by Julie Chun, Adjunct Professor of Art History. This session will be a concise sit-down lecture, exploring the socio-political conditions that paved the way for the rise of contemporary art in China. Through this lecture, we will gain an understanding of the art and artists who came into prominence after the Cultural Revolution. This lecture...

  •  Ink Painting – Plum Blossoms (NEW)

    2019 Apr 10th, Wed 9:45 am, at 9:45:am 9:45 am

    Join us at Yuan Chinese Art Workshop where artist Huang will teach us about Chinese art, Chinese philosophy, and the techniques of traditional Chinese painting. Ms Huang majored in Chinese ink painting and has been a senior teacher for four years. We will watch her as she paints plum blossoms and explains the fundamental characteristics of Chinese ink painting. Under her guidance, we will create our own paintings on rice paper.   DATE: Wednesday, April...

  •  COOKING WITH FRIENDS – Mallorquin Tapas

    2019 Apr 11th, Thu 11:15 am, at 11:15:am 11:15 am

    Do you need a new idea for simple appetizers or even an easy dinner? Delicious Mallorquin tapas may be your new go-to meal! Together with Florian Stahl from Cooking with Friends, we will learn how to prepare some of these famous, easy-to-make Mallorquin tapas. We will meet at his home—a traditional, authentic Chinese lane house—and prepare the dishes in a relaxed, enjoyable atmosphere. After our cooking experience we will have time to sit together and...

  •  Suzhou Creek (NEW)

    2019 Apr 12th, Fri 9:45 am, at 9:45:am 9:45 am

    Suzhou Creek has been a major transport route for many centuries. At 125 km long, the former strategic war arena was, for a long time, the dirtiest place in the city—but it is now known as the SOHO of Shanghai. As we wander along the delta of Suzhou Creek with Carolin Billetter from Shanghai Art Walks & Talks, she will point out colonial buildings and tell us about their histories. We’ll enjoy great views of...

  •  White Wines of the World (NEW)

    2019 Apr 12th, Fri 6:45 pm, at 6:45:pm 6:45 pm

    Always buying the same white wine? Want to try something different? This is the night for you. Come join Paty, Laowines’ wine expert, for a friendly night of learning and drinking our way through white wines of the world. Locations, grapes, styles, histories, and wine cultures will be discussed as we sample our way around the globe, leaving us as newly minted white wine experts.   DATE: Friday, April 12 TIME: 6:45pm Registration, 7pm to...

  •  Thousand Islands Lake Tour

    2019 Apr 13th, Sat, at 12:00:am

    Escape city life with a two-day bike ride around Thousand Islets Lake (Qiandao Lake). SEA will join Bato for a weekend of exercise for the body and soul. Day one will consist of a beautiful bike ride, lunch, and a one-night stay in the ancient city of Qinchuan. The next day we will explore this picturesque village, take a short hike, and continue our bike ride around the lake. Detailed information in PDF Departure: Saturday,...

  •  Night Eats and Wine Tour (NEW)

    2019 Apr 14th, Sun 5:15 pm, at 5:15:pm 5:15 pm

    Are you curious about Shanghai’s night-TIME:food scene? Do you like to drink wine but haven’t been introduced to China’s international-awardwinning, boutique wineries? Join us on a night-TIME:eating and drinking extravaganza as we pair our authentic “night eats” with surprisingly delicious, proudly-made-in-China wines. Learn everything you wanted to know about (good) Chinese wine but were afraid to ask! We’ve selected three award-winning wines for an adults-only, local night-time food and drink extravaganza. You’ve never tasted local...

  •  Fenyang Road Historical Walk (NEW)

    2019 Apr 15th, Mon 9:30 am, at 9:30:am 9:30 am

    Fengyang Road is a beautiful, tree-lined promenade that forms part of the Former French Concession. Lisa Zhu will be our guide as we explore and learn about the history of this part of Shanghai. We will admire the architectural features of these lovely homes and hear the legends of their previous owners. Included in this fascinating tour is a visit to the Arts and Crafts Museum.   DATE: Monday, April 15 TIME: 9:30am Registration, 9:45am...

  •  Pick the Right Pearl (NEW)

    2019 Apr 17th, Wed 10:15 am, at 10:15:am 10:15 am

    Shanghai is the place to find a wide variety of pearls at reasonable prices, but many of us do not know how to differentiate between fake and genuine pearls. Lilian Hu, a talented jewelry designer and founder of Faye Jewelry, will teach us about the different types of pearls available in the markets and how to choose pearls for personal use or as a gift. She will also show different styles of pearl necklaces and...

  •  Songjiang – The Hidden Pearl (NEW)

    2019 Apr 17th, Wed 12:45 pm, at 12:45:pm 12:45 pm

    Get out of the city! Let’s discover Songjiang, known as the cultural root of Shanghai. This suburban district, with a population of 1.5 million, was an important town long before Shanghai developed into a city. Together with Maja von dem Bongart, sinologist and historian from Shanghai Art Walks & Talks, we will explore milestones on this historical path, including famous gardens, parks, a Buddhist temple, and a mosque. A perfect springtime outing!   DATE: Wednesday,...

  •  Spring Luncheon – el willy (NEW)

    2019 Apr 18th, Thu 11:30 am, at 11:30:am 11:30 am

    The Happy Spanish Restaurant One of the most well-known Spanish restaurants in Shanghai, el willy has received several awards, and it’s easy to understand why. Its location and large windows open to amazing views of the city. The charismatic and personable chef ”Willy” Trullas Moreno’s cooking is more contemporary than traditional Spanish—he doesn’t just make paella, he makes “juicy rice!” Influenced by local culture, the structure of the menu follows the Chinese rules of yin...

  •  Hair Treatment (NEW)

    2019 Apr 19th, Fri 10:00 am, at 10:00:am 10:00 am

    Let the experts pamper you at a special discounted price just for SEA! Bijin Hair is a premium hairdressing salon boasting a team of acclaimed international stylists. We will enjoy a deep-conditioning hair treatment that will leave your hair silky and healthy, and a shampoo, blow-dry, and style. Bijin Hair is offering a 20% discount for those attendees who would like to receive another treatment (haircut, etc) on this day. Get ready for the weekend—there...

  •  Wine Tasting – Pudao Wines (NEW)

    2019 Apr 19th, Fri 6:45 pm, at 6:45:pm 6:45 pm

    As you may have heard, Pudao Wines will be leaving their Ferguson Lane location in May.  The March and April tastings will be your last chance to join your fellow SEA members at Pudao on Wukang Road.  The topics are yet to be determined, we will update as soon as they have been decided.   DATE: Friday, April 19 TIME: 6:45pm Registration, 7pm to 8:30pm VENUE: Pudao Wines 376 Wukang Rd., House 102, Ferguson Lane...

  •  Tipsy Chocolate (NEW)

    2019 Apr 20th, Sat 6:45 pm, at 6:45:pm 6:45 pm

    Join SEA and Laowines for a chocolate and wine tasting event at the Zotter Chocolate factory. We will taste more than 250 varieties of chocolates—all organic and fair trade—and six exciting wines from all over the world. We’ll pair the wines with chocolates, design our own favorite chocolate bar, and let our creative sides run wild. The wine tastings, carried out by our Wine and Spirit Education Trust (WSET)-trained wine professional, are designed to be...

  •  Coffee Tasting (NEW)

    2019 Apr 21st, Sun 9:50 am, at 9:50:am 9:50 am

    Wake up on a Sunday morning with coffee!  Jim Lee, Ocean Grounds’ Founder & Coffee Q-grader, will teach us about coffee, its origins and development, and it’s many variations.  During this session you will taste 3 signature coffees and 2 single origin coffees.  A snack of flatbread pizza will also be provided.   DATE: Sunday, April 21 TIME: 9:50am Registration, 10:00am to 11:30am VENUE: Ocean Grounds, 282 Huaihai Middle Rd, 1F Hong Kong Plaza north...

  •  Midori Travel Notebook (NEW)

    2019 Apr 22nd, Mon 9:45 am, at 9:45:am 9:45 am

    Midori notebooks are more than just a pad of paper. These stylish books can contain a variety of inserts depending on your note taking, travel, or journaling needs. We will start with real leather for the cover, and then customize our notebooks with a wide selection of inserts: inner diaries, sketch, lined, and grid paper, business cardholders, or document wallets. Finishing touches can be added with letter stamping, decorative beads, charms, buttons, bookmarks, or tassels....

  •  Intoxicating Yangzhou

    2019 Apr 23rd, Tue, at 12:00:am

    Explore the ancient city of Yangzhou with Shanghai and Beyond for an overnight adventure. Discover the Han dynasty tombs of Prince Guangling, the residence and gardens of a salt merchant, Guyuan, and the market street, Dongguan. Take a boat ride on Slender West Lake and explore the night market. Learn about the famous knives of Yangzhou and visit a barbershop where hair is trimmed using ancient techniques. Detailed information in PDF DEPARTURE Tuesday, April 23...

  •  Chinese Mona Lisa (NEW)

    2019 Apr 23rd, Tue 9:45 am, at 9:45:am 9:45 am

    Although the original is in the National Palace Museum in Beijing, join us to view a special version of the Qingming Shanghe Tu—one of the most treasured paintings, and the longest scroll, in China. This painting, also called “Along the River During the Qingming Festival,” depicts life during the Northern Song dynasty – boat rowing, horsemanship, and the bustle of markets. Local guide Lisa Zhu will take us on an excursion to explore the China...

  •  Newcomers’ Reception

    2019 Apr 24th, Wed 10:00 am, at 10:00:am 10:00 am

    New to Shanghai? Interested in the Shanghai Expat Association? Please join us for a casual coffee morning to learn more about SEA and make new friends. To become a member, please bring your passport or a copy, along with RMB 350 (membership valid September 2018 – August 2019). Download our SEA Membership form 2018-2019. Forms will also be available at the coffee morning. Date: Wednesday, April 24 Time: 10am to 12pm Venue:           Regal International...

  •  Wire Jewelry – Beginners II (NEW)

    2019 Apr 24th, Wed 10:15 am, at 10:15:am 10:15 am

    Making wire jewelry is fun. Goldsmiths, jewelry designers, hobbyists, and jewelry artists all use wire to make jewelry. After mastering the basic technique, we will freely create the style of jewelry we prefer and then enjoy the pleasure of our achievements. Join Valerie Wu for a morning of creativity and take home a unique, wrapped stone pendant. Valerie Wu has taught jewelry classes in Shanghai and Hong Kong and designs jewelry with a mix of...

  •  Discovering Minimalist Art (NEW)

    2019 Apr 24th, Wed 1:45 pm, at 1:45:pm 1:45 pm

    There are numerous “isms” in art that can prove to be more confounding than comprehensible for viewers. In this concise art lecture, Julie Chun (Adjunct Professor of Art History) will highlight the aspects that define Minimalist art and discuss the art and artists within its social, political and economic context. We will examine some of the initial pioneers of this artistic genre and explore the rise and impact of Minimalism in the global art scene....

  •  Century Park Fun Bike Ride (NEW)

    2019 Apr 25th, Thu 10:15 am, at 10:15:am 10:15 am

    Century Park, the largest park in Shanghai, is an oasis in the city, offering vast garden and lawn areas complemented by lakes and pools. Join us as we explore every corner of the park on bicycles—about 5 km. We’ll view a lakeside scenic area, a nature preserve with a bird garden, the Folk Village, and the Century Clock. After our tour, we’ll enjoy a delicious spring picnic as we relax and enjoy the company of...

  •  Newcomers’ Reception

    2019 May 22nd, Wed 10:00 am, at 10:00:am 10:00 am

    New to Shanghai? Interested in the Shanghai Expat Association? Please join us for a casual coffee morning to learn more about SEA and make new friends. To become a member, please bring your passport or a copy, along with RMB 350 (membership valid September 2018 – August 2019). Download our SEA Membership form 2018-2019. Forms will also be available at the coffee morning.   Date: Wednesday, May 22 Time: 10am to 12pm Venue:           Regal...

  •  Yangtze River Cruise

    2019 May 30th, Thu, at 12:00:am

    Cruise along the longest River in China – the third longest in the world. This cruise will take you through the heart of China. You will witness its history and ordinary life as you enjoy the famous scenery of the Three Gorges. Travel on the Yangzi Explorer – the most luxurious vessel on the Yangtze River. Take a shore excursion to the 816 Underground Project (world’s largest artificial military cave) or board local longboats pulled...

  •  Newcomers’ Reception

    2019 Jun 19th, Wed 10:00 am, at 10:00:am 10:00 am

    New to Shanghai? Interested in the Shanghai Expat Association? Please join us for a casual coffee morning to learn more about SEA and make new friends. To become a member, please bring your passport or a copy, along with RMB 350 (membership valid September 2018 – August 2019). Download our SEA Membership form 2018-2019. Forms will also be available at the coffee morning. Date: Wednesday, June 19 Time: 10am to 12pm Venue:           Regal International...