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  •  Duolun Lu: War of the Words (CANCELLED)

    2018 Nov 23rd, Fri 10:30 am

     Unfortunately this event has been cancelled. On May 4, 1919 a student-led movement protesting the Treaty of Versailles resulted in a growing wave of social and literary creativity. At the same time, there was a growing interest in Communism, with its literature that could be understood by commoners. Many Shanghai writers poured out their hopes and dreams while living in relative secrecy in the affordable Hongkou district. Duolun Lu’s iconic cultural street, located in this...

  •  The 12th Shanghai Biennale

    2018 Nov 23rd, Fri 1:45 pm

    The Power Station of Art, the first state-instituted contemporary museum in Shanghai, opened on October 1, 2012 as the main venue for the Shanghai Biennale, a global event that takes place every two years showcasing works by international and Chinese artists. This year’s guest curator is the world-renown Cuauhtémoc Medina from Mexico. With the theme “Proregress: Art in an Age of Historical Ambivalence” this year’s biennale seeks to ask questions more than provide answers. Art...

  •  Shanghai Night Market Experience (CANCELLED)

    2018 Nov 24th, Sat 5:45 pm

    Unfortunately this event has been cancelled. Enjoy a dynamic night on the town as Shanghai & Beyond takes us to a typical middle-class neighborhood that comes alive after five. We’ll visit several homes with a realtor who will share what Chinese look for in purchasing a home and discuss housing trends and pricing. Pick up fascinating trivia by visiting shops that are “time honored brands” as well as some that achieve notoriety through social media....

  •  Street Eats Breakfast Tour with UnTour Shanghai

    2018 Nov 25th, Sun 8:45 am

    Wake up with the city to taste the Chinese breakfast of champions with the UnTour street food tour. We’ll mingle with water calligraphers and tai chi masters, taste Chinese breakfast dishes made right in front of our eyes at local street stalls, and learn the true meaning of fresh at a wet market. On this tour, you will sample freshly pulled noodles, fried dumplings straight out of the wok, Shanghai’s famous xiaolongbao (soup dumplings), savory...

  •  Needle Tatting Jewelry – Bracelet

    2018 Nov 26th, Mon 10:15 am

    Come and discover tatting crafts with Valerie Wu, a jewelry designer with over 15 years of experience teaching jewelry craft classes in Shanghai and Hong Kong. Tatting is a technique of knotting and looping lengths of thread to create a durable, lace-like design. In this class, we will use needle tatting to create a beautiful split ring bracelet with a bead in the middle. Needle tatting is fun, easy, and suitable for all skill levels...

  •  Fall Foliage & Six Arts Museum – Tianping Mountain

    2018 Nov 27th, Tue 7:45 am

    Tianping Mountain is a famous fall foliage spot in China with its thousands of flaming red maple trees, some as old as 400 years. In addition to admiring the fall foliage, Yoho Guides will show us the clear spring, the rare stones, and the historic landmarks that make this mountain a destination of interest. After enjoying a lunch of local cuisine, we’ll visit the Six Arts Museum, a highly rated and newly opened ancient folk...

  •  Jing’an Temple and Its Hidden Gems

    2018 Nov 27th, Tue 9:45 am

    The beauty and history of the Jing’an temple is easy to overlook, given the distractions of shopping and eating on West Nanjing Road. Come roam within the temple walls with us, exploring Buddhism’s sacred geometry and symbolism. The Shanghai & Beyond team will share stories of Bubbling Well Road and the development of Jing’an. We’ll discover hidden architectural gems in a traditional pharmacy as well as the culinary secrets of the temple’s monks. We’ll also...

  •  HongMei – The Shoe Lady

    2018 Nov 28th, Wed 9:15 am

    Lisa Zhu has another local “star” to introduce us to—the Shoe Lady. HongMei started a shoe booth in Jing’an district at the age of 17, and after 37 years she is still here serving her neighborhood.  Using her “magical” hands, she gives new life to shoes, bags, and leather goods.  We will meet HongMei at her new location and listen to her story, discovering what has made her successful for all these years and gaining...

  •  Beginners’ Mahjong Class

    2018 Nov 29th, Thu 9:45 am

    Invented during the 19th century, Mahjong became China’s most popular game. In this game of strategy and luck, the excitement lies in the decisions that you constantly have to make. Is it preferable to discard a tile and thus gain an advantage, or would it be more prudent to stay with a decent hand? A Mahjong specialist will introduce us to the game with a short history and will explain the tiles and general rules....

  •  Classic Cocktail Class

    2018 Nov 30th, Fri 4:45 am

    Jim Lee, Ocean Ground’s Founder and 2014 China Bartending Champion, will teach us how to make an awesome cocktail.  We’ll taste all the classics – Old Fashion, Negroni, Ramos Gin Fizz, Sidecar, Gimlet, Mojito, made by Jim and we’ll also make one cocktail of our own.  Ocean Ground will also prepare some tasty flatbread pizza to soak up the samples.   DATE: Friday, November 30 TIME: 16:45 Registration, 5pm to 7pm VENUE: Ocean Ground 282...

  •  Cooking at The Twins

    2018 Nov 30th, Fri 10:45 am

    Spend the day with friends in the gorgeous facilities at The Twins Cooking school (located above the Zwilling Knife Flagship Shop). We’ll learn how to prepare Smoked Pork with Cabbage and Saffron Mushroom Risotto. Afterward, we’ll sit down to eat what we’ve prepared. A glass of wine and a dessert are included with the meal. Please note the cancellation date on this event.   DATE:            Friday, November 30 TIME: 10:45am Registration, 11am to 1pm...

  •  3 DAYS FACE TO FACE WITH PANDA

    2018 Dec 1st, Sat

    Historic culture? – check.  World famous cuisine? – check.  Three UNESCO World Heritage Sites? – check.  Face to Face with one of China’s living national treasures? – Oh Yeah!!!  Experience all of this and more on a family-friendly trip to Chengdu, long known for it’s relaxed, laid-back lifestyle.    We’ll explore the historic Wide and Narrow Alley and courtyards of the Qing Dynasty that have now become a popular entertainment and nightlife spot, then have...

  •  Holiday Brunch at the Waldorf Astoria

    2018 Dec 2nd, Sun 12:00 pm

    What better way to celebrate the festive season than an extravagant buffet brunch with friends and family? Please join us at the revamped Grand Brasserie at the Waldorf Astoria, an icon of the historic Bund, with some of the best holiday decorations in the city. The new team at Grand Brasserie has designed a vast and generous buffet for our members, including a glass of bubbles on arrival, free flow wine and sangria, and the...

  •  Mulled Wine Workshop (NEW)

    2018 Dec 3rd, Mon 1:45 pm

    Get yourself in the festive mood with a class that will tingle all your Christmas senses! You will be taken through the steps of making sachets of delicious mulled wine spices, which you can adapt to your personal tastes. The class will allow you to make 12 sachets (enough for 12 bottles of wine!) and we will also provide you with packaging – making them the perfect stocking filler gift!   Plus, you will also be...

  •  Nanxiang and Guyi Garden (CANCELLED)

    2018 Dec 4th, Tue 9:45 am

    Unfortunately this event has been cancelled. Garden? Check. Water town? Check. Soup dumplings? Jackpot! Nanxiang is known as the home of the soup dumpling (xiaolongbao). Accessible by the metro, Nanxiang is a great introduction to all that defines Yangtze River culture. Guyi is one of Shanghai’s five classic gardens with waterways, pavilions, and a sanctuary for two gorgeous black cranes. Inscribed along the walls are quotations from legendary figures who inspired many generations. For lunch,...

  •  From Famous Home to Symphony Museum (NEW)

    2018 Dec 5th, Wed 9:15 am

    Shanghai is known for its amazing architectural designs. In the heart of the French Concession stands the city’s newly renovated Symphony museum, converted from a complex of gorgeous 1920s villas surrounded by their beautiful gardens. Our guide Lisa Zhu will take us on a tour of this charming and alluring structure.   DATE:            Wednesday, December 5 TIME: 9:15am Registration, 9:30am to 11:30am VENUE: Shanghai Symphony Museum 3 Baoqing Rd. (metro line 1 to Changshu Road...

  •  Suzhou Pearl Market (NEW)

    2018 Dec 6th, Thu 8:45 am

    Join Janny Chyn from Shanghai Pathways for a trip to the Suzhou Pearl Market…The destination for freshwater pearls in China! First, we will see and learn about the process of pearl harvesting at a mussel farm. Each person will choose a mussel to be opened and discover the surprise— what pearls are inside? Information will be shared during our day about grades of pearl quality and how to know whether pearls are genuine or fake....

  •  QiGong BaDuanJin 八段锦 (NEW)

    2018 Dec 7th, Fri 9:45 am

    QiGong is the umbrella term used for a variety of exercise types, the most well known of these, for us foreigners, is Tai Chi.  QiGong BaDuanJin is one of the most famous QiGong in China.  This traditional Chinese QiGong has been in existence for more than 1000 years.  It was very popular back in the Song Dynasty (960-1279 AD).  There are eight elegant movements in BaDuanJin.  The BaDuanJin is an ideal lifetime exercise for most...

  •  ArtCN Gallery with artist Ann Niu (NEW)

    2018 Dec 7th, Fri 1:45 pm

    Native to Shanghai, artist Ann Niu has studied calligraphy since childhood. Her painting reflects the influence of diverse cultures and artistic forms that shaped her personality while living abroad. In her new solo exhibition entitled “Flash – Flash,” Ann Niu uses glitters as her main pictorial language, creating a dynamic and extravagant body of countless flickers. As it is impossible to capture the effect on digital screens, the audience is bound to view the work...

  •  Blind Wine Challenge! (NEW)

    2018 Dec 7th, Fri 6:45 pm

    To celebrate the festive season, we’re making it all about fun as we tickle our noses and tease our tongues with a blind wine tasting party. Just think about all the great new favorites that will be discovered as we guess the name and cost out of our selections. Join us for this great evening that will be completely focused on taste!   DATE: Friday, December 7 TIME:             6:45pm Registration, 7pm to 8:30pm VENUE:...

  •  Holiday Beer Tasting (NEW)

    2018 Dec 8th, Sat 2:45 pm

    Without a doubt, the holiday season is made all the merrier with a pint of beer in hand. Nicky of Daga Brewpub will share his wintry favorites with us. The styles range from classic Belgian strong ales to imperial stouts, plus some flavored beers or ciders with holiday spices. This introduction to a flight of 6 beers will be a relaxing and fun experience during the hectic holiday season. Date: Saturday, December 8 Time: 2:45pm...

  •  Coffee Morning

    2018 Dec 10th, Mon 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, December 10 TIME:             10am to 12pm VENUE: Regal International East Asia Hotel, Emerald Ballroom 2/F 516 Hengshan Rd., near Wuxing Rd. (metro line...

  •  Egg Yolk Filled Buns & Insect Dumplings (NEW)

    2018 Dec 11th, Tue 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. We will start by making steamed buns with an egg yolk filling and then we will prepare Insect Dumplings. Please note – they are called Insect Dumplings because of their shape—no insects are harmed in the cooking process!...

  •  Survey of Art in China – Session 4 -Introduction to Calligraphy and Ink Painting (NEW)

    2018 Dec 11th, Tue 1:45 pm

    We continue the fourth session in the Survey of Art in China series as we explore the social context in which calligraphy and ink painting arose in China.  Why is calligraphy one of the highest and most esteemed arts in China? Was it always a critically elevated form of art? As we attempt to remove some of the mystique, the findings will astound and bemuse us. As Art Historian Julie Chun, Adjunct Professor of Art...

  •  Wet Markets and Hidden Secrets Of The Old City (NEW)

    2018 Dec 12th, Wed 10:15 am

    Michael Wang of Shanghai and Beyond comes from the countryside where farming lifestyles and recipes are still a major part of the culture. On this walk, he’ll guide you on your journey to preparing farmer’s style fresh vegetables. The first walk was so popular SEA is offering it again. Michael will share his personal favorites and recommend several options guaranteed to get you loving Chinese veggies! Then, discover the dwindling remains of the Old City’s...

  •  An Introduction to the World of Vodka (NEW)

    2018 Dec 14th, Fri 6:45 pm

    After the success of our gin master class, please join us for a vodka master class as Chase Distillery once again takes over the Laowines tasting room for an evening. Be part of an intimate vodka tasting while we discuss how vodka is made and the best way to serve it at home, especially after a hard day in Shanghai. The RMB 150 event fee includes RMB 100 off the purchase price of any Chase...

  •  Former British Racing Club and History Museum (CANCELLED)

    2018 Dec 15th, Sat 9:45 am

    Unfortunately this event has been cancelled. Shanghai & Beyond will take us on a deep dive, back 7,000 years to the dawn of the Yangtze River delta’s civilization and geography. Who knew Shanghai history was so ancient? Learn about architectural highlights and ancient relics as we rediscover our “home away from home”. We’ll learn about the movers and the shakers who guided the rise of this city from its war-torn ashes, including the figure whose...

  •  Spa and Pilates Package

    2018 Dec 17th, Mon 9:45 am

    Stiff neck? Tight shoulders? Sore hips? Figure out what causes tension in your body and ways to alleviate it with a 55-minute Pilates session (small group class, 1-on-4), followed by a full body oil massage (60min). This blissful 2 hour package will help you gain the strength, stability, and balance necessary to lead an active and healthy lifestyle.   DATE: Monday, December 17 TIME: 9:45am Registration, 10am to 12pm VENUE: SPA Subconscious, 183 Fumin Road,...

  •  7 Days Jewel of Myanmar

    2018 Dec 20th, Thu

    This trip will focus on 3 locations- Yangon, Bagan and Inle Lake. Yangon is the gateway to the country and city of the Shwedagon Pagoda, which is coated with 60 tons of pure gold. Bagan is a spectacular religious archaeological site with thousands of stupas, temples, and monasteries spread over 42 kilometers of countryside set along the Ayeyarwady River. Inle Lake is a scenic gem nestled on the Shan Plateau, with its famous leg-rowing Intha...

  •  3 DAYS HARBIN –  Ice Wonderland (FULL)

    2019 Jan 18th, Fri

    This event is already full. There is a second trip on January 25-27th.   Renowned as the home of ice and snow, Harbin holds its annual International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival from January to early February.  Thousands of exquisitely-made ice lanterns, ice carvings and snow sculptures grace snow-covered parks, public squares and major streets, turning the city into a dreamlike world of pure whiteness and gleaming crystal.  Online pictures cannot fully capture the magic...

  •  3 Days Harbin – Ice Wonderland (SECOND TRIP)

    2019 Jan 25th, Fri

    Renowned as the home of ice and snow, Harbin holds its annual International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival from January to early February.  Thousands of exquisitely-made ice lanterns, ice carvings and snow sculptures grace snow-covered parks, public squares and major streets, turning the city into a dreamlike world of pure whiteness and gleaming crystal.  Online pictures cannot fully capture the magic of this place.  You must experience it in person to truly grasp the magnificence...

  •  Thousand Islands Lake Tour (NEW)

    2019 Apr 13th, Sat

    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,...

  •  Intoxicating Yangzhou (NEW)

    2019 Apr 23rd, Tue

    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...