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  •  Memory Wire Bracelet

    2017 Jun 26th, Mon, at 9:45:am

    LEARN HOW TO MAKE YOUR OWN JEWELRY through this hands-on workshop.  Our instructor Margaretha teaches classes to the expat community throughout China. Today, she will introduce a Memory Wire Bracelet. Strong and durable, you can make these by the handful. Memory wire is steel spring wire that expands to fit the wrist, so bracelets made with it have a “one size fits all” quality to them. Date: Monday, June 26 Time: 9:45am Registration, 10am-11:30am Venue:...

  •  Museum of Chinese Medicine

    2017 Jun 27th, Tue, at 10:00:am

    Over the past 5000 years, traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) has developed into a unique system to diagnose and cure illness. In TCM, the understanding of the human body is based on the holistic view of the universe as described in Taoism. Join Janny Chyn from Shanghai Pathways as we visit the Shanghai Museum of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Known as the largest professional TCM museum in the world, it boasts more than 14,000 exhibits and almost...

  •  Hong Mei – The Shoe Lady

    2017 Jun 28th, Wed, at 9:15:am

    Lisa Zhu has another local “Star” to introduce us to — the shoe woman. HongMei started a shoe booth in JingAn district at the age of 17. After 37 years, she is still here serving the neighborhood.  They bring in their shoes, bags, and leather products and HongMei uses her magical hands give them a new life.  We will meet HongMei at her new location and listen to her story. We will find out how...

  •  China’s One Child Policy

    2017 Jun 29th, Thu, at 9:45:am

    This month, we continue our talks about Chinese culture and traditions. The “One Child Policy”, introduced in 1979, resulted in most contemporary Chinese families having only one child. A special generation of single adults has become the backbone of modern China. Who are these people? Why are their behaviors and habits so different? Teacher Ben, an only child, will provide us with some insight, explaining the reasons behind the policy, how it has been implemented,...

  •  1930’s Nightclub Tour

    2017 Jul 1st, Sat, at 4:45:pm

    We have all heard about Shanghai’s legendary nightlife as the “Paris of the Orient” during the 1920s and 30s, but on this tour, we’re going to try to relive it! Shanghai historian Patrick Cranley will evoke the atmosphere of those gin-soaked days while we take in the recently restored nightspots on our itinerary: The Great World, the Paramount Ballroom, and the Lyceum Theatre. Those so inclined may order their favorite tipples (alcoholic drinks) on a...

  •  Guang Ming Cun

    2017 Jul 3rd, Mon, at 11:00:am

    Every day, from 10am to 6pm, local Shanghainese people line up for takeout food at Guang Ming Cun. During the Mid-Autumn Festival, a scalper might charge over 300 RMB for a front spot in line to buy mooncakes! Today, we will enjoy a meal with our guide Lisa Zhu, while she explains why this restaurant is so important to locals. We will learn how to “read” the menu and how to order. We will try...

  •  Glass Bead Workshop

    2017 Jul 5th, Wed, at 9:30:am

    Glass, a beautiful material, comes in many bright colors and shapes. There is so much we can do with glass when we know how! Lisa Zhu will take us to a glass workshop where we will experience making our own glass beads using a special flaming technique. This workshop was established by the very first Chinese person to receive a doctorate degree in the field of glass at the University of Wolverhampton in England. Date:...

  •  Satisfying Summer Salads

    2017 Jul 5th, Wed, at 9:45:am

    If you find that your homemade salads just aren’t as good as those in restaurants, perhaps the problem rests in the prep of the salad, the choice of ingredients, or the dressing itself. In this class, with Heidi’s 10 tricks we promise you’ll be tossing better homemade salads in no time, that are good enough for a summers main meal. Date: Wednesday, July 5 Time: 9:45a Registration, 10am-12pm Venue: FOTILE 8 Tao Jiang Road Cost:...

  •  An Insider’s Dumpling Tour

    2017 Jul 6th, Thu, at 9:15:am

    Have you ever wanted to learn to eat dumplings like a local? Lisa Zhu will take us on a dumpling tasting tour as she educates us on the names of different dumplings and how to order them, even when there is no menu. Along the way, we will visit one of Shanghai’s famous old bakeries, learn what the locals are lining up to order, and grab a pastry to take home. We will also visit...

  •  Foot Binding Shoes (CANCELLED)

    2017 Jul 6th, Thu, at 9:45:am

    Yang Shao Tang has had a passion for binding shoes ever since he saw his mother’s little feet. Join Lisa Zhu as she introduces us to Mr. Yang and his amazing collection of shoes. We will learn about this fascinating fashion which is so much a part of Chinese culture and history, and we will see the legendary three-inch lotus shoes. Date: Thursday, July 6 Time: 9:45am Registration, 10am-11:30am Venue: Ao Sen Apartments 786 Hongzhong...

  •  Barre with Z&B Fitness

    2017 Jul 6th, Thu, at 1:45:pm

    Escape the summer heat while still getting your daily exercise. Join our Barre class in the air-conditioned studio of Z&B Fitness. The Barre fitness craze began in the US, where exercises developed for ballet dancers were adapted for non-professionals, and a fantastic, low impact workout was born! Barre focuses on small movements to improve posture and tighten muscles. After class, enjoy a smoothie and a snack, courtesy of Lizzy’s Smoothies. Date: Thursday, July 6 Time:...

  •  Sushi Making Class

    2017 Jul 7th, Fri, at 10:15:am

    Sushi is one of the most popular cuisines in the world. Our guide Lisa Zhu will work with a local Japanese expat to teach us how to make sushi and the Japanese national soup, Miso. We will make different types of sushi with tuna, cucumber, egg and vegetables. All ingredients are resourced from the Japanese market. Aren’t you ready for some fresh, homemade sushi? Date: Friday, July 7 Time: 10:15am Registration, 10:30am-12:30am Meet: MaDang road...

  •  Coffee Morning

    2017 Jul 10th, Mon, at 10:00:am

    Please join us for our monthly coffee morning! Meet friends new and old, enjoy some coffee and snacks, shop at the many vendors, and find out what is happening in the Shanghai Expatriate Association this month. We look forward to seeing you there! Date: Monday, July 10 Time: 10am-12pm Venue: Regal International East Asia Hotel Emerald Ballroom 2/F 516 Hengshan Lu, near Wuxing Lu (metro line 1, Hengshan Road, exit 2, turn right or metro...

  •  Knotted Necklace

    2017 Jul 11th, Tue, at 9:45:am

    Learn to make your own jewelry through this hands-on workshop. Our instructor Margaretha teaches jewelry classes to the expat community throughout China. Today, we will learn a traditional method used by many jewelers working with fine beads: A knot is placed between each bead to keep the beads from rubbing together and to keep them more secure in case of a break. Date: Tuesday, July 11 Time: 9:45am Registration, 10:00am-12:00pm Venue: Jasmine Garden, House 21...

  •  Spicy Chicken and Green Beans

    2017 Jul 12th, Wed, at 9:45:am

    The Chinese Cooking Workshop was established in 2003 as the first hands-on cooking school targeted to expats. On a trip to Shanghai, Marc Murphy, a judge on the television show Chopped, stopped by to learn how to make authentic Chinese food! Please join us for this Chinese cooking class where Head Chef Mike will teach us how to make three dishes: chili chicken, spiced tofu salad, and chili green beans. Afterwards, we will sit down...

  •  Inner Mongolia Adventure (FULL)

    2017 Jul 13th, Thu, at 12:00:am

    Travel to Inner Mongolia to enjoy fresh air on the endless grasslands. Symbolic of Inner Mongolia, the vast grasslands dominate life in this beautiful country and will give you an amazing experience. Besides enjoying sunrise in the grasslands and sunset in the desert, we will ride camels, go horseback riding, taste ”big meat” and drink from large bowls of wine with the nomads. Some of the historic sights we will visit are the National Museum...

  •  Mi La Workshop

    2017 Jul 13th, Thu, at 9:45:am

    Mi La is the special amber that’s currently one of the most popular jewelry materials in China. This creamy yellow material looks heavy but is surprisingly lightweight. Today, Lisa Zhu will take us to see a Mi La expert who will teach us why the Chinese love it so much. We will learn the source of the material, and see and touch different quality Mi La and jewelry pieces. The best part – you will...

  •  Express Spa Day: Manicure and Pedicure

    2017 Jul 14th, Fri, at 9:45:am

    Enjoy a mini-spa day experience at Subconscious Day Spa. Indulge in a special manicure and pedicure to get your hands and feet ready for the summer. Sit back and relax with some refreshing tea while being pampered. Your day will include a high-performance exfoliation on both your hands and feet, and your nails will be professionally shaped with cuticle treatment and then polished to perfection. Don’t forget to collect your exclusive gift (for attending SEA...

  •  Walk on the Wild Side at Pudao Wines

    2017 Jul 14th, Fri, at 6:45:pm

    Exploring the world of wine is an almost never-ending adventure. With over 1,500 recorded grape varieties across the globe, there is certainly no shortage of flavor combinations. Although there are few things better than returning to an old favorite, the excitement of discovering a new wine is one of life’s great pleasures. Join Kwan Tsui, a top wine expert, for a fun and informative evening at Pudao Shanghai. Broaden your wine horizon with a great...

  •  Express Spa Day: Manicure and Pedicure

    2017 Jul 17th, Mon, at 9:45:am

    Enjoy a mini-spa day experience at Subconscious Day Spa. Indulge in a special manicure and pedicure to get your hands and feet ready for the summer. Sit back and relax with some refreshing tea while being pampered. Your day will include a high-performance exfoliation on both your hands and feet, and your nails will be professionally shaped with cuticle treatment and then polished to perfection. Don’t forget to collect your exclusive gift (for attending SEA...

  •  Healthy Sorbet & Ice Cream for the Summer

    2017 Jul 18th, Tue, at 9:15:am

    Learn with a Le Cordon Bleu Master Chef. These guilt free, delicious DIY sorbet and ice cream recipes, with more healthy fat, protein, and antioxidants than most, are tasty enough that you won’t ever dream of going out and buying a pint of ice cream again. Exactly what you need to cool down during the hot summer months. Date: Tuesday, July 18 Time: 9:15am Registration, 9:30am-12pm Venue: 1458 South Pudong Lu, Building 1 (metro line...

  •  Tea Ritual and Ceremony Class

    2017 Jul 19th, Wed, at 10:00:am

    Brewing tea is an art that is simple to learn, yet one can work on it for a lifetime and never know all its secrets. This event is designed to introduce the various types of Chinese tea, use of the tea set and implements, and the proper storage of tea leaves. Janny Chyn from Shanghai Pathways will help you learn various methods to make green tea, oolong tea, black tea and Pu’er tea, as well...

  •  Hidden Temples Walk

    2017 Jul 20th, Thu, at 9:45:am

    On this walking tour through (mostly) Shanghai’s “Old Chinese City,” we will visit Buddhist, Islamic, Christian and Daoist places of worship. Local historian Patrick Cranley, president of Historic Shanghai (historic-shanghai. com), will take us to sites we may have never seen before. He will describe both the structures of these buildings and the tenets of each religion. We will also be able to enjoy the lively street life. Please dress for the weather, wear good...

  •  Chinese Feng Shui

    2017 Jul 25th, Tue, at 10:30:am

    Feng Shui (translated as wind and water) is about harmony and balance in our environment. It is a body of knowledge based on 5,000 years of human experience, both practical and spiritual. Feng Shui is the art of creating an environment that elicits positive thinking, focus of the mind, progress and prosperity at every level of our life. Combining ancient tradition, science and mysticism, Feng Shui is remarkable both in its clarity and effectiveness. Janny...

  •  Charming Qingdao

    2017 Jul 28th, Fri, at 12:00:am

    Escape the summer heat of the city by traveling to Qingdao located on the southern seaboard of Shandong peninsula. The Bavarian appearance of the city provides an old world backdrop for visiting the former German governor’s mansion and St. Michael’s Cathedral. We will visit the Qingdao Beer Museum and Brewery, where some of the old wooden machinery is still in use. Then we will enjoy fresh seafood at a beach promenade restaurant while taking in...

  •  Sesame Dumplings

    2017 Aug 3rd, Thu, at 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 make two dishes. The first is Tang Yuan, dumplings filled with black sesame paste that are served during Lantern Festival. The second is sesame balls, served at Chinese celebrations throughout the year! Afterwards, we will sit down together to enjoy the...

  •  Culture Talk: Chinese Millennial Women

    2017 Aug 8th, Tue, at 10:30:am

    Would you like to understand more about Chinese culture, what it is like to live, work, and shop in Shanghai and how the culture and city have changed – especially for women? Janny Chyn from Shanghai Pathways will focus her talk specifically on high income women aged 25 to 35; what these Chinese Millennial women want and what inspires them. During this talk, she will help you get to know the city and its people....

  •  Bijin Hair Treatment

    2017 Aug 10th, Thu, at 10:00:am

    Bijin Hair is a premium hairdressing salon boasting a team of acclaimed international stylists. Today, come in for a deep conditioning hair treatment that will leave your hair silky and healthy, shampoo, blow-dry, and style. Bijin Hair would like to offer a 20% discount for those attendees that would like to receive a haircut on this day. Let the experts pamper you at a special discounted price just for SEA! Date: Thursday, August 10 Time:...

  •  Coffee Morning

    2017 Aug 14th, Mon, at 10:00:am

    Please join us for our monthly coffee morning! Meet friends new and old, enjoy some coffee and snacks, shop at the many vendors, and find out what is happening in the Shanghai Expatriate Association this month. We look forward to seeing you there! Date: Monday, August 14 Time: 10am-12pm Venue: Regal International East Asia Hotel Emerald Ballroom 2/F 516 Hengshan Lu, near Wuxing Lu Hengshan Lu (metro line 1, exit 2, turn right) or Shanghai...

  •  Delectable Summer Desserts

    2017 Aug 15th, Tue, at 9:45:am

    For this class, we will work with a Le Cordon Bleu Master Chef to create some hot weather desserts. Serve up a tasty treat this summer by learning to cook some of her favorite recipes using exquisite seasonal fruits like plump blackberries, ruby raspberries, juicy peaches, and nectarines. These delicious desserts will ensure your summer day ends on a sweet note. Date: Tuesday, August 15 Time: 9:45am Registration, 10am-12pm Venue: 1458 South Pudong Lu, Building...

  •  Chinese Incense Ceremony

    2017 Aug 17th, Thu, at 10:15:am

    Incense is burned to add pleasant fragrances to rooms and clothing, to communicate with the gods, and to drive out evil spirits. Burning incense during I Ching readings is an absolute must because it creates the right atmosphere in which to receive the divine wisdom of the pure breath of the gods. During this class, you will have a unique chance to broaden your knowledge about the ancient Chinese incense culture. You can also witness...

  •  Australia Under the Radar at Pudao Wines

    2017 Aug 18th, Fri, at 6:45:pm

    Australian wine has never been better! What is more relaxing than chilling out with some sensational top notch wines at Pudao Shanghai? Under Kwan Tsui, the in-house wine expert, we will sample a splendid selection of wines that showcase the breadth and depth of Australian wine making. Apart from some old favorites like Clare Valley Rieslings and Margaret River Cabernets, we will venture out to experience some “under the radar” regions which continue to impress,...

  •  Subconscious Spa Day

    2017 Aug 21st, Mon, at 9:45:am

    Please join us for a luxurious day of pampering at Subconscious Day Spa. This special package, exclusive for SEA members, includes a 45-minute Silky Skin Body Exfoliation that will eliminate dirt and sebum from your skin while promoting lymph node detoxification, leaving your skin smooth, soft, and supple, a 60-minute Signature Oil Massage with a choice of essential oils that will penetrate the skin leaving you relaxed, and a 60-minute Oriental Foot Massage using pressure...

  •  Daga Brew Pub IPA Beer Tasting

    2017 Aug 26th, Sat, at 2:45:pm

    Come do a taste test of three international IPA’s and three Chinese IPA’s at DAGA Brewpub where they have 60 different beers on tap. DAGA focuses on Chinese craft beers, working with breweries from various Chinese provinces including Nanjing, Sichuan, Shandong, Wuhan, Anhui, and Shanghai. With selections ranging from a Hefeweizen from Sichuan to an IPA from Wuhan, you’re sure to find a brew (or two) that suits you. Join us as we explore China’s...

  •  Chinese Ink Painting: Roses in Vases

    2017 Aug 28th, Mon, at 9:45:am

    Please join us at Yuan Chinese Ink Painting Workshop where the head instructor, Ruizhi Song, will teach us about Chinese art, Chinese philosophy, and the techniques of traditional Chinese painting. Mrs. Song has held worldwide exhibitions showcasing her paintings. Today, we will watch her paint roses in vases as she explains the fundamental characteristics of Chinese ink painting. Under Mrs. Song’s guidance, you will then create your own painting on rice paper. Date: Monday, August...

  •  Newcomer’s Reception

    2017 Aug 30th, Wed, at 10:00:am

    New to Shanghai? Interested in the SEA? Please join us for a casual coffee morning to learn more about the SEA and make new friends. To join SEA, please bring your passport or a copy, along with RMB 350 (membership valid through August 2018). Application forms can be downloaded from www.seashanghai.org. Forms will also be available at the coffee morning. Date: Wednesday, August 30 Time: 10am-12pm, information presentation at 10:30am Venue: Regal International East Asia...

  •  South Bund Fabric Market:Tailoring Tour

    2017 Aug 31st, Thu, at 9:45:am

    Have you ever ripped a page out of Vogue and thought, “I want someone to make this for me”? Now it’s possible, with a trip to the South Bund Fabric Market. This market is made up of hundreds of tailors under one roof, any of whom can make just about anything at an affordable price. Mrs. Jet-Set will introduce you to the best tailors for fine cashmere coats, women’s dresses, leather jackets, traditional Chinese dresses,...

  •  Guilin and Yangshuo Scenery

    2017 Sep 4th, Mon, at 12:00:pm

    See the pristine natural beauty of Guilin! Visit towering limestone peaks jutting out of rice paddies, quaint Chinese villages, stunning rice terraces, local markets and ethnic minorities of Zhuang and Yao. Experience a bamboo raft cruise down the picturesque Li River (weather permitting). Take a bike tour of the authentic villages and along the way see buffalo and farmers plowing fields.  Guilin is one of the scenic areas in the world. Click HERE for more...

  •  Jinshan Peasant Painting Village and Fengjing Water Town

    2017 Sep 7th, Thu, at 8:15:am

    The Jinshan Peasant Painting village is an artist’s hub that developed in the 1970s as part of the government’s Back-to-the-Countryside campaign. After an introduction about this plan and how it evolved into folk art given by Shanghai and Beyond, you’ll meet local artist Yao Xi Ping. He’ll share how he and his wife developed their own artistic style, and will host a private class to create your own painting. If you bring a family photo,...

  •  Jingdezhen Ceramics Tour

    2017 Sep 21st, Thu, at 12:00:am

    Jindezhen has been producing pottery for over 1700 years and is known as the “Porcelain Capital” of China.  Situated in a beautiful mountainous area, Jingdezhen is rich in natural resources required for porcelain production  On this trip you will visit the tile factory, big pot factory, ancient kilns, and the Saturday Creative Morning Market. Plenty of shopping time is built into the trip to ensure you bring back beautiful souvenirs of your trip. DEPARTURE Thursday,...

  •  Travel the Silk Road (CANCELLED)

    2017 Sep 30th, Sat, at 12:00:pm

    Spend Golden Week on a trip traveling the Silk Road which took tradesmen and monks across mountains, deserts and seas from Europe to Asia.  The journey begins in Kashgar, an important hub on the Old Silk Road and a vibrant Islamic center within Chinese territory. Stroll through the Sunday market – the biggest farm trade market in central Asia. Experience the road on a camel ride in the Gobi Desert. Continue along this ancient trade...

  •  Nepal Adventure (FULL)

    2017 Oct 1st, Sun, at 12:00:am

    Nestled amidst the Himalayas and steeped in both Hindu and Tibetan cultures, Nepal has always lured adventure seekers. The capital of Kathmandu offers stunning ancient architecture and colorful vibrant bazaars with the majestic snow-capped mountains in the background! After a short 2-hour drive, we will arrive at the lovely Himalayan Resort of Nagarkot where you are treated to a stupendous view of the mighty Himalayas. A short flight from Kathmandu is Pokhara, a lovely valley...

  •  Ancient Highways of Japan

    2017 Nov 20th, Mon, at 12:00:am

    Explore the ancient highways of Japan travelled by feudal lords, merchants and pilgrims.  Visit Takayama Old Town with beautifully preserved buildings and streets dating from the Edo period.  Experience the daily life in rural Japan with locals fishing in rivers, drying persimmons hung under eaves and pickling vegetables.  Continue to Shirakawa-Go, a secluded mountain village in the Japanese Alps, where the roofs are shaped similar to hands folded in prayer. End the trip visiting Nagoya...

  •  Yellow Mountain and Ancient Villages

    2017 Dec 4th, Mon, at 12:00:pm

    Escape the city for hiking on China’s most beautiful mountain, Huangshan.  Enjoy a slower pace, charming medieval villages and Hui style architecture. After spending a day hiking on Yellow Mountain, descend the mountain to spend a day exploring ancient merchant homes and residences  from the Ming and Qing dynasties in the villages. Learn about the advanced water system developed for Honcun. Before departing for Shanghai, we will enjoy a show depicting the history, culture and...