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  •  Luncheon at the Kitchen Table

    2017 Oct 19th, Thu, at 11:15:am

    The Kitchen Table at the W Shanghai – The Bund is a modern style New York City bistro with timeless bistro fare. Decked in industrial chic, nonstop New York vibes surge throughout the buzzy space wrapped in street art and decorated with edgy renditions of laneway icons such as bicycles and birdcages. With fine hardwoods, black iron, stainless steel, and an open kitchen concept, The Kitchen Table celebrates the excitement and legacy of Shanghai’s flourishing...

  •  Spa Day at AWAY Spa in W Hotel (NEW)

    2017 Oct 20th, Fri, at 9:30:am

    The new AWAY spa located at the W Shanghai – The Bund offers treatments to leave guests glowing. Today, refresh and rejuvenate with your choice of a 60-minute Detox massage or a 60-minute Totally Organic Facial; followed by a 15-minute Oxygen Inhalation to help detoxify your body, reduce stress and clear your mind. SEA members can also step into the ultra-modern FIT gym that offers access to the newest Technogym equipment, the indoor and outdoor...

  •  Tai Chi: 24 Style

    2017 Oct 20th, Fri, at 9:45:am

    Tai Chi: 24-style was designed for beginners. It is a beautiful routine and a great place for beginners to start their tai chi journey. 24-style is the most popular type of tai chi in China; in fact, most tai chi practitioners began their practice with this style. Master Chen will guide us step-by-step, demonstrating each technique of 24-style while carefully explaining each movement. Date: Friday, October 20 Time: 9:45am Registration, 10am to 11:30am Venue: Jun...

  •  Rhone Ranger and Beyond

    2017 Oct 20th, Fri, at 6:45:pm

    Along with Bordeaux and Burgundy, the Rhone Valley is a classic French region that is synonymous with reliable reds at superb values. Their wines are humble and warm, perfect for the coming fall. Rhone Valley has way more than just budget-friendly roses and hearty Syrah (Shiraz). The area is home to perfumed Viogniers, juicy Grenache, and herbaceous Mouverdre, just to name a few. In addition to sampling insiders’ gems from the region, our Pudao wine...

  •  Lake Tai Biking and Orange Picking (POSTPONED TO OCT. 21)

    2017 Oct 21st, Sat, at 7:45:am

    Lake Tai is the third largest fresh-water lake in China. Its biggest island, Xishan, is blessed with clear water, beautiful villages and lovely orchards. It is best described by the islanders as: “Among waters, there are hills. Among hills, there are flowers. Among flowers, there are villages.” From Shanghai, we will travel by bus for 2 hours and then start our biking tour with China Cycle on the bridge that connects the mainland with the...

  •  Calligraphy Association

    2017 Oct 21st, Sat, at 9:15:am

    Visit Si De Calligraphy and a painting association, both hidden in a peaceful Former French Concession shikumen house. Meet the members, who love calligraphy and painting. Today, they will share their professional experiences, display different types of calligraphy, and teach us about Chinese calligraphy culture. Mr. Zou, a professional calligraphy pen brush producer, will explain the differences between pen brushes made from different materials. We will also learn how to write on or paint our...

  •  Life Outside the Bubble in Jinqiao

    2017 Oct 22nd, Sun, at 9:15:am

    Jinqiao is one of the biggest family-friendly expat communities in Pudong, but sometimes it gives you the feeling that you are living in a bubble. Have you ever wondered “what’s going on outside of the bubble?” With our guide Lisa Zhu, we will explore the neighborhood just a few blocks away from the expat community. We’ll taste delicious food from local restaurants, visit interesting shops including a local bird and insect market, and visit with...

  •  Rhone Ranger and Beyond

    2017 Oct 22nd, Sun, at 2:45:pm

    Along with Bordeaux and Bugundy, Rhone valley is a classic French region that is now synonymous with reliable reds at superb values. Their wines are humble and warm, perfect for the coming Fall, but Rhone has certainly got way more than just budget friendly roses and hearty Syrah (Shiraz). The area is home to perfumed Viogniers, juicy Grenache and herbaceous Mouverdre, just to name a few. Apart from sampling these insiders’ gems from the region...

  •  Ink Factory Tour

    2017 Oct 23rd, Mon, at 8:35:am

    Chinese invented ink not long after they started to write. We’ve all been impressed when viewing the art of calligraphy but do you know how the ink is made and why some is so expensive? Our guide Lisa Zhu invites us to find the answers by visiting the ink factory, hidden in downtown Shanghai. Bring your camera for some unique photo opportunities! Also bring along an air mask and avoid wearing light colors as there...

  •  Breakfast at Tiffany’s Tour

    2017 Oct 23rd, Mon, at 12:45:pm

    Join Mrs. Jet-Set as we take a one-of-a-kind walking tour and enjoy breakfast at Shanghai’s flagship Tiffany’s. We will begin our tour at Plaza 66 on Nanjing Lu and grab a treat from one of the world’s oldest patisseries. Our next stop will be Tiffany’s where we will discuss the brand’s history and iconic role in the movie “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”. We’ll also visit other prominent jewelers including: Bvlgari, Van Cleef and Arpels, and Piaget...

  •  Wukang Road Exploration

    2017 Oct 24th, Tue, at 10:00:am

    Join us for a walking tour of architecture, history, and culture. In 1897, an American, Route Ferguson, who was the English teacher of Nanyang Public School, built a road so his colleagues and students could easily get to school. It was named Ferguson Road and, later in the 1930s, renamed Wukang Road. It is only 1.17 km long, but each house and its details tell interesting stories and reveal colorful history. Many political leaders, elites,...

  •  Macramé Crystal Necklace

    2017 Oct 24th, Tue, at 12:45:pm

    Learn how to make your own jewelry in this hands-on workshop. Our instructor, Margaretha, will introduce a macramé knotted crystal necklace. Working with macramé patterns and knots is an easy and affordable craft to learn. It requires very few tools and just some simple knowledge of basic knots. In this class, you will learn how to create a nice necklace in combining crystals into your macramé design. Date: Tuesday, October 24 Time: 12:45am Registration, 1pm...

  •  Chinese Ink Painting: Orchids

    2017 Oct 25th, Wed, at 9:45:am

    Please join us at Yuan Chinese Ink Painting Workshop where the head teacher, 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 orchids 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: Wednesday, October 25 Time:...

  •  Newcomer’s Reception

    2017 Oct 25th, Wed, at 10:00:am

    New to Shanghai? Interested in the Shanghai Expatriate Association? 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, October 25 Time: 10am to 12pm, information presentation at 10:30am Venue:...

  •  Hidden Alleyways: Former French Concession

    2017 Oct 25th, Wed, at 1:15:pm

    “I once had the idea of strolling through Shanghai without using the streets and to find my way through using only its alleyways instead. This is how this walk has been born and it is a special one.” The “Shanghailander” and founder of China Culture Consulting Co., Carolin Billetter has created a walk through the hidden alleyways of the former French Concession. You will have a peak behind the curtains of the famous Tianzifang and...

  •  Shang Lake, Reed Maze and Opera

    2017 Oct 26th, Thu, at 7:45:am

    Nestled among the beautiful mountains and numerous lakes of the Chang Shu region are the ancient city of Changshu and the Sha Jia Bang scenic area. The team from Yoho Guide will take us on a gentle stroll along the banks of Shang Lake, on the Fu Shui Causeway, where we will fully appreciate the magnificent landscape of the area. Sha Jia Bang is a typical Jiangnan water town and is rated as a National...

  •  Four Happiness and Fried Dumplings

    2017 Oct 27th, Fri, at 9:45:am

    The Chinese Cooking Workshop was established in 2003 as the first hands-on cooking school targeted to expats. Join us as Head Chef Mike teaches us how to make two signature dishes: Four Happiness Dumplings and Fried Dumplings. Afterwards, we will sit down together to enjoy the dishes we have made. Date: Friday, October 27 Time: 9:45am Registration, 10am to 12pm Venue: Chinese Cooking Workshop No 370 South Wu Lu Mu Qi Road 乌鲁木齐南路370号 Cost: RMB...

  •  Survey of Art in China – Session 2: Bronze

    2017 Oct 27th, Fri, at 1:45:pm

    Shanghai Museum presents a nice sampling of bronze artifacts yet lacks contextual information for understanding why so many “food and drinking vessels” were created in China’s early civilization (especially when they weren’t used for daily purposes). For our second session, Julie Chun (MA, Art History) will take you through the Bronze Gallery and discuss the process of production and the socio-political circumstances in which China’s bronze culture emerged and why it eventually declined. Please note...

  •  Tipsy Chocolate

    2017 Oct 28th, Sat, at 6:45:pm

    Join SEA and Laowines for a chocolate and wine tasting event at the Zotter Chocolate factory. Taste more than 250 varieties of chocolates, all organic & fair trade, and six exciting wines from all over the world on a challenging and cheerful tasting parcours. Pair the wines with the chocolate to take the enjoyment to a new level. Invent and make your very own favorite chocolate bar, let your creativity run wild. The wine tastings...

  •  The Stool Man (NEW GROUPS ADDED)

    2017 Oct 29th, Sun, at 8:45:am

    Tang Chang Gen owns a small shop on a local street in the Jing’an district. His main business is refurnishing and fixing antique/old furniture, but his biggest passion in life is the Deng Zi, a stool, all handmade without a single nail! Our guide Lisa Zhu will take us to visit this local carpenter, who is also an artist, and he will demonstrate part of the production process. Mr. Tang will share his life experiences...

  •  May 4th Movement: The Flame that Ignited Communism

    2017 Oct 30th, Mon, at 10:30:am

    On May 4th, 1919, a student-led movement protesting the Treaty of Versailles resulted in a growing wave of political and social creativity. With a growing interest in Communism, one element crucial to its success was easy-to-understand literature that could reach the common person. Many Shanghai writers who felt strongly that Communism could improve everyone’s lives poured out their hopes and dreams while residing in the affordable HongKou district. DuoLun Lu cultural street showcases what Communism...

  •  Chef Philippe Egalon Cooking Class (NEW)

    2017 Oct 30th, Mon, at 11:15:am

    Learn Chef Philippe’s culinary secrets by taking a hands-on cooking class from the pro himself at the Waldorf Astoria Shanghai. Chef Philippe Egalon graduated from the Nice Académie Culinaire, worked in Paris at the Concorde Lafayette and in Nice at the Hotel Negresco before working extensively in North America and Asia. He was appointed Chevalier dans l’ordre du merite Agricole by the French Minister of Agricultre and now serves as the Culinary Executive Chef at...

  •  Express Spa Day Dragonfly @IFC

    2017 Oct 31st, Tue, at 9:45:am

    Dragonfly is China’s leading chain of contemporary urban retreats offering a broad range of massage and beauty services to help you take a break and truly relax your mind, body, and soul. Today’s treatment begins with an essential oil foot bath. Then we will combine the benefits of an invigorating traditional brushing with an aroma oil massage on our lower legs, feet and soles to improve blood flow and energy channel circulation, release anxiety and...

  •  Macramé Bracelet with Sliding Knot (NEW)

    2017 Nov 1st, Wed, at 9:45:am

    Macramé bracelets make great, inexpensive gifts. With so many vibrant colors of cord and charms, the possibilities are endless for design variation. This bracelet project uses a single basic knot (called the square knot) and a sliding knot for a decorative closure. This class is suitable for any skill level. Date: Wednesday, November 1 Time: 9:45am Registration, 10am to 12pm Venue: Jasmine Garden, House 21 2239 Hongqiao Lu (metro line 10, Longxi Road Station, exit...

  •  Dining in Shanghai’s History (NEW)

    2017 Nov 2nd, Thu, at 9:15:am

    Many things have changed dramatically in Shanghai over the past few decades. However, on one street, most of the restaurants have served the same food for more than half a century. Yunnan Lu is home to the city’s most famous vegetarian restaurant, its oldest Muslim restaurant, the city’s first Beijing roasted duck restaurant, and the most DELICIOUS restaurant (the name of the restaurant is actually “delicious!”). Lisa Zhu will tell us the history behind the...

  •  South Bund Fabric Market/Tailoring Tour (NEW)

    2017 Nov 3rd, Fri, 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. The South Bund Fabric Market is a collection of hundreds of tailors under one roof and they can make just about anything for affordable prices. Mrs. Jet-Set will introduce you to the best tailors for fine cashmere coats, women’s dresses, leather jackets, traditional Chinese...

  •  ZhiQing Museum (NEW)

    2017 Nov 4th, Sat, at 8:15:am

    Between 1950 AND 1978, over 18 million youth, ages 16-20, left their homes in the big cities and relocated to rural areas. Towards what purpose? Were they there to help support the local community, or further their own education? Where did they go? How did they adapt to their new homes? Why do their stories remain hidden? Today, Lisa Zhu will help us to understand this sensitive part of China’s past as she takes us...

  •  2017 Parinama Shanghai Open (NEW)

    2017 Nov 4th, Sat, at 9:00:am

    Parinama Shanghai Open is one of the world’s largest Ballroom and Latin dance championships featuring the best international dance talent as well as the highest cash prize awards. The event will be attended by thousands of dance enthusiasts, as well as an esteemed panel of adjudicators from around the world. Tickets will be in the B1 / B2 seating areas. Join your friends from SEA and enjoy some fantastic dancing at this international event! Date:...

  •  Hairy Crab Tour with Untour Shanghai (NEW)

    2017 Nov 4th, Sat, at 6:15:pm

    Find out why Tang Dynasty poets immortalized these crabs in verse millennia ago with this hairy crab feast. At two seated stops through Shanghai’s Old Town, you’ll sample a range of dishes that feature the hairy crab – from xiaolongbao (steamed soup dumplings) to lion’s head meatballs. You’ll also learn the multi-step process to cracking open the crab, and discover the Traditional Chinese Medicine reason why you should pair it with plenty of huangjiu (Chinese...

  •  Coffee Tasting (NEW)

    2017 Nov 5th, Sun, at 8:45:am

    Owner Jimmy Lee has brought his Southern California vibes to Shanghai with this Coffee/Bar. Ocean Grounds has upped the city’s coffee game with creative handmade coffee drinks that combine specialty coffee game with creative handmade coffee drinks that combine specialty coffee with elements of mixology. We will taste four different coffees including The New Orleans – a frozen ball of chicory and coffee steeped in Ocean Grounds’ secret blend of spiced milk. Date: Sunday, November...

  •  Rubber Stamp Workshop (NEW)

    2017 Nov 6th, Mon, at 9:45:am

    Get creative with your holiday cards and tags this year by making your own rubber stamps. We will provide you with a wide range of templates that you can use, or you are welcome to use your own ideas. We will show you how to accurately carve the rubber blocks and how to get a smooth finish on your cards and tags. Plus, the tools are yours to keep, so you can continue to stamp...

  •  Learn to Make Baklava with Hanady (NEW)

    2017 Nov 6th, Mon, at 12:45:pm

    Learn how to make classic Lebanese Baklava in 2 different ways! Hanady from the blog Recipe Nomad will give us a chance to learn this classic dessert. This class begins with a warm welcome to Hanady’s home, where she will host a demonstration style cooking class. You will learn how to make Baklava as well as Lebanese Rosewater and Orange Blossom Syrup (two key ingredients). Hanady will have opportunities for hands-on helpers who like to...

  •  Chinese Documentary Film “Shanghai Ghetto” (NEW)

    2017 Nov 7th, Tue, at 9:45:am

    As a part of a new Community Outreach endeavor, we will meet together to view and discuss China themed films for which all the proceeds (except the cost of coffee and tea) will go towards SEA approved charities. Why watch a film with a group when you can enjoy it in the comforts of your home? The discussions which are generated afterwards are worth the trip to meet and gather as we learn a little...

  •  Moganshan Escape

    2017 Nov 8th, Wed, at 12:00:am

    Escape the city to the beautiful landscape of Solvang Village Moganshan. We will travel by high speed rail to Deqing Rail Station, then enjoy a one-hour drive to Moganshan.  After checking in you may choose to hike to the waterfalls or Moganshan; or take a bike hike to Dayangli or Dadouwu reservoir to enjoy the scenery.  Bring your own wine and snacks so we can unwind and nestle in front of the hotel fireplace in...

  •  Foot Binding Shoes (NEW)

    2017 Nov 8th, Wed, at 9:45:am

    Yang Shao Tang has had a passion for binding shoes ever since he first 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: Wednesday, November 8 Time: 9:45am Registration, 10am to 11:30am Venue: Ao Sen...

  •  Along Bubbling Well Road (NEW)

    2017 Nov 8th, Wed, at 12:45:pm

    Bubbling Well Road – now known as Nanjing West Road – was one of Shanghai’s most glamorous neighborhoods in the past, and continues its “high-rent district” reputation in its current incarnation as one of the most sought-after locations for glitzy office towers, fancy shopping malls, and high-end hotels and restaurants. Few visitors focus on the history that abounds on and near the former Bubbling Well Road, but on this walk you will discover just how...

  •  Willow Stream Spa @ Peace Hotel (NEW)

    2017 Nov 9th, Thu, at 9:30:am

    At Willow Stream Spa, ancient diagnostics and traditional Chinese healing methods are combined with the latest skin care advances from around the world. Treat yourself to an anti-aging facial employing the best botanicals nature has to offer, or an Autumn Retreat with a body scrub and full-body Chinese remedy massage. Enjoy access to the facilities including the gym, swimming pool, sauna, and steam room, as well as the following benefits: – 50% off on a...

  •  Florentia Village Outlet Shopping and Lunch (NEW)

    2017 Nov 10th, Fri, at 9:15:am

    Quench your thirst for shopping at Florentia Village Shanghai Luxury Designer Outlet, which has close to 200 famous luxury, designer, and lifestyle brands, including Gucci, Armani, YSL, Fendi, Ferragamo, Tory Burch, Coach, and Nike. With amazing discounts of up to 80% off, fashion has never been so attractive. Included in the cost of the event is: transportation to the outlets, a private pizza-making tutorial by an award-winning pizza chef at Bella Vita, lunch, a complimentary...

  •  Tai Chi: Fan (NEW)

    2017 Nov 10th, Fri, at 9:45:am

    The fan style is a unique form of Tai Chi including martial arts and dance movements. The fan is used as a special martial arts weapon that can attack and defend. Today, Master Chen will guide us step-by-step, demonstrating each technique while carefully explaining each movement. Tai chi fan style is an ornamental and artistic fitness exercise that is full of beauty and elegance. Date: Friday, November 10 Time: 9:45am Registration, 10am to 1:30am Venue:...

  •  Beer Tasting: Amber and Brown (NEW)

    2017 Nov 11th, Sat, at 2:45:am

    Come do a taste test of amber and brown beers 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 evolving craft brew...

  •  People’s Square and Marriage Market (NEW)

    2017 Nov 11th, Sat, at 9:45:am

    Let’s go back in time to the last century when People’s Square was the heart of the city, where residents flocked to gamble, dance, shop, and take a walk on the weekend. Shanghai and Beyond’s newest member, Sue, represents China’s young, unmarried female population. She’ll guide us through the city’s largest “marriage market”, discussing matchmaking techniques, the mystery behind the umbrella stalls, and the characteristics of a desirable spouse. We’ll also compare traditional marital values...

  •  Festive Coffee Morning (NEW)

    2017 Nov 13th, Mon, at 10:00:am

    Dress in your best festive attire and join us for a special Coffee Morning where you will be able to celebrate the holiday season with your Shanghai friends and visit with our vendors to purchase holiday gifts. On this day, we will have a special holiday menu, which will include: Waldorf salad lettuce cups Smoked salmon crustini Maple smoked ham Roasted turkey potato cake Smoked duck and mango with cranberry Organic vegetables with dill cream...

  •  Bike Tranquil Qingpu and Explore Ancient Xitang (NEW)

    2017 Nov 14th, Tue, at 7:45:am

    Leave the hustle and bustle of Shanghai behind and join us on a bike ride along canals and charming countryside villages followed by a meandering walk through the ancient town of Xitang. Often depicted in Chinese paintings, and most recently seen in the final scenes of the Mission Impossible 3 movie, Xitang is a beautiful water town, best known for its many (well over 100) charming old stone bridges, covered walkways set along the banks...

  •  Shibori (NEW)

    2017 Nov 14th, Tue, at 10:15:am

    Fold it, bind it, press it, dye it. Shibori is an ancient Japanese art where natural fiber fabrics are manipulated to create patterns when dipped into indigo dye solutions. The look is fresh, crisp and tranquil. Because the organic outcome of the final design owes as much to luck as to careful planning- it’s a celebration of the imperfect. There is no pressure to design the ‘right’ way. Date: Tuesday November 14 Time: 10:15am Registration,...

  •  Feng Shui Talk (NEW)

    2017 Nov 16th, Thu, 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 life. Combining ancient tradition, science, and mysticism, Feng Shui is remarkable both in its clarity and effectiveness. Janny Chyn...

  •  Bauble Wreaths Workshop (NEW)

    2017 Nov 16th, Thu, at 1:45:pm

    Make your own holiday bauble wreath for a festive front door. This workshop is great fun as there are mountains of baubles and ornaments from which to choose. We’ll also supply ribbons, decorations, and pine cones to help you make a smart wreath; one that you’ll be proud to display year after year. Date: Thursday, November 16 Time: 1:45pm Registration, 2pm to 4pm Venue: Craft’d Shanghai 1288 Fuxing Middle Road, near Xiangyang Road, Building 3,...

  •  Spa Event with GLAMOURLAB (NEW)

    2017 Nov 17th, Fri, at 9:45:am

    SEA is pleased to again offer our members the opportunity to join one of GLAMORLAB’s popular spa events. Spend three hours with GLAMOURLAB and choose from a selection of beauty, styling, and wellness workshops. There will be 10-12 workshops on offer, and each guest can attend at least five. In addition, you can enjoy an afternoon tea buffet, coffee, juice, sparkling wine, and cocktails in the beautiful event venue. Date: Friday, November 17 Time: 9:45...

  •  World Class Cabernets (NEW)

    2017 Nov 17th, Fri, at 6:45:pm

    Famous, fabulous and fabled, Cabernet Sauvignon is responsible for many of the world’s greatest wines and is, arguably, the grandest of all red wine varieties. Join Kwan Tsui, a top wine expert, for a fun and informative evening at Pudao Shanghai where we shall start our tasting journey with some great wines from Bordeaux. We shall then sample some benchmark Cabernets from around the world. We’ll move from Chilean classics, to California favorites, all the...

  •  NIA Dance Class (NEW)

    2017 Nov 18th, Sat, at 10:00:am

    Experience the joy of movement with Nia, a mind/body physical conditioning program that initially stood for Non-Impact Aerobics. Originating over 30 years ago in San Francisco, Nia has evolved to include neurological integrative practices and teachings by combining martial arts, modern dance arts, and yoga techniques in a workout set to motivating music. Practiced barefoot, Nia has gone global as a way to exercise while having fun and is adaptable to individual needs and abilities....

  •  Ocean Grounds Cocktail Class (NEW)

    2017 Nov 18th, Sat, at 4:45:pm

    Ocean Grounds founder Jimmy Lee will tell us the story behind 5 classic cocktails and how to make them. Each participant, upon learning the essentials of mixology, will choose 2 classic drinks from the list to make and then invent one of your own. Appetizers will be served. You will learn the following drinks: Old Fashion Gin Fizz Vesper Martini Classic Margarita Sidecar Mojito Date: Saturday, November 18 Time: 4:45pm Registration, 5pm-7pm Venue: Ocean Grounds...

  •  Family Dumpling Class (NEW)

    2017 Nov 19th, Sun, at 9:45:am

    The Chinese Cooking Workshop was established in 2003 as the first hands-on cooking school targeted to expats. Join us as Head Chef Mike teaches a family class on how to make pumpkin dumplings. Afterwards, we will sit down together to enjoy the dishes we have made. Children age 4 and up are welcome in this class (with their parents). Date: Sunday, November 19 Time: 9:45am Registration, 10am to 12pm Venue: Chinese Cooking Workshop 370 Wulumuqi...

  •  The Kerry Hotel Brewery Tour (NEW)

    2017 Nov 19th, Sun, at 12:45:pm

    The Brew’s Brewmaster, Christopher Bump, will lead you into the world of craft brewing with introduction of the brewery facility, ingredients, and the stories behind each distinct craft beer that he has created. The tour also includes a tasting paddle that contains seven different craft beers from the microbrewery inside the hotel. The BREW is a lively, contemporary bar with pub-style dishes, live music entertainment, and a craft brewery with its own signature beers. Both...

  •  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...

  •  Bijin Hair Treatment (NEW)

    2017 Nov 20th, Mon, at 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. Come in for a shampoo, blow-dry, style, and deep-conditioning hair treatment that will leave your hair silky and healthy. Bijin Hair offers a 20% discount for those attendees that want to receive an additional treatment (haircut, etc.) on this day. Get ready for the holiday season with a...

  •  Holiday Gift Shopping in Tianzifang (NEW)

    2017 Nov 21st, Tue, at 10:15:am

    A network of lanes and alleys, Tianzifang was built in the 1930s and then saved from demolition in 2004 by a group of local artists. Now a quaint area of galleries, shops, and restaurants, Tianzifang offers great shopping opportunities and is the perfect place to pick up truly unique holiday gifts for everyone on your list. Mrs. Jet-Set will lead a stroll through the commercial heart of Tianzifang where we’ll shop for clothing, ceramics, tea,...

  •  The Secrets of Literature and Revolution – Lu Xun Park & More (NEW)

    2017 Nov 21st, Tue, at 1:15:pm

    Considering the recreational focus of Lu Xun Park and the cultural celebrities’ street, Duluon Lu, it’s no surprise that the Hongkou area in the northern part of Shanghai has a very relaxed atmosphere. It was here where, in the 1920s and ‘30s, Chinese literati and revolutionaries lived and worked side by side. Carolin Billetter will lead us through China’s history of revolution as she shows us this hidden area of Shanghai with its own unique...

  •  Newcomer’s Reception (NEW)

    2017 Nov 22nd, 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, November 22 Time: 10am to 12pm, information presentation at 10:30am Venue: Regal International...

  •  Chinese Myths and Legends (NEW)

    2017 Nov 22nd, Wed, at 10:30:am

    The people of China enjoy a rich and complicated mythology that dates back nearly 4,000 years. Throughout Chinese history, myth and reality have been intertwined. Shanghai Pathways will introduce us to the stories of deities, heroes, and the origins of the universe that underpin the spirit of traditional Chinese culture. Historical figures have been worshiped as gods, and ancient myths are sometimes treated as historical truths. In addition, three great religious traditions—Confucianism, Taoism, and Buddhism—have...

  •  Mulled Wine Workshop (NEW)

    2017 Nov 23rd, Thu, at 1:45:pm

    Get yourself in a 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 taste. The class will allow you to make 12 sachets (enough for 12 bottles of wine), as well as provide you with packaging—making them the perfect stocking stuffer! Plus, you will be able to try some samples...

  •  Shrimp Dumplings and Siu Mai (NEW)

    2017 Nov 27th, Mon, at 9:45:am

    The Chinese Cooking Workshop was established in 2003 as the first hands-on cooking school targeted to expats. Join us as Head Chef Mike teaches us how to make Shrimp Dumplings (Har Gow) and Siu Mai (delicious sticky rice breakfast dumplings). Afterward, we will sit down together to enjoy the dishes we have made. Date: Monday, November 27 Time: 9:45am Registration, 10am to 12pm Venue: Chinese Cooking Workshop 370 Wulumuqi Rd. (S) near Zhaojiabang Rd. (metro...

  •  Design Your Own Summer Bags! (NEW)

    2017 Nov 27th, Mon, at 12:45:pm

    It might be getting colder outside, but we’re still feeling summery at Craft’d! In this relaxed two-hour session, learn how to make pompoms and tassels and adorn your straw bag with color! Get ready for your next holiday and hit the beach with style! Date: Monday, November 27 Time: 12:45pm Registration, 1pm to 3pm Venue: Craft’d Shanghai 1288 Fuxing Middle Road, near Xiangyang Road, Building 3, 1F (metro line 1, 10, or 12 to South...

  •  Session 3: Survey of Art in China – Shanghai Museum Sculpture Gallery (NEW)

    2017 Nov 28th, Tue, at 1:45:pm

    For our third session of survey of art in China, led by Julie Chun (MA, Art History), we will explore the ancient sculptures of China. We will study how sculpture served as funerary objects and then later as religious markers for reliquaries, steles, and stone monuments. This museum talk will help you to better understand how foreign and indigenous doctrines became contextualized as institutional religions in ancient China. By the end of this guided lecture,...

  •  Chinese Ink Painting: Bamboo (NEW)

    2017 Nov 29th, Wed, at 9:45:am

    Please join us at Yuan Chinese Ink Painting Workshop where head teacher 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 and we will watch her as she paints bamboo and explains the fundamental characteristics of Chinese ink painting. Under her guidance, you will then create your own painting on rice paper. Date: Wednesday, November 29 Time: 9:45am...

  •  Longmen Ancient Mountain Village (NEW)

    2017 Nov 30th, Thu, at 7:25:am

    Centuries ago during the Three Kingdoms era, the great leader of the southern Sun clan successfully defeated the fierce General Cao Cao at the Battle of Red Cliffs. The Sun family descendants retreated to the peaceful village of Longmen where their spirit lives on and their legacy is respected throughout the mountain community. Well-preserved Ming and Qing dynasty ancestral halls, commoners’ dwellings, and cobblestone lanes, which were constructed with local river stone, take the visitor...

  •  Sparkling Wines (NEW)

    2017 Nov 30th, Thu, at 6:45:pm

    Celebrate Christmas and the New Year in style with plenty of bubble and Champagnes at Pudao Shanghai! Join with Kwan Tsui, a top wine expert, for an informal and exciting exploration of some iconic sparkling wine regions of the world. From delightful Proseccos to sensual Burgundian Brut rosés to majestic vintage Champagnes, this is a great opportunity to get under the skin of some of the world’s great wines, and see why Champagne has become...

  •  Beaded Tassel Earrings (NEW)

    2017 Dec 1st, Fri, at 9:45:am

    These lightweight beaded tassel earrings are a fresh and fun approach to a daytime outfit or an elegant addition to an evening ensemble. We will learn how to hand string our beads and gather them into the cone findings to create these beautiful earrings. Date: Friday, December 1 Time: 9:45am Registration, 10am to 12pm Venue: Jasmine Garden, House 21 2239 Hongqiao Rd. (metro line 10 to Longxi Road station, exit 4) 虹桥路2239号置信花苑21单元 Cost: RMB 280...

  •  Sparkling Wines (NEW)

    2017 Dec 1st, Fri, at 6:45:pm

    Celebrate Christmas and the New Year in style with plenty of bubble and Champagnes at Pudao Shanghai! Join with Kwan Tsui, a top wine expert, for an informal and exciting exploration of some iconic sparkling wine regions of the world. From delightful Proseccos to sensual Burgundian Brut rosés to majestic vintage Champagnes, this is a great opportunity to get under the skin of some of the world’s great wines, and see why Champagne has become...

  •  Festive Brunch at Waldorf Astoria (NEW)

    2017 Dec 2nd, Sat, at 10:30:am

    What better way to start off the holiday season than with family and friends at the Grand Brasserie, in the Waldorf Astoria Shanghai on the Bund. Please join us as we dine in chic and sophisticated style with live piano music in the background. The spectacular buffet will feature seasonal favorites from renowned Chef Philippe Egalon. While the wine flows, enjoy music from the SEA choir. Date: Saturday, December 2 Time: 10:30am Registration, 11am-3pm Venue:...

  •  Subconscious Day Spa – Meridian Consulting & Massage (NEW)

    2017 Dec 4th, Mon, at 9:40:am

    Experience the classic, oriental science of wellness, and bring your life energy back into balance. A winner of multiple spa awards, Subconscious Day Spa introduces this TCM therapy that works on all 12 major meridians. You will have a one-on-one meridian consultation followed by a 90-minute oil massage that pairs essential oils to meet your individual health needs. This TCM therapy invigorates the spirit from within! Date: Monday, December 4 Time: Register 15 minutes before...

  •  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...

  •  Suzhou: Shopping for Arts and Crafts (NEW)

    2017 Dec 5th, Tue, at 7:45:am

    Suzhou, known for its famous gardens, has much more to offer! As Lisa Zhu takes us holiday shopping for local arts and crafts, we will learn how they are made and their importance in Chinese culture. We begin by learning the differences between real silk and synthetic imitations and watching the production process from worm to silk. There will be fine silk products such as scarves, ties, bags, and pajamas available for purchase. For lunch,...

  •  Vegetarian Lebanese (NEW)

    2017 Dec 6th, Wed, at 11:45:am

    An exciting introduction to Lebanese cuisine, vegetarian style! This 3-hour class begins with a warm welcome to Hanady’s home, where she will host a demonstration style cooking class. You will learn how to make tabouli, vegetarian grape leaves, and mjaddara (a delicious lentil and rice dish with caramelized onions). Hanady will have opportunities for hands-on helpers who like to get involved! In addition to learning to make these delicious dishes, we will be served a...

  •  Talk Like a Local (NEW)

    2017 Dec 7th, Thu, at 9:45:am

    Foreigners are fascinated with China’s large variety of dialects. Each is so different from the other, making it more difficult for outsiders to learn about them. The Shanghai dialect has been influenced by the western world, as the city was one of the earliest ports in Chinese contemporary history. Our local guide Lisa Zhu will introduce us to some of the typical and fun Shanghai idioms that reflect specific local culture and history. Are you...

  •  Session 4: Survey of Art in China – Calligraphy (NEW)

    2017 Dec 7th, Thu, at 1:45:pm

    We continue the fourth session in the series Survey of Art in China where, through a systematic study, we will explore the social context in which calligraphy and ink painting arose in China. Why is calligraphy one of the highest and the most esteemed arts in China? Was it always a critically elevated form of art? As we attempt to remove some of the layers of mystique, the findings are sure to astound and bemuse....

  •  Tai Chi: Yang Style (NEW)

    2017 Dec 8th, Fri, at 9:45:am

    Tai Chi: Yang style is the most popular style of Tai Chi in the world and is one type of Chinese Internal Gong Fu. Based on the principles of Traditional Chinese Ying Yang Philosophy and Traditional Chinese Medicine, Tai Chi Yang style combines martial arts movements with breathing and energy. Yang style is thought to make energy flow more smoothly through the body. If you are looking to improve your health, this style is for...

  •  How the Brits Stole Tea from China (NEW)

    2017 Dec 9th, Sat, at 9:45:am

    “There was a time when maps of the world were redrawn in the name of plants, when two empires, Britain and China, went to war over two flowers…” and so begins our lesson. We will sample our way around a wholesale tea market while hearing the fascinating story of how England changed the way the world drinks its cup. The story is one of politics, science, and espionage! We’ll retrace the path of botanist Robert...

  •  Coffee Morning (NEW)

    2017 Dec 11th, Mon, at 10:00:am

    Please join us for our monthly coffee morning! Meet friends new and old, enjoy a complementary coffee and snack, shop at the many vendors (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, Dec, 11 Time: 10am to 12pm Venue: Regal International East Asia Hotel Emerald Ballroom 2/F 516 Hengshan Lu, near Wuxing Lu (metro line 1 to...

  •  La Mian (NEW)

    2017 Dec 12th, Tue, at 1:45:pm

    拉 (la) means to pull or stretch and 面 (mian) means noodle; la mian is a type of Chinese noodle that is made by twisting, stretching, and folding dough into strands. This hand-made process involves taking a lump of dough and repeatedly stretching it to produce many strands of thin, long noodles. The dough is pulled to about arms-length then looped, joining the two ends into one while using fingers to keep the strands from...

  •  Lhasa and Yamdrok Lake – The Roof of the World

    2017 Dec 23rd, Sat, at 12:00:am

    For decades Tibet has captured the imagination of avid adventure travelers. This trip will take you through the heart of Tibet – Lhasa. We will visit the famous Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, the former summer residence of Dalai Lama, Norbulingka Palace, Sera Monastery, and the bazaar of Barkhor.  At the Sera Monastery we may even catch the monks in debating sessions! Enjoy lunch at the beautiful turquoise Yamdrok Lake with the snow topped Himalayas as...

  •  Harbin: Ice Wonderland (NEW)

    2018 Jan 12th, Fri, at 12:00:am

    Renowned as the home of ice and snow, Harbin holds its annual Ice Lantern Festival from January to early February.  Colorful, glittering ice sculptures decorate this northern snow city, nick-named “China’s Moscow” due to its historic Russian influence.  During this SEA trip we will visit St. Sophia Church, Zhao Lin Park, Sun Island, Siberian Tiger Enclosure, and Ice & Snow World. Hotel accommodation is at the Shangri-La Harbin, airfare and all meals are included. For...

  •  Sri Lanka Hill Country (NEW)

    2018 Feb 15th, Thu, at 12:00:am

    Explore ancient ancient monuments and the hill country with tea plantations in scenic Sri Lanka. Begin the trip visiting ancient Sigiriya Rock Fortress, Sri Lanka’s most famous heritage site. The next day travel to Polonnaruwa and bike around the 11th century monuments. We will visit the beautiful rock caves of Dambulla. Then we move to a working tea plantation to learn about the production of “green gold”.  Leisure time is built into this trip to...

  •  Mount Wuyi Weekend Escape (NEW)

    2018 Mar 16th, Fri, at 12:00:am

    Ride the train to one of China’s biodiversity conservation zones, Mount Wuyi in northern Fujian Province. The area is the origin of Da Hong Pao and Lapsang Souchang teas, described as Wuyi tea. Enjoy a leisurely tour of the tea plantation Friday afternoon. Spend Saturday at Wuyishan National Park and enjoy a bamboo raft ride in the afternoon on Nine-Curve Stream. Sunday we will visit the ancient village of Xiamei, considered to be the origin...