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  •  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...

  •  Beginning Weaving with Make in China

    2017 Aug 30th, Wed, at 9:45:am

    Learn the basics of weaving on a loom to create a colorful wall hanging. Discover how to wrap and prepare a loom, how to weave geometric shapes and add fringes and how to complete and mount your finished piece. 3 hours isn’t enough time to finish an entire piece, obviously, but Make in China will get you going on your sampler and begin your weaving journey. You will take away your wooden loom and enough yarn...

  •  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,...

  •  Membership Drive

    2017 Aug 31st, Thu, at 10:30:am

    Your 2016/2017 membership (white card) expires August 31, 2017. Renew your SEA membership at this venue for the 2017/2018 membership to ensure your membership is still active so you can register for September and October events.  Please bring your current white card(s), 350 RMB cash, and WeChat ID.  New members are welcome to attend this venue to learn more about SEA and/or join for the current membership year.  New members need to bring a copy...

  •  Chinese Fried Rice and Beef with Green Peppers

    2017 Sep 1st, 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: Chinese fried rice and beef with green pepper. Afterwards, we will sit down together to enjoy the dishes we made. Date: Friday, September 1 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:...

  •  High Tea, Chinese Style

    2017 Sep 1st, Fri, at 12:15:pm

    High tea has been one of the most popular social events in Shanghai since the British came to town in the 1800s. As Chinese citizens gained wealth and started to pay more attention to their diet, they developed their own version of high tea by using a lot of fruits, herbs, and supplements. Today, our guide Lisa Zhu will introduce us to Chinese high tea in the Former French Concession area. While enjoying a cup...

  •  Viva Italia!

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

    Back by popular demand and hosted by our regular Pudao wine expert, Kwan Tsui, we will virtually travel across one of the oldest wine-making countries in the world and sample some of the greatest Italian classics. From delicate Proseccos, old-school Soaves, elegant Chiantis, to rich Amarones, Italy’s wines remain uniquely beautiful. Come with us and discover your favorites. Opera singing is optional! Date: Friday, September 1 Time: 6:45pm Registration, 7pm to 8:30pm Venue: Pudao Wines...

  •  Railway Museum & LuXun Memorial by City Bus

    2017 Sep 2nd, Sat, at 8:45:am

    Have you ever thought about getting on a local bus and exploring the city? Accompany Lisa Zhu on a fun bus ride starting with a stop at the Shanghai Railway Museum to learn how the railway system in China developed and changed the way people travel, both in the cities and in the countryside. Learn about the old trains and the location of the first Shanghai train station. Our tour will end in HongKou district...

  •  Exploring Africa

    2017 Sep 3rd, Sun, at 9:15:am

    The “National Geographic” experience can be real! See millions of wildebeest on their annual migration, come face to face with gorillas (the world’s biggest primates), and experience some of the earth’s greatest spectacles of nature – the Rift Valley and the Victoria Falls. All these adventures are awaiting in Africa, but only careful planning will let you be in the right place at the right time for the most intimate wildlife encounters without the hordes...

  •  Always and Forever: Audrey Hepburn Exhibition

    2017 Sep 4th, Mon, at 9:45:am

    A collection of Audrey Hepburn’s personal items and props used in her films will be showcased in Shanghai, offering a behind-the-scenes glimpse of the acting and fashion legend’s personal life. The Always and Forever Exhibition will be the first time the late actress’ personal items have been displayed in China. It features a dazzling array of Hepburn’s couture gowns, fashion items, accessories, prestigious awards, vintage posters, and personal memorabilia collected over her lifetime. Among the...

  •  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...

  •  Exploring the Unusual Markets of Shanghai

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

    It’s time to move outside of the shopping malls and explore some local specialty markets. Today, Lisa Zhu will take us on an unusual market excursion by bus. We will start with a local stone, sculpture, and marble market. Then we will visit a textile market full of silk quilts, sheets, curtains, and couch fabric. We will also visit one of the two legendary Chinese traditional art markets where you can find classic, museum quality...

  •  Membership Drive

    2017 Sep 5th, Tue, at 1:00:pm

    Your 2016/2017 membership (white card) expires August 31, 2017. Renew your SEA membership at this venue for the 2017/2018 membership to ensure your membership is still active so you can register for September and October events.  Please bring your current white card(s), 350 RMB cash, and WeChat ID.  New members are welcome to attend this venue to learn more about SEA and/or join for the current membership year.  New members need to bring a copy...

  •  South Bund Fabric Market/Tailoring Tour (NEW)

    2017 Sep 6th, Wed, 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...

  •  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 a result of the government’s Up to the Mountains, Down to the Villages movement. Shanghai and Beyond will provide our group with insight about this movement, and how it evolved into folk art. We will meet local artist Yao Xi Ping and his wife, who developed their own artistic style, and will host us in a private class to create...

  •  Yuan Spa Ocean Ceremony Spa Day

    2017 Sep 8th, Fri, at 9:30:am

    Inspired by the simple flow and natural beauty of a river, Yuan Spa at Hyatt on the Bund is the ideal place to relax with natural therapy. Experience a facial or body massage treatment package and enjoy access to the gym, swimming pool, sauna, steam, and Jacuzzi facilities. Choose one: Facial Package: The 60-minute Citylife Anti-Pollution Facial and a 30-minute Radiance Smoothing Eye Treatment. Massage Package: The 30-minute Oligomer Crystals Scrub and a 60-minute Phytomer...

  •  Membership Drive – Shanghai Expat Show

    2017 Sep 8th, Fri, at 10:00:am

    Everything for the expat’s everyday life is at the Expat Show.  To learn more about SEA, stop by our booth in the International Association Village section. For current members, to ensure your SEA membership is still active so you can register for September events, renew your membership now for the 2017/2018 membership year. Please bring your current white membership card and RMB 350 cash.  New members can join SEA at this event too, bring a...

  •  Kumihimo Bracelets Workshop

    2017 Sep 8th, Fri, at 12:45:pm

    In this Craft’d workshop, you will experience the addictive Kumihimo method of making jewelry! You will be instructed in how to use a Kumihimo frame to knot together cords of different colors – it’s like an adult friendship bracelet, and the best part is that the possibilities are endless! You will always end up with a unique looking piece. Once you have mastered the basic technique, you will be instructed on how to use jewelry...

  •  Explore Hongkou with Your Camera (NEW DATE)

    2017 Sep 9th, Sat, at 10:00:am

    Please join us for this unique opportunity to walk with Emmy Schoorl, who published the photo book China, an Inside View from the Outside. We will explore one part of the Hongkou area, including the bustling Luxun Park. This area has a mix of street life, small alleys, and vivid street markets. You will have opportunities to capture portraits, contrasts, Chinese symbolism, and different kinds of architecture. Ms. Schoorl will point out small details along...

  •  Membership Drive – Shanghai Expat Show

    2017 Sep 9th, Sat, at 10:00:am

    Everything for the expat’s everyday life is at the Expat Show.  To learn more about SEA, stop by our booth in the International Association Village section. For current members, to ensure your SEA membership is still active so you can register for September events, renew your membership now for the 2017/2018 membership year. Please bring your current white membership card and RMB 350 cash.  New members can join SEA at this event too, bring a...

  •  Membership Drive – Shanghai Expat Show

    2017 Sep 10th, Sun, at 10:00:am

    Everything for the expat’s everyday life is at the Expat Show.  To learn more about SEA, stop by our booth in the International Association Village section. For current members, to ensure your SEA membership is still active so you can register for September events, renew your membership now for the 2017/2018 membership year. Please bring your current white membership card and RMB 350 cash.  New members can join SEA at this event too, bring a...

  •  Annual Membership Day Coffee Morning

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

    The SEA was established in 1986 to provide a social and cultural network for expats and their families in Shanghai. We are a non-profit, multi-national, member-based organization and September marks the beginning of our membership year. Please join us for our Annual Membership Day Coffee Morning to learn more about SEA, renew or sign up for membership (RMB 350, valid through August 2018), connect with new and old friends, and shop at our vendor tables!...

  •  Qigong

    2017 Sep 12th, Tue, at 9:45:am

    Qigong Baduanjin is one of the most famous qigong (system of deep breathing exercises) in China. This traditional Chinese qigong has been in existence for more than 1000 years. It was very popular even in the Song dynasty, like tai chi is very popular today. Because of its effectiveness, it was accepted by Shaolin monks as one of the basic entry level exercises for Shaolin Wushu. There are eight beautiful movements in Baduanjin. The Baduanjin...

  •  Travel Talk: Australia and New Zealand

    2017 Sep 12th, Tue, at 12:45:pm

    If you are thinking of traveling to Australia or New Zealand and want to know more, please join us. Australia Expat Travel is a travel agency set up by an Australian, Vicki Baensch (a former Shanghai expat) and has helped many SEA members with their travel planning and booking since 2004. Australia Expat Travel knows both countries well and offers local knowledge on where to go and what to do. There will be plenty of...

  •  Fascinator Workshop

    2017 Sep 13th, Wed, at 9:45:am

    Join us in meeting Jennifer Kofler, owner of Vivian Blooms. She has created an enchanting collection of handmade millinery and accessories filled with fun and whimsy for all ages. Her hats are decorated to delight with crystals, pearls, and flowers. She creates each flower using a centuries-old French millinery technique, with the finest natural fabrics of velvet, silk, and linen. Today we will learn the history of the fascinator, how to match a hat with...

  •  Subconscious Express Spa Day (NEW)

    2017 Sep 14th, Thu, at 9:45:am

    Enjoy an express experience at Subconscious Day Spa where you will indulge in a mini-spa day. We will enjoy a 30-minute express cleansing and hydrating facial and a 40-minute basic manicure. Sit back and relax with some refreshing tea while being pampered. Date: Thursday, September 14 Time: 9:45am registration, 10am to 11:20am Venue: Subconscious Day Spa 183 Fumin Lu, near Julu Lu 静安区富民路183号2楼 近巨鹿路) Cost: RMB 380 Please email events@seashanghai.org by September 11, under subject...

  •  Chef Philippe Egalon Cooking Class (NEW)

    2017 Sep 14th, Thu, 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...

  •  Membership Drive

    2017 Sep 14th, Thu, at 2:00:pm

    Your 2016/2017 membership (white card) expires August 31, 2017. Renew your SEA membership at this venue for the 2017/2018 membership to ensure your membership is still active so you can register for September and October events.  Please bring your current white card(s), 350 RMB cash, and WeChat ID.  New members are welcome to attend this venue to learn more about SEA and/or join for the current membership year.  New members need to bring a copy...

  •  Street Eats Breakfast Tour with UnTour Shanghai (NEW)

    2017 Sep 15th, Fri, at 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...

  •  Art Talk – Tucho Iglesias Silk Sculpture Robes (NEW)

    2017 Sep 15th, Fri, at 1:45:pm

    Welcome to the creative world of Tucho Iglesias! Tucho grew up in Spain with parents who are collectors and patrons of the arts. From an early age, his life was seeped with antiques that led to his deep appreciation for precious artifacts that travelled over time. As a young adult, he began roaming the globe, where his own search brought him to his encounter with rare textiles in China. Over the past 16 years, he...

  •  Chinese Art and European Wine (NEW)

    2017 Sep 16th, Sat, at 2:45:pm

    Please join us for an interesting afternoon that combines art and wine. We will meet a local artist, learn about contemporary art in China today, and sip wine in a cozy Italian restaurant on a back street in the French Concession. There will be a special menu for those who wish to stay after the class to eat dinner, and an opportunity to purchase artwork and wine. Date: Saturday, September 16 Time: 2:45 Registration, 3pm...

  •  Art Deco in the Old City (NEW)

    2017 Sep 18th, Mon, at 8:45:am

    Art Deco was born in Europe in the 1920s and traveled to the four corners of the earth in the 1930s, penetrating even into the narrow lanes of Shanghai’s “Old City.” While you may be familiar with Art Deco icons like the Peace Hotel and the Bank of China on the Bund, guide Patrick Cranley pretty much guarantees that you will have never noticed the buildings that we will visit on this all-walking tour. And...

  •  Paper Jewelry (NEW)

    2017 Sep 18th, Mon, at 12:45:pm

    With bright colors and striking design, the paper jewelry developed by Fernanda Sung represents a lot more than eye-catching pieces. The purpose of making jewelry out of paper is to have more interactive pieces and to empower people to wear accessories that are truly their own. With that in mind, Fernanda developed paper jewelry workshops. An accessory that people actively participate in making creates a deeper connection between object and wearer and allows them to...

  •  Textile Painting (NEW)

    2017 Sep 19th, Tue, at 10:15:am

    Please join Arts Inc. owner and instructor Paula MacMillan Perich to create your own uniquely designed textile piece. We will choose from a 100% cotton tote shoulder bag, pillow cover, or an artsy apron, and create our own piece using a variety of surface design skills and techniques. Once learned, you will find these techniques suitable for a wide variety of applications including housewares, paper, and fabric. This is a fun and relaxing class, with...

  •  Victoria’s Secret Fashion Talk/Shopping Event (NEW)

    2017 Sep 19th, Tue, at 1:45:pm

    Victoria’s Secret is known for its catalogs and its annual Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, and has been credited with transforming America’s conception of lingerie by pioneering “sexy underwear as fashion” and “lingerie mainstream entertainment.” As a result, the brand is credited with “transforming lingerie from a slightly embarrassing taboo into an accessible, even routine accessory.” The New York Times reported that traditional fashion was influenced by intimate apparel “in part because of the influence of...

  •  Newcomer’s Reception (NEW)

    2017 Sep 20th, Wed, at 10:00:am

    New to Shanghai? Interested in the Shanghai Expatiriate 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, September 20 Time: 10am to 12pm, information presentation at 10:30am Venue:...

  •  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,...

  •  The Bund and the British Concession (NEW)

    2017 Sep 22nd, Fri, at 1:15:pm

    The Bund used to be called the “Wall Street of the East” and was the economic hub of Shanghai for over 100 years. The city’s colonial era began when British traders came to buy goods and settle down. A stroll along the Bund and through the former British Concession will help us imagine the glory and decadence of the “good old times” in Shanghai. Carolin Billetter will give us the broad picture of China’s history...

  •  Smart Air Filters (NEW)

    2017 Sep 23rd, Sat, at 10:15:am

    Smart Air Filters is a Beijing-based social enterprise that provides affordable, highly effective air purifiers to people throughout China, India, and Mongolia. Founded by Dr. Thomas Talhelm (University of Chicago) in 2013, Smart Air’s mission is to raise general air pollution awareness, and give more people access to cleaner air. Noah Willingham, the South China head for Smart Air Filters, will give a free workshop. The presentation will dive into the science behind air purifiers,...

  •  Welcome Back Dinner Cruise

    2017 Sep 23rd, Sat, at 7:15:pm

    Please join us for a special welcome back evening cruise along the Huang Pu River. We will take in the beautiful Shanghai Skyline from our private boat, enjoy a buffet-style dinner and dance the night away as we float through our beautiful city. To guarantee your seat at this event, payment must be made in advance at either our August and September Coffee Mornings. Reserve your tickets now, this boat will fill up fast! Date:...

  •  Noodle Factory Tour (NEW)

    2017 Sep 24th, Sun, at 9:15:am

    In the heart of Shanghai, noodles are still made on a half-century-old machine. The workers in this small factory have been living and working here their entire adult lives, and most of their customers have been eating noodles here since they were young. Lisa Zhu will take us to this small but reputable noodle factory where we will observe the process of turning flour into fresh noodles before this factory disappears. Our walk will begin...

  •  Lost and Forgotten in Shanghai (NEW)

    2017 Sep 24th, Sun, at 1:00:pm

    Discover Shanghai’s sometimes colorful, sometimes nightmarish past hidden in the city’s small streets and old neighborhoods with your guide, Janny Chyn from Shanghai Pathways. This special walking tour of the historic part of Shanghai will take you through a tangle of impossibly narrow lanes to reveal hidden architecture and fascinating stories of days gone by. Marvel at the discreet villa where Einstein and his wife once dined extravagantly during a Shanghai stopover, or get a...

  •  Lebanese Cooking with Hanady (NEW)

    2017 Sep 25th, Mon, at 10:15:am

    An exciting introduction to Lebanese cuisine! This 2.5-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 Fattoosh Salad, Kofta (a beef dish), and Lebanese Rice. There will be opportunities for hands-on helpers who like to get involved! In addition to learning to make these delicious dishes, we will be served a Lebanese dessert, mint tea, and a glass of wine....

  •  Tassel Necklace (NEW)

    2017 Sep 25th, Mon, at 12:45:pm

    In this class, we learn how to make tassels and incorporate them into the body of a knotted necklace. Tassels are trendy right now and can be used for anything from fancy bunting banners to key chains or earrings. They are easy to make and give off that boho-chic look. Margaretha will guide us step-by-step on how to create this necklace. All materials will be furnished to make a complete necklace, but feel free to...

  •  Survey of Art in China – Session 1: Jade (NEW)

    2017 Sep 26th, Tue, at 1:45:pm

    No serious understanding of the present can be achieved without gleaning knowledge from history. With this in mind, Julie Chun (MA, Art History) is pleased to offer SEA members a concise nine session course entitled “Survey of Chinese Art” that highlights important aspects of Chinese history through a critical examination of artifacts that we have now labeled “art.” In this first session, we will examine one of the oldest artifacts in China’s ancient civilization, jade....

  •  Chinese Temples and Religion (NEW)

    2017 Sep 27th, Wed, at 10:00:am

    The religions of Taoism, Buddhism, and Islam all play important roles in the development of Chinese culture. Taoism has bequeathed to the world the popular practice of Feng Shui and Buddhism is responsible for tea drinking. Shanghai is home to these and other religions, each with vibrant temples and a worshiping public. On this tour, you’ll visit Chinese temples of these religions and learn about the buildings’ design, architecture, Feng Shui, and religious traditions and...

  •  AP Plaza Tour (NEW)

    2017 Sep 27th, Wed, at 12:15:pm

    AP Plaza, located completely underground, is a complicated maze of booths selling handbags, scarves, Chinese souvenirs, electronics, jewelry, jackets, and toys. Shopping expert Mrs. Jet-Set will introduce you to many trusted vendors and teach you how to bargain with the shop owners for good prices. Date: Wednesday, September 27 Time: 12:15pm Registration, 12:30pm to 3pm Meet: Shanghai Science & Technology Museum metro station (line 2) Underground inside of station, in front of Bill’s Pastry and...

  •  Cricket Fighting with Master Wang (NEW)

    2017 Sep 28th, Thu, at 10:15:am

    The team of Shanghai and Beyond presents a unique opportunity to visit with a National Championship cricket fighting master in his home. Mr. Wang resides in a quiet, upscale suburban villa surrounded with the treasures of his lifetime. On this special visit, you are invited to learn about the culture of cricket fighting, how to shop for a prize-winning cricket, and the challenges and in dealing with the modern hobby. He will demonstrate the usage of the equipment that may...

  •  Explore Tangqiao at Night (NEW)

    2017 Sep 29th, Fri, at 5:45:pm

    Tangqiao is an area not far from Lujiazui, but instead of glamorous malls and skyscrapers, it offers a vivid lifestyle to locals. Our guide Lisa Zhu will take us on a walk through the neighborhood and show us good restaurants, bakeries, cute little parks, and price-friendly shops! We will walk through the local compounds to visit the night food market and snack on some of Lisa’s suggested foods along the tour. Who says there isn’t...

  •  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...

  •  Kung Pao Chicken and Scallion Pancakes (NEW)

    2017 Oct 9th, Mon, at 12:45:pm

    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: Kung Pao Chicken and Scallion Pancakes. Afterwards, we will sit down together to enjoy the dishes we have made. Date: Monday, October 9 Time: 12:45pm Registration, 1pm to 3pm Venue: Chinese Cooking Workshop No 370 South Wu Lu Mu Qi Road 乌鲁木齐南路370号 Cost: RMB...

  •  Sacred Shanghai (NEW)

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

    With a cosmopolitan population from all corners of the world, it should be no surprise that Old Shanghai had places of worship that catered to the followers of dozens of religions. Who were the men and women of the cloth who founded them? Which of these temples, mosques and churches still survive? What is the state of play with respect to religious organizations in China today? These and many more questions will be addressed by...

  •  Make Your Own Memo Board (NEW)

    2017 Oct 12th, Thu, at 12:45:pm

    In this Craft’d workshop, you will learn how to make a traditional French-style memo board. Craft’d will have a wide range of fabrics available so you can experiment to make it suit your own style. However, if you have fabric that complements your existing décor, you are welcome to bring some along to use instead! Please note, cotton or canvas fabrics work best—nothing too thin or flimsy. This workshop includes all the resources you will...

  •  W Shanghai – The Bund AWAY Spa Day (NEW)

    2017 Oct 13th, 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...

  •  Night Markets Tour with UnTour Shanghai (NEW)

    2017 Oct 13th, Fri, at 6:45:pm

    Are you curious about Shanghai’s nighttime food scene? As the sun sets and the woks fire up along the city’s fast-disappearing food streets, you’ll sample authentic dishes from two night markets, while sitting down at three tasting locations. While walking along the tour route in Shanghai’s Old Town, you’ll see how locals live in some of the city’s oldest neighborhoods—before the wrecking ball turns this area into high-rise apartment buildings. Date: Friday, October 13 Time:...

  •  Lake Tai Biking and Orange Picking

    2017 Oct 15th, Sun, 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...

  •  Coffee Morning (NEW)

    2017 Oct 16th, 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’ tables, and find out what is happening in the Shanghai Expatriate Association this month. We look forward to seeing you there! Date: Monday, October 16 Time: 10am to 12pm Venue: Regal International East Asia Hotel Emerald Ballroom 2/F 516 Hengshan Lu, near Wuxing Lu (metro line 1 to Hengshan Lu, exit 2,...

  •  Zentangle Mandala (NEW)

    2017 Oct 17th, Tue, at 10:15:am

    Our instructor Paula will teach us a unique drawing method using repetitive patterns and shapes to create a Mandala. Learn how to turn simple shapes and abstract marks into a structured pattern according to your own whim and fancy. These can be quite detailed and deliberate or as unplanned as you like. This is a pleasurable, meditative, and relaxing class which is accessible to all skill levels. A zentangle mandala is timeless and should give...

  •  Bungee Fitness Class (NEW)

    2017 Oct 18th, Wed, at 10:00:am

    Fly through the air with a low impact, high results bungee fitness class. This new fitness craze is a fusion of aerobics and dance that allows you to use the resistance of the bungee cord to jump, fly through the air, walk up the walls, and just generally pretend that you are a super hero! The amount of resistance in your personal bungee cord is customizable, allowing you to personalize the workout. Enjoy a special...

  •  Luncheon at the Kitchen Table (NEW)

    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...

  •  Tai Chi: 24 Style (NEW)

    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 (NEW)

    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...

  •  Calligraphy Association (NEW)

    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 (NEW)

    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...

  •  Ink Factory Tour (NEW)

    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 (NEW)

    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 (NEW)

    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 (NEW)

    2017 Oct 24th, Tue, at 10:15:am

    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: 10:15am Registration, 1pm...

  •  Chinese Ink Painting: Orchids (NEW)

    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 (NEW)

    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 (NEW)

    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 (NEW)

    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 (NEW)

    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 (NEW)

    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 (NEW)

    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)

    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 (NEW)

    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...

  •  Express Spa Day Dragonfly @IFC (NEW)

    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...

  •  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...

  •  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...

  •  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...