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  •  Survey of Sauvignon Blanc (NEW DATE)

    2018 Feb 23rd, Fri 6:45 pm

    SEA continues its Pudong side tasting evenings with a tasting dedicated to Sauvignon Blanc. Join Paty, Laowines’ resident wine expert, to learn more about this fascinating grape and taste six different wines from around the world. The tasting will be accompanied by light snacks. Date: Friday, February 23 Time: 6:45 Registration, 7 to 8:30pm Venue: Laowines Tasing Room 568 Biyun Road 568碧云路 Cost: RMB 150 (includes wines to taste and light snacks)  Please email events@seashanghai.org by February...

  •  Chinese Lantern Festival

    2018 Feb 25th, Sun 6:45 pm

    Get ready for fireworks! The Chinese will be rocking out in spectacular and noisy fashion for the New Year! Lunar New Year is the most popular Chinese family celebration all year as it marks the end of the winter season and is the one time during the year when most Chinese families gather together from near and far. SEA invites you on a night tour of the beautiful Yu Gardens Lantern Festival, or Yuanxiao, with...

  •  HunTun Dumplings and Pumpkin Dumplings

    2018 Feb 26th, Mon 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 HunTun pork dumplings and pumpkin dumplings! Afterwards, we will sit down together to enjoy the dishes we have made. Date: Monday, February 26 Time: 9:45am Registration, 10am-12pm Venue: Chinese Cooking Workshop Chinese Cooking Workshop NO 370 Wulumuqi Rd (South) near Zhaojiabang Rd (metro lines 7 or 9,...

  •  Create: Fragrant Beads Bracelet

    2018 Feb 26th, Mon 2:00 pm

    In this class, we learn how to make a fragrant beads bracelet and get a brief introduction of incense. We call the way of feeling beauty via smell “incense”. Then making fragrant beads is the way to keep this beauty. We use several Chinese herbal medicines in this class such as clove, aloes, sandal, cogon grass root and so on. Teacher will help us recognize all the Chinese herbal medicine we need. This prescription helps...

  •  Chinese Lantern Festival

    2018 Feb 26th, Mon 6:45 pm

    Get ready for fireworks! The Chinese will be ringing in the New Year in a spectacular and noisy fashion! Lunar New Year is the most popular Chinese family celebration as it marks the end of the winter season and is the one time during the year when most Chinese families gather together from near and far. Join our Shanghai Expat Expert, Lisa Zhu, as she takes us on a night tour of the beautiful Yu...

  •  Plum Blossoms and Jinxi Water Town (FULL)

    2018 Feb 27th, Tue 7:45 am

    The plum blossoms bloom in Suzhou’s Guangfu Scenery Spot from approximately late February until mid-March. Yoho guides will walk us through the plum forest Xiagxuehal (means “fragrant plum forest like a sea of snow”). We will enjoy their fragrance and camera buffs can take pictures of the natural beauty of the area. Next, we will taste many delicious local dishes when we eat lunch near Taihu Lake. After we indulge in the local cuisine, our...

  •  Chinese Lantern Festival

    2018 Feb 27th, Tue 6:45 pm

    Get ready for fireworks! The Chinese will be rocking out in spectacular and noisy fashion for the New Year! Lunar New Year is the most popular Chinese family celebration all year as it marks the end of the winter season and is the one time during the year when most Chinese families gather together from near and far. SEA invites you on a night tour of the beautiful Yu Gardens Lantern Festival, or Yuanxiao, with...

  •  Newcomer’s Reception

    2018 Feb 28th, Wed 10:00 am

    New to Shanghai? Interested in the SEA? Please join us for a casual coffee morning to learn more about the Shanghai Expatriate Association 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, February 28 Time: 10am to 12pm, information presentation at 10:30am Venue:...

  •  Luncheon at Fu He Hui

    2018 Feb 28th, Wed 11:15 am

    Fortune Harmony, Wisdom. These are the translations of the three characters that comprise the name of this posh vegetarian Chinese restaurant. Owner Fang Yuan has drawn upon his own Buddhist practice, as well as his formidable personal collection of antiques, to create a museum-worthy display of Ming and Qing dynasty furniture and art pieces. In addition to the beautiful setting, each menu is masterfully created and artfully presented. Each dish is an exquisite refinement of...

  •  Chinese Lantern Festival

    2018 Feb 28th, Wed 6:45 pm

    Get ready for fireworks! The Chinese will be rocking out in spectacular and noisy fashion for the New Year! Lunar New Year is the most popular Chinese family celebration all year as it marks the end of the winter season and is the one time during the year when most Chinese families gather together from near and far. SEA invites you on a night tour of the beautiful Yu Gardens Lantern Festival, or Yuanxiao, with...

  •  Yum Cha Afternoon Tea (NEW)

    2018 Mar 1st, Thu 12:45 pm

    The Yum Cha tradition originated in southern China, specifically in the Cantonese region. Many movies depicting old Hong Kong or Shanghai begin with a scene showing a man walking into a tea house with his bird cage or cricket box in one hand and his pipe in the other. He sits down and orders his regular tea and dim sum, as people read newspapers and chat in the background. This is the traditional yum cha...

  •  Watercolor Painting (NEW)

    2018 Mar 2nd, Fri 9:15 am

    Anyone can paint! Learn the basics of watercolor in this 3 hour class. You will be taught the skills of color blending, shading, and basic strokes in order to design and paint your own floral or botanical wreath. We may also have time to move onto 3D lettering or how to incorporate fluid masking into your art work. This class includes a watercolor starter kit (watercolor paints, brushes, pad, and masking fluid), as well as...

  •  Basic Floral Design (NEW)

    2018 Mar 2nd, Fri 12:45 pm

    Learn the simple techniques of floral design. We will be taught the correct way to arrange fresh flowers while being introduced to different floral design styles. Our instructor will show us the tricks of the trade, so we can create beautiful springtime centerpieces for our tables. Bring a vase with a four-inch opening. Flowers and tools will be provided. Date: Friday, March 2 Time: 12:45pm Registration, 1pm to 3:30pm Venue: Lakeville Apartments 168 Jinan Rd.,...

  •  An Insider’s Dumpling Tour (NEW)

    2018 Mar 3rd, Sat 9:15 am

    Have you ever wanted to learn how to eat dumplings like a local? Lisa Zhu will take us on a dumpling tasting tour as she educates us on the 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 a...

  •  Beer Tasting: Spiced, Floral, and Flavored (NEW)

    2018 Mar 3rd, Sat 2:45 pm

    Come join us at DAGA Brewpub for an exclusive beer tasting experience! Craft brewing offers a wide range of flavors and additions that can be used to add subtle to robust flavors, character, and unique qualities to your beer. Spices can turn an ordinary beer into something unusual and interesting. DAGA Brewpub has 60 different beers on tap, focusing on craft beers from all over China, including ones from breweries in Nanjing, Sichuan, Shandong, Wuhan,...

  •  Red Teas at the Pudong Tea Market (NEW)

    2018 Mar 4th, Sun 10:15 am

    Red teas, otherwise known as black teas in the West, are the loose-leaf origins of what ends up in many familiar supermarkets breakfast blends. These bagged teas, however, take nothing like their Chinese counterparts. Find out why as certified tea specialist Tracy Lesh leads you to discover quality red tea, though sight, aroma, and taste. We’ll tour a wholesale tea market to understand its vast array of products, while vendors share their unique perspectives on...

  •  Burn with Orangetheory Fitness (NEW)

    2018 Mar 4th, Sun 12:15 pm

    Orangetheory Fitness just opened their first studio in China! They would like to invite all SEA members for a FREE trial. Orangetheory Fitness is a 5-zone heart rate monitored high intensity interval group training workout led by a coach. The coach will push you to the top 2 zones which will help accelerate fat loss and increase calorie burn. Additionally, once you achieve 12 to 20 minutes in the top 2 zones, you’ll also reach...

  •  Ladies’ Spa Morning (NEW)

    2018 Mar 5th, Mon 9:45 am

    Join us at Subconscious Spa for a Ladies’ Spa morning! Get a basic manicure and a signature oil massage! Enjoy a 60-minute aromatic massage with a choice of four organic essential oils. Perfect for stress relief, the oils penetrate the skin, leaving you with a sense of wellbeing. This wonderful massage, combined with a relaxing manicure, will leave you feeling both calm and polished! Date: Monday, March 5 Time: 9:45am Registration, 10am to 12pm Venue:...

  •  Huangpu – British China or Chinese Britain? (NEW)

    2018 Mar 5th, Mon 1:15 pm

    Huangpu – this district in the center of downtown Shanghai is a symbol of the hustle and bustle coming from its old colonial times when trading between China and Britain was the main force to make money. Still, the harbor city is a place for imports and exports – in every corner we see workers, traders, Shanghainese, and migrants of all kinds. The famous Nanjing Dong Lu with its high-end shopping malls is just around...

  •  Huzhou: Pearl of South Taihu and Hot Springs

    2018 Mar 6th, Tue

    You may have heard the Chinese Proverb “Up above there is Heaven; down below there are Suzhou and Hangzhou”, but there is another one “in the middle – it’s Pearl of South Taihu Lake – Huzhou.” Here, we will enjoy the natural scenery in the Xianshan Lake; get to know one of “the scholar’s four jewels” – the writing brush; and have leisure time in the most luxurious hotel and hot springs in the area...

  •  Healthy Cooking Workshop with Goma Greens (NEW)

    2018 Mar 6th, Tue 11:45 am

    Are you interested in a fun and easy way to eat healthier? Join us for a hands-on cooking workshop and learn how to prepare delicious dishes with fresh seasonal veggies straight from trusted local farmers in China. With Ariane Hotzel, from Happy & Healthy Lifestyle with Modern Ayurveda, we will make a healthy soup and delicious side dishes with veggies from Goma Greens. Ariana will also introduce us to the concept of Ayurveda, customized to...

  •  International Women’s Day Luncheon at Jean Georges

    2018 Mar 8th, Thu 11:30 am

    Let’s celebrate women together! The Shanghai Expatriate Association in honoring women around the world. Join us at Jean Georges for truly delicious food by one of the world’s most celebrated chefs and toasted culinary innovators. While we enjoy our food, we will listen to a talk with Diana Kuan, founder of Three on the Bund about building her business here in Shanghai. Choose a menu: Menu 1: Roasted Carrots, Avocado, Sprouts and Seeds Red Snapper...

  •  Celebrate 10: Exploring Mao Space (NEW)

    2018 Mar 9th, Fri 1:45 pm

    Supporting your favorite artist means supporting the gallery where the artist is represented. Much of an artist’s success depends on the symbiotic relationship between the artist and the gallery’s support of their art. In the competitive art market business, numerous galleries (both startups and world famous) have opened and closed in Shanghai. The “Celebrate 10” series created by Art Historian Julie Chun specifically for SEA, provides a closer look at art galleries in Shanghai that...

  •  Bordeaux Wines with Lao Wines (NEW)

    2018 Mar 9th, Fri 6:45 pm

    Confused or intimidated by Bordeaux wines? Can’t see what all the fuss is about? Come along and, in a friendly, relaxed environment, learn all about Bordeaux wines what makes them so special. You will learn how to identify Bordeaux wines, what left and right bank are, and why knowing is important. And most importantly, you will sample some truly great wines! Date: Friday, March 9 Time: 6:45pm Registration, 7pm to 8:30pm Venue: Laowines Tasting Room...

  •  Sensory Evaluation of Green Teas (NEW)

    2018 Mar 10th, Sat 10:15 am

    Do all green teas taste alike? Have you ever tasted a green tea and couldn’t put your finger on how to describe the flavor? Colorful adjectives ranging from orchid to shea butter are professional but they don’t mean anything if you’ve never smelled or tasted them. During this class, compare and contrast various greens and discover how their flavors are crafted by the six basic steps of tea production. Then put your taste buds to...

  •  Coffee Morning (NEW)

    2018 Mar 12th, Mon 12:00 pm

    Please join us for our monthly coffee morning! Meet friends new and old, enjoy a complimentary 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, March 12 Time: 10am to 12pm Venue: Regal International East Asia Hotel Emerald Ballroom 2/F, 516 Hengshan Rd., near Wuxing Rd. (metro line 1 to...

  •  Travel Talk: Australia and New Zealand (NEW)

    2018 Mar 13th, Tue 9:45 am

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

  •  Cracking the Confucius Code-from Imperial Exam to the GaoKao (NEW)

    2018 Mar 13th, Tue 1:45 pm

    Shanghai’s only former Confucius school provides an entertaining study explaining how Confucius single-handedly changed China’s ruling class system, which led to today’s national entrance exam. Participate in an incense burning ceremony to honor the great sage and wish for career or academic success for you or your family members. Hear stories of the rigorous prep required for the Imperial Exam, the caustic test taking environment, and some creative cheating methods. Discover how the troublesome 8-legged...

  •  Lebanese Cooking: Shish Tawook (NEW)

    2018 Mar 14th, Wed 11:45 am

    Learn to cook Lebanese cuisine! 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 Shish Tawook (a traditional marinated chicken kebab), garlic sauce, yogurt cucumber salad, pomegranate prosecco, and Lebanese rice pudding for dessert. There will be opportunities for hands-on helpers! Come to learn new skills and eat truly delicious food! Date: Wednesday, March 14 Time: 11:45am Registration, 12pm...

  •  Chinese Blue Fabric Factory Tour in Zhejiang (NEW)

    2018 Mar 15th, Thu 8:45 am

    Blue calico printing and dyeing have been practiced for centuries in Southern China. The decorative patterns on the blue cloth depict animals, plants, and long-lost legends, conveying good wishes for the future. Janny Chyn from Shanghai Pathways will take us to one of the oldest factories in Zhejiang, which has been producing blue calico printed fabric for over 500 years. At the factory, we will: . Observe the intricate printing processes. . Print our own...

  •  Mount Wuyi Weekend Escape

    2018 Mar 16th, Fri

    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...

  •  The Wonder of Multi-Colored Gemstones (NEW)

    2018 Mar 16th, Fri 10:15 am

    Do you know there are gemstones that possess more than one color, some even exhibit two or three colors in one stone? There are even stones with special visual effects like cat eyes or stars due to inclusions in the stones, making them rare and unique. Winda Lee, a veteran jewelry designer and gemologist, will take you on a journey to discover multi-colored gemstones – tourmaline and colored sapphire. She will also give you some...

  •  Session 7: Survey of Art in China – Understanding Revolutionary Art (NEW)

    2018 Mar 16th, Fri 1:45 pm

    This is the seventh session of the continuing series, Survey of Art in China, taught by Julie Chun (Adjunct Professor of Art History). Many of us recognize the symbolic images of China’s revolutionary art through propaganda posters and iconic Socialist Realist portraits, but what truly defines China’s revolutionary art? When did it begin? Who were the early artists? How were the form and content conceived? Julie Chun will provide a systematic understanding of Maoist era...

  •  Wine Tasting – Cabernet Sauvignon (NEW)

    2018 Mar 16th, Fri 6:45 pm

    Cabernet Sauvignon is often referred to as “King of the Red Wine Grapes”. It is grown worldwide and is considered a “colonizer” of the vineyards, often pushing native grape varieties to the sidelines. Join wine expert Jack Xu at Pudao Wines to find out more about this ubiquitous grape, and taste examples of it in both old and new world wines. Date: Friday, March 16 Time: 6:45pm Registration, 7pm to 8:30pm Venue: Pudao Wines 376...

  •  Cite Bourgogne (NEW)

    2018 Mar 17th, Sat 9:15 am

    Built in 1930 by French investors , Cite Bourgogne is one of the best preserved Shikumen-style residential compounds left in Shanghai. Formerly the residence of many famous Chinese celebrities, it was marked as a historical building in 1989 by the city. Today, Lisa Zhu will help us explore this living heritage. We will take a peek at how the locals struggle to live in their aging homes, yet are still very proud of their neighborhood’s...

  •  Woven Beaded Bracelet (NEW)

    2018 Mar 19th, Mon 9:45 am

    If you’re looking for ways to make your beading designs more dynamic, this beautiful weaving technique will put you on the right track to take your designs from standard to stunning. In this class, we are going to learn how to weave a 2-strand beaded bracelet and you’ll be amazed with the results! Date: Monday, March 19 Time: 9:45am Registration, 10am-12pm Meet: Jasmine Garden, House 21 2239 Hongqiao Lu (metro line 10, Longxi station, exit...

  •  Tai Chi Pushing Hands (NEW)

    2018 Mar 20th, Tue 9:45 am

    Tai Chi Pushing Hands is a two-person training routine practiced in Chinese martial arts. It is the gateway to experientially understanding the martial aspects of internal martial arts: leverage, reflex, sensitivity, timing, coordination, and positioning. Pushing hands works to reverse the natural instinct to resist force with force, teaching the body to yield to force and redirect it. In this class, we will practice the defensive and offensive movement principles to generate, coordinate and deliver...

  •  The Science of Style (NEW)

    2018 Mar 20th, Tue 12:45 pm

    The way you look and dress says a lot about you. It can show others how you feel about yourself, how you want to be treated, and what they can expect from you. What does your personal style say about you? Are you projecting the image you want to portray with the clothes you wear? Are you making the most of your body shape? Is getting dressed a struggle sometimes, most of the time, or...

  •  Precious Plastics (NEW)

    2018 Mar 21st, Wed 9:15 am

    Don’t know what to do with your plastic waste? Join this workshop to learn more about the complete recycling process and find new ways to reuse and recycle plastics in Shanghai. In this workshop, we will transform plastic into a multi-colored clipboard. Learn about the different types of plastic that we can easily recycle and those we should stop using. This is a hands-on activity, we will be shredding, melting, and assembling a clipboard that...

  •  Jiaozi and Beans in Chili Paste (NEW)

    2018 Mar 21st, Wed 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. We will start with jiaozi – famously delicious dumplings – followed by beans in chili paste. Afterwards, we will sit down together to enjoy the dishes we have made. Date: Wednesday, March 21 Time: 9:45am Registration, 10am to...

  •  Newcomer’s Reception (NEW)

    2018 Mar 21st, Wed 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, March 21 Time: 10am to 12pm, information presentation at 10:30am Venue: Regal International...

  •  Shanghai Metro Tour (NEW)

    2018 Mar 22nd, Thu 8:45 am

    Shanghai has an extremely efficient public transportation system. Not only is it convenient for local citizens, but it also provides an interesting platform for foreign residents to learn more about culture and customs. Lisa Zhu will guide us in an exploration of Shanghai’s subway system. We will learn about the city’s geography, history, and how it continues to expand. During the tour, we will ride on 4 or 5 different metro lines and see how...

  •  Chinese Legendary Sichuan Hotpot (NEW)

    2018 Mar 22nd, Thu 12:45 pm

    Join this amazing food tour to learn how a hot pot chain creates and captures value from focusing on customer services in China. For those unfamiliar with hot pot dining, it’s a type of cuisine in which raw meats, fish, tofu, vegetables, and noodles are cooked in steaming pots of broth right at your table. During this tour, you will visit the most legendary hotpot establishment in Shanghai, get an insider’s experience to find out...

  •  Floral Design – Dish Garden (NEW)

    2018 Mar 23rd, Fri 9:45 am

    Spring is the perfect time to learn how to make blooming dish gardens! Learn the techniques and tricks of the trade to make beautiful arrangements for gift giving or to enhance your home or patio. Also discussed will be ongoing care for these plants for success in their longevity. Blooming plants used will be determined by season, and what is available. Flowers and tools will be provided. Bring a bag for protection in case it’s...

  •  Muslim Market Tour (NEW)

    2018 Mar 23rd, Fri 1:45 pm

    Shanghai’s famous Muslim Market offers a variety of delicious food just waiting for you to try. During this small group walking tour with Shanghai Footsteps founder, Nathan Pearson, you will taste at least 4 different delicacies before setting off to discover the magnificent Jade Buddha Temple. We will conclude this tour by wandering the back streets in the area and discovering local wet markets and other hidden treasures. Date: Friday, March 23 Time: 1:45pm Registration,...

  •  Spring Fashion All Stars (NEW)

    2018 Mar 26th, Mon 10:15 am

    Who are the rising stars of fashion in Shanghai? Today, Mrs. Jet-Set will guide visitors through the boutiques of some of the most creative leaders of the Shanghai fashion scene. We’ll visit avant-garde designer Uma Wang, best known for her luxurious line of sculptural, androgynous knitwear, and Alter, Shanghai’s first multibrand concept store. We’ll check out the boutique of architect-turned-fashion designer Liao Xiao Ling, and see many other designers and how they use traditional Chinese...

  •  YangMeiLing Tea Harvest, HangZhou

    2018 Mar 27th, Tue 7:40 am

    One of China’s most famous teas is Long Jing, and the renowned West Lake variety grows just a day trip away with Shanghai & Beyond. Your journey begins on a high-speed train that whisks you to scenic Hangzhou in an hour. We’ll leave the city life behind as we cruise the winding road to the YangMeiLing tea village where the Ying family welcomes you as honored guests. We’ll hike up the trail to learn about the ancient skill of...

  •  Spring Trend and Fashion Tour at AP Plaza (NEW)

    2018 Mar 28th, Wed 10:15 am

    Even if you don’t obsess over trends, the runways of New York, Paris, London, Milan, and Shanghai provide inspiring ideas to update our looks and transition into a new season. Join Mrs. Jet-Set as we tour the AP Plaza and discuss the hottest Spring 2018 runway looks. We’ll visit a group of hand-selected stores as we try to recreate Spring’s best looks for less! You will be provided with a vendor guide and we’ll discuss...

  •  Vegetarian Chinese (NEW)

    2018 Mar 29th, Thu 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 three dishes. We watch Chef Mike demonstrate how to cook green pepper with potatoes. Then we will learn two dishes hands on: gong bao doufu, and mushrooms with bok choy. Afterwards, we will sit down together to enjoy the dishes...

  •  Embroider a Double-sided Handkerchief (NEW)

    2018 Mar 29th, Thu 12:45 pm

    This is a beginner level class for people who want to learn Suzhou double-sided embroidery. We first gain a brief introduction of Suzhou embroidery by our teacher A Zi. She is the non-material cultural descendant of Suzhou embroidery and K’o-ssy. Then we will copy the flower pattern to the handkerchief and learn how to split silk thread. After all these, we begin to embroider. You are free to change your pattern, but we promise that...

  •  Chinese Characters (NEW)

    2018 Mar 30th, Fri 10:00 am

    Event Description – Chinese Characters: Chinese characters are logograms with a long history. Not only used in China, they are the base used in the writing of many Asian countries. In standard Chinese, they are called hànzì. Teacher Ben will provide us with some insight into the oldest continuously used system of writing in the world. You will also have a chance to learn how to read and write some simple characters. Come join us...

  •  Hanoi and Halong Bay Tour

    2018 Apr 2nd, Mon

    Refined and delicately beautiful city, tree-lined boulevards, labyrinth of alleys, natural beauty, and endless islands. These are some of the sights you will enjoy on a six day trip to Northern Vietnam! We will begin with a tour of Hanoi catching the locals doing morning tai chi and aerobics. The tour will continue with visiting historical sites and a bike ride through the Old Quarter. Be prepared for a culinary adventure sampling street food with...

  •  Coffee Morning (NEW)

    2018 Apr 9th, Mon 10:00 am

    Please join us for our monthly coffee morning! Meet friends new and old, enjoy a complimentary 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, April 9 Time: 10am to 12pm Venue: Regal International East Asia Hotel Emerald Ballroom 2/F, 516 Hengshan Rd., near Wuxing Rd. (metro line 1 to...

  •  The Forgotten World (NEW)

    2018 Apr 10th, Tue 10:15 am

    Much of Shanghai’s history is hidden, with many astonishing buildings as the source of these stories. You may have seen the old shikumen houses, and you may have visited the phenomenal buildings on the Bund, but what our guide Lisa Zhu will introduce us to today is unlike anything else you have seen. It’s a building originally constructed as a dormitory for police officers who worked in the British Police Station. Then, it was converted...

  •  Xiao Long Bao (NEW)

    2018 Apr 11th, Wed 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 xiao long bao, the soup dumplings we all love! Afterwards, we will sit down together to enjoy the dishes we have made. Date: Wednesday, April 11 Time: 9:45am Registration, 10am to 12pm Venue: Chinese Cooking Workshop 370 Wulumuqi Rd. (S)...

  •  Ancient Art of Incense Making (NEW)

    2018 Apr 11th, Wed 12:45 pm

    For thousands of years, incense has been used not only for religious ceremonies, but as an artistic element in folklore. Over the centuries the elegant art almost vanished in China. In Japan, the so called Kodo remained popular and eventually spread to Taiwan, and then returned to China. The art is called Xiang Dao, meaning “skill of making incense”. During this 2-hour hands-on workshop, you will learn to: -Understand Chinese Incense Culture -Witness a Traditional...

  •  Shanghai Flower Port and Dishui Lake (NEW)

    2018 Apr 12th, Thu 9:15 am

    Janny Chyn from Shanghai Pathways will take us on a trip to the Shanghai Flower Port and Dishui Lake. At this time of year, the flower port becomes a mini-Holland. The local annual Tulip Festival, featuring over 500 different blooms of not only tulips, but various other plants such as hyacinths, roses, and anemones, has over 3.2 million bulbs bursting with beautiful colors and scents. After our stroll through the flowers, we will have a...

  •  Celebrate 10: Exploring Don Gallery (NEW)

    2018 Apr 13th, Fri 1:45 pm

    Supporting your favorite artist means supporting the gallery where the artist is represented. Much of an artist’s success depends on the symbiotic relationship between the artist and the gallery that supports the artist’s work. In the competitive art market business, numerous galleries (both startups and world famous) have opened and closed in Shanghai. The “Celebrate 10” series created by Art Historian Julie Chun specifically for SEA, provides a closer look at art galleries in Shanghai...

  •  Chinese Pottery Workshop – Family Event (NEW)

    2018 Apr 14th, Sat 9:45 am

    Chinese ceramic ware is an art form that has been developing since the dynastic period. This country is richly endowed with the raw materials needed for making ceramics. During this 2-hour pottery class, you have an opportunity to PLAY and get a taste of the pottery experience. We will learn about Chinese ceramic art from a Chinese pottery artist in hand-building. You will be introduced to several methods of constructing with clay. In the end,...

  •  Lebanese Cooking: Falafel (NEW)

    2018 Apr 16th, Mon 11:45 am

    Learn to cook Lebanese cuisine! This 2-hour class begins with a warm welcome to Hanady’s home, where she will host a demonstration-style cooking class with lots of opportunities for hands-on help. You will learn how to make Falafel, a delicious, classic dish made from ground chick peas and spices formed into balls or patties. They can be frozen and used later for an easy meal any time! Date: Monday, April 16 Time: 11:45am Registration, 12pm...

  •  Spring Luncheon at Scena (NEW)

    2018 Apr 17th, Tue 11:45 am

    Come and enjoy stunning views in a cozy setting! Situated on the 52nd floor of the IFC, with floor to ceiling windows overlooking the Pearl Tower, Scena promises a memorable luncheon of exquisite authentic Italian cuisine. Join us for a delicious meal, take in the view, and visit with your SEA friends! Check our website for menu choices.  Date: Tuesday, April 17 Time: 11:45am Registration, 12pm to 2:30pm Venue: Scena Italian Restaurant Ritz Carlton, Pudong,...

  •  Tai Chi: Chen Style (NEW)

    2018 Apr 19th, Thu 9:45 am

    Chen Style Taichi is the oldest style and he parent form of the traditional family of styles. It was created by Chen Wangting who Lived Henan Province. Chen Style’s frame is distinct, the steps are agile and steady, the inner force leads the whole body. It translates force into running like a cloud and flowing like water. An endless, loose, spring, expressing the flexible and firm characteristic with the style with speed, and coordination. Join...

  •  The Devil Wears Zara (NEW)

    2018 Apr 19th, Thu 12:45 pm

    In celebration of Earth Day, we will take an interesting look at fast fashion’s impact on the environment and meet the stars of Shanghai’s eco-friendly fashion market. We’ll have a private fashion presentation with Zurita, who uses only natural fabrics in her designs, and attend a meet and greet with Finch, who is transforming the swimwear industry by using fabric made from plastic bottles. Our fashion event will be hosted by Pawnstar in their renovated...

  •  Ink Watercolor (NEW)

    2018 Apr 20th, Fri 9:45 am

    You think you know watercolor? Think again! If you haven’t tried Ecoline Watercolors before, you’re in for a treat!  You will learn: – the basics of using liquid ink watercolor and an aqua brush – how to blend the colors – how to create different backgrounds – how to combine ink pens and watercolor to create simple artworks You will take home: – an aqua brush – Ecoline ink watercolor – Sakura Micron Pens –...

  •  Session 8: Survey of Art in China – Overview of Chinese Contemporary Art (NEW)

    2018 Apr 20th, Fri 1:45 pm

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

  •  Wine Tasting: Pinot Noir (NEW)

    2018 Apr 20th, Fri 6:45 pm

    Wines made from the Pinot Noir grape are widely considered to be some of the finest in the world. However, it can be a challenging grape for the wine maker as it’s difficult to grow, to transform into wine, and to pinpoint in taste. Join wine expert Jack Xu at Pudao Wines as we explore various producers’ different approaches to working with this tricky grape. Date: Friday, April 20 Time: 6:45pm Registration, 7pm to 8:30pm...

  •  Hidden Dragon Waterfall

    2018 Apr 21st, Sat

    Plan a weekend escape to enjoy some magnificent scenery in Anji County, Zhejiang Province. Hidden Dragon Waterfall is the biggest waterfall in Zhejiang Province with a total 60 meter drop. On this trip we will not only see the waterfall, but also Jiangnan Heaven Pool and the Anji Bamboo Sea.  The last stop of the weekend will be at the Anji Bamboo Expo Garden which will give you a chance to have close contact with...

  •  One Day Biking and Hiking Trip in Hangzhou

    2018 Apr 22nd, Sun 7:45 am

    Hangzhou is probably the best city near Shanghai for cycling. The gorgeous West Lake and the surrounding hills make the biking enjoyable, while the opportunity to hike around a tea plantation will make a lasting impression. After a two hour bus ride to Hangzhou in the morning, Bato Cycle will guide us as we cycle around the West Lake to fully enjoy the picturesque scenes. After that, we will bike to Long Jing Village where...

  •  Floral Design – Arrangement in Foam (NEW)

    2018 Apr 23rd, Mon 12:45 pm

    Have you always wanted to learn how the professionals design using floral foam? Here is your chance! You will be taught how to create a simple centerpiece as well as a high end contemporary arrangement! Other topics covered will be how to use materials right outside your backdoor to enhance your designs and save on your wallet. A mix of tropical and spring flowers will be used. Tools will be provided. May want to bring...

  •  The Classic Ming Garden Estate of the Pan family (NEW)

    2018 Apr 24th, Tue 9:45 am

    Nestled among the Yu Yuan retail and restaurant mecca lies the walled garden estate of Pan YunDan, a Ming dynasty scholar who built the sprawling gardens primarily to amuse his parents. To fully appreciate the meaning of garden design, one must understand the political environment and social culture during those years. Enjoy stories of the Pan family and the life of a government official as we explore the estate’s traditional architecture, symbolism, and landscape. Discover...

  •  The Linden Centre (NEW)

    2018 Apr 24th, Tue 2:45 pm

    For over ten years, Brian Linden and his wife have been pursuing their dream of becoming the first foreigners to restore and manage a collection of China’s national heritage sites.  In 2006-2008, they worked with over 100 local Bai villagers and personally spearheaded all the construction and design work on their first project- The Linden Center. Their goal was to establish a more sustainable tourism model that would combine preservation and investment in the villagers’...

  •  Newcomer’s Reception (NEW)

    2018 Apr 25th, Wed 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, April 25 Time: 10am to 12pm, information presentation at 10:30am Venue: Regal International...

  •  WuLongs-from Savory to Smoky (NEW)

    2018 Apr 25th, Wed 10:15 am

    Did you know that wulongs are an entire category of teas grouped this way because of its partially oxidized production method? Guangdong, Taiwan, and Fujian are the three major production areas, and each has its own characteristic recipe. During this trek in Shanghai’s largest wholesale tea market, we’ve selected knowledgeable vendors who will offer us tastings while we learn how wulongs developed over the years. From rich, full bodied rock wulongs to fresh and floral...

  •  Lariat Necklace (NEW)

    2018 Apr 25th, Wed 12:45 pm

    There is a wonderful way to make this necklace as a unique jewelry statement. Learn how to make your own Lariat necklaces using the old techniques of Rosario, religious necklaces. Even if you haven’t made jewelry before, you can make this! Date: Wednesday, April 25 Time: 12:45pm Registration, 1pm-3pm Meet: Jasmine Gardens, House 21 2239 Hongqiao Lu (metro line 10, Longxi station, exit 4) Cost: RMB 330 RMB for new students (includes all materials and...

  •  Street Corner Shopping (NEW)

    2018 Apr 26th, Thu 11:45 am

    Ever wonder where locals buy their clothing? If you ask, quite often the answer is “a small shop on the corner”. But where are those corners? Today, let’s forget the western chain stores, the faux bags and shoes, and the endless bargaining. We will explore a local downtown neighborhood with Lisa Zhu to discover what the local shops sell: non-branded but good quality clothes in interesting styles, socks, jewelry, tea pots and more. Maybe you...

  •  Nanjing Road Luxury Shopping Tour (NEW)

    2018 Apr 26th, Thu 12:45 pm

    Shanghai is home to one of the most prestigious shopping stretches in the world – Nanjing Road – where you’ll find most of Shanghai’s top luxury flagship stores. Many of the retail spaces along this famous street have received accolades for architectural design and retail branding. It’s rare to find so many of the world’s preeminent fashion, leather goods, and jewelry designers in such close quarters. On this popular walking tour, led by luxury brand...

  •  Being a Local in YangPu (NEW)

    2018 Apr 27th, Fri 6:45 pm

    Yang Pu use to be the industrial and undesirable district in old shanghai where the working class lived. Tonight, in the new YangPu district, we will explore the unique local neighborhood that has over 50 years of history. We will visit a local family who will tell us their stories and opinions of how the changes have impacted their lives while we enjoy local snacks -Shanghai WonTons, and fruit. Then we will watch locals play...

  •  Guizhou Sister Festival

    2018 Apr 28th, Sat

    Join us in watching one of the most populous groups of ethnic minorities, the Miao, as they celebrate Valentine’s Day-Sister Festival. See the villages at their most colorful with local girls dressed in stunning costumes with brilliant displays of their embroidery and silver headdresses and jewelry.  We will enjoy a day of music and dance by local girls. *Click “Guizhou” for more details.  DEPARTURE: Saturday, April 28 RETURN: Tuesday, May 1 Please email travel@seashanghai.org by April 1,...

  •  Coffee Tasting (NEW)

    2018 Apr 28th, Sat 9:15 am

    Back by popular demand! 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 with elements of mixology. We will learn about coffee, its origins and differences. Then you will taste four different coffees including his specialty The New Orleans – a frozen ball of chicory and coffee steeped in Ocean Grounds’ secret blend...

  •  Beyond Nanchang Lu (NEW)

    2018 Apr 28th, Sat 10:15 am

    Located just one block from HuaiHai Lu’s glitzy retail mecca is historically hip Nanchang Lu. Here among the plane trees lies a stunning restoration formerly known as the French Club. Tour the building’s highlights while learning about its history and current usage. From there our journey winds through an upscale neighborhood with breathtaking villas hidden among towering plantains. Art deco, Spanish Colonial, and English country style homes are restored to their former glory, along with...

  •  Tonglu – Hidden House Mountain Gem

    2018 May 19th, Sat

    Enjoy a holiday in nature. The lush green hills of Tonglu in Zhejiang province are known for their outstanding natural beauty. We have reserved the whole property of the Hidden House for our group, which is nestled in a picturesque valley where there are very few neighbors and scattered farmlands. Enjoy the slow pace of life, play cards or chat with friends over a glass of wine next to a cast-iron fireplace. For the active,...

  •  Lijiang – The Naxi Heartland

    2018 May 31st, Thu

    Visit the heart of the Naxi minority, Lijiang in Yunan province. Its ancient canals crisscross the old town which is filled with unique well-preserved homes. We will find traditionally clad Naxi women selling goods in the brick alleys. The tour includes visiting the traditional Naxi villages of Longquan, Baisha and Yuhu where we will see the living murals and Jade Lake. A short ride ending at Tiger Leaping Gorge will provide a view of the...