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  •  Newcomer’s Reception

    2018 Sep 19th, 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 2019). Application forms can be downloaded from www.seashanghai.org. Forms will also be available at the coffee morning.   DATE: Wednesday, September 19 TIME: 10am to 12pm VENUE: Regal International East Asia Hotel,...

  •  A Bite of China

    2018 Sep 20th, Thu 10:30 am

    In 2012, China Central Television launched a documentary, A Bite of China. It tells the history and stories behind Chinese cuisine—it’s symbolism, the relationship between nature and the people, and the creation of unique foods and traditional recipes. The documentary has been screened and well received in Singapore, Australia, and France. Our guide Lisa Zhu has selected an episode and would like to invite those who love food and travel to watch this production together....

  •  Membership Drive at the Shanghai Expat Show

    2018 Sep 21st, Fri 10:00 am

    IT’S TIME TO RENEW YOUR MEMBERSHIP! Your current membership (blue card) is valid until the end of August 2018, but renewing is easy. Bring your current blue membership card(s) and 350 RMB (cash). Our Annual Membership Day is Monday, September 17, but if you would like to sign up for any events that occur before this day, you will need to renew first. Date: Friday, September 21st Time: 10:00am – 5:00pm Venue: Shanghai Expat Show...

  •  Membership Drive at the Shanghai Expat Show

    2018 Sep 22nd, Sat 10:00 am

    IT’S TIME TO RENEW YOUR MEMBERSHIP! Your current membership (blue card) is valid until the end of August 2018, but renewing is easy. Bring your current blue membership card(s) and 350 RMB (cash). Our Annual Membership Day is Monday, September 17, but if you would like to sign up for any events that occur before this day, you will need to renew first. Date: Saturday, September 22nd Time: 10:00am – 5:00pm Venue: Shanghai Expat Show...

  •  Welcome Back Brunch

    2018 Sep 22nd, Sat 11:30 am

    Please join us for a special Welcome Back Brunch at the Bellagio Hotel’s terraced restaurant, LAGO by Julian Serrano. With wonderful views and great Italian food, this is the place to enjoy a few hours catching up with old and new friends after the long summer break. This invitation is extended to both members and non-members, so if you have friends who have yet to experience all that SEA has to offer, please let them...

  •  Membership Drive at the Shanghai Expat Show

    2018 Sep 23rd, Sun 10:00 am

    IT’S TIME TO RENEW YOUR MEMBERSHIP! Your current membership (blue card) is valid until the end of August 2018, but renewing is easy. Bring your current blue membership card(s) and 350 RMB (cash). Our Annual Membership Day is Monday, September 17, but if you would like to sign up for any events that occur before this day, you will need to renew first. Date: Sunday, September 23rd Time: 10:00am – 5:00pm Venue: Shanghai Expat Show...

  •  Tapas, Cooking with Friends

    2018 Sep 24th, Mon 12:15 pm

    We are delighted to extend our brand “first steps in Shanghai” and to introduce our “cooking with friends” classes. In the former French Concession, we will welcome you into a traditional, authentic Chinese lane house to extend your culinary knowledge and enjoy the spirit of international dishes and the flavour of herbs within a private, fun and relaxed atmosphere. Our priority is the high quality and freshness of all our ingredients. The meat and fish...

  •  Suzhou – The Grand Canal and Master of Nets Garden

    2018 Sep 25th, Tue 8:15 am

    Suzhou is one of the most spectacular cities in the Yangtze River delta, famed for its sophisticated culture and classic scenery. From dynastic times, silk has played a major role in the city’s economy. We’ll begin our journey with a walk along the Grand Canal where our guides from Shanghai and Beyond will detail Suzhou’s history and point out iconic landmarks. At lunch, we’ll enjoy a round table array of Su cuisine, noted for its...

  •  Boho Sandals

    2018 Sep 26th, Wed 9:45 am

    Turn a boring pair of sandals into some Anthropologie worthy beauties. These will become your summer staples—you’ll love the color and fun they’ll bring to your outfits! You will have a wide range of tassels, pompoms, and trims from which to choose and will be instructed in how to “boho up” your sandals. BYOS (bring your own sandals!) and pay RMB 200, or pay 300 RMB and we’ll provide you a pair. The price also...

  •  Wet Markets and Hidden Secrets of The Old City

    2018 Sep 27th, Thu 10:15 am

    Michael Wang of Shanghai and Beyond comes from the countryside, where farming and cooking are still a major part of the culture. On this walk, Michael will share his favorite fresh produce and recommend ways to prepare it that will make you fall in love with Chinese veggies! As we visit the markets, we’ll also discover the remains of the Old City’s southeastern section, an area that’s far from tourism venues and in the beginning...

  •  The ins and outs of exhibition making

    2018 Sep 27th, Thu 1:45 pm

    What does it mean to “curate” an exhibition? How are artists selected for an exhibition? How does space and the placement of artworks make or break an exhibition? Art Historian and Adjunct Professor of Art History, Julie Chun, will take the space of K11 art mall and the exhibition “Capricious Structure” to dissect and discuss the ins and outs of exhibition making. Through an insightful walk-through of the exhibition, which will require thoughts to be...

  •  Introducing Australian Wines

    2018 Sep 28th, Fri 6:45 pm

    Join us as we learn about and—more importantly—sample wines from some of Australia’s finest and most famous regions, including the Barossa Valley, McLaren Vale, and Margaret River. Our expert guide Paty will talk us through the places, explaining why they are so special and how they earned their world-famous reputations. Then (the best part), we’ll have the opportunity to taste-test the vino.   DATE: Friday, September 28 TIME: 6.45pm Registration, 7pm to 8.30pm VENUE: Laowines...

  •  Hidden Restaurants along HuaiHai Roa

    2018 Sep 29th, Sat 9:00 am

    Besides the posh malls, HuaiHai road also has lots of delicious local restaurants and food stalls that you may never notice.  Let’s follow our local guide, Lisa Zhu, and find all the yummy Shanghai specialties – pork chop, wontons, rice cake, noodles, bakery, etc.  We’ll enjoy delicious food and meet some beautiful local people.  This is a vegetarian friendly tour.   Date: Saturday, September 29 Time: 9am Registration, 9:15am to 11:30am Meet: HuaiHai road YanDang...

  •  Luang Prabang & Siem Reap (CANCELLED)

    2018 Sep 30th, Sun

      Unfortunately this trip was cancelled. Sitting at the confluence of Mekong and the Khan rivers, Luang Prabang is the most beautiful city in the country. According to UNESCO, the city has the best preserved fusion of traditional and colonial architecture in Asia.  On our 3 nights in this city, you will get a real taste of the city’s temples and museums, the night market, it’s quite back streets, and beautiful architecture. You will also...

  •  Survival Mandarin – 2 Sessions

    2018 Oct 9th, Tue 9:30 am

    Join us for a 2-session, fun and effective class designed to help us master Chinese phonetics using the Pinyin system. We will learn how to correctly pronounce every Chinese word, and we will learn the basic Chinese phrases and sentences that will make our stay in China much easier. Our instructor has 15 years of Mandarin training experience and has already helped thousands of expats.   DATE: Tuesdays, October 9 and 16 TIME: 9:30am Registration,...

  •  Needle Tatting Jewelry – Earrings (NEW)

    2018 Oct 10th, Wed 10:15 am

    Discover the tatting craft with Valerie Wu, a jewelry designer with over 15 years of experience teaching jewelry craft classes in Shanghai and Hong Kong. Tatting is a technique of knotting and looping lengths of thread to create a durable, lace-like design. In this class, we will use needle tatting to make an interesting pair of earrings. Needle tatting is fun, easy, and suitable for all skill levels, including beginners. All materials will be provided....

  •  Midori Travel Notebooks

    2018 Oct 11th, Thu 9:45 am

    Midori notebooks are more than just a pad of paper. These stylish books can contain a variety of inserts depending on your note taking, travel, or journaling needs. We will start with real leather for the cover, and then customize our notebooks with a wide selection of inserts: inner diaries, sketch, lined, and grid paper, business card holders, or document wallets. Finishing touches can be added with letter stamping, decorative beads, charms, buttons, bookmarks, or...

  •  Z&B Fitness BODYPUMP

    2018 Oct 11th, Thu 1:45 pm

    Let’s find out why so many people love BODYPUMP. Using barbells to help sculpt, tone, and strengthen the entire body, this workout will challenge all of our major muscle groups. We will use weights in all our exercises: squats, presses, and curls. By focusing on low weight loads and high repetitions, we will burn fat, gain strength, and quickly produce lean body muscle. In a group class setting, with motivating music, we’ll stay on task...

  •  Survey of Art in China – Session 2 Understanding Ancient Bronzes

    2018 Oct 12th, Fri 1:45 pm

    In our second session, Julie Chun, adjunct professor of art history, will take us through the bronze gallery and discuss China’s bronze culture. The Shanghai Museum presents pristinely showcased examples of bronze artifacts and Julie will fill us in on the details regarding why so many “food and drinking vessels” (especially when they weren’t used for daily purposes) were created in China’s early civilization. As she takes us through the gallery, we will discuss the...

  •  Introducing Pinot Noir

    2018 Oct 12th, Fri 6:45 pm

    Have you seen the movie Sideways? Heard all the fuss about Pinot Noir? Join us for an evening with our expert Paty to learn about why this little, thin-skinned grape is so special, and so desired by wine lovers. Paty will teach us about the grape and its characteristics, especially in terms of its geography. Then we’ll taste for ourselves as we compare, amongst others, Burgundy, New Zealand, and American Pinot Noirs. You might just...

  •  Chinese Calligraphy

    2018 Oct 13th, Sat 10:00 am

    Hidden in the Former French Concession, in a Shikumen house, is the Si De Calligraphy and Painting Association. Lisa Zhu will introduce us to the association’s members, who love calligraphy and painting. They will share their professional experiences and teach us about the different types of calligraphy. Emphasis will be placed on the famous Chinese calligraphic culture, wenfangsibao. As a souvenir, we can have our names painted by the artists! Note: Children over 6 years...

  •  Night Eats and Wine Pairings with UnTour Shanghai (NEW)

    2018 Oct 13th, Sat 6:15 pm

    Are you curious about Shanghai’s nighttime food scene? Do you like to drink wine, but haven’t yet been introduced to China’s international award-winning boutique wineries? Join us on a nighttime eating and drinking extravaganza, as we pair our authentic “Night Eats” foods with surprisingly delicious “Proudly Made in China” wines. Everything you wanted to know about (good) Chinese wine but were afraid to ask! We’ve selected three award-winning wines for this adults-only local food and...

  •  Fun Family Bike Ride (NEW)

    2018 Oct 14th, Sun 8:45 am

    Starting in the Xuhui Riverside Public Open Space, Bato will take us on a tour of this redeveloped area. We’ll ride past a sports center—great for jogging and cycling—and former shipyards and piers that have been converted into public parks. We may even stop at the climbing walls for more fun and exercise. Our tour continues as we bike to the Nanpu Bridge, where we’ll take a ferry to the east side of the river....

  •  Coffee Morning

    2018 Oct 15th, Mon 10:00 am

    Please join us for our Monthly Coffee Morning! Meet friends new and old, enjoy some coffee and snacks, shop at the vendors’ tables (new vendors every month), and find out what is happening in the Shanghai expatriate association this month. We look forward to seeing you there!   DATE: Monday, October 15 TIME: 10am to 12pm VENUE: Regal International East Asia Hotel, Emerald Ballroom 2/F 516 Hengshan Rd., near Wuxing Rd. (metro line 1 to...

  •  West Lake Scenic Bike Ride & Elegant High Tea (NEW)

    2018 Oct 18th, Thu 6:45 am

    Cycling is a great way to see the famed town of Hangzhou, which centers around beautiful West Lake. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the landscape has inspired many Chinese painters, poets and philosophers. After choosing bikes, we will ride past some of the Ten Famous Views of West Lake, including Orioles Singing in the Willows Garden and Lingering Snow on Broken Bridge. The route will be relatively flat, and the cycling distance is approximately 8-10km....

  •  Capsule Gallery Talk – Maya Kramer Exhibition (NEW)

    2018 Oct 19th, Fri 1:45 am

    Art Historian Julie Chun will take us through an exhibition by American artist Maya Kramer. Kramer’s work speaks to humanity’s fraught relationship with its environment, using surprising materials such as ice, coal, rust, newspaper, and laundry detergent to fashion works and tableaux that conjure a sense of both estrangement and loss. Time, entropy, and transience also figure prominently in her overture and serve as a reminder of the limits of human perspective. Her work has...

  •  Le Tour de France (NEW)

    2018 Oct 19th, Fri 6:45 pm

    Home to what many consider the best terroir in the world, no other country on earth makes as much wine as France, and no other country produces as many premium-quality wines as France. Join the expert staff at Pudao Wines and taste wines from all the classic regions to experience first-hand what terroir is all about!   DATE: Friday, October 19 TIME: 6:45pm Registration, 7pm to 8:30pm VENUE: Pudao Wines 376 Wukang Rd., House 102,...

  •  SEA Blood Drive (NEW)

    2018 Oct 20th, Sat 10:00 am

    Shanghai has an ongoing shortage of blood in their blood bank. Start your weekend right by giving to those in need and helping to ease this shortage. Please note: the age for giving blood in China is 18–55. If you are between 55-60, you will be allowed to donate if you have a donation card from your home county. The registration form that you will be asked to fill out at the time of donation...

  •  Autumn Beer Tasting (NEW)

    2018 Oct 21st, Sun 2:45 pm

    Leaves change color in autumn and brewers offer seasonal beers to reflect this. In October we will be tasting brown and red beers that we usually can not find throughout the year. Nicky, the manager of Daga Brewpub will ensure our tasting experience will be of the leading and superior beers of the autumn season.   Date: Sunday, October 21 Time: 2:45pm Registration, 3pm to 5pm Venue: DAGA Brewpub 100 Fuxing Road (West), Near Yongfu...

  •  Old City – Laoximen Walk (NEW)

    2018 Oct 22nd, Mon 10:15 am

    Until 100 years ago, Shanghai ’s “Chinese City” was protected by a stone-and-earth wall and a moat, both since removed to make room for modern transportation. Little of the bustling old city remains, replaced by the gleaming skyscrapers that now dominate the city’s skyline. This walk is your chance to experience one of the last living neighborhoods within the “Old City,” to appreciate the unique charm of its late-19th and early-20th century lane homes, and...

  •  Make Your Own Espadrilles (NEW)

    2018 Oct 23rd, Tue 9:45 am

    Yes, it’s easy to make your own espadrilles—the perfect shoe for summer. In this 3-hour class, we’ll choose the fabric (often the hardest part), cut the pattern, sew the pieces together (we’ll use a sewing machine, with help if necessary), and finally sew the completed piece to the espadrille sole. We’ll have time to finish one shoe, and the matching shoe will be ready to stitch up at home. Available sizes are 36-41 (EU sizing)....

  •  Newcomer’s Reception

    2018 Oct 24th, 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 2019). Application forms can be downloaded from www. seashanghai.org. Forms will also be available at the coffee morning.   DATE: Wednesday, October 24 TIME: 10am to 12pm VENUE: Regal International East Asia...

  •  Nanking Road – the 5th Avenue of Shanghai (NEW)

    2018 Oct 24th, Wed 1:15 pm

    Park Lane, later called Nanking Road, was the “5th Avenue” of Shanghai, and together with the Bund, the capital of western power in colonial times. British traders sold western products while Chinese merchants tried to attain wealth selling Chinese goods. The first department stores of the world opened right here around 1910. This famous area is still glamorous today, especially at night. The side roads along this commercial hub, however, are most interesting. Colonial flair...

  •  Jingdezhen

    2018 Oct 25th, Thu

    Situated in a beautiful mountainous area, Jingdezhen – known as the “Porcelain Capital” of China – is rich in the natural resources required for porcelain production. The local potters have been practicing their craft for over 1700 years. On this trip you will visit the tile factory, ancient kilns, Friday night and the Saturday morning Market. Our tour guide Lesley Jian is an experienced potter herself. Plenty of shopping time is built into the trip...

  •  Spa Afternoon at the Ritz Carlton

    2018 Oct 26th, Fri 12:45 pm

    Start your weekend with a luxurious massage and afternoon tea at The Ritz Carlton Spa. You will be treated to a relaxing 60-minute aromatherapy massage in one of the private massage rooms on the 55th floor. Afternoon tea and treats will be available in the beautiful relaxation room with stunning views of Shanghai and the Pearl Tower. You will also have access to the other guest facilities, including the steam room, sauna, and lavish shower/changing...

  •  Ink Factory Tour

    2018 Oct 29th, Mon 8:45 am

    Chinese invented ink not long after they started to write. We’ve all been impressed watching the art of calligraphy, but do you know how the ink is made and why some ink 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...

  •  Hair Treatment or Styling Session (NEW)

    2018 Oct 30th, Tue 11:30 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. Choose between a deep conditioning hair treatment that will leave your hair silky and healthy, which includes a shampoo and blow-dry OR choose a one on one “learn to style your own hair” session with a stylist where you will also receive a wash and style lesson.  Maybe...

  •  Sweet & Sour Pork and Fried Dumplings

    2018 Oct 31st, Wed 9:45 am

    The Chinese Cooking Workshop was established in 2003 as the first hands-on cooking school in Shanghai targeted to expats. Please join us for this Chinese cooking class where Head Chef Mike will teach us how to prepare two dishes. We will start with Sweet & Sour Pork, followed by Fried Dumplings. Afterwards, we will sit down together to enjoy the dishes we have created.   DATE: Wednesday, October 31 TIME: 9:45am Registration, 10am to 12pm...

  •  Bhutan- Land Of The Thunder Dragon

    2018 Nov 10th, Sat

    Land of the Thunder Dragon, One of the most mysterious and unknown of all Himalayan Kingdoms, hidden in isolation behind the high peaks of the Himalayas.  Besides visiting Dzongs and monasteries, this trip is specially designed for families to fully appreciate the unique culture and natural beauty of the Kingdom in a fun and engaging way.  We white-water raft along the Mo-chhu in Punakha with the impressive Punakha Dzong as the backdrop, have a picnic...

  •  3 DAYS FACE TO FACE WITH PANDA

    2018 Dec 1st, Sat

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

  •  7 Days Jewel of Myanmar

    2018 Dec 20th, Thu

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

  •  3 DAYS HARBIN –  Ice Wonderland

    2019 Jan 18th, Fri

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