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  •  Newcomers’ Reception

    2019 Jun 19th, Wed 10:00 am, at 10:00:am 10:00 am

    New to Shanghai? Interested in the Shanghai Expat Association? Please join us for a casual coffee morning to learn more about SEA and make new friends. To become a member, please bring your passport or a copy, along with RMB 350 (membership valid September 2018 – August 2019). Download our SEA Membership form 2018-2019. Forms will also be available at the coffee morning. Date: Wednesday, June 19 Time: 10am to 12pm Venue:           Regal International...

  •  Yangtze River Cruise

    2019 May 30th, Thu, at 12:00:am

    Cruise along the longest River in China – the third longest in the world. This cruise will take you through the heart of China. You will witness its history and ordinary life as you enjoy the famous scenery of the Three Gorges. Travel on the Yangzi Explorer – the most luxurious vessel on the Yangtze River. Take a shore excursion to the 816 Underground Project (world’s largest artificial military cave) or board local longboats pulled...

  •  Newcomers’ Reception

    2019 May 22nd, Wed 10:00 am, at 10:00:am 10:00 am

    New to Shanghai? Interested in the Shanghai Expat Association? Please join us for a casual coffee morning to learn more about SEA and make new friends. To become a member, please bring your passport or a copy, along with RMB 350 (membership valid September 2018 – August 2019). Download our SEA Membership form 2018-2019. Forms will also be available at the coffee morning.   Date: Wednesday, May 22 Time: 10am to 12pm Venue:           Regal...

  •  Century Park Fun Bike Ride (NEW)

    2019 Apr 25th, Thu 10:15 am, at 10:15:am 10:15 am

    Century Park, the largest park in Shanghai, is an oasis in the city, offering vast garden and lawn areas complemented by lakes and pools. Join us as we explore every corner of the park on bicycles—about 5 km. We’ll view a lakeside scenic area, a nature preserve with a bird garden, the Folk Village, and the Century Clock. After our tour, we’ll enjoy a delicious spring picnic as we relax and enjoy the company of...

  •  Discovering Minimalist Art (NEW)

    2019 Apr 24th, Wed 1:45 pm, at 1:45:pm 1:45 pm

    There are numerous “isms” in art that can prove to be more confounding than comprehensible for viewers. In this concise art lecture, Julie Chun (Adjunct Professor of Art History) will highlight the aspects that define Minimalist art and discuss the art and artists within its social, political and economic context. We will examine some of the initial pioneers of this artistic genre and explore the rise and impact of Minimalism in the global art scene....

  •  Wire Jewelry – Beginners II (NEW)

    2019 Apr 24th, Wed 10:15 am, at 10:15:am 10:15 am

    Making wire jewelry is fun. Goldsmiths, jewelry designers, hobbyists, and jewelry artists all use wire to make jewelry. After mastering the basic technique, we will freely create the style of jewelry we prefer and then enjoy the pleasure of our achievements. Join Valerie Wu for a morning of creativity and take home a unique, wrapped stone pendant. Valerie Wu has taught jewelry classes in Shanghai and Hong Kong and designs jewelry with a mix of...

  •  Newcomers’ Reception

    2019 Apr 24th, Wed 10:00 am, at 10:00:am 10:00 am

    New to Shanghai? Interested in the Shanghai Expat Association? Please join us for a casual coffee morning to learn more about SEA and make new friends. To become a member, please bring your passport or a copy, along with RMB 350 (membership valid September 2018 – August 2019). Download our SEA Membership form 2018-2019. Forms will also be available at the coffee morning. Date: Wednesday, April 24 Time: 10am to 12pm Venue:           Regal International...

  •  Chinese Mona Lisa (NEW)

    2019 Apr 23rd, Tue 9:45 am, at 9:45:am 9:45 am

    Although the original is in the National Palace Museum in Beijing, join us to view a special version of the Qingming Shanghe Tu—one of the most treasured paintings, and the longest scroll, in China. This painting, also called “Along the River During the Qingming Festival,” depicts life during the Northern Song dynasty – boat rowing, horsemanship, and the bustle of markets. Local guide Lisa Zhu will take us on an excursion to explore the China...

  •  Intoxicating Yangzhou

    2019 Apr 23rd, Tue, at 12:00:am

    Explore the ancient city of Yangzhou with Shanghai and Beyond for an overnight adventure. Discover the Han dynasty tombs of Prince Guangling, the residence and gardens of a salt merchant, Guyuan, and the market street, Dongguan. Take a boat ride on Slender West Lake and explore the night market. Learn about the famous knives of Yangzhou and visit a barbershop where hair is trimmed using ancient techniques. Detailed information in PDF DEPARTURE Tuesday, April 23...

  •  Midori Travel Notebook (NEW)

    2019 Apr 22nd, Mon 9:45 am, at 9:45:am 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 cardholders, or document wallets. Finishing touches can be added with letter stamping, decorative beads, charms, buttons, bookmarks, or tassels....

  •  Coffee Tasting (NEW)

    2019 Apr 21st, Sun 9:50 am, at 9:50:am 9:50 am

    Wake up on a Sunday morning with coffee!  Jim Lee, Ocean Grounds’ Founder & Coffee Q-grader, will teach us about coffee, its origins and development, and it’s many variations.  During this session you will taste 3 signature coffees and 2 single origin coffees.  A snack of flatbread pizza will also be provided.   DATE: Sunday, April 21 TIME: 9:50am Registration, 10:00am to 11:30am VENUE: Ocean Grounds, 282 Huaihai Middle Rd, 1F Hong Kong Plaza north...

  •  Tipsy Chocolate (NEW)

    2019 Apr 20th, Sat 6:45 pm, at 6:45:pm 6:45 pm

    Join SEA and Laowines for a chocolate and wine tasting event at the Zotter Chocolate factory. We will taste more than 250 varieties of chocolates—all organic and fair trade—and six exciting wines from all over the world. We’ll pair the wines with chocolates, design our own favorite chocolate bar, and let our creative sides run wild. The wine tastings, carried out by our Wine and Spirit Education Trust (WSET)-trained wine professional, are designed to be...

  •  Wine Tasting – Pudao Wines (NEW)

    2019 Apr 19th, Fri 6:45 pm, at 6:45:pm 6:45 pm

    As you may have heard, Pudao Wines will be leaving their Ferguson Lane location in May.  The March and April tastings will be your last chance to join your fellow SEA members at Pudao on Wukang Road.  The topics are yet to be determined, we will update as soon as they have been decided.   DATE: Friday, April 19 TIME: 6:45pm Registration, 7pm to 8:30pm VENUE: Pudao Wines 376 Wukang Rd., House 102, Ferguson Lane...

  •  Hair Treatment (NEW)

    2019 Apr 19th, Fri 10:00 am, at 10:00:am 10:00 am

    Let the experts pamper you at a special discounted price just for SEA! Bijin Hair is a premium hairdressing salon boasting a team of acclaimed international stylists. We will enjoy a deep-conditioning hair treatment that will leave your hair silky and healthy, and a shampoo, blow-dry, and style. Bijin Hair is offering a 20% discount for those attendees who would like to receive another treatment (haircut, etc) on this day. Get ready for the weekend—there...

  •  Spring Luncheon – el willy (NEW)

    2019 Apr 18th, Thu 11:30 am, at 11:30:am 11:30 am

    The Happy Spanish Restaurant One of the most well-known Spanish restaurants in Shanghai, el willy has received several awards, and it’s easy to understand why. Its location and large windows open to amazing views of the city. The charismatic and personable chef ”Willy” Trullas Moreno’s cooking is more contemporary than traditional Spanish—he doesn’t just make paella, he makes “juicy rice!” Influenced by local culture, the structure of the menu follows the Chinese rules of yin...

  •  Songjiang – The Hidden Pearl (NEW)

    2019 Apr 17th, Wed 12:45 pm, at 12:45:pm 12:45 pm

    Get out of the city! Let’s discover Songjiang, known as the cultural root of Shanghai. This suburban district, with a population of 1.5 million, was an important town long before Shanghai developed into a city. Together with Maja von dem Bongart, sinologist and historian from Shanghai Art Walks & Talks, we will explore milestones on this historical path, including famous gardens, parks, a Buddhist temple, and a mosque. A perfect springtime outing!   DATE: Wednesday,...

  •  Pick the Right Pearl (NEW)

    2019 Apr 17th, Wed 10:15 am, at 10:15:am 10:15 am

    Shanghai is the place to find a wide variety of pearls at reasonable prices, but many of us do not know how to differentiate between fake and genuine pearls. Lilian Hu, a talented jewelry designer and founder of Faye Jewelry, will teach us about the different types of pearls available in the markets and how to choose pearls for personal use or as a gift. She will also show different styles of pearl necklaces and...

  •  Fenyang Road Historical Walk (NEW)

    2019 Apr 15th, Mon 9:30 am, at 9:30:am 9:30 am

    Fengyang Road is a beautiful, tree-lined promenade that forms part of the Former French Concession. Lisa Zhu will be our guide as we explore and learn about the history of this part of Shanghai. We will admire the architectural features of these lovely homes and hear the legends of their previous owners. Included in this fascinating tour is a visit to the Arts and Crafts Museum.   DATE: Monday, April 15 TIME: 9:30am Registration, 9:45am...

  •  Night Eats and Wine Tour (NEW)

    2019 Apr 14th, Sun 5:15 pm, at 5:15:pm 5:15 pm

    Are you curious about Shanghai’s night-TIME:food scene? Do you like to drink wine but haven’t been introduced to China’s international-awardwinning, boutique wineries? Join us on a night-TIME:eating and drinking extravaganza as we pair our authentic “night eats” with surprisingly delicious, proudly-made-in-China wines. Learn everything you wanted to know about (good) Chinese wine but were afraid to ask! We’ve selected three award-winning wines for an adults-only, local night-time food and drink extravaganza. You’ve never tasted local...

  •  Thousand Islands Lake Tour

    2019 Apr 13th, Sat, at 12:00:am

    Escape city life with a two-day bike ride around Thousand Islets Lake (Qiandao Lake). SEA will join Bato for a weekend of exercise for the body and soul. Day one will consist of a beautiful bike ride, lunch, and a one-night stay in the ancient city of Qinchuan. The next day we will explore this picturesque village, take a short hike, and continue our bike ride around the lake. Detailed information in PDF Departure: Saturday,...

  •  White Wines of the World (NEW)

    2019 Apr 12th, Fri 6:45 pm, at 6:45:pm 6:45 pm

    Always buying the same white wine? Want to try something different? This is the night for you. Come join Paty, Laowines’ wine expert, for a friendly night of learning and drinking our way through white wines of the world. Locations, grapes, styles, histories, and wine cultures will be discussed as we sample our way around the globe, leaving us as newly minted white wine experts.   DATE: Friday, April 12 TIME: 6:45pm Registration, 7pm to...

  •  Suzhou Creek (NEW)

    2019 Apr 12th, Fri 9:45 am, at 9:45:am 9:45 am

    Suzhou Creek has been a major transport route for many centuries. At 125 km long, the former strategic war arena was, for a long time, the dirtiest place in the city—but it is now known as the SOHO of Shanghai. As we wander along the delta of Suzhou Creek with Carolin Billetter from Shanghai Art Walks & Talks, she will point out colonial buildings and tell us about their histories. We’ll enjoy great views of...

  •  COOKING WITH FRIENDS – Mallorquin Tapas

    2019 Apr 11th, Thu 11:15 am, at 11:15:am 11:15 am

    Do you need a new idea for simple appetizers or even an easy dinner? Delicious Mallorquin tapas may be your new go-to meal! Together with Florian Stahl from Cooking with Friends, we will learn how to prepare some of these famous, easy-to-make Mallorquin tapas. We will meet at his home—a traditional, authentic Chinese lane house—and prepare the dishes in a relaxed, enjoyable atmosphere. After our cooking experience we will have time to sit together and...

  •  Ink Painting – Plum Blossoms (NEW)

    2019 Apr 10th, Wed 9:45 am, at 9:45:am 9:45 am

    Join us at Yuan Chinese Art Workshop where artist Huang will teach us about Chinese art, Chinese philosophy, and the techniques of traditional Chinese painting. Ms Huang majored in Chinese ink painting and has been a senior teacher for four years. We will watch her as she paints plum blossoms and explains the fundamental characteristics of Chinese ink painting. Under her guidance, we will create our own paintings on rice paper.   DATE: Wednesday, April...

  •  Gangsters and Their Playgrounds (NEW)

    2019 Apr 9th, Tue 9:00 pm, at 9:00:pm 9:00 pm

    back to text page As Shanghai developed into an Asian metropolis, the opportunities to “get rich” flourished; underground businesses, along with legal trade, thrived. Opium dens, prostitution, and gambling could be found everywhere. Gangs and gangster bosses reigned over the underworld. As Carolin Billetter leads us on a walk through the Former French Concession, we will learn about the places where some of these gangsters of Shanghai lived, worked, and played.   DATE: Sunday, September...

  •  Survey of Art in China – Session 8

    2019 Apr 9th, Tue 1:45 pm, at 1:45:pm 1:45 pm

    Overview of Chinese Contemporary Art This is the eighth session in 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...

  •  Dragon Well Tea Tour (NEW)

    2019 Apr 9th, Tue 8:00 am, at 8:00:am 8:00 am

    Once a year, a sleepy tea village awakens. Dragon Well, China’s most iconic tea, has a short harvest season in China’s renowned scenic area of Hangzhou. Join Shanghai & Beyond to travel by high speed train and private bus to YangMeiLing tea village where our local family will welcome you as honored guests. Hike up tea terraces to observe the ancient skill of harvesting, enjoy rare photographic moments, and learn about culture, history and legends....

  •  Coffee Morning

    2019 Apr 8th, Mon 10:00 am, at 10:00:am 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, April 8 TIME: 10am to 12pm VENUE: Regal International East Asia Hotel, Emerald Ballroom 2/F516 Hengshan Rd, near Wuxing Rd (metro line 1 to Hengshan...

  •  Night Food Tour (NEW)

    2019 Apr 6th, Sat 6:00 pm, at 6:00:pm 6:00 pm

    If you like Chinese food, and particularly if you love noodles, xiaolongbao, stir-fry, and traditional Shanghai desserts, then this is the tour for you! Lisa Zhu will lead us as we explore some of the small, hidden restaurants that are extremely popular among locals. Vegetarians and families are welcome. Come hungry for this delicious night food tour.   DATE: Saturday, April 6 TIME: 6pm Registration, 6:15pm to 8:15pm MEET: Fuxing Rd and Ruijin Rd (No....

  •  Silky Body (NEW)

    2019 Apr 5th, Fri 9:45 am, at 9:45:am 9:45 am

    Pamper yourself with Subconscious Day Spa signature silky body exfoliation for regenerating new cell growth and hot shower before embarking on a 60 mins spa body oil massage. You get to experience the best of both treatments in this blissful spa journey.   DATE: Friday, April 5 TIME: 9:45am Registration, 10am to 12pm MEET: SPA Subconscious 183 Fumin Road, Jingan (line 7 Jingan Temple Exit 8, 500 meter) 富民路183号 COST: RMB 480 (includes: treatment, snack...

  •  Cashew Chicken and Spicy/Sour Eggplant (NEW)

    2019 Apr 3rd, Wed 9:45 am, at 9:45:am 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 prepare two dishes. Our first dish will be Cashew Chicken. Next, we will learn how to make Spicy and Sour Eggplant. Afterward, we will sit down together to enjoy the dishes we have created. A vegetarian option can be arranged in...

  •  Yangcheng Lake Bike Tour (NEW)

    2019 Apr 2nd, Tue 7:45 am, at 7:45:am 7:45 am

    “Seen from far away, Yangcheng Lake looks like a piece of shiny jade in the sun.” Bato from Cycle China will lead us to take in the lake views while cycling an easy and relaxing 20 km around the perimeter on well-paved roads that are made only for bikes. Afterwards, visit the highly-rated Chongyuan Temple and see the highest and heaviest above-water indoor Guanyin (Goddess of Mercy) Pavilion in China. A 20 minute boat ride...

  •  Guang Ming Cun (NEW)

    2019 Apr 1st, Mon 10:45 am, at 10:45:am 10:45 am

    Everyday at Guang Ming Cun, local Shanghainese people line up for takeout food from 10am to 6pm. During Mid-Autumn Festival, a scalper might charge over RMB 300 for a front spot in line to buy mooncakes. Local guide Lisa Zhu will take us to find out why the restaurant is so important to locals as we join her for a meal at this interesting, and delicious, establishment. We will learn about the menu and how...

  •  Shanghai’s Extraordinary Jewish Legacy (NEW)

    2019 Mar 31st, Sun 9:15 am, at 9:15:am 9:15 am

    Join us for this fascinating historical tour of Jewish Shanghai. From the 1840s to the 1950s, waves of Jewish immigrants from Baghdad, India, Russia,and Central Europe left their mark on Shanghai. We will start at the Bund exploring the Baghdadi Jewish heritage followed by visits to various places in Hongkou district, including the Ohel Moshe synagogue (now Shanghai’s Refugees Museum), a monument in HouShan Park, and a Chinese (formerly Jewish refugee) home. Bring comfortable walking...

  •  The Violin Maker (NEW)

    2019 Mar 30th, Sat 9:45 am, at 9:45:am 9:45 am

    Ding came to Shanghai at the age of 18 and followed a master to learn how to hand make violins. What’s driving this young man to continue the journey of his handcraft work when most of the world is utilizing machine-made instruments? According to Ding, “Machine has no life, it’s the people who give soul to music.” Let’s follow our guide, Lisa Zhu, to visit this hidden violin workshop in a beautiful area of the...

  •  Nanjing Purple Mountain and Memorial Hall (NEW)

    2019 Mar 28th, Thu 7:30 am, at 7:30:am 7:30 am

    Nanjing is one of four great ancient capitals of China. Its epic influence and the tombs of Sun Yat Sen and the first Ming Dynasty Emperor can all be observed at Purple Mountain. During this very special day trip opportunity, the team from Shanghai and Beyond will share the stories of these legendary heroes as we explore the scenic paths and relics. Lunch will include Nanjing specialties such as tangbao dumplings, salted osthmanthus duck, and...

  •  Wire Jewelry – Beginners I (NEW)

    2019 Mar 27th, Wed 10:15 am, at 10:15:am 10:15 am

    Making wire jewelry is fun. Goldsmiths, jewelry designers, hobbyists, and jewelry artists all use wire to make jewelry. After mastering the basic technique, we can freely create the style of jewelry we like and enjoy the pleasure of our achievement. Join Valerie Wu for a morning of creativity and go home with a pair of simple, stylish earrings and a matching ring. Valerie has taught jewelry classes in Shanghai and Hong Kong and designs jewelry...

  •  Newcomers’ Reception

    2019 Mar 27th, Wed 10:00 am, at 10:00:am 10:00 am

    New to Shanghai? Interested in the Shanghai Expat Association? Please join us for a casual coffee morning to learn more about SEA and make new friends. To become a member, please bring your passport or a copy, along with RMB 350 (membership valid September 2018 – August 2019). Download our SEA Membership form 2018-2019. Forms will also be available at the coffee morning.   Date: Wednesday, March 27 Time: 10am to 12pm Venue:           Regal...

  •  Chinese Funeral Museum (NEW)

    2019 Mar 26th, Tue 10:15 am, at 10:15:am 10:15 am

    The Qingming Festival (also known as Pure Brightness Festival or Tomb-Sweeping Day) is set aside as a day to offer sacrifices to one’s ancestors. To understand the Chinese funeral customs, our guide Janny Chyn will show us China’s only Funeral Industry Museum. This modern museum offers an overview of the funeral business in China. During this guided tour, we’ll begin to understand Chinese funeral culture, hear amazing stories, and learn funeral history. This is an...

  •  Watercolor (NEW)

    2019 Mar 25th, Mon 9:45 am, at 9:45:am 9:45 am

    Anyone Can Paint! Learn the basics of watercolor. We will learn the skills of color blending shading and basic strokes in order to design and paint our own floral botanical wreath. We also learn the steps behind creating 3D lettering as well as how to incorporate fluid masking into our artwork.   DATE: Monday, March 25 TIME: 9:45am Registration, 10am to 12pm VENUE: Craft’d 1288 Fuxing Rd (M), near Xiangyang Rd (S) Building 3, 1st...

  •  Craft Beer with Brewdog and Laowines (NEW)

    2019 Mar 24th, Sun 2:45 pm, at 2:45:pm 2:45 pm

    What is craft beer? Why has it taken the world by storm? Spend the afternoon with Chris from Brewdog for plenty of fun, beer, and just the right amount of beer knowledge. We will learn what craft beer is and why it’s different from “normal” beer. We’ll also taste six of Brewdog’s beverages from IPAs to stouts and everything in between. Have you ever had a question about beer? Now is your time to get...

  •  Men’s Premium Tailoring Experience (NEW)

    2019 Mar 23rd, Sat 1:45 pm, at 1:45:pm 1:45 pm

    In need of a new tailored suit for this spring or upgrading your work attire? Join RJ Clothing for an exclusive tailoring session in their new showroom. Bring your friend/partner/wardrobe advisor and enjoy this experience while savoring some Chivas Regal 18 and light refreshments. We will explore the exciting suiting industry and learn what you should look out for when commissioning your made-to-measure garments. Please see the online calendar entry for more details on this...

  •  Brunch Like a Local (NEW)

    2019 Mar 23rd, Sat 9:15 am, at 9:15:am 9:15 am

    Our guide Lisa Zhu invites us to experience brunch like the local Shanghainese. We will venture into a local neighborhood and enjoy many delicious treats hidden in this slowly disappearing community. Cicifan, youtiao, danbing, and congyoumian are just a few examples of the food on offer. This is a family friendly outdoor event. Come hungry and please dress appropriately for the weather.   DATE: Saturday, March 23 TIME: 9:15am Registration, 9:30am to 11:30am MEET: Huangpi...

  •  Wine Tasting – Pudao Wines (NEW)

    2019 Mar 22nd, Fri 6:45 pm, at 6:45:pm 6:45 pm

    As you may have heard, Pudao Wines will be leaving their Ferguson Lane location in May.  The March and April tastings will be your last chance to join your fellow SEA members at Pudao on Wukang Road.  The topics are yet to be determined, we will update as soon as they have been decided.   DATE: Friday, March 22 TIME: 6:45pm Registration, 7pm to 8:30pm VENUE: Pudao Wines 376 Wukang Rd., House 102, Ferguson Lane...

  •  Yuz Museum – Nested Exhibition (NEW)

    2019 Mar 22nd, Fri 1:45 pm, at 1:45:pm 1:45 pm

    The current exhibition Nested at the Yuz Museum is a quiet treasure that requires a bit of prodding and examining to discover it’s rich content. The exhibition comprises of works by the artist Su-mei Tse from Luxembourg. Born to a Chinese father and a British mother, Tse is representative of the  current generation of glob-trotting artists who are not constrained by nations or borders. As a multi-diciplinary artist, she fuses photography, sculpture, videos and even...

  •  The History of Bound Feet (NEW)

    2019 Mar 22nd, Fri 10:15 am, at 10:15:am 10:15 am

    We’ve all heard the stories and seen the strange but delicate and often beautiful shoes worn by Chinese women during the period of bound feet. But how did this practice begin? And how did it end? Ms. Shirley Shen, owner of a private collection containing over 400 antique costumes, shoes, and headdresses, will cover these questions and more. We’ll delve into why this process of inflicted deformity was considered a mark of beauty and status,...

  •  Cherry Blossoms at Gucun Park (NEW)

    2019 Mar 21st, Thu 8:30 am, at 8:30:am 8:30 am

    Please join Lilo Bruckmeier and Suanne Sardi for an informal SEA group walking tour of the Sakura Forests in Gucun Park to see the cherry blossoms. Gucun Park is “First in Shanghai” for both the number and variety of cherry blossoms and is a “Top Ten” cherry blossom destination in China! The park is graced with over 12,000 blossoms covering 82 species. We will meet at the Starbucks Coffee Shop at the top of Exit...

  •  COOKING WITH FRIENDS – Low-carb Power Food (NEW)

    2019 Mar 19th, Tue 11:15 am, at 11:15:am 11:15 am

    How can I integrate “low-carb cooking” into my daily routine? Florian Stahl, from Cooking with Friends, will give us practical help with some easy-to-cook dishes containing low carbs and little or no sugar at all. We will meet at his home, a traditional, authentic Chinese lane house, to enjoy this healthy low-carb cooking class. While preparing the dishes, we will discuss healthy low-carb cooking and how easy it is to integrate into your life. Afterwards...

  •  Bourgogne (NEW)

    2019 Mar 18th, Mon 9:30 am, at 9:30:am 9:30 am

    Built in 1930 by French investors, Bu Gao Li is one of the most well preserved Shikumen-style residence compounds left in Shanghai. Marked as a historical building in 1989 by the city, many famous Chinese celebrities called this area home. Lisa Zhu will be our guide as we explore the area, looking at the daily struggles of local life. The residents are very proud of their home and its part in Shanghai history. We will...

  •  Maya Tequila Tasting (NEW)

    2019 Mar 16th, Sat 4:45 pm, at 4:45:pm 4:45 pm

    Maya is an upscale Mexican restaurant with a contemporary cooking style and an excellent   selection of tequila. Chef Jonathan Ynsense utilizes Mexican flavors, spices, and textures that are based in history but with regional characteristics. We will taste the three basic types of tequila – Blanco, Reposado, and Añejo. We will also enjoy guacamole, tostaditas, empanadas, quesadillas, taquitos, and finally churros for a sweet ending.   DATE: Saturday, March 16 TIME: 4:45pm Registration, 5pm to...

  •  Noodle Factory Tour (NEW)

    2019 Mar 16th, Sat 9:30 am, at 9:30:am 9:30 am

    Noodles are enjoyed for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, but have you ever seen how they are made? In the heart of Shanghai, an old noodle factory survives. The same machines and workers have been there for over half a century. Please follow our guide Lisa Zhu to explore the traditional noodle factory, visit the slowly disappearing old Shanghai neighborhood, and taste a bowl of noodles. This is a vegetarian friendly tour.   DATE: Saturday, March...

  •  Old World vs New World (NEW)

    2019 Mar 15th, Fri 6:45 pm, at 6:45:pm 6:45 pm

    Come join Paty, Laowines’ wine expert, for a fun evening as we contrast the “old” traditional styles of wine from Europe with the feisty new upstarts of the “new” world. What do these terms mean? How are they different? Which one is better? These questions and more will be answered over a few glasses of great wine.   DATE: Friday, March 15 TIME: 6:45pm Registration, 7pm to 8:30pm VENUE: Laowines Tasting Room 568 Biyun Rd...

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

    2019 Mar 15th, Fri 1:45 pm, at 1:45:pm 1:45 pm

    Understanding Revolutionary Art 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...

  •  Beyond the Concessions (NEW)

    2019 Mar 15th, Fri 9:45 am, at 9:45:am 9:45 am

    The area west of the former concessions, once known as the badlands, was home to a broad cross section of Shanghai society. In the 1920s, many wealthy merchants frequented the area, however, the Japanese invasion in the 1940s changed it to an area known for its casinos, bars, dance halls, and brothels. Almost none of this history is evident today, having been replaced by the beauty and coziness of this tranquil part of the city....

  •  Tai Chi Fan (NEW)

    2019 Mar 14th, Thu 9:45 am, at 9:45:am 9:45 am

    Tai Chi Fan, unique within the Tai Chi family, combines Tai Chi, martial arts, and dance movements. We’ll learn how to use the fan as a martial arts weapon! It can be used to attack and defend, all within an artistic fitness exercise. Master Chen, who speaks fluent English, is a veteran martial arts teacher and has been teaching Qigong and Tai Chi for 29 years.   DATE: Thursday, March 14 TIME: 9:45am Registration, 10am...

  •  Hollywood of Shanghai (NEW)

    2019 Mar 13th, Wed 1:45 pm, at 1:45:pm 1:45 pm

    The west end of the Former French Concession in Xuhui is home to many of Shanghai’s surviving mansions. Today, many consulates reside in the area formerly known as the “Hollywood of Shanghai” where members of the film industry as well as artists, authors, and musicians used to work, live, and play. Carolin Billetter, from Shanghai Art Walks & Talks, will lead us on a relaxing stroll through this former creative hub, highlighting the distinctive mix...

  •  Traditional Chinese Calligraphy Workshop (NEW)

    2019 Mar 13th, Wed 9:45 am, at 9:45:am 9:45 am

    Join us at Yuan Chinese Art Workshop where Artist Huang will help us understand the different styles of traditional Chinese Calligraphy and the principle and method of Chinese character writing. Ms. Huang enjoys teaching students about calligraphy. We will watch as she uses basic calligraphy strokes to create a Chinese poem and explains the fundamental characteristics of different scripts of calligraphy. Under her guidance, we will then create our own calligraphy work, “福”, on special...

  •  Australia and New Zealand – Travel Talk

    2019 Mar 12th, Tue 12:45 pm, at 12:45:pm 12:45 pm

    If you are thinking of traveling 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 Vicki Baensch – an Australian and former Shanghai expat. Australia Expat Travel has helped many SEA expats with their travel planning and booking since 2004. Australia Expat Travel knows both countries well and will offer local knowledge on where to go and what...

  •  Spicy Green Beans and Fried Rice (NEW)

    2019 Mar 12th, Tue 9:45 am, at 9:45:am 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 prepare two dishes. Our first dish will be stir-fried green beans. Next, we will learn how to make fried rice (with optional protein added). Afterward, we will sit down together to enjoy the dishes we create.   DATE: Tuesday, March 12...

  •  Coffee morning

    2019 Mar 11th, Mon 10:00 am, at 10:00:am 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, March 11 TIME: 10am to 12pm VENUE: Regal International East Asia Hotel, Emerald Ballroom 2/F516 Hengshan Rd, near Wuxing Rd (metro line 1 to Hengshan...

  •  Private Beer Tour (NEW)

    2019 Mar 10th, Sun 2:45 pm, at 2:45:pm 2:45 pm

    Love eating and drinking? This intoxicating tour combines everyone’s two favorite things – excellent craft beer and delicious local dishes – with a stroll through the Former French Concession. It’s the perfect way to spend an afternoon! Along the route, we’ll sample 10 Chinese craft beers at three locations, learn about the brewing process during a brewery tour, explore Shanghai’s boozy history, and find our new favorite dumpling and noodle shops! (Adults only, please.)  ...

  •  International Women’s Day Luncheon 

    2019 Mar 8th, Fri 11:30 am, at 11:30:am 11:30 am

    International Women’s Day, March 8, is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity. International Women’s Day (IWD) has occurred for well over a century, with the first IWD gathering in 1911 supported by over a million people in Austria, Denmark, Germany, and Switzerland. Today, IWD belongs to all groups collectively everywhere. Make IWD your day – everyday....

  •  Tour of Shanghai Abattoir and Environs (NEW)

    2019 Mar 6th, Wed 1:45 pm, at 1:45:pm 1:45 pm

    In 1931, the Shanghai Municipal Council commissioned a state-of-the-art slaughterhouse to serve the rapidly expanding population of Shanghai. When construction was completed in 1933, its unusual design fascinated residents and visitors alike. Some sources suggest that it was a carbon copy of a slaughterhouse built in British India, but the designer of this highly unusual building remains a mystery. Together with Patrick Cranley of Historic Shanghai, we will explore the labyrinth-like passages within the building...

  •  Beauty at Subconscious (NEW)

    2019 Mar 5th, Tue 9:45 am, at 9:45:am 9:45 am

    Treat yourself with Subconscious Spa Day’s latest spring spa manicure collection colors and a luxury hydrating or de-sensitizing facial (60 mins) to bring back the glow after the harsh winter dryness.   DATE: Tuesday, March 5 TIME: 9:45am Registration, 10am to 12pm MEET: SPA Subconscious 183 Fumin Road, Jingan (line 7 Jingan Temple Exit 8, 500 meter) 富民路183号 COST: RMB 498 (includes: treatment, snack and tea)   Please email events@seashanghai.org by March 1. Under Subject type “Beauty...

  •  Chinese Blue Fabric Factory and Shopping Tour (NEW)

    2019 Mar 5th, Tue 8:45 am, at 8:45:am 8:45 am

    Blue calico printing and dyeing was most popular during the 18th and 19th centuries. The decorative patterns depict animals, plants, long-lost legends, and convey good wishes for the future. Janny Chyn from Shanghai Pathways will take us to a factory in Tongxiang that is the last of its kind in Zhejiang Province. The fermented bluegrass dyeing process is hand-performed by the 20 workers who remain. Each batch of color is completely natural and believed to...

  •  Two to Tango-Chile and Argentina

    2017 Mar 9th, Thu 6:45 pm, at 6:45:pm 6:45 pm

    Chile and Argentina. Two wine countries on each side of the Andes mountain range, both with grandiose scenery and some of the very best wines in the New World. Yet their styles are fascinatingly different. Join Kwan Tsui, a wine educator, for a lighthearted but informative South American wine tasting tour at Pudao Wines Shanghai. From floral Torrontes to moreish Cabernets, regardless of whether you are a die-hard Argentinean Malbec fan or a Chilean Carménère...

  •  Wuzhen Water Town and Foot Binding Museum

    2017 Mar 9th, Thu 9:15 am, at 9:15:am 9:15 am

    Wuzhen lies within the triangle formed by Hangzhou, Suzhou, and Shanghai and is known for tranquil willow-lined canals and ancient architecture dating back over 2,000 years. The majority of the houses, workshops, and stores on the banks of the rivers have remained unchanged for centuries, lending an atmosphere of antiquity. Bridges, canals, water chambers, and almost everything there hold stories about the past. Inside the water town, we will visit the famous Foot Binding Museum....

  •  International Women’s Day Luncheon

    2017 Mar 8th, Wed 11:30 am, at 11:30:am 11:30 am

    Please join SEA as we unite with Deutscher Club Shanghai for International Women’s Day; a day that celebrates the social, economic, cultural, and political achievement of women. The House of Roosevelt at Bund 27 is a neo-classical building originally built in 1920. The Roosevelt family renovated the building in 2008 with a commitment to preserving the history and restoring the past glory of the architecture. The family has a long-standing and unique connection with China...

  •  Understanding Chinese Abstract Oil Painting

    2017 Mar 7th, Tue 2:00 pm, at 2:00:pm 2:00 pm

    Western abstract art is acknowledged as having transformed the painted canvas as a modernist signifier. Yet, what about abstract art in China? Is it valid to claim that abstract oil painting in Asia is but a mere “derivative” of a western construct? How are we, as viewers, to understand Chinese abstract art? What do Chinese artists have to say about abstract art? To explore these issues, Art Historian Julie Chun will provide a concise lecture...

  •  Embroidery Tour (NEW MEETING LOCATION)

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

    Chinese embroidery is one of the most well known ancient Chinese art crafts, as well as the most delicate. Ke Si is the highest level of Chinese embroidery, exclusive to royal families. Today, Lisa Zhu will take us to meet Miss Chen Cheng, an expert in Chinese embroidery, who will talk about the mystical Ke Si world and show us some of the finest Chinese embroidery art and authentic ancient fabric. She will share her passion and...

  •  Qipao Tour

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

    Explore China’s changing perceptions of its most famous dress in relation to its modern history. Newman Tours will begin at the Shanghai Museum examining the origins of the qipao and how it was originally used as a tool of oppression by the Manchurians. Next, we will head to the Former French Concession and explore how the film industry encouraged people to look down on this style of dress. Finally, we will go and see some of...

  •  Historic Nanjing

    2017 Mar 4th, Sat, at 12:00:am

    Join us on a weekend trip to Nanjing.  During our ride to Nanjing we will be introduced to the history of Nanjing by our tour guide Lisa Zhu.  After arriving at the Purple Mountains, we will begin with a visit to Sun Yat Sen mausoleum and proceed from there to the Ming Tomb.  Afterward enjoy a hike on Forsythia Mountain and enjoy a wonderful view of the city. Later we will visit the Fuzi Temple...

  •  Hair Treatment

    2017 Mar 3rd, Fri 10:00 am, at 10:00:am 10:00 am

    Bijin Hair is a premium hairdressing salon boasting a team of acclaimed international stylists. Today, come in for a deep conditioning hair treatment that will leave your hair silky and healthy, shampoo, blow-dry, and style. Bijin Hair would like to offer a 20% discount for those attendees that would like to receive a haircut on this day. Let the experts pamper you at a special discounted price just for SEA Date: Friday, March 3 Time:...

  •  Noodle Tour

    2017 Mar 3rd, Fri 9:30 am, at 9:30:am 9:30 am

    In the heart of Shanghai remains an old noodle production where they still make noodles with a machine that’s over half a century old.  All the workers in this small production have been working there for their entire lives, and most of the customers have been eating noodles from this place ever since they grew up.  Lisa Zhu will take us to this small but reputable old noodle production before it disappears into history.  We...

  •  Towards Modernism

    2017 Mar 2nd, Thu 2:00 pm, at 2:00:pm 2:00 pm

    For our sixth session in the series Survey of Art in China, we turn our attention to the frequently asked question “What makes Chinese art modern?”  Through a systematic study that examines the social and political context following the Taiping Rebellion (1850-1864), Art Historian Julie Chun will take you back in time to a pivotal juncture in China’s history when art took a turn towards modernism within the confluence of East and West at the...

  •  Noodle Tour

    2017 Mar 2nd, Thu 9:30 am, at 9:30:am 9:30 am

    In the heart of Shanghai, remains an old noodle production where they still make noodles with a machine that’s over half a century old. All the workers in this small production have been working there for their entire life, and most of the customers have been eating noodles from this place ever since they grew up. Lisa Zhu will take us to this small but reputable old noodle production before it disappears into history. We...

  •  Indian Textile Print

    2017 Mar 1st, Wed 5:00 pm, at 5:00:pm 5:00 pm

    Indian textile block printing has a long history in fabric design and is still in use today for clothing and furnishings. Traditional craftsman carve out wooden blocks which are pressed into dye then used to print on stretched fabric. In this workshop, we will learn how to make our own blocks by cutting out a design then create an Indian textile print pillow cover to take home. Light Indian food will be served. Date: Wednesday, March 1 Time: 5:00pm to...

  •  Noodle Tour

    2017 Mar 1st, Wed 9:30 am, at 9:30:am 9:30 am

    In the heart of Shanghai, remains an old noodle production where they still make noodles with a machine that’s over half a century old. All the workers in this small production have been working there for their entire life, and most of the customers have been eating noodles from this place ever since they grew up. Lisa Zhu will take us to this small but reputable old noodle production before it disappears into history. We...

  •  Tibetan Teas

    2017 Feb 28th, Tue 10:00 am, at 10:00:am 10:00 am

    In the high-altitude areas of Tibet, tea has been a daily necessity for centuries. Tibetan tea also served as a political weapon that replaced warhorses and was used as currency during economic recessions. Today, we will explore this concept at the Laoximen tea market. Laoximen translates to “old west gate” which refers to its former location at the Old City’s western gate. As we tour the market, we’ll learn about bainong culture which goes hand-in-hand with tea...

  •  Day Trip to Musical Instruments Factory & Shanghai Symphony Hall (CANCELLED)

    2017 Feb 27th, Mon 9:15 am, at 9:15:am 9:15 am

    Unfortunately this event has been cancelled. Traditional Chinese musical instruments provide a link to the past. Whether played alone or in an orchestra, these contemporary versions of ancient-styled instruments bring to life the music of the ancestors and embody the spirit of an entire nation. Today, we will have the opportunity to visit Shanghai No.1 National Musical Instruments Factory to learn about traditional Chinese musical instruments and see how they are made. Afterwards, we will...

  •  Tale of Two Grapes: Chardonnay and Pinot Noir (FULL)

    2017 Feb 24th, Fri 6:45 pm, at 6:45:pm 6:45 pm

    Fancy a fabulous wine tasting with some world class Chardonnay and Pinot Noir? Join Kwan Tsui, a top wine expert for a lighthearted but an informative evening world tour at Pudao Wines Shanghai. Chardonnay and Pinot Noir are two of the most revered and celebrated grape varieties in the world and both can command astronomical prices at auctions. These two grapes may be poles apart in character, but curiously, they share the same home, Burgundy....

  •  Chinese Ink Painting: Plum Blossoms

    2017 Feb 24th, Fri 9:45 am, at 9:45:am 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 plum blossoms as she explains the fundamental characteristics of Chinese ink painting. Under Ms. Song’s guidance, you will then create your own painting on rice paper. Date: Friday, February 24...

  •  Spa Day at The PuLi Hotel and Spa (FULL)

    2017 Feb 23rd, Thu 10:00 am, at 10:00:am 10:00 am

    The Anantara Spa presents the very best way of relaxation with a range of ancient therapies from China, Thailand, and India. Join us as we take a 90-minute journey with your choice of treatment. Please choose one: Anantara Signature Massage: Its purpose-designed wringing, kneading, stretching, and effleurage combined with their signature blend of oils stimulate the circulation and promote deep relaxation of the muscles. Reflexology is also incorporated to remove blockages of energy along the...

  •  Newcomer’s Reception

    2017 Feb 22nd, Wed 10:00 am, at 10:00:am 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 2017). Application forms can be downloaded from www.seashanghai.org, and forms will be available at the coffee morning. Date: Wednesday, February 22 Time: 10:00am to 12:00pm, informal presentation at 10:30am Venue: The Press...

  •  Spa Day at The PuLi Hotel and Spa (FULL)

    2017 Feb 22nd, Wed 10:00 am, at 10:00:am 10:00 am

    The Anantara Spa presents the very best way of relaxation with a range of ancient therapies from China, Thailand, and India. Join us as we take a 90-minute journey with your choice of treatment. Please choose one: Anantara Signature Massage: Its purpose-designed wringing, kneading, stretching, and effleurage combined with their signature blend of oils stimulate the circulation and promote deep relaxation of the muscles. Reflexology is also incorporated to remove blockages of energy along the...

  •  Bao Tang Cantonese Soup

    2017 Feb 22nd, Wed 9:45 am, at 9:45:am 9:45 am

    Chinese believe in getting nutrients from natural foods rather than processed foods. Bao Tang is an old tradition that is still practiced in the Cantonese regions including Hong Kong. Mr. Xie, a Chinese dietitian, and our guide Lisa Zhu will talk about the magic secrets of Chinese soup and health maintenance. Let’s discover the secrets of staying healthy by eating healthy. In this session, we will focus on herb soups and dessert style soups in...

  •  Luncheon at CAPO

    2017 Feb 21st, Tue 11:30 am, at 11:30:am 11:30 am

    CAPO is a modern take on the Italian rustic “Cook-House,” a room bustling with activity, in a contemporary setting. The prime meat and fresh seafood-centric menu created by Chef-Patron Enzo Carbone features artisanal and organic cuts seasoned with the finest Italian ingredients. The twin wood and charcoal-fired pizza ovens are the heart of the restaurant. Both ovens were custom-designed, imported from Italy, and handcrafted on the premises by a master artisan from Naples. Join us...

  •  Upcycle – Eco Design (NEW DATE)

    2017 Feb 20th, Mon 1:45 pm, at 1:45:pm 1:45 pm

    Julie Chun (MA, Art History) will lead a private studio visit for SEA members to the studio and workshop of Jonas Merian, who creatively converts recovered objects into something uniquely appealing and surprisingly useful.  Even though many Chinese believe nothing should go to waste, there is a cultural reluctance to take on second-hand items. Taking many discarded goods, Jonas breathes new life into them. Based in Shanghai, Jonas is from Switzerland, and for seventeen years worked...

  •  XTend Barre

    2017 Feb 20th, Mon 1:45 pm, at 1:45:pm 1:45 pm

    Join your friends for a fun workout this month at the newest Z&B Fitness studio location. Enjoy an Xtend Barre class exclusively for SEA members. The barre fitness craze began in the U.S. where exercises developed for the ballet were adapted for non-dancers, and a fantastic, low impact workout was born!  Barre focuses on small movements to improve posture and tighten muscles. After the class, enjoy a smoothie and snack courtesy of Lizzy’s Smoothies. Date:...

  •  Royal Asiatic Society Library (CANCELLED)

    2017 Feb 20th, Mon 1:45 pm, at 1:45:pm 1:45 pm

    Unfortunately this event has been cancelled. The RAS library was founded in 1868 with Alexander Wylie’s collection of books. By 1937, the library’s immense collection was housed on the third floor of the RAS building, which is now the current Rockbund Art Museum. The library survived the Japanese occupation but was forced to close its doors in 1951. Most of the original collection has now been dispersed, but the library was re-established in 2007 by...

  •  Antique Maps: The Age of Exploration when West meets East

    2017 Feb 19th, Sun 2:15 pm, at 2:15:pm 2:15 pm

    Vince Ungvary will show how early European explorers came overland and across the seas to “discover” Asia. Starting with Marco Polo, these explorers returned to Europe with fabulous stories of the immense wealth and strange customs of the people in Asia. The lust for gold and spices first drew the Portuguese to the region, followed by the Dutch, the English, and the French. In their journeys, they mapped the Asian region in detail, creating beautiful...

  •  Tai Chi: Chen Style

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

    Created by Chen Wangting, the Chen style is the oldest and parent form of traditional tai chi styles. Chen style steps are agile and steady with the inner force leading the whole body. Characterized by “silk reeling,” imagine the task of raveling a silk worm’s cocoon in a single thread; smooth circular motions; as well as an even and continuous pressure with bursts of power. Today, you will learn Chen style tai chi with step-by-step...

  •  Shifting Forces: Paintings by the Shanghai School

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

    We continue the fifth session in the series Survey of Art in China. Through a systematic study, we will explore the socio-economic context in which the content of traditional Chinese painting took a shift toward modernism. This pivotal transition occurred none other than in our very own city of Shanghai. Through this museum talk, Julie Chun (MA, Art History) will highlight the critical features that came to define “modern art” in China and discuss the prominent...

  •  Chinese Provinces (FULL)

    2017 Feb 16th, Thu 9:45 am, at 9:45:am 9:45 am

    SEA will begin a series of talks about Chinese culture and traditions. Our topic this month is Chinese geography. Ben-laoshi will introduce us to the six main Chinese provinces, their history, and main characteristics, showing them on the map and mentioning their customs. You will learn how to recognize different minorities according to their traditions, languages, food, crafts, and clothes. He will emphasize the most fascinating places and sights located in different parts of the...

  •  Urban Planning Museum

    2017 Feb 15th, Wed 10:00 am, at 10:00:am 10:00 am

    As residents of Shanghai, we know the city has bold plans for the future. What better place to see the old versus the new than at this museum in People’s Square. Shanghai has every reason to be proud of its architectural heritage. Not only does the city hold some of the best early-20th century architecture in Asia, but urban development since 1992 has been nothing short of spectacular. Befittingly, Shanghai’s leaders have built one of...

  •  Valentine’s Day Baking Class

    2017 Feb 14th, Tue 2:00 pm, at 2:00:pm 2:00 pm

    Online grocer FIELDS and Kim Melvin, Head Pastry Chef of The Commune Social, have teamed up to offer a special Valentine’s Day baking class for SEA members. Kim will teach us how to prepare a special dessert that can be taken home to share with your Valentine! Because this is a hands-on class, spaces are extremely limited. Please book early to avoid disappointment. Date: Tuesday February 14 Time: 2:00pm to 5:00pm Venue: The Commune Social...

  •  Coffee Morning

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

    Date: Monday, February 13 Time: 10:00am to 12:00pm Venue: Regal International East Asia Hotel Emerald Ballroom 2/F 516 Hengshan Lu, near Wuxing Lu (metro line 1 to Hengshan Road, exit 2) 衡山路516号, 近吴兴路 Cost: RMB 60 for members (please bring your membership card) RMB 110 for non-members (foreign passport holders only) Contact: hospitality@seashanghai.org Reservations required for vendors only

  •  Ocean Grounds Coffee Tasting

    2017 Feb 11th, Sat 9:00 am, at 9:00:am 9:00 am

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

  •  Lantern Festival

    2017 Feb 10th, Fri 6:15 pm, at 6:15:pm 6:15 pm

    The Chinese will be rocking out in spectacular 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 our guide Lisa Zhu. She will enlighten...

  •  Western Cooking Demo (CANCELLED)

    2017 Feb 10th, Fri 10:00 am, at 10:00:am 10:00 am

    Unfortunately this event has been cancelled.  Chef Kanika Khanna worked in the European kitchen of a Luxury Collection hotel in India before relocating to Australia, where she worked at a modern Mediterranean restaurant. Here in Shanghai, she caters and teaches cooking classes out of her home. Join us in Kanika’s Kitchen as she demonstrates how to make three western dishes: chicken breasts stuffed with spinach and ricotta, baked vegetables, and apple crumble. Afterwards, learn more...

  •  Lantern Festival

    2017 Feb 9th, Thu 6:15 pm, at 6:15:pm 6:15 pm

    The Chinese will be rocking out in spectacular 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 our guide Lisa Zhu. She will enlighten...

  •  Lantern Festival

    2017 Feb 8th, Wed 6:15 pm, at 6:15:pm 6:15 pm

    The Chinese will be rocking out in spectacular 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 our guide Lisa Zhu. She will enlighten...

  •  Best of Shanghai

    2017 Feb 8th, Wed 10:15 am, at 10:15:am 10:15 am

    Shanghai a world metropolis is currently our home. But do we really know where we are? Do we have a broad overview of the city geographically and what do we know about its historical background to understand how the city works? This talk with Carolin Billetter will help us to get to that point. Together with her, we will experience Shanghai intensively, from the broad perspective down to little details. We will start with Shanghai beginnings as a fishing village then hear about...

  •  Chinese Massage and Manicure (FULL)

    2017 Feb 7th, Tue 10:00 am, at 10:00:am 10:00 am

    What better way to start off the new lunar year than with a Chinese massage and manicure. Relax with some refreshing tea while your hands are treated to a manicure and rejuvenate with a Chinese massage. The soothing oriental touch eases migraines, stress, and tension related problems. Date: Tuesday, February 7 Time: 10:00am registration, 10:15am to 12:00pm Venue: Subconscious Day Spa 458 Dagu Lu 大沽路458号, 近四季酒店 Cost: RMB 200 Please email events@seashanghai.org by February 2,...

  •  Golden Triangle: Delhi, Agra, and Jaipur

    2017 Jan 26th, Thu, at 12:00:am

    Exotic and colorful, the Land of the Kings is multi-faceted and intriguing! Celebrate the key highlights Rajasthan has to offer and meet specialist guides and unique characters who bring the history of the region to life. We will take a rickshaw ride into Old Delhi to visit historic monuments, palaces, shrines, and colorful bazaars. Experience the Taj Mahal at sunset and explore Old Agra’s culture. Another day will be spent exploring Fatehpur Sikri, the deserted...

  •  Brush Painting with Wine (CANCELLED)

    2017 Jan 25th, Wed 6:45 pm, at 6:45:pm 6:45 pm

    Unfortunately, this event has been cancelled. Shoubai Art Gallery and LaoWines have teamed up together to bring SEA a very special Chinese brush painting experience you will not forget. Famous Chinese painter, Li ShouBai will explain and demonstrate all the basics you need to get started. Under his guidance, you will learn new techniques and practice on some traditional brush painting subject matter such as bamboo, flowers, animals, birds, or insects. To make the workshop...

  •  Newcomer’s Reception

    2017 Jan 25th, Wed 10:00 am, at 10:00:am 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 2017). Application forms can be downloaded from www.seashanghai.org, and forms will be available at the coffee morning. Date: Wednesday, January 25 Time: 10:00am to 12:00pm, informal presentation at 10:30am Venue: The Press...

  •  Day Trip to Jiaxing Ancient Town & Qingchi Hot Spring (CANCELLED)

    2017 Jan 24th, Tue 7:45 am, at 7:45:am 7:45 am

    Unfortunately, this event has been cancelled.  A hot spring experience plus delicious cuisine is the perfect day trip this winter. Jiaxing, a city around 100 kilometers from Shanghai, is a wonderful place for us to enjoy the hot springs and local food. In Jiaxing Ancient Town, there are many restaurants that specialize in mutton, and it is one of the most popular dishes in the winter. After lunch, we will go to Qingchi Hot Spring...

  •  Spa Day at The Peninsula (FULL)

    2017 Jan 23rd, Mon 9:45 am, at 9:45:am 9:45 am

    The 1930s Shanghai-inspired Peninsula Spa is dedicated to restoring energy and balance through world-class traditional and modern treatments. Today, choose an 80-minute treatment and try lyengar yoga with a certified teacher, challenge your body at the fully equipped fitness centre, and enjoy the stunning Art Deco-inspired indoor heated pool. Please choose one: Immune Booster Winter Retreat: This unique and powerful Ayurvedic Indian therapy and TCM inspired massage focuses on warming the body, relieves seated tension and...

  •  DIY: Bath Fizzers

    2017 Jan 20th, Fri 1:45 pm, at 1:45:pm 1:45 pm

    Bath fizzers smell amazing and are simple and fun to make! Today, you will be able to customize your bath fizzers by adding your own choice of essential oils and colors. They make a great gift for others or as a relaxing treat for yourself. This class includes all the resources and equipment you will need to create six lovely bath fizzers. Date: Friday, January 20 Time: 1:45pm registration, 2:00pm to 4:00pm Venue: Craft’d Shanghai...

  •  Jewelry Making Workshop

    2017 Jan 20th, Fri 10:00 am, at 10:00:am 10:00 am

    Learn how to make your own jewelry through this hands-on workshop. Our instructor, Margaretha teaches jewelry classes throughout China to the expat community. Today, she will introduce the essential skills of jewelry making, then demonstrate and provide instruction as you design and create two bracelets of your own. Discover how jewelry making can be fun and surprisingly easy! Date: Friday, January 20 Time: 10:00am to 11:30am Venue: Jasmine Garden House 21 2239 Hongqiao Lu 虹桥路2239号,置信花园21号...

  •  Historic Former French Concession (CANCELLED)

    2017 Jan 19th, Thu 10:00 am, at 10:00:am 10:00 am

    Unfortunately this event has been cancelled.  Our Former French Concession walk, led by Spencer Dodington, always gets rave reviews so you won’t want to miss it! Spencer will share his knowledge of the history of Shanghai architecture as we walk down the residential streets and lanes of the former West French Concession. We’ll start from the interesting enclave of shops and bistros at Ferguson Lane. Comfortable walking shoes and a camera are a must. Date: Thursday,...

  •  Luncheon at Daimon Bistro

    2017 Jan 18th, Wed 11:30 am, at 11:30:am 11:30 am

    Chef Alvin Leung holds three Michelin stars at his flagship restaurant, Bo Innovation, in Hong Kong. His new restaurant in Shanghai, Daimon Bistro, has a casual setting with many retro elements derived from old Kowloon City. The menu has a focus on small plates designed for sharing and features a mix of Chinese, Western and Southeast Asian cuisines. Join us as we celebrate Chinese New Year at this new restaurant on the Bund! MENU Dim...

  •  Dou Di Zhu

    2017 Jan 17th, Tue 12:45 pm, at 12:45:pm 12:45 pm

    Dou Di Zhu means “fight the landlord” and is one of the most popular card games in China. Lisa Zhu and local card game master Xiu Lan will teach us how to play this national card game which is described as easy to learn but hard to master because it requires mathematical and strategic thinking as well as carefully planned execution. The game starts with players bidding for the landlord position and those who lose...

  •  Canton: The birthplace of colonialism in China

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

    Guangzhou, formerly called Canton, used to be the most important trading port between the western nations and China in colonial times, and it is still one of the major trading hubs today. It was also the place where China’s modern history began. Here, Sun Yatsen started his campaign against the imperial powers in Beijing and the era of a new and modern China. The western nations left their traces here as well, with colonial style...

  •  ZCycle!

    2017 Jan 16th, Mon 1:45 pm, at 1:45:pm 1:45 pm

    Please join us for another installment of SEA’s popular group fitness classes at Z&B Fitness. This month, we’ll be giving indoor cycling (spinning) a try! No experience is necessary and all levels of fitness can participate. The amount of resistance on the bike is completely customizable and up to you. Please make sure to wear appropriate clothing, but bike shorts and bike shoes are not required. After the class, enjoy a smoothie and snack courtesy...

  •  Chinese New Year Cooking Class (FULL)

    2017 Jan 16th, Mon 9:45 am, at 9:45:am 9:45 am

    Chinese New Year, also referred to as the Spring Festival, is a very important holiday and the longest lasting 15 days. Chinese New Year begins with a reunion dinner that is held on New Year’s Eve when family members gather for a celebration and a traditional meal. One of the traditional dishes eaten during the holiday are long noodles because they represent long life. In this hands-on cooking class, we will learn how to make...

  •  Chinese Wine Tasting (FULL)

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

    Celebrate Chinese New Year with some great Chinese wines! Get to know some fabulous Chinese wines for an informal tasting evening with Kwan Tsui, a top wine expert from Pudao Shanghai. Ever since Helan Mountains had been awarded with the best Cabernet trophy by the renowned Decanter Wine Challenge in 2011, Chinese wines have confidently shaken off its jug wine image and have undergone a renaissance for boutique wines in recent years. Explore Ningxia, one...

  •  Tai Chi: Fan Style

    2017 Jan 13th, Fri 9:45 am, at 9:45:am 9:45 am

    The fan style is a unique style of tai chi that includes martial arts and dance movements. The fan is used as a special martial arts weapon that can attack and defend. Today, Master Chen will guide us step-by-step, demonstrating each technique of fan style while carefully explaining each movement. Tai chi fan style is an ornamental and artistic fitness exercise that is full of beauty and elegant style. Date: Friday, January 13 Time: 9:45am registration,...

  •  Harbin: Ice Wonderland

    2017 Jan 13th, Fri, at 12:00:am

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

  •  Day Trip to Suzhou Pearl Market

    2017 Jan 12th, Thu 8:30 am, at 8:30:am 8:30 am

    This sprawling market in the outskirts of the city is widely acknowledged as the largest market in China for freshwater pearls. Suzhou is quite the destination when it comes to shopping for pearls. In China, it doesn’t take too long before you realize that pearl vendors are ubiquitous, particularly around famous city attractions. There are several buildings spread out over the market, and together they house hundreds of small booths that represent different companies who...

  •  Introduction to Calligraphy and Ink Painting

    2017 Jan 11th, Wed 1:45 pm, at 1:45:pm 1:45 pm

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

  •  Asian Cooking Class

    2017 Jan 11th, Wed 10:45 am, at 10:45:am 10:45 am

    Mr. Meat focuses on food safety, great taste, and healthy choices. They work with only well-known and respectable plants from around the world and offer hormone-free, free-range imported poultry, free-range Iberian pork, and imported grass-fed beef. Please join us for this hands-on cooking class as we integrate some traditionally western meat cuts into Asian cuisine. Today, we will learn how to make Beef Stew Noodles and a Thai Chicken Salad. After we have cooked our...

  •  A Painter and A Chef (POSTPONED)

    2017 Jan 10th, Tue 9:45 am, at 9:45:am 9:45 am

    Unfortunately, this event has been postponed. Xie Cheng Cheng is a self-taught local painter whose work has been collected by many corporations and private collectors. Today, he will share with us the story of his life from being a fireman, to one of the very first professional models in Shanghai back in the 1980’s, to a hotel manager. During those jobs, he never gave up on his painting. Now, he is a successful painter and...

  •  Coffee Morning

    2017 Jan 9th, Mon 10:00 am, at 10:00:am 10:00 am

    Date: Monday, January 9 Time: 10:00am to 12:00pm Venue: Regal International East Asia Hotel Emerald Ballroom 2/F 516 Hengshan Lu, near Wuxing Lu (metro line 1 to Hengshan Road, exit 2) 衡山路516号, 近吴兴路 Cost: RMB 60 for members (please bring your membership card) RMB 110 for non-members (foreign passport holders only) Contact: hospitality@seashanghai.org Reservations required for vendors only

  •  Coffee Morning

    2016 Dec 12th, Mon 10:00 am, at 10:00:am 10:00 am

    Date: Monday, December 12 Time: 10:00am to 12:00pm Venue: Regal International East Asia Hotel Emerald Ballroom 2/F 516 Hengshan Lu, near Wuxing Lu (metro line 1 to Hengshan Road, exit 2) 衡山路516号, 近吴兴路 Cost: RMB 60 for members (please bring your membership card) RMB 110 for non-members (foreign passport holders only) Contact: hospitality@seashanghai.org Reservations required for vendors only

  •  Can China’s Heritage Survive its Economic Success?

    2016 Dec 10th, Sat 4:00 pm, at 4:00:pm 4:00 pm

    Please join Brian Linden from the Linden Centre for this interesting talk. He will focus on the challenges China faces in trying to balance cultural and heritage preservation and excessive development, especially in tourism destinations like Lijiang and Dali.  He will retrace how and why he and his wife, Jeanee, has established projects like the Linden Centre and discuss their continued attempts to create a new and more sustainable tourism model for China that combines...

  •  Sparkling Celebration Wine Tasting

    2016 Dec 9th, Fri 6:45 pm, at 6:45:pm 6:45 pm

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

  •  Sculpture Gallery

    2016 Dec 9th, Fri 2:00 pm, at 2:00:pm 2:00 pm

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

  •  Sparkling Celebration Wine Tasting

    2016 Dec 8th, Thu 6:45 pm, at 6:45:pm 6:45 pm

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

  •  Nanxun Cultural Immersion

    2016 Dec 8th, Thu 8:45 am, at 8:45:am 8:45 am

    There are many water towns to visit in the surrounding areas of Shanghai, but the ancient town of Nanxun is unique due to its stunning blend of eastern and western architecture. Nanxun was built from the profits of wealthy silk merchants who traveled overseas and eventually retired here, bringing with them a western influence. The team from Shanghai & Beyond will give you a deeper appreciation, and a local historian will share his knowledge of the...

  •  Holiday Wrapping Party (CANCELLED)

    2016 Dec 7th, Wed 11:00 am, at 11:00:am 11:00 am

    Unfortunately, this event has been cancelled. Please join us for a Holiday Wrapping Party! Bring your gifts that need to be wrapped and choose from the wrapping paper buffet including three different types of paper, three accouterment gift toppers, ribbon, and tape. While you are wrapping, food will be provided. Paper Tiger Shanghai will also provide instructions for new wrapping styles based on your gift size. MENU Finger Sandwiches Curry Puffs Salad Coffee or Tea...

  •  Zumba!

    2016 Dec 6th, Tue 1:45 pm, at 1:45:pm 1:45 pm

    Wildly popular Z&B Fitness has expanded again with a new studio in Jing’an. Take this opportunity to check out the new purpose built facility and try out one of their signature classes. When James and Siri started their boutique fitness studio, Zumba was one of the first classes offered and is still one of the most popular. A fun workout that can be tailored to your level of fitness; you will have a blast moving...

  •  Cooking Demo at Kanika’s Kitchen

    2016 Dec 6th, Tue 10:00 am, at 10:00:am 10:00 am

    Chef Kanika Khanna worked in the European kitchen of a Luxury Collection hotel in India before relocating to Australia, where she worked at a modern Mediterranean restaurant. Here in Shanghai, she teaches cooking classes out of her home. Join us in Kanika’s Kitchen as she demonstrates how to make three dishes perfect for the winter: Spiced Pumpkin Soup, Vegetable Pissaladiere, and Chicken Stroganoff. Afterwards, learn more about Chef Kanika as we sit together for lunch....

  •  Subconscious Day Spa

    2016 Dec 6th, Tue 9:45 am, at 9:45:am 9:45 am

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

  •  Taoism, Tea, and TCM

    2016 Dec 5th, Mon 10:30 am, at 10:30:am 10:30 am

    Tea, like wine and coffee, has long been the medium for conversation and sharing. In China, tea is also associated with spiritual practices and a holistic approach to health. The team from Shanghai & Beyond will lead us on a tour to explore this complex relationship at a Traditional Chinese Medicine pharmacy and Taosim temple, to learn how their practices have influenced tea culture. We’ll enjoy lunch and a tea ceremony, surrounded with dramatic antique carvings and...

  •  Subconscious Day Spa (FULL)

    2016 Dec 5th, Mon 9:45 am, at 9:45:am 9:45 am

    Unfortunately, this event is fully booked.  We are repeating this event on Tuesday, December 6. Please join us for an end-of-year day at Subconscious Day Spa. This special package, exclusive for SEA members, includes a 45-minute Silky Skin Body Exfoliation that will eliminate dirt and sebum from your skin while promoting lymph node detoxification leaving your skin smooth, soft, and supple; a 60-minute Signature Oil Massage with a choice of essential oils that will penetrate...

  •  Holiday Brunch at Wanda Reign on the Bund

    2016 Dec 3rd, Sat 11:00 am, at 11:00:am 11:00 am

    Please join us for a special holiday brunch at a five-star hotel located in the exciting Shanghai city center with the picturesque banks of the Huangpu River and Pudong skyline in the backdrop. This festive buffet feast will include a variety of appetizers, charcuterie, seafood, soup, noodles, hot dishes, a carving station including roasted turkey, an assortment of desserts, and free-flow sparkling wine, red wine, and white wine. To guarantee your seat at this brunch,...

  •  Subconscious Day Spa (FULL)

    2016 Dec 2nd, Fri 9:45 am, at 9:45:am 9:45 am

    Unfortunately, this event is fully booked.  We are repeating this event on Tuesday, December 6. Please join us for an end-of-year day at Subconscious Day Spa. This special package, exclusive for SEA members, includes a 45-minute Silky Skin Body Exfoliation that will eliminate dirt and sebum from your skin while promoting lymph node detoxification leaving your skin smooth, soft, and supple; a 60-minute Signature Oil Massage with a choice of essential oils that will penetrate...

  •  11th Shanghai Biennale (FULL)

    2016 Dec 1st, Thu 11:30 am, at 11:30:am 11:30 am

    Unfortunately, this event is fully booked. The Power Station of Art is the first state-instituted contemporary museum in Shanghai. It opened on October 1, 2012 as the main venue for the Shanghai Biennale, a global event that takes place every two years showcasing works by international and Chinese artists. This year’s guest curator is the contemporary artist group Raqs Media Collective from New Delhi, India. With the theme “Why Not Ask Again?” this year’s biennale seeks...

  •  Hidden Alleyways of the FFC

    2016 Dec 1st, Thu 10:00 am, at 10:00:am 10:00 am

    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 get to know even smaller paths behind the lanes. You will hear many historical stories and facts about the typical “haipai” lifestyle of colonial times and today while enjoying the wonderful relaxed atmosphere in that area – vive...

  •  Bird Nest Afternoon Tea (CANCELLED)

    2016 Nov 30th, Wed 1:00 pm, at 1:00:pm 1:00 pm

    Unfortunately, this event has been cancelled. Yan Bo (Bird Nest) – Do you know why the Chinese, especially women are so obsessed about it and consider it the best delicacy? Where do they find it? How do they make it look like the ones in the box at the TCM pharmacy? How are they prepared? Our guide Lisa Zhu, and the owner of the teahouse that specializes in bird nest, will unravel the puzzles and invite us...

  •  Newcomer’s Reception

    2016 Nov 30th, Wed 10:00 am, at 10:00:am 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 2017). Application forms can be downloaded from www.seashanghai.org, and forms will be available at the coffee morning. Date: Wednesday, November 30 Time: 10:00am to 12:00pm, informal presentation at 10:30am Venue: The Press...

  •  Subconscious Day Spa (FULL)

    2016 Nov 30th, Wed 9:45 am, at 9:45:am 9:45 am

    Unfortunately, this event is fully booked. We are repeating this event on Tuesday, December 6. Please join us for an end-of-year day at Subconscious Day Spa. This special package, exclusive for SEA members, includes a 45-minute Silky Skin Body Exfoliation that will eliminate dirt and sebum from your skin while promoting lymph node detoxification leaving your skin smooth, soft, and supple; a 60-minute Signature Oil Massage with a choice of essential oils that will penetrate...

  •  Songjiang Museum and Meiji Chocolate Factory (CANCELLED)

    2016 Nov 29th, Tue 8:45 am, at 8:45:am 8:45 am

    Unfortunately, this Day Trip has been cancelled. Songjiang Museum displays archeological artifacts and relics unearthed in Songjiang, as well as items of modern history. After guiding us through the museum, Janny Chun will show us the Square Pagoda, erected in the Northern Song Dynasty (949AD). Made of wood and bricks, the nine-story pagoda stands 42.5 meters high and is acknowledged as the most beautiful ancient pagoda in the region south of the Yangtze River. The...

  •  Chai Yiming Artist Studio Visit

    2016 Nov 28th, Mon 10:30 am, at 10:30:am 10:30 am

    Art Historian Julie Chun will lead a rare opportunity for SEA members to visit the studio of contemporary ink artist Chai Yiming. Chai Yiming, born in Harbin in 1965, currently lives and works in Shanghai. His meticulous brushwork in the freehand style depicts dynamic interpretations of natural and manmade landscape while combining a blend of Chinese traditional styles with contemporary experimentations. His paintings have the appearance of a literati work of art, yet is also...

  •  Spin Ceramics

    2016 Nov 25th, Fri 9:45 am, at 9:45:am 9:45 am

    Please join Dr. Jeremy Guo as he introduces Spin. He will talk about how Spin started and its history. He will also introduce the design concepts that Spin uses. The ceramics are made in the famous “Porcelain Capital” Jingdezhen with traditional techniques dated from the Ming dynasty. Jingdezhen porcelain is described as being “white as jade, thin as paper, and as sweet sounding as a chime.”  A team of eleven designers and craftsmen develop new...

  •  Bauble Wreath Workshop

    2016 Nov 24th, Thu 10:00 am, at 10:00:am 10:00 am

    Decorate your home for the Christmas holiday with your very own bauble wreath. Please join us in today’s workshop where you will make your own wreath. There are lots of baubles to play with including ornament balls, pinecones, and ribbons. You will leave with a very festive accessory for your home! Date: Thursday, November 24 Time: 10:00am to 12:00pm Venue: Craft’d Shanghai 382 Shanxi Nan Lu 2/F, near Fuxing Lu (metro lines 1, 10, or...

  •  POP Goes Warhol

    2016 Nov 23rd, Wed 2:00 pm, at 2:00:pm 2:00 pm

    Yuz Museum features two exciting exhibitions. First is OVERPOP, an exhibition based on the curatorial concept by Jeffrey Deitch, former director of MOCA LA in which American and European art from the Yuz Foundation will be shown in conjunction with selected art by Chinese contemporary artists. The museum talk will be led and moderated by Julie Chun (MA, Art History and Contributing writer for Yishu Journal of Contemporary Chinese Art) to examine the artistic legacy...

  •  Glass Beads Workshop

    2016 Nov 23rd, Wed 9:30 am, at 9:30:am 9:30 am

    Glass is a beautiful material that comes in bright colors and many different shapes. There is so much we can do with glass when we know how! Lisa Zhu will lead us to a glass workshop where we will have a fun experience of making our own glass beads using a special flaming technique. This workshop was established by the very first Chinese person to receive a Doctorate Degree in the field of Glass at...

  •  Luncheon at Jade on 36

    2016 Nov 22nd, Tue 11:30 am, at 11:30:am 11:30 am

    Jade on 36 is a chic destination offering modern European Asian fusion cuisine alongside stunning views of the Bund and Shanghai’s cityscape. Helmed by Chef de Cuisine Jeremy Biasiol, who brings with him over 20 years of experience in French gastronomy that includes working in several Michelin-starred establishments around the world, the restaurant offers a menu that features classic dishes with a playful Asian twist. Starter (please choose one): Egg cooked in a jar, shrimp,...

  •  Spa Day at Shangri-La Pudong

    2016 Nov 21st, Mon 10:00 am, at 10:00:am 10:00 am

    CHI embraces a holistic approach to physical and spiritual well-being. Inspired by traditional Asian healing philosophies, CHI spa treatments are based upon the principles of restoring balance and harmony to mind and body. You are invited to enjoy an indulgent surrender to the intuitive touch of qualified CHI therapists and the restorative powers of fragrant oils, aromatic herbs, and spices. Following the luxurious treatment, a two-course healthy lunch will be served at Jade on 36....

  •  Glass Beads Workshop

    2016 Nov 21st, Mon 9:30 am, at 9:30:am 9:30 am

    Glass is a beautiful material that comes in bright colors and many different shapes. There is so much we can do with glass when we know how! Lisa Zhu will lead us to a glass workshop where we will have a fun experience of making our own glass beads using a special flaming technique. This workshop was established by the very first Chinese person to receive a Doctorate Degree in the field of Glass at...

  •  Capture it Before it’s Gone…

    2016 Nov 20th, Sun 9:45 am, at 9:45:am 9:45 am

    Guided by photojournalist and Shanghai’s Jewish history expert Dvir Bar-Gal, this three-hour walk will offer a new look at old things. Bring your video or still camera to capture Shanghai’s treasured, yet disappearing scenes. The fascinating street sights of this tour will suit anyone, with or without a camera. We will walk off the beaten paths of the Old City. Starting at the Old City’s east gate area, we will stroll westward through the disappearing lanes and markets, going through an...

  •  Shanghai Antiques Tour

    2016 Nov 19th, Sat 1:15 pm, at 1:15:pm 1:15 pm

    Whether you’re a professional Chinese antiques collector, an enthusiastic hobbyist, or a complete newcomer who just wants to decorate your home with a few unique works of art, this Newman Tours experience will be right up your alley. During this four-hour exploration of Shanghai’s best antique stores you will see Ancient Chinese Furniture Specialists, make a visit to Shanghai’s Professional Collectors Antiques Market, and get an introduction to the little known world of Shanghai Art...

  •  Italian Cocktail Class

    2016 Nov 18th, Fri 2:30 pm, at 2:30:pm 2:30 pm

    Spend your Friday afternoon at an intimate cocktail class in the gorgeous light filled space of Va Bene in Xintiandi. What better place to learn and enjoy the afternoon, Italian style? We will learn how to make three Italian cocktails while enjoying some canapés. In order to allow as much hands-on learning as possible, the group will be kept to a small size. Reserve your space early so you don’t miss out! Date: Friday, November...

  •  Chinese Knots Workshop

    2016 Nov 18th, Fri 10:00 am, at 10:00:am 10:00 am

    One of the traditional Chinese knotting that is used very widely is called Pipa knot. The knot takes on the shape of the traditional Chinese musical instrument, and consists of a Yin part and the Yang part to tie as one pair. This knot can be made into a bracelet, earrings, a decorative button, or as the finishing touch for holiday gift wrapping. Pipa is the Chinese Lute that dates back more than 2000 years...

  •  Italian Cocktail Class

    2016 Nov 17th, Thu 2:30 pm, at 2:30:pm 2:30 pm

    Spend your afternoon at an intimate cocktail class in the gorgeous light filled space of Va Bene in Xintiandi. What better place to learn and enjoy the afternoon, Italian style? We will learn how to make three Italian cocktails while enjoying some canapés. In order to allow as much hands-on learning as possible, the group will be kept to a small size. Reserve your space early so you don’t miss out! Date: Thursday, November 17...

  •  Ink Factory Tour

    2016 Nov 17th, Thu 8:35 am, at 8:35:am 8:35 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 is so expensive? Our guide, Lisa Zhu invites us to find the answers by visiting the ink factory, hidden in downtown Shanghai. We will work on a piece of ink art of your own and take it home as a memory of this special experience. Date: Thursday,...

  •  Royal Asiatic Society Library…a Hidden Gem in the FFC (CANCELLED)

    2016 Nov 16th, Wed 9:45 am, at 9:45:am 9:45 am

    Unfortunately, this event has been cancelled. What is this RAS…is it a secret society… is it royal? Actually, it’s neither, and if a good ole Texas boy named Spencer Dodington and an Ohio hillbilly named Tracy Lesh can join, then so can you. It was formed 150 years ago by a group of Shanghai expats who enjoyed the pursuit of Chinese culture and wanted to publish their knowledge. Today, their views and discoveries are yours to explore at...

  •  Shanghai Story: The Wok Brothers

    2016 Nov 16th, Wed 9:30 am, at 9:30:am 9:30 am

    Most Chinese people cook with just one wok. They use it to stir fry, stew, and sometimes they even make soup in it; all in one magic wok! Brothers Ceng took over a hand-made wok business from their father, and, everyday for over 40-years, they have been pounding on iron sheets in a space that is no more than 12 square meters. Our guide, Lisa Zhu will take us to visit the legendary “Wok Brothers”...

  •  Shibori Workshop

    2016 Nov 15th, Tue 1:30 pm, at 1:30:pm 1:30 pm

    Learn about the various Japanese techniques of Shibori to create random designs using scrap pieces of cloth. We will try the Sekka method using fan folds and blocks, the Arashi method of using a pipe to twist and make folds, as well as the more well known method of Kanoko associated with tie dye using rubber bands and beads. We can also try the subtle method of Kumo that uses stitches to create gathers. The...

  •  Holiday Baking Class

    2016 Nov 15th, Tue 9:45 am, at 9:45:am 9:45 am

    Take festive gifting a notch up this year and learn how to make your own gingerbread from Chef Beat Loeffel at Pudong Shangri-La, East Shanghai’s affable Executive Pastry Chef who is armed with more than 30 years of experience working in over 10 countries. Have fun creating your own personalized gingerbread with colorful icing and Christmas ornaments, and be rewarded with a hearty lunch after. Date: Tuesday, November 15 Time: 9:45am registration, 10:00am to 12:00pm...

  •  Taipei Essential

    2016 Nov 15th, Tue, at 12:00:am

    Travel to Taipei to learn about the history and culture of the people and surrounding areas. We will witness the contrast of nostalgic street scenes and modern architecture. Experience Taiwan’s tallest skyscraper, visit Jiufen old street with stunning views of the Pacific Ocean, encounter the golden waterfall, and view the harbor at Danshui Fisherman’s Wharf with floating piers and a boat shaped bridge spanning the harbor. Don’t miss this trip if you are a first...