Expats and visitors alike will love Shanghai's annual tourist festival

Published:  21 Aug at 6 PM
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This year’s Shanghai Tourist Festival is geared as much towards the city’s expanding expat community as it is to temporary visitors.

A good number of the 100 events listed for this year’s popular festival are aimed at expatriate residents and include a tour of Jing’an District’s traditional ‘longtang’ back alleys as well as a day-long carnival on September 15, held at the city’s international community cultural activity centre and dedicated to expat families. Tourists and expats alike can enjoy the international sparkling wine event in Jing’an Park, and a celebration contest featuring the ‘nine games’ played in the city’s lanes half a century ago will take place in Jiuzi Park.

Both Chinese and international music will feature strongly in the festival, with Shanghai’s Historical Conservation Zone hosting the Fuxing Art Festival, and jazz concerts are due to be be held at the Shanghai International Resort throughout September. World music will be celebrated at an event held between 12th and 15th September in Xintiandi. For lovers of Asian traditional arts, there’s a tea culture event planned between 5th and 8th September at the Shanghai Exhibition Centre. Another don’t-miss cultural event is the watertown wedding ceremony scheduled for September 21 in Fengjing Ancient Town and, for fans of magic, there’s an international festival at Shanghai Happy Valley.

This entire amazing celebration of Chinese and world culture is set to run between 16th September and 31st October, with many more highlights planned to attract and amaze visitors and expats as well as the mega-city’s local residents. Light shows and a Malaysian food festival are planned, and the upcoming seafood festival to be held at Jinshanzui Fishing Village will delight gourmets of every nationality. For new expat arrivals in the mega-city, it’s an impressive introduction to Chinese culture and the peoples’ love of festivals and events of all kinds.
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