THE Shanghai Tourism Festival and Shanghai Shopping Festival are back in town, and Minhang is pulling out all the stops to make its part of the gala annual events fun and memorable for visitors.
Hongmei Road Entertainment Street, also known as the “Foreigner’s Street,” is sponsoring a series of events featuring the cuisines and cultures of countries like Germany, Mexico and Greece. In addition to authentic food and beverages, ethnic music from the countries will fill the air. The events will last through the end of October.
Meanwhile, business areas in the district will provide some extraordinary shopping attractions for customers.
Shopping malls will be offering an array of discounts on merchandise and also will hold special exhibitions that diehard shoppers won’t want to miss.
A traditional Chinese cartoon exhibition will be held at the CapitaMall Qibao later this month. The original drawings of classic Chinese animations will include the famous “Handshaking Between the Monkey King and Astro Boy.” Its co-creators are Yan Dingxian, who was also the moving force behind the animation movie “Havoc in Heaven,” and Osamu Tezuka, creator of “Astro Boy.”
The Shanghai Skymall will hold a French Culture Festival beginning this week. It will include a photography exhibition held to honor the 80th anniversary of Studio Harcourt Paris. A French children’s choir will also perform in the mall.
The list of attractions during tourism and shopping festivals is long and diverse. Here’s a taste of what else is on offer.
Travel in Minhang and Shanghai ATP Masters 1000
During the year’s Shanghai ATP Masters 1000, a tourism promotion will be held at the tourney venue. One-day or two-day tour packages will be sold there, targeting tennis fans and photography buffs.
Date: October 4-7
Venue: Qizhong Tennis Center
The folk culture festival
Folklore and culture will be on display during the festival. Certain to delight many visitors is the annual cricket-fighting contest. There will also be traditional shadow plays, handicraft exhibitions and plenty of places to enjoy traditional snacks.
Date: October 1-30
Venue: Various venues, including Qibao Old Street
Little aviation talents
Children will be invited to tour the center, participate in simulated flights and learn how to make model aircraft.
Date: September 28, October 12
Venue: Shanghai Aerospace Enthusiasts’ Center
Shanghai root carving art festival
Apart from the normal display of root carvings, the plaza will hold special exhibitions of rare stones and other Chinese arts related to nature. An art auction will also be held.
Date: Through October 8
Venue: Shanghai Root Carving Plaza, 2758 Humin Rd
Where to enjoy the Shanghai Tourism Festival outside of Minhang
The Shanghai Tourism Administration has created five tour packages for visitors in the downtown area. The packages focus on the theme of “Memories of Old Shanghai.” They include tours of the former residences of historic figures and celebrities. Tourists who invited to post their travel notes and impressions about the tours on social media sites will be eligible for lucky draws.
Other traditional festival events include the Shanghai International Musical Fireworks Festival in Century Park in late September and early October.