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Get to work on that big long bucket list
By Yoyo He and Zhang Yang

Some days you may promise to do the thing you have been longing to do but then find an excuse to postpone it. But life is short, so get there and do the things you want. There are a range of exciting things to do in Shanghai so that you can live your life to the fullest, making every day, hour, minute and second as breathtaking as it can be. Yoyo He and Zhang Yang report.    

Learn to scuba dive

It's vastly different under the sea and recreational diving allows participants the chance to see what it's all about.

Located on Xizang Road N., Magic-city Diving Club provides training and all the equipment you need to become a certified diver. All beginners will be trained at a pool on Zhongyuan Road. The pool's depthranges from 1.5m to 5m.

The club also has a classroom for instructors to teach diving knowledge. The club boasts a team of experienced trainers including a PADI course director and four Master Scuba Diver Trainers.

The club's aim is to encourage more people to try diving and protect the sea. 


Visit www.idealshanghai.com/venues/17482/ for more information.

As light as a feather

The Wind Tunnel Flying Experience Center in the Shanghai International Circuit Tourist area
is just plain wild. It offers a state-of-the-art vertical wind tunnel that provides a safe way for you to experience true human flight. The center offers flyers a fun environment in which they can experience a “free fall,” or the feeling after jumping from an airplane.

One can learn how to keep their body under control. Without the pressure of worrying if your parachute will open and then having to focus on landing, tunnel flyers can concentrate on learning free fall skills. With all those other stresses taken away, the rate of learning for tunnel flyers is rapid. In addition, they effectively do the equivalent of at least 10 skydivings in one session with fly skills. That would usually take many days at a drop zone, so learning in the tunnel really consolidates all the skills. 

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Visit www.idealshanghai.com/venues/11617/for more information.

Feel like a bird

Take to the sky with Bacon Paragliding Land. In the outskirts of Shanghai, Bacon Paragliding Land has quality instructors who work with people of all ages and skill levels.

They organize trips to nearby areas with nice scenery that can last for several days.

As long as the weather conditions are right, you can fly for around 15 minutes per jump. For those with no experience or who just want some company up in the air, Bacon Paragliding Land offers tandem flies, where you are strapped to an experienced flyer. 


Visit www.idealshanghai.com/venues/17480/for more information.

Floatation therapy can improve sleep disorders

For thousands of years, the Dead Sea has alleviated visitors of various ailments. After 50 years of research and technical advancement, floatation therapy has captured the benefits of the Dead Sea and evolved its treatment into a proven science. Floatessence is the first facility to provide floatation therapy in China.

The water in the float pod comprises more than 40 percent Epsom salt. An astounding 99.94 percent of pathogenic organisms cannot survive salt concentrations above 10 percent.

Floatation therapy helps alleviate sleep disorders. One hour of floatation therapy is equivalent to eight hours of sleep. Floating stimulates our natural metabolism.

Moreover the Epsom salt solution cleanses the body of heavy metals, boosts circulation and moisturizes skin. 


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Take a leap of faith at Hangzhou Paradise Park    

Bungee jumping is one of those items on many a bucket list. Although the city's two bungee locations are now closed, you can still try it at Hangzhou Paradise Park, about a 2.5-hour drive from Shanghai. The bungee platform is 33 meters. 

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Visit www.idealshanghai.com/venues/17479/for more information.

Q.M. Karting takes care of the need for speed

Race car driver Ma Qinghua named his own go-kart track, Q.M. Karting. The city's newest go-karting center is in the former Expo site in the Pudong New Area. It features one large outdoor track and a smaller indoor one, plus a cafe with a spacious patio. For safety reasons, the larger outdoor track is restricted to licensed drivers. But anyone meeting the 120-centimeter height requirement can take a spin on the indoor track's winding 500 meters of crazy turns and straightaways. 

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Visit www.idealshanghai.com/venues/17214/for more information.

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