THE sky above Century Park in Pudong New Area
lights up with color a few nights each year during the National Day
holiday as the Shanghai International Music & Fireworks Festival
Initiated in 2000, the “Symphony of Fire” is one of the Shanghai Tourism Festival’s highlights.
With specially scripted music, audiences get a mix of audio and
visual pleasure. But as wonderful as the fireworks shows are, Pudong has
much more to offer during the annual tourism festival.
The tourism festival will conclude on October 6, including Shanghai
Wildlife Park, Shanghai Science & Technology Museum, Madame Tussauds
Wax Museum and others.
The fireworks festival will feature six shows presented by artists
from China, the United Kingdom, Canada, Austria, Germany and Spain. Two
shows will be staged on the nights of September 30, October 3 and
Fireworks can be traced back about 2,000 years in China with people
through the centuries believing them to be useful in scaring away evil
spirits and getting rid of bad luck. Today they are mostly about having
fun. Using the night sky as a canvas, fireworks artists paint their
fantasies with pyrotechnics. This year viewers will be able to see
“golden rain” and “blossoming peonies” among other creative ideas.
Fewer tickets will be sold this year to ensure safety. A total of
25,000 tickets (both sitting and standing) are available for each show,
down 8,430 from last year. More security guards will be on hand and
additional infrared detectors will be installed around the park to
Shanghai Wildlife Park is currently hosting a themed event on animals
from the Americas. Four hundred animals from 20 different species will
be at the park including flamingos, alpacas and sea lions. Visitors will
even be able to feed some of the animals.
Continuing with the outdoor theme, Sunqiao Modern Agriculture
Development Zone is hosting the Harvest Festival from late September to
The zone’s greenhouses have automatic temperature-control systems and some vegetables are grown using hydroponics.
In addition to picking seasonal treats like mushrooms and pineapples
there is also an orchard featuring tropical trees that makes for a nice
stroll. A farmers’ painting exhibition and a photography exhibition is
also taking place to show how farms have developed in the city over the
Meanwhile, Zhoupu Flower Land has 30,000 square meters of sunflowers
in bloom during the tourism festival. More than 40 different species are
on show. See if you can distinguish them all. The attraction imports
flowers that bloom in different seasons so there’s always something to
see when visiting.
Moving indoors, be on the lookout for some gastronomic treats around
Pudong. The Holiday Inn in Pudong is hosting a beer festival with
authentic brews and food from Germany. German singing and dancing
performances will also be held. Oriental Pearl TV Tower’s revolving
restaurant is hosting a New Zealand Food Festival with fresh seafood,
dairy products and lamb. For those with a sweet tooth, the Grand Hyatt
in the Jinmao Tower offers a scrumptious afternoon tea set. Check out
the observation deck on the 88th floor and then head on down to the 87th
floor of the Grand Hyatt hotel for that tea set and some amazing views
of the city, weather permitting of course.
Music and fireworks shows
Date: September 30, October 3, 6
Venue: Century Park, 666 Fangdian Rd
Admission: 70-230 yuan
Date: September 27-October 7
Venue: Zhoupu Flower Land, 406 Shenjiang Rd, Zhoupu Town
Admission: 60 yuan
Date: September 28–October 28
Venue: Sunqiao Modern Agriculture Development Zone, 185 Mianbei Rd