In a few short hours, 2015 will be but a memory. As the city gears up to welcome the start of 2016, here’s a look at events taking place across Shanghai. Whether you’re a party animal, a foodie, a bargain hunter or a traditionalist, there’s something happening for everyone. Zhang Yang and Yoyo He guide.
Three on the Bund has prepared a series of special events in honor of the New Year. Diners can enjoy holiday menus from their five award-winning restaurants, and then celebrate in style at two exciting countdown parties.
Chef Bina at CHI-Q will prepare festive grand baskets and signature delicacies as his New Year’s Eve BBQ Dinner.
At POP, admission to the countdown party is 700 yuan (US$108) per person, with free flow Champagne from 9pm to 1am, plus free canape from 9 to 10:30pm.
Those who dine beforehand at any of Three on the Bund’s restaurants can enjoy a 300-yuan discount.
The Shanghai Concert Hall will ring in the New Year with a performance from The Wiener Johann Strauss Capelle, continuing a holiday tradition established over a decade ago.
The orchestra played its first New Year’s concert in Shanghai back in 2004. As its name suggests, the group was once the orchestra of Johann Strauss. True to its heritage, on special occasions members of the orchestra play in the same style of red suits and white trousers they originally wore when under Strauss’s leadership in the 1840s.
The historic Longhua Temple in Xuhui District will host a traditional and auspicious bell-tolling ceremony.
Built in AD 242, Longhua is the largest Buddhist temple in Shanghai. Altogether, the bell will toll 108 times between 9pm on December 31 and 2am the next morning. Admission to the temple is 120 yuan. To see the bell tolling, admission is 390 yuan.
Visitors can eat noodles (a tradition representing longevity), hang wishes on the temple’s tree branches and enjoy festive folk performances.
The organizers and founders of the Budweiser Storm Electronic Music Festival are proud to present, “Now or Never: The Time Code” in Shanghai. This extravagant night of dance music will feature top DJs, a huge warehouse, world-class production, a custom stage, world class lighting and everything else you could possibly ask for to ring in the New Year. For those of you that don’t know what time it is, it’s now or never!
Calling all party animals! Mao Livehouse is hosting a “Magic Animal Mask Party.”
Organizers are promising Indian handmade masks and free animal makeup. Of course, there will also be plenty of live music, including performances from hot South Korean DJs. What’s more, revelers can have the chance to win a two-person trip to Hong Kong and Macau, among other special gifts. Mao Livehouse is one of Shanghai’s most active concert venues, hosting local, national and international acts every week.
Taiping Lake at Xintiandi is hosting a New Year’s concert and countdown event. The stage is set on the water with musical performances from Hacken Lee and A Lin scheduled for 9pm.
Unfortunately, tickets to the show are no longer on sale, but standing room will be available in the vicinity of the lake. Along nearby Huangpi Road and Hubin Road, revelers should be able to bask in the excitement of the ball drop.
Shanghai No.1 Yaohan Department Store in Pudong is running its traditional New Year’s sales promotion from 8am today to 2am January 1.
In addition to discount coupon offers, customers can also purchase gold bars online prior to the event, and then complete their purchase in person at the department store. Each customer is limited to 50 grams of gold.
The store has also stocked up on new iPhones, which are expected to move fast during the sales event.
Noahs Yacht Club will hold a grand dinner party tomorrow to usher the New Year. The party will be a feast for the senses as food, music and light effects combine to enthrall a crowd that is sure to include the city’s business leaders and social elites.
The party will begin at 7pm.
With towering skyscrapers as the backdrop, NYC is a ship-like waterfront building in Lujiazui, Pudong. It partnered with Yacht Club De Monaco in 2013 to build a networking and service platform for the world’s top yacht clubs.
NYC is also a pioneer in introducing British butlers service to China. Its well-trained staff provides personalized service to all club members. Because seats are limited, early booking is required. For reservations, please call 400-606-0111.