The 8 Best Things to Do This Week in Shanghai

By That's Shanghai, February 12, 2018

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That's Shanghai takes a look at the best events of the week:


Feb 13: NTLive Presents Jane Eyre

Jane Eyre
As one of several National Theatre performances screening at the Huangpu Theatre this month, including Saint Joan and Medea, this stage rendition of Charlotte Bronte's classic novel of female empowerment is electrifying thanks to a star turn by actress Sally Cookson. The play is performed through Bristol Old Vic, a classic London Theater company active since 1946. 

Feb 13, 7pm; Feb 24; 2.30pm, RMB100-200. Huangpu Theater, see event listingbuy tickets.


Feb 13-14: The Butterfly Lovers

Butterfly Lovers
The Shanghai Ballet has been dazzling audiences around the world since 1979, and one of their classic performances is this rendition of The Butterfly Lovers, a traditional Tang Dynasty story that is considered the Chinese equivalent of Romeo and Juliet. Catch their latest performance of this touching story at the Shanghai International Dance Theater. 

Feb 13-14, 7.30pm, RMB580-680. Shanghai International Dance Theater, see event listingbuy tickets.


Feb 14: Valentine's Day

Valentine's DayThe most romantic (or cheesy, or depressing) day of the year. Click here for our list of restaurants and bars offering up specials for the occasion.


Feb 14: Valentine's History of China in Fifty Objects Tour

Valentine's Day in 50 Objects tour
Newman Tours debuts this specially-designed tour of the Shanghai Museum based on the popular radio series concept. Itís got a romantic twist for Valentine's Day, so you'll learn about everything from a bronze vessel that cost a king his life when he gifted it to a concubine to the romantic history behind the mythological Qilin. Tours must be booked in advance. 

Feb 14, 1.30-3.30pm, RMB190 for two adults. Shanghai Museum, see event listing.


Feb 15: Chinese New Year's Eve Dinner Celebration

CNY dinner
In town for the Chinese New Year break? Fancy a top meal? Want to meet some new pals? Well MVP Events has got you covered. Every year for the past decade they have gathered around 150 of their closest friends for a Spring Festival feast in a Chinese restaurant. This year it is going down on Thursday, February 15 from 7.30pm, and they have elected for some Sichuan spice at South Beauty's Nanjing Dong Lu location, near the Bund. It is a veritable bargain too, at RMB198 for a traditional Chinese dinner to share, composing of 22 different dishes. Oh, and that included unlimited soft drinks and beer thanks to their sponsor Birra Viola. There is also an after party at Bar Rouge once that Sichuan food has got you all fired up.

Feb 15, 7.30pm-late, RMB198 per person. South Beauty, see event listing. Buy tickets.


Feb 15: CNY Eve Dinners

CNY Dinners
Indulge in traditional Chinese cuisine and encourage fortune for the year to come. Here's our roundup of Spring Festival feasts around Shanghai.


Feb: Chinese New Year at Bar Rouge

CNY at Bar RougeExperience old fashioned Chinatown-themed nights at Bar Rouge, which will be open during the whole Spring Festival. Kick it off wit h a special CNY party on February 15. Sip on cocktails infused with Chinese ingredients, and fade into the enchanting Chinatown. Cover is RMB100 each night. 

CNY Party on Feb 15, Chinatown until Feb 28, 6.30pm-late, RMB100. Bar Rouge, see event listing.


Ongoing: Yu Garden Lantern Festival

Yu Garden
The 2018 Lantern Festival has kicked off at Yu Garden, featuring a dazzling display of different lanterns, including special canine-themed ones to welcome in the Year of the Dog. Over 40 lantern installations will come alive starting from 5.30pm until 9pm every evening. This year's edition of the annual display will run from now until March 5. Entry will be free, with the exception of March 2-5, when admission will be priced at RMB30-80 per person. 

Until March 5, free entry during CNY. Yu Garden, see event listing.


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