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23 great things to do in Shanghai this spring

Make the most out of spring in Shanghai with these awesome ideas

 Kong Tin Jun
Spring has finally sprung in Shanghai! It is time to shed your winter coat and join in the spring fever with our pick of the best things to do this season.

Check out the spring blossoms

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Kong Tin Jun

The entire city is blooming beautiful at this time of the year as the splendor of spring emerges. Head down to one of the best spots in Shanghai to see the spring blossoms in full bloom, and perhaps snag a quick sakura selfie!

Get your groove on at a spring music festival

Music Festivals

Now that the weather is getting warmer, it’s time to start thinking music festivals. There's plenty of reasons to grab your friends and go wild, from Suzhou's Midi Festival to Pudong's Strawberry Festival. Here's your complete guide to music festivals happening in and around Shanghai.

Go camping at the 'Un-festival'

Dragon Burn 2015

Most music festivals too mainstream for your liking? Fret not as there's something else exciting brewing nearby. Pack up and go camping at the fourth Dragon Burn festival happening this May. Previously held at the mountains of Anji, we expect this year's venue to be just as unconventional. Stay tuned to their website for the latest info.

Pick your own strawberries

Strawberry picking

James Lee

This is the perfect season for strawberries in Shanghai, and these luscious fruits are ripe for picking. With tourists swarming into Shanghai for the holidays (and locals still sticking around), travel to the suburbs to avoid the crowd. Together Strawberry Garden out in Qingpu offers plenty of picking, and the kitchen serves up authentic local dishes made from ingredients sourced straight from the farm.

Have unlimited access to Shanghai Disneyland


A piece of magical news for all Disney fans – Shanghai Disneyland announced a brand new unlimited entry seasonal pass this spring. Saunter in and out of the happiest place on earth as you please for three months, with weekday tickets costing 925RMB and any day tickets 1,250RMB. The resort has also launched four new spring themed trains - with 'classic disney touches' on Line 11. Visitors were once disappointed with the Disney metro, but perhaps it's time to give it a second chance. See more info and buy seasonal park tickets here.

Visit a water town


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Even though it’s a relatively young city, Shanghai is surrounded by many ancient canal towns. Each water town has its own rustic charm - take advantage of the warmer climate and choose one (or a few) to explore this spring.

Explore Shanghai on foot

No longer rushing to get indoors to warm ourselves up against the heater, this is the best season to walk it out. Whether you are an arts lover or a foodie, we've got loads of walking routes to help you explore the city at your own pace. Take your pick from these specially chosen walking routes

Stroll through Shanghai's botanical gardens

Shanghai is known for its many city parks, its two botanical gardens make for a slightly more removed escape from the bustle. Take a trip down to one of Shanghai's famous botanical gardens and learn more about Shanghai's bonsai treasures.

Pedal the streets

Spring is the perfect season to explore Shanghai on two wheels. Don’t own your own bicycle? No problem. Check out Shanghai’s best bike shops if you’re looking to buy, or simply hop onto one of the 1RMB rental bikes and hit the road. Here's a list of Shanghai bike routes for you to make the most of your ride.

Root for the home team


Luckily for all football fans, the recent mishap at Hongkou Stadium hasn't affected the start of the CSL season. Cheer on Shenhua or SPIG with the ultras - click here to see Shanghai's upcoming CSL fixtures.

Get your picnic baskets out

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When was the last time you went for a picnic? Shanghai parks have plenty of places to enjoy an al fresco lunch, so pack your hamper and escape to one of Shanghai's best picnic spots for the day.

Shop around at a weekend market

Us Shanghairen love a weekend market, and the fortnightly family- and pet-friendly pop-up Jiatong market ticks all the boxes. Explore small craft stalls, workshops, a pet adoption booth, a kid's zone, food, wine and beer stalls and more. There's also the delightful Jiashan Saturday Market, running every other Saturday through June 17, as well as the latest installment of Commune Market, which is back with a host of goodies, food and drinks from a selection of local designers and artisans

Get out there and be social


Expand your social circle and make a new friend this Spring! Apps such as Meetup or Couchsurfing provide opportunities to socialise with fellow city-dwellers. Regular gatherings include 'Happy Friend & Happy Games' every Tuesday, 6.30pm (venue alternates), 'Xujiahui Neighbour' every Thursday, 7pm at Xujiahui Metro City Starbucks (2F) and 'Language Mix' every Wednesday, 8pm, at Blarney Stone.

Treat yourself to some ice cream (finally)

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Get your seasonal dosage of ice cream at Shanghai's most WeChat-worthy ice cream cafes.

Have a drink from on high


Shanghai's got more than just the Bund when it comes to bars with a view. Now's the time to venture out and enjoy al fresco drinking into the evening. Here's the list of our favourite rooftop bars in Shanghai.

Explore Shanghai's hidden cafes


You'd be pleasantly surprised at the number of cafes hidden in the nooks and crannies of Shanghai. Time Out has delved deep and picked out 6 of Shanghai's best hidden cafes we think are worth finding. 

Immerse yourself in art and culture


Apart from the artsy walks you can take around town, don't miss out on M50 urban art district. From graffiti to world-famous galleries, it's enough to make an art lover's day. Theatre fans can also celebrate as Poly Grand Theatre kick off their lively spring line up.

Head to an unusual museum

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Explore the quirky side of Shanghai with these off-the-beaten track museums.

Get cracking in the kitchen


Aspiring to be a Gordon Ramsey equivalent? From Michelin-level kitchens to adorable Hello Kitty-fied studios, we've got a comprehensive guide to Shanghai's cooking classes. Roll your sleeves up as it's time to play chef!

Have a wardrobe makeover


It is time to banish all your thermals to the back of your wardrobe! Get yourself ready for spring with these 11 spring fashion essentials to see in the season in style. We've also compiled the top 10 best designer boutiques in Shanghai for you to check out. Have some pre-loved clothing that you can't bear to throw out? You can choose to donate them at these places.

Go to the aquarium

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Immerse yourself in the vast sea world at Shanghai's ocean aquarium with aquatic creatures from Asia to Africa.

Spend your spring doing good

cats fluff

What better way to spend spring than to curl up with these cute little furballs? Be a pal and help a fluff. Ain't that keen on animals? There's always something else you can help out with  check out the Million Tree Project.

Get active


You don't always have to be outside to get your adrenaline rush! Race indoors at QM Karting or head down to Jump 360 for a day of trampoline and obstacle course excitement.

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