Check out the spring blossoms
Kong Tin Jun
The entire city is blooming beautiful at this time of the year. 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
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 Electric Daisy Carnival's China debut, to the return of the oldies-but-goodies, like Suzhou's Midi Festival and Pudong's Strawberry Festival. Here's your complete guide to music festivals happening in and around Shanghai.
Go camping at the 'Un-festival'
Most music festivals too mainstream for your liking? Fret not as there's something else exciting brewing nearby. Pack up and go camping for four days in Anji from April 28 to May 1 at the sixth Dragon Burn –
a regional event based on the ethos and principles of Burning Man.
Visit a water town
Lim Jia Ying Gayle
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's brilliant art on foot
No longer rushing to get indoors to warm ourselves up against the heater, this is the best season to walk it out. And when it comes to art, Shanghai has plenty to offer. Take a few hours and wander from gallery to gallery (with food stops en route) using these guided art walks.
Stroll through Shanghai's botanical gardens
Shanghai is known for its many city parks, but its two botanical gardens make for a slightly more removed escape from the bustle. Take a day trip to the Chenshan Botanical Gardens, Shanghai's largest botanical garden (three times the size of the Shanghai Botanical Gardens), it's a great setting to get back to nature. As well as all sorts of flora and fauna to wander through, it has a waterfall, a huge boating lake.
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 hop on a Mobike/Ofo and hit the road. Here's a list of Shanghai bike routes for you to make the most of your ride.
Sweat it out outside
Feel the burn for free at Shanghai born-and-bred HIIT fitness group FitFam's
regular outdoor workouts – with a special focus on equipment-free training, this community-focused exercise group can hold workouts anywhere and everywhere, and they do (add FitFamShanghai on WeChat for the schedule). If that's not your jam, hit the road with one of Shanghai's top running clubs