Check out the spring blossoms
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
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'
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
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
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 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
Get your picnic baskets out
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
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