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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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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

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 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


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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'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

Treat yourself to some ice cream (finally)


Get your seasonal dosage of the frozen treat at one of Shanghai's brilliant ice cream cafés.

Have a drink from up 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.

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

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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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