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The best things to do in Shanghai this week

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It feels a bit chillier all of a sudden, doesn't it? Without really realising, you've found yourself wearing an extra layer and when you think about it, when was the last time you turned on your AC? Luckily, despite the colder weather, the events in Shanghai this week are still hot. Read on for our picks of the best things to do.



A yeti named Migo is out to prove to his fellow yetis that humans exist. Upon doing so, he finds himself bridging the xenophobic tensions between either group. Smallfoot follows the animated film trend of zany, family-friendly gags, colourful characters and catchy songs playing out a story with contemporary and politically relevant themes. 

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Cinemas around Shanghai 19 Oct - 10 Nov

The Spy Who Dumped Me

This action buddy comedy follows best friends Morgan Freeman (A+ gag right off the bat) and Audrey Stockton, played by Kate McKinnon (Jeff Sessions on SNL) and Mila Kunis (the voice of Meg from Family Guy), who stumble into a high stakes global espionage plot when it's revealed that Audrey's boyfriend is a spy.

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Cinemas around Shanghai 19 Oct - 10 Nov

Early Man

Remember Wallace and GromitChicken Run? Same guy directing this one. Nick Park goes prehistoric with his signature clay animation aesthetic, following Dug (Eddie Redmayne) and his porcine pal as they take on Lord Nooth (Tom Hiddleston).

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Cinemas around Shanghai 19 Oct - 10 Nov


Shen Wei: Exploring the Unknown

Shen Wei is a prolific Chinese artist known for his multi-disciplinary mastery, often blending painting, dance and other visual arts in powerful ways. He won a MacArthur Genius Grant in 2007, directed part of the Beijing Summer Olympics opening ceremony in 2008 and was more recently awarded the Guggenheim Fellowship. 

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Power Station of Art , 200 Huayuangang Lu Every day except Monday Free


Alice’s Adventures Underground

Critics' pick

The much-raved-about Alice's Underground Adventures has made its China debut here in Shanghai with its first show in Mandarin. The immersive and interactive play lets you will walk through the Wonderland yourself and watch the events unfold as if you were part of it all.

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Daning Little Manor , 666 Guangzhong Xi Lu 05 Oct - 04 Nov Buy tickets

The Motherfucker With The Hat

The Mother Fucker With The Hat is a high-voltage 'tragicomic' play about love, betrayal and addiction which premiered on Broadway in 2011. Set in the New York , the story follows an explosive couple as they cycle through patterns of infidelity and drug abuse. While outwardly absurdist, there is a lot below the surface of Stephen Adly Guirgis' breakout play. The show starts are 6.30pm on Sunday and at 7.30pm on all other days.

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MIXPACE , Level B, 1398 Yu Yuan Road Changning Shanghai Shanghai 18-21 Oct , 18-21 Oct , 25-28 Oct