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The best things to do in Shanghai during Golden Week 2017

Stuck in Shanghai for the long holiday? We got your back

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Golden Week is the term used to describe the week of public holiday following the first of October, the day when the People's Republic was founded. If you didn't know that important historical fact, you probably mostly associate Golden Week with hellish scenes of battling crowds at train stations and airports, as it seems like the entire country are on the move.

However, if you're stuck in Shanghai (and maybe that's a good thing), these spectacular things to do will keep you occupied during the busiest week of the year.

Sunday 1

Feast on a doughnut and bacon burger at OH MY BURGER!

Yep, you read that right. From Sunday 1, OH MY BURGER! (you know, you restaurant behind the ramen burger) is introducing its latest masterpiece (or monstrosity, depending on your take): the doughnut and bacon burger. Two fluffy sugared doughnuts, loads of uber-crispy bacon, cheese and a super-flattened beef patty together making some sweet magic happen. Hey, what happens on holiday stays on holiday. 

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Monday 2

Nurse your hangover at home

From ordering your home-cooked Haidilao to an in-house manicure, try out some of the city's best services that you can order directly to you.


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Wednesday 4

Eat all the mooncakes

This year the National Day holiday has coincided with Mid-Autumn Festival (which makes the public holiday an extra long one). Mid-Autumn Festival falls on Wednesday 4, which basically means today is the day for eating all the mooncakes. A somewhat controversial treat, the traditional Chinese pastry is generally filled with various kinds of paste or mince. But from Strictly Cookies' 'Mookies' to The Peninsula Shanghai's rich and buttery renditions, we've found the best mooncakes for people who don't like mooncakes.

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By: Annabelle Chan

Friday 6

Get on yer bike

When the weather plays its part, Shanghai is a fantastic city to explore on two wheels. Make the most of your break and actually get out and explore Shanghai before it's too late – winter is coming.

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Sunday 8

Time to start saving again...

A week of splashing the cash sure does add up. If you've just blown a month's salary, fear not, there's still plenty of fun to be had on a tight budget – whether you're chasing a cheap workout, a free culture trip or date ideas on a budget (paired with a bargain dinner).

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