The best things to do in Shanghai this May

A food festival, a convention for badass ladies, an art market and much more

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May is here and we're loving this weather – it's perfect for a little outdoor exercise or a stroll through a market. If you can't get enough of all the amazing things Shanghai has to offer this spring, May doesn't disappoint. From Mother's Day dining to live music from Grammy Award-winning singers, read on for our picks of what to do this May.

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Disney brings Aladdin to a whole new world in this live adaptation, with Will Smith attempting to fill the very big shoes left behind by Robin Williams. 

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Cinemas around Shanghai 24 May - 24 Jun


Tatsuo Miyajima: Being Coming

Boast the largest solo exhibition of Tatsuo Miyajima, one of the most representative contemporary artists from Japan, this exhibition takes a look at the artist’s career since ‘80s. Meditative and philosophical, Miyajima is famous for making art with electric circuits, computers among his signature material: digital LED counters that flash continually though not necessarily sequential from 1 to 9 (never the ‘0’) to symbolize the life cycle.

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Shanghai Minsheng Art Museum , 210 Wenshui Lu Every day except Monday

Eric Bonte Glass Maverick Solo Exhibition

Credit as the creator of the world’s largest stained-glass dome, French artist Eric Bonte turns his imagination and world philosophy into a selection of postmodern glass works. Contrast to his colourful and geometrical domed glass, Bonte’s personal projects mix pure white with black and gold, making his work romantic, elegant and highly meditative.

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Liuli China Museum , 25 Taikang Road Every day except Monday

Dunhuang 1650

In cooperation with Dunhuang Research Academy, the big budget exhibition fills the basement-level hall with 200 ancient murals, sculptures and Tibetan Buddhist scriptures, together with 3,000 square meters of sand and 10,000 dry plants, all for the purpose of replicating some of the Dunhuang Mogao caves hundreds of years of history preserves.

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Powerlong Museum , 3055 Caobao Road Every day except Monday

The Challenging Souls: Yves Klein, Lee Ufan, Ding Yi

The Power Station of Art presents ‘The Challenging Souls’, an exhibition of three avant-garde artists: Yves Klein, Lee Ufan and Ding Yi. Not only is this the first time that the works of three artists are shown together, it is an excellent opportunity to discover how avant-gardism evolves over seven decades from the west to the east.

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

teamLab: Universe of Water Particles in the Tank

TANK Shanghai's inaugural exhibition, Tokyo-based art collective teamLab are turning the former oil tank into an interactive, ever-changing installation. Featured works include an enormous waterfall cascades, huge screens of flower patterns, waves triggered by human movements and more.

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Tank Shanghai , 2350 Longteng Avenue Every day except Monday Buy tickets

Yayoi Kusama: All About Love Speaks Forever

Yayoi Kusama: All About Love Speaks Forever will feature more than 40 works, including her iconic polka dots, pumpkin sculptures and a mirror room, as well as her latest painting series, 'My Eternal Soul'.

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Cloud Gate Dance Theatre: White Water, Dust

Long considered Asia's flagship modern dance company, Cloud Gate is the pride of Taiwan and the envy of the region. Here they present a bi-chromatic piece of pure movement set to scores by Erik Satie that incorporate digital design to create water in its many forms.

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