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30 Things To Do in Shanghai This Winter

All the things you can possibly do while you wait out the winter

Winter in Shanghai can be a pain. It’s cold, dark, and doing anything other than staying in your room, binging Netflix and munching on KFC seems abhorrent.


But just because there won’t be an abundance of beach parties with margaritas and mimosas, doesn’t mean there’s nothing to do at all. We've rounded up 30 things for you to do in Shanghai this winter, so stop your complaining. Spoiler alert: being a coach potato is included since that is a reasonable reaction to winter.  


Things To Do in Shanghai: See a play

Go see a play
Take this time to enjoy the various plays Shanghai has to offer. Every week City Weekend’s Hot Tickets highlights three shows in Shanghai and through our ticketing page you’ll be able to get the best seats for shows such as Legally Blond the Musical, Spanish Ballet of Murica, and Baby Loves Chinese Opera. 


Things To Do in Shanghai: ice skating

Ice skating
While we may not have the luxury of a frozen over lake to break out the skates, Shanghai's abundance of malls, provide enough entertainment, and space for indoor ice skating rinks. For that, we recommend Shanghai’s biggest ice-rink All Star Skating Club. There are plenty more malls with ice skating rinks, too. 


Things To Do in Shanghai: brunch

Brunch is this beautiful gift that can be enjoyed at anytime and anywhere. This winter treat yourself to these hotel brunches in Shanghai. Or, you can browse through our website’s big brunch list. We have everything from the best fry-ups, all-you-can-drink, dim sum brunch, and more.


Risky Business Themed Dance Party 
Dust off your dress shirt and socks, turn up your speakers to “Old Time Rock and Roll”, and get crazy on the dance floor that is your living room. In any case, you're going to need to download QQ Music


Things To Do in Shanghai: eat hot pot

Hot Pot
Now that it’s getting colder, it’s finally socially acceptable to go for hot pot. There’s more than one place for it than Hai Di Lao. If you’re a novice in everything hot pot, check out City Weekend‘s guide on where to eat hot pot in Shanghai


Things To Do in Shanghai: try some noodles

What better way to ward of the cold than with a steamy bowl of noodles? We've curated a list of the best local noodle shops to sate that craving, serving up everything from sesame noodles to scallion oil noodles. The beef bone broth at Han Mama, pictured above, is most definitely weather appropriate, and will warm you up right up. 


Build a pillow fort, hibernate, and master the art of ordering food
Winter is the perfect excuse to start accumulating mass. If you’re too lazy to venture out into the cold, make the food come to you. You can get groceries, meals, and even alcohol brought to your doorstep. All you need to do is answer the door.


Things To Do in Shanghai: go for a pub quiz

Pub Quiz 
Tired of the same old bar scene? Spice it up with putting your knowledge to the test at these pub quiz nights. The best one so far is at The Camel, every Tuesday night. What better way to prove that you’re the smartest drunk in the bar? 


Things To Do in Shanghai: gyms in shanghai

Get in Shape
If you made the drunken mistake of vowing that 2018, will be the year you’re going to get in shape, City Weekend is here to help with a list of five new gyms and spin classes for a ‘fun’ way to stay in shape. 


30 things to do in Shanghai this winter - Shanghai youyu galaxy exhibition

Art Exhibitions
Get your fill of highbrow art with the Shanghai Galaxy II at Yuz Museum. It explores the development of Shanghai’s art scene along with its rapid development. If you’re interested in fashion, the Shoubai art gallery is exhibiting the transformation of Qipaos and Cheongsams during the 20th century.  


30 things to do in Shanghai this winter - fake market

Fake Market
If you’re going to freeze your ass off in the cold, why not do it in style? Get yourself a (fake) fur coat at Shanghai’s fake markets. While you’re at it, brush up on your Mandarin and bartering skills. 


Catch Sleep No More
Sleep No More is an immersive theater, telling the story of Shakespeare’s Macbeth. Participants move through the McKinnon Hotel in Jing’an and stumble upon various suspenseful narratives. It has been a huge hit in Shanghai and tickets are now available. Get hold of those tickets quickly before they sell out.


Things To Do in Shanghai: hot chocolate

Find the Best Hot Chocolate
Winter calls for hot chocolate. But before you go off to the mainstream coffee shops, check out our guide to the perfect cup of hot chocolate. Our favorite? hoF on Sinan Lu. 


30 things to do in Shanghai this winter - Spa Day at Shanghai's best hotel spas

Spa Day 
Whether it is a skin treatment, a massage or just wanting to have an excuse to wear a fancy bathrobe there’s always time to go to a spa. For extra pampering try out, CHI’s Balance Massage. Perhaps treat yourself at one of Shanghai's best hotel spas. 


Things To Do in Shanghai: korean bathhouse

Korean Bathhouse
Get your massage or skin treatment at the affordable Korean Bathhouse, New Star. They also have hot tubs, cool baths, steam and dry saunas, and more. 


Go to KTV and only sing Christmas songs
Once Christmas passes, there won’t be any need for “Jingle Bells” or “All I want for Christmas”. But be a rebel and sing them anyways, even if it is just to annoy your friends. Taibei Chun K at the SML mall by Dapuqiao metro station has by far the best selection of English songs for all your KTV needs in Shanghai. 


30 things to do in Shanghai this winter - Shanghai's biggest Starbucks

Go to the biggest Starbucks and try all their seasonal drinks in one sitting
In case you haven’t heard, Shanghai is host to the world’s biggest Starbucks Roastery. This winter you can go and experience all their seasonal drinks and everything else this Starbucks has to offer. 


30 things to do in Shanghai this winter pretend it is summer

Turn up the heat and pretend its summer 
There’s always that one person who groans and whines about the cold. Here’s a tip: turn up your AC, order a tub of ice cream, turn up some ocean wave sounds, and pretend its summer till the real deal arrives. Be careful though. You might just short-circuit the breakers and kill the power. Should that happen...We'd just like to say City Weekend is not responsible for any power outage caused by this article. 


Master your crochet skills 
Or any other crafty skill that you might have or wish to have. You can find various “How To” videos on YouTube but if you want some company Craft’d holds workshops in sewing and knitting. Check out their website for more information on their workshops. 


30 things to do in Shanghai this winter - Where to find mulled wine

Make your own mulled wine 
Mulled wine is the beverage of winter. Try your hand at making your own mulled wine, with SiDo’s mulled wine spice mix. If you’re not up for making your own mulled wine Shanghai has an abundance of bars and restaurants where you can drink mulled wine


30 things to do in Shanghai this winter - Wilson

Buy a winter melon, draw a face on it and call him Wilson
If you’re planning to spend your days inside, have a companion if you can’t afford a pet. You can eat him if he pisses you off. 


30 things to do in Shanghai this winter - TCM massage cupping

TCM massage
You can’t live in Shanghai without having tried at least one traditional Chinese massage. The Baguan or cupping message helps expel wind and coldness from the body, seems like a perfect thing to do in the upcoming winter months. 


Things To Do in Shanghai: go to UTC for drinks

Keep yourself warm with whiskey
You know what they say, a glass of whiskey keeps the cold away (people don’t really say that). Here are some of the best whiskey bars in Shanghai. 


Things To Do in Shanghai: eat fondue

Melted cheese. Need we say more, other than head down to La Cabane to get that gooey goodness?


30 things to do in Shanghai this winter - become a taobao pro

Become a Taobao pro
If Taobao isn’t your best friend already, it will be this winter. Get all your essential winter survival gadgets such as electric blankets, foot heater, and bath bombs


30 things to do in Shanghai this winter - board games

Board Games
While you’re on Taobao, get yourself the following board games: Settlers of Catan, Risk, Monopoly, and Carcassonne. Oh, and Cards Against Humanity.


30 things to do in Shanghai this winter - Cages

This sports bar has everything from batting cages to ice hockey and bubble football. Add in beer on draft and bottles, you got yourself an epic Friday night. If you’re restless on a Tuesdays, Cages also hosts a game of indoor pick-up soccer. 


30 things to do in Shanghai this winter - install tv satellite

Catch up on shows
What better way to spend three months than to become your inner coach potato and finding out that TV on demand is your one and only love. For those who don’t have a kick ass home entertainment system here’s how to install satellite and Internet TV. Happy binging. 


30 things to do in Shanghai this winter - indoor venues - rock climbing

Indoor games
There are other fun things to do in winter, other than re-creating Mufasa’s death scene with your cat. Shanghai has an abundance of indoor sports venues for you to try. Fancy going bowling, playing laser tag or rock climbing? 


30 things to do in Shanghai this winter - Jump360

Show off your skills on the trampoline at Jump360. For more advanced jumpers they also have obstacle courses to test your jumping abilities. It’s a great way to exercise while having fun. 

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