If you're looking for a break from the city, take a quick trip to Zhujiajiao water town to catch Water Heavens, or embrace winter and opt for a weekend escape to Zhangjiajie to see the mountains blanketed in snow. Also, tickets for Riverdance are going fast.
Where: Shanghai Grand Theatre Lyric Theatre, 300 Renmin Da Dao (near Huangpi Bei Lu) 人民大道300号 (近黄陂北路)
When: Through Jan 14
How Much: RMB380-980
The international Irish dance phenomenon is back by popular demand in Riverdance - The 20th Anniversary World Tour. Drawing on Irish traditions, the combined talents of the performers propel Irish dancing and music into the present day, capturing the imagination of audiences across all ages and cultures in an innovative and exciting blend of dance, music and song. Lift your knees! Tickets are going quick.
Zhangjiajie in the Snow
When: Fri-Sun Jan 26-28
How Much: RMB1,999 per person
Located on the north-western border of Hunan Province, Zhangjiajie is a National Forest Park famous for its unusual, but breathtakingly beautiful scenery, which includes more than three thousand unique rock ridges and sandstone quart peaks and eight hundred ghylls. Y'know, the place that was used as inspiration in the movie Avatar. Here's a chance where you can see the mountains all blanketed in snow. The tour is organized by OK, DEAL! It's RMB1,999 per person and includes two nights stay with breakfast, transportation to sights, entrance fees, and tour guide service for a group of up to 20 people. Sights covered include Zhangjiajie city, Bailong Elevator, Yuanjiajie, Tianzi Mountain, the Grand Canton Glass Bridge and cable car to Tianmen Mountain. You'll have to find your way to Zhangjiajie on your own, though. Tickets and more info on the trip here.
Where: Water Heavens Hall, Zhujiajiao 朱家角水乐堂
When: Every Saturday through March 1
How Much: RMB180-880
Every week, right on the outskirts of Shanghai, the peaceful and ancient water town Zhujiajiao lights up with one of China’s most creative and unique contemporary music performances. Conceived by Oscar and Grammy Award-winning composer Tan Dun for strings, water, pipa and voice, Water Heavens is a syncretic music performance where water takes center stage. On a water-filled stage, Bach will dialogue with Buddhist monks, rock ’n’ roll will give way to strings and pipa duets, with water percussions reeling the audience with their virtuose, climaxing pace throughout. It's an architectural music experience you don't want to miss. Tickets here.
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