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Shanghai Day Trip: Shanghai Wildlife Zoo

Shanghai Day Trip: Shanghai Wildlife Zoo

Don’t confuse Shanghai Wildlife Zoo (or also known as Shanghai Wild Animal Park) with the Shanghai Zoo in Hongqiao. The Wildlife Zoo is located in Nanhui (Pudong) and has two parts — a leisure walk with enclosed animals and shows; and a safari bus ride for a closer encounter with the wild. It makes for a great day trip with friends and family.

Qipu Road: Wholesale Clothes Shopping

Qipu Road: Wholesale Clothes Shopping

Buy clothes, shoes, bags, jackets, hats, and all sorts of accessories at Qipu Road (七铺路), which sounds like “cheap” said with a Chinese accent, Shanghai’s famous and infamous wholesale shopping area. More popular with local retailers who sometimes get their stock here at wholesale prices, these shops also offer single item sales. Don’t let the chaos stop you, there are good quality clothing there for a fraction of the price in retail shops. Warning: Bargaining powers needed.

Try Your Luck with Scratch & Win

Try Your Luck with Scratch & Win

There are two booths along Nanjing East Road Pedestrian Street (南京东路步行街) that exchanges your cash for the chance to win more cash. Like a lottery ticket, but you don’t have to wait for the weekly results. They are Scratch & Win cards!

Matchmaking Market at People’s Square Park

Matchmaking Market at People’s Square Park

The marriage market is huge in China. Other than online dating sites like zhenai.com (珍爱网), jiayuan.com (世纪佳缘交友网), and baihe.com (百合网); there are also many variety shows on television that allow singles to handpick their dating partners on their own, or women even let their mothers handpick for them. For a look at good ‘ol parents matchmaking for their children, visit the matchmaking market at People’s Square Park (人民公园) on weekends.

Shanghai Weekend Getaway: Sun Island

Shanghai Weekend Getaway: Sun Island

Just an hour’s drive away, Sun Island in Zhujiajiao Town, Qingpu district, promises a relaxing city getaway while being surrounded by nature. Choose from activities like horse riding, sunbathing and swimming in the wave pool, soaking in the indoor hot spring swimming pool, karting, KTV, and of course, playing golf in the two 18-hole courses.

Shanghai International Music Fireworks Festival 2011

Shanghai International Music Fireworks Festival 2011

Nothing else quite makes thousands of people go “whoa” at the same time like fireworks shooting through the sky, painting the skyline with gold shimmers. We’re not talking about the cacophony of random fireworks we have to endure during the 15 days of the Lunar New Year. It’s the annual Shanghai International Music Fireworks Festival! Different countries showcase a spectacular pyrotechnic display entertainingly synchronized with different pieces of music.