Hong Kong Disneyland (Lantau Island, Hong Kong) – patrons who visit this amusement park enter a magical kingdom inspired by fairy-tale dreams and can explore seven lands—Adventureland, Grizzly Gulch, Mystic Point, Toy Story Land, Fantasyland, Tomorrowland and Main Street, U.S.A.—filled with beauty, excitement and Disney Characters. Among other activities, guests (adults and children) can catch beloved Disney characters on parade, spectacular fireworks, and terrific live shows packed with music and laughter. Admission (one-day ticket): HK$499 (adult), HK$355 (children 3-11), HK$100 (seniors). Hours vary – check its website for an updated schedule: www.hongkongdisneyland.com
Three Shadows Photography Art Center (155A Caochangdi, Chaoyang District, Beijing) – this is the first contemporary art space dedicated exclusively to photography and other lens-based art in China. The art center was created in Beijing in 2007 by photographers RongRong and inri. The booth presents a group show of seven iconic Chinese contemporary artists: Ai Weiwei, Feng Yan, RongRong & inri, Liu Zheng, Zhao Liang, Zhang Kechun, Zhang Jin. This cross-generation exhibition features photographs from 1980s to present. It’s also a retrospective on the vitality and creativity of the Chinese photography movement which has flourished for the past twenty years. Free admission. Hours: 10:00 am – 6:00 pm (Tuesday-Sunday)(closed on Monday). See the Art Center’s website for more details: http://en.threeshadows.cn
Sheshan Golf Club (288 Linyin New Rd, Songjiang, Shanghai)– Sheshan International Golf Club is the first Premier Private Golf Club in Shanghai. Consistently ranked as one of the best golf courses in Asia, Sheshan’s facilities and award winning clubhouse provide a truly unique experience for our exclusive membership.
Sheshan has played host to the HSBC Champions 8 times since 2005, which has grown in status to become a World Golf Championship event in 2009. PGA Tour players such as Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Rory McIlroy, and Lee Westwood have all participated in this tournament making this not only the biggest golf event in Asia, but also one of the biggest golf events in the world. 2013 will mark the first time that the WGC-HSBC Champions will be both an official European Tour and US PGA Tour event with an elevated prize purse of US $8.5 million. See Sheshan’s website for more info: www.sheshangolf.com
Shanghai World Financial Center (100 Century Avenue, Pudong New Area, Shanghai) — seen from a distance, the building resembles a sharp sword. Towering at 492 meters, it contains Sky Arena 94 on the 94th floor, Sky Walk on the 97th floor and Sky Walk 100 on the 100th floor, giving visitors an opportunity to contemplate the city from different angles. The transparent floor of the Sky Walk 100 allows visitors to feel they are walking on clouds. Admission (for 94th, 97th & 100th Floors): RMB 180 (adult), RMB 120 (students 23 years and under, seniors), RMB 90 (children 140 cm and under, disabled). Free for children 100 cm and under, and those visiting on their birthday. Hours: 8:00 am – 11:00 pm (daily).
Shanghai Wild Animal Park – located about 35 km from downtown Shanghai, this park was opened to the public in 1995, and houses about 10,000 animals – from giraffes, zebras, antelope and white rhinos, to Chinese animals like panda bears, Chinese tigers, and snub-nose monkeys. The zoo is divided into a walking area where you travel on foot, and a bus-riding area (where you take a bus to enjoy close contact with the wild animals). There are five main sections: animal performing hall and areas for wild beasts, herbivores, penned animals and other animals.
Admission: RMB 130 (adult), RMB 117 (seniors 60-70 years), RMB 65 (seniors over 70 years), RMB 65 (student), free for children below 1.3 meters in height. Hours: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm (March-November), 8:30 am – 4:30 pm (December-February
Shanghai Stadium (666 Tianyaoqiao Lu, near Lingling Lu, Xuhui district, Shanghai) – this arena was built in 1997 for the 8th National Games of the People’s Republic of China. It can hold about 80,000 people, so it is also called the “80,000 people’s Stadium”. It is one of the thirty largest football stadiums in the world, and is the third largest stadium in China after the Guangdong Olympic Stadium and the Beijing National Stadium. The stadium is the home ground for the Shanghai SIPG FC, who play in the Chinese super league, and was the site for football preliminaries at the 2008 Summer Olympics.
Shanghai Ocean Aquarium (1388 Luijiazui Ring Road, Shanghai) — immediately adjacent to the Oriental Pearl Tower, Shanghai Ocean Aquarium was opened to the public in 2002 and has a total built-in area of 20,500 square meters. The facility contains 9 different thematic zones, boasting a collection of more than 450 species of aquatic animals from far and wide. It’s one of the world’s biggest man-made aquariums with ocean water, and also the world’s only aquarium with a China Zone devoted to the life and ecology of the reaches of the Yangtze River. Admission: RMB 160 (adult), RMB 110 (child) Hours: 9:00 am – 6:00 pm (daily). See the Aquarium’s website for more info: www.sh-aquarium.com
Shanghai Grand Theater (300 Renmin Ave, Huangpu, Shanghai) – this uniquely-designed theater (opened in 1998) combines western and Chinese architectural styles perfectly. The white arched vault sets off glass curtain walls like a crystal palace. This space is composed of three theaters of different sizes, the Great Theater (1,800 seats) the Middle-sized Theater (600 seats) and the Small-sized Theater (300 seats).
As a landmark for the city, Shanghai Grand Theater has staged over 6,000 operas, musicals, ballets, symphonies, chamber music concerts, spoken dramas and various Chinese operas since the its opening. See its website for upcoming events and ticketing info: www.shgtheatre.com
Shanghai Century Park (666 Mangmian Road, Pudong District, Shanghai) — located in the Huamu Administrative and Cultural Center of Pudong New Area, it is the biggest city park within Shanghai, rich in natural features. With an area of 140.3 hectares, the park mainly consists of lawns, forests and lakes. In the park, seven scenic areas such as the Rural Field Area, Lake Area and Woodland Lawn Area, as well as 45 scenic spots such as the Century Flower Bell, Mirror Lake and High Column Fountain have been built. The park is also equipped with 13 participatory recreation projects such as a children’s park, leisure bicycles, sightseeing buses, boat trips, a fishing area and a Pigeon Recreation Zone, along with coffee bars and restaurants. Admission: RMB 10 per person (free for seniors and children below 120 cm. in height). Hours: 7:00 am – 6:00 pm.
Oriental Art Center (425 Dingxiang Road, Pudong, Shanghai) — located in LuJiaZui Financial & Trade Zone of Pudong New Area, Shanghai Oriental Art Center (SHOACis one of most significant cultural landmarks of Shanghai. Built jointly by Shanghai Municipal Government and Pudong New Area Government on an investment budget of 1.1 billion RMB it was designed by the award-winning French architect Paul Andreu. Its overall building area covers 40,000 square meters; from above you will distinguish the five domes of SHOAC. The main entrance hall, the Performance Hall, the Concert Hall, the Exhibition Hall and the Opera Hall form a composition that resembles a beautiful butterfly orchid in full bloom. See the Center’s website for upcoming events: www.shoac.com.cn