Shanghai is one of the most exciting cities in China, bustling with people and events. Would you expect any less for your New Year’s celebrations? Here’s a list of places to head to in Shanghai, arranged according to your budget, so you can usher in the New Year!
Free (or minimal cost)
1. Longhua Temple
Ring in 2015! When we say ring, we mean ring. At the Longhua Temple, the city’s oldest temple, there is a tradition that has been taking place in Shanghai since 1988. As a symbol of good fortune for the forthcoming year, people are allowed to ring the 3000-kilogram bell at midnight. However, slots to do this are limited (108 places are available) and you will need to make reservations in advance. If you’re lucky enough, you’ll be entitled to one ‘dong’ to bring greater fortunes in 2015. For those who aren’t lucky enough to reserve a spot, you can still join in the festivities, as there will be lion dances, folk performances and a midnight fireworks show for your enjoyment.
2. Huangpu River
For those who are into ‘ooh-ing’ and ‘ahh-ing’ as the spectacular display of fireworks brightens up the night, make sure you secure a spot along the Huangpu River. Find yourself a rooftop pub along the Bund and have some drinks while catching up with friends, reminiscing what a year 2014 has been. Alternatively you can just hang out in the surrounding areas and wait for midnight to approach and watch as the Huangpu River lights up in excitement to welcome in the New Year.
3. Windows Too New Years Eve Countdown Party
Admission is free for this party pub where they will be giving out all the partying must-haves you will need. From horns and noisemakers, to hats and glow in the dark paraphernalia, Windows Too wants you to be part of the party atmosphere. With every 80RMB spent on food and drinks, a Windows Coffee Mug will be given for free. To add to the excitement, a lucky draw will be held to win free food and drink vouchers!
Mid-Range (RMB 200-800)
4. Bar Rouge
One of Shanghai’s most famous clubs will be partying it up this New Year’s all dressed in Gold. Sparkle and shine amongst the fashionable and glamorous and make sure you get the special Moët & Chandon Gold Edition package to add more glitter to your night. Entry is 300RMB.
5. Mr & Mrs Bund La Boum NYE Party
Bringing in DJ Zohan and Ghetto Blaster, Mr & Mrs Bund are throwing a house party that will involve lots of partying and dancing all dressed in a ‘Disco Chic’ theme. Entry is 200RMB.
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6. Le Royal Meridien, Shanghai’s NYE Block Party
This will probably be the most fashionable NYE party to usher in 2015. If you’re looking to attend this party, make sure you’re dressed stylishly because Fashion TV will be there to capture the happenings. Occupying three whole floors, the NYE Block Party will have electro-house tunes on the first floor, Latin music and dance on the second and DJ Jacob will be dropping beats and pumping up the party with diverse tunes on the third. There will also be a hip-hop dance off o add to the excitement and entertainment for the night. Door prices start at 680RMB.
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Luxury (above RMB800)
7. MVP Party at the Park Hyatt
This party will take you high up, not just in spirits but we mean literally high up all the way to the 91st storey of the Park Hyatt Shanghai. From 8pm to 4am guests will be treated to free flow champagne, spirits and tapas as well as live entertainment. Free transportation to Bar Rouge’s party (after 1.30am) is provided, if you decide that you’re in the mood for carrying on the party. The Park Hyatt’s is rather pricey from RMB888 onwards.
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8. M1NT Restaurant
With a special six-course menu created just for the New Year’s M1NT Restaurant’s executive chef Michael Jakovljiev will be filling up stomachs with amazing food. Normandy Oysters, foie gras, caviar, a blue lobster pasta, wagyu beef and dessert will be served at a price of RMB 1288 and if you would like wine to go along it’s an addition RMB388. If you’re not too full after feasting and are still able to move, simply stroll over to the club next door for a full night partying! For more information, simply head over to their website here.
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Images courtesy of (from top to bottom) Meet in Shanghai, China International Travel, Erin O’Leary, SmartShanghai.com, Shanghai Listings (5,7 and 8), Le Royal Méridien Shanghai.
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