Shanghai is an amazing place to visit and even more so if you
find yourself here for New Years Eve. Shanghai celebrates both the
Western NYE on 31st of December and the Lunar New Year (Chinese New
Year), which for 2019 will be on 16th February 2019.
The exquisite skyline of Shanghai is a budding photographers dream, so take a cruise along the Huangpu River, marvel at the architecture along The Bund and just take in the amazing scenery as you sail along.
Go shopping in some exclusive boutiques at the designer malls, or stroll around French Concession's Tianzifang area filled with cafes and arts & craft shops. For some serious shopping, you should head to Nanjing Road, Shanghai's biggest and busiest shopping street that sees over a million visitors every day!
See Shanghai's culture first hand by visiting Fuxing Park where you'll find displays of tai chi, calligraphy, dancing and music. This a great place for people watching as many locals come here to enjoy the outdoors and to relax with friends and family.
There is an abundance of temples, museums and gardens to enjoy while you are staying in Shanghai, visit the beautiful Jing'an Temple which is surrounded by skyscrapers and is home to stone Buddha's dating back to 589 AD.
There is the lovely Yu Garden (Yuyuan) with stunning classical Chinese architecture and the Exquisite Jade Rock. The best time to visit is early morning (midweek) to avoid the crowds and right next to it is the Yuyuan Bazaar where you can venture into the tea houses, grab a bite to eat from the street vendors, do a spot of souvenir shopping and if you're up for it, haggling is apparently still a thing here! (I'm just too shy!).
Don't forget to take a walk along The Bund Watefront. It is a busy area, but worth a visit to see the dramatic city skyline come to life at night.
If you plan on spending western New Years Eve in Shanghai, then
you would be best to book into a restaurant or one of the big hotels
for their own NYE celebrations.
There has been, in the past, a big fireworks show at the Bund, but after the tragic stampede in 2014 that has been cancelled, along with other large scale gatherings within Shanghaiand people have instead moved indoors to bring in the new year on 31st December.
You may want to check out hotels like Le Royal Meridien, The Waldorf Astoria, Pudong Shangri-La or Park Hyatt who all hold NYE events. For some dramatic views over Shanghai, head to the rooftop Bar, Flair, at The Ritz Carlton.
There are bars like the Boxing Cat Brewery or Bar Rouge who hold New Years Eve Parties, or for a little luxury you'll need to make your reservations at M1NT for stunning skyline views, gourmet cuisine and champagne, or, party the night away at Liquid Laundry with a ticketed free flow New Years Eve Party.
Many of these are ticketed events, so please check with the venues closer to the time.
The waterfront area of The Bund will still be milling with people as it is a popular venue for watching the lights on and over the river. There are bars and restaurants around that area that you could start off in before heading to a club.
It's probably a good idea to mention that it can be very difficult to grab a taxi on NYE, so it would best to position yourself close to your favoured destination.
Take a look at some of the fab restaurants Shanghai has to offer you, make your reservations asap and have a great night!
Jin Xuan Chinese Restaurant (The Ritz-Carlton Shanghai)
Epicure on 45
Mr & Mrs Bund-Modern Eatery by Paul Pairet
There are a lot of non functioning webcams around Shanghai, but none of any use to us!
The hotels of Shanghai (especially the larger venues) will
probably have NYE celebrations planned, so if you want to stay at a
particular hotel and enjoy the festivities, book well in advance to
avoid any disappointment.
Hotel Indigo Shanghai on the Bund
Shanghai Marriott Hotel City Centre
The Langham Shanghai Xintiandi
Waldorf Astoria Shanghai on the Bund
DoubleTree by Hilton Shanghai-Pudong
To check availability and make reservations at these and all the top hotels in the area, you can make online bookings here.