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[Travel Guide] [Shanghai] 20 reasons to visit Shanghai in 2012 [Copy link] 中文

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8. X Games

If a high-speed cab ride on the city’s elevated road is not extreme enough, don’t miss X Games Asia, one of the biggest extreme sports events on this side of the globe.

The 2012 event will be held in April for the sixth consecutive year in Shanghai in the historical Jiangwan Sport Center in Yangpu District.

Organizers aim to repeat the success of last year (almost 200 athletes competed, and 62,100 spectators attended) with a newly designed racecourse and the best international athletes in skateboarding, BMX cycling and aggressive line skating.

The dates of 2012 X Games Asia are yet to be announced.

Jiangwan Sport Center, 346 Guohe Lu, near Zhengzhong Lu 国和路346号, 近政衷路, +86 21 5522 5880
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9. Watch the Shanghai skyline grow
Shanghai Tower, a 632-meter super skyscraper, is under construction next to Jin Mao and Shanghai World Financial Center.

Shanghai’s skyline will change again soon, and there will be yet another reason for a postcard snap on the Bund.

The Shanghai Tower will be completed in 2014, but according to Gensler, the architectural firm in charge of the project, the structure will reach the height of 340-350 meters in 2012, overtaking the Shanghai World Financial Center, aka the “bottle opener,” by 80 meters.
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10. Things are cheap … for now

Although the International Monetary Fund has said that renminbi appreciation won’t strongly affect worldwide growth and trade, it does affect your buying power.

Shanghai is China’s most expensive city, and that’s reflected in store windows, taxi meters, and on restaurant menus; Taiwanese chain Din Tai Fung charges RMB 10 more per dish in Shanghai than it does in Beijing.

With the renminbi getting stronger by the day -- or really, your dollar or pound getting weaker -- now is the time to take advantage of the currency exchange rate.
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11. Literary festival hits double digits

When the Shanghai International Literary Festival (SILF) kicked off in 2003, the Bund was quiet: SWFC wouldn’t open for another five years, Bar Rouge for another year, and the pedestrian walkway was not yet under construction.

A decade later and the festival is China’s largest of its kind, drawing a huge roster of authors, many of whom have been shortlisted for or taken home a slew of literary prizes -- Man Booker, National Book Award, and the Los Angeles Times Fiction Prize.

For its 10th year, SILF is lining up the likes of Amy Tan, Siddhartha Deb, and Edward P. Jones for three weeks of enthralling readings and discussions.

The 2012 SILF will be held from February 29-March 18 at the Glamour Bar.

Glamour Bar, 6/F, Five on the Bund, 20 Guangdong Lu, near Zhongshan Dong Yi Lu 广东路20号, 外滩五号6楼, 近中山东一路, +86 21 6350 9988, 5 p.m.-midnight
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12. Historic Shanghai is disappearing

Shanghai’s laneways, or long tang, are rich in history and home to generations of Chinese families, but they’re being demolished at a frantic pace.

Two long tang that have not only survived (for now) but thrived with the addition of businesses are Jing’an Villa (静安别墅), at 1025 Nanjing Xi Lu, and Huaihai Fang (淮海坊), at 927 Huaihai Zhong Lu.

Jing’an Villa abounds with twee shops and a handful of cute cafés, many of which have tiny, charming courtyards.

Just off Maoming Nan Lu sits Huaihai Fang, which is slightly less commercial and significantly more maze-like. Be sure to stop by contemporary gallery FQ Projects for paintings from young Chinese artists.

FQ Projects, No. 76, 927 Huaihai Zhong Lu, near Maoming Nan Lu 淮海中路927号, 近茂名南路, +86 21 6466 2940, 10 a.m.-6 p.m
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13. China Art Palace

Shanghai is set to join the ranks of international cultural metropolises, such as New York and Paris, with the opening of the China Art Palace in October 2012.

An artistic hot spot set to be as grandiose as its name, the 160,000-square-meter landmark will be dedicated to art from around China.

The colossal space will be converted from the World Expo’s China Pavilion.
In addition, Shanghai art galleries will be as accessible to travelers as the local milk tea stalls around the block in the year to come. Starting 2012, all public art galleries around the nation are due to grant free admission.
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14. Luxury cars and lavish after-parties

Watch as expensive cars race around one of the most expensive Formula 1 track in the world.

Shanghai International Circuit, which cost US$240 million to build, will be hosting the 2012 Chinese Grand Prix from April 13-15.

The 2012 competition will be the ninth race to be held in Shanghai.

Past seasons have seen a large international turnouts and booming after-parties for the rich and famous (luxury cars and all).

Oh, be sure to bring earplugs -- for the race that is.
Shanghai International Circuit, 2199 Yining Lu, near Hujiawan 伊宁路2199号, 近胡家湾, +86 21 6956 8888
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