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

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15. Cruise away from Shanghai
Shanghai has witnessed a boost in the luxury cruise industry that will only grow stronger with the upcoming year.

International travel between Japan and Shanghai will be cheaper beginning January with a cruise between Shanghai and Nagaski priced at RMB 624 one-way (US$98, excluding taxes). The cruise will be operated by Huis Ten Bosch, a Netherlands-style theme park in Japan.

Major ocean liners have also tapped into the China market.

Miami-based cruise line Royal Caribbean has included Shanghai in its 2012 schedule, including a three- to- eight-night itinerary between Xiamen and Shanghai.

Longer voyages include trips out of Shanghai calling at Okinawa and Fukuoka in Japan, and Busan, Korea.
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16. World Chocolate Wonderland

Three words: chocolate theme park.

If that’s not enough to convince you to visit Shanghai, we really don’t know what will.

China’s first chocolate wonderland will be in Shanghai until February 2012.

It will feature extensive (albeit mouth-watering) displays made completely with chocolate. And yes, there will be chocolate for you to eat.

Visitors are invited to trying their hand at chocolate making and take home customized pieces for gifts or for personal snacking pleasure.
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17. Great wine

Few would connect Shanghai or China with good wines, but times are changing.

Wines made in China’s northwest Ningxia Province were recently ranked above those from Bordeaux at a blind wine tasting.

Meanwhile, former NBA star Yao Ming has launched a wine line bearing his name straight from Napa Valley.

A 1.5-liter bottle of Yao Ming wine costs 3,800 RMB ($597) and it can only be spotted in restaurants, supermarkets and bars in China for now.

If that can’t make you tipsy, head on over to the Shanghai International Wine Tasting on April 26, 2012. The event will be held at the Four Seasons Hotel and will feature both established and upcoming wine brands.

Four Seasons Hotel Shanghai, 500 Weihai Lu, near Shimen Yi Lu 威海路500号, 近石门一路, +86 21 6256 8888
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18. Business aviation show

Chances are you don’t own a private jet. But that doesn’t mean you can’t watch in awe as billionaires talk and shop for their own personal air carrier.

Feel free to geek out at the Asian Business Aviation Conference and Exhibition (ABACE). A must-go for aviation junkies, the conference will be held at Shanghai’s Hongqiao Airport in March.

The show is expected to draw 200 exhibitors and more than 5,000 attendees.

There will be fancy gadgets to see and, maybe, touch. Exhibitors will be displaying the latest airplanes, helicopters and equipment.
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19. Everything’s worth celebrating

Shanghai may pride itself on being cool and cosmopolitan, but giant festivals are no joke in China.

For nature lovers, there’s the Peach Blossom Festival from March 25-April 11 at Nanhui Peach Blossom Village in Pudong, and the International Flower Festival from April 1-30 at Changfeng Park.

On April 5, join hordes of locals for the annual Longhua Temple Fair, which has been held on the third day of the third month of the Lunar Calendar every year since the Ming Dynasty. Legend has it that dragons visit the temple to grant people’s wishes, so come with your requests.
Shanghai Nanhui Peach Blossom Village, 289 Beimen Lu, Huinan Zhen, Pudong, Shanghai, 浦东新区惠南镇北门路289号, +86 21 5801 9595, www.taohuacun.com.cn. The village hosts peach blossom festival every March and April, peach-tasting festival every July and August, and general farmhouse day trip the rest of the year.

Changfeng Park, 525 Zaoyang Lu, near Daduhe Lu 枣阳路525号, 近大渡河路, +86 21 6245 3270, April 1-June 30: 5 a.m.-6p.m.; July 1-September 30: 5 a.m.-7p.m.; October 1-March 31: 6 a.m.-8 p.m.

Longhua Temple, 2853 Longhua Lu, near Longhua Xi Lu 龙华路2853号, 近龙华西路, RMB10, 5 p.m.-4:30 p.m. (the first and the 15th day of each month on lunar calendar); 7 a.m.-4:30 p.m. (for normal days)

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20. End of the world?

As climate changes in China and in the rest of the world, glaciers melt, sea levels rise and weather becomes more extreme with detrimental effects on nature and humanity.

And as if that was not enough, the end of 2012 looks pretty grim with rumors about a solar storm hitting the earth in September and a Maya prophecy scheduling the end of the world for December.

And even though the scientific community is skeptical (extremely about the apocalypse, not so much about climate change), why taking any chances?

Visit beautiful Shanghai before it is leveled by asteroids. Though we really hope this is not going to happen.
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angela627 Post time: 2011-12-23 09:58
7. Shanghai First Food

With the revamping of the Shanghai First Food store (食品一店), Shanghai wi ...

No better reason to go and try its signature jiaxin binggan (夹心饼干, stuffed cookies) and jinhua huotui (金华火腿, Zhejiang-style preserved meat).

they are not poplular anymore.

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