Christian Stan, at 12 Sep. 15, in City Hotels, Hotels, News, Travel Specials

One of the world’s top travel destinations, Shanghai offers a thrilling blend of future-focused architecture, glamorous Art Deco heritage and cosmopolitan, East-meets-West culture. With mild weather and a multitude of festivals and cultural events, autumn is a great time to visit Shanghai.

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To help travellers enjoy the city to its fullest Mandarin Oriental Pudong, Shanghai is sharing its recommendations for the Top 10 Things to Do in Shanghai this autumn

1.Marvel at Shanghai’s Largest Fireworks Show

China’s National Day falls on 1 October and Shanghai celebrates with a bang. The Shanghai International Music Fireworks Festival is held over three evenings: 30 September, 3 and 6 October.

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Spectacular pyrotechnic displays by competing teams from China, UK, Austria, Canada, Germany and Spain will light up the evening sky above Shanghai’s Century Park, only five minute’s drive from Mandarin Oriental Pudong, Shanghai.

2.Be Sartorially Inspired at Shanghai Fashion Week

Shanghai dresses to impress each October when Shanghai Fashion Week sashays into town. From 13-30 October, China’s most fashionable city will again attract the attention of the world’s en vogue brands, designers, buyers, models and fashion lovers. Look out for their catwalk-chic outfits around the Xintiandi venue and in the city’s sleekest nightspots.

3.Get into the Swing at Asia’s Largest Jazz Festival

Asia’s largest jazz event, JZ Festival, will celebrate its 11th anniversary at Shanghai Expo Park from 16-18 October.


Feel the beat with a stellar line-up of jazz, soul and blues performers, including Joss Stone, Victor Wooten, Lord Echo, Shunza, The Red Groove Project, and The Earth Wind and Fire Experience featuring the Al Mckay All Stars.

4.Watch World Tennis Champions on Centre Court

The 7th Shanghai Rolex Masters returns to the Qizhong Forest Tennis Center from 10-18 October. The only ATP Masters 1000 tennis tournament staged outside of North America and Europe brings together the world’s top men’s players.

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Will Roger Federer retain his 2014 Shanghai crown, or can three-time Shanghai champion and world No. 1 Novak Djokovic resume his winning streak?

5.Savour a Hairy Crab Feast

As Shanghai’s favourite culinary delicacy returns to restaurant menus, Mandarin Oriental Pudong, Shanghai’s Chinese celebrity chef, Tony Lu will prepare a sumptuous Hairy Crab Feast menu at Yong Yi Ting from 20 October to 30 November.


The mouthwatering array of appetisers, soups, mains and dim sum dishes are enhanced by the rich flavours of the finest hairy crabs from Yangcheng Lake, located close to Shanghai. These famous crustaceans, beloved for their succulent meat and creamy roe, are enjoyed for a short season during the autumn.

6.Run for Fun at the Shanghai Marathon

It’s time to pound the city streets, as the 2015 Shanghai International Marathon takes place on 8 November.


Professionals and fun runners will test their stamina on a marathon route that winds through the urban landscape and along the Huangpu riverbank before finishing at the Shanghai Stadium.

7. Discover Cutting Edge Contemporary Art

Art connoisseurs descend on Shanghai for the renowned Shanghai Art Fair. One of Asia’s most celebrated art exchanges, the 19th Shanghai Art Fair will be unveiled at ShanghaiMART between 12 and 15 November. On display will be the latest cutting-edge Chinese contemporary art, with a vast collection of works showcased by the region’s leading galleries, top artists and emerging creative talents.

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From 10 – 20 November, eight globally renowned artists will bring their latest paintings, sculptures, photos and other creations to OFF at MO, a 10 day art exhibition at Mandarin Oriental Pudong, Shanghai, curated by VBL Fine Arts Lounge.

8.Delight in Two Michelin-Star Dining

Fifty 8° Grill will host epicurean French Wine dinner events presented by Michelin-starred chef Richard Ekkebus on 27 and 28 November.


The four-course lunch and eight-course dinner menus with wine pairing will feature ‘Best of Amber’ signature dishes from Chef Ekkebus’s two Michelin-starred restaurant at The Landmark Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong, which was named the Best Restaurant in China at the S. Pellegrino Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants 2014 awards, and has been voted among the World’s 50 Best Restaurants for seven consecutive years. Amber’s head sommelier, John Chan, will join Tansy Zhao, champion of China National Sommelier Competition 2014, in selecting wine pairing vintages.

9.Indulge in a Seasonal ‘Dragon Phoenix’ Spa Treatment

For holistic healing inspired by traditional Chinese medicine, the Forbes Five-Star The Spa at Mandarin Oriental Pudong, Shanghai is recommending Dragon Phoenix, a signature wellness ritual for couples.

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The indulgent, detoxifying treatment features Chinese ‘guasha’ therapy and seasonal ingredients, gold osmanthus and red hawthorn.

10.Set Sail on a Sunset Luxury Yacht Cruise

Shanghai’s autumn weather is perfect for cruising along the Huangpu River, which flows through the middle of the city. Guests booking the ‘Shanghai Dream’ package at Mandarin Oriental Pudong, Shanghai will be treated to a sunset cruise aboard a luxury yacht. Also included in the package is a visit to the adjacent Aurora Museum, Executive Club privileges, suite accommodation and MO’s legendary service.



Located on the east bank of the Huangpu River, amidst the dramatic skyline of the Lujiazui financial district, Mandarin Oriental Pudong, Shanghai redefines luxury waterfront living in Shanghai. With an unrivalled location, legendary service and world-class facilities, the 362-room hotel and 210 fully serviced executive apartments are poised to become Shanghai’s most desirable address.

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The hotel features 318 spacious guestrooms and 44 suites and is also home to the largest and most expensive Presidential Suite in Shanghai, spanning 788 square metres with a sky garden terrace and magnificent river views. The 210 luxury furnished apartments – from studio to three bedrooms – are Shanghai’s only fully serviced riverside residences, and are designed to offer the ultimate in luxury and comfort.

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