Despite the fact that the Lunar New Year won’t begin until mid January, New Years Eve 2017 in Shanghai celebrates the western holiday in a big way, as it does throughout China, the perfect way to get ready of the upcoming Spring Festival. There is a wide range of entertainment opportunities this year and all are sure to provide the ideal way to welcome in the New Year.
Parties and Fireworks
Start New Years Eve in Shanghai off by ringing the historical Buddhist bell located at the Longhua Temple, Shanghai’s oldest temple which dates back over 1,800 years. Shanghai residents have been gathering there to participate in the Lunar NYE and western version since 1988. The celebration is the traditional way to celebrate a brand new year and pray for good fortune for the following 12 months. The first 108 individuals that make reservations for the occasion are given the special opportunity of ringing the 3,000 kilo bell, one ring each at midnight. Additional celebratory activities will include folk performances, Lion dances and more.
Xintiandi is home to a NYE in Shanghai pop concerts and galas, and is always a popular place for Chinese pop music enthusiasts to gather. In addition, Shanghai’s Dragon TV is known to set up a special 3D laser show and firework display as part of the festivities to welcome in 2016. The laser show typically starts an hour before midnight and lights up Binjiang and Bund Avenues on the banks of the beautiful Huangpu River. All of the laser lights alongside the Bund will be displayed concurrently, and 4 boats on the river will set off fireworks and may include a spectacular display at Shanghai’s Oriental Pearl Tower which typically launches their own midnight fireworks as well for around 5 minutes. If the activities are anything like last year there will also be a temporary stage set up in Puxi along the Bund as well with a star studded line up of live entertainment.
While NYE 2016 in Shanghai may not be a common choice when it comes to bringing in a new year, it’s the perfect option for those who plan on partying like there’s no tomorrow. Nightclub venues like the Lan Club Shanghai are known for their fantastic events and in the past most have been known for their all inclusive parties. Alternative music lovers should definitely check out Mao’s 3.5 hour TECHNOW which is actually hosted twice a year, with its New Years Eve edition featuring great music, DJs, together producing a find of techno convention. There’s nothing like spending the evening with countless techno enthusiasts and enjoying the clubs exclusive neon light show, a memorable way to celebrate the New Year.
Not to be forgotten are the amazing street side hand pulled noodle and BBQ vendors throughout the area that service their delicious food choices until the early morning hours. There are also a vast array of restaurants and more intimate bars and lounges in the area that are great places to enjoy New Years Eve 2016 in Shanghai city if you’re looking for a less hectic evening.
Accommodations for NYE
Shanghai accommodations are as unique and satisfying as their entertainment venues. Popular hotel choices include Mandarin Oriental Executive Apartment Pudong Shanghai, the Grand Hyatt, Narada Boutique Hotel Shanghai Yu Garden, the JW Marriott, Hotel Indigo, Sofitel Shanghai Hyland Hotel, the Regal International and so many more. If you are preparing for your trip to China on next coming New Year holiday, early hotel booking is strongly suggested.