I was never good with New Year Resolutions, so I stopped making them many years ago. This year, I decided to make a bucket list. I’ve been living in Shanghai for about two months now, and I have noticed that all of my foreign friends are MUCH more knowledgeable of hip and interesting places to go than I do. This is when my knowledge of Chinese language actually fails me. I haven’t taken the time to research and to get to know my new city at all!
This stops now. Here’s a list of things (in no particular order) that I hope to do, and places that I hope to visit, in 2013!
- 50 Moganshan Road – known for its contemporary art scene
- Shanghai Museum of Glass
- Day trips to Suzhou, Nanjing, and Hangzou
- Shanghai Propaganda Poster Art Center – for someone who is interested in media, this is a must, no?
- Afternoon tea at The Langham Yangtze Hotel – my sister worked here for a while so I’ve heard a lot, and supposedly it’s a great place to experience a piece of Old Shanghai.
- Shanghai Symphony/Shanghai Philharmonic
- Have a drink at the The Puli Hotel – this keeps popping up on various lists as a neat boutique hotel to visit
- Shanghai Urban Planning Museum – went in for a quick stroll this past weekend, but didn’t have a proper look since we didn’t pay attention to the closing time…
- Properly explore TianZiFung again
- Try out one (or all) of these all-you-can-eat dim sum places for brunch.
- Visit Jing’an Temple beyond the shopping bits
- Walk along the Bund when it’s a.) light outside and b.) not freezing cold.
- XuJiaHui Cathedral
- Shanghai Confucian Temple
- See a show at the Shanghai Grand Theatre
- Relax and see a few trees (actually not easy to do in Shanghai) in Fuxing Park
- Properly check out Zhongshan park, and not just go to the shops around it…
- Shanghai Chedun Film Park – apparently the set of most Old Shanghai films these days.
- A proper night out in one of these big Shanghai night clubs – Mint, Apartment, etc. (I can’t believe I actually need to put this on a bucket list. What has my life come to…)
On top of this list, there are still dozens upon dozens of restaurants, bars, and events that are constantly happening in Shanghai. If you have suggestions, feel free to leave them in the comments! Here’s to an entertaining and fulfilled year ahead!