If you’re looking for an unparalleled Asian experience, spend New Years Eve 2016 in Shanghai, whose diversity makes it a distinctive and mesmerizing holiday destination. Sure, most of China’s cities offer their fair share of beauty, culture and exciting nightlife opportunities, but Shanghai still manages to stand out.
1. Bell-ringing in Longhua Temple（龙华寺）
Send your best wishes by ringing the historic Buddhist bell on New Year’s Eve.
Located in southwest Shanghai, Longhua Temple is the city’s oldest temple dating back 1,800 years or more. Shanghai natives have been flocking there to attend the bell-ringing ceremony on New Year’s Eve and Lunar New Year’s Eve since 1988. The event is the most local way to celebrate New Year and wish for good fortune over the next 12 months. The first 108 people who make reservations for the event are given the opportunity to ring the 3,000-kilo bell – limited to one “dong” each – around midnight.
Lion dances, fireworks and folk performances add to the celebrations after the bell-ringing ceremony.
Add: 2853 Longhua Road, Xuhui District, Shanghai
Phone: 021 6456 6085
2. Xintiandi New Year’s Countdown Concert
Xintiandi is one of the most popular hangouts for anyone who enjoys Chinese pop music and includes a special pop concert NYE countdown on beautiful Taiping. Celebrities from all over China come to the event and entertain guests from a temporary stage that’s set up just for the occasion.
Add: 123 Xingye Road, Huangpu District, Shanghai
Phone: 021 6311 2288
3. 3D Laser and Firework Show along Huangpu River
Another popular event that will more than likely be taking place again on New Years Eve 2016 in Shanghai is a 3D laser and firework show at midnight, lighting up both sides of the Huangpu River. The laser show usually takes place about 15 minutes prior to the midnight countdown. All the laser lights come alive at the same time and 4 boats will be cruising the Huangpu, loaded with fireworks that they’ll be setting off at midnight. The Oriental Pearl Tower will also be launching fireworks.
4. Champagne Shower New Year Eve
Free-flow Champagne, mixers, and a four course menu for 698rmb (paid in advance), available all night at Kartel. For just the free-flow, it’s 548rmb in advance. 798rmb and 648rmb at the door respectively. DJ Mike Ward plays electro swing, and the rooftop terrace is open to catch the fireworks. Starts at 7pm and goes til late.
Add: Kartel, 5/F, 1 Xiangyang Bei Lu, near Julu Lu
Date: 31 Dec 2015 Thu 19:00
5. Disco Heaven II NYE Party
MVP says goodbye to 2015 with luxury and opulence (and disco music) at the top of the bottle opener, a.k.a. Park Hyatt Shanghai. The party goes from 8pm-4am, starting with a free-flow tapas dinner, paired with endless champagne and premium brand spirits all night long. DJs will be spinning disco from 8-11pm then more current party music for the rest of the night. If guests wanna check the city from the other side of the city, the ticket price includes free entrance to M1NT after 1.30am. Tickets are 888rmb on SmartTicket, delivered to your door.
Add: Park Hyatt Shanghai, Shanghai World Financial Center, 79-93/F, 100 Century Avenue, near Dongtai Lu
Date: 31 Dec 2015 Thu 20:00
6. The Same As It Ever Was
Your best bet for a free party on NYE, as two of Dada’s most popular parties (neither of which play any deep house whatsoever) go head to head in a big ol’ soundclash. Santo Chino plays old school disco, funk, Italo, new wave, and rock, while Skinny Brown brings the newest ghetto bass / dancehall / reggae coming out of the third world. They’re going an hour each, back and forth all night long until the wheels fall of. Both of these DJs are in the “selecting rather than mixing” camp. Expect a lot of mic chat and lighters in the air. Goes from 9pm – infinity.
Add: Dada, 115 Xingfu Lu, near Fahuazhen Lu
Date: 31 Dec 2015 Thu 21:00