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Enjoy a night out in the gardens

Shanghai’s landmark Yuyuan Garden Malls launched a series of night events yesterday to help boost the city’s night economy.

Lantern and light shows, traditional and exotic performances and innovative bazaars are being held regularly in the evenings at the dining and shopping facilities near the historic garden, which grew from a prosperous market around the City God Temple some 140 years ago.

From 7pm through 9pm, residents and tourists can watch traditional lantern exhibitions along with modern 3D shows on the appearances of the Hefeng and Huabao towers at the malls. Drum dances and other performances will be held in concert with the shows.

“It is a nice idea to bring people here at night with food, performances and vendors,” said Sylvanna Antha, an English teacher from Seychelles.

“As long as the night market didn’t last too late, it will have little influence on the nearby residents and also benefit them with various people and cultures.”

Vishal Capoor, a captain with Air India who has been in Shanghai for two years, said the lanterns and light at night at the Yuyuan Garden Malls and the nearby Bund are the biggest attraction to him.

“I always come to the malls or the Bund at night because of the brilliant lights, so it is great to have such evening shows every night,” Capoor said.

A light and music show has been designed every hour from 7pm around the iconic Zigzag Bridge and the Mid-Lake Pavilion. Musicians perform on pipa (Chinese lute), bamboo flute, violin and saxophone on a boat with light shows on the bridge, lake and pavilions.

Innovative bazaars

The special performance aims to showcase the West-meet-East cultures of Shanghai as well as the authentic traditional cultures of jiangnan, or the area south of the lower reaches of the Yangtze River.

The landmark site has been converted into the Zigzag Performing Art Zone for nightlife for the first time, according to Yuyuan Inc, owner of the malls. Visitors can watch the performance both on the bridge or the opposite side of the lake.

Cultural and innovative bazaars will open at night across the malls. Some popular stores are allowed to move stalls on streets to attract customers. The culture and innovative brands developed in the malls will be selected and recommended for the night markets.

Tea Garden, a local brand created by businessman Wang Ming from the southeast Fujian Province at the malls around 2000, is among the first batch of businesses to be chosen to have stalls on street.

“Though I have a store at Huabao Tower, I prefer such street business that can more easily attract more young customers,” Wang said.

Art groups from home and abroad are invited to present shows, such as shadow puppetry, magic and Kunqu Opera, at the central plaza of the malls at night.

The malls attract a large number of visitors during the day but fewer visitors at night, except for the annual lantern festival in spring, when the authority has to require entrance tickets to limit the number of visitors for safety concerns.


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