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THE Yuyuan Garden

A traditional Chinese lantern show will be held in the Yuyuan Garden from Monday to February 2. The ox, the animal of the Lunar New Year, will be the main focus of the show. Several spots in the Yuyuan Garden, including the zigzag bridge, will be decorated with lanterns.

Anren Street, Huangpu District

The Shanghai Botanical Garden

The city's botanical garden will hold the year's spring flower show during the holiday. Out-of-season flowers can be seen in the garden's greenhouse.

1111 Longwu Road, Xuhui District

The Guyi Garden

Traditional Spring Festival activities will take place at the Guyi Garden in Jiading District. People can guess riddles and enjoy spectacular lanterns while tasting authentic Nanxiang steamed dumplings, or xiaolongbao.

218 Huyi Highway, Jiading District


From tomorrow to February 28, the Shanghai Zoo will hold a festival of the ox. In Shanghai Wildlife Park, 15 protected species have recently been introduced, including four gray wolves.

Shanghai Zoo: 2831 Hong Qiao Road, Changning District

Shanghai Wildlife Park: 178 Nanliu Highway, Nanhui District

The Ocean Aquarium

The aquarium will display 10 breeds of ocean creatures, such as bull sharks, whose Chinese names include the Chinese character "niu," which means "ox," to mark the coming Year of the Ox.

1388 Lujiazuihuan Road, Pudong

Shanghai Science and Technology Museum

The city's biggest science museum will be open from 9am to 5:15pm tomorrow and from 8:45am to 6:30pm for the rest of the holiday.

2000 Century Avenue, Pudong

The Shanghai Museum

An exhibition of bronze artifacts will be on show at the museum from tomorrow to February 7. A Chinese calligraphy and painting show will also be held.

201 People's Avenue, Huangpu District

Urban Planning Exhibition Hall

An exhibition about the 2010 World Expo will open tomorrow, with a focus on the pavilions in the Expo site.

100 People's Avenue, Huangpu District


During the Spring Festival, local cinemas are traditionally filled with sentimental and entertaining family films.

This year there's "10 Promises to My Dog," a heartwarming picture from the production team of Japanese hit "Quill," plus the Hollywood fantasy "Bridge to Terabithia," the domestic comedies "Look for a Star" and "All's Well, End's Well," and animated feature "Pleasant Goat and Big Big Wolf."

The Metropol Cinema at People's Square has half-priced tickets for all of its screenings during the holiday.

Many other local theaters such as Yonghua Cinema will also offer half-priced screenings either in the morning or after 9pm.


Fifty-four stadiums and gymnasiums, 220 playgrounds and over 700 junior and elementary schools will open to the public during the Spring Festival.

Shanghai East Asia Sports and Cultural Center

The center will offer sports facilities including snooker, rock climbing, tennis, squash, basketball, skating and badminton. Snooker, tennis, squash and skating will be available from Monday to Saturday. The rest will start on Tuesday.

666 Tianyaoqiao Road, near Shanghai Stadium, Xuhui District

Shanghai Xianxia Tennis Center

The Tennis Center in west Shanghai will open courts from 7am to 7pm throughout the Spring Festival.

1885 Hongqiao Road, Changning District

Yuan Shen Sports Center

Yuan Shen Sports Center will open sports venues for limit skateboarding, indoor swimming, indoor tennis, snooker, basketball and badminton.

1458 Zhangyang Road, Pudong

Jing'an Sports Center

Swimming pools in downtown Jing'an Sports Center will open from 1pm to 5pm today. Then they will be closed for five days, reopening for the same hours on January 30.

151 Kangding Road, Jing'an District

Hongkou Football Stadium

The football stadium in Hongkou District will open sports facilities from 9am to 3pm today and tomorrow and from 9am to 5pm from Tuesday.

444 Jiangwan Road, Hongkou District


Department stores in major shopping centers in Shanghai are putting up sale boards during the holiday. Some stores are offering 70 percent off.

Nanjing R. and People's Square

Raffles City (until February 9): Get a gift bag with every 600 yuan (US$87) purchase.

Yong'an Department Store (until January 31): Get 100 yuan back with every 190 yuan clothes purchase.

Huaihai Road

Parkson (until February 1): Get 150 yuan cash with every 299 yuan purchase.

Xujiahui area

Pacific Department Store (until February 1): Up to 85 percent off.


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