The modern, fast-paced, cosmopolitan city that is Shanghai, is also an ideal city to get a colorful view into traditional Chinese festivals and events.
Old Shanghai and traditional Chinese culture thrive beneath the modern and impressive high rises of the city. Traditional festivals are celebrated hand in hand with modern or Western festivals such as Christmas or Halloween.
Festivals and Events List
Sep. 15 to Sep. 17
Eating Mooncakes with families is an important custom of the Mid-Autumn Festival.
Customs of Mid-Autumn Festival in Shanghai include worshiping the moon and burning incense. When the moon rises,... Read more
Dec. 1 to Jan. 1
Although Christmas is not a public holiday in China, it has become more and more popular, especially in large cities like Shanghai. For most people, they celebrate Christmas without much r... Read more
Chinese New Year gifts
Chinese New Year (CNY) or Spring Festival or Lunar New Year is one of the most important festivals in China, and one that should be experienced first hand. Though it is a ... Read more
Mar. 29 to Apr. 27
Organized by Shanghai government, the aim of the festival is to show the distinctive beauty of different kinds of flowers, which play an important role in citizens’ daily life, and the whole ci... Read more
Apr. 28 to May. 18
The Shanghai International Music Festival was founded in 2001 as a way to celebrate music in all of its forms in China's largest city. It was created when the Shanghai International Radio Music F... Read more
Since 1991, Shanghai has had a peach blossom festival during March and April in the big Nanhui District. This festival combines enjoying the peach trees with appreciating Chinese culture. So along ... Read more
Sep. 30 to Oct. 6
Shanghai International Music Fireworks Festival originated in 2000 and has been held on the National Day every year in Shanghai Century Park. It is one of the most influential inte... Read more
Shanghai Longhua Temple Fair is the largest traditional temple fair in Shanghai. It has a long history, and is held ceremoniously on the 3rd day of the 3rd month of Chinese calendar. It has no... Read more