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February 01, 2016
Chinese New Year Celebrations 

As millions trickle out of the city for family festivities, Shanghai gains a little more wriggle room this February… Although that won’t mean a shortage of events. This space-age starlet arguably makes for an exceptional setting to ring in the Year of the Monkey.

Witness a wealth of traditional rituals, such as the dreamy lantern festival illuminating the age-old Yu Gardens on 2 February. Admire the glittery streetscape of red, hand-crafted beacons suspended above cheerful crowds, before chowing down on cockle-warming snacks from one of the many street food stalls.

When it comes to the New Year countdown, what better place to be than Shanghai’s largest shrine, Longhua Temple, where worshippers gather to watch as a grand, 3.3 ton bell is struck 108 times – a number believed to dispel evil – ushering in an auspicious year at the stroke of midnight. 

Of course, no celebration would be complete without a pyrotechnic parade. For those in search of a lotta bang, crackle and pop, grab your woollies and cosy up on The Bund for mammoth riverside fireworks, or better yet, soak up the spectacular display from the comfort of The Pen’s own paramount sip spot, Sir Elly’s, overlooking pulsating Pudong. Boom!

Yu Gardens / 218 Anren Jie / Huangpu / +86 21 6326 0830 / 8.30am-5pm 
Longhua Temple / 2853 Longhua Lu / Xuhui / +86 21 6456 6085 / 7am-4.30pm
Sir Elly’s / +86 21 2327 6756 / 5pm-midnight Sun-Thu, till 1am Fri-Sat /