Swim, Drink and Be Merry: Summer Fun in Shanghai

Swim, Drink and Be Merry: Summer Fun in Shanghai
By Trey Archer , eChinacities.com

Daylight hours are longer, summer vacations are booked, and the heat and humidity is suffocating – it’s summer in Shanghai! But just because you’re looking forward to going home or taking a trip to somewhere exotic doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy Shanghai summers for what they’re worth. Actually, the city is packed with fun alternatives. Here are of our favorite summer activities in Shanghai.

1) Pudong Shangri-la Pool PartyView In Map

There are various pool parties, some being just one-timers, but the grand opening of the weekly event at the Pudong Shangri-la promises to be consistent and classy. Starting June 22, from 12:00-18:00,, the luxury hotel will kick off its long-awaited pool parties. The 150 RMB entrance ticket gets you a free glass of champagne, access to the pool and beats from special guests DJs.

Add: Pudong New District, 33 Fucheng Lu, Pudong Shangri-La,
Tel: 6882 8888
Hours: Every Sunday for the remainder of the summer (Thursday to Saturday the iKandy UltraLounge poolside bar is open for business)

2) Terrace Bars

If you’re looking to dry off from the pool, try one of Shanghai’s European-style terrace bars. They’re the perfect place to pass a lazy summer day, enjoying the peaceful garden scenery over a few cocktails with friends. Our two favorites are Azzurra and Garden Restaurant. For great wine and Italian snacks, hit up Azzurra. For live piano and violin performances, try Garden Restaurant.

Azzurra: View In Map

Add: 2/F, 156 Fenyang Lu, near Taojiang Lu
地址:汾阳路156号2楼, 近桃江路
Tel: 6437 2361
Price per person: about 100 RMB (not including drinks)

Garden Restaurant (紫玉蘭): View In Map

Add: Xuhui District, 99 Wulumuqi Zhong Lu, near Julu Lu
地址: 徐汇区乌鲁木齐中路99弄, 近长乐路
Tel: 5424 7087
Price per person: about 100 RMB (not including drinks)

3) Water Parks

Water parks are the perfect options for families with children, and luckily there are several to choose from in Shanghai. Dino Beach is one of the largest outdoor water parks in all of Asia, and it truly resembles a beach with surfing, slides, banana boats and jet skiing. Maya Beach at the Happy Valley amusement park boasts over 30 different water-themed activities (wave pools, slides, you name it) and is about twice the size of Dino Beach.

Dino Beach: View In Map

Add: 78 Xinzhen Lu, near Gudai Lu
地址:新镇路78号, 近顾戴路
Tel: 64783 3333
Hours: Summer, 10:00-23:00
Admission: 120-200 RMB

Maya Beach:

Add: Songjiang District, 888 Linhu Lu, near Linyin Avenue
地址:松江区佘山镇林湖路888号, 近林荫大道)
Tel: 3355 2222
Website: www.playamaya.cn (in Chinese)
Hours: Summer; Weekdays 10:30-21:00, Weekends 10:00-22:00
Price (for Happy Valley): 200 RMB for adults, 150 RMB for children under 1.2 meters

4) Swim & BrunchView In Map

OK, so we had to add another pool option... The New World Hotel is starting a new swim and brunch promotion. The first 30 people to book a Sunday brunch at the hotel’s Nong Café get to use the pool for free afterwards all day! It’ll run about 200 RMB for the all you can eat buffet and 238 RMB if you’re looking for free flow house wine. There’s also a bar in the pool if you want to keep the buzz strong.

Add:  Changning District, 1555 Dingxi Lu, near Changning Lu
地址:上海巴黎春天新世界酒店; 长宁区定西路 1555号
Tel: 6240 8888
Website: http://shanghai.newworldhotels.com/en/

5) Live Music

So already it seems like your summer days will be filled with pool parties, water slides and cocktails. So what about the nights, you ask? Don’t worry, this is Shanghai, you’ll never have to worry about your nights being dull. Summer is a great time for jamming out to live music, so try Yuyintang – one of the oldest and most popular underground music joints in the city – or the House of Blues and Jazz for something a little less grungy. Check the websites to see which local or international acts are headlining.

Yuyintang: View In Map

Add: 851 Kaixuan Lu near Yan'an Xi Lu
地址:育音堂; 凯旋路851号, 近延安西路口
Tel: 5237 8662
Website: www.yytlive.com
Price: 50-100 RMB

House of Blues and Jazz:View In Map

Add: 60 Fuzhou Lu, near the Bund
地址:蓝调与爵士; 育音堂; 福州路60号, 近外滩
Tel: 6323 2779
Website: houseofbluesandjazz.com
Price: 50-100 RMB

6) Art Exhibitions

Shanghai’s summer can really take a toll on your health. There’s only so much free-flow brunches and sunburns one can take. To take a break and get a dose of intellectualism, check out The Ninth Wave Art Exhibition (Aug 8- Oct 26). The show is at the Power Station of Art’s first solo artist exhibition, featuring the world famous Cai Guoqiang.

Power Station of Art:

Add: 200 Huayuangang Lu
地址:上海当代艺术博物馆;  黄浦区花园港路200号
Tel: 3110 8550
Website: http://www.powerstationofart.com/en/
Price: FREE!

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There are a lot of good swimming pool in GZ also~!

Jul 21, 2015 10:39 Report Abuse


Many good thing in Shanghai

Jul 21, 2015 09:54 Report Abuse


Whatevs, swan dived off the bund and swam in the muddy river

Jul 13, 2015 12:07 Report Abuse


Whatevs, swan dived off the bund and swam in the muddy river

Jun 22, 2015 00:22 Report Abuse