And just like that, autumn is already drawing into winter in Shanghai, and the weather is getting cooler. But don't let despair set in just yet. Before we all begin to go into hibernation mode for the year, there's still plenty happening around town. Here are the highlights.
1) New openings…
The Rhumerie Bounty's original branch was so successful that it spawned a second location on Yongfu Lu. Now the franchise has spread to Sinan Mansions with the opening of Bistro X above Chicha. It's part of the second phase of developments at the Mansions, and is already proving popular with the city's rum aficionados. In addition to the famous homemade rum that Bounty is famous for, Bistro X is also serving bar snacks like duck rillettes, foie gras terrine and pork paté, as well as pizzas, potato wedges and daily set meals.
Hoards of homesick Americans were disappointed to discover that the In-n-Out Burger set to open on Yanping Lu was actually a clever fake. Whether bowing from corporate pressure or just trying to avoid being sued, the management of this soon-to-open fast food place have replaced the hoardings with "Cali Burger".
Also soon to open is a large-scale beer bar and microbrewery on Fumin Lu near Julu Lu. Dr. Beer is set to join Shanghai's burgeoning brew scene within the next month or so.
Sad news from the art scene, as Andrew James closes his eponymous Maoming Lu space, Andrew James Art Gallery. Having contributed to Shanghai's contemporary art field, Andrew is moving on to greener pastures.
3) What's on…
One of the world's biggest electro DJs, Steve Aoki, is returning to Shanghai on November 4th for a set at MAO Livehouse. Having remixed for major players like Lenny Kravitz and Snoop Dogg, Aoki promises a great show. Tickets are 150 RMB pre-sale or 200 RMB at the door.
Its' Halloween this weekend, and there are plenty of events going on around town. Whatever style of party you like best, there's something to suit. Fat Olive is hosting a Fat Lebowski event, Boxing Cat is throwing a joint Halloween and first anniversary party, Shelter is hosting Psyhalloween, and MAO Livehouse will have Technow on the decks.
Works by one of the most famous artists in history, Pablo Picasso, are on display at the China Pavilion on the World Expo Site until January 10th 2010. This is the biggest display of Picasso's art in China to date, featuring 62 original works brought in from the National Picasso Museum of Paris. Tickets cost 80 RMB Mon-Fri, and 120 RMB Sat-Sun.
4) In the news…
One of Expo's most popular attractions, the Saudi Arabia Pavilion is set to reopen to the public on October 28th. Previously, it had only welcomed tour groups and companies, but it will now be open to individual visitors. Tickets can be purchased at the pavilion or at the Shanghai Tourism Hub's temporary office, both onsite. The ticket office is open 8:30-11:30 and prices are as follows: 60 RMB for one day, 80 RMB for the weekend and 100 RMB for the whole week. Reduced-price tickets cost 45, 60 and 75 RMB. In addition to the Saudi Pavilion tickets, the Shanghai tourism hub is also selling tickets to the Harbin ice festival for 55 RMB, reduced from 100 RMB.
In transport news, Pudong residents who rely on buses to get around can look forward to 12 new routes that are set to open in the near future, connecting Metro lines 2, 6, 7 and 8.
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