2010 Fall Festivals throughout China

Posted on Nov 5, 2010

By Ellen Schliebitz, eChinacities.com

Shanghai gets musical this National Week as the 2010 Jazz Shanghai Festival kicks off for almost two weeks from October 4-17th at various locations in the city. The event will bring some of the world’s top jazz musicians and bands to the city, promising to be one of the major must-go events in Shanghai this October.

For those looking for something less mellow and sober, the 2010 Paulaner Oktoberfest kicks off at Paulaner Brauhaus from October 1-3rd. The ultimate way to experience German beer culture while at the same time embracing the National Day festive spirit, this event will surely be one of National Week’s more lively affairs.

Shanghai’s stages are also buzzing with creativity and life this October holiday; The Royal Ballet of Flanders is staging William Forsythe’s renowned ballet Impressing the Czar at Shanghai Grand Theatre on National Day. Performing for four years to standing ovations internationally, the production is famous for its contemporary twist on classical ballet (more info here). Danny Malando and his orchestra will stage their upbeat music and dance combo show at the Shanghai Oriental Art Center on October 1st (details here), while St.Petersburg Ballet performs the world famous ballet Swan Lake like you’ve never seen it before on October 2nd at Shanghai City Theatre (details here).Meanwhile, anyone who’s heard of the Japanese band SMAP will be happy to know that they are performing on Oct 9-10 at Shanghai Stadium (more here).

If you’re craving a Chinese cultural event outside the city, why not check out Binjiang Forest Park during the holidays? There, visitors will be greeted by a BBQ event and live music to celebrate the 61st anniversary of the PRC (more info here). No national holiday can be complete without fireworks! On September 30th, the sky above Century Park will light up to kick off 11th Shanghai International Music and Fireworks Festival (more here). Another “city escape” option is taking one of the newly launched Suzhou Creek night tours. Though you’re still strictly speaking in the city, the boat tour enables you to enjoy the city lights while floating along on water, but don’t expect to get too many tranquil vibes when battling with pushers, shovers and queue jumpers during the national week (more info here). You’ve been warned.

And of course there’s always the Shanghai Expo. As the countdown is drawing closer and pavilions are starting to auction off their buildings, this October might be a good time to give in to the temptation and/or hype and see what the Expo is all about. And, temperatures in October will be significantly more pleasant, meaning waiting times to get into the pavilions won’t be quite as torturous as before. Good luck!