This is the biggest week ever for soccer in this town. There’s not one, but two Shanghai derbies taking place between the city’s two major teams -- Shanghai Shenhua FC and SIPG FC -- this Wednesday and Sunday at Hongkou Stadium. It’s hard to explain just how huge this is -- it’s all over the local newspapers, and fans of each side are trash-talking each other every minute on social media right now.
Simply put, the Shanghai derby is a huge deal because there’s nowhere else in China that has two teams in the same city with the same intense rivalry. And this week, it’s even more mental than normal because of what happened last time.
Shanghai's biggest annual book fair returns this August 19–25, with 605 events in total -- 74 less than last year. Yes, there are literally 605 book signings, talks, and book clubs happening in a week’s time. It is without a doubt a large event for a city of 24 million people who don't read.
Throughout the fair, which takes place at Shanghai Exhibition Centre, over 500 publishing houses and about 1000 authors, scholars and cultural figures will gather together, attracting tens of thousands of people each day.
Is there a more thankless task than that of the pool party promoter?
Riviera Event, who were to be celebrating their 10-year anniversary this Saturday, have been compelled to postpone the festivities until August 22, at which point, presumably, conditions will be better for lounging around poolside and sipping on champagne. If you've already got your tickets, they'll still be honored.
Tudou -- pretty much the largest video streaming website in China, in case you're unfamiliar -- hosts an annual live music festival in Shanghai. This year's show is happening at the Shanghai Expo Park this weekend from August 15-16.
Looks like that big tech money's being used to put on a pretty solid festival with two music stages -- one for celebrity acts like MC Hotdog, Zhang Zhen-yue, Pu Shu, and Tan Weiwei -- and another for DJs, including a few regulars in the local music circuit. Organizers have thrown some well-known indie bands like Queen Sea Big Shark and Pet Conspiracy in the line-up for good measure, and the event is likely going to be a big one for Chinese music lovers.
This looks like a good one, if you're a fan of things to do, getting out of the city, trees, nature, bonfires, stars, drinking things in plastic cups, outdoor techno, um... painting things on your bald head, tracers, trance music, ass-dragging hippies, sleeping in tents...
The people who did this festival -- the Anji Bamboo Forest Rave -- are doing it again in the Anji Forest, near Hangzhou Saturday August 15 to Sunday August 16. It's an outdoor nnn tsst, nnn tsst, nnn tsst bonanza.
"Camping, nature, hiking, 24-hours non-stop underground electronic music by the sickest line-up of DJs, friends, dancing and good vibes, all this goodness made for an unforgettable 2-days journey full of good memories and smiles."
Sound like you're kind of thing? Ever been to a rave in a bamboo forest? Full details right here. Act quick on that to get your advance tickets.