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  • Mandarin City Pool

    • Address
      Mandarin City Rear of Club House, 1129 Guyang Lu, near Shuicheng Nan Lu
      名都城 古羊路1129号, 近水城南路
    • Phone
      138 1843 4391

    Long-time favorite out in Hongqiao right here. On the weekends it's usually packed with a rowdy, often boozed up laowai crowd drinking beers and listening to EDM on cheap speakers. During the week, it's a haven for hungover DJs and underemployed English tutors.... Read more

  • Palace IMAX Cinema (IAPM)

    • Address
      IAPM Mall, 6/F, 999 Huaihai Zhong Lu, near Shanxi Nan Lu
      淮海中路999号6楼, 近陕西南路
    • Phone
      5109 3988

    As of 2016, this is one of the nicest and most futuristic places to see a movie in Shanghai. It's big: 6 halls and 1046 seats total. Facilities are great, with comfortable theater areas, and clean and comfortable 3D glasses. They've got RealD technology, if you're... Read more

  • Shanghai Disney Resort

    • Address
      310 Shendi Xi Lu
      迪西路310号
    • Phone
      2099 8002

    The wonderful, fabulous land of the Mouse, it's Shanghai's own slice of the Disney universe. This is the greater area, inside which you'll find Shanghai Disneyland Park, featuring the largest Disney castle in the world, as well as the hotel, and Disneytown, the... Read more

  • Mr.X

    • Address
      Bldg 1, 550 Jumen Lu, near Quxi Lu
      局门路550号1号楼, 近瞿溪路
    • Phone
      3304 1233

    Mr.X (same name, same concept as the one near Zhongshan Park, but in no way related) is an escape room/room escape center. It works like this: You and a group of friends are locked in a room together––no smartphones, no cameras––and your task is to get out. How?... Read more

  • Dino Beach

    • Address
      78 Xinzhen Lu, near Gudai Lu
      新镇路78号, 近顾戴路
    • Phone
      6478 3333

    As Shanghai's only water park, Dino Beach has the distinction of being one of city's top summer destinations. The park boasts a huge wave pool (apparently Asia's largest), numerous water slides, kiddie pools, concession stands serving Western fast food fare, and a... Read more

  • Grand Plaza Club House

    • Address
      568 Julu Lu, near Shaanxi Nan Lu
      四方新城俱乐部 巨鹿路568弄, 近陕西南路
    • Phone
      6289 4835

    This is the pool in the Julu Lu compound where you find Maya Mexican restaurant. The location is excellent, and they let in non-resident shitbirds like us, too. And they're open year-round. Okay, the pool's not huge, but it's good enough for a dip. Busy on weekends,... Read more

  • Ambassy Club

    • Address
      1500 Huaihai Zhong Lu, near Wulumuqi Lu
      淮海中路1500号, 近乌鲁木齐路
    • Phone
      6437 9800

    They say it's "only for members", but you're allowed to show up and "try it" for 150rmb during the week. That's meant to be a one-time deal, but who's going to know? On weekends it's members only. Membership gets you a year in the gym and use of the indoor and... Read more

  • V Spot

    • Address
      5/F, 218 Xinle Lu, near Donghu Lu
      新乐路218号5楼, 近东湖路
    • Phone
      3424 9003

    Described as a sex-positive adult toy store, it's also a wine bar, a dance studio and an art gallery. Read more

  • Playa Maya

    • Address
      888 Linhu Lu, near Linyin Da Dao
      镇林湖路888号, 近林荫大道
    • Phone
      3355 2222

    One of two big water parks in Shanghai, located right next to Happy Valley. The park design is world class, with a dozen full-sized water slides, kids areas, cute stone sculptures of dragons and worms, a giant Mayan god who dumps water on everyone, "scuba diving" in... Read more

  • Decathlon Sports Store (Changning)

    • Address
      88 Xianxia Xi Lu, near Jianhe Lu
      仙霞西路88号, 近剑河路
    • Phone
      6238 5511

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  • Cathay Theatre

    • Address
      870 Huaihai Zhong Lu, near Maoming Lu
      淮海中路870号, 近茂名路
    • Phone
      5404 0415

    Old-school cinema built back in 1930 right on Huaihai Lu, then renovated in 2003. Screens are 3D and 4K. Nice staff, some English speakers. Ticket prices depend on time of day: morning 30/40rmb, afternoon 70/80rmb, evening 80/90rmb. These are readily available at... Read more

  • Jump 360 (Baoshan)

    • Address
      Area C4, 258 Changjiang Lu, near Jungong Lu
      长江路258号城智谷园C4区, 近军工路
    • Phone
      5182 8806

    A massive trampoline park in a 6000 square meter building with basketball and volleyball courts, a water slide, an obstacle course, and of course, a ton of trampolines. Price to get in is 198rmb for two hours or 118rmb for one hour. They require a 100rmb cash deposit... Read more

  • X Club

    • Address
      B1/F, 366 Zhaojiabang Lu, near Xiangyang Nan Lu
      肇嘉浜路366号B1楼, 近襄阳南路
    • Phone
      3356 1255

    Don't let the facade fool you, X Club is a family-friendly lazer tag place near the Jiashan Lu metro station. The vibe is a mix of cyberpunk and college dorm room, with Robocop and Blade Runner posters on the wall and a dayglo lazer tag maze. They've also got a full... Read more

  • Pongo Climbing Gym

    • Address
      No. 26, Lane 833 Zhizaoju Lu, near Zhongshan Nan Yi Lu
      制造局路833弄26号, 中山南一路
    • Phone
      6333 5612

    PONGO Climbing Gym is one of the few climbing gyms in Shanghai that specializes in bouldering. Currently the only climbing gym in China that has walls designed by IFSC Route Setters (International Federation of Sport Climbing). The majority of holds are imported from... Read more

  • Shanghai Tower Observation Deck

    • Address
      501 Yincheng Zhong Lu, near Lujiazui Huan Lu
      银城中501号, 近陆家嘴环路
    • Phone

    The newest and tallest -- as of August 2016 -- architectural statement in Shanghai, the Shanghai Tower is the tallest building in China and the second tallest building in the entire world (only the Burj Khalifa in Dubai is taller). It houses the highest... Read more

  • Magic Jungle

    • Address
      500 Dadongming Lu, near Lushun Lu
      东大名路500号,近旅顺路
    • Phone
      400 1271 188

    High ropes course right next to the International Ferry Terminal, consisting of 94 elements varying in difficulty. A clear day will give you a spectacular view across the river while you are suspended 60ft in the air. Read more

  • Shanghai Zoo

    • Address
      2381 Hongqiao Lu, near Yingbin Yi Lu
      虹桥路2381号上海动物园, 近迎宾一路
    • Phone
      6268 7775

    Shanghai Zoo was once named Xijiao Park when it was built in 1954. It is the second largest city zoos of China, the home of over 6,000 animals, including pandas, Yangtze alligators and other rare breeds. Conditions are... let's say they're not exactly world-class. In... Read more

  • Sega Joypolis

    • Address
      3300 Zhongshan Bei Lu, near Jinshajiang Lu
      中山北路3300号, 近金沙江路
    • Phone
      6256 9108

    Joypolis is a big, indoor Sega arcade and amusement park. It’s spread out over two entire floors of this mall in Changning, and features a whole bunch of Sega’s most cutting edge arcade technology, which, these days, is state-of-the-art virtual rides, driving... Read more

  • Shanghai International Motocross Circuit

    • Address
      338 Haiwan Lu, near Haima Lu
      海湾路388号, 近海马路
    • Phone

    A 336-acre closed-circuit off-road dirt track. Read more

  • Happy Valley

    • Address
      888 Linhu Lu near Linyin Da Dao,
      林湖路888号, 近林荫大道
    • Phone
      3355 2222

    Surprisingly well run and managed theme park about an hour out of downtown Shanghai. It's huge and features four large roller coasters. On the weekends in the summer, expect long lines for the best rides, but there's plenty to see and do, even if you don't want to... Read more