Hey let's face it, if you haven't booked a plane ticket yet, that probably ain't happening. That doesn't mean you can't travel though. Luckily we have a bunch of travel guides for trips just an hour or two from downtown.
Some of these are even accessible by metro...
Chongming Island: - Really chill island with wetland parks, bike riding, and solid home-cooked food.
Here’s another hotel deal for those staying in Shanghai during the festive hiatus. Jia Shanghai has a pretty cheap winter promotional rate that lasts for the next two months.
This boutique hotel has spacious residential-style rooms right on Nanjing Xi Lu. From now until February 28, it's 888rmb for all Studio Plus rooms. This deal includes a range of perks designed to make guests feel at home in the winter weather, such as breakfast at their Italian restaurant Issimo for two, fruit and candy in the room, wifi throughout the hotel, in-room tea and coffee making facilities, and access to the Financial Times website. If you prefer to cook for yourself, that’s also possible as all the rooms are equipped with kitchenettes.
As the discounted rate is on for two months, this one might also be good for those of you that have a bit of a festive hang-over after returning from holidays. For reservations, call 6217 9000, or send an email to email@example.com. More info on Jia Shanghai here.
It's about time to start thinking about the May holiday (Apl 30 - May 3) and booking flights, hotels, blah, blah, blah -- what a hassle.
If you're still thinking about what to do, have a look at this link right here. SmartShanghai is listing the travel packages we come across and maybe there might be something there that interests you.
In other May holiday news, the big music festivals released their band line ups over the weekend, and if you were looking to travel to a festival this year, you should start thinking about which one of them is up your alley. There's the Zebra Festival in Chengdu (main page here), there's the Midi Festival in Beijing (all the info you need is at Rock in China), and there's the Modern Sky Strawberry Festival, also in Beijing (English translations of their line ups here and here).
Also, check back on SmartShanghai tomorrow. We're sitting down with the Koryo Group, and they're telling us how to get into shinny, happy North Korea for a holiday, and how to get back out again.
M2 Adventure - the self proclaimed "most active & biggest international outdoor adventurous community" is organizing a day-trip to the Nanxi River in Zhejiang. Here's what's on offer: "We will be river hiking (walk on rocks and in the water), swimming in natural pools, cliff jumping and at night party crazy with bonfire and drinking game". You need to bring a backpack and a swimming suit. And "good vibes". 650rmb, see their site for registration details: http://www.meetup.com/adventure-Shanghai.