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Bows, Blows and Myriad Espressos: Archery++ on Xikang Lu
By May 13, 2019 Sports & Recreation

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Great news if you’ve been wondering how to get your fighting fix after Game of Thrones finally roars itself out: there’s a new archery (and boxing) center in the heart of Jing’an: SHC Archery and More. This is space-age shooting, though, like the training center in The Hunger Games: fibreglass bows, LED-lit lanes and Nordic furniture. It’s a decent upper body workout. And fun.

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Staff give you an introduction and some tips before letting you loose on your own target, which is helpful if you didn’t grow up in the forest. You can choose from the 7m or 10m lanes (or pay extra to access the “professional” area — longer range). There are different packages and price points: from 158rmb for half an hour on weekends, for example. Some cheaper weekday offers are available too, including a couples’ deal for 148rmb.

The boxing centre upstairs also gives you a range of participation options, from 98rmb one-off group classes to a 38,888rmb annual pass. You can rent any equipment you need from 20rmb upwards.

All of this is quite pricey compared to, say, the East Shanghai Shooting and Archery Club or Golden Gloves. Nestled right under Shanghai Centre, the SHC complex seems to be targeting the serviced apartment crowd.

The experience feels fairly premium, but it isn’t drawing big crowds yet: on a Sunday, we had the whole place to ourselves for a lot of the time. Maybe all the regulars were at the Archery World Cup this weekend, but SHC is likely to stay quiet unless they start offering some better deals.

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The attached cafe attracts more customers than the archery range. The value here is better: expect to pay around 18rmb for a coffee. It’s all pretty fresh, and the big gold counters are great people-watching spots. There’s also a more serious coffee bar with a big silver machine at the far end of the space, too, which seems tautological. Options, though.

SHC looks professional yet still feels relaxed enough for beginners (if a little sterile). It’s a fair option for a one-off visit with your date / friends / teenage children, but there are less expensive local venues if price is a concern. Happy shooting, Shanghai, and may the odds be ever in your favor.

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SHC, 101 Xikang Lu, near Nanyang Lu.

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