Blame it on the rain...
1. Check Out Some Shanghai-Produced Culture: Labels, Mixes, Zines
Lots of talented Shanghai DJs and producers regularly update their Soundcloud pages with their music because they are also depressed, depressed, depressed people who tend to stay indoors and pet their cats. You know who you like, so just go search them out on SoundCloud and give them some love. On the other hand, local labels are great inroads to local music as well. Here's svbkvlt's bandcamp -- always fresh, provocative content on there. For more rocking tunes, the We Are Shanghai compilations have featured just about every band in this city for the past decade or so. For a larger China perspective, vinyl label Genjing Records in Beijing is a great resource for underground music in China's capital and beyond.
Tape labels: SmartShanghai freelance contributor Josh Feola put together this great resource of China-based tape labels for Electronic Beats. There's actually 10 of them. Or at least there was as of February 2016.
Last but not least, our music man, Sacco has a zine shop in his record dungeon on Pingwu Lu.
2. Get Out Of The City
Go hiking, see some nature, or finally take that vacation you've been dreaming about. You can go with a travel company or just do it on your own, following our Outbound guides for great trips outside and around Shanghai.
Drinking holes with fireplaces and warm-vibes. Super warm. Super chill.
4. Wander Around a Five Star Hotel
Here's a list of them right here. We've also got a list of 19 luxury hotels where you can just use the spas and pools for the day.
There's also the Eight Colors Love Motel...
5. The Jackie Chan Museum
Yeah, dude has a museum. Take a tour through the fractured psyche of a Kung Fu movie star. In his hall of autographs from famous Hollywood stars, he's got one from director Brett Ratner (Rush Hour, X-Men 3: Last Stand) that just says, "Fuck you, Jackie Chan."
6. Hit Up A Bathhouse
Warm pools full of character and characters. Here's a mini-guide. To take your mind off the weather by spending hours and hours thinking about other people's pubes.
Just a few ideas, the man Lawrence at Citron Massage, next to Al's Diner, has magic hands. Also, big fans of the people at the Easy Blind Person Massage Parlor on Fahuazhen Lu.
Don't forget, there's people that will come to your office and massage you as well.
8. Indoor Sports
DJ, run that indoor sports list back one more time -- it's not dead yet.
And... Go-Karting sounds pretty safe.
Also, Cages has an all-you-can-bat deal on Mondays from 3pm-7pm. Learn more about that in our Deals Tested article, where we went to check it out.
9. Get Some Books, Get Some Knowledge
Why yes, we've got a list of fine bookstores and a list of places to find imported magazines.
[PAUSE. This is a list within a list. We're through the looking glass here, people.]
10. Art Exhibitions
Lots on right now in our Shanghai Art Calender.
It's just bread and cheese, man. Pretty hard to fuck that up. Here's six places serving it.
12. Catch Up On Some Anime
You already know what time it is. Some recs: AD Police, Hanappe Bazooka.
13. Update Your Profile Pic at the 3D Images House
Yes, this offbeat spot is still alive and well, just across from People's Square. You pay like 100rmb and wander around this space with 40-or-so interactive backdrops. They've also got an Oculus Rift VR helmet set up with a roller coaster simulation. What a zany profile picture! Is what people will say when they see yours.
Check out our article for more info, though the backdrops have changed.
14. Finally Set Up Alipay
Yeah man, Alipay has English set-up now. The process only takes like 15 minutes these days.
15. Conversations On The Phone
Gloom begets gloom. Call up a friend you haven't spoken to in a while, or give Lifeline Shanghai a ring -- they'll hear you out if you're feeling down or if there's something troubling you.
16. Go To The Movies
Captain America: Civil War just came out and there's several more English-language films coming up. Check out our big list of cinemas to find a place to watch them.
Shanghai has a bunch and they're almost all sketch balls good times. Here's a guide.
18. Just Go Out Anyway. Be You, Man. Be You.
So much on our event listings this weekend. Have a look.