on 8 Oct 2019
There is no better destination than Shanghai to witness the AFL event that everyone will be talking about in 2020. On Sunday 31 May 2020 St Kilda Football Club take on Port Adelaide Football Club at Adelaide Arena aka Jiangwan Stadium in the southern city of Shanghai, China. There’s no city finer to witness a duel of the AFL kind.
Once a playground for adventurers, socialites and opium traders, Shanghai is today a modern metropolis more like Hong Kong than Beijing. No stuffy Imperial palaces. Instead, like a set piece from the film Blade runner, with eye-popping architecture and super freeways, modern Shanghai fuses with the Shanghai of old. Nestled between glass and steel structures of the colossal kind is an architectural heritage like no other Chinese city - temples, Jesuit cathedrals, Jewish synagogues, art deco extravaganzas, classical Chinese gardens, French and British bungalows and the enduring British architectural sweep of the famous riverside Bund.
Getting around in Shanghai is a cinch. Pancake flat, it’s a great pedestrian city, or let the train take the strain. The Metro is cheap and very efficient. And cabs are plentiful and inexpensive. Once you’ve shopped and dined your way around the former French Concession, zipped up to the tops of Pudong’s shiny architectural feats, people-watched along the Bund, soaked up the scenery of the Old Town and temples of Jing an, eaten xiaolongbao (soup dumplings) without ruining your shirt and strolled along Nanjing Road, you’ll have covered a little of Shanghai.
The Bund – a promenade lined with heritage architectural landmarks on one side and some of Shanghai’s best panoramas across the Huangpu River to skyscraper-studded Pudong on the other.
Yuyuan Gardens – known as the ‘garden of happiness’, the gardens were built in 1559. Abutting the gardens is Huxinting Teahouse and the Yu Garden Bazaar – a popular thoroughfare studded with merchants and food vendors.
Jade Buddha Temple – the unerring attraction of this temple complex is the Jade Buddha Hall, where the absolute centrepiece is the 1.9m-high pale-green jade Buddha, carved from one piece.
JinMao Tower – at 420.5m tall, Jinmao is one of the tallest buildings in the world. Take the express 45 second elevator to The Skywalk, an indoor observation deck on the 88th floor.
Shanghai Museum - Set aside hours to peruse the standout collection of art and antiquities including Chinese landscape paintings, Buddhist statues and Qing dynasty ceramic pieces.
Natural History Museum - a must-visit not only for the impressive exhibits and life-size mechanical dinosaurs, but also for its striking architecture. The museum gardens are home to the Jing'an Sculpture Park, complete with a giant thatched fox and lazing cows on the lawn.
M50 – spend at least half a day exploring the cool studios and galleries set up in disused factories and cotton mills in the edgy subcultural M50 district.
Huangpu River – hop on a dinner cruise and enjoy the city’s illuminations from a river vantage point.
Food, glorious food:
Shanghai’s dining scene is varied, exciting and contemporary - a happy hunting ground for foodies, whether your preference is for street food or haute cuisine.
Mr and Mrs Bund (18 Yanjiang East 1st Rd)– Dine on modern French fare in a relaxed Bund atmosphere.
Nanxiang Steamed Bun Restaurant (Huangpu) – Shanghai’s most famous dumpling restaurant at Yuyuan Bazaar draws long queues for its famous xiaolongbao.
Yang’s Fry Dumplings (97, Huanghe Road) – these moreish sesame seed and spring onion-coated shengjian (fried dumplings) hit the spot any time of the day.
Spending some coin:
Tianshan Tea City (518 Zhongshan W Rd) - Taste-test and stock up on oolong, jasmine, you name it, over three floors in West Shanghai.
Old Street – adjacent to Yuyuan Gardens and Bazaar is a street called Middle Fangbang Road known more prosaically as Old Street, a busy street lined with all manner of curio shops and tea houses. Perfect for souvenir hunting.
Fake Markets (Xiangyang) near Shanghai Science and Tech Museum – for all your genuine fake goods – Prada, Converse, Moncler, Gant, Miu Miu, Rimowa and more.
Best time to go:
The football plays out during Shanghai’s Spring. At this time of the year, the city is in full bloom.
With 4 night packages starting from a low $659 per person twin share inclusive of airport transfers, 4 nights quality hotel accommodation and daily breakfast, half day Shanghai sights tour, stadium transfers, guaranteed match ticket and more, Phil Hoffmann Travel have the best value range of Shanghai packages.
Be amongst the first to secure your place before 30 November 2019, and you’ll enjoy an exclusive array of bonuses:
- Go into the draw to win the match-day ball signed by Best on Ground medallist
- Go into the draw to win a hospitality package ticket to the match (valued at over $200)
- Go into the draw to win one of 5 x autographed guernseys
- Go into the draw to win the opportunity to sit on ground for the player warm-up session on Match Day.
- Guaranteed Open Training session for all our clients
- Opportunity to attend a session with an assistant coach after the Open Training session
- Priority line for the Player Signing event after the match for our clients
- Your AFL match ticket – delivered to you at the airport, rail station or your hotel
- Exclusive Shanghai 2020 app
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