Nightlife party celebrating Dragon Boat Festival at Sinan Mansions
The annual nightlife party at the historical Sinan Mansions was launched on Wednesday, which marked the Summer Solstice, featuring bazaars, outdoor music and exhibitions.
Artists, designers, painters, florists, chefs and coffee-making masters will interact with visitors during the three-day "Sinan Yé," or Sinan Night event for the Dragon Boat Festival, which falls today.
Jazz, folk, pop, rock, Peking Opera and classical music are performed at the plaza of the mansions between 3pm and 9pm for the annual summer music festival. More than 30 performances will be presented on two outdoor stages through Friday.
Those who prefer a quieter nightlife can head to the Sinan Bookstore, settle in a seat and read in solitude till 9pm. Readers will receive a sachet as a Dragon Boat Festival gift.
Customers are also encouraged to learn heritage skills from master artisans, practice yoga and taste wines and snacks from across the world amidst the historical villas.
A modern sculpture art exhibition reflecting on the meaning of life has also opened at the Sinan Time Zone.
The mansions, the only wholly preserved historic garden villa complex downtown, include more than 50 historic villas in various styles. Many were former residences of celebrities such as poet Liu Yazi (1887-1958) and Peking Opera master Mei Lanfang (1894-1961). Some of the mansions have been converted into hotels, cafés, restaurants and shops.
If you go:
Date: Through June 23, 3-9pm
Venue: Sinan Mansions
Address: 532 Fuxing Road M.