Celebrating best in shopping and tourism

The Putuo celebrations of the Shanghai Shopping and Tourism Festival have begun, featuring many shopping and cultural events for consumers and tourists from both home and abroad.
Ti Gong

The grand opening of the Putuo celebrations as part of the Shanghai Shopping and Tourism Festival features singing and dancing shows. The celebrations involve 18 special events.

The Putuo celebrations of the Shanghai Shopping and Tourism Festival have begun, featuring many shopping and cultural events for consumers and tourists from both home and abroad.

Themed “Travel freely and shop happily in Putuo,” the celebrations run through November 11 and involves 18 special events highlights Putuo’s attractions, landmark shopping sites and various experiences.

Several events, such as the travel, culture and shopping festival at the Global Harbor Mall, the largest shopping complex downtown, a handicraft festival in M50 art and creative park have been selected as key events for the festival.

Several popular eateries and stores, including the Agathacafe, Cote & Ciel and Ant & Grasshpper have been listed along a recommended shopping route.

The festival’s opening ceremony was at the south plaza of the Global Harbor Mall on September 16.

The mall’s iconic twin towers were illuminated with glistening lights along with slogans welcoming international guests to Putuo.

To prepare for the first China International Import Expo in November, a Putuo volunteer recited a poem in various foreign languages to showcase their linguistic capability to serve global participants in the import expo. Representatives of Putuo’s commercial and travel companies pledged to offer the best services to visitors from both home and abroad.

The shopping and tourism festivals aim to showcase Putuo’s commercial and tourism specialties as well as create a year-long shopping and tourism drive, according to the Putuo District government.

Among the events during the festivals, a Golden Week tourism promotion week is being held at the Bailian Zhonghuan Shopping Mall. Over 20 travel agencies promised to arrange safe and high quality tourism experiences to their customers, and grab the opportunity of the import expo to improve the power of Shanghai’s tourism brand.

The four shopping landmarks in Putuo have been decked out for festive celebrations and cultural events. The Global Harbor Mall, for instance, has launched a series of exhibitions, including “take me,” a cup exhibition involving haipai — Shanghai’s unique East-Meets-West culture, and an exhibition by New York-based Japanese artist Kumi Yamashita.

The Changfeng One-day Urban Resort, the city’s first “urban tourism resort” will offer discounted tickets during the festival to attract children and parents. The resort includes the Changfeng Joy City, featuring the city’s first rooftop sports park, the film museum of Hong Kong kung fu star Jackie Chan, the Changfeng Park and Changfeng Ocean World.

The M50 life aesthetics exhibition is displaying a number of artworks, delicacies, music and merchandize to encourage visitors to appreciate the beauty in life, while an exhibition and experiential class at the Shanghai Textiles Museum showcases China’s delicate brocade and textile products.

Putuo plans to create more shopping landmarks and stores for the launch of new products, according to the organizing committee of the festivals.

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