The Shanghai Grand Theatre is a magnificent addition to the city's arts and culture scene. On the northwest side of the busy People's Square, this architecturally striking and modern theater, hosts major international concerts and performances. It has played host to the Russian Kirov Ballet and the British Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Visitors can buy a ticket to tour the building, however, they would do better to purchase a ticket for a performance and have a look around for free.
The Shanghai Stadium, seating 80,000 spectators, helps to define Shanghai as a first-class sporting city. The multi-functional stadium was built in 1997, but was beautifully renovated for the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics as a football venue. Besides sporting events, the stadium also hosts occasional concerts. A gigantic color display screen, a video monitoring and display system, security, a medical center and a media center are among its world-class facilities. The upscale Regal Shanghai East Asia Hotel and a modern aquatic center is uniquely situated inside.
China Great Theatre, more often called the Great Theatre of China, is abode to a variety of entertainment and cultural events. Witness exotic operas, hiju performances, music concerts and events from time to time. Also known to host famous dance shows and ballets, this theater is the perfect venue to sate your thirst for local culture. Call for more details.
Mercedes-Benz Arena is in the core center of Shanghai World Expo Park. The shape of this center is like a UFO. As the first large cultural venue with variable capacity in China, Mercedes-Benz Arena's main space can be separated with variable number of seats, for example, from 5,000 seats to 18,000 seats. During the time of Shanghai World Expo, there are at least two performances in this center every day. This arena is one of few buildings that will be kept intact forever after the closure of Shanghai World Expo.
Shanghai Oriental Sports Center was formerly named Shanghai Water Competition Center. This center is a comprehensive stadium which focuses on water sports. It can also hold other activities, such as gymnastics, ice ball and skating. The total floor area of this center is about 163,800 square meters. Its main buildings include one main stadium, one indoor swimming pool, one outdoor diving pool. The construction of this center was completed in December 2010. The open time of this center is subject to the arrangement of activities.
The Shanghai Symphony Orchestra Concert Hall is where the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra performs on a regular basis. Musicians from all over playing almost any and every kind of instruments to all genres of classical music. A world famous concert hall it is but the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra is not the only event that takes place there; small chamber music concerts are also very popular there where the maestros of classical music come alive for the audience. Check their website for further details.
Yuyuan Stage oozes a traditional aura right from the architecture to the old tradition of Chinese tea and snacks that are served here as also the cultural performances it holds. It combines traditional Chinese theater with a modern touch replete with folk arts, dances, performances and cultural events as well as more formal, business events. The rooftop garden provides a beautiful view of the surrounding garden that looks fascinating by night. This is a one stop stage for all the cultural events in the city. Call for more details on current and upcoming events.
The Xintiandi UME International Cineplex which is situated in the Xintiandi entertainment complex, is Shanghai's most high tech with state of the art movie equipments, theater. Built by the very renowned Mr. Ng See Yuen, the UME is supposed to be one of China's best movie complexes. This movie theater is popular among locals for showcasing the latest movies. The interiors of this theater have luxurious and inclined seating that assure your comfort and optimal views of the screen from every seat. Catch up on to the favorite Hollywood flick at UME Cinema.
This venue is most regularly used by the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, with the ensemble performing here every Saturday evening. However, other performances besides the orchestra's do take place here as well. Most of the performers are Chinese, but sometimes international guests are featured as well. The acoustics of the hall also deserve special mention, as they really create a great environment in which to hear music.
Shanghai Gong Stage is a dynamic venue that hosts a multitude of cultural events from time to time. One of the city's most famous Opera theaters in the 1930s, this venue has a capacity of around 1027 spectators during major events. Watch theatrical performances, music concerts, live performances, cultural events apart from operatic performances at this venue. Call for more details regarding current and upcoming events.