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Staying Home

When the children are busy at school you have time to explore the area and to see what is on offer. After school and at weekends there is plenty to occupy the whole family indoors and out of doors.

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Time for yourself

There are many spas and salons in Huacao for you to pamper yourself.

Claires hair studio

located on Baole Lu and a few doors down from Café Du Village is small in size but has everything you need and uses the Wella hair product range.  As well as hair, a full manicure service is offered.

West Salon & Spa

located on the 1st floor of The Fashion Park is a large salon and spa offering western standard hairstyling. 

Q cuts

 located on the ground floor of The Fashion Park and specialises in children’s hairdressing.

Shanghai Racquet Club Spa

salon and spa is located at SRC and offers a fully range of hair and beauty treatments.

is a mobile beautician offering a foot massage and manicure service in your home. She is reasonably priced and speaks superb English.  Her telephone contact is 135-8598-5003.


If you are feeling more energetic there are several exercise classes and gyms.

Shanghai Racquet club

has a fully equipped gym and also offers a programme of exercise classes and tennis lessons for members.

Anytime Gym

is located on Jinfeng and is a 24 hour gym offering up to date equipment, a clean environment, personal trainers, Zumba and yoga classes.

V+ Fitness Studio

is located on the first floor of The Fashion Park.

Just Yoga

located on Xingle Lu, near to the Community Centre Shanghai offers a programme of yoga classes for all levels and offers a free trial class.

Body Synergy Studio

located at the Fashion Park uses the Gravity Training System (GTS).  Here you glide on rowing type machines to improve muscle tone and stamina.

Gill Walmesley Classes

Gill is BISS Puxi parent who overs a variety of exercise classed including Pilates, Body Combat, and Body Pump. Classes are open to anyone and you can just drop in and pay as you go or pay a month in advance to receive a small discount. Classes are held at various compounds in Haucao and each class can be modified for complete beginners. These classes are a great way to meet new people in our community and stay healthy and fit.

You can join by texting Gill to join we chat group and keep up to date on classes and receive class reminders. Contact Gill on +86 1365 198 5142.

New Skills

If you are looking to develop new knowledge and skills there are many courses and programmes on offer in the Huacao area.

Community Centre Shanghai

located on Xingle Lu offers a programme of language, arts, crafts and cookery courses as well as their 321 Orientation workshop.

New Parent programme

at The British International School Shanghai offers events throughout the year to enable you to develop your friendships and to learn more about your community.  They organise trips to places of interest and market tours as well as many other exciting experiences.

Expat groups in Shanghai

As one of the oldest and largest expatriate populations, Shanghai offers many well established groups for you to join. Here are just a few.

Brits Abroad Shanghai

is active organising several monthly events including coffee mornings, tours, book club, arts and craft workshops, and charity events.

American Women’s Club of Shangha (AWCS)

is a non-profit social club whose aim is to provide American women in Shanghai with a foundation that supports them in adjusting to and living in a new environment.

Australian Shanghai Association (ASA)

offers  Australians a social network for meeting and building friendship as well as creating volunteering activities.

The Royal Asiatic Society

hosts cultural and literary events as well as activities such as walks and tours for those interested in the history and culture of Shanghai.

Things to do with the family in our community

In Huacao there are plenty of things to do both indoors and out of doors.


have safe areas for children to play and ride bicycles and scooters. In addition several compounds have club houses with swimming pools and rooms where you are able to organise birthday parties.

The British International School Shanghai

offers a full extra-curricular programme for after school and at weekends there are opportunities for your children to participate in sport and for you to support them. BISS Puxi also offers summer and holiday camps if you plan to stay in Shanghai. 

Hani Kids Sports Club

located in The Fashion Park provides a soft play area for young children and a climbing wall. Also great for hosting childrens birthday parties.

Bicycle rental

stations are located throughout Huacao and the Minhang district.  This is a new service in Huacao and obtaining the card may be a little challenging at first.  Take your ID/passport to the Agricultural Bank located at 5201 on BeiDi Lu. The deposit is RMB 200, the card issuing fee is RMB15 and the annual fee is RMB10.  There is also an initial charge of RMB100, totally RMB325.

Once you have a card you are able to use any of the bikes which are part of the scheme in the Minhang district.

Box Office Cinema

is located at The Fashion Park and features a full international programme.

In Greater Hongqiao there are some good places to let off steam from young children and teenagers.

Sheshan Sculpture Park

is about 30 minutes drive from Huacao.  Metro, Line 9 to Sheshan station and then a taxi .  The cost is RMB120 for adult and RMB50 for children.  It is a great place for a family day out.  It is dog friendly and you can take scooters and bikes.  It is centred around Shanghai’s largest man-made lake and with a manmade beach with hire boats, grassy areas, play areas and all sorts of interesting sculptures; it is a refreshing change from the city.

Jump360 Shanghai

is located at 1408 Jidi Lu, Minhang District on Metro, Line 10.  It costs RMB90 an adults for and there are discounts for groups and birthday parties.  This may be a good place if you have young teenagers who need to let off steam.  It is always a good idea in Shanghai to do your own personal risk assessment as Health and Safety is not comparable to western standards.

Hengyi Indoor Rock Climbing Gym

at Hongkou Football Stadium, 444 Jingwan Rd. Opening hours are from 10:00am-10:00pm.  The cost is RMB60 and RMB70 on weekends and public holidays.  Professional instructors are on hand and safety is good.

Bowling 16

lane bowling alley located at 10 Hengshan Lu, near Gaoan Lu, Xuhui district.  Line 1, Hengshan Lu.  Games range between RMB16 RMB RMB35.  Members enjoy RMB1-5 discounts (cards cost RMB200). Shoe rental is RMB5 (sizes go up to 49).

Further Downtown

Days out in the city offer many interesting and interactive museums and attractions. 

Fuxing Park

located on Gaolan Road in the former French Concession is a great place to watch the Shanghainese at play and in particular kite flying.

Shanghai Aquarium

located at 1388 Lujiazui Ring Rd, Pudong, Shanghai  is a contemporary aquarium with local & exotic marine life & long, glass-enclosed underwater walkways. Open from 9:00am-9:00pm

Science and Technology museum

is located at Century Avenue in Pudong and can be reached easily from Huacao on Line 2 of the Metro. Click here for more details.

Pearl Tower museum 

is located at 1 Shiji Avenue, Pudong and is on Line 2 of the Metro, Lujiazui station, exit 1.


An alternative to travel, but more exciting than staying at home is a stay-cation.  Shanghai is a great city to experience the stay-cation which is growing in popularity.  With an abundance of 5 star hotels offering great weekend deals families can enjoy the city and a stay for example at the Shang-ri-la at The Kerry Center in Pudong.

If you are spending time in the city over a weekend there are different ways to explore and find unexpected gems that you would miss if you were sat in a car.


in the former French Concession is a favourite pastime of many families.  One of the best ways to explore the layers of history of this part of Shanghai are the guided walks described in a series of three guide books written by six expatriates who have lived in Shanghai for over 30 years.  The series entitled Shanghai Walks covers 18 walks enabling you to discover the architecture, the people that have lived in the city over the centuries some great stories, and some great places to stop on the way.  The books can be bought from the Old China Hand Press, 2B, Lane 210, Taikang Road.


is a great way to see the city  and  experience the secret history hidden in Shanghai’s French Concession and traditional Nongtang residences on a fun and informative tour of old Shanghai.  A favourite tour of staff and parents at The British International School Shanghai is the tour run by WuBato.  Bato meets you at Hengshan Road Station 1 with bicycles and helmets at the ready.  The trip is an exciting adventure through the Nongtang traditional residences of the local Shanghainese, a fast-disappearing architecture on the decline due to modern development.  You will witness the history and culture of old Shanghai, and get a glimpse into the lives of the local people.   Stop off for a welcome beer on The Bund looking over the Haungpu River before heading back to the station for midnight.  A great tour to take visitors on. Contact WuBato  cycle tour organiser.

Alternatively,take a  Side-car tour with Shanghai Insiders. Head down narrow streets of the old town, The Bund, Nanjing Lu and Tianzifang  for an exciting experience.