New Year’s Traditions in Other Countries

Many countries have their own unique traditions of welcoming a new year. The Chinese hang or paint red characters on their doors that symbolize happiness and good fortune, Danish break piles of dishes to symbolize friendship and brotherhood, Brazilians eat dishes with many legumes which symbolizes wealth and prosperity, Americans celebrate with champagne and football, and Japanese traditionally eat long noodles to symbolize longevity. However, Scottish New Year traditions are still quite famous and widely practiced today, called Hogmanay.

The Scottish New Year’s Eve is called Hogmanay or Night of the Candle. Special foods such as haggis, three-cornered biscuits, cheese, shortbread, oatcakes, currant loaf and scones are exchanged as gifts and enjoyed along with the best cold cure of all, the water of life, Scottish Whisky!
An integral part of the Hogmanay partying is to offer warm hospitality to family, friends and strangers and wish everyone a Guid New Year. The simple and basic underlining purpose is to clean away the vestiges of the past year and welcome the New Year on a happy note.

Days before the New Year, Scots clean and scrub their houses including emptying fireplaces of coal. A purification ritual is typically performed by burning juniper branches, which are then carried through the house to remove any bad omens, germs or lingering diseases.

hogmanay cleaning
Another important aspects of Hogmanay is the foot footer tradition, where the first person to set foot into your home on New Year’s day will decide the family’s luck for the rest of the year. Traditionally, this person should be male, tall and dark-haired because when a blonde stranger arrived on your doorstep during Viking days, trouble would soon follow. The first footer must bring a lump of coal for the empty fireplace, shortbread or a black bun slice and whisky to eat and drink and salt to symbolize fortune.

On New Year’s Eve, it is also custom to have large torch and bonfire ceremonies. Even in modern times, some magical firework displays and torchlight parades are quite similar to ancient Scottish Hogmanay pagan parties. Traditionally, townspeople will dress in cattle hides and run around the village being hit by sticks. Festivities would also include bonfire lightings, rolling blazing tar barrels down hills and tossing torches. By doing this, evil spirits are warded off so a fresh year can begin.

In fact, one of the most spectacular fire ceremonies takes place in Stonehaven, just south of Aberdeen on the North East coast of Scotland. Huge fireballs, weighing up to 20lbs are lit and then swung around on five-feet long metal poles. Around 60 men carry them as they are marched up and down the streets. The fireballs are believed to consume any remaining evil spirits.


No matter where you are from or where you are right now, we at Shanghai Properties hope you enjoy your New Years and New Years Eve 2015 with your own special traditions! 🙂 Cheers to a New Year!

adrienne-black-top-smallAdrienne Farrelly is one of Shanghai’s most experienced expatriate Property Agents helping expats find new homes since 1994. You can reach her at  +86 13122 810 421 or Connect with her on Skype at shanghaiproperties8. Shanghai Properties


Shanghai New Year Events 2015 in your Neighbourhood

Am sure you’ll want to head out to celebrate New Year’s Eve in Shanghai and see in 2015. As we know, taxi’s are rare as hen’s teeth on New Year’s Eve so the team at Shanghai Properties have put together a helpful list of local restaurants, bars and clubs in your neighbourhood so you can easily “walk” to and perhaps “crawl” home in the wee hours of the New Year and not spend your New Year morning furiously trying to flag down fully laden cabs.

Check out below locations for some fabulous local New Year’ s Eve 2015 dinners and parties:

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Paulaner Braeuhaus Xin Tian Di

Jean Georges

Chi Q

Waldorf Astoria Long Bar

Light Salt

Bar Rouge

Le Royal Meridian

Mr & Mrs Bund

Three on the Bund

Boxing Cat Brewery

Peninsula Hotel


Windows Scoreboard

Just on the Bund

Windows Garage


Mexo at the Bund


Grand Brasserie


Whampoa Club



The 15151 West




Windows Too

The Spot


10 Corso Com
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Paulaner Braeuhaus Expo

Park Hyatt Shanghai

Vue Bar

Kerry Hotel

Pudong Shang ri la



Kee Club

Paulaner Braeuhaus


Cs Shanghai

The Apartment

Liquid Laundry

MAO Livehouse

Kee Club Shanghai





Happy New Years from Shanghai Properties! 🙂

adrienne-black-top-small Adrienne Farrelly is one of Shanghai’s most experienced expatriate Property Agents helping expats find new homes since 1994. You can reach her at  +86 13122 810 421 or Connect with her on Skype at shanghaiproperties8. Shanghai Properties

New Year’s Eve 2015 in Shanghai

Well, it’s that time of the year again! Time to create new goals and resolutions, reflect on the past year and the year ahead, and prepare to welcome a new year with new experiences and surprises. What accomplishments from 2014 are you most happy about? What challenges have you overcome and grown from? Here at Shanghai Properties, we have enjoyed a wonderful year, and hope you did as well.

If you’re celebrating New Year’s Eve 2015 in Shanghai, here are a few New Year’s Eve parties and events happening around the city. We hope you enjoy the last few days of 2014 and have a great time celebrating!

1) 3D Laser & Firework Show at the Bund
Certainly a sight you don’t want to miss, every year at the Bund you can watch the amazing New Year’s Eve firework show. Multiple cruise boats set across the Huangpu and set off a beautiful display of fireworks and lights. The show usually begins at 11pm, with the laser show climax beginning 15 minutes prior to midnight. Just a word of caution, it will be crowded and difficult to get taxi afterwards, so come prepared! The Oriental Pearl Tower will also have its own set of fireworks that night.

Have a look to check out past firework shows at the Huangpu:

The Bund between Fuzhou Lu and Hankou Lu or Binjiang Avenue between Lujiazui Xi Lu and Dongyuan Lu 福州路至口路之的外家嘴西路至园路之江大道, free of charge, 11 p.m.-12.05 a.m.

2) Bell-ringing at the Longhua Temple
If you’re interested in welcoming the New Year in a bit of a traditional fashion, you should visit the Longhua Buddhist Temple. Many Shanghainese and locals visit the temple to make a wish and then ring the huge bell. There are bell-ringing ceremonies on both New Year’s Eve and Lunar New Year’s Eve. There will also be traditional Chinese lion dances, fireworks and folk performances.

Longhua Temple, 2853 Longhua Lu, near Longhua Xi Lu 龙华路2853号, 龙华西路, admission: RMB 200, reservation hotline: +86 21 6132 2037. Bell-ringing ceremony runs from 10 p.m. on December 31 till 2 a.m. on January 1, 2012.
3) TECHNOW at Mao Live House
All techno and dance enthusiasts are sure to attend this 3.5-hour blow out on New Year’s Eve at the Mao Live House. The evening with feature three techno lords from the Austrian and German group, Mushido. They are currently touring between Berlin, Tokyo and Shanghai, and will bring in the New Year here in Shanghai. In addition to the music, there will be a crazy neon light show. All guests receive two free drinks and a special gift package.

Mao Live House, 3/F, 308 Chongqing Nan Lu, near Jianguo Zhong Lu 南路308, 近建国中路, +86 21 6445 0086, 10 p.m.-1:30 a.m., RMB 80 (presale), RMB 100 (at the door). Buy ticket via

Other great bars and clubs to check out for some cool New Year’ s Eve 2015 parties are The Shelter, Light & Salt, Bar Rouge, Arkham, Cirque Le Soir, Zapata’s, The Apartment, MAO LH, etc. On New Year’s Eve, many of these places have drink specials, unique dance performances and awesome DJs. In particular, M18, M1NT and Vue have good indoor views of the Huangpu where you can watch the fireworks show.

4) New Year’s Eve Dinner at The Portman Ritz-Carlton
Simply looking to enjoy a nice, delicious New Year’s Eve dinner with close friends and family? There are many great bars and restaurants in Shanghai where you celebrate your New Year’s Eve. There are some great New Year’s Eve 2015 dinner specials at the Portman Ritz-Carlton, as well as The Mercato, Whampoa Club, and more.

The Portman Ritz-Carlton, 1376 West Nanjing Rd, Jing’an, Shanghai 南京西路1376号静安区上海市 86 21 6279 8888

In the end, 2014 has been a great year for us and we have very much enjoyed helping many expats find new homes and offering advice to those wanting to move to Shanghai. We want to thank all of our clients for choosing and supporting Shanghai Properties and hope to assist even more next year. In addition, we have decided to extend our Holiday “Goat” Sale until the Chinese New Year (which is the year of the goat coincidentally!), so make sure to spread the word. Choose to rent through us, and with Oxfam we can both help a family in need this holiday.

Have fun celebrating and Happy New Years from Shanghai Properties! 🙂

adrienne-black-top-smallAdrienne Farrelly is one of Shanghai’s most experienced expatriate Property Agents helping expats find new homes since 1994. You can reach her at  +86 13122 810 421 or Connect with her on Skype at shanghaiproperties8. Shanghai Properties

Christmas Eve 2014 Events in Shanghai

Looking for some Christmas fun to close out 2014? Look no further! Here are multiple Christmas Eve events in Shanghai to attend this holiday season. Happy holidays and enjoy your Christmas in Shanghai!

Ugly Sweater Christmas Party

Craft brewery and restaurant Boxing Cat Brewery hosts yet another ugly sweater party on Christmas Eve at their Sinan Mansion location. Dinner is served buffet-style, with free flow drinks. There will be an ugly sweater contest with a prize as well.

The Cabaret

The Library Distillery in Light and Salt is getting nice and naughty for Christmas Eve with burlesque dance acts by Olga. Starts at 10pm. Table reservations recommended.

Christmas & Bachata Party

Enjoy Latin heat all night on Christmas Eve at this underrated top-floor bar near Yu Garden. There’s a free Bachata class from 9pm, music by the Los Amigos Trio, and a Christmas party. Free entry. Dress code is gold and silver and they are giving away a bottle of champagne to the best dressed!

Christmas Eve Dinner Buffet

The Infinity restaurant in the Radisson Blu Hotel showcases festive favorites like roast turkey, a deluxe seafood bar, sushi and sashimi. 388rmb per person. Add 50rmb for all-you-can-drink soft drinks and beer.

Radison Blue
Christmas Eve at the Waldorf

The Grand Brasserie in the Waldorf hosts an extravagant Christmas buffet dinner with all the traditional trimmings. There is also musical accompaniment from their resident jazz band and entertainment for children with a special visit from Santa Claus. 1188+15% per person and includes red and white wine. 468rmb+15% for children. Lasts from 6-10pm.

2014 Super Pillow Fight Party

Certainly one of the weirdest, coolest events of the year. It is just a massive pillow fight at the Mao Livehouse. Beat on your friends and strangers in the name of Christmas. There’s some bands and DJs playing as well. Price at the door is 200rmb including a pillow, or you can get tickets pre-sale for 168rmb. There’s a session at 7:30pm and 9:30pm on both December 24th and 25th.

Pillow fight

Kerry Parkside presents Santaville, a festive Christmas market featuring vendors hawking gifts and Christmas treats and drinks. In addition, there will be live performances and carolers as well as a merry-go-round and other fun stuff. Free Entry. Open Mon-Thu 11am-10pm, Fri-Sun 10am-10pm, Christmas Eve & Day 10am-10pm.

Christmas Wonderland

The Kerry Center Christmas market, Christmas Wonderland, begins early December and is open every week until the beginning of January. The market will include activities for children such as a Merry Go Round, snow slides, and Santa’s house. Food and drinks are available such as Gluhwein, hot chocolate, and more. Open Mon-Thu 11am-10pm, Fri-Sun 10am-10pm. Free entry.

Jing An Kerry Centre
Naked Stables Holiday Season Package

Naked Stables in Moganshan has holiday packages starting at 1088rmb+15% per person. Cost includes one night at Naked Stables, gluhwein, ginger bread man decorating, a bonfire with marshmallows, winter sampling lunch at Kikaboni, holiday rosemary massage at naked Lead Spa, the Land Rover Experience, horseback riding, morning yoga, a Naked Farm tour, and a breakfast and buffet dinner at the Farmhouse. Special Christmas and New Years Eve packages available. Available daily until December 31st.

Winter Afternoon Tea

The Lobby in the Peninsula Shanghai has a festive holiday afternoon tea available daily until Christmas. It features a teared stand of savories and sweets along with a glass of chilled bubbly. 300rmb+15% per person, 460rmb+15% for two. 840rmb+15% for two including one glass of champagne each.

penninsula hotel lobby
Not to mention, this year at Shanghai Properties we are offering a present to all our special clients. Curious? Check it out!

adrienne-black-top-smallAdrienne Farrelly is one of Shanghai’s most experienced expatriate Property Agents helping expats find new homes since 1994. You can reach her at  +86 13122 810 421 or Connect with her on Skype at shanghaiproperties8. Shanghai Properties

Christmas Churches in Shanghai 2014

Christianity arrived in China after Buddhism, with the first documented case from the 7th century.  Currently, according to the CIA World Factbook, China’s Christian population is around 3-4%. A 2008 article on the Economist estimates that China has about 130 million Christians but the official government figures are much lower at 21 million. The vast differences in these figures could be because 20-50 million officially belong to a church, with the majority members of Protestant churches and the rest attending “house churches” which are private gatherings in homes.

Interestingly the Chinese Catholic Patriotic Association (CCPA) oversees Catholics in China, although it is not recognised by the Vatican as the CCPA does not acknowledge the Pope and appoints its own Bishops.

With over 50 million copies of the Bible printed in China it has earned global status as the largest gospel spreading nation. 

Christmas Service in Shanghai

I guess we all know the reason for Christmas is to celebrate the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ. For those wanting to attend one of the Christmas Services or Masses in English, German or Korean at one of the Churches in Shanghai, you will find some details of local churches below.

1) St. Ignatius Catholic Cathedral
Address: 158 Puxi Lu, near Caoxi Bei Lu, Xuhui District
Tel: 6441 2211

When: December 24th (Christmas Eve Service)
10am: English service
5pm and 7pm: Chinese service

December 25th (Christmas Service)
12pm: English service
8:30pm: Chinese service

2) St. Peter’s Catholic Church
Address: 3/F, 270 Chongqing Nan Lu, near Hefei Lu, Huangpu District

When: December 24th (Christmas Eve Service)
3pm: German Service
8:30pm: English Service
10:30pm: Korean Service

December 25th (Christmas Service)
11am: English Service

3) All Saints’ Methodist Church
Address: 425 Fuxingzhong Lu, close to Danshui Lu, Huangpu District
Tel: 021 6385 0906

When: December 23rd, 24th, and 25th
7pm: Chinese service
No English services

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4) Hengshan Community Church
Address: 53 Hengshan Lu, near Wulumuqi Nan Lu, Xuhui District
Tel: 6474 3365

When: December 25th (Christmas Service)
11am: English service

5) Hong En Protestant Church
Address: 455 Hongfeng Lu, near Mingyue Lu, Pudong District
Tel: 137 6186 7174

When: December 24th (Christmas Eve Service)
9:30-10:30pm: English service

6) Saint Francis Xavier Church
Address: 175 Dongjiadu Lu, near Wanyu Jie, Huangpu District
Tel: 6378 058

When: December 24th(Christmas Eve Service)
6pm: English service

December 25th (Christmas Service)
11am: English Service

7) Sacred Heart of Jesus Church
Address: 151 Hongfeng Lu, near Biyun Lu, Pudong District
Tel: 138 1750 3946

When: December 24th (Christmas Eve Service)
9pm: English Service

December 25th (Christmas Service)
10am: English Service

There is certainly a lot to know and learn about the fascinating history of Christianity in China. Perhaps by attending one of these services is one of the best ways to learn! If you are curious, here is a list of Christian terms in Chinese that you might find useful.

Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas from Shanghai Properties! We hope you enjoy your Christmas in Shanghai!

adrienne-black-top-smallAdrienne Farrelly is one of Shanghai’s most experienced expatriate Property Agents helping expats find new homes since 1994. You can reach her at  +86 13122 810 421 or Connect with her on Skype at shanghaiproperties8. Shanghai Properties



Where to Find your Christmas Turkey and Holiday Ham in Shanghai

Looking forward to the perfect Christmas dinner this year? As we all know, the winter holidays represent the time to gather with friends and family and enjoy delicious food together. However, a holiday meal is not complete without a roast turkey or honey baked ham! Luckily there are many places in Shanghai to eat out or order in your complete holiday dinner. Here are a few convenient locations located throughout the city.


Where to Buy

There are many international stores and shops in Shanghai to pick up your very own Christmas turkey or Christmas ham. While you’re there, you can buy all the holiday trimmings you’ll need or even find information about how to bake a turkey or how to prepare some leftover ham recipes!

1) City Shop
This high-end international supermarket chain has many Christmas goodies to choose from and enjoy. Some examples are their Norbest turkeys for 78 RMB/kilo and American-style roasted turkeys. While you’re there you can also pick up some California wine country stuffing and giblet gravy for 880 RMB.
Address: Multiple Locations such as B1/F, Times Square, 99 Huaihai Zhong Lu, near Pu’an Lu
Tel: +86 21 6215 0418

2) Yasmine’s
Many foreigners are familiar with this delicious butchery for their high quality and various kinds of deli meats. This year you can also get your own six-kilo turkey from Yasmine’s for 450 RMB or choose the perfect holiday ham from their multiple varieties, which range between 150-250 RMB per kilo.
Address: (Pudong Branch) 178 Biyun Lu, near Heisong Lu
(Puxi Branch) 93 Xiangyang Bei Lu, near Changle Lu
Tel: (Pudong Branch) +86 139 1850 5140
(Puxi Branch) +86 21 6418 6899

3) Avocado Lady
If you’re on a tight budget this holiday but still dying to get your hands on a delicious turkey, you should visit the Avocado Lady where you can get a six-kilo turkey for just 25 RMB/kilo. She also has many vegetables perfect for roasting or dish trimmings all for reasonable prices.
Address: 274 Wulumuqi Zhong Lu, near Wuyuan Lu
Tel: +86 21 6437 7262

christmas food
Where to Dine

If you’re just looking to enjoy a nice Christmas dinner with close friends or family, these are some recommended restaurants to check out! It’s a guaranteed good time with free-flow drinks and a variety of traditional dishes and holiday treats.

1) Shanghai Slim’s (December 24- 25 from 6pm) 
Check out this restaurant to enjoy a family style feast featuring a variety of holiday classics such as roast turkey, beef, and ham. There will also be free-flow drinks such as California wines, beer, and eggnog as well. 488RMB/person all-inclusive.
Address: Sinan Mansions, Block 26D, 523 Fuxing Lu, near Sinan Lu
Tel: +86 21 6426 0171

2) Southern Belle (December 24 from 6-10pm)
If you’re looking for a home-style Christmas dinner this year, Southern Belle has just the thing! Their holiday feast features ham, turkey and other holiday favorites. You can enjoy it for just 298 RMB/person and 128 RMB/child. Children younger than four can eat for free.
Address: 433 Changle Lu, near Xiangyang Lu
Tel: 5403 3218

3) Sheraton Shanghai Hongkou (Every Sunday in December)
For the perfect weekend holiday treat, visit the Sheraton in Hongkou to enjoy a Christmas brunch featuring many traditional favorites such as oven-roasted turkey, roasted lamb rack and glazed Christmas ham with a variety of sauces and gravies. 308 RMB/person plus 15% most Sundays. The price increases to 388 RMB/person plus 15% on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Years Day.
Address: 59 Siping Lu, near Hailun Lu
Tel: +86 21 2601 0088


For Deliveries

If you’re feeling a little bit tired this holiday and just want to sit back, relax, and enjoy some delicious dishes that are pre-made for you, try these home delivered Christmas turkeys and hams. You can select your desired side dishes and even choose if you want roast turkey or honey baked ham or both!

1) Party On
Get your turkey or ham to go from Party On to host your own small Christmas party this year. You can choose from whole herb-roasted turkeys with cranberry sauce and homemade gravy, maple glazed ham, chestnut stuffing, garlic mashed potatoes, green beans, sweet potatoes, and even pumpkin pie!

2) Bloc
For the perfect Christmas delivery package, try Bloc’s homemade breads, roasted turkey, honey glazed ham, braised beef stew, apple and chestnut stuffing, buttered carrots, rocket salad, sweet potato gratin, garlic mashed potatoes and pumpkin pie. Their package is enough to feed 8-10 people for 1980 RMB but they have smaller packages as well. You must reserve in advance.
Address: 2/F, 139-19 Changlu Lu, near Ruijin Lu
Tel: 6404 6685

3) White Lotus
Another delicious option is White Lotus and their Christmas meal with roast turkey with apple and sausage stuffing, gravy, cranberry sauce, honey glazed ham, garlic mashed potatoes, roasted sweet potatoes, balsamic vinegar glazed carrots, buttered green beans, leek fondue and sticky date pudding. Their package is enough to feed 8 people and it is priced at 1448 RMB.
Address: 1/F, 1930 Creative Garden. No. 244 Liaoning Road, Hongkou
Tel: +86 21 5696 9961

Eat up and enjoy your Merry Christmas in Shanghai!

adrienne-black-top-smallAdrienne Farrelly is one of Shanghai’s most experienced expatriate Property Agents helping expats find new homes since 1994. You can reach her at  +86 13122 810 421 or Connect with her on Skype at shanghaiproperties8. Shanghai Properties


Shanghai Properties’ Christmas “Goat Sale”

Christmas is about giving and a perfect time to brighten the lives of those less fortunate than us. To help you with this aim, Shanghai Properties has found a gift-giving program we can all join in together. If you use our agency to find your new home this holiday, we will gladly buy a goat or another gift of your choice from Oxfam Unwrapped to give to a family in need. In this way, you can actively participate in aiding children and families living in poverty worldwide. Oxfam Unwrapped charity gifts transform the lives of people living in poverty by providing education, clean water and other living essentials. To take advantage of this special Christmas and New Year opportunity mail your housing needs and contact details direct to Adrienne Farrelly at and she’ll be in touch.

How does Oxfam Unwrapped work?
When you buy an Oxfam Unwrapped gift, your donation helps support Oxfam Australia’s life-changing work around the world. And you receive a clever card explaining how your gift is helping others. So when you buy a goat card for example, you’ll not only be funding goat projects but education, health, advocacy and emergency projects as well. All our gifts are real items that we use to fight poverty. And don’t worry, Oxfam never actually ships goats overseas, they source them locally.


More about Oxfam
Oxfam’s goals are to bring about a positive change in the lives of people living in poverty. It is a world-wide development organization based in Melbourne, Australia that mobilizes the power of people to fight against poverty. We provide people with the skills and resources to help them create their own solutions to poverty.

Together we can make an impact this holiday season. Enjoy your Christmas in Shanghai and Happy holidays and Merry Christmas from Shanghai Properties!


Adrienne Farrelly is one of Shanghai’s most experienced expatriate Property Agents helping expats find new homes since 1994. You can reach her at  +86 13122 810 421 or Connect with her on Skype at shanghaiproperties8. Shanghai Properties