9 Fresh Tips to Kick Start Your New Year

Have you tried any of these yet?

by SHFamily | Wed, January 03, 2018

New year, new tips. Here's all you need to know for January.

Sweet stretchin'

Sugarmat Yoga

Ladies, we've just found your new favorite yoga mat in a store you won't want to walk out of. Sugarmat is bringing new meaning to the term "pretty in pink". The Canadian luxury brand has just opened up a brick-and-mortar at 27 Hengshan Lu, and with a rose-covered doorway, you'll feel like a yogi princess from the second you walk in. With patterns, solid colors with gold lettering, and marbled designs to choose from, you're sure to find the perfect mat to get your sweat on in the new year. For more information, check out their website sugarmat.com.

Set the table

Canton Table

Three on the Bund opens its fifth floor doors to Canton Table, the newest project at one of Shanghai's finest epicurean destinations. With shikumen-inspired design, you can gaze out onto Lujiazui over their Chilled Mantis Prawn with Shao Xing Wine, or other classic Cantonese dishes. Open for lunch and dinner, whether you're enjoying Pu-er tea or a tea-based cocktail, you won't want to skip this new Bund-side hot spot. For reservations and more information, call 6321 3737, or visit them at threeonthebund.com.

Friend in me

Toy Story Land Shanghai Disney

Come April 26th of 2018, Shanghai Disney Resort will have a new sherrif in town – and his name is Woody! Toy Story Land is officially under construction, and we've got a first look at what to expect. Slinky Dog Spin will bring dizzying amounts of fun to the family, get you behind the wheel and vertical with Rex's Racer, and some even more fun surprises can be found at Woody's Round-Up. With lots of life-sized new friends to make at the park, you'll want to head on down this spring to see what Andy's toys have gotten themselves into this time. Here at Shanghai Family, we're more than excited the opening is less than a lightyear away.

Shanghai Disney New Year Lucky Bag

What's more, fan-favorite Lucky Bags will be returning across the resort until March 4th. In China, lucky bags are considered to be a symbol of fortune, bringing luck to ourselves and to others around us and, with Chinese New Year approaching fast, this is the ideal gift for loved ones. They'll be featuring a surprise assortment of the season's most exciting New Year items – valued at ¥800 for just ¥398 – and guests purchasiing will also be in the with chance to win more prizes too! Grab yours now. To learn more about the magic and purchase tickets, visit shanghaidisneyresort.com/en.

Little listeners

Hand in Hand Music Festival

Everybody get your dancing shoes on, big and small! Hand in Hand international family music festival is coming to Shanghai on January 7th for three different music performances, all of which will leave your little people danced out and ready for a nap. Grammy award-winning Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band are flying in all the way from the USA, bringing the best bands for kids to our very own local stage. To hear them and many more, be sure to check out their website at handinhandchina.com.

Ritz relaxation

Ritz Yoga

Nestled on the 55th floor, towering above the Shanghai IFC building, The Ritz-Carlton Spa Shanghai, Pudong has launched a new private yoga suite, offering a peaceful retreat from the hustle and bustle of city life below. Whether you're a beginner or a veteran yogi, the intimate class size allows the trainer to tailor a program that best accommodates the needs of each participant. A 60-minute one-on-one class is available for ¥800 per person, whereas a class for two is priced at ¥1,000 per session, but if you fancy the ultimate indulgence, look no further than the “Unwind and Revive” yoga and massage package. For reservations, call 2020 1818, or email rc.shasz.spa.reservation@ritzcarlton.com.

HIIT fit


Let's get fit! Australian F45 Training franchise combines elements of High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT), Circuit Training, and Functional Training at a new location in Jiashan Market. It's a high intensity circuit workout that's fun, effective, and efficient within a tidy 45 minutes. Oh, and it was opened by Hugh Jackman’s trainer. Find them on WeChat: F45shanghai.

Bottle it up

Italian Deli

Neighborhood favorite Feidan on Anfu Lu is no more. The imported goods store has gotten a facelift, making way for Alimentari, brought to you from the people behind Bar Centrale. This Italian specialty shop and deli sells imported cuts of cured meats like salami and prosciutto, along with cheeses, olives, fruit mustards, pasta, jams, pickles, and wines. Stop in for some free samples of meat and cheese!

Keeping count

Barefoot Portraits

Barefoot, the leading family photo studio for expats, is doing a special promotion for the first two months of 2018. Start the year right with a family photo and table calendar for only ¥1,299, a steal from the regular ¥1,599. In moving forward, we can't forget to appreciate the past, and seeiing the smiling faces of your loved ones with every new month is the perfect way to do just that. To take advantage of this special deal, simple say "City Weekend" when you book your appointment. To learn more, go to their website barefootportraits.org, or call them at 136 3649 9378.

Gentleman's Club

Gentleman's Club

Here’s a gift that will keep on giving after the holiday season is over. The GENTbox is a monthly subscription for men; each containing a mix of six to eight daily essentials covering fashion, lifestyle, grooming, travel, home, and electronics. With three plans to choose from— monthly (¥238 per month), six months (¥218 per month), and 12-months (¥198 per month)— every product is hand-picked, then sent straight to your door in sleek packages. Simply sign up, sit back, and wait for the gifts to roll in by making your way to thegentbox.com.