If you just want time to relax or develop your knowledge and experiences of Chinese language, history and culture, or plan an active and sporty weekend for the family, there are plenty of things to do on your doorstep or downtown. There are also great opportunities to use your time, knowledge and experience by giving back to your community either through school or one of the expat groups established across the city who are involved in many charitable projects. Looking outward from the city there are exciting experiences to share with your family on day trips, weekends and for those bigger adventures in the longer school holidays.
You may just want some ‘me time’ enjoying the company of friends at a local café, a spa or the gym, or take up one of the many classes on offer locally ranging from learning a language, cooking to arts and crafts. Alternatively you can learn a little more of the culture of this great city and the country by visiting the many museums and art galleries in an organised group, on your own or with family. Changing the pace a little, you could get active and explore parts of the city on foot, bike or scooter or take the children to some of the exciting indoor and outdoor sports and play experiences on offer. In Huacao at The British International School Shanghai, Puxi a full programme of sporting activities are run after school, at weekends and during the holidays for your children to enjoy.
Looking outward from your individual needs and that of your family, a fantastic way to enrich your life while living in Shanghai is to become involved in the many volunteer and charitable projects run here at The British International School Shanghai, Puxi as well as groups based in the city, giving support to people less fortunate than ourselves within Shanghai and across China.
Despite living in a mega city you will want to head out of town sometimes to discover a less urban landscape and some of the interesting and tranquil countryside all within a couple of hours or less of the city.
You cannot come to live in Asia and not take advantage of the amazing opportunities to travel and to widen your horizons. Shanghai is a great starting point with its excellent transportation system to explore other parts of China as well as other countries within Asia.