in the spirit of the season
You know Shanghai is an expat central when there are heaps of Thanksgiving dinner options to choose from. They usually range an upward of $50 though so my friends and I decided to just have a nice meal at Xintiandi instead. It’s a really nice shopping area that’s filled with more foreigners than locals and is super close to Huaihai, another fancy street.
Xintiandi has a special installation going on called Merry Kissmas. From Time Out Shanghai, “the installation is comprised of a giant Christmas tree alongside a Magnolia plant (Shanghai’s floral emblem), with mistletoe hanging from above. The idea is for couples to stand beneath the tree holding the Magnolia plant and to kiss, thereby completing the circuit and sparking the lights.”
It doesn’t have to always be couples though as the above photos are of a family being cute. I also saw plenty of friends do kisses on the cheek. It’s totally in the spirit of the season because it spreads love while also being a perfect photo opt. Win/win.