Shanghai Tourism Festival 2012 Opens

On the evening of September 15, a parade was held to mark the beginning of the annual Shanghai Tourism Festival on the 2.2km-long Huaihai Road.

Twenty-three well-illuminated, festive floats and thirty performing teams from both China and other parts of the world served up exotic cultural performances, kick-starting a whole myriad of celebrations to start off the 22-day Festival.

According to Shanghai Tourism Festival Organization Committee Office, this year marks the Shanghai Tourism Festival’s 23rd year, which will feature over 40 activities based on four themes – Urban Classic, Healthy Life, Culinary Shanghai and Sea Sights.

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Activities include, among others, the Jiuzi Competition, Rugby Sevens Championship and Sailing Carnival, as well as the Festive Boats Parade on Huangpu River and Shanghai International Music & Fireworks Festival.

The beautiful season of autumn is also the best time for appreciating sweet osmanthus flowers. Guilin Park, Shanghai Botanical Garden, Shanghai Grand View Garden and Oriental Land will permeate the city with the scents of sweet osmanthus flowers and add extra luster to the festival.

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