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8 family-friendly things to do in Shanghai for 25RMB or less

Despite what you may have heard about Shanghai – a city famed for being expensive – there's still plenty of fun to be had on a tight budget. Whether you're chasing a cheap workout, a free culture trip or date ideas on a budget (paired with a bargain dinner), here are eight great things to do that won't cost you more than 25RMB (or, even better, are free).

Work out at...


Lululemon community classes

The cult Canadian yogawear brand organises a load of regular free workouts around city, from Zumba and yoga to outdoor cycling and running.

Follow 'lululemonathletica' on WeChat for the class schedule and booking information.



FitFam

Feel the burn without burning through a month’s salary with this community fitness club. FitFam holds free HIIT, yoga and running sessions all over the city.

Follow 'FitFamShanghai' on WeChat for the class schedule and to book a class.


Nike Run Club

With groups for different distances and speeds, this popular (and free) running club has a route for all levels of fitness. Runners set off from the flagship Nike store most nights of the week.

Nike Flagship Store 717 Huaihai Zhong Lu, near Sinan Lu (6075 2478). Sign-up for the session through the NRC app (Nike+ Run Club).


Century Park’s 5km running track


Cough up 10RMB park entry and run to your heart's content around Century Park's scenic 5km running track.

1001 Jinxiu Lu, near Fangdian Lu, Pudong.


Yuanshen Indoor Stadium

Offering use of its basketball courts for 10RMB per hour and free reign of the skate park every day before 5pm, Yuanshen Indoor Stadium gives you the flexibility to elevate your heart rate while showing off your mad skills.

655 Yuanshen Lu, near Zhangyang Lu, Pudong (5860 2330).

Catch free movies at...

The Pearl

Every Tuesday night at 8pm, The Pearl Theatre screens a cinematic gem on the big screen. The screening is paired with an all-night burger deal offering a bacon cheeseburger, fries and a beer for 88RMB. Plus, cash in on the pre-screening happy hour deal from 6-8pm. The cinema is also screening family classics on Sundays for free.

471 Zhapu Lu, near Haining Lu (137 6488 0062).

Get cultured at...

Qibao Water Town

Some of Shanghai’s water towns are a mission to reach, but one of the easiest – and cheapest – to get to is Qibao (which conveniently sits on Line 9). It's not the most impressive of all the water towns, but for the price of a metro ride you can see a slice of historic Shanghai.

Qibao Old Street, Qingnian Lu, near Bei Hengli Lu.

The Confucius Temple and secondhand book market

The city’s Confucius Temple in Old Town is also the home of its longest-running secondhand book market, set up weekly in the early hours of Sunday morning. Pop by and pay just 10RMB entrance fee for the temple – or stick to the outside vendors for free. The rest is up to your bartering skills.

215 Wenmiao Lu, near Zhonghua Lu.

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