One of the world’s top travel destinations, Shanghai offers a thrilling blend of future-focused architecture, glamorous Art Deco heritage and cosmopolitan, East-meets-West culture. With mild weather and a multitude of festivals and cultural events, autumn is a great time to visit Shanghai, especially with these exciting events on show.

Watch the skies light up

China’s National Day falls on 1 October and Shanghai celebrates with a bang. The Shanghai International Music Fireworks Festival is held over three evenings: 30 September, 3 and 6 October. Spectacular pyrotechnic displays by competing teams from China, UK, Austria, Canada, Germany and Spain will light up the evening sky above Shanghai’s Century Park.

Style & Profile at Shanghai Fashion Week

Shanghai dresses to impress each October when Shanghai Fashion Week sashays into town. From 13-30 October, China’s most fashionable city will again attract the attention of the world’s en vogue brands, designers, buyers, models and fashion lovers. Look out for their catwalk-chic outfits around the Xintiandi venue and in the city’s sleekest nightspots.

Jazz it up

Asia’s largest jazz event, JZ Festival, will celebrate its 11th anniversary at Shanghai Expo Park from 16-18 October. Feel the beat with a stellar line-up of jazz, soul and blues performers, including Joss Stone, Victor Wooten, Lord Echo, Shunza, The Red Groove Project, and The Earth Wind and Fire Experience featuring the Al Mckay All Stars.

Catch a game of Tennis

The 7th Shanghai Rolex Masters returns to the Qizhong Forest Tennis Center from 10-18 October. The only ATP Masters 1000 tennis tournament staged outside of North America and Europe brings together the world’s top men’s players. Will Roger Federer retain his 2014 Shanghai crown, or can three-time Shanghai champion and world No. 1 Novak Djokovic resume his winning streak?

Savour a Hairy Crab

As Shanghai’s favourite culinary delicacy returns to restaurant menus, Mandarin Oriental Pudong and Chinese celebrity chef, Tony Lu will prepare a sumptuous Hairy Crab Feast menu at Yong Yi Ting from 20 October to 30 November. The mouth-watering array of appetisers, soups, mains and dim sum dishes are enhanced by the rich flavours of the finest hairy crabs from Yangcheng Lake, located close to Shanghai. These famous crustaceans, beloved for their succulent meat and creamy roe, are enjoyed for a short season during the autumn.

Art Attack

Art connoisseurs descend on Shanghai for the renowned Shanghai Art Fair. One of Asia’s most celebrated art exchanges, the 19th Shanghai Art Fair will be unveiled at Shanghai MART between 12 and 15 November. On display will be the latest cutting-edge Chinese contemporary art, with a vast collection of works showcased by the region’s leading galleries, top artists and emerging creative talents.