Stroll down mem­ory lane

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - SUNDAY EXPAT - — MATT HODGES

If you are en­ter­tain­ing guests at this time of year and look­ing to get some ex­er­cise out­doors be­fore par­ty­ing on New Year’s Eve, this free tour of some of Shang­hai’s his­toric sites could be just the tonic. The in­for­ma­tive walk, which is be­ing or­ga­nized by Gen­uine China Tours, only re­quires you to sign up by con­tact­ing the agency by phone or e-mail. 10 am-4 pm, Dec 31. China Gen­uine Tours, 553 Mao­tai Lu (Road), Changn­ing dis­trict. 021-5153-1602. ct@zhen­shil­ Spread some post-Christ­mas cheer to the do­mes­ti­cated an­i­mal king­dom and of course your own home by adopt­ing a cat or kit­ten at this open event, which runs most week­ends. All of the an­i­mals are ster­il­ized, im­mu­nized and treated for par­a­sites, ac­cord­ing to Paw Pals An­i­mal Res­cue. The center has about 70 fe­lines await­ing a new home. 1-5 pm, Satur­days and Sun­days. Paw Pals An­i­mal Res­cue in Shang­hai, Min­hang dis­trict. 021-5480-1699. Cirque le Soir may serve as one of the coolest places to usher in the New Year due to its mix­ture of cir­cus freaks, acro­bats and high-fly­ing pa­trons, not to men­tion its prime Bund lo­ca­tion. The club’s Cos­mic Gold New Year’s Eve Party is run­ning un­der the ban­ner “Ra­di­ance and Luster”, with a dress code to match. Tick­ets cost 400 yuan ($66) on the door or 300 yuan pre­sale. Both in­clude a com­pli­men­tary glass of bub­bly. 9 pm, Dec 31. Cirque le Soir, 22 Zhong­shan Donglu (East Road), near Xin Yon­gan Lu (Road), 400-991-0088 (book­ings).

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