June is the optimal time of year to indulge in outdoor pursuits. Come July and August the unbearable heat that plagues this fair city makes most activities-other than sipping a cool glass of beer beside the air conditioner-too much effort. However, as any seafarer will tell you, water, too, has a cooling effect. For evidence, one need only visit the Shanghai Boat and Yacht Club which is holding its open day on June 3 at Dianshan Lake in Qingpu district...
Despite yachting's affluent image, this club operates a very open and
inclusive policy, one that encourages anyone who wishes to get out on the water
to do just that. Indeed, the lake area is described by the local government as
"the largest tourist area in Shanghai". So what are you waiting for?
The event takes place at the Shanghai Water Sports Centre situated, as one might expect, lakeside. You can get there by taking the Number 4 Tourist Bus to Grand View Gardens from Shanghai Stadium at Xujiahui. Buses depart every half hour. After a journey of 90 minutes or so, you'll arrive at the Shanghai Teenagers Extracurricular Activity Centre, and the Water Sports Centre is just a 15-minute walk from there. Consult the club's website www.shanghaibyc.org for more info.
Elsewhere this month, Chinese Super League football action continues at Yuanshen Stadium in Pudong when local favorites Shanghai Shenhua take on Tianjin Teda on Thursday, June 17. Shenhua won the Chinese Championship in 1995 and 2003, but of late they¡¯ve been dominating the local sports press news for all the wrong reasons following their controversial merger with rivals Shanghai United at the start of the season. Despite its troubles, the team's loyal band of dedicated fans continue to turn out. True, Shenhua recently crashed out of the Asian Champions League after a miserable campaign, but the team has kept steady form in the domestic league and will be in with a shout of winning their third title when the season ends in November.
Lastly, for those seeking something different, Ultimate Frisbee might tickle your fancy. The Emperor's New Groove, aka the 9th Annual Shanghai Ultimate Tournament, will take place on June 15 at the Shanghai Rugby Football Club on Lan'an Lu, near Bi Yun Lu in Pudong. The best way to get there is to take the Line 2 Metro to the Science and Technology museum, then hail a cab for a RMB 15 journey to your final destination.