The best Qixi dining deals in Shanghai

Treat your date to one of these special meals this Chinese Valentine’s Day

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Often referred to as ‘Chinese Valentine’s Day’, Qixi (七夕) is traditionally a day for lovers in China and falls on the seventh day of the seventh lunar month (this year on Wednesday 7 August).

The festival is based on a legend involving a cowherd and a beautiful cloud-weaving maiden. The story goes that Zhinü, the daughter of a goddess, descended to earth and met Niulang, and the two fell in love and married. When the Goddess of Heaven caught word of their marriage, she scratched a huge river in the sky to separate the lovers, thus forming the Milky Way. But once a year, all the magpies in the world fly up to form a bridge between heaven and earth so that the star-crossed lovers may be together for one day – Qixi.

To help you celebrate, here's a list of Qixi food and drink specials in Shanghai.