141 Shanghai Christmas Trees – 2010 Edition.

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It’s that time of year again – the time for Shanghai Scrap’s annual (2nd) 141 Shanghai Christmas Trees post (last year’s post, here). There’s not much to explain here: basically, we’re talking 141 photos of Shanghai Christmas trees (in a handful of cases, multiple trees per photo), snapped over the last couple of weeks, and uploaded to Shanghai Scrap. It’s a lot of fun, actually. Time consuming, but fun.

Anyway – how do 2010’s trees compare to 2009’s? In general, I think Shanghai really lifted its game this year. As proof, I give you this year’s ‘Cover Tree,’ discovered in front of a chain dessert restaurant in a Xujiahui shopping mall. Please note: unlike most shopping mall trees, this one wasn’t canned or forced upon an ambivalent staff – rather, according to the staff (they and the store shall remain anonymous), they were struck by inspiration and fashioned it themselves. I absolutely love it. Click image for exquisite detail:

140 more Shanghai Christmas trees after the page jump …

A tree built from contact lens solution boxes:

Borderline not a tree:

Surround your tree with empty soda cans:

A tree behind Shanghai’s old Jesuit HQ:

An eccentric tree, and a very strong runner-up for this year’s cover tree:

This tree was constructed from shredded paper and a plastic bottle top. Click image for detail:

Dairy Queen tree:

An inadvertently avant-garde tree and the first 2010 recipient of the Shanghai Scrap Seal of Approval®:

A tree made of cupcake cups. And the second recipient of a 2010 Shanghai Scrap Seal of Approval®:

A mini-cupcake cup tree:

A decent Häägen Däzs tree. But let us never forget the ugly circumstances of last year’s Häägen Däzs tree:

A pharmacy tree:

Five trees and two winged reindeer in an office building lobby. Not bad:

A convenience store tree with the worst gift of the season – the gift of cheap bottled water – packed beneath it. Click for detail:

This tree belongs to the founding editor of Shanghaiist and his wife:

An eccentric tree in a pretty good Tex-Mex restaurant:

Two trees for sale:

A tree in an Expo 2010 merchandise shop where everything is now on clearance:

A Hello Kitty tree. For proof, click the image:

Girlfriend’s tree:

New money tree:

Hairdresser’s tree:

McDonald’s tree:

The Shanghai Barbie Store‘s tree:

A tree and hedge covered in real snow:

The magnificent viking funeral pyre masquerading as a Christmas tree in front of the high-end Plaza 66 mall:

Pac-Man tree, and the third and final recipient of a Shanghai Scrap Seal of Approval®. Click image for detail:

This year, the honor of tree #141 belongs to my friends at Greennovate, Shanghai and their “green wishes” tree, photographed at their annual holiday party.


  1. amazing. great collection of photos. thanks for posting. does this mean there is something special about the hold trees have on our imagination? or is there something special about shanghai? or something special about christmas? i vote for the latter. but whatever your tradition, may the spirit of the season be with you.

  2. Best: the Christmas tree outside the peking duck restaurant on Huahai Lu flanking the faux Manchu hairdo but all held together by the girl’s blase expression.

  3. Totally awesome post to share with my family back home. They think there’s no Xmas in Shanghai. HA! I love the tree that looks like a fay umbrella best. Hillarious!

  4. I just loved it, especially number 91 and number 111 where you wonder whether the Xmas tree is the tree or the dress, will make it my Xmas Card!

  5. What does it say about me and my shopping habits that I know exactly where your cover tree is? Love the egg tinsel. Incredible collection of trees – real, fake, and bottled. Christmas cards for next year? Please make it so.

  6. Marvellous posting, thank you. Agree with ScottLoar about the Manchu girl/Christmas tree pairing. The framing of some of these photos adds to the fun of the content.

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