Shanghai may be known as China’s second city, but when it comes to fun, fashion, and attitude it’s most definitely in first place. Shanghai’s boom years came at the turn of the 20th century, resulting in incredible art deco architecture that’s still visible all over the city. The legendary Bund waterfront, quaint former French Concession, and futuristic Lujiazui districts all add up to a city of contrasts that’s just bursting with promise.
The Shanghainese are early to rise, so kick off your day at street-food paradise Nanchang Road with a classic jian bing – juicy, crunchy egg pancakes – from any of the multitude of hole-in-the-wall sellers.
With the hole in your stomach filled, beat the rush-hour traffic by taking an early taxi up to Jing’an Temple, the city’s biggest and most central, for some quiet contemplation.
One metro stop down from the temple lies shopping favourite West Nanjing Road. Boasting big brands and a number of large and modern shopping malls, it’s one of the most popular places to buy luxuries.
Wander east to People’s Square, Shanghai’s beating heart. Marvel at the quiet of People’s Park or take a trip through time at the Shanghai Museum, which chronicles the vast history of China and its peoples.
Walk east along Guangdong Road, through some of Shanghai’s most colourful and gritty streets, with shops and hawkers all showing off their wares: an unforgettable journey through real ‘old’ Shanghai.
Where Guangdong Roadmeets the Bund houses the legendary M on the Bund restaurant. Take a late lunch or early afternoon tea, with stunning views both up and down the Bund and across to Lujiazui.
Take the Bund Sightseeing Tunnel for a fun way to cross the Huangpu River to Lujiazui. Head up to the 91st floor of Park Hyatt Shanghai for a refreshing drink while you watch the sun set over the Bund.
Zip back over the river to the former French Concession. Wander the tiny alleys of arty neighbourhood Tianzifang and settle down for dinner in one of the district’s many fantastic cafés.
Time for a little more excitement? Shanghai stalwart club/bar/restaurant The Apartment hosts DJs, live music, and is the perfect chic place to mingle with the city’s young and fabulous.
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Distance: 6,775 km
Flight Time: 8 hours, 5 minutes