Immediately evoking feelings of extravagance, mystique and fantasy, Shanghai is not a city for the faint of heart. This dynamic mega city is China’s youngest and fastest growing metropolis with over 26 million inhabitants and a dazzling skyline that includes more than 1,000 skyscrapers. Shanghai is an excellent place to witness the rapid pace that modern China moves at, but dig beyond the futuristic surface and you’ll uncover everything from Buddhist temples and classical gardens to colonial-era remnants. As you soak in the vibrant art traditions, fashion trends and iconic culture under the neon lights of Shanghai, don’t be surprised if you find yourself speechless.
Where to Stay
Conveniently located in the heart of Shanghai, The PuLi Hotel & Spa is the new Urban Resort Concept that blends its central location with the quiet and peaceful indulgences of a luxurious resort. The Puli manages to be in the heart of the action while simultaneously providing you with your very own hideaway, something you can appreciate from the moment you step into the minimalist lobby with its clean lines and polished black stone floors. This pared-back contemporary design is fused with seductive oriental accents, spotlighted antiques and authentic touches of history. Dark wood, sumptuous linens and massive soapstone bathtubs are found throughout the 229 rooms and 36 suites. These sleek, sensual havens of respite are a favorite among both the city’s most fashionable and elite international travelers. Around the resort, visitors have access to a number of relaxation and wellness facilities including jet pools, saunas, steam rooms, an indoor swimming pool, tea-themed drinking dens and a host of cutting-edge extras. After an action-packed day of exploring the city, there’s nothing better than coming back to this serene retreat of relaxation that’s discreetly tucked between a fortress of reclaimed grey brick walls. Check out our Luxury Hotel Guide to Shanghai for a complete list of recommendations.
Where to Dine
T’ang Court is the sophisticated restaurant within the famous Langham Hotel. From the gorgeous curved corridor of private rooms leads you to the modern light-filled dining space with just 6 tables, T’ang Court exudes a lavish yet cozy overall atmosphere. This is further bolstered by the charm and professionalism of the hospitable staff who will put you at ease. Led by executive chef Justin Tan, this Michelin-starred establishment has impressed international critics and visitors alike with its elegant menu of regional cuisine. Exclusively using premium ingredients, the kitchen showcases modern and classic Cantonese cuisine at its best through a wide selection of set menus or à la carte menu. It’s especially famous for its delicate dim sum at lunch. Due to its excellent location in the bustling Xintiandi neighborhood and its world-famous reputation, this restaurant attracts a mix of tourists and in-the-know Shanghainese, so it’s worth making a reservation in advance. T’ang Court offers a unique dining experience for even the most culturally savvy diner. Be sure to look through our Restaurant Guide to Shanghai for an expanded list of recommendations.
What to Do
When it comes to the shopping scene, there are few places in the world that can rival Shanghai. Between trendy pop-up shops, local artisans and big name designer boutiques, you’re spoiled for retail options here. Take a trip down Nanjing Road, the world’s longest shopping district at nearly three and a half miles long, for the ultimate shopping indulgence. Attracting more than one million visitors every single day, this centuries-old pedestrian strip is lined by the likes of Tiffany’s Omega, Mont Blanc and more. If you’re looking for a cultural experience, acrobatics performances have been a local favorite as long as Shanghai has existed. Then Shanghai Center Theatre and other famous venues deliver unforgettable shows that depict impressive acrobatic performances using traditional folk art to tell the historical tales of the legendary city. If there’s one can’t-miss sight in all of Shanghai, it’s the Bund. Surrounded by colonial buildings, various architectural styles and skyscraper views, this picturesque waterfront area is a living museum of Shanghai. The 2019 Chinese Grand Prix is set to take place from April 12 to 14 at the no-expense-spared Shanghai International Circuit. The event will see the racing world’s biggest names blazing at breakneck speeds in pursuit of the 2019 Formula One World Championship. This annual pilgrimage is undeniably one of the most celebrated events on the automobile calendar that regularly attracts sophisticated clientele and motor enthusiasts alike.
What to Wear
Shanghai is one of the world’s most fashion-forward places, so coming prepared with your style isn’t a choice as much as it is a necessity. Spring time brings about pleasant temperatures that aren’t too hot or cold, although the weather is somewhat susceptible to light showers. These MONSE Belted Crepe Wide-Leg Pants have a vintage sailor vibe to them that’s accented with a twisted rope belt. Pair it with this Johanna Ortiz Steal My Sunshine Cotton Cropped Top for an airy yet elegant look. Modern yet classic at the same time, these Tory Burch Chelsea Cap-Toe Ballet Flats are also a wonderful silhouette that bring about timeless style and versatile function to the table. The flats are crafted from super comfortable napa leather with a smooth inner lining, while the zig-zag detail on the sole in a subtle touch. Check out our Style Sheet for Shanghai for a complete fashion breakdown ahead of your visit.