Impressive ShanghaiAuthor: Aida M Garcia-Toledo (More Trip Reviews by Aida M Garcia-Toledo)
Date of Trip: October 2007
One of the closest water towns is Zhujiajiao. There is evidence of civilization in this very area dating back 1,700 years. Stroll and allow yourself to get a bit lost through the narrow streets, crisscrossing over the small distinctive stone bridges many of which were built during Ming and Qing Dynasties. Peek into open windows and see the old men playing Chinese domino and the old ladies preparing their food (you can get a map at the entrance so you won't be lost for very long). North Street is the main street. Here you will see amazing colors, exotic ingredients and unidentifiable foods being sold: try them at your own risk!
The Ancestor Pottery Museum and Jade Hall (40 Meizhou Rd) is a nice stop as is the City God Temple where you will see countless worshipers burning large packs of incense and bowing. Make sure to write a wish on a red string attached to a small bell that you then hang on the wishing tree.
WHERE TO STAY
Four Seasons http://www.fourseasons.com/shanghai/ We stayed here and were not let down by the dependable Four Season service and luxury. Located in the heart of the financial district. Rooms from USD $450
Hotel 88 Xiniandi http://www.88xintiandi.com/ Chic boutique hotel in Xiniandi District Rooms from USD $450
Grand Hyatt, Pudon Jin Mao Tower, 88 Century Boulevard http://www.shanghai.grand.hyatt.com/ Said to be the highest hotel in the world Rooms from USD$250
The Nine Although I did not personally go, it is highly recommended: "The Nine is a well kept secret among architects, designers and producers who check into its five rooms for the Concession era vibe in this restored 1937 house where candles and lanterns light the halls and rooms at night" 9 Ln 355, Jianguo Xi Rd, (8621)6471 9950 Rooms from USD $90
WHERE TO EAT
Yong Foo Elite http://www.yongfooelite.com/ The former British consulate has been transformed into the Yongfoo Elite, a private club that with reservations allows non members to dine. The decoration is exquisite.
Crystal Jade Local dim sum lovers fill this restaurant at all hours of the day. Located inside the Shopping Mall in Xintiandi. 123 Xingye Rd., 12A-B, 2nd Fl., No. 6-7 Xintiandi South Block, Luwan 86-21/6385-8752
Jean Georges Shanghai Pricey French classics reinterpreted using local ingredients. http://www.jean-georges.com/ Three on the Bund, 4th Floor, 3 Zhong Shan Dong Yi Rd.
WHERE TO SHOP
Shanghai Trio French designer, local design of bags, jewelry and home decor design 181 Taicang Rd., Xiatiandi N. Block, #1
Simply Life Sleek designs, upstairs pan Asian designs Outside the Xintiandi shopping mall 123 Xingye Rd, Xintiandi S. Block #5 Tlf: (8621) 63875100
Rouge Baiser Elise French designer, Chinese style of home decor 299-2, FU Xing Xi Lu, Shanghai Tlf: (8621) 64318019 In the French Concession
Shirt Flag Hip original tee shirts Ln 210, #7 (8621) 6466 7009
Jooi Accessories and home decor International Artist Factory Taikang Rd, Lane 210 Studio: 201 on the 2nd floor http://www.jooi.com/
Shanghai Harvest Studio Hand embroidered clothes and accessories for the home Taikang Rd, Lane 210 studio 118 (8621) 6473 4566
Lao Shanghai Taikang Rd. No. 5, Lane 210 Original local clothes designs
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