Business

China,
Shanghai

Introduction

Shanghai’s reputation as a centre of luxury retail is burgeoning but the charm of the city remains its street life and traditional shikumen houses connected by alleyways draped in drying laundry. Be sure to take part in the eating and drinking the city has become famous for – not least by waking up early at least one morning for a "bao" (steamed bun) from a street vendor. You could even follow it up with a session of tai chi in the nearest park with the locals.

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Essentials

  1. Learn two phrases: the greeting “Ni hao” will earn you winning smiles from locals and “Bu yao” (said repeatedly) will keep the hawkers at bay.
  2. Pedestrian crossings mean nothing – wait for the green man. (And even then...)
  3. Bargaining is part of the fun at markets. Start at one-third of the asking price and walk away with faux indignation at least once.
  4. Taxi drivers generally do not speak English. Always carry the names of destinations written in Chinese characters.

Two-hour tour

  • Tours

    Tianzifang district — A maze of laneways that are home to a collection of restaurants, bars, galleries and shops – a great way to while away an afternoon.

    Taikang Lu

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  • China Cycle Tours — Guided cycling tours, day and night in the old French concession.

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  • M50 Art District — Peruse the galleries and studios in this creative cluster, Moganshan Lu.

Hotels

  • Independent and easy

    The Waterhouse

    1-3 Maojiayuan Lu (off Zhongshan Nan Lu)

    +86 21 6080 2988

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  • Dependable chain

    Andaz Shanghai

    88 Songshan Lu

    +86 21 2310 1234

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  • Premium

    The PuLi

    1 Changde Lu

    +86 21 3203 9999

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Dining

  • Fast breakfast

    Element Fresh

    Shanghai Centre, 1376 Nanjing Xi Lu

    +86 21 6279 8682

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  • Business breakfast

    Jing'An

    1 Changde Lu

    +86 21 2216 6988

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  • Mid-morning coffee

    MQ Coffee

    204 Shaanxi Bei Lu

    +86 21 3225 8889

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  • Working lunch with colleagues

    Xi Na

    373 Huangpi Nan Lu

    +86 21 6386 2898

  • Need-to-impress clients lunch

    Maison Pourcel

    8F, 35 Shaanxi Nan Lu

    +86 21 6215 8777

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  • Lunch on your own

    Noodle Bull

    291 Fumin Lu (entrance on Changle Lu)

    +86 21 6170 1299

  • Afternoon tea/drink

    Jasmine Lounge, Peace Hotel

    20 Nanjing Dong Lu

    +86 21 6138 6886

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  • Dinner on your own

    Goga

    1 Yueyang Lu

    +86 21 6431 9700

  • Private dinner

    8 1/2 Otto e Mezzo Bombana

    6-7F, 169 Yuanmingyuan Lu (near Huqiu Lu)

    +86 21 6087 2890

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  • Big dinner with partner/clients

    Lynn Modern Shanghai Cuisine

    99-1 Xikang Lu

    +86 21 6247 0101

  • Late drinks

    The Public

    2F, 174 Xiang Yang Nan Lu

    +86 21 6417 1679

  • Late bite

    Mr & Mrs Bund

    6F, 18 Zhongshan Dong Yi Lu

    +86 21 6323 9898

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  • On the tiles

    M1NT

    24F, 318 Fuzhou Lu

    +86 21 6391 2811

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Reading

Thank yous

  • Song Fang Maison de Thé

    227 Yongjia Lu

    +86 21 6433 8283

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Shopping

  • Something you can't get anywhere else

    Shanghai Propaganda Poster Art Centre

    Room B-OC, 868 Huashan Lu

    +86 21 6211 1845

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  • Lost luggage - where to buy shirts

    Isetan

    1038 Nanjing Xi Lu

    +86 21 6272 1111

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  • Something for the kids

    Kid's Republic

    262 Yuyuan Lu

    +86 21 6248 9033

  • Something for someone you love

    Madame Mao's Dowry

    207 Fumin Lu

    +86 21 5403 3551

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  • Something for yourself

    Shang Xia

    1F, South Tower, Hong Kong Plaza 283 Huaihai Zhong Lu

    +86 21 6390 8899

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Transport

  • Flag a taxi — They're abundant, cheap and the best way to weave through traffic. The metro also goes everywhere and has signs in English.

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Limousine/car

Fitness

  • Good gym

    One Wellness

    2F 98 Yanping Lu Block C

    +86 21 6267 1550

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  • Alternative diversion

    Boot Camp China

    In People's Square and Xintiandi Park

    +86 21 3135 1791

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  • Yoga studio

    Yoga 109

    3F 100 Fuxing Xi Lu

    +86 158 2178 7822

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