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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  • West Bund Arts District — Go museum-hopping and take a stroll by the river in the city's new cultural corridor.

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  • UnTour Shanghai — Street-food tours that run the gamut from dumplings to breakfast faves.

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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

    Baker & Spice

    Shanghai Centre, 1376 Nanjing Xi Lu

    +86 21 6289 8875

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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

    Commune Social

    511 Jiangning Lu

    +86 21 6047 7638

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  • Afternoon tea/drink

    Jasmine Lounge, Peace Hotel

    20 Nanjing Dong Lu

    +86 21 6138 6886

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  • Dinner on your own

    Xixi Bistro

    89 Wuyuan Lu

    86 21 6486 1331

  • Big dinner with partner/clients

    Mercato

    6F, 3 Zhongshan Dong Yi Lu

    +86 21 6321 9922

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  • Late drinks

    Bar No. 3

    277 Xingguo Lu

    +86 21 6418 2877

  • Late bite

    Mr & Mrs Bund

    6F, 18 Zhongshan Dong Yi Lu

    +86 21 6323 9898

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  • On the tiles

    Lola

    46 Yueyang Lu

    +86 21 6418 2877

Reading

Thank yous

  • Thank yous

    Cha Mi Living

    201 Fumin Lu

    +86 21 5404 3842

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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

    Spin Ceramics

    360 Kangding Road

    +86 21 6279 2545

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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.

    Shanghai

Limousine/car

Fitness

  • Good gym

    One Wellness

    2F 98 Yanping Lu Block C

    +86 21 6267 1550

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