A Valley Girl’s Shanghai Guide

Five Star — By Lauren Johnson on March 10, 2011 at 6:00 am

So, You’re like, going to Shanghai now? Well, you need to know where the ‘it’ places are in town before you arrive. How embarrassing to be seen at the wrong clubs, or worse, to show up dressed to impress at a local dive. That could, like, totally be avoided. Here are some amazing, totally awesome places where you can shop, drink and dine and what outfits to wear to these hot places.

Priority One, Shopping! First, you’ll want to get some new clothes. Fashion is so important in Shanghai, its the fashion capital of Asia! Do some brand-name designer shopping on Nanjing Road or boutique shopping at TaiKang Road. Boutiques are all the rage in Shanghai, and vintage or one-of-a-kind clothing is exactly what you’ll want to show up in at any chic party. Designer brands are great, but since there are fakes around China its hard to know if a hot girl is wearing real threads or knock-offs, and people usually assume they are fake. Better to go no-name, vintage or imported from home.

Priority Two, NIGHT LIFE! Now that you look totally hot, Paris Hilton would be embarrassed to stand next to you because you’d make her look fat and dressed like a pauper. Now you need to know where to go. First, head to the hot, elite bars along the Bund. Especially Glamor Bar and Laris. You’ll see some of Shanghai’s hottest stars, politicians and entrepreneurs at these establishments, and you’ll fit right in dressed to impress.

Priority Three, Dining! Hungry? Don’t just pop into any old dive restaurant! You need to know where to go for fine food that will also land you culture points and hotness stats with the locals. Face is an amazing Thai restaurant where you’ll find some of the most romantic and yet modern/rustic decor on the planet. Its simply not to be missed. You should also be seen at Sasha’s, which is where many might folks in the city hang out in the summer on the terrace.

Priority Four, Pillows! You need a sick pad to sleep in, and I mean a hot hotel where only the finest choose to lodge. You need the Grand Hyatt Shanghai. This hotel is in Shanghai’s most famous sky scraper and it overlooks the entire city. It has amazing restaurants and a bar that looks out from the top of the tower like a Princess’s domain. The service is 5-star and the clientele are even more impressive. Several films have been shot at this Hyatt and locals and tourists alike flock to the grand lobby for a chance to look at the amazing decorations.

Tags: 5-star travel, elite travel, high end, upper class travel, valley girl

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