Best of Shanghai on a Budget



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Shanghai is not a small or a cheap city, but in three days it is possible to see the city's highlights and still have a little cash left over for souvenirs. Fortunately Shanghai has a world class metro system, the locals love to bargain, and the best Shanghainese cuisine can be found in small shops and stalls along the street. Note also that the basements of almost all of the city's malls feature excellent food courts with a mix of Western and Chinese food at cheap prices. Most malls also have chain restaurants on the higher floors.

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Blue Frog

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207-23 Maoming Nan Lu
(Between Fuxing Zhong Lu and Yong Jia Lu)
200020 Shanghai, China

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tel: 86 21 6445 6634


O'Malley's Irish Pub

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42 Tao Jiang Road
Between Heng Shan Road and Wu Lu Mu Qi Road
200031 Shanghai, China

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tel: 86 21 6474 4553 (Reservations) / 86 21 6474 4533
fax: 86 21 6466 9358


Buckingham Bowling Hall

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825 Ding Xi Road
200052 Shanghai, China

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tel: 86 21 6281 9988


Dongbei Ren

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1 Shanxi Nan Road
Shanghai, China

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tel: 86 21 5228 9898


Whisk

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1250 Huaihai Lu
Shanghai, China

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tel: 86 21 5404 7770


Shanghai Ren Jia

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Location:

41 Yunnan Zhong Lu
by Yan An Lu
200040 Shanghai, China

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tel: 86 21 6351 3060 x531


Melrose Pizza

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Location:

838 Hengshan Lu
200030 Shanghai, China

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tel: 86 21 6445 8318


Jing Xuan Blind Man's Massage

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Location:

674 Yi Shan Lu
200233 Shanghai, China

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tel: 86 21 6483 4318


Ton Hall Gallery

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162 Maoming South Road
2nd Floor
200020 Shanghai,

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tel: 86 21 6415 0227 / 86 21 6473 7319


Day 1 - Shanghai


Your first day in Beijing is the most ambitious of the three. Get up and leave the hotel early to catch locals practicing their tai chi in People's Park, just across the street. When you've worked up an appetite, check out Huanghe Lu or any of the other streets running north of the park for fried dumplings, steamed baozi, scallion pancakes or any other number of delicious breakfast options for sale on the street. Spend the rest of the morning exploring the historical Chinese art at the Shanghai Museum and Shanghai's modern development at the Urban Planning Hall. For lunch, pop into the food court or one of the chain restaurants at the Raffles City Mall just across the street. Then head down Nanjing Road Pedestrian Street, taking in the frenzy of Shanghai's consumer culture. Don't be surprised if you are frequently approached with offers for Rolex watches and Gucci bags. Walk all the way to the Bund and snap a few pictures of the futuristic Pudong skyline. Then take the Bund Tourist Tunnel over to the Oriental Pearl Tower. The top offers 360 degree views of Shanghai and the basement houses a comprehensive museum of Shanghai history. In the evening take the Line 1 subway from People's Square to Hengshan Lu. Dine at Shanghai staple Simply Thai and then head to Zapata's infamous Wednesday Ladies' Night.


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Morning Tai Chi

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Zhongshan Dong Lu
Shanghai, China

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tel: 86 21 6333 2226 (Tourist Information)


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People's Square

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Ren Min Street
200003 Shanghai, China


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Renmin Park

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231 Nanjing Road West
200003 Shanghai, China

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tel: 86 21 6327 1694


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Huanghe Lu

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Huanghe Road
People's Square
Shanghai, China

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tel: 86 21 6350 3718 (Tourist Information)


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Shanghai Museum

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Location:

201 Renmin Da Dao
People's Sq., Huangpu District
200003 Shanghai, China

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tel: 86 21 6372 3500


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Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Hall

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Renmin Da Dao 100
Huangpu (northeast of the Shanghai Museum; entrance on east side)
200003 Shanghai, China

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tel: 86 021/6372-2077
fax: +86 21 6372 2077


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Nanjing Road

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Nanjing Central Road
200002 Shanghai, China

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tel: 86 21 6333 2226 (Tourist Information)


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Oriental Pearl TV Tower

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1 Shiji Dadao
Lu Jia Zui Road
200120 Shanghai, China

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tel: 86 21 5879 1888


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Simply Thai

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Location:

5 Dongpíng Lù, Unit C
between Héngshan Lù and Yuèyáng Lù
200031 Shanghai, China

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tel: 86 21 6445 9551 / 86 21 6326 2088


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Zapatas

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Location:

5 Hengshan Lu
Near Dongping Lu
200031 Shanghai, China

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tel: 86 21 6474 6166
fax: 86 21 6433 4104


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Jin Jiang YMCA Hotel

Location:

123 Xi Zang South Road
200021 Shanghai, China

Contact:

tel: 86 21 6326 1040
fax: 86 21 6320 1957


Day 2 - Shanghai


On day two in Shanghai, grab a cab to Yu Gardens. Today this area is more a souvenir shopping madhouse than a relaxing garden retreat. Fortunately it is also home to some of Shanghai's best snack food and famous xiaolongbao soup dumplings. Just join the long line of visitors waiting for a taste. Explore the alleyways and openings for a bit and then sit down for lunch at the new branch of famed Taiwanese eatery DinTaiFung just to the west of the complex. In the afternoon, head up to the area just south of Suzhou Creek. First stop by Shanghai's Jade Buddha Temple and then head to ShanghART gallery and the Moganshan Lu area. This is the heart of Shanghai's contemporary art scene. In the evening, enjoy the savory flavors of Nepali cuisine and then hit the lanes. Orden is the perfect place to chill out and drink some cheap beers. Later hit Time Passage for -- what else -- more cheap brews.


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Yu Gardens

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Zhongshan South Road & Renmen Road
200000 Shanghai, China

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tel: 86 21 6355 5032


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DinTaiFung

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12-20 Shuicheng Road
Peace Square (near Hongqiao Road)
200336 Shanghai, China

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tel: 86 21 6208 4188


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Jade Buddha Temple

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Location:

Anyuan Lu 170
Putuo (northwest Shanghai, west of Jiangning Lu, 6 long blocks north of Beijing Xi Lu)
Shanghai, China

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tel: 86 21 6333 2226 (Tourist Information)


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ShanghART

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Location:

50 Moganshan Road
Building 16 & 18
200020 Shanghai, China

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tel: 86 21 6359 3923 / 86 21 5382 0418
fax: 86 21 6359 4570


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Nepali Kitchen

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Location:

4 Lane 819, Julu Lu
west of Fumin Lu
200040 Shanghai, China

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tel: 86 21 5404 6281


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Orden Bowling Company

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Location:

10 Hengshan Lu
200031 Shanghai, China

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tel: 86 21 6474 6666


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Time Passage

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183, Lane 1038 Huashan Lu
200050 Shanghai, China

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tel: 86 21 6240 2588


Day 3 - Shanghai


You've worked hard on the first two days of your trip, so begin Friday with a bit of splurge -- brunch at Sasha's. This exquisite old Shanghai mansion turned restaurant is the perfect place to start your walking tour of Shanghai's French Concession area. Shopping paradise Huaihai Road runs east to west through this district but turning off onto side streets will reveal a more interesting selection of clothing boutiques and art galleries. Be sure to bargain hard if something catches your eye. When your feet are tired, stop for a massage and then headed up to Nanjing West Road for a cheap bite at Always Cafe. Both Western and Chinese options are available. Then walk the rest of the way back to People's Square. Along the way you'll pass two important landmarks. First, stop on Wujiang Lu Snack Street, on the south side of the road, for one last splurge on Shanghainese street food like fried dumplings, chicken wings, squid balls and mango smoothies. Then continue to the intersection of Nanjing Road and Chengdu Road. On the north side of the street you'll find one of Shanghai's largest fakes markets. Perfect for stocking up on souvenirs and buying an extra suitcase to lug home all your loot. Again, be sure to bargain hard. In the evening, enjoy one last meal of Shanghainese cuisine at local favorite Bao Lu and check out the live jazz offerings at La Bella or Cotton Club. If jazz isn't your thing, Mural is a reliable choice for cheap drinks and a young, fun crowd.


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Sasha's

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Location:

11 Dongping Lu
Corner of Heng Shan Lu
200031 Shanghai, China

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tel: 86 21 6474 6628
fax: 86 21 6474 6628


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Huai Hai Road

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Location:

Hai Hai Road & Shirmen er Road
200001 Shanghai, China

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tel: 86 21 6333 2226 (Tourist Information)


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Funing Point Pressure Massage Center of Blind People

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Location:

597 Fu Xing Lu
200020 Shanghai, China

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tel: 86 21 6437 8378


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Fuxing Park

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Location:

Gaolan Lu 2
Luwan (west entrance Gaolan Lu, north entrance Yandang Lu, southeast entrance Chongqing Nan Lu off Fuxing Zhong Lu)
200135 Shanghai, China

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tel: 86 21 5386 1069 / 86 21 6372 0662


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Always Cafe

Location:

1528 Nanjing Xi Lu
200004 Shanghai, China

Contact:

tel: 86 21 6247 8333


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Bao Lu

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Location:

2721 Fumin Lu
North of Changle Lu, 1 block east of Changshu Lu
200040 Shanghai, China

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tel: 86 21 6279 2827


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La Bella Cafe

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Location:

127 Yongfu Lu
Near Fuxing Xi Lu
200040 Shanghai, China

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tel: 86 21 6433 6381


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Cotton Club

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Fùxing Xi Lù 8
Huáihai Zhong Lù
200031 Shanghai, China

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tel: 86 21 6437 7110


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Mural Bar

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Location:

697 Yongjia Road
East of Hengshan Lu, Xuhui
Shanghai, China

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tel: 82 21 6433 5023


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