Historical Shanghai



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Once a small fishing town, Shanghai has blossomed into the fashion, finance and business center of China. See the city as it began, as it grew, and as it is today with this five day trip through Shanghai's history.

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Day 1 - Shanghai


Before checking into your hotel in Shanghai, grab a fast train (45min) to Hangzhou. This will start your historical adventure off on the right foot. Hangzhou was once the capital of silk, and it was the height of fashion, culture and elegance in early eras. Witness the traces of ages long past while strolling around West lake or visiting the nearby Buddhist temples. When you return to Shanghai, check into the Westin Hotel on the Bund. This hotel has ties to the past, and its location on the Bund attests to its duration in the city. From here you will have access to the entirety of Shanghai's past and present. Treat yourself to a traditional Chinese dinner at Dongbei Ren and then enjoy a drink at Glamour Bar on the Bund, a converted building that has its roots in the colonial period. From here you can walk back to your hotel while observing other colonial structures, including the famous Bund side bank.


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Hangzhou

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Location:

Hangzhou
Shanghai, China

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tel: 86 21 6333 2226 (Tourist information)
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Dongbei Ren

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Location:

1 Shanxi Nan Road
Shanghai, China

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tel: 86 21 5228 9898
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Glamour Bar (The)

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Location:

6F, 5 Guangdong Lu
near Zhongshan Dong Yi Lu (The Bund)
Shanghai, China

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tel: 86 21 6350 9988
fax: 86 21 6329 3751
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Westin Shanghai (The)

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Location:

88 Henan Central Road
Bund Center
200002 Shanghai, China

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tel: 86 21 6335 1888
fax: 86 21 6335 2888
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Day 2 - Shanghai


Today we explore Shanghai's past, and the buildup to the Communist revolution. Start the day with morning Tai Chi on the Bund directly outside your hotel. From there, you can finish up your morning exercise with a brisk stroll to the famous Yu Gardens, a 5-10 minute walk from the Bund. This historical site was once the epicenter of the city's public life. Although it has been rebuilt, remnants of the ancient village survive. Bring a camera and some spending cash. After dropping off your purchases at the hotel, catch a cab to the former residence of Sun Yat-sen, the leader of the Qing rebellion, and a figure of dire importance in Shanghai's recent past. From here, move a short distance to the 1st National Communist congress site, which will walk you through the occurrences from Sun Yat-sen to Chairman Mao. Take a break from revolutionary history to visit Taikang Road, a refurbished hutong (small village center) full of cafes, bars, shops and art. Have a nice lunch here and spend some time walking the maze of alleys and seeing history alive. After your lunch and walk, head to Zhou Enlai's former residence and continue your history lesson with this captivating man's life story. Form here, head to the Shanghai museum to round out your day with a final overview of Chinese events since the Xia dynasty. Finally, for dinner we recommend Sasha's a fine colonial-style British restaurant and bar, and then head to Cotton's- another colonial style garden pub. From here head back to the Bund and try another nearby Bund bar, we recommend Bar Rouge, where Shanghai's expats have hung out from colonial times to the present. With your last drink, say goodbye to a decisive foreign presence in Shanghai's history. Tomorrow we step into independence and self reliance!


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Morning Tai Chi

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Location:

Zhongshan Dong Lu
Shanghai, China

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tel: 86 21 6333 2226 (Tourist Information)


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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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Dr. Sun Yat-sen Former Residence & Memorial Hall

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Location:

7 Xiang Shan Road
200020 Shanghai, China

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tel: 86 21 6333 2226 (Tourist Information)


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Memorial Hall of the Site of First National Congress of Communist Party of China

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Location:

374 Huang Pi Nan Road
200021 Shanghai, China

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tel: 86 21 5383 2171
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TaiKang Road

Location:

TaiKang Road
Tai Kang Lu
200025 Shanghai, China

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tel: +86 21 2311 5527 (Tourist Information)


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Former Residence of Zhou En Lai

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Location:

73 Si Nan Road
Luwan (2 blocks south of Fuxing Zhong Lu)
200025 Shanghai, China

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tel: 86 21 6473 0420


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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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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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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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Bar Rouge

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18 Zhongshan Dong Yi Lu
7/F, Bund 18
200002 Shanghai, China

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tel: 86 21 6339 1199
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Day 3 - Shanghai


Nanjing Road, directly outside your hotel, is a walking street full of live, vigor and promise. Spend some time exploring the streets intricate mesh of cafes, spas and shops while heading west. Anywhere along this street you can hop on Shanghai's amazingly efficent and pristine subway system to see progress at its finest, head to Jing'an Temple Subway stop (will be in English and Chinese) and spend a few hours walking through the temple and the surrounding shopping district. After a traditional Chinese lunch at Bao Lu, head to the Spa for an afternoon of relaxation and invigoration the traditional way. To wrap up your afternoon, spend some time at the Shanghai Art museum, a must-see for any history or art fan. Try some provincial food for dinner at Guyi Hunan and then head for an after-dinner treat to Face bar, a delightful surprise awaits. To see the peak of modernization, head to the nearby MAO bar where you can dance the night away to locally composed and produced techno under flashing lights and stiff creative concoctions. If you have not seen the Bund at night, skip FACE and MAO and head to the Bund to watch the boats pour up and down the river.


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Nanjing Road

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Location:

Nanjing Central Road
200002 Shanghai, China

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tel: 86 21 6333 2226 (Tourist Information)


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Jing'an Temple

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Location:

1686 west nanjing road jing an district
Jing An (corner of Huashan Lu)
200040 Shanghai, China

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tel: 86 21 6256 6366


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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

Contact:

tel: 86 21 6279 2827


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Shanghai JC Mandarin Spa

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Location:

1225 Nanjing Xi Lu
Shanghai JC Mandarin Hotel
200040 Shanghai, China

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tel: 86 21 6279 1888
fax: 86 21 6279 1822
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Shanghai Art Museum

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Location:

Nanjing Xi Lu 325
Huangpu (northwest edge of People's Park at Huangpi Lu)
200003 Shanghai, China

Contact:

tel: 86 21 6327 2829
fax: 86 21 6327 2425
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Guyi Hunan Restaurant

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Location:

87 Fumin Rd
Huaihai Zhong Rd
Shanghai, China

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tel: 86 21 6249 5628 / 86 21 6247 0758


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Face

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Location:

Building 4, 118 Rui Jin Er Road
Ruijin Guesthouse
200020 Shanghai, China

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tel: 86 21 6472 5222
fax: +86 21 6415 8913
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MAO

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Location:

46 Yueyang Lu
Near Dongping Lu
200040 Shanghai, China

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tel: 86 138 1609 5660
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The BUND

Location:

Zhongshan South Road & Nanjing Road
200002 Shanghai, China

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tel: +86 21 23115527 (Tourist Information)


Day 4 - Shanghai


The Huangpu was once Shanghai's life source. Today it bisects the city, with the financial and business districts on the Pudong (east) side while the historical and creative districts are on the Puxi (west) side. Take a river cruise up the Huangpu to truly experience the city's two sides. When you disembark, grab lunch at M on the Bund before heading to the Shanghai Urban Planning Hall. This museum has a massive model of the city on the 4th floor that is well worth visiting. See how vastly Shanghai is expanding, and witness first hand the city's future ambitions. Afterward, head back towards the Bund and cross via the Psychedelic tunnel or a river ferry to the east side. Explore Pudong, Shanghai's future, and check out the Oriental Pearl TV tower. Nearby parks offer a great view of the massive skyscrapers and boulevards. Grab dinner at Red Chopsticks before heading to the day's highlight event - the Jin Mao Tower. Once the world's largest, this skyscraper offers a panoramic view from the bar on the 87th floor. Plan to stay until the city's lights kick on in the late evening.


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Huangpu River Cruise

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239 Second Eastern Zhong Shan Road
(Exterior Zone, Eastern Jin Ling Road)
200002 Shanghai, China

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tel: 86 21 6374 4461


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M on the Bund

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7/F, No. 5 The Bund
Guangdong Lu
200002 Shanghai, China

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tel: 86 21 6350 9988
fax: 86 21 6322 0099
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Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Hall

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Location:

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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Oriental Pearl TV Tower

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Location:

1 Shiji Dadao
Lu Jia Zui Road
200120 Shanghai, China

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tel: 86 21 5879 1888


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Red Chopsticks

Location:

777 Zhang Yang Road, First Floor
InterContinental Pudong Shanghai
200120 Shanghai, China

Contact:

tel: 86 21 5831 6666 (Hotel)
fax: 86 21 5831 7777 (Hotel)
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Jin Mao Tower

Location:

88 Shi Ji (Century) Boulevard
200121 Shanghai, China

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Sky Lounge

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Location:

88 Century Boulevard, Jin Mao Tower
Grand Hyatt Shanghai
200121 Shanghai, China

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tel: 86 21 5049 1234
fax: 86 21 5049 1111
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Day 5 - Shanghai


Before leaving the area, you should explore the exquisite city of SuZhou. Like Hangzhou, this city is full of life, history and promise. While SuZhou houses some of Shanghai's factories and business centers, it is also home to some of the most amazing and intricate gardens. In old times there was a saying that Suzhou also had the world's most beautiful women. Near SuZhou you'll discover an ancient watertown that has survived intact called Zhouzhuang. This is worth a trip, and is something you'll remember forever for its beauty, simplicity and charm. Before your flight out, treat yourself to one final meal in Shanghai at Kathleen's rooftop, where you can look out over the city's you've come to know through the ages.


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Zhouzhuang

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60 miles from Shanghai
215325 Shanghai, China

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Kathleen's 5 Rooftop Restaurant

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Location:

325 Nanjing Xi Lu, Huangpi Bei Lu
200003 Shanghai, China

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tel: 86 21 6327 2221
fax: 86 21 6327 0004
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