Shanghai for Families



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With its range of interactive museums, international cuisine and outdoor space, Shanghai is actually a great place for a family vacation. This itinerary hits all the typical highlights of Shanghai while keeping the kids entertained and keeping in mind the occasional need for nap time.

Author: Jennifer


Da Marco

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Location:

103 Dong Zhu An Bang Road, Golden Bridge Garden
(between Zhen Ning Road and Jiang Su Road)
200050 Shanghai, China

Contact:

tel: 86 21 6210 4495


Natural History Museum

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Location:

Yan'an Dong Lu 260
Huangpu (at Henan Nan Lu)
200002 Shanghai, China

Contact:

tel: 86 21 6321 3548
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Sasha's

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Location:

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

Contact:

tel: 86 21 6474 6628
fax: 86 21 6474 6628
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Shanghai Museum of Public Security

Location:

2-4F, 518 Rui Jin Nan Lu
Luwan (south of Xietu Lu)
200032 Shanghai, China

Contact:

tel: 86 21 6483 3488


Ice House

Location:

267 Tongren Lu
by Beijing Xi Lu
200051 Shanghai, China

Contact:

tel: 86 21 6289 6107


Melrose Pizza

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Location:

838 Hengshan Lu
200030 Shanghai, China

Contact:

tel: 86 21 6445 8318
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Disc Go-Karting Club

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Location:

809 Zaoyang Lu
200060 Shanghai, China

Contact:

tel: 86 21 6277 5641


Day 1 - Shanghai


Welcome to Shanghai! Count yourself lucky to be staying at the home of convenience, the Portman Ritz Carleton. Aside from the helpful staff, this expat hotspot is one of the few hotels known to Shanghai taxi drivers by its English name -- "Por-ta-man" -- and the complex also features a Starbucks, Western grocery store, several American chain restaurants, and a health clinic. Healthy Element Fresh and French bakery Paul make for a excellent choice at breakfast, lunch or dinner if you and the family find yourselves unable to leave the plush surroundings and venture out into bustling Shanghai. But it is just your first day in Shanghai and despite the jetlag, you should have the energy for a bit of exploring. After pastries at Paul in the Portman, take a taxi to Yu Gardens. Today the attraction is not so much the restful gardens but the chaotic alleyways of souvenir shops, Shanghainese snacks and Chinese tourist. Hold on tight to the little ones so that they don't get lost. Take your time wander through the alleys and observing temple life before settling down for lunch at the new branch of DinTaiFung. This Taiwanese eatery was voted one of the world's ten best restaurants by the New York Times and many Shanghainese claim it has the city's best soup dumplings. In the afternoon, head to the Bund and take some photos in front of Pudong's futuristic skyline. Then hop on the Bund Tourist Tunnel to cross over to the Pudong side and ascend the Oriental Pearl Tower. The view from the top will give you 360 degrees views of sprawling Shanghai and the basement houses an interesting museum of the city's history. Before you leave the Bund area, take a Huangpu River Cruise. Most depart from the southern end of the Bund Pedestrian Walk on the Puxi side. By the end of the cruise, you should be plenty tired, so head back to the Portman. The concierge can direct you just next door to rowdy American sportbar Malone's or the quieter Always Cafe. Both have a wide range of Western fare to suit all tastes.


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Yu Gardens

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Zhongshan South Road & Renmen Road
200000 Shanghai, China

Contact:

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

Contact:

tel: 86 21 6208 4188
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Oriental Pearl TV Tower

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Location:

1 Shiji Dadao
Lu Jia Zui Road
200120 Shanghai, China

Contact:

tel: 86 21 5879 1888


4

Huangpu River Cruise

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Location:

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

Contact:

tel: 86 21 6374 4461


5

Malone's American Cafe

Location:

255 Tongren Ren Lu
2 blocks northwest of Shanghai Centre
200040 Shanghai, China

Contact:

tel: 86 21 6247 2400
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Always Cafe

Location:

1528 Nanjing Xi Lu
200004 Shanghai, China

Contact:

tel: 86 21 6247 8333


7

Portman Ritz-Carlton (The)

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Location:

Shanghai Centre
1376 Nanjing Xi Lu
200040 Shanghai, CN

Contact:

tel: 86 21 6279 8888
fax: 86 21 6279 8800
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Day 2 - Shanghai


At the start of your second day in Shanghai, treat the family to a nice Sunday brunch at A Future Perfect. Then stroll down Nanjing West Road and take in Shanghai's consumer culture. You may want to stop in the Japanese department store, Isetan, to check out the impressive toy department. When you reach the park at People's Square, look for locals practicing their tai chi or singing Beijing opera. On the far side of the park is the Urban Planning Museum; you may want to grab lunch before entering. Pop into the basement food court or anyone of the chain restaurants across the street in the Raffles City Mall. Once inside the museum, kids will love running around the transportation exhibit and everyone will be impressed by the museum's 3D model of Shanghai. If you still have energy and aren't afraid of the crowds, stroll down East Nanjing Road Pedestrian Street. In the evening head to the quieter French Concession for a cheap and delicious Thai meal and finish off the night with a game of bowling.


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A Future Perfect

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Location:

No. 16, Lane 351 Huashan Lu
Near Changshu Lu
Shanghai, China

Contact:

tel: 86 21 6248 8020
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2

People's Square

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Location:

Ren Min Street
200003 Shanghai, China


3

Renmin Park

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Location:

231 Nanjing Road West
200003 Shanghai, China

Contact:

tel: 86 21 6327 1694


4

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

Contact:

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

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Location:

Nanjing Central Road
200002 Shanghai, China

Contact:

tel: 86 21 6333 2226 (Tourist Information)


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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

Contact:

tel: 86 21 6445 9551 / 86 21 6326 2088
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Orden Bowling Company

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Location:

10 Hengshan Lu
200031 Shanghai, China

Contact:

tel: 86 21 6474 6666


Day 3 - Shanghai


By your third day in Shanghai you may be eager to escape the hustle and bustle of the city for relaxing Hangzhou and its famous West Lake. Grab some Starbucks to go and head out early. The hotel can arrange a car, but it is most efficient to take the new high speed train. Again the hotel can purchase tickets and arrange for a local guide and driver to meet you at the train station in Hangzhou. Don't feel obligated to explore the whole city. Hangzhou's best attraction is clearly the West Lake, so just enjoy a relaxing day by the water. Once you return to Shanghai, you are unlikely to want to venture far from the Portman for dinner. Fortunately just across the street, you'll find Blue Frog, a staple among Shanghai expats for great family fare.


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Hangzhou

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Location:

Hangzhou
Shanghai, China

Contact:

tel: 86 21 6333 2226 (Tourist information)
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2

Blue Frog

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Location:

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

Contact:

tel: 86 21 6445 6634
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Day 4 - Shanghai


This morning, dine in the Portman and enjoy coffee and a croissant at Paul or the blue plate specials at Element Fresh. The fourth day in Shanghai is all about Pudong. You can pack in for a long cab ride or you can take the subway to Lujaizui. The first stop is the impressive Shanghai Aquarium. Following your visit with the fishes, take the metro or a short taxi ride to the Shanghai Science and Technology Museum. (You can pick up lunch in the Superbrand Mall next to the Aquarium or in the elegant cafeteria or KFC in the Science Museum. Note that the Museum is not open on Mondays.) Shanghai's brand new Science and Technology Museum has three floors of interactive exhibits, a 3D movie and a 4D theater. On a nice day, head just outside the Museum and enter Century Park, Shanghai's largest. There's plenty of space to play as well as boats and bikes for rent. In the evening you and the family deserve a treat. Head to chic shopping and dining area Xintiandi. Crystal Jade offers traditional Shanghainese fare in an elegant setting while KABB's outdoor seating will allow you to take in some people watching over burgers and other Western menu options.


1

Shanghai Ocean Aquarium

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Location:

No. 1388 Lujiazui Ring Road
Pudong New Area
200120 Shanghai, China

Contact:

tel: 86 21 5877 9988
fax: 86 21 5877 0088
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Crystal Jade Restaurant (Xin Tian Di)

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Location:

2-7 2nd Floor, 123 Xin Ye Lu, South Block Xintiandi
Near Madang Lu
200021 Shanghai, China

Contact:

tel: 86 21 6385 8752


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KABB Bar & Grill

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Location:

181 Taicang Lu
House 5
200021 Shanghai, China

Contact:

tel: 86 21 3307 0798
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Day 5 - Shanghai


Your last day in Shanghai leaves you with several options. The musically inclined might like to check out the beautiful voices and elegant costumes at the Chinese opera school. More athletic types will want to head to Shanghai Stadium for a game of basketball or a few rounds in the laser tag area. At lunch the Ikea Cafe, just around the corner from the stadium, is a surprisingly tasty option. Chocolate lovers will not want to miss the offerings at Whisk Cafe. In the afternoon, the area around Zhongshan Park and Fun Dazzle make for a good time rain or shine. In the evening, head back to the Portman and pick up an early dinner at Sumo Sushi just down the street. Cap off your visit to Shanghai with an incredible show of Chinese acrobatics just inside the Portman complex.


1

Shanghai Chinese Opera School

Location:

630 Hua Shan Road
200233 Shanghai, China

Contact:

tel: 86 21 6438 0820


2

Shanghai Stadium

Location:

666 Tianyaoqiao Road
200000 Shanghai, China

Contact:

tel: 86 21 6426 6666 / 86 21 6426 6888 x8268
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3

Ikea Cafe

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Location:

126 Caoxi Bei Lu, Near Sanhui Lu
Shanghai, China

Contact:

tel: 86 21 5425 6060
fax: +86 21 6427 6978
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Whisk

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Location:

1250 Huaihai Lu
Shanghai, China

Contact:

tel: 86 21 5404 7770


5

Fun Dazzle

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Location:

780 Chang Ning Road
In Zhong Shan Park
200042 Shanghai,

Contact:

tel: 86 21 6210 7388 / 86 21 6210 7288


6

Sumo Sushi

Location:

4/F, 479 Nanjing Dong Lu
200001 Shanghai, China

Contact:

tel: 86 21 6352 0090


7

Shanghai Acrobatics Troupe

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Location:

1376 Nan Jing West Road
The Shanghai Center Theater
200040 Shanghai, China

Contact:

tel: 86 21 6279 8663 (Box Office)
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