Artsy Shanghai

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Shanghai boast a vibrant past, present and future of artistic and architectural activity. This itinerary allows the sophisticated traveler to explore the famous art-deco structures of decadent old Shanghai as well as the most modern of skyscrapers shaping Shanghai's future. It also offers a glimpse of Shanghai's hip art and music scene.

Author: Jennifer


Day 1 - Shanghai


Start your exploration of Shanghai in the heart of the old city -- Yu Gardens. Explore this bustling site of traditional architecture and modern commerce. Try some of the local delicacies at any one of the food stalls and finish up at the new DinTaiFung branch on the west side of the neighborhood for some traditional soup dumplings. In the afternoon, soak up more Shanghai history at the Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall and the Site of the First National Congress. From there it is a short walk to Shanghai's most fashionable shopping and dining area, Xintiandi. Just to the northwest is the chic wine bar, Enoteca. They have a fabulous selection of light bites and wines from around the world. If you aren't feeling too jet lagged, head to Cotton Club for a little jazz before bed.


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Westin Shanghai (The)

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Location:

88 Henan Central Road
Bund Center
200002 Shanghai, China

Phone:

86 21 6335 1888


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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

Phone:

86 21 6350 9988


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Hwa's Gallery

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Location:

88 North Ronghau Road
Gubei Sun Plaza
201103 Shanghai, China

Phone:

86 21 6270 7181


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Yè Shanghai

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Location:

338 Huang Pi Nan Road
House 6, North Block
200003 Shanghai, China

Phone:

86 21 6311 2323


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Mei Long Zhen

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Nan Jing West Road
Building 22, Lane 1081
200041 Shanghai, China

Phone:

86 21 6253 5353


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Garcon Chinois (Le)

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Location:

No. 3, Lane 9, Hengshan Road
(Between Wu Lu Mu Qi and Dong Ping Roads)
200031 Shanghai, China

Phone:

86 21 6431 3005 / 86 21 6445 7970


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Fanguzi Art Gallery

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Location:

127 Xian Xia Road
200335 Shanghai, China

Phone:

86 21 6229 6307


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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

Phone:

86 21 6385 8752


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Haiku

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Location:

28b Taojiang Lu
Shanghai, China

Phone:

86 21 6445 0021


2

Yu Gardens

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Location:

Zhongshan South Road & Renmen Road
200000 Shanghai, China

Phone:

86 21 6355 5032


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1918 ArtSPACE

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20 Moganshan Lu
Near Suzhou Xi Lu
200041 Shanghai, China

Phone:

86 21 5228 6776


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DinTaiFung

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

Phone:

86 21 6208 4188


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Dr. Sun Yat-sen Former Residence & Memorial Hall

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Location:

7 Xiang Shan Road
200020 Shanghai, China

Phone:

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

Phone:

86 21 5383 2171


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Enoteca

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Location:

53-57 Anfu Lu
Near Changshu Lu
200031 Shanghai, China

Phone:

86 21 5404 0050


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Cotton Club

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Fùxing Xi Lù 8
Huáihai Zhong Lù
200031 Shanghai, China

Phone:

86 21 6437 7110


Day 2 - Shanghai


Your second day in Shanghai is packed with history. Start at the Bund Museum to get a glimpse of Shanghai's development. Pick up a map of the Bund or use a guidebook to stroll up and down this famous stretch of Shanghai and learn the history of these famous facades and art deco skycrapers. You may also want to stop in the Shanghai Gallery of Art. In the afternoon, take the Bund tunnel tourist train (a truly strange experience) over to the Oriental Pearl Tower. From the top you can get exquisite 360 degree views of the city and in the basement there is a comprehensive museum explaining Shanghai's history. Take a sunset cruise on the Huangpu for views of the Puxi and Pudong side from a different perspective. Then treat yourself to dinner at the famous M on the Bund restaurant. Afterwards, Thursday is two-for-one martini night at Bund hotspot Laris.


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Bund Museum

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Location:

1A Zhong Shan East Road
(Wai Tan)
200002 Shanghai, China

Phone:

86 21 6321 6542


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Shanghai Gallery of Art

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3 Zhong Shan Dong Yi
Three on the Bund
200002 Shanghai, China

Phone:

86 21 6321 5757


3

Oriental Pearl TV Tower

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1 Shiji Dadao
Lu Jia Zui Road
200120 Shanghai, China

Phone:

86 21 5879 1888


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Huangpu River Cruise

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Location:

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

Phone:

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

Phone:

86 21 6350 9988


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Laris

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6/F, 3 Zhongshan Dong Yi Lu
Near Guangdong Lu
200002 Shanghai, China

Phone:

86 21 6321 9922


Day 3 - Shanghai


This third day in Shanghai is all about enjoying the charm of the French Concession. After a filling breakfast at Sasha's, put on your walking shoes and start strolling. The the tree lined lanes and attractive European architecture make this area extremely popular with Shanghai's expat community. (Many guide books also have suggested walking tours of this neighborhood.) Popular shopping area Huaihai Road runs east to west through the heart of the French Concession but turning off the main drag and exploring side streets will reveal a more interesting selection of art galleries, clothing boutiques and cafes. Stop in Cafe 1931 to refuel halfway through the day and considering visiting any of the suggested galleries or the upcoming Taikang Lu for your first look at Shanghai's contemporary art scene. In the evening, return to the French Concession and sample great Thai cuisine in an old Shanghai mansion at La Na Thai. Face Bar on the first floor is a Shanghai institution. If you are in the mood for live music, check out La Bella Cafe or JZ Club for serious jazz.


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Sasha's

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Location:

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

Phone:

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

Phone:

86 21 6333 2226 (Tourist Information)


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1931 Cafe Pub

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Location:

112 Mao Ming South Road
Huaihai Zhong Lu
200020 Shanghai, China

Phone:

86 21 6472 5264


4

Shanghai Stanney Gallery

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Location:

615-617 Chang Le Road
200031 Shanghai, China

Phone:

86 21 5404 5291


5

Art Scene China

Location:

No. 8, Lane 37, Fuxing West Road
2F, Building 17
200031 Shanghai, China

Phone:

86 21 6437 0631


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Black Apple Gallery

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Location:

777 Ju Lu Road
200031 Shanghai, China

Phone:

86 21 5403 6960


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Lan Na Thai

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Location:

118 Ruijin 2 Road
Ruijin Hotel
200020 Shanghai, China

Phone:

86 21 6466 4328 / 86 21 6472 5222 (Hotel)


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Face

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Location:

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

Phone:

86 21 6472 5222


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La Bella Cafe

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Location:

127 Yongfu Lu
Near Fuxing Xi Lu
200040 Shanghai, China

Phone:

86 21 6433 6381


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JZ Club

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Location:

46 West Fuxing Lu
Between Yongfu Lu and Wulumuqi Lu, Xuhui
200031 Shanghai, China

Phone:

86 21 6431 0269


Day 4 - Shanghai


Today's schedule is packed with museums in the heart of the city. Get up early, walk west down Nanjing Dong Lu and head for People's Square. You should encounter an interesting contrast of commercial facades and locals practicing their morning tai chi. Pick up some Shanghainese breakfast snacks on Huanghe Lu and the other streets running north from People's Square. Alternatively sit down for breakfast at Kathleen's 5 on the top floor of the Art Museum and grab snacks at lunch time. The Art Museum, Shanghai Museum and Urban Planning Museum should be more than enough to keep you occupied. The Shanghai Museum has mainland China's most impressive collection of classical Chinese art and the Urban Planning Museum's 3D map of Shanghai is not to be missed. As sun sets, head to Barbarossa in the center of the park for excellent happy hour drink specials and Moroccan cuisine. You may also want to check the schedule of events at the Shanghai Grand Theater at People's Square for possible post dinner entertainment.


1

Renmin Park

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231 Nanjing Road West
200003 Shanghai, China

Phone:

86 21 6327 1694


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People's Square

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Location:

Ren Min Street
200003 Shanghai, China


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Kathleen's 5 Rooftop Restaurant

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

Phone:

86 21 6327 2221


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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

Phone:

86 21 6327 2829


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Shanghai Museum

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Location:

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

Phone:

86 21 6372 3500


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Huanghe Lu

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Location:

Huanghe Road
People's Square
Shanghai, China

Phone:

86 21 6350 3718 (Tourist Information)


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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

Phone:

86 021/6372-2077


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Barbarossa

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Location:

Inside Ren Men Gong Yuan (People's Park)
200040 Shanghai, China

Phone:

86 21 6318 0220


Day 5 - Shanghai


Treat yourself on your last day in Shanghai. The Westin's champagne brunch is often mentioned as the best hotel brunch in China, so take advantage of all it has to offer. Then head to ShanghART gallery and the famous Moganshan Lu art neighborhood for more insight into Shanghai's contemporary art scene. In the evening indulge again in a world class meal at Jade on 36 at the Pudong Shangri-La. Each of set menus is a fantastic visual and gastronomic treat. The views of the Bund from the restaurant or the nearby Sky Lounge in the JinMao Tower Hyatt will leave you with a beautiful memory of Shanghai long after you return home from Shanghai.


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ShanghART

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Location:

50 Moganshan Road
Building 16 & 18
200020 Shanghai, China

Phone:

86 21 6359 3923 / 86 21 5382 0418


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J. Gallery

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Location:

1376 West Nan Jing Road
Suite 203B, Shanghai Center
200040 Shanghai,

Phone:

86 21 6279 8161


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Jade on 36 Restaurant & Bar

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Location:

33 Fu Cheng Road, Level 36, Tower 2
Level 36 Tower 2
200120 Shanghai, China

Phone:

86 21 6882 3636 / 86 21 6882 8888 (Hotel)


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Sky Lounge

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Location:

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

Phone:

86 21 5049 1234


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