Shanghai and the Yangtze River Delta

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This itinerary hits all the biggest attractions in Shanghai as well as including day trips to famous Hangzhou, Suzhou and river town Zhouzhuang. The Chinese claim that the heavens have the stars and the moon but the earth has Hangzhou and Suzhou, two of China's most beautiful cities. Trips to all three places can be arranged by your hotel. Although group tours and car rentals are reasonably priced, high speed trains to Hangzhou and Suzhou are the most efficient and economical options. If you're game, the hotel can purchase train tickets and arrange for a local guide to meet you at the train station in either city.

Author: Jennifer


Day 1 - Shanghai


Assuming you are still a little jetlagged, you should have no problem starting your first day in Shanghai bright and early. Go across the street to People's Park to observe the locals practice morning tai chi. When you've worked up an appetite, head to Huanghe Lu and the other streets running north from the park for some fried dumplings and other local breakfast snacks. Spend the rest of the day in the around around People's Square. The Shanghai Museum holds the mainland's most impressive collection of classical Chinese art and the Urban Planning Museum provides an overview of Shanghai's rapid modernization. Stop into Kathleen's 5 for a light lunch with rooftop views or slip into one of the malls surrounding the square. Most malls have food courts in the basement and nice sit down fare on the higher floors. As the sun sets, head to Barbarossa in the middle of the park for happy hour specials and Moroccan cuisine.


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Morning Tai Chi

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Location:

Zhongshan Dong Lu
Shanghai, China

Phone:

86 21 6333 2226 (Tourist Information)


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Bi Feng Tang

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1333 Nanjing Xi Lu
200001 Shanghai, China

Phone:

86 21 6279 0738


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Nepali Kitchen

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

Phone:

86 21 5404 6281


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Renmin Park

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231 Nanjing Road West
200003 Shanghai, China

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86 21 6327 1694


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Simply Thai

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

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86 21 6445 9551 / 86 21 6326 2088


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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

Phone:

86 21 6445 6634


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Dongbei Ren

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1 Shanxi Nan Road
Shanghai, China

Phone:

86 21 5228 9898


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Crystal Jade Restaurant (Xin Tian Di)

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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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Yè Shanghai

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

Phone:

86 21 6311 2323


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People's Square

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Ren Min Street
200003 Shanghai, China


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Huanghe Lu

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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

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86 021/6372-2077


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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 Museum

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

Phone:

86 21 6372 3500


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Barbarossa

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

Phone:

86 21 6318 0220


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JW Marriott Shanghai at Tomorrow Square

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399 Nanjing West Road
At Huangpi Bei Lu, west side of Renmin Gongyuan
200003 Shanghai, China

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86 21 5359 4969


Day 2 - Shanghai


Your second day in Shanghai begins at the bustling Yu Gardens which today is more of a chaotic marketplace than a peaceful retreat. Take your time wandering through the small alleyways, purchasing souvenirs or tasting Shanghainese delights from the food stalls. When you are ready to sit down, head to the new branch of DinTaiFung for some of the most famous soup dumplings in town. Spend the afternoon exploring the Bund area, starting with the Puxi side. Many guidebooks offer a good walking tour of this stretch of massive colonial era buildings. When you are ready to move from the historical to the futuristic, take the Bund Tourist Tunnel to the Oriental Pearl Tower in Pudong. From the top you get breathtaking 360 degree views of the city and in the basement you'll find a lively and comprehensive museum of Shanghai history. For dinner, head to the chic Mesa & Manifesto in the French Concession. The near by People 7 is a perfect choice for relaxed after dinner drinks while dance club MAO features one of the hottest dance floors and most beautiful people in Shanghai.


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Yu Gardens

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Zhongshan South Road & Renmen Road
200000 Shanghai, China

Phone:

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

Phone:

86 21 6208 4188


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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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Mesa & Manifesto

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748 Julu Road
200000 Shanghai, China

Phone:

86 21 6289 9108


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People 7

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805 Julu Road
(by Fumin Road)
200040 Shanghai, China

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86 21 5404 0707


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MAO

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46 Yueyang Lu
Near Dongping Lu
200040 Shanghai, China

Phone:

86 138 1609 5660


Day 3 - Shanghai


On day three of your visit, arrange a day trip to Hangzhou and famous West Lake. When you return from touring, treat yourself to a relaxing and satisfying meal. If you can handle the heat, head to Guyi for some spicy Hunan cuisine. Alternatively, the talented chefs at Haiku prepare some of the most creative and delicious sushi rolls in Shanghai. Cap off Saturday night with drinks and dancing at Velvet just around the corner.


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Hangzhou

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Hangzhou
Shanghai, China

Phone:

86 21 6333 2226 (Tourist information)


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Guyi Hunan Restaurant

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87 Fumin Rd
Huaihai Zhong Rd
Shanghai, China

Phone:

86 21 6249 5628 / 86 21 6247 0758


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Haiku

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Location:

28b Taojiang Lu
Shanghai, China

Phone:

86 21 6445 0021


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Velvet

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913 Julu Lu
Near Changshu Lu
200040 Shanghai, China

Phone:

86 21 5403 2976


Day 4 - Shanghai


Start your Sunday morning with a luxurious brunch at Sasha's, a great combination of comfort food and old Shanghai architecture. Then put on your walking shoes and head out for a stroll. The French Concessions tree-lined avenues and European architecture make it one of Shanghai's most charming neighborhoods. Shopping paradise Huaihai Road runs east to west through the area but following some of the small roads off the main drag will reveal more worthwhile art galleries and clothing boutiques. Stop in 1931 Cafe to refuel halfway through the day and find yourself transported back to pre-war Shanghai. In the evening, head to the Bund for a Huangpu River Cruise. Watch lights come up as night descends on the city. Cap off the evening with fine dining at Whampoa Club and a drink at newly renovated Bar Rouge.


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Sasha's

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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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Hai Hai Road & Shirmen er Road
200001 Shanghai, China

Phone:

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

Phone:

86 21 6437 8378


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1931 Cafe Pub

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

Phone:

86 21 6472 5264


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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

Phone:

86 21 6374 4461


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Whampoa Club

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

Phone:

86 21 6321 3737


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Bar Rouge

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

Phone:

86 21 6339 1199


Day 5 - Shanghai


Sleepy water town Zhouzhuang provides a nice escape after a few days in crowded, bustling Shanghai. Stroll around town, check out the old family homes, and maybe grab a short boat ride. When you return to Shanghai in the evening, head to Xintiandi, the most sophisticated shopping and dining complex in town. Just to the east is wine bar Enoteca, featuring a great selection of light bites and wines from around the world. If you still have energy, check out Cotton Club for night of jazz.


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Zhouzhuang

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60 miles from Shanghai
215325 Shanghai, China


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Enoteca

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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

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86 21 6437 7110


Day 6 - Shanghai


Today's itinerary starts in the area just south of Suzhou Creek. First take a peek at one of Shanghai's most active temple complexes, Jade Buddha Temple. Then head to ShanghART gallery and the famous Moganshan Lu art district. There should be more than enough galleries open to give you a good feel for the contemporary Chinese art scene. When you've worked up an appetite, head to West Nanjing Road to famous Shanghainese eatery Mei Long Zhen. Then spend the rest of the afternoon taking in Shanghai's consumer culture along Nanjing Road. Stop in any of the international luxury stores at Plaza 66, continue down the road back to the Marriott at People's Square or follow East Nanjing Pedestrian Street all the way back to the Bund. In the evening, head to the hip Rujin Guesthouse, an old Shanghai compound which has been transformed into a restaurant and bar complex. Lan Na Thai offers top notch southeast Asian cuisine and Face Bar on the first floor, with its picturesque garden, is a Shanghai institution.


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Jade Buddha Temple

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

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86 21 6333 2226 (Tourist Information)


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ShanghART

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50 Moganshan Road
Building 16 & 18
200020 Shanghai, China

Phone:

86 21 6359 3923 / 86 21 5382 0418


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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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Nanjing Road

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Location:

Nanjing Central Road
200002 Shanghai, China

Phone:

86 21 6333 2226 (Tourist Information)


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Plaza 66

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1266 Nanjing Xi Lu
200040 Shanghai, China

Phone:

86 21 5306 8888


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

Phone:

86 21 6472 5222


Day 7 - Shanghai


On the last day of your trip, arrange a visit to Suzhou and explore the city's famous gardens. You may also want to take a peak the the Suzhou Silk Museum or the IM Pei designed Suzhou City Museum. Opera lovers will not want to miss the exquisite little Kunqu Opera Museum. After returning to the city, on your last night in Shanghai, dine in style at the Pudong ShangriLa's Jade on 36. Every dish at this internationally renowned restaurant is an artistic and culinary masterpiece. For one last glimpse at Shanghai, head to the Sky Lounge at the top of the JinMao Tower. The memories are sure to last until your next trip to Shanghai.


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Jade on 36 Restaurant & Bar

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

Phone:

86 21 5049 1234


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