Four Seasons Hotel Shanghai, Pudong, offers you a perfect base from which to experience vibrant, fascinating Shanghai. While more and more attractions tempt visitors to spend most of their time in Pudong, Shanghai’s other beloved areas are short taxi rides from the Hotel. Puxi, the historical centre of Shanghai, and upscale, car-free Xintiandi can be reached in just 15 minutes, and the waterfront Bund is just 10 minutes away. We invite you to use the following three-day sample itinerary to plan your leisure time in our endlessly entertaining world city.
Day 1 – The Modern Shanghai
- First-day excitement! Wake up a little early to take a dip in the “007” swimming pool at FLARE spa on level 41, where you can look out on the stunning cityscape of Lujiazui with its fascinating modern architecture, the Huangpu River and the three tallest landmarks in China: Shanghai World Financial Center, Jin Mao Tower and Oriental Pearl TV Tower.
- Enjoy your first taste of Shanghai with a lavish breakfast at the Hotel’s Camelia restaurant.
- After breakfast, get your camera ready – it’s time to start exploring the city. On your way out, ask our Concierge for a lunch recommendation, then set out along Century Avenue, where you’ll find the IFC shopping centre, Grand Super Mall and Aurora Art Museum.
- After lunch, stroll the Huangpu riverside promenade (bingjiang da dao), a great location for taking in the sunset.
- For dinner, treat yourself to authentic, sophisticated Cantonese and Shanghainese cuisine at the Hotel’s award-winning Shàng-Xi restaurant. (Insider tip: Delectable local hairy crab is in season from mid-October until November.)
Day 2 – Discover the river’s west side
- Order breakfast in bed from our In-Room Dining menu and enjoy the expansive views through your guest room or suite’s floor-to-ceiling windows.
- After breakfast, visit the city’s hottest exhibition at Power Station of Art. An instant icon, this revamped power station is the largest modern-art museum in Asia.
- If you’d rather have your pick of about 120 galleries and art studios, visit the M50 arts district, home of the city’s contemporary art scene. Putting you in touch with today’s Chinese culture, this is a must-see destination for collectors and trendspotters.
- Head to Tai Kang Road for an afternoon of truly original alleyway adventure and shopping. You’ll find more than 200 diverse boutiques, cafés, restaurants, art galleries, craft stores, designed houses and studios.
- Save the mythical Bund, Shanghai’s iconic waterfront area, for the evening, when the entire strip is dramatically lit and draws the city’s bon vivants to wine and dine into the wee hours.
- Return to the Hotel and unwind at our FLARE spa. Whether you try a signature Guerlain facial or a body treatment, we’ll ensure a soothing time before bed.
Day 3 – Water village and delicious local food
- Start your day with a mouthwatering breakfast to-go in the comfort of a Hotel limo on your way to Zhouzhuang, a water village boasting 900 years of history. Widely known as the Venice of the Orient, Zhouzhuang is considered a jewel among China’s water towns.
- Discover the 18th-century private residences of wealthy merchant families, take pictures on the charming stone bridges, and visit a Taoist temple built in the Song Dynasty.
- Lunch at the Shen Family Restaurant, which is said to be the best place to enjoy typical local specialties, including braised pork tendons, white shellfish, steamed shad and fried whitebait.
- Board a man-powered wooden boat and start a relaxed afternoon spent admiring winding water lanes, arched stone bridges and well-preserved ancient buildings.
- Before heading home, stop by the local bazaar. Lined with antiques and artwork, this is a great place to find a beautiful treasure or a simple souvenir.
- Return to the Hotel and treat yourself to a relaxing cocktail at the Hotel’s lobby-level terrace, then a dinner of French specialties at award-winning Camelia.