With its futuristic skyline and waterfront locale, Shanghai remains one of China’s most exhilarating destinations. It’s also the largest, so choosing how to spend your time can be challenging. We recommend contacting the Concierge for suggestions customised to your interests; but to get you started, here are some of the best shopping, dining and sight-seeing experiences the city has to offer.
Where to shop
From Old City markets to international designer boutiques, Shanghai has it all. One hour you’ll be shopping for traditional silk slippers and the next, the latest Chanel pumps.
1. Visit the renowned South Bund Fabric Market, where expert tailors and seamstresses can customize and finish a suit within a week. Select from the finest fabrics and be amazed by the quality of workmanship.
2. Create your own jewellery at Hongqiao International Pearl City—and have a lot of fun bargaining. For an exceptionally moderate price, you can take home a lovely strand of freshwater pearls.
3. Shopping for kids? Come to the Nihong Kids’ Plaza and stroll the stalls. Particularly adorable are the cute and colourful rain boots, alongside fun rain jackets and kid-size umbrellas.
Where to eat
Photography courtesy Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts
Shanghai’s international flavour satisfies globetrotting palates, with cuisine as diverse as Chinese and French.
4. For traditional Cantonese fare, come to Si Ji Xuan at Four Seasons. Lunch offers dim sum, while dinner presents Chinese specialties. If you’re here before November, try the hairy crab, a local delicacy only briefly in season.
5. Very popular, Mr & Mrs Bund offers modern French fare with a twist. The menu of over 200 dishes is designed for sharing and features classic and updated bistro fare.
6. At Lost Heaven, enjoy an exotic villa setting for cuisine from China’s Yunnan province. Richly spiced curries might remind you of Thai or Laotian fare.
What to do
Photography Jose Luis Stephens / Alamy Stock Photo
The streets of Shanghai offer seamless transitions between ancient traditions and futuristic trends.
7. Enjoy a morning walk to Jing An Park—just 15 minutes from Four Seasons—where you’ll find hundreds of people performing their daily rituals of Tai Chi, martial arts and fan dances.
8. Take a ferry across the river to the financial hub of Pudong, where you can explore some of the world’s tallest buildings up close. The view is best from the observatory at the Shanghai World Finance Center.
9. Witness a spectacular acrobatic and circus show at the Shanghai Centre Theatre. Traditional Chinese costumes and awe-inspiring feats—from plate-spinners to hoop divers—will leave your jaw dropped in amazement!
10. Explore Taikang Road in the French Concession, where the tiny lanes and alleyways have become a bohemian arts area with galleries and outdoor cafés.