Four Seasons Hotel Shanghai at Pudong

Unpacking List: The Shanghai Area

It’s not the things you take with you that define your journey; it’s the experiences you have and the memories you bring home. Hotel Manager and Shanghai resident Joyce Zhao of Four Seasons Hotel Shanghai at Pudong takes you through the experiences she cherishes most in Shanghai. Here, she recommends four sensory “souvenirs” to take away from your visit.

Red lanterns sway in the wind in Shanghai

The Rhythmic Chime of Temple Bells

Chinese people believe that the ringing of the temple bell can drive away bad luck and bring good fortune to your life. Visit Longhua Temple, believed to be the oldest and largest temple in Shanghai, to take a listen. If you go early, you may even catch the monks chanting before the bell chimes. Make sure to visit at the start of the new year for the special evening bell-striking ceremony too.

Steamed Shanghainese pork dumplings with matsutake

The Savoury Aroma of Soup Dumplings

Shanghai’s steamed dumplings are among the best in the world. They’re light and flavourful, and you can find pork, shrimp or crab options in the markets at Yu Yuan Gardens. While there, stop by the nearby bazaar to taste test other local snacks or haggle for quirky souvenirs. It’s the perfect afternoon outing.

City-goers exploring Shanghai at sunrise

The Bustle of Life on the Waterfront Bund

Visiting the Bund is the best way to experience Shanghai. On this famous stretch of waterfront, you can find award-winning restaurants, like Michelin-starred Jean Gorges in No. 3 on the Bund, which serves the most delicious foie gras. You can even take a dinner cruise out on the Huangpu River and indulge in local delicacies with views of Shanghai Tower and the miles-long stretch of stunning architecture – from Romanesque to art deco.

Woman in swimsuit sits on edge of indoor swimming pool, man wades in water

Skyline Views at the Water’s Edge

Our indoor infinity pool looks out on Century Avenue through oversized windows for panoramic views of the city skyline. From the 41st floor, the silhouette of the city is incredible. I’d recommend a private pool party after 11:00 pm, complete with canapés, wine and champagne, and the glittering lights of the city – all arranged just for you.

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