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.
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.
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.
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.
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.