Picture 48 hours in Shanghai
Day 1: Time travel from historical to contemporary art
• Treat yourself to breakfast in bed at Four Seasons Hotel Shanghai at Pudong.
• See the highlights of Shanghai Museum’s 120,000 precious artworks with a personal docent tour.
• Late lunch at Nanxiang Steamed Bun Restaurant* at Chen Huang Temple (City God Temple) in the center of Shanghai’s old walled city. Watch the chefs prepare their famed Shanghainese xiaolongbao (soup noodles) – then sample the delicious goods.
• Well fed, get your camera and walk to Yu Garden (translation: Happy Garden). This exquisite Ming Dynasty treasure is one of Shanghai’s must-sees.
• Time-travel to M50, Shanghai’s hottest arts district, about 20 minutes from the Hotel. Once a textile mill, the vibrant complex now houses studios and galleries for 120 of the city’s best-known artists, putting trend-spotters in touch with today’s Chinese culture.
• Feel time slip away in a VIP Couple’s Suite in the urban sanctuary of Flare, The Spa at Four Seasons.
• Or share a coveted table for two at the Hotel’s elegant Shand Xi Restaurant over classic Cantonese cuisine and modern Shanghainese favourites.
Day 2: Tailor-made fun and an alleyway shopping experience
• Enjoy breakfast at the Hotel’s chic Camelia restaurant
• Get an early start on bargain bespoke at the well-known Shanghai South Bund Fabric Market across the Huang Pu River in Puxi. Chinese Qipao, cashmere coats and men’s shirts are great values.
• At the upscale Xin Tian Di district in the French Concession, stroll past the 1920s Shikumen (stone gate) townhouses along Xingye Road, each modern interior now housing international galleries, fashion shops, restaurants and night clubs. Continental cuisine at T8*, Italian at Va Bene*, or Huaiyang cuisine at Villa do Lac* can be good for a relaxed lunch.
• Head to Taikang Road for a truly original alleyway shopping adventure. Vintage architecture with more than 200 boutiques, design houses, cafés, restaurants, galleries, studios, and ateliers.
• For treasure hunting, enjoy Dong Tai Antique Market in late afternoon. Mao memorabilia, old records, photos, lanterns, porcelain, chopsticks and are a few of the fun finds.
• Save The Bund for evening when it’s dramatically lit, drawing bons vivants to wine and dine into the wee hours. M on the Bund*, Mr and Mrs Bund* and New Heights* are some of the hot spots, with sweeping views of The Bund and the Pudong skyline that almost rival the fine cuisine.
• Or close on a different kind of entertaining note with an evening performance at the Shanghai Oriental Arts Center.
* Before you arrive, ask our Four Seasons Concierge to reserve your tables, to avoid disappointment.