One day in Shanghai

How to get a taste of the city and let its charm win you in just 24 hours

  • One day in Shanghai
  • One day in Shanghai
  • One day in Shanghai
  • One day in Shanghai
  • One day in Shanghai

Huge, chaotic, and reaching up to the heavens with its incredible skyscrapers, Shanghai is deemed the economic capital of China, so if you are dealing with the Chinese market chances are, one time or another, you have been to this incredible city. As always, however, when traveling for business it is always hard to find the time to get an idea of ​​a place, especially if it is such a large, complex, and multi-layered city. Still, it is worth finding a way to at least be able to savor the authentic atmosphere of the place and briefly immerse oneself in the life of one of the most unique and fascinating cities on the planet. Here’s how do it in just one day.
7.20 a.m.
Head to Xitang Water Town
Set off on an early bus to this ancient water village along the Yangtze Delta, just an hour's journey from the city but light years away in terms of atmosphere and architecture. Walk its narrow cobbled streets, glide along the canals on a boat in the morning mist, admire the old stone bridges, stroll under the covered streets, and finally taste the local delicacy: steamed pork wrapped in lotus leaves.
2.00 p.m.
Shop in Times Square
If Shanghai is a shopping paradise, then you obviously cannot skip hunting for top-notch goods, not if you wish to fully immerse yourself in the atmosphere of the city. Head straight to Huaihai Road, the least touristy and most sophisticated shopping street in town, and treat yourself to a shopping session at the Lane Crawford mall in Times Square, featuring luxury brands of clothing, accessories, jewelry, cosmetics and lifestyle.
5.00 p.m.
Explore contemporary Chinese photography at M97
Another quintessential aspect of the city is undoubtedly its vibrant art scene. Shanghai is full of fantastic galleries, and among them M97 definitely deserves a special mention. One of the largest photo galleries in China, this place will allow you to discover the work of some of the most talented Chinese (and international) photographers. Plus, the location - a former 1940s factory in the central Jing'an district - is truly special.
6 p.m.
Walk along the Bund & enjoy aperitivo with a view
Going to Shanghai and not taking a walk along the Bund would be like going to Paris and refusing to stroll along the Seine: it's a cliché, but one that you simply cannot avoid. This long avenue running along the left bank of the Huangpu River once was the emblem of the city’s foreign occupation, and one of the major financial centers of Asia. The colonial buildings in European style (mainly banks and hotels) are all that remains of that era, but the most spectacular thing here is the view of Pudong, the skyscraper district on the opposite bank of the river. Its skyline includes the Shanghai Tower (the second highest skyscraper in the world at 632 meters) and the unmistakable TV Tower, among others. For a perfect perspective, climb to the terrace of Hotel Indigo and enjoy aperitivo with a view.
8 p.m.
Dine in the French Concession
When in Shanghai, it is unconceivable not to make at least a short visit to the former French Concession, a French enclave from the mid-nineteenth century until just before the Second World War and currently the expat neighborhood par excellence, exuding an international atmosphere and crowded with bars, clubs, and galleries. Here, among Art Deco buildings, colonial-style villas, traditional Chinese houses and modern buildings, (literally) hides a place called People 7, an understated cocktail bar and restaurant that has no sign and is only accessed through a door at the top of a metal staircase, by entering a "secret" code. Once inside, everything is minimalist and exquisitely chic, starting from the long steel counter that serves excellent cocktails and a nice Asian menu.
10 p.m.
Music & cocktails
To top the day off, plunge into the city’s nightlife, but choose your destination accurately. Our suggestion is to go back to the Bund area and head to M1NT. With dancefloors overlooking the skyline, an international clientele and a diverse music offer, this is one of the poshest and most exclusive clubs in Shanghai, sitting on top of a skyscraper. Dress for the occasion to comply with the door policy.

Author : The Slowear Journal


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