In this buzzing metropolis, where soaring skyscrapers co-exist with quiet lanes unchanged by time, there are countless hidden gems worth exploring

sheng jian bao


For local fare, head to Xun Noodles where the signature crab roe and shrimp noodles are cooked to perfection. Yang’s Fried Dumplings, a popular chain of sheng jian bao (fried dumplings filled with meat and savoury broth), is also a must-try. For something different, visit Polux by Paul Pairet. The Michelin-starred chef’s French bistro is inspired by the Parisian café scene and offers traditional favourites, like French onion soup.

691 Beijing Xi Lu, +86 21 6272 3963; ;

Flair Rooftop Restaurant & Bar


The views from either side of the Huangpu River are both extremely photo-worthy. In Pudong, the Ritz- Carlton’s Flair Rooftop Restaurant & Bar offers breathtaking sights of the Bund while across the river, snap photos of the Lujiazui district’s skyscrapers from the Peninsula Shanghai’s Sir Elly’s Terrace rooftop bar. If you’re impressed by the hotel’s Art Deco vibes, see more at 1933 Shanghai, a former abattoir that pays tribute to one of the city’s greatest architecture periods. ; ;


Get a taste of China’s dynamic fashion scene at Xinlelu in Jing’an. Owner Yilei Wu curates a chic range of clothing and accessories designed for the modern Shanghainese woman from brands such as Phosphenes (jewellery) and Arete (fashion). Also, be sure to grab some classic Feiyue sneakers. First manufactured in the 1920s, they’re made of lightweight canvas and remain extremely popular to this day. Pick up a pair at Culture Matters.

206 Wulumuqi Zhong Lu, +86 21 92 4198

Mo Gan


Drive three hours out of Shanghai and you’ll find yourself in the highlands of Moganshan, where bamboo forests and mountain views abound. Book a weekend stay at the luxurious Naked Stables, an eco-resort with daily activities like horseback riding and yoga. Or try Moganshan Solvang Village, a resort in Dazaowu with easy access to hiking routes and Dadouwu Reservoir.

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Water towns

Li Feng

Shanghai’s general manager Li Feng on three nearby ancient towns perfect for a day trip

“Built along the canal systems from Lake Tai, Zhujiajiao makes for a relaxing day out of the city. Be sure to check out the Water Heavens musical by award-winning composer Tan Dun.”

Wuzhen is known for its traditional art forms. Check out handmade shadow puppets, catch a martial arts show or look out for bamboo-pole climbing happening throughout the town.”

“People visit Xitang for its well-preserved ancient houses, bridges and waterways. It’s famous for its 122 ancient lanes. Shipi Lane is the most famous, which at its narrowest is just 80cm.”


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