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Shanghai is one of Asia's most dynamic metropolises, buzzing with new architecture, world-class dining, shopping, arts and nightlife. Of the city's many unique traits, perhaps the most striking is its mix of architectural styles: traditional Chinese, European colonial and ultra-modern. From the dense shikumen, two- to three-story tenements protected by brick walls, to the stately, colonnaded financial buildings on the Bund, to the newest, glass and steel building designed by the world's "starchitects," Shanghai's skyline is one-of-a-kind. But be sure to take note of what Shanghai looks like today - with scores of new developments planned for the foreseeable future, you might not be able to recognize it on your next visit.
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Visit 1933 Shanghai, a gigantic Art Deco-era slaughterhouse repurposed into
a thriving cultural center and one of 2010’s hottest spots.
Motorbike Sidecar Tour
For the adventurous, get a thrilling street-level view – literally – of
today’s Shanghai from the vantage point of a speeding motorcycle sidecar
Rock Bund Art Museum
With a contemporary art expert, explore the new Rock Bund Art Museum, which
opened in May 2010 with an exhibit by the celebrated Cai Guo-Qiang and is
the centerpiece of a vast urban renewal effort.
Jewish History of Shanghai
With Remote Lands’ specialist expert guide, go on a private tour of into the little-known history of Jews in Shanghai. Drive to Hongkou District, an area where Jewish refugees fleeing the Holocaust settled in the 1940s, as well as other important sites in the city. Jews have long been in Asia and the first Jews to arrive in Shanghai, among them the wealthy Sassoon family, came from Iraq via India in the 1840s. The Sassoons were instrumental in transforming this formerly sleepy town on the Huangpu River into the “Pearl of the Orient.”
Moganshan Lu Art Galleries
Peruse the galleries in the Moganshan Lu warehouse district, also known as
M50, with an expert in contemporary Chinese art, who will give you a
private tour of the top galleries and studios where you will meet renowned
curators and artists.
With your expert guide, get a taste of Shanghai's commercial, Jazz-Age heyday while strolling the tree-shaded streets of the French Concession. Administered by the French from 1849 to 1943, much of the original colonial architecture is present and the wrought iron gates in front of the old houses are very reminiscent of Paris.
Remote Lands’ friend, an urban planning expert-cum-Shanghai historian, can
provide a highly specialized tour with fascinating insight into the city’s
development over the past 150 years.
Explore the Shanghai Museum, which contains one of the world’s finest collections of Chinese art and antiquities. The current museum, opened in 1995 although it was established in 1952, is designed in the shape of a Shang Dynasty bronze cooking vessel, symbolizing “a round heaven and a square earth.” The museum contains one of the world’s finest collections of Chinese art and antiquities, spanning 5,000 years from China's Neolithic Period to the Qing Dynasty.
Take a private tai chi lesson in the Yu Gardens.
Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Hall
Experience the Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Hall. Housed in a striking, modern five-story building made of microlite glass, this is one of the world’s largest showcases of urban development and renewal. Its highlight is an vast scale model of urban Shanghai as it will look in 2020, providing visitors a first-hand glimpse of projects currently under construction.
Arts and Crafts
Wander around the tiny arts and crafts enclave of Taikang Lu in the French Concession area. This neighborhood of labyrinthine alleyways has shikumen housing small craft stores, coffee shops, and art studios. Walk down Tianzi Fang, a narrow street with the most interesting establishments.
Visit the Yu Gardens, the most celebrated classical Chinese gardens in Shanghai. The gardens capture the essence of southern Chinese landscape design from the Ming and Qing dynasties and are characterized by an exquisite layout, beautiful scenery, and artistic architecture.
Take a guided walk along Shanghai's landmark waterfront, The Bund, a vestige of the city's capitalist days in the first half of the 20th century. As you walk past its 52 buildings over a one mile stretch, you will see the new China in the highly modern architecture of Pudong across the Huangpo River.
Get a real feel for China on this luxury 10-day tour that whisks you through Beijing, Xian, Shanghai, and Hangzhou. You’ll stay at some of the country’s most prestigious hotels, while taking in key sights, from the Temple of Heaven, to the Great Wall of China, to the Terracotta Warriors, Yu Gardens, and more.
Embark upon an unforgettable 14-day journey of discovery across Asia’s finest art-hubs; meet the pioneering artists, collectors and scene’s stalwarts in five fabulous cities, and explore their galleries and art spaces. Experience the hot spots and sights by day, and relax in luxury by night in Peninsula’s world-class hotels.
Join Aman for an exclusive and unforgettable 17-day adventure across Asia. Prepare to be whisked across the continent aboard your private jet and stay at eight of their luxury properties in Beijing, Lijiang, Thimphu, Paro, Rajasthan, Ranthambore, Galle and Tangalle.
Journey across China’s ancient trade route, meandering from Shanghai, to Xian, Dunhuang, Urumqi, and Kashgar. You’ll stay in hotels fit for aristocrats as you learn about what life was like for traders at sites like the Bund, the Terracotta Warriors, the City of Sands, White Horse Pagoda, the Grand Bazaar, and more.
Golf your way through China as you travel to some of the country’s best, most prestigious golf courses, in places like Beijing, Xian, Kunming, Lijiang, Guilin, and Shanghai. Among them, you’ll test drive the likes of Spring City Golf & Lake Resort and Merryland Golf Course, all grounds surrounded by stunning nature.
In 2017, Aman opens their fourth property in China, nestled within an idyllic historical village. More than a resort, the new Aman represents a valuable act of cultural preservation as well as an opportunity for guests to experience a piece of China's deep rural history within driving distance of central Shanghai. The hotel's story begins with the construction of a reservoir, whose waters threatened to flood a small, abandoned village in the mountainous countryside of the Jiangxi province. Together, historians and architects worked to delicately relocate 50 Ming and Qing Dynasty houses, some dating back over 2,000 years. A selection of ancient camphor trees, renowned for their beauty and scent, were also relocated and nursed back to full health alongside the homes they shaded for millennia. Aman Shanghai is currently accepting enquiries of interest, and may be tentatively included in Remote Lands itineraries scheduled for late 2017.
Fairmont Peace Hotel
Opened in 2010, The Fairmont Peace Hotel breathes new life into the Peace Hotel, a vestige of Shanghai’s pre-WWII glory days. This magnificently decorated building that miraculously survived the Cultural Revolution has sumptuously restored guestrooms and suites, including the famed Nine Nations Suites: the Indian, English, Chinese and American have been preserved from the original hotel, while the French, Italian, Spanish, Japanese and German suites have been redesigned in keeping with their original concepts. There are a few lounges to enjoy a cocktail or cigar: Cin Cin, Jasmine Lounge, which also serves afternoon tea, and the Jazz Bar for live music. There are three restaurants, including a casual French bistro, Victor’s, The Cathay Room for modern European cuisine and Dragon Phoenix for Cantonese. The fitness center has the latest in gym technology and also offers group classes. Willow Stream Spa offers massage and spa and beauty treatments based on ancient Chinese healing. The Fairmont is about one hour’s drive from Pudong International Airport.
Park Hyatt Shanghai
Floating above the city on the 79th through 93rd floors of the Shanghai World Financial Center, the Park Hyatt is the highest hotel in the world, With 174 suites and rooms, the hotel’s intimate interior was designed to resemble a modern Chinese residence and is divided by gates, halls and chambers. The rooms, on the other hand, are some of the largest in Shanghai. There is a state-of-the-art fitness center, as well as the Water’s Edge Spa, which offers a full menu of skin and body treatments, as well Western, Thai and Chinese massage techniques. There are two bars and three restaurants; 100 Century Avenue, an integrated three-level fine-dining restaurant (serving Western, Chinese, and Japanese cuisine) is among the best restaurants in the city, and certainly has the best view. Other amenities include 24-hour butler service, a technology concierge, the full complement of business services, and wired and wireless high-speed Internet throughout the hotel. The Park Hyatt is a 40-minute drive from Pudong International Airport (PVG).
Located on the Puxi side of the Huangpu River, the Peninsula Shanghai has fabulous views of the Bund, Pearl Oriental Tower and other historic and modern architecture along the Pudong side. Befitting its location in the Pearl of the Orient, the Peninsula’s style is modern while retaining a chic stylistic nod to the city’s Art Deco past. There are 235 guestrooms and suites, which all feature plasma TVs, Nespresso coffee machines, iPod docking stations and wifi access, lending a residential feel to the hotel. Four themed suites – the Astor, Majestic, Palace and Peninsula – set new standards in luxury living. For fine dining within the hotel, Yilong Court for Cantonese cuisine or Sir Elly’s for Western fare in a beautiful setting with views of the Bund are excellent options. The Compass Bar, Lobby and Salon de Ning are lovely places for a night cap. There is a Peninsula spa by ESPA, which offers the brand’s award-winning treatments in a neo-classical setting , indoor pool and fitness center with a DVD library such that gym goers can watch their favorite programs while using the cardio machines. The Peninsula is 40-60 minutes’ drive from the airport, depending on traffic.
Waldorf Astoria Shanghai on the Bund
The Waldorf Astoria Shanghai on the Bund is a true Shanghai landmark, located on the city’s most famous street and offering amazing views of both old and new Shanghai. Its 260 state-of-the-art rooms and suites come with all the latest facilities, including luxury bedding, free internet, cable TV, CD/DVD player and coffee machine. Savor delicious, fresh cuisine from one of six diverse Shanghai restaurants and bars: sip on vintage champagne in the historic Long Bar and relax in plush leather chairs with single malt whiskies and fine Cuban cigars; nibble on modern New York inspired fare at Pelham’s; or indulge in a variety of gourmet Chinese dishes at Wei Jing Ge. The hotel’s fully equipped fitness center offers a fantastic selection of the finest cardiovascular and exercise equipment. Bathe in the hotel’s heated indoor pool or treat yourself to a range of restorative, soothing spa treatments. Relax in the hotel’s sophisticated Library Lounge and unwind in tranquil serenity, or take advantage of complimentary Wi-Fi, available all day, and catch up with work.