A handpicked selection of experiences endorsed by our experts. If you can’t see what you’re looking for, let us know, as our extensive network of local contacts can open many doors.
Visit 1933 Shanghai, a gigantic Art Deco-era slaughterhouse repurposed into a thriving cultural center and one of 2010’s hottest spots.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 tour.
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.
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.
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.
Take a private tai chi lesson in the Yu Gardens.
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.
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Western & Silk Road
Get a real feel for China on this luxury 10-day tour that whisks you through Beijing, Xian, Chengdu, and Shanghai. 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.
- 10 days / 9 nights
- Price Per Person
- From $8,100
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.
- 10 days / 9 nights
- Price Per Person
- From $14,600
In just 12 days, experience Asia’s most influential art capitals in resplendent style – stunning galleries, world-class collections and irresistible exhibits awash in history. Join us for a one-of-a-kind adventure to five beautiful, classic Asian capitals, where ambitious travel meets celebrated art culture, and inspiration abounds.
- 12 days / 11 nights
- Price Per Person
- From $63,000
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.
- 18 days / 17 nights
- Price Per Person
- From $26,700
Past and present Chinese traditions alike come together against a backdrop of verdant camphor trees at the Amanyangyun Luxury Resort and Hotel in Shanghai. Transported to Shanghai from rural Fuzhou across more than 700 kilometers, the trees are a notable piece of China’s past that have been preserved alongside the newly refurbished villas of the resort in an ambitious feat of architectural and ecological conservation. Featuring a variety of suites, pavilions, and villas, Amanyangyun guests will note a sense of harmony between the structural, man-made environment and the natural ponds and gardens of the surrounding courtyards and forest. More than just a cultural experience, however, Amanyangyun stands out in its multifaceted approach to dining and wellness while also offering an array of event spaces and a 200-seat banquet hall. Amanyangyun in Shanghai is a perfect choice for guests looking to stimulate all their senses, as “yangyun,” meaning “nourishing cloud,” is a Chinese nod to expanding the mind’s “cloud” of knowledge through experience.
The highly anticipated Bulgari Shanghai aims to set a new standard of luxury in the Paris of the East. Situated in the visionary Suhe Creek development and a mere few minutes’ walk from the iconic Bund and Shanghai City Center, the hotel offers stunning panoramas of both the classical Bund and dramatic Pudong skyline. The hotel's 82 rooms and suites are located on the top eight floors of a 40-story high-rise. Exclusively designed by Antonio Citterio and Patricia Viel, the rooms and suites feature hand-crafted Italian furniture, rich natural fabrics, and sophisticated technology. No expense was spared to equip the hotel with top amenities such as a 2,000-square-meter SPA, extensive fitness center, and state-of-the-art meeting facilities. The hotel's restaurant features contemporary Italian cuisine and furnishes an extensive wine list with over 500 hand-picked labels as well as rare champagne vintages. The rooftop features a terrace with exceptional views and drinks. Guests can also enjoy a top-floor bar, cocktail, and pastry lounge with styles reminiscent of the Bulgari Hotel in Milan.
Catering to today's ultra-luxury travelers, Capella Shanghai is situated in the city’s Xuhui District cultural preservation zone, carrying on the rich tradition of the Jian Ye Li estate. Originally built in the 1930's by a French real estate company (Foncière et Immobiliere de Chine), the property features 22 rows of shikumen (stone gate) townhouse lanes, connecting over 200 two-story houses. Painstakingly restored by a team of experts, today the Capella Shanghai showcases Shaghainese traditional courtyard living with a touch of Parisian flair. The Jian Ye Li estate encompasses 55 shikumen villas and 40 residences. All villas are designed by Jaya International Design, each featuring luxurious king and twin beds, premium bath amenities by Acqua di Parma, personal assistant service, and other cutting edge technological gadgets. The expertly designed rooms marry French-accented furniture with Chinese artwork and accessories. Meals are served from the kitchen of renowned chef Pierre Gagnaire at le Comptoir, Capella Shanghai’s own restaurant providing elegant French cuisine. Additionally, guests enjoy round-the-clock in-room dining services, 24-hour gymnasium facilities, and a former water tower renovated to providebeautiful views of Shanghai's skyline.
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.
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).
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With Remote Lands you'll travel with people who have made Asia the solitary focus of their own lifelong adventure. As our guest, you'll discover Asia on a journey that is completely, authentically your own, adapted from our own remarkable experiences and adventures over the years.
With Remote Lands you'll travel with people who have made Asia the solitary focus of their own lifelong adventure. As our guest, in the continent that our north American founders Catherine and Jay have adored and explored for decades, you'll discover Asia on a journey that is completely, authentically your own, adapted from our own remarkable experiences and adventures over the years.
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