The most populous Chinese city, Shanghai is a force to be reckoned with. So impressive are its beautiful streets and eclectic atmosphere, its little wonder international racing festivals of epic proportions (and expense) attract crowds of discerning travellers each year. This time, we think you should be one of them. That’s right; the bright lights of Shanghai are calling.
AT A GLANCE
Glamour, history, food, culture – each of these things contributes to the genetic make-up of Shanghai, a city that invites exploration and rewards the curious. It’s a place that one can easily get lost in, and to do so voluntarily is the best way to truly understand how this city works. Shanghai is fuelled by passion and the smells, the excitement, the luxury and the palpable feeling of promise will leave you completely enchanted.
WHAT TO SEE
Shanghai has many highlights, ranging from contemporary art gallery to local street food vendor. There are a couple, however, that you simply can’t miss out on.
Begin with a spot of history with a visit to the Shanghai Museum and wander the pavilions and arched bridges of Yu Garden, the most well preserved classical garden in urban Shanghai. Team this with a couple of hours spent wandering along Old Street past an endless stream of stalls and shops and you’ll have started to get a feel for what Shanghai is all about. The Jade Buddha temple is another cultural gem in the heart of this sprawling city. Built in the early 1900’s, this is one of the city’s few active monasteries. Home to stunning courtyards, a magnificent Jade Buddha and some exquisite carvings, the dedicated artistry is sure to leave you awe-inspired.
Bringing you back to modern day, a walk along the infamous Bund at night is a must. Offering incredible views of Shanghai’s iconic skyline and home to some of the city’s most historic and most recent buildings, this stroll will provide the perfect contrast to the history and local culture you’ve previously immersed yourself in. One final stop has to be for a cocktail at the award-winning Long Bar of the Walforf Astoria Hotel, where you’ll be able to experience a slice of 1920’s Shanghai glamour. Located on the iconic Bund, you couldn’t get closer to the exclusive side to Shanghai if you tried.
WHAT WE TRAVEL WITH
Nothing says style quite like Tumi’s Carbon Fiber Adelaide Soft Duffel, and since you’re in Shanghai, you’ll no doubt want to impress. The perfect carry-on, board your plane armed with a duffel filled with a leather note-pad (some of the things you’ll see you’ll want to write down – it’s that incredible) and an insightful guidebook. Use the flight time to swot up on your Shanghai knowledge so you don’t miss a thing. You’ll never forgive yourself if you do.