Bright Lights, Big Cities

Shanghai - Population 23 million

EAT

You haven’t experienced the soul of Shanghai until you’ve had sheng jian bao, or pan-fried soup dumplings. Beneath a golden-brown, crispy shell, a fluffy and doughy bun holds fragrant minced pork surrounded by flavourful hot soup. Taste and texture meet in a single bite.

 

EXPLORE

A leisurely stroll along the Bund offers picturesque views of the Huangpu River and the Pudong skyline, which includes the iconic Pearl Oriental Tower. Fuxing Park in the former French Concession offers a glimpse of everyday life where residents dance, sing, practise tai chi and play chess in their pyjamas.

 

DRINK

In a city where bars pop up and disappear just as quickly, El Coctel at Yongfu Road in the former French Concession can be considered an institution, crafting cocktails inspired by the prohibition era. This place is popular, so go early to get a seat.

 

STAY

Ascott Heng Shan Shanghai is situated in a charming, historical neighbourhood in the heart of Shanghai that is also the former French Concession. Its tree-lined avenues and old mansions give it the name ‘Paris of the East.’ The serviced residence is a stone’s throw away from shopping, dining and entertainment venues such as the Huaihai Road shopping belt, Xintiandi and People’s Square.