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Showing off Shanghai: 6 Restaurants to Impress Out-of-Town Clients

When you need to wine and dine an important client in Shanghai, choosing the right restaurant or bar is key. From stunning rooftop views to authentic soup dumplings, here are our favorite spots to entertain out-of-town clients in the Pearl of the Orient. Read more>>

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Sky-High Shanghai: Exploring the City’s Tallest Buildings HOT

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Shanghai is known globally as a super-modern metropolis and one of the most obvious symbols of this modernity is embodied in its towering skyscrapers that dominate the city’s skyline. We take a look at the buildings that have not only become iconic ...... Read More>>

Shanghai Street Guide: Exploring Kangding Lu HOT

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Kangding Lu runs from Wanhangdu Lu in the west, cutting a swathe across the north of Jing’an District until it reaches Suzhou Creek and turns into Nan Suzhou Lu. While taken up with residential and office buildings for much of its length, Kangding Lu is ...... Read More>>

Controversial New Pagoda at Jing’an Temple HOT

It might not yet be open to the public, but Jing'an Temple's brand new pagoda has recently been unveiled to mixed reactions. The 63-meter gilded addition to the 2nd century place of worship has divided Shanghai residents: some see it as a gaudy eyesore, ...... Read More>>

Discovering Shanghai: Highlights of Xinle Lu HOT

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The former French Concession is full of pretty, tree-lined streets lined with boutiques, bars, and cafes, but Xinle Lu has to be one of the most picturesque. Running east from the crossroads of Fumin Lu and Dongu Lu down to Shaanxi Lu, Xinle was known as ...... Read More>>

New Imago Plaza: A Welcome Addition to Putou District HOT

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Shanghai’s northerly Putuo District hasn’t traditionally been the go-to spot for shopping. A little rough around the edges, it’s better known for tasty street food, budget hostels and hotels, and endless grey apartment blocks. However, with the recent ...... Read More>>

Shanghai Forest Parks HOT

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Shanghai is not only great for shopping and living the high life, but it is also home to three great forest parks. Exchange the heels and suits for outdoor gear and barbeque equipment in the Shanghai forest parks listed below. ... Read More>>

Quiet Charm: A Guide to Jinxian Lu HOT

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Tucked away between the better known streets of Shaanxi Lu and Maoming Lu lies a quirky little avenue full of art, fashion, and great food. Jinxian Lu provides the perfect place to stroll while shopping for those hard-to-find outfits and accessories. Stop ...... Read More>>

A Guide to the Best Shops, Bars and Restaurants on Shanghai's Fumin Lu HOT

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There are those times when you really want to impress someone – whether you have family or friends visiting from out of town, you’re on a first date, or you just want to remind yourself that, by God, you’re living in Shanghai! Well, Fumin Lu (富民路) is ...... Read More>>

Go Green: Shanghai Botanical Gardens HOT

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By now, your hibernation instincts have probably kicked in and all you want to do is stay huddled up in your apartment, nice and (fairly) warm. For the sake of your health and sanity (and most likely the sanity of your roommates, coworkers, and friends…) ...... Read More>>

Best Places to Live in Shanghai - Alternatives to the Usual Spots HOT

When you’re moving to a foreign country, especially for the first time, it can be a daunting task to choose where to live. How in the world are you supposed to know where the best areas are when you haven’t even visited yet? Certainly the same areas of the...... Read More>>

New Shopping Dreamland: Shanghai's 889 Plaza Shopping Mall HOT

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The area of north Jing’an District around Wanhangdu Lu and Changshou Lu is having something of a renaissance lately. There’s a new Swiss restaurant on Kangding Lu next door to a bakery and an imported food shop, and Imago Plaza is soon to open just after ...... Read More>>

Still Standing: 10 Historical Buildings in Shanghai You Have to See HOT

Historical isn’t a word you’d usually associate with Shanghai’s architecture. It’s a thoroughly modern city on the surface – multi-storied apartment blocks, sky-high office towers, glass-fronted malls. But look a bit closer and you’ll find a whole ...... Read More>>

City God: Churches in Shanghai HOT

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China isn’t a country you’d naturally associate with Christianity, but there is actually a long history of missionary work and church building. Thanks to heavy Western influence, Shanghai has many beautiful churches, most of which are still in use for ...... Read More>>

The Best of the Bund HOT

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Whether you are living in or simply visiting Shanghai, it is quite difficult not to experience the Bund. Want to eat at the most famous restaurants? Visit the Bund. Want to have a cocktail at the trendiest bars? Go to the Bund. Want to experience the most ...... Read More>>

Coffee, Wine and DVDs: International Flavour on Dagu Lu HOT

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With all the hustle and bustle that surrounds you in Shanghai, sometimes you just want to get away. Luckily, there is a street that offers a sense of small-town (well, at least smaller town) charm. Dagu Lu 大沽路, which runs between Chengdu Lu and Shimen ...... Read More>>

Stone-Walling: A Guide to the Best Bars and Restaurants in Xintiandi HOT

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Xintiandi is one of Shanghai’s must-see sites. The renovated shikumen (stone-door) lanes offer a glimpse of Shanghai gone-by, and are teeming with boutique stores, upmarket restaurants and cool little cafés. Find out which are worth your time, with our ...... Read More>>

A Real Concession: Nanchang Lu HOT

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Nanchang Lu sits quietly behind the busy and at times overbearing Huaihai Lu. This unassuming, inner-city street offers an enchanting glimpse into the real life of Shanghai’s French Concession. ... Read More>>

Where to Live in Shanghai HOT

Moving to Shanghai can be a daunting prospect. In a city so huge, choosing a good apartment can be like looking for a needle in a haystack. Because of Shanghai’s enormous population there are residential buildings everywhere, even right in the centre ...... Read More>>

M50 Creative Park: Putting culture back into Shanghai HOT

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The next time someone gleefully tells you that ‘there’s no culture to be found in Shanghai’, maybe you can redirect them to this article, and the fact that Shanghai’s modern art scene is alive, kicking and full of more culture than you, or any Beijing ...... Read More>>

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