Local expert and Andaz Shanghai Front Office Manager Amy Lu finds the fusion of contemporary and traditional cultures to be one of the most incredible features of Shanghai, the busiest container port in the world. Visitors and locals alike can enjoy exploring the historic city, all while soaking up the fast-paced, eccentric atmosphere and ever-expanding skyline. The rapidly growing city has an incredible amount to offer, from international cuisines, revolutionary architecture, historic landmarks, contemporary art galleries and much more! Lucky for us, Amy knows exactly where to lead guests for a truly memorable time in Shanghai.
Amy recommends that first-time visitors take a tour of The Bund, located along the bank of the Huangpu River. Sprinkled with an impressive collection of early 20th-century architecture, The Bund is an iconic tourist destination in Shanghai, which centers on the stunning historical buildings and wharves, ranging in style from neoclassical, gothic revival, Romanesque and art deco. Across from the Huangpu River is the Pudong district, or what locals consider to be the future of Shanghai. This expanding area of the city displays a wide range of towering skyscrapers including the Orient Pearl Tower, as the highest observation deck in Asia, the art-deco Jin Mao Tower and the World Financial Center featuring the Park Hyatt hotel, the tallest hotel in the world! Amy also suggests taking a walk through the French Concession, hopping on a Huangpu River Cruise, or visiting the City God Temple.
Seeing as Shanghai is the leading city in the country for design, cuisine and the arts, Amy has plenty of recommendations for guests on where to find great food, fun, and entertainment. For those who want a taste of the locals' favorite grub, stop by Lan Ting Restaurant or Lost Heven, offering up some of the best ethnic cuisine. Don't forget Shou Ning for locals' favorite seafood or Tian Zi Fung, Amy's favorite spot for lunch! Looking for a fun night on the town? Check out Muse on the Bund, or MINT for some tasty drinks and groovy music. For the entertainment seekers, Amy suggests seeing a show at Shanghai Stadium, Oriental Culture Center or Shanghai Circus World.
To soak in Shanghai's culture, guests should explore Shanghai Art Museum or Shanghai Science and Technology Museum. The Yu Garden, or 'Garden of Peace', is a picturesque part of Old Shanghai Town and one of Amy's favorite places to visit on a beautiful afternoon. Another local hot spot is Dong Tai, an antique market great for shopping and people watching, as well as Xintiandi, a shopping, eating and entertainment district of Shanghai.
Thanks to expert Amy Lu, you can explore the fascinating city feeling like a true local. Don't forget to stop in and say hello during your trip!