In a country where only a few...
In a country where only a few years ago it was difficult to eat anything other than the national cuisine outside the major hotels, Shanghai now has a plethora of Continental and Asian restaurants, whipping up incredibly good food in great surroundings. Many of these places have award winning chefs, are fantastically designed and offer fabulous service. The city's bar and club scene too, is stylish enough to rival that of any western city. New bars spring up every week, offering an incredible selection of watering holes for a city of this size. The bar scene is big enough to cater to all tastes too; Irish bars, German beers, cocktails and Martinis, house and garage tunes, New York soul, unique and funky Jazz are available throughout the city. Many of Shanghai's most sophisticated joints are filled every night of the week with locals and foreigners ready and willing to realize that decadent spirit again.
3 hats in Shanghai
Great menu with a real touch of sophisticated class. Awesome view accross the River, one of the best I have experienced. Owned & run by Aussies with REAL lamb on the menu! Voted one of the BEST restaurants in the World. And no doubt it is.... Smart, but can also look good dressed down funky!
Daily 10.30am-6am. No cards. 1) 355 Chang Shou Lu, by Chang De Lu. PT (6227 5085); 2) 437 Chang Shou Lu. PT (6266 0553); 3) 1975-1985 Sichuan Bei Lu, at Chang Shou Lu. Hongkou(5666 5579)
Bing Huo Yuan Hot Pot
Daily 11am-2am. All cards. 160 Chengdu Nan Lu, by Huai Hai Zhong Lu. LW (5382 9777)
The Peace Hotel
The Peace Hotel is one of those places you just have to see in Shanghai, without ever really knowing why.
The north building of The Peace Hotel was originally Sassoon House, with The Cathay Hotel occupying the 4th to 7th floors, and was built in 1929, some fifty years after the more austere south building (although the latter was rebuilt in 1906).
The Peace Hotel's green dome is a distinctive landmark from the river, and it was always intended as a sign of opulence by the Sassoon family.
Famously, some of the bedrooms were modelled on different themes, and this has been kept true to style, so the visitor can stay in German, Spanish, Italian, Japanese, British or Chinese rooms. The vast majority of guests have to be content with the hotel soap and maybe a toothbrush, as the themed rooms are extraordinarily expensive.
Most of the public areas of the hotel can be discretely inspected, including the banqueting facilities on the top floors. Just look as if you are a lost guest. The Art Deco detailing is fantastic, and it is a miracle that its decadence survived the 1960s and 1970s, but then the Gang of Four used the Peace Hotel as a regular meeting place.
Shanghai - the city of skyscraper
for me is the land of architecture.. lots of tall building..the feel that i got is modernity.. but somehow i really miss seeing greenery view.. tall buildings and highways makes me feel small in human's creation.. but mountains and green view makes me feel small in God's creation...