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Alfresco dining and pubbing
It's a cluster of upmarket restaurants and pubs mainly patronised by chinese yuppies, young executives and tourists. It's quite a cosy street 'cos the restaurants and pubs are set in old chinese buildings with soft dim lightings. Suitable for that romantic nightout with your beloved. There are also no traffic so you are free from the exhaust fumes and noise and can enjoy a peaceful evening dining and wining. Of course, prices are there are higher as well since it caters to an upmarket crowd. Popular german Paulaner restaurant/pub can also be found there. There are also some chic shops there selling designer furniture and home furnishings/utensils. Smart casual will do. Jeans are ok, shorts/singlet might be frowned upon as the place is supposedly more 'classy'.
Tibetian coffee right in Shanghai
Tucked along Duolun Cultural Celebrities Street is this colourful Tibetian coffee house which serves "everything Tibetian". The owner of this place must have love Tibet alot as you will find pictures of him/family/friends taken at Tibet all over the walls and on the table top.
A cup of coffee/tea starts from RMB30.
Update on 18 Apr 2006:
Sadly, this place is now closed.
The Old Old Town
In Shanghai you have two old parts of the town: an older one, with narrow streets, old houses with no sanitary facilities, water tabs only on the street and a rich social life as it seems.
This part of Shanghai won't be around for too long, because it is right in the center of Shanghai - and that's where the companies would like to be, too!
So if you have a chance - do go and see it!
"Shanghai - The Largest City in China"
Many foreign visitors who come to Shanghai say that it is like China's New York City. Shanghai is indeed the country's most important financial and industrial center and one of the world's busiest ports. With its tall skyscrapers, large bridges, extensive public transportation system (in fact the world's most extensive with nearly one thousand bus lines), numerous businesses, and modern lifestyle, Shanghai is undoubtedly a 21st century city. Shanghai is not far from the coast of the East China Sea and is bisected by the Huangpu River. The western side of the river (Puxi) is the heart and original center of the city, while the eastern side (Pudong) is the city's new financial district. For visitors, you will be able to go to lots of historical sites as well as museums and fun attractions. You will also naturally indulge in the Shanghai lifestyle yourself with lots of excellent shopping opportunities and a true culinary experience with so many food and dining options. To truly experience Shanghai, you will have to stay in the heart of the city for at least several days.
"What to do in Shanghai..."
There are many popular tourist spots in Shanghai. The Bund, the waterfront area of the Huangpu River, offers a beautiful view of the city's tall skyscrapers in Pudong as well as the magnificent historical architecture in Puxi. Also don't miss the Chenghuang Temple area for great food and souviner shopping as well as seeing the historic Yuyuan Garden. For more shopping and nightlife, you must go to the section of Nanjing Road which runs from the People's Square to the Bund. Xin Tian Di, a place where many foreigners hang out, also has a lot of bars and restaurants. Be sure to visit the Shanghai Museum, which has lots of neat exhibits about ancient China and the Chinese culture. In Pudong, take the elevator to the top of the Oriental Pearl Tower (Asia's tallest television tower) or the Jin Mao Tower (China's tallest building) to get a good view of all of Shanghai. Other large museums include the Shanghai Science and Technology Museum, which offers lots of hands-on activities and demonstrations which should be fun for kids and the whole family.