Try to learn a little basic...
Try to learn a little basic Chinese when traveling, especially the pronounciation.It really will help and the Chinese do respond well if you try ( even if they giggle while you try to speak ,they do appreciate the effort).Once you leave the Hotels people will not understand english. If you need to get somewhere by cab have the conciege write it down for you . Cab drivers Understand the least English, your best bet in an emergency are young people since they are now taught english in school.
You know? The subway.
Yes the subway / metro was quite nice in Shanghai. It is glaringly difficult to get to Yu Gardens and it's Bazaar or the Bund, but great to get to Pudong, either train station, shopping and restuarants on Hauihai Lu, and People's Park with the near by museums was easy. I never tried to figure out the bus systems, it seemed complex. Taxis are expensive (compaired to the rest of China) in town, ecspecially at night.
Yuyuan Garden is located in the center of the Old City and it's considered one of the four finest Chinese gardens and it was declared a national monument in 1982. It's a beautiful place and it there were also koi fishes.
In the bazaar you can find a lot of shops with any kind of stuff to take home as well as restaurants, musicians, the Tea House and even a Starbucks. Don't forget to visit the old Tea House located at the centre of the lake. It's an excellent place to shop and to bargain!
During summer is really hot so be sure to take enough water and wear cool clothing. During weekends it's very crowded.
SHANGHAI MUSEUM: Established in 1952 & has 120,000 pieces of works of art in the collection with ancient Chinese bronze, ceramics & calligraphy & painting as its special feature.
Open Daily: 9 am - 5 pm.
Tibet Relic Show:
Famous artefacts relocated from Lhasa's Potola Palace, Museum of Tibet, & the Lhasan summer palace Norbulingkha for a limited period. Featuring more than 300 bronzes, silks, paintings & pieces of jewellery from the 14th to 17th century.
Do you see much of China in Shanghai??? not really
"Be Shanghai-ed - am heading there come March 2007!"
So much has changed in Shanghai since my last visit during year 2001. It is just amazing, how the city has grew in full gear. I would say Shanghai economic growth be in double digit, I am concern when the bubble will burst!!!!
While in Shanghai, you will be in the midst of dizzying skyscrapers, sandwiched by impressive old-Shanghai buildings (which have now turned into either hotels or restaurants) and umpteen tunnels, and elevated highways...
And the amount of mega shopping malls and entertainment outlets sprouting out, just simply put Hong Kong, Singapore and my home country Malaysia to shame.
Have you been to one single shopping mall in HK, Spore or Msia that houses only top notch labels...yes, they have it in Shanghai Plaza 66 which has Burberry neighbouring to Chanel, sides to Hermes to Prada to Dior...only the top labels. And the sleekiest LV shops!!! They even have a Lalique and Luiligongfang store to neighbour Wedgewood...now who are the shopppers???
An evening night out to Hengshan Road, and to the Xintandi is almost like heaven on earth to clubbers!!! It puts to my homecity Kuala Lumpur's Bangsar to a shame!!! Glittery lights, water features and each and every restaurant decking to the tops to attarct the many expats and tourist to their outlets. Here I managed to meet one top French chocolatier, Perez in his small quiant outlet, Visage...a man who is voted No 2 handmade chocolate maker.
Shanghai has many many great eating places and i realised lots of HongKong folks fly there for a short weekend to dine and wine. aaah - it is a good 5 hours flight from Kuala Lumpur...if it was only a mere 2 hours flight - i be there every now and then for a gourmet trip!!!
Be sure to sample some of the WOW eyebrow raising restaurants at the
Three on the Bund along Guandong Road facing the Bund. Here you will get to have acclaimed chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten at great prices...try their degustation menu. And also some of the many Aussie chefs now making headlines in Shanghai like M on the Bund or Laris.
I also enjoy best Chinese modern Shanghainese food by J Leung at Whampoa Club... but hey - i am also a sucker for their local food like their famed dumplings along Nanjing lu (not too far from the Four Seasons) and the famous slowed cooked pork. And also the doughy strips of noodles eaten with pickles and also pork chop !!!!aaah what a gourmet life in Shanghai.
You can be treated to operas, musicals etc, just keep a look out on magazines for update. While I was in Shanghai Feb 2005, A Lloyd's Phantom of the Opera was playing.
And the Shanghai Museum is highly recommendable, esplly if you have couple of hours, and patience to listen through the audio visual infors. It is an amazing museum which many many of the artifacts DONATED by Overseas Chinese.
And if you are looking for some bargains, head off to Xiangyáng open market for designer wannabes, or to Fúyòu Antiques Market/Cáng Bao Lóu which is not tooo far from Yuyuan Gardens...you be amazed by the buying and selling of old-new stuff.Not forgetting to shop for best best Chinese tea...ibot some very nice fragrant Jasmine tea which has awesome exotic flowers tied in the Jasmine flower bulb... opens beautifully once immersed into hot water.....