From its soaring skyscrapers to its earthy roots, Shanghai is a city with a sense of style and personality. Revelling in change, Shanghai and its people have emerged from turbulent times with a sense of humour as well as a spring in their step.
Park Hyatt Shanghai's Water's Edge.
WHERE TO STAY
Park Hyatt Shanghai
Park Hyatt Shanghai is a sophisticated modern Chinese residence in the heart of the Lujiazui business district of Shanghai. The hotel occupies floors 79 to 93 of the Shanghai World Financial Center (SWFC), making it one of the world’s highest. The interior of Park Hyatt Shanghai has been created by the award-wining New York-based designer Tony Chi of Tony Chi and Associates, with respect to traditional Chinese geometry and architecture, while providing all the comforts of a stately modern home.
Shanghai World Financial Center. © Xiaoyang Liu/Corbis.
PARK HYATT CONCIERGE RECOMMENDS
Shanghai World Financial Center Observation
Soaring 474 metres above the ground, the 100th floor observation deck provides a spectacular view of downtown Shanghai and the Huang Pu River below. And from the observation bridge on the 97th floor, visitors will feel as if they are floating in midair. The 94th floor of the observatory offers a breathtaking backdrop for exhibitions and events.
With its soaring ceilings and spacious architectural design, the Dining Room on the 87th floor evokes an epicurean European atmosphere that is at once both understated and elegant. From the daily provincial European cuisine to a Sunday lobster brunch, Head Chef Gregor Streun updates the menu seasonally and handpicks the freshest ingredients to ensure quality dishes that exceed guests’ standards of a stunning culinary experience.
With a tranquil pool, spa and fitness facility located on the 85th floor of Park Hyatt Shanghai, Water’s Edge is a serene haven for restoring harmonious balance to both body and mind.
100 Century Avenue
This International restaurant offers the ultimate dining experience, combining views overlooking the city from the 91st floor of one of the world’s tallest buildings with one of the most dynamic show kitchens in Shanghai, in addition to an extensive wine list featuring more than 500 labels. Multiple show kitchens appeal to all tastes and feature a Western steakhouse, Chinese wok, steamed specialties and Japanese sushi and sashimi. An international buffet breakfast is served in the morning.
Shanghai World Financial Center
The Shanghai World Financial Center offers information as well as financial services and is located in the Pudong District of Shanghai, one of the most rapidly developing districts in the city. Here information and finance, the two great currents shaping the 21st-century world, converge and infuse the surrounding environment with a powerful magnetism. The Shanghai World Financial Center is a city within the city, surrounded by natural beauty at ground level, soaring high into the sky. There is always something fresh and exciting to discover in this part of the city, in a place that is both safe and enjoyable. Here people meet and their lively encounters generate economic energy; new forms of cultural activity appear.
China Art Palace. ©ImagineChina/Corbis.
Power Station of Art
The former power station for Shanghai’s Nanshi district, this industrial building has been fully renovated and now houses a fascinating museum of contemporary art. Free to the public, it hosted the main exhibition space for the 2013 Shanghai Biennale.
China Art Palace
Originally built as the iconic China Pavilion for the Shanghai World Expo, the ‘Oriental Crown’ is now home to the China Art Palace museum. With permanent exhibits showcasing traditional Chinese culture as well as temporary collections from further afield, China Art Palace is free to the public and well worth a visit.
Shanghai by Sidecar Motorcycles
If you’re looking for a city tour of Shanghai that affords you a unique and exhilarating perspective, Shanghai by Sidecar speeds you around the city in the comfort of a motorcycle sidecar. Taking you along the Puxi back roads leading to the various former Shanghai concessions before cruising the Bund and zipping all the way across to the concrete jungle of Pudong, the tour crosses the Huangpu River by ferry before speeding off to the less well-known streets of Old Shanghai. Experience the sights, smells and sounds of Shanghai up close and personal.
Modern, edgy and hip, M50 is an old factory that has been repurposed as a creative, artistic hub. Housing a multitude of studios and galleries, it is the perfect place to wander, chat to artists about their work and maybe even pick up a piece or two from up-and-coming artists.