While diners in Italy eagerly anticipate the harvest of truffles, for residents of Shanghai autumn is marked by another culinary arrival: freshwater crabs. These sweet crabs harvested from the lakes of eastern China have been celebrated for centuries and they can be found on the menus of Shanghai’s leading restaurants at the end of September. While the bustle of Shanghai can make it easy to feel far from nature, the PuLi Hotel and Spa is an urban resort with bamboo-shaded reflecting ponds where you can sit and enjoy the cooler temperatures. The Anantara Spa provides an even more relaxing retreat within the resort. Beyond Shanghai, the towns of Suzhou and Hangzhou are easy day trips, famous for the vibrant fall foliage displays of yellow ginkos and red maples. For a true bird’s-eye view of Shanghai far above those trees, travelers can ascend to the top of the Shanghai Tower which opened this summer (it’s seen under construction on the right side of the photo here, in October 2014). The world’s second tallest building stands at 2,073 feet, a symbol of the economic strength of China’s financial capital, and has views for 30 miles each direction.
To experience the best of both Shanghai’s urban attractions and the quiet serenity of Jing’an Park and the landscaped grounds of the PuLi Hotel and Spa, visit The Leading Hotels of the World as you plan your trip to China.
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