As the centerpiece of the Shanghai
Center complex on Nanjing Road, the 45-story Portman Ritz-Carlton melds contemporary Chinese with traditional European-style decor. Textiles in guest rooms echo the materials used in the qipao
, or cheongsam
. Accommodations in light browns and creams also have 300-thread-count bed linens, and down pillows and duvets. Rooms feature mod Chinese decor, bathrooms with sliding rosewood doors, and Asprey Purple Water amenities. A traditional candle-lighting ceremony takes place in the lobby to re-create a ritual held in big mansions in the era before electricity. At the Ritz Kids Academy, enrolled children can take classes on social etiquette, covering such key subjects as table posture, tea manners, and self-confidence.