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Here are some of my favorite experiences from my Spin the Globe trip to Shanghai. If you are going to Shanghai and you can afford to splurge on a once-in-a-lifetime, most-delicious-meal-you-will-ever-have, take someone you love (or someone who loves food) to Ultraviolet! I recommend reserving your spots three months in advance if you can -- there are only 10 seats a night and you will love every minute and bite of it.
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88 Shi Ji Da Dao, LuJiaZui, Pudong Xinqu, Shanghai Shi, China, 200000
One of my HIGHEST RECOMMENDATIONS for drinks is the Grand Hyatt Shanghai. The Grand Hyatt occupies the top 36 floors of the 88-story Jin Mao Tower in the Jetsons-looking Pudong district, so at sunset (or anytime) you have a stunning view (with no...
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China, Shanghai Shi, Jingan Qu, 上海市静安区海防路435号 邮政编码: 200000
For a fun way to see the city while getting in a good jog, check out UnTour's Running tours for a uniquely guided journey through the city. You can choose their standard 10km route, or, if you're feeling really ambitious, they offer 20km & 25km...
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1 Changde Rd, JingAnSi, Jingan Qu, Shanghai Shi, China, 200040
I booked this hotel online when I found out I was going to Shanghai, and it was everything its website promised and more. As soon as you enter you understand what they mean by Urban Resort, because even though it is a short hop from Nanjang Road...
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20 Guangdong Rd, WaiTan, Huangpu Qu, Shanghai Shi, China, 200000
Overlooking the Huangpu River, across from the iconic Pearl Tower, the M on the Bund is worth the visit for the view alone—add beautifully presented, delicious dishes and you have an unforgettable dining experience. Their menu is traditional with...
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100 Century Ave, LuJiaZui, Pudong Xinqu, Shanghai Shi, China, 200000
Tucking into Xiao Long Bao (soup dumplings), throwing back cocktails along The Bund, strolling with locals in Fuxing Park, trolling for antique treasures in the shops on Dongtai Road, and taking in the past and present at one of the many museums...
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56 Shaoxing Rd, Huangpu Qu, Shanghai Shi, China
Shanghai's arts and crafts enclave, Tianzifang, is a labyrinth of narrow lanes bursting with diminutive shops, restaurants, and bars. Most of the shops here are located inside shikumen, stone gatehouses dating to the early 1930s. Gear up for...
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20 Nanjing E Rd, WaiTan, Huangpu Qu, Shanghai Shi, China, 200002
When I visited in August, all the great hotels in Shanghai were starting to offer their Mid-Autumn Festival Mooncakes -- dense pastries beautifully packaged each year and sold as gifts. I bought several before I learned that A) this custom might...
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A gorgeous Art Deco-inspired hotel, classic elegance despite being the newest construction on the historic Bund. My suite was like something out of the Great Gatsby, but with the highest of high-tech touches like free international calling using a...
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1008 Huaihai Middle Rd, Xuhui Qu, Shanghai Shi, China
“I used to sit in this small park with a cup of coffee before I went to work. It’s an interesting experience to be in the park and see modern shopping malls on one side of you and tall green trees on the other. At night, older couples...
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189 Huashan Rd, JingAnSi, Jingan Qu, China, 200000
During "morning exercises" men bring their birds to the park to learn new songs from each other.
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62 Changyang Rd, Hongkou Qu, Shanghai Shi, China, 200000
The Jewish refugees who went to Shanghai during World War II had a complex relationship with the city, which is illustrated with photos and personal stories and artifacts (alongside their rebuilt temple) at the Shanghai Jewish Refugees Museum....
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111 Pudong S Rd, Pudong Xinqu, Shanghai Shi, China, 200120
This brand new hotel in the new and ever-changing futuristic Pudong is sleek and beautiful, and especially nice if you have access to the Club Lounge for meals and relaxing. When I was in Shanghai the hotel was offering two nights for the price of...
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Waitan, Huangpu, China, 200000
Just as my tourguide was telling me that couples often pose on the Garden Bridge before their wedding (he was actually explaining that they often pose all over the city in their wedding garb prior to the big day, then all of those pictures are...
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100 Renmin Ave, RenMin GuangChang, Huangpu Qu, Shanghai Shi, China, 200000
It can be difficult to orient yourself on the ground in Shanghai. A map will help, but an aerial view of the city will show you just how awesome this city is. You could charter a helicopter, but a far cheaper option is seeing the...
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Wu Yi Lu You Er Yuan ( Li Xi Lu ), Changning Qu, Shanghai Shi, China, 200000
The Wet Market is like a farmer's market that includes noodles, rice, meat and fish in addition to produce. Every neighborhood has one and it's where you shop if you live and cook in Shanghai. This one was a stop on my UnTour Street Eats Breakfast...
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2 Zhongshan East 1st Rd, WaiTan, Huangpu Qu, Shanghai Shi, China, 200000
Some of the most beautiful floral arrangements in Shanghai are in the lobby of the Waldorf Astoria -- stop by and marvel if you are touring the Bund.
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Baodai Long, Huangpu Qu, Shanghai Shi, China, 200000
You find these alley-like narrow lanes tucked between the larger, modernized buildings. Many people in Shanghai still live in these lanes in apartments and cook in a steamer outside and share a kitchen and hang their laundry out to dry until...
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China, Shanghai Shi, Putuo Qu, Wuning Rd, 我格广场 邮政编码: 200000
There are many acrobatic shows to choose from in Shanghai. One, Eros, boasts, "If you miss this, you miss Shanghai!" but it looked very high-tech, more like a Cirque du Soleil, and I wanted to see a traditional show. Well, this was it. It's most...
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168 Fangbang Middle Rd, Huangpu Qu, Shanghai Shi, China, 200000
Before it was reincarnated as a dumpling and noodle joint back in 1972, Din Tai Fung was a cooking oil business. That doesn't sound so promising in the flavor department, but it turns out these xiao long bao are some of the best in Shanghai....
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18 Zhongshan East 1st Rd, WaiTan, Huangpu Qu, Shanghai Shi, China, 200000
Ultraviolet is the kind of travel experience you talk about 10 years later. French chef Paul Pairet first dreamed of a multisensory dining adventure in 1996, but it took until May 2012 to open this transcendent restaurant. There's room for...
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Huangjiaque Rd, LaoXiMen, Huangpu Qu, Shanghai Shi, China, 200000
I found this amazing photo online (taken by Bill Williams) and had to use it since my photos paled in comparison. It's hard to capture this place in a photo since what you really need to understand is the constant chirping of birds, crickets and...