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While there are technical borders to the area formerly governed by the French in Shanghai, the "French Concession" of today is an amorphous neighborhood that is a favorite of the city's foreign residents. While it is mostly within the Xuhui district, residents will sometimes include parts of Jing'an and Luwan in their mental maps of the Former French Concession. The area seems frozen in time, characterized by quiet, tree-lined avenues, French-style villas, interesting boutiques, lively bars and quaint cafes that are not typical of China. All of these mix and mingle with local life as Chinese markets and lanehouse communities are peppered throughout. Denizens of the Former French Concession can spectate a mahjong game on the street or get their bike checked at a tiny bike repair store on the way to their refurbished apartment tucked away among Chinese family homes.
Daily chinese morning practices like tai chi-badmington raquets, running, and other things that can not describe. Also drinking tea gatherings and card playing groups of men. Love to come here and see this lovely culture!
For us westeners this is a good park to excersice, but not too big. I rather run in the riverwalk.
This is actually two experiences.
The first is a museum about Sun Yat-sen, who was the revolutionary leader who overthrew the last emperor of China. It contains many artifacts and items related to Dr. Sun.
The second part is his actual house. it is furnished as it would have appeared in teh 1920's.
The cost is 20RMB
Just a hundred steps away from the Huaihai Road station of the Metro, this beautiful row of French villas turned into bars and restaurants entices visitors from around the globe.
Starbucks here is truly quaint as it is every inch, French. The paths are nice and the ambience reminds us of the cultural strands that shaped Shanghai to what it...
This museum is in a building built in 1905 originally as a home, and houses cultural relics. It has modern and contemporary pieces of art that exhibit the culture of Shanghai. There are three floors and pieces on display include paintings, jade, ivory, and wood carvings, needlework pieces and more.
Some of the pieces were so intricate and gorgeous. Obviously...
Just walked in with my brother and received a very warm welcome from the owner himself with great explanation of the different coffee bean origins and character traits. Very special - won’t forget that coffee!
Tourists and locals alike will enjoy the high end decor (cool and interesting) vs. stuffy. You can bring business or friends here and have a successful experience. The food was very good and it was a great dining experience that was an evening well spent.
I can count on one hand the Shanghai restaurants I return to time and again over the years. Shintori is one of them. Yes, it's primarily Japanese, but with a twist sensitive to the Western palate. The Rock 'N Roll salad, for instance, is composed of crisp lettuce, raw vegetables and a wonderful sweet/sour vinaigette-like dressing with bonito shavings and...
"Fantastic Hotel, outstanding service, great location"
reviewed 4 weeks ago by andresd599
I was extremely lucky that my reservations were made at this hotel, where I will spend a couple of month. Have been here already over two weeks and it is a delight to know that every day you will get the same fantastic service.
The rooms in the executive floor are excellent, the bed very confortable, the air conditioning doesn't...
The Okura Garden Hotel is hidden behind large walls. Once you enter the grounds it is like be transported to a by-gone era. The front garden is large and very well maintained. The lobby of the hotel and the feel of the property is what I would imagine it to have been like in Japan in the 1970's (yes this...
This is my second stay at this hotel this year.
A hotel which is a absolutely a bliss to stay in, with a history of the building to relish, large grounds around to walk about in, and with comfortable sofas all around for chit chats or for business meetings.
I have noticed a big improvement in staff standards, particularly the...
I used to stay in this property quite a few times per year. However I have found that the hotel looks a bit dated now and the service levels have slipped to borderline average for China Standards.
The Breakfast pastries seem more on the lower end and the service of the restaurant staff lacks attention.
Most certainly not my choice...
This is a beautiful hotel. The staff are literally perfect and I don’t know how they manage to do it. The breakfast is not a disgusting buffet with 4000 items. It is carefully selected pastries fruit and a la Carte dishes to choose from. The rooms are huge and beyond luxurious. I cannot thank every single member of staff enough...