Shanghai buzzes with a palpable electricity. The city is unabashedly forward-looking, but colonial elegance and style remain part of city life, as do splendid temples and parks. The city lures the adventurous with its energy, and local contemporary artists have made Shanghai a fine art capital.
This contemporary and clever housewares boutique goes beyond bright dishware, cooking utensils and witty accent pillows. The lifestyle-focused space invites visitors to linger over fresh blooms at the florist, stay for a latte at the coffee shop, dine at the restaurant or drop in for a cooking and mixology course.
A massive stone fox straddles a fire engine red shipping container, a faux gothic tower of steel rises from the sidewalk and an enormous white ostrich with a buried head looms large in a manicured corner of the Jing’An Sculpture Park. Opened in 2007, this 110 acre swath of green in the city center is part outdoor museum featuring international artists and part leafy, tree-trimmed park—making it a completely enjoyable spot for a walk or picnic.Learn More
Witness daring feats of strength and fearlessness by the sparkle-clad members of the Shanghai Acrobatic Troupe. Founded in 1951, this elegant ensemble is the oldest in Shanghai and their sophisticated stunts and captivating contorsionist acts are always cutting-edge.Learn More
The Shanghai Museum, its exterior built to resemble a traditional Chinese cooking vessel, houses a stunning collection of ancient artifacts in bronze, ceramic, painting and sculpture. Highlights include translucent jade carvings and calligraphed scrolls from the Yuan Dynasty.
Soaring over 2,000 feet above the ground, the sleek Gensler-designed Shanghai Tower completes a trio of skyward-reaching towers in Shanghai’s financial district. This final addition, a mixed-use space with offices, a hotel, shopping and restaurants, earns the distinction as China’s tallest building and the second tallest in the world. Take an ear-popping elevator ride to the observation deck on the 119th floor to view the world in miniature below.Learn More
Shanghai is characterized as a city under construction. The process of tearing down and building up again accommodates phenomenal growth and transition. At the Urban Planning Centre, visitors can get a sense of the stunning pace of change. The centerpiece display is a vast scale model of the entire metropolitan area which shows both existing and planned buildings. Other features of the Centre include exhibits on historic Shanghai, future transportation, and environmental protection endeavors.
“One City, Two Museums” is the concept behind Long Museum, two modern large-scale exhibition spaces which house the largest private collection of art in China. On display is a world-class exhibition of traditional and contemporary works from founders Liu Yiqian and his wife Wang Wei.Learn More
For a highly curated spin through women’s fashion from emerging international designers, pop by the sophisticated boutique Xinlelu. Owner Yilei Wu combines her background in journalism and fashion for this concept store to give greater depth to designers and their work through a lifestyle blog, regular events and launch parties in the store.Learn More
The charming pedestrian district of Xintiandi offers a tranquil counterpoint to Shanghai's lively pace. Historic black and red brick houses have been converted to distinctive boutiques and small museums, while cafes encourage leisurely people-watching. Picturesque narrow lanes beckon exploration. Rapid modernization has spelled the loss of much heritage architecture, so the deliberate preservation of Xintiandi's cosmopolitan oasis is particularly welcome.
One of the country’s most important celebrations, the Lunar New Year festivities take place over two weeks at temples, with lantern festivals, fireworks displays and parties at clubs.
The sister festival to the Hong Kong International Literary Festival, this annual festival held over three weekends is one of China’s largest English language literary events, and hosts over 50 international and local authors.
Traditional folk music, dance and pig events, such as racing and diving, are part of this celebration held in the Nanhui District on the coast.
This ancient festival is the largest traditional temple fair in Shanghai and is held annually on the third day of the third month of the Chinese calendar.
The pulse of the city is growing ever stronger as old and new meld to forge a vibrant and prolific present—no other place represents the essence of the Shanghai like the Bund.
Executive Floor and Suite guests will have a butler at their service throughout their stay. From unpacking your luggage and pressing clothes, to arranging excursions or dinner reservations, no task is too big or too small.Learn More
Have the concierge book a tee time, arrange transportation and have clubs and a golf cart waiting for you at some of Asia's best golf courses.Learn More
Soothe stiff muscles with a signature La Stone Massage, followed by time spent in the sauna and steam bath at The Spa.Learn More
Spend some time at the sprawling holistic spa with a Roman-style tepidarium, Himalayan salt stone wall, and Chinese herbal steam room. The varied treatments combine the wisdom of traditional chinese medicine with the latest spa trends.
Splash around in the massive indoor swimming pool with waterfall surrounded by five Jacuzzis. Recline on a lounger and order snacks from the room service menu to be delivered poolside.