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First Impressions of Shanghai

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An April 2002 trip to Shanghai by Jenn966

View from the Bund of the Pearl TV tower Photo, Shanghai, China More Photos
Quote: A four day first time visit to Shanghai that was the beginning of 2 weeks in China made me realize how much there is to do and see!

First Impressions of Shanghai

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Overview

View from the Bund of the Pearl TV tower Photo, Shanghai, China
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The Bund: The walkway on the Huangpu River offers great people watching (by you and of you), as well as a glimpse of the European architecture of 19th and early 20th century ShanghaiNightlife: Reflecting its emerging role as the business gateway to the mainland, Shanghai is home to ex-pats from many nations and has the busiest nightlife in any big city on the mainlandYu Yuan: Beautiful gardens and pavillions that were once home to government and business leaders of Shanghai, The Garden of Contentment is a peaceful Haven in a bustling cityThe Shanghai Museum: With displays ranging from costumes and ornaments of the ethnic Chinese to 3000 year ...Read More

Okura Garden Hotel Shanghai

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Hotel | "Okura Garden Hotel (Hua Yuan Fandian)"

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My arrival at the Garden Hotel was inauspicious, to say the least. Two of my fellow travelers made the mistake of eating at a buffet-type restaurant in Bangkok the night before we left, and were they paying for it. Our introduction to the staff at the hotel was asking for towels to help clean up a bit. Their aplomb in dealing with the situation was one of the hallmarks of the service we received at the hotel.Built in the early 1990s on the grounds of the French Club, the hotel’s facilities reflect the heritage of its Japanese management company. The largest restaurant is Japanese and there is a branch of the Mitsukoshi department store in the hotel lobby. Many of the front desk staff speak Jap...Read More

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Okura Garden Hotel Shanghai
58 MAO MING ROAD S
Shanghai, China 200020
86-21-6415-1111

Mei Long Zhen

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Restaurant

Mei Long Zhen Photo, Shanghai, China
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Located in the former headquarters of the Communist party, Meilongzhen was established in 1938. The interior is richly decorated with red and gold paintings and elaborately carved wood ornaments and furniture.Our group ate in one of the private dining rooms, located on the second floor of the building. The tables were already set with cold appetizers laid out on the ubiquitous revolving trays when we arrived.The food is mostly Sichuan in style, a bit heavier in texture and far spicier than Shanghainese cuisine. Just how spicy is something I am apparently not a good judge of; a dish I thought was a bit hot had my fellow diners gasping for water and mopping their tearing eyes! Among the di...Read More

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Mei Long Zhen
Lane 22, 1081 Nan Jing West Road
Shanghai, China 200041
+86 (0)21 6253 5353;

Dragon & Phoenix Room

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Restaurant | "Dragon and Phoenix Restaurant"

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Lunch at the Dragon and Phoenix Restaurant was my first actual Chinese meal in China. Dinner the previous night at our hotel was a mostly Western affair, as was breakfast. I was really looking forward to a true Chinese meal and after walking around the Bund area, I was hungry!Entering the Dragon and Phoenix Room is like walking into a piece of cloissonne. It seemed as though every square inch of the room, from the ceiling to the walls to the large columns throughout was decorated or carved. The tables are fairly large – 10 or 12 of us sat together. Sadly, we did not have a table that looked out onto the Bund, but even so, there was plenty to look at in the room to prevent me from being too di...Read More

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Dragon & Phoenix Room
20 Nan Jing Dong Road
Shanghai, China 200002
+86 (0)21 6321 6888

Continental Room

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Having grown tired of eating huge meals, and knowing that I had 12 more days of Chinese food to look forward to, I ate dinner at the Continental Room with 3 friends.French food in China may seem a bit unusual, but the hotel was built on the site of the French Club and we hoped that the cooking would be inspired by the ghosts of those days. While the menu is not exclusively French (several pasta dishes are included), we all thought the food was excellent, including my French classmate who ate with us!The restaurant décor is elegant, but the staff was far from stuffy. One of us had planned to stay in, and was dressed very casually, but that didn’t seem to bother anyone. Further evidence of...Read More

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Continental Room
33rd floor; Okura Garden Hotel 58 Mao Ming Nan Lu
Shanghai, China
(86-21) 6415-1111

Latina

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Restaurant

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Meat, meat and more meat. Having never eaten Brazilian food, I was unprepared for this carnivore’s dream, but I enjoyed it nonetheless.There was nothing especially eyecatching about the décor of the restaurant, but I think we were shuttled into the back room reserved for group dining. The service was pleasant and told us what each of the barbecued meats were as they brought them to the table. However, it seemed to me that Latina is more about food than atmosphere, at least at lunchtime.There are two components to the dining experience at Latina. First, there is a buffet that includes some salad and other raw food, a number of Chinese and South American style hot dishes and a selection of...Read More

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Latina
59 Mao Ming South Road
Shanghai, China 200020
+86 (0)21 6472 2718

Bourbon Street

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Attraction | "Bourbon Street Bar and Restaurant"

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Hengshan Lu contains a number of bars and clubs, patronized by ex-pats, visitors and locals alike. Our first stop was a small, seedy place where we were the only Westerners. After 1 round of drinks, we decided to try to find something a bit livelier. And that’s how we came across Bourbon Street.There is good live music there several nights a week. The night we were there, the style was (mostly Chinese) pop/dance music. We were there an a Sunday night and the place was packed with a mostly local crowd. Very popular with university students, the club has a large dance floor that was usually crowded. Beers are about $4 or so, and here, as in many places in China, Heineken is very popular. There...Read More

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Bourbon Street
191 Hengshan Road
Shanghai, China 200030
+86 (0)21 6445 7556

YuYuan Garden/Yu Garden

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Attraction | "Yu Yuan (Garden of Contentment)"

YuYuan Garden/Yu Garden Photo, Shanghai, China
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Stepping across the threshold into Yu Yuan, you will leave the bustle of Shanghai behind you. Inside the "garden of contentment" you may even forget that you are in one of the world’s largest cities. Built more than 400 years ago by Pan Yunduan, a government minister and opened to the public in the early 1960s, the garden has become a favorite destination for both tourists and locals. We visited Yu Yuan ("yuan" means garden in Chinese) on a Sunday, and it seemed that there were fewer non-Chinese visitors than Chinese.The garden is comprised of several individual sections, each surrounded by a dragon-topped wall. Most of the time, the top of the wall appears to be covered with a decorative, roun...Read More

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YuYuan Garden/Yu Garden
Center of Shanghai's Old City
Shanghai, China

Zhuo Jia Jiao Water Village

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Attraction

Zhuo Jia Jiao Water Village Photo, Shanghai, China
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When one hears "Grand Canal" one typically thinks of Venice. However, China has a Grand Canal as well and, at over 1,100 miles long, it truly lives up to its name! The canal is considered to be the second greatest engineering feat in ancient Chinese history, second only to the construction of the Great Wall.The canal was built to link the city of Hangzhou, south of Shanghai, with the capital in Beijing. Parts of the canal were constructed as early as 500 BCE. 1200 years later, the southern end of the canal was built. The final stage of construction took place during the Yuan dynasty, in the late 13th and early 14th centuries. Over the centuries, it served as the main means of shipping grains,...Read More

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Zhuo Jia Jiao Water Village
Outside Shanghai
Shanghai, China

Shanghai Museum

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Attraction

Shanghai Museum Photo, Shanghai, China
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The Shanghai Museum has a bit of everything that is China. In galleries ranging over four floors, you will find a wide variety of items depicting life in China over the centuries.As is my habit, I decided to see the museum from the top down. The fourth floor housed, among other things, a display of some beautiful items of the ethnic people of China. The vast majority of Chinese people belong to the Han ethnicity, but a wide range of other cultures have been recognized by the Chinese government as having "special" cultural significance. The Shanghai Museum and the Museum of Ethnic People in Guilin celebrate the differences in dress, music and culture of the diverse ethnic groups. The cos...Read More

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Shanghai Museum
201 Renmin Avenue
Shanghai, China 200003
(021) 63725300-132