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An October 2003 trip to Shanghai by rcoffelt

Yu Yuan teahouse Photo, Shanghai, China More Photos
Quote: Daily life in Shanghai, including restaurants and places to see.

My Shanghai Favorites

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Overview

Yu Yuan teahouse Photo, Shanghai, China
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If you are lucky enough to visit Shanghai, here are the top must-see things: 1) The bund, especially at night. 2)Yu Yuan Garden and Huxingting Tea House. 3) Xiang Yang market. If you have more time, there are many additional things to see, depending on what interests you. Quick Tips: When traveling to China, always bring some wet wipes. With the exception of nice hotels, most bathrooms have no soap and no toilet paper, so don't be caught without. Dining tips - In China, when you dine out, you buy the table for the night. So if your server won't bring the check until you ask for it, that isn't poor service, it's proper ettiquette. Also, tipping is no...Read More

Element Fresh

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Restaurant

Element Fresh Photo, Shanghai, China
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Element Fresh is fresh indeed. The food is fusion, a mixture of Asian, Western, and Mediterranean. They have very good sandwiches that will run you about $5. However, you will also want to get a fruit smoothie to go along with it. They have all kinds of flavors and two sizes, starting at about $2.25. We have always had good service there, and apparently they were voted #1 in service by That's Shanghai readers. My most recent favorite is some sort of Middle Eastern chicken sandwich with miso yogurt dressing. My friend claims the dressing is addictive -- maybe she's right! If your stomach needs something tamer, my husband prefers the Truck Driver. It's very American -- I think it has ham...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 7, 2004

Element Fresh
Shanghai Centre, 1376 Nanjing Xilu
Shanghai, China
8621 62798682

Paulaner Brauhaus

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Restaurant

Paulaner Brauhaus Photo, Shanghai, China
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We went to Paulaner's our second night in Shanghai. By now we were feeling just a little overwelmed by everything we'd seen, and we hadn't seen any touristy stuff yet. Here in Shanghai, it seems all food is divided into two catagories: Asian and Western. Even though Paulaner's is Western, it's still foreign to us Americans. It just seemed so funny to us--we're sitting in this German restaurant at this big, heavy table, drinking beer, and it almost seems all very European. Except when you look around, there's a whole bunch of Chinese people. It's weird enough we're eating German food, listening to a Filipino band, but to top it off all the Chinese servers are wearing German costumes with those bi...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 7, 2004

Paulaner Brauhaus
150 Fen Yang Road
Shanghai, China 200031
+86 (0)21 6474 5700

Brasil Steak House

Restaurant

Brasil Steak House Photo, Shanghai, China
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This is not a restaurant for vegetarians, although they do have an extensive salad bar. The specialty of this restaurant is meat and lots of it. It's all you can eat for Y98 (under $12.50), not including your drink. You may want to go to the buffet first while you have a chance. Once you are seated at the table, the servers come around with all kinds of meat, most of it on skewers. They have different cuts of beef, chicken wings and legs, sausages, lamb, pork, and a few more exotic things. They just keep coming around until finally you're so stuffed that you have to keep saying "no thanks". The way to get them to stop asking is to finally just get rid of your plate. My husband is also ve...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 7, 2004

Brasil Steak House
4 Hengshan Lu
Shanghai, China
6255-9898

Banana Leaf

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Restaurant

Banana Leaf Photo, Shanghai, China
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I have a new favorite restaurant! The Banana Leaf is in the fourth floor of the Hong Kong Plaza, but it stands out from the other shops and restaurants in this mall. It looks like a piece of some exotic building from Thailand has been picked up and transplanted. It's merely a hint of what's on the inside. The decor reminds me of the Rainforest cafe, including some big trees. To get to our table we also walked by what appeared to be a giant fruit stand. The staff looks very exotic in Thai costumes. We ordered quite a bit of food: We started with a dish of fresh fruit and Vietnamese spring rolls, which were delicious. We also ordered sweet and sour shrimp, beef fillet with mango, pork rib...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 12, 2004

Banana Leaf
4/F, Hong Kong Plaza
Shanghai, China
5383 3333

Huangpu River and the Bund

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Attraction | "The Bund"

Huangpu River and the Bund Photo, Shanghai, China
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The Bund is an area of European buildings that were built after the Opium Wars, when the Port of Shanghai was opened up to foreigners. Even after the Japanese invasion, WWII, and the Communist Revolution, these buildings are still standing today, much as they were then. The main difference is a walkway has been built in front of them, along the Huang Pu river. Across the river is the Pudong New Area, so called because it's on the east bank (pudong) and the whole area was built since 1990. The modern buildings and neon lights on the opposite side of the river are a sharp contrast to the old European buildings on the west side. I would recommend just going for a stroll along the walkway on t...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 31, 2004

Huangpu River and the Bund
Huangpu River
Shanghai, China

YuYuan Garden/Yu Garden

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Attraction | "Yu Yuan Gardens & Bazaar"

YuYuan Garden/Yu Garden Photo, Shanghai, China
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Yu Yuan gets its name from the Ming Dynasty gardens of the same name. Yu Yuan means "to please the parents," at least that's what I was told. This garden is more like a park, rather large with lots of ponds, pavilions, winding paths, and gates. It's easy to get lost, and the entrance and exit are both on the same end. Admission is about Y25 ($3), and you could spend a couple of hours in there. For about $10, you can get your picture taken in Ming Dynasty clothes. The highlight of Yu Yuan, though, is the Huxingting Tea House -- it's so Chinese!!! (At least our idea of what Chinese should be.) Bring your camera! To get to it, you must cross the pink "bridge of nine turnings." The nine t...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 31, 2004

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

Xiang Yang Market

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Attraction

Xiang Yang Market Photo, Shanghai, China
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Xiang Yang is not just a place to shop, but rather an experience. It is also known as the "knock off" market because of all the knock-offs you can buy there: fake designer bags, clothing, and watches. (U.S. Customs regulations permit an individual to bring back one each of various counterfeit goods, i.e. one bag, one watch, etc. for personal use.) As soon as you step out of the cab, you will be accosted with "Bag? Shoes? Watch? DVD?" The market is mostly outdoors, with many tiny stalls and narrow, very crowded aisles. You must bargain for your purchases. A rule of thumb is to offer half, but this is not necessarily true. It could be much less. You need to have an idea what the item is wor...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 1, 2004

Xiang Yang Market
999 Huai Hai Zhong Lu
Shanghai, China

Nanjing Lu Road

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Attraction | "Nanjing Road"

Nanjing Lu Road Photo, Shanghai, China
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Nanjing Road, especially the pedestrian mall, is one of the major shopping areas in Shanghai. If you have time, it's nice to stroll along the pedestrian mall (it is very long) just to see the sights. There are many large department stores with many nice and very expensive things. If you are not Asian, you will be somewhat of a tourist attraction yourself. If you are looking for real designer goods and money is no object, many designers have stores in Plaza 66, a mall that is maybe a mile or so west of the pedestrian mall in the 1200 block of Nanjing Xi Lu (Nanjing Road West). Otherwise, for souvenirs, I would recommend the Friendship Store at 40 Beijing Dong Lu or the Friendship Store in G...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on April 1, 2004

Nanjing Lu Road

Shanghai, China