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Sweating in Sweet Shanghai

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A July 2007 trip to Shanghai by midtownmjd

Pudong Skyline Photo, Shanghai, China More Photos
Quote: Shanghai is a bit French, a dash British, part Russian, kind of American, Chinese to the core, and on a fast track to the future.

Sweating in Sweet Shanghai

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Overview

Old Shanghai Photo, Shanghai, China
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Shanghai was the city my friends and I came up with when we wanted to add a leg to our Beijing trip and didn’t think we had time for Hong Kong. It was my introduction to China, and to Asia, so I was bound to have tons of observations and opinions. Aside from complaining about the July heat as though I didn’t grow up in Georgia, my impressions were completely positive. I ended up loving the city and its fascinating mix of old, new, and everything in between.For me, one of the city’s biggest surprise highlights was the Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Center, located in Renmin Park near the lauded Shanghai Museum. It’s one of the best museums I’ve been to in a long time; notwithstanding propag...Read More

Metropole Hotel

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Hotel

Metropole Hotel Photo, Shanghai, China
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Just like the rest of Shanghai, the Metropole Hotel pleasantly surprised me. The only hint that it dates to 1930 is the authenticity of its Art Deco design—a welcoming yet sophisticated small lobby, special attention paid to light fixtures, three gilded elevators. Other than that, it’s all about modern conveniences at budget prices—about $50 per night for a room with two double beds. It’s a big hotel, housing 141 guest rooms in addition to restaurants and conference areas, but it felt intimate and we didn’t see many other guests.We booked online directly with the hotel at www.metropolehotel-sh.com/l-en.htm; the process was seamless, a...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 20, 2007

Metropole Hotel
180 Jiangxi Zhong Road
Shanghai 200002
+86 (21) 63213030

YuYuan Garden/Yu Garden

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Attraction | "Yu Yuan Gardens & Bazaar"

YuYuan Garden/Yu Garden Photo, Shanghai, China
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We spent our first morning in Shanghai wandering until we reached the Old City, which led us right to the entrance of Yu Yuan Garden. I was a little skeptical of paying a 30-yuan entrance fee for a garden I’d never heard of, but Yu Yuan is not your average city park. Covering nearly 5 acres and dating back to the 16th century, it is the finest example of classical Chinese gardens in Shanghai, and reportedly one of the best in China. It’s been restored and opened to the public in the last half-century, and it retains the regal beauty that its imperial founder intended when he created it to please his parents.The garden is laid out in a traditional, urban Suzhou style, with characteristic wavy r...Read More

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

Cloud 9

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Attraction

Cloud 9 Photo, Shanghai, China
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Glamour comes naturally to much of Shanghai, and Cloud 9 is the place to embrace the city’s film-noir sensibility. In fact, I can’t imagine a trip there would be complete without a drink at this bar on the 87th floor of the Jin Mao Tower (the top floor of the Grand Hyatt Shanghai in Pudong), particularly if it follows dinner at one of the Hyatt’s popular high-end restaurants. The modern landmark is worth a visit just to see the soaring 34-floor atrium—from the bottom and then from the top—but the view from Cloud 9 is the tower’s real draw. One of the highest bars in the world, it literally sits above the clouds, but on a perfectly clear night, that vantage point is perfect.We went o...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 9, 2007

Cloud 9
2 Shi Ji Boulevard
Shanghai, China 200121
+86 (0)21 5049 1234

Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Hall

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Attraction

Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Hall Photo, Shanghai, China
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I never would have gleaned from the name of this museum how entertaining it is or how much I’d love it. Located adjacent to Renmin Park and across from the Shanghai Museum, it’s a brand-new building with a beautifully stark, mostly glass design. Its six floors are wonderfully planned (à propos for the subject, I suppose), with an open atrium in the center of the first few floors.We paid the 40-yuan entrance fee and were immediately delighted by the lobby’s offerings: air-conditioning and restrooms. After we got over our thankfulness for these small miracles, we were even more taken with the lobby’s grander offerings: a golden, two-story model of Shanghai’s most famous skyscrapers and a smaller...Read More

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Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Hall
100 Ren Min Boulevard, People's Square
Shanghai, China 200003
+86 (0)21 6372 2077