Shanghai Journals

Seeing China's Future

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An August 2001 trip to Shanghai by LenR

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Quote: Shanghai represents China's future. It is progressive, brash, and dynamic. I discovered, however, that there is another side to the city as well and this journal includes both the past and the present

Seeing China's Future

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Overview

Shanghai Photo, Shanghai, China
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Shanghai is China’s leading industrial and commercial city and the major financial centre. It is located on the central coast on the Yangtze River estuary. Shanghai is both a city and a municipality directly under the central government. In recent years it has seen enormous development. I was told on several occasions that Shanghai has (or more likely had) a quarter of the world’s building cranes in its region. It is certainly amazing to see what has been achieved in the past 15-20 years. Shanghai is also a good tourist destination. There are several must-see sites in the city (The Bund, Yu Gardens, Nanjing shopping street, Shanghai Museum etc.) but there are also some excellent day and 2-3 tour...Read More

Hua Ting Hotel And Towers

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Hotel | "Hua Ting Hotel & Towers"

Hua Ting Hotel And Towers Photo, Shanghai, China
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We arrived at the hotel under the worst possible circumstances. Our international flight to Guangzhou had been long and crowded and our domestic flight to Shanghai was delayed--then delayed further. We were hours late getting into Shanghai’s Hongqiao Airport, and it was close to midnight when we arrived at the hotel. We were not happy but surprisingly, with a friendly smile and a welcome drink, the staff managed to change all that in just a few minutes. The porter service was fast and needed no tip so we were tucked up in bed within half an hour of arrival. The bed was hard but we both slept well. Next morning we surveyed the room with more enthusiasm. This property is one of the older modern hi...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 30, 2001

Hua Ting Hotel And Towers
1200 CAO XI BEI LU
Shanghai, China
86-21-64391000

Shang Palace Restaurant

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Restaurant

Shang Palace Restaurant Photo, Shanghai, China
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Open: Lunch and dinner daily Shang Palace restaurants are a feature of Shangri-La hotels so it should not have been a surprise to find that this restaurant was superb. What I had not known before dining there was that the restaurant had just gotten a new chef, a new operations manager and a new style. Chef Ip Chi Kwong has 32 years experience in Hong Kong, Singapore and Malaysia under his hat. He creates Cantonese cuisine with a sparkling fusion of flavours and spices. Operations Manager, David Wong, also brings years of experience to his position and you see it in the friendly warm service from staff and an uncompromised level of service standards. The restaurant is luxurious in that ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 30, 2001

Shang Palace Restaurant
Pudong Shangri-La Shanghai Hotel, 33 Fu Cheng Road
Shanghai, China
(021) 6882 8888

M on the Bund

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Restaurant

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Although M on the Bund only opened in 1999, by 2001 it had established itself as a globally important restaurant. I guess it helped being a ‘sister’ restaurant of Hong Kong’s famed M at the Fringe but this would not be enough if it didn’t have that something special. What it has is a great location on the top floor of a 1920s building overlooking The Bund and the Huangpu River, a classy and inspired chic-modern-retro décor that seems just right for the times, and an international-standard winelist. I had heard various reports about the food and the prices. In my experience the food is average and the prices, high. I thought the service left something to be desired. Despite all that, I...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on April 26, 2002

M on the Bund
7F, 5 The Bund
Shanghai, China 200002
+86 (0)21 6350 9988

Former Residence of Soong Ching Ling’s

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Attraction | "Madam Soong Ching Ling’s Former Residence"

Former Residence of Soong Ching Ling’s Photo, Shanghai, China
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Telephone: (21) 6437 6268 Opening hours: 9-11am and 1-4.30pm daily This is the former residence of Soong Ching Ling, an honorary chairwoman of the People’s Republic of China and the widow of Dr Sun Yat-sen. She lived, worked, and studied here during the last days of her life. The house is on a busy road in a fine residential area not far from the Shanghai Library which is claimed to be one of the largest 10 libraries in the world. The house sits in nice gardens and has been preserved as it was at Madam Soong Ching Ling’s death. You can enter the ground floor of the house and see the living areas where Madam lived and worked. To try and protect the floors from dirt and wear, visitors a...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 30, 2001

Former Residence of Soong Ching Ling’s
1843 Huaihai Road Central
Shanghai, China

Huangpu River and the Bund

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Attraction | "The Bund"

Huangpu River and the Bund Photo, Shanghai, China
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Few places on earth evoke such images as Shanghai’s Bund. In 1843, Shanghai was opened up as a treaty port. For the next 100 years it was the extreme example of that genre. The Bund was its heart. This is where Asia’s first skyscrapers were constructed. In the heady days of the 1920s and 1930s, the Bund was a magnet for companies around the world. Today, the Bund showcases the best of Shanghai’s colonial architecture as well as its most vibrant street life. From 5am, when the t’ai chi brigade starts working out, through the ballroom dancers, the daytime shoppers, strollers and tourists, and the evening sightseers, this is Shanghai’s heartland. It can not be missed. There are 52 buildin...Read More

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Huangpu River and the Bund
Huangpu River
Shanghai, China

Shanghai Museum

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Attraction

Shanghai Museum Photo, Shanghai, China
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Telephone: (21) 6327 0276 Hours: 9am – 5pm Shanghai Museum is a large-scale art museum worthy of anyone’s time. Its 120,000-piece collection of cultural relics focuses particularly on bronze and porcelain works, books and paintings. The building is situated within People's Square, the political and cultural centre of the city. Other buildings here are the City Hall, the Grand Shanghai Theatre and the underground shopping centre. The museum building is shaped like a large bronze pot. It has 10 exhibition halls devoted to different subjects, one hall for donated relics and three for temporary exhibitions. We had two hours to ‘see’ the collection and failed miserably. A day would be ju...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 30, 2001

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

YuYuan Garden/Yu Garden

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Attraction | "Yu Gardens"

YuYuan Garden/Yu Garden Photo, Shanghai, China
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This garden has existed for more than 400 years. It was built by a private individual and shows a classical landscape in the Southern Chinese style. We walked through pavilions and halls, and beside rockeries and ponds. The landscaping was stunning and reflected the style as seen in the Ming and Qing dynasties. Although the garden is quite small for a public area, it is packed with more than 40 landscapes ingeniously separated by latticed walls, winding corridors, and lattice windows. This is a garden for wandering and exploring. We actually found a little corner where there were no other visitors for about four minutes so we enjoyed this luxury in what is one of the busiest cities in the world....Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 30, 2001

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