Destination Guide


Shanghai is the face of China's future.

Destination Guide Shanghai

When in Shanghai, You Must

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Talk Like a Local

Learn the slang from the streets.

嗲 Dia

/'Diē/ adj.
Absolutely amazing or incredible; typically used to describe a stunning woman.
That girl is 'dia' 嗲 — and she knows it, too.

Neighborhoods to Explore

Beyond the architectural grandeur of The Bund and the ultra-modern Pudong skyline, Shanghai recedes to a more intimate scale. From the French Concession’s leafy streets to the timeless restaurants and storefronts in Xintiandi, this city has it all.

1. French Concession

The residential architecture is classical European, and the streets are lined with stately trees. There's an unending stream of cafés, bars and boutiques, making this neighborhood the ideal place for a leisurely stroll.

2. Jing’an

The name Jing’an comes from a golden Buddhist temple, but the area feels more like a shrine to commerce and luxury goods. It's time to go shopping.

3. Xintiandi

One of the city’s newest districts, refurbished to house swanky restaurants and luxury boutiques that cater to tourists and upper-crest locals.

4. The Bund

The bund faces the famous skyline of Pudong. The neighborhood's timeless architecture now plays home to nightclubs, gourmet restaurants, and luxury brands.

W Shanghai - The Bund
No.66 Lvshun Road Shanghai

Ultimate Access to Shanghai

Laundry Co.

93-5 Xiangyang Bei Lu

This seemingly functional laundromat doubles as a speakeasy full of classic cocktails.


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Leave your dirty laundry at home, but carry your dirty secrets. There’s no shame in the speakeasy game.


Daimon Bistro

133 Yuan Ming Yuan Rd. 

A '70s-style Hong Kong street-style bar food by Chef Alvin Leung. This newly revamped gastro-lounge on the Bund will transfix you.


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Their version of chicken & waffles is served with dry chillies, crunchy egg waffles, and a sweet, ginger caramel drizzle.

Culture Matters

Culture Matters Shoes Shop

No. 15–20 Dongping Rd

In the days of Mao, Shanghainese shoe brand Feiyue was ubiquitous before falling out of favor as a wave of Western consumerism gripped the country. But now the white canvas sneaker has enjoyed a revival in popularity. In fact, they're favored by hipsters and considered China’s answer to Converse.


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You can even get them personalized with any design of your choice. Makes for a perfect gift.




Tai Chi Fan Dance

The Bund - Zhongshan Rd

An early stroll along the Bund greets you with Shanghainese locals and their elegant movements.

shanghai dance clubs



B1/F, 158 Julu Rd.

3,000 sq meters of pure electro partying.

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