Crane your neck to marvel at the second tallest building in Shanghai, the tallest in Jing An District and a major tourist hotspot. 945 feet tall, the magnificent structure also hosts a massive shopping center, housing some of the biggest brand names in clothing, fashion, electronics, furnishing, gifts and every imaginable household appliance. With prices as high as the structure that houses them, it's no wonder that most tourists stick to window shopping in here!
Now a Bund classic, the Glamour Bar is an elegant space for an evening cocktail with a date or visitor. Wooden floors, leather chairs, velour ottomans and sparkling deco lamps combine to create a chic and femenine interior, while huge arched windows provide a view over the Huangpu River and the futuristic Pudong area. Besides the view, the other draw is the selection of random live acts and events, from cabaret to book launches, that take place on a semi-regular basis. The Glamour Bar is also home to the annual Shanghai Literary Festival.
Zhen Yang is a large and relatively new complex in Shanghai. It has 32 lanes and peak times are often in the early evenings, when the cost of a game dips to all-time lows.
Xintiandi is a wonderful entertainment and shopping destination in the city. Xintiandi is especially impressive because of the shikumen, which are traditional buildings in narrow alleys. The shikumen have been restored and they provide a bit of history in the modern setting of great shops, restaurants and galleries. This is the perfect place to find yourself on a lazy Sunday afternoon, with friends of course.
Red Town has metamorphosed the 20th-century steel factory that formerly occupied this location. The Shanghai Sculpture Space breathes new life into this versatile establishment with an evolving collection of modern Chinese sculpture. The Minsheng Art Museum is one of the largest spaces and features contemporary art exhibitions by emerging and established artists. Their live music venue has played host to local and international performers with its state-of-the-art sound system and unparalleled acoustics. Amidst the artistic excursion, make a stopover at the stylish cafe that doubles up as a gathering spot for creative minds. Also on floor are a fitness club, bridal couture boutique and vintage store. The Lei Studio is a great place for some art therapy, while a stroll at the floral market is a botanist's delight.
China Great Theatre, more often called the Great Theatre of China, is abode to a variety of entertainment and cultural events. Witness exotic operas, hiju performances, music concerts and events from time to time. Also known to host famous dance shows and ballets, this theater is the perfect venue to sate your thirst for local culture. Call for more details.
Taipei Pure K is a karaoke bar and entertainment venue for good food, drinks and music. It offers an upscale ambiance to dine and wine while listening to a large repertoire of songs. Test your musical prowess at the fun karaoke sessions and enjoy gourmet snacks like crispy shrimp sticks, fried flounder fillets, Taiwanese fried squid and meat. This bar also offers WiFi facility free of charge to patrons.
Even though most Chinese residents consider these morning tai chi gatherings as nothing more than "life in general," most foreign visitors are drawn to them. It represents the rare chance to witness Chinese culture without the gleam of tourist hype. Hundreds gather each morning along the Bund, a rebuilt hump of land overlooking the Huangpu River, to practice the disciplines of tai chi and kung fu. Some even take it one step further by practicing ballroom dancing, an odd sight at dawn. All "practices" are open to the public.