When I first took the China project for work I wondered how the Chinese would react to me being an American woman of color, which is a lot of non-traditional Chinese business demographics. I found out that outside of a few quizzical looks and picture requests, Shanghai is a very friendly city with an international flair.
I am still in tourist mode so my my favorite things in Shanghai so far are the shopping, the food, the hotels, and of course, sightseeing.
Go to Naijing Road, East and West. Be sure to walk to the end where you can get better deals because most people tire out before getting down that far. I walk to the end and make my way back to the underpass. For a fashionista like me, Shanghai had all the brands I love: Louis, Gucci, Chanel, Prada in oversized flagship stores. Don’t miss Plaza 66 for an exquisite shopping experience, but bring your credit cards for the best exhange rate.
For an international flair go to Xian Tiandi. It’s the “Soho” of Shanghai. There are many different kinds of restaurants and bars. I usually start at Paulaner BrewHouse, then off to Zen for a traditional meal, followed by “Brown Sugar” a nice little Jazz Club, then close off the night at Starbucks for a night cap before heading back to my hotel.
# 3 Hotels
I am a Marriott girl because I am a sucker for my rewards points. I have stayed at three Rennaissance properties: Pudong, Yu Garden, and my favorite, Zhongshan Park, a 55-story luxury property attached to the Cloud Nine shopping mall in the heart of downtown Shangahi.
You have to take the Hop on Hop Off bus tour of Shangahi that hits all the highlights: The Bund, The Jade Buddah Temple, and People’s Square. Shanghai is not so easy to navigate without speaking Mandarin so this bus tour is your best bet.
I go to Shanghai every other week so we’ll see if I discover more local things to enjoy. Zie Tien!