A pagoda in Shanghai

One city, five ways: Shanghai

A metropolis bisected by the Huangpu River, where gleaming skyscrapers of the financial district rub up against Art Deco architecture, Shanghai is like nowhere else. Whatever you’re looking for from your tour in Shanghai, this innovative city serves up something for everyone

Inside of the Long Museum

The art connoisseur

With a respected biennale and major museums and galleries, Shanghai is becoming one of the key global art cities, and is behind only New York and Paris when it comes to gallery visitor numbers. Its cultural venues include several at the urban waterfront public space of West Bund. The West Bund Museum co-curates its exhibitions together with the Centre Pompidou, while the nearby Long Museum, which showcases predominantly Chinese art, is one of three locations across Shanghai and Chongqing for this private collection. The city is also home to the first dedicated contemporary photography gallery in China, the Shanghai Center of Photography. Newer institutions include UCCA Edge, a significant new space for contemporary art in Jing’An, which opened in spring 2021 and is an outpost of a Beijing gallery and the Museum of Art Pudong in Lujiazui, which was designed by the Pritzker-Prize-winning architect, Jean Nouvel. Mandarin Oriental Pudong, Shanghai offers its own art fix too, with more than 4,000 original pieces on display.

The dining room of Yong Yi Ting

The gourmet

From top-notch street food to once-in-a-lifetime fine dining, Shanghai has it all. You can sample local bites such as Nanxiang steamed stuffed buns, deep fried spicy crab, and tofu treats in the Old Citys Chenghuang Miao area, hopping between eateries housed in Ming- and Qing-look buildings. For those after a calmer culinary experience, Michelin-starred Fu He Hui is the table to book. Here, intricate vegetarian tasting menus include dishes such as grilled porcini smoked in a jar with grape vine or spare ribs made from plums, accompanied by fine teas. The culinary force behind Fu Hei Hui is Tony Lu, who happens to be the consultant chef at Mandarin Oriental Pudong, Shanghais Michelin-starred Yong Yi Ting restaurant.

The sun shining behind Yu Garden

The wellness wanderer

While it’s known for its non-stop energy, a trip to Shanghai can be deeply restorative, too. Wander to the pretty Yu Garden in the Old City to soak up some nature in this classically beautiful five-acre haven, which has pavilions to discover, a grand rockery and ponds to pause by. For something different, China Wild Tour run tailormade trips to birdwatching hotspots, with highlights – season dependent -– such as heading to the coastal microforests of Cape Nanhui to spot the narcissus flycatcher, or a trip to Chongming Island to see flocks of visiting cranes. Round off the day back at the Spa at Mandarin Oriental Pudong, Shanghai with a relaxing dip in the 25m-indoor pool, or book in for a balancing Chinese Meridian massage, which uses acupressure to realign your flow of Qi.

Shanghai Astronomy Museum

The family traveller 

Feed the whole family’s minds at the whopping Shanghai Astronomy Museum, a 38,000 sq m planetarium which opened in 2020. The distinctive, curved building, designed by Ennead Architects, is home to a giant oculus, spherical planetarium theatre (where explorations of the universe are brought to life in 8K), a Journey to Mars hands-on exhibition hall, and fun Wonder Planet area for younger children. If you’ve all still got the energy, complete your day by heading to the circus, and taking in an evening performance of ERA 2- Spirit of Shanghai at Circus World. The show follows the story of a young couple exploring the city, and fuses mindbending acrobatics with BMX tricks, traditional Chinese costumes and high-tech multimedia projections.

Concept store ENG

The luxe lover

Shanghai is synonymous with style, and some of the city’s best shopping can be found just moments from Mandarin Oriental, Pudong. At the IFC mall, you’ll find Chanel and Tom Ford boutiques well as outposts of high-end perfumiers Le Labo and Godiva Chocolates. For shopping with a difference – and ideal for those who have Gen-Z teens in tow – head across town to multi-brand concept store ENG; the brand’s second outpost is a six-floor affair in TX Mall, where immersive virtual reality experiences sit alongside swish trainer vending machines and cyborg-like mannequins. Shopped out? Put those new outfits to good use and spend the evening at Qi Bar, where top DJs spin tunes until midnight. Try the Shanghai Tai Tai – with lemon Grey Goose vodka, grenadine, yang mei fruit and lime.

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Shanghai skyline

How to explore old and new Shanghai

Discover both sides of Shanghai, classic and contemporary, through the city’s world-class museums, heritage and cutting-edge architecture, restaurants, and shops