48 HOURS IN: SHANGHAI
Shanghai is an easy city to navigate, so get out your comfiest trainers, a map and head off on foot to explore!
- The Bund - a new pathway means you can walk the length of the city stretch of the Huangpu River and get great views of both the old and new sides of the city - can also be seen on the River Boat
- Yu Garden - a beautiful, classical garden with authentic Chinese charm
- People's Square - a huge public square which used to be home to the Shanghai Racing Club - it is a good example of what China would have looked like under Communist rule
- Jade Buddha Temple - a Buddhist temple dating back to 1928
- City God Temple of Shanghai - amazing lit up in lights at night giving many instagram opportunities
- Shanghai French Concession - a wonderfully leafy area to stroll around, similar to Western suburbs, great for shopping and food stops
Food & Drinks:
- Breakfast - Element Fresh. If you're in need of Western cuisine to start the day (which I am, unashamedly!) head for great coffee, fruit, granola and eggs at any one of the city's many EF's
- Lunch - M On The Bund. I didn't manage to make it to this restaurant but was recommended it by a friend who lived here for a summer - get in contact with me if you go!
- Drinks - before dinner head to Flair Rooftop at the Ritz Carlton. On the 58th floor of this amazing hotel, Flair gives you the best views of the city. Make sure you go at night because the cityscape lit up is the highlight of this city
- Dinner - Grandmother's, Fuzhou Road. A passerby recommended this authentic Chinese restaurant. Don't be put off by the garish lighting and basic interior design (!), the food is as close to home-cooking as it comes