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This bar’s name accurately represents its size—which, at 130 square feet, is easily the smallest in the city (and possibly all of China).... Read More

1930 is a quaint treasure trove of quality, expensive vintage objects and furniture from, you guessed it, Shanghai’s swinging 30s era. Owner Gao Shiling... Read More

Co-owned by a floppy-haired DJ and purveyor of Shanghai’s oldest gay bar Studio, 390 is an energetic crossover venue that is part lounge, part nightclub... Read More

Asia’s largest 4-D projection screen—a 360-seat theater where films come not only with 3-D glasses but also special effects such as wind,... Read More

The cluster of Bauhaus-style factory buildings, dating from the 1950's, have been converted into artists' studios and experimental galleries. Read More

Though some would say 798 Art District has become too commercial, art lovers shouldn't miss this complex of former munitions factories that was... Read More

If school was really like the atmosphere at this bar/café/studio, the world would be a vastly different place. Pokit Poon of Hong Kong-based... Read More

In a hurry and/or traveling light? Speed your international check-in on busy travel days by taking your carry-on luggage, ticket, passport number, and... Read More

If you’re a first- or business-class passenger on China’s national airline, take a seat in a big upholstered chair in your own private... Read More

Pick up small comforts at this duty-free foodstuffs and sundries shop. Thirsty? Try China’s popular pu’erh tea ($10) or a bottle of fiery... Read More

Pack duty-free liquor in an imitation Wenger “Swiss Army” carry-on-size wheelie suitcase from this travel accessories store. Smarter buys... Read More

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This market is a little weird. I’m not going to sugarcoat it for you. But that’s the charm. Also known as the ‘Ironic Sweater Market,’ this sizeable... Read More

This 2010-opened bar is shaking up local cocktail culture with creative concoctions and house-made mixers. Try the “secret Earl Grey,”... Read More

Arcade is the cool hangout for Shanghai’s young, stylish crowd.  The lounge is intimate and dark, except for the flashing bulbs of retro arcade... Read More

Bonnie Groot, the American-born owner of Arch Angel Antiques, is an expert on 5,000 years’ worth of Chinese history—and accordingly, her... Read More

Art and photography space hidden away in an old mansion turned industrial building. Read More

The space is located in an enclave of art studios and antique shops in a row of converted warehouses. Read More

Asia 1 on 1 arranges day trips to the Great Wall. Read More

Media Asia Entertainment Group, one of Asia’s biggest Chinese-language film producers, showcases the local movie industry with this series of... Read More

When Cyclone Nargis hit Burma in May 2008, killing an estimated 140,000 people and devastating the Irrawaddy Delta, the Asia Transpacific Foundation,... Read More

Nothing says China like a silk panda-motif necktie. Tax-free at 198 yuan ($29), it’s a bit more than you’d pay in town, but the quality is... Read More

A mini-amusement park for flight enthusiasts, this museum’s interactive rides include a plane-cabin ride simulator. Passengers who’ve had... Read More

Shanghai’s favorite entrepreneur, the Avocado Lady is a pioneering grocer who first garnered loyal customers by selling heavily discounted avocados in... Read More

Visit this 15th-century temple in Kunming. Read More

Ran out of yuan at the end of your trip but need cash for a pre-boarding meal? The ATM speaks English! But be warned: most U.S. banks charge at least $5... Read More

Once an imperial park, Beihai ("North Sea") was built to showcase the best in Chinese gardening traditions. There are pavilions, canals, temples, a... Read More

For the 2008 Olympics, this airport handled nearly 100,000 passengers and over 7,000 Olympic-related flights. That’s no issue for this sky port... Read More

The heritage center offers educational tours through the city's traditional, and fast disappearing, hutong neighborhoods. Read More

It isn't often that a building defines a city, and even becomes its icon, but that seems destined to be the case of Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron... Read More

The highlight of a visit to the new Beijing Planning Exhibition Hall is the extraordinarily detailed scale model of the city that projects what China... Read More

This tower and its counterpart, the Drum Tower, kept Beijing people up to date on the official time through three dynasties. Drums beat out at night,... Read More

This unique restaurant and culinary school offers cooking classes, tea workshops, and "communal dinners," where guests are encouraged to dine with... Read More

Set high above Victoria Harbour, this spa offers a respite from the city’s hectic pace. Nine treatment rooms boast the latest modern conveniences ... Read More

This artsy boutique on Fuzhou Road near the Bund is as classic as it gets. Blue Shanghai White was founded seven years ago by Hai Chen, one of China's... Read More

This unassuming shop with a white front and simple black signage stands out on a road of fashion shops. Owner Liu Xiao Lan, a member of the Miao ethnic... Read More

This boutique is a colorful treasure trove of the textiles and clothes made by China’s Miao ethnic minorities from Guizhou and Yunnan provinces. The... Read More

The popular Danish label’s firstboutique in Asia has floaty summer dresses as well as staples for both sexes like trenches and blazers in classic... Read More

Stroll the riverfront promenade known as the Bund, with its Art Deco, Neoclassical, and Beaux-Arts façades, bars and shops, and views of the... Read More

Set right in the heart of the legendary Lan Kwai Fong nightlife zone, this restaurant/bar/club clears its tables after dinner so people can shake a leg.... Read More

The Cattle Depot is a thriving artistic community based in a group of redeveloped slaughterhouses. Creativity flows freely within the spacious... Read More

Arguably the most famous escalator in Asia (it made an appearance in The Dark Knight), this outdoor walkway system is also the world's longest.... Read More

Big, riotous, and open around the clock, this lacquer-walled music lounge is hugely popular with the after-work crowd. In the early evenings, men and... Read More

People on the quest for peace and quiet should venture to the farthest reaches and hidden corners of Century Park. Shanghai’s answer to New York’s... Read More

This sprawling district east of Tiananmen Square has lots of variety: some areas are dotted with lively clubs and cutting-edge restaurants; others have... Read More

CHAR is an excellent, elegant steakhouse housed in the young, stylish Indigo Hotel on the southern reaches of the Bund. The only thing that impresses... Read More

Charles Philip Shanghai is a young brand focused on fashion-forward flat shoes for men and women. At its chic French Concession ‘maison,’ shoppers can... Read More

Just a forty minute ferry ride from Hong Kong Island, Cheung Chau is an ideal destination for day trips. The small island has gained a surge in... Read More

A gallery opposite the Nangao police station, in an area just outside The Fifth Ring Road. Read More

The television headquarters will be the second-largest building in the world, after the Pentagon, and the architects Rem Koolhaas and Ole Scheeren have... Read More

To begin your Hong Kong culinary education, have your hotel wangle an invitation to Saturday brunch at the China Club, a members-only oasis taking up... Read More

The store carries a surprising breadth of products: from reproductions of communist-era comic books to artist's backpacks. Read More

The now-restored Legation Quarter, the fabulous Temple of Heaven, and bustling pearl and tea markets are the highlights of this neighborhood southeast... Read More

This gargantuan building located on Nathan Road—one of the busiest strips in Hong Kong—feels a world removed from the department stores and luxury... Read More

Standing for Cigars, Jazz, and Wine, CJW has been a favorite spot for wealthy businessmen to loosen their ties and wind down with a fine smoke and stiff... Read More

The Confucius Temple and adjacent Imperial College can be visited together with a through ticket. The latter was the highest center of learning during... Read More

Claiming to be Shanghai’s ‘first jazz bar in the modern era,’ Cotton Club has a bluesy, rough-and-tumble feel. This smoky, loud, and dark live music bar... Read More

Founded during the Ming Dynasty by members of the Han clan from Shanxi Province, Cuandixia is a village on a hill with more than 500 beautifully... Read More

Don't be fooled by the fading paint and dusty velvet banquettes: the best young Chinese indie bands can be found cutting their teeth at this respected... Read More

A brick-walled gallery that, come night, morphs into a gathering spot for fashion designers and media types. The most creative drink: “emperor... Read More

Also known as Factory 798, this Bauhaus-style complex houses the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art. Read More

A cashmere coat is an investment that will be cherished for many winters to come. For many, that investment can exceed well over $1,000 dollars. But in... Read More

Outside, there are large and colorful carvings etched on the mountains, all portraying Chinese fables and ancient dynasties. Inside the temple, the... Read More

Lyndon Neri and Rossana Hu’s modern design and furniture boutique. Read More

Dong Liang opened this lovely lane-house boutique a few years ago after finding success with its Beijing flagship. The beautiful store has a thoughtful,... Read More

The historical and geographical heart of Beijing, this district contains the Forbidden City and is crisscrossed by scores of atmospheric hutongs. Many... Read More

Wangfujing's infamous night market is worth visiting for the photo ops alone. Rows of stalls are replete with edible creepy crawlies: scorpions,... Read More

This popular hike offers a glimpse of Hong Kong's pulsating urbanity and unspoiled nature all at once. The journey commences at a busy tram station and... Read More

For the best selection of artisanal crafts, head to this nonprofit shop selling everything from scarves made from soft yak hair to embroidered door... Read More

Green-minded Ecols carries colorful dinner platters made from wine bottles. Read More

El Coctel’s premium tipples, posh ambience, and impeccably attentive table service consistently attract Shanghai’s most sophisticated set. The Japanese... Read More

The airport’s mini-spa offers small, semi-private rooms with two comfy chairs each.  Try a 50-minute Tibetan Sweet Herb Alga Mud foot massage... Read More

Exception de Mixmind is often dubbed ‘China’s first designer brand.’ The label was founded by one of China’s designer queen bees, Ma Ke, who uses... Read More

If you’re in search of hand-painted decorative fans, it’s worth the three-hour trip from Guilin along the Li River to the small village of... Read More

Meaning “flying forward” Feiyue kungfu shoes are century-old Shanghai icons. Even if you could care less about martial arts, these comfortable canvas... Read More

The bar on the 58th floor of the Ritz-Carlton Shanghai, Pudong, with great views and a clubby vibe. Read More

No matter what ails you, you’ll find an herbal antidote in this shop’s seemingly endless collection of Chinese teas. Many of the blends here... Read More

Beijing is synonymous with the Forbidden City – once the political, religious, cultural as well as geographical center of the city. The complex is made... Read More

In fashionable Soho—South of Hollywood Road—Forest Bird displays a fashion-forward selection of clothes and handmade jewelry from small... Read More

The leafy, rustic French Concession is the favored destination for cutting-edge fashion and designs for the home. Read More

Built by the French in 1909, Fuxing Park is probably Shanghai’s most famous park, and for good reason. Spanning an entire city block this family... Read More

With decor that appears to be a mix of IKEA and Urban Outfitters, this hip store is located in Causeway Bay. The decorations, textiles, lighting, and... Read More

A must see in Suzhou, 45 minutes by train from Shanghai. In the main area, covered walkways open onto a pond with arched bridges and flowering shrubs. Read More

Chairman Mao himself is said to have surveyed Beijing from atop the Gate of Heavenly Peace and announced he wanted "the sky to be filled with smokestacks." Read More

Gelin Casa is an antique store and design firm specializing in Shanghai Art Deco. Husband-wife interior design duo Leo and Vivian are passionate about... Read More

The beauty line’s first airport retail boutique is a spacious 2,669 square feet and stocks Armani’s signature cosmetics, perfumes, and... Read More

It’s all about glitz at this aptly-named bar on the sixth floor of Five on the Bund. Owned by the M Group, the bar has an Art Deco and vintage... Read More

One of Shanghai’s first high-end cocktail lounges, Glamour Bar is an institution.  The chic bar has outlived the competition due to its impeccable... Read More

Visit this 17th-century temple in Kunming. Read More

Original Debut: Unveiled in 1932 by Hungarian architect L. E. Hudec (responsible for more than 60 Shanghai landmarks), Grand Cinema had Art Deco... Read More

A day trip to the Great Wall is an absolute must when in Beijing. The only question is, what part to visit? This ancient masterwork (which, in a failed... Read More

Green Antiques is an enormous 100,000 square-foot warehouse with antiques and reproductions as far as the eye can see.  Sourced from all over China... Read More

Stroll the pavilions and bridges of Green Lake. Read More

This upmarket spa chain has locations all around Shanghai. I like to save this one for special occasions. After I wrap big projects, I’ll treat myself... Read More

Treasures spotted here recently: a Ming dynasty bed; pharmacy cabinets smelling of medicinal herbs. Ships internationally. Read More

Officially sanctioned by China Disabled Persons’ Federation since 2006, Blind Massage is a government-supported business that gives masseuse work to the... Read More

The shop's memorabilia merchandise includes retro vinyl Chairman Mao and Lin Biao buttons. Read More

A perfect respite from the tourist throngs along West Lake. Inside the low tiled wall is a garden with lotus-covered ponds and a courtyard where locals... Read More

 For a breath of balmy night air, claim a terrace or rooftop table at the 2009-opened indoor-outdoor bar atop a skyscraper in the happening... Read More

Located northwest of the city, this district is where many of the city’s universities are located. It’s also home to the Beijing Zoo (with... Read More

The silk and wool market is located next to Haiyin Bridge. Read More

View the Buddhist sculptures in the Hanging Temple of Mount Hengshan, which clings precipitously to the side of a cliff. Read More

Where: Hangzhou Bay on the East China Sea, traversing the Qiantang River at the Yangtze River Delta.... Read More

Even if you have zero interest in horse racing or gambling, you must—must—attend a horse race if you really want to understand Hong Kong culture. Locals... Read More

One of the first designers to ever show at Shanghai Fashion Week back in 2003, Helen Lee became famous for balancing her signature playfulness with... Read More

Following the success of its inaugural Patong Beach club in Thailand, Hollywood opened its second “Italian-style discotheque” in Shanghai in 2011. ... Read More

The shop sells ceiling lights inspired by brass cooking pots as well as whimsical prints by local illustrator Carrie Chau. Read More

Only London’s Heathrow and Paris’ Charles de Gaulle are busier than this airport, which saw almost 51 million passengers in 2010. HKIA opened in 1998,... Read More

If your travel plans allow for just a few hours’ stopover in Hong Kong, tours with Vigor Tours Ltd. give you a quick-and-dirty overview of the... Read More

Hotel supply stores are usually membership-only deals, where restaurateurs and other professional F&B folks fork over annual fees to gain access to... Read More

The central Houhai Lake is lined with lively waterfront bars and cafés, take a stroll along the promenade before sitting down to dine. Read More

House of Blues and Jazz has bee rocking the Bund since 1995. Over the years, the popular venue has expanded and now includes a brasserie-style... Read More

Sisters-in-law Lin and Maybelle Hu have been trustworthy names in the local antique market since 1998. They are the authorities when it comes to the... Read More

Huashan Park is a quaint spot with lush landscaping and rolling green lawns that feels more like a community backyard than a crowded park. It’s less... Read More

Take home China’s drink. This shop has a variety of boxed sets of teapots, cups, and samples of all the tea in China, from 500g (17.64 ounces) of... Read More

A must see in Suzhou, 45 minutes by train from Shanghai, the garden dates to the Song dynasty. In the main area, covered walkways open onto a pond with... Read More

A short stroll from the train station, pedestrianized Hefang Road is a collection of Ch'ing dynasty houses (and replicas nearby). Visit this 130-year... Read More

Here’s one way to stretch your legs (or just tucker yourself out) before a long flight: hit this virtual-reality arcade for a few rounds of full... Read More

A 12-seat Japanese whiskey bar stocked with a selection of rare vanilla- and cherry-scented whiskeys. Read More

Laetitia Gauden, a French curator, started the Imagine Gallery in Feijiacun in 2003. Read More

Cross-cultural courses teach a wide range of Chinese business and social customs; classes like calligraphy explore China's heritage. Read More

New-media artist Teddy Lo opened this gallery, with tech-savvy installations such as a light display that channels data from the Hang Seng Index and New... Read More

Zoom around Shanghai in a vintage sidecar motorbike to get the adrenalin pumping during your stay. This group will help you explore Shanghai's hidden... Read More

Selling the latest trending items, this four-story mall is located in Causeway Bay. Rows and rows of pint-sized shops and boutiques fill the popular... Read More

Men with strong attention to detail and high style put their faith in Jack to create modern, elegant suits for their upscale wardrobes.  Jack—who... Read More

Jack Peng is where big business executives invest in timeless dress shoes. Shanghai’s king of cobblers is expensive (from $300), but he provides his VIP... Read More

To get to this "wedding dress street," head south from Haizhu Circle on Jiangnan Road. Read More

The Jinci Temple weaves a thread between Taoism, Confucianism, and Buddhism. Read More

This sculptural haven of 110 acres just north of Beijing Road is the perfect place to spend an afternoon. Life-size sculptures are strewn throughout,... Read More

There's nothing like a morning or sunset visit to Jingshan, an imperial park once attached to the Forbidden City. The dominant feature is the central... Read More

JZ Club is Shanghai’s premier jazz club that showcases international and local musicians performing all styles of the genre from Bebop to Latin. The... Read More

Fashion editors and stylists flock here for feminine frocks and separates made with bright Indian textiles. Read More

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The atmosphere in the salons may not resemble their predecessors of centuries ago, but this bar and restaurant works to create what it calls a &ldquo... Read More

Fiona Kotur Marin—a former New Yorker—showcases her snakeskin, shell, and silk brocade clutches, which have earned a following by the likes... Read More

Louise Kou’s passion for interior design and lifestyle drive the work of Kou Concept, and this Central area boutique sells her pick of top-shelf... Read More

Savor the raucous energy of the Kundu Night Market. Read More

Mainland China's first and only full-time stand-up comedy club that's become enormously popular since its opening in 2011. There are performances by... Read More

Since 2012, a number of great bars have opened up around formerly quiet Wuding Road in Jing’An district. Amongst this wave of new watering holes, my... Read More

The shop stocks a wonderful collection of Shanghai Deco lampshades and accents. Read More

If there were a single high-end fashion design boutique missing from this opulent mall, you’d have to file an instant complaint to the... Read More

Weary travelers needing a respite from the bustle of one of the world’s busiest cities seek out this two-level spa in the Central district. The... Read More

Shanghai’s latest secret?Lane 248, a gritty, narrow street now inhabited by artsy cafés and intimate boutiques, hidden behind Taikang Road. Read More

An up-and-coming gallery and boutique run by three young artists who trained at Qinghua University's Art Academy. Read More

A high-end restaurant, entertainment, and cultural development set within the former American Embassy compound. Read More

Get to your gate on time! Beijing Capital International Airport strives for efficiency but has yet to warn unsuspecting travelers arriving late at the... Read More

Lan Kwai Fong, the city's nightlife epicenter, is where you'll find this speakeasy-like lounge, a moodily lit, wood-paneled brasserie and bar. Start... Read More

Inspired by years of collecting antiques and contemporary artwork in China, Wisconsin residents Brian and Jeanee Linden moved directly to the source and... Read More

The 16th-century Garden for Lingering In lives up to its name: a covered walkway meanders through ginkgo groves, bursts of wisteria, and traditional... Read More

Lola is the place where you can take of your tie, stay late, and let loose with a very cool European crowd. Nights kick off relatively quietly in the... Read More

The Long March Space, which is well known for its public-art projects along the route of Mao's Long March, uses its space at 798 more as a base than as... Read More

Long Museum West Bund is Part Two in the ambitious plan of China’s most prominent art collectors Liu Yiqia and Wang Wei. The billionaire duo fulfilled... Read More

Past the bookstore and the Arrival-level Starbucks, look for the English signs labeled “Lost & Found” and “Left Luggage,”... Read More

If your flight is delayed, go down one level to the Arrivals hall and walk 100 yards east of Gate B (with the giant glass windows overlooking the street... Read More

Sitting squarely in Shanghai's premier arts district, this gallery promotes contemporary South East Asian, Buddhism-inspired artwork (the letters stand... Read More

Originally a wool factory, this industrial art park spans 36 acres, housing more than 130 artists and galleries, graphic designers, architects, film and... Read More

M97 has been Shanghai’s leading contemporary and fine art photography since 2006. The gallery represents established artists as well as supporting the... Read More

An old villa is the setting for this spa in the French Concession. A Qin brick façade and Ming-era furniture add to the authentic feel. A stream... Read More

This stunning new boutique—occupying an entire lane house with a spacious front garden in the French Concession on Changle Road—is home to a niche... Read More

Gentlemen looking for cotton dress shirts should head to Mike, who is super friendly and has honest prices. Mike cuts his perfectly tailored shirts ($15... Read More

Vivian Mak, the founder of MingCha tea shop, is a walking encyclopedia of tea. We recommend the jasmine blossom ($13). Read More

The online art community that sponsors this 18th floor brick-and-mortar gallery space in Sheung Wan could be described as “Facebook for artists.... Read More

Miss Xu is the empress of silk at the fabric market. Her shop isn’t a regular stall; it is a shoulder-high stack of hundreds of rolls of silk and only... Read More

Stretching over an area twice the size of Manhattan, Mission Hills has 10 18-hole courses, each one designed by a leading golfing figure, from Ernie Els... Read More

MOCA is Shanghai’s contemporary art museum housed in a striking glass building in the heart of People’s Square. While the museum does put on solo... Read More

Stepping into Mokkos feels like taking a big, deep breath. This off-the-beaten-path Japanese whisky and shochu bar is a friendly, cozy oasis. The vibe... Read More

Monkey Champagne is the recently revamped version of the once-secret Monkey Lounge. The old lounge had a hidden entrance down Donghu Lane; today... Read More

Semisecret cocktail bar off a grungy alley with a fun, well-heeled crowd. Read More

With one mistake on the Mount Huashan trail, you will certainly fall to your death. This old mountain trail, near Huayin, is used by wandering... Read More

In Hong Kong's fast-gentrifying Sheung Wan neighborhood, 1960's fashion is the inspiration at this men's-wear shop, where New York City transplants... Read More

Mu Lan Hua Ge Antique Market is the stuff of legends. This giant warehouse in the badlands of Pudong takes antiquing to a whole new level. Where else... Read More

This Japanese chain of no-frills, high-design home and accessories stores stocks just about everything a traveler could want. The many flight-friendly... Read More

Every Friday afternoon Shanghai’s Muslim community sets up a vibrant, bustling market on the street outside of the local mosque. Come hungry and feast... Read More

Part of the sprawling Old City God’s Temple district—also home to the Yuyuan Bazaar—Nan Fang Curio Market is a collection of stalls... Read More

The Nankeen Exhibition Hall on Changle Road in the French Concession is a must-see. The gallery-like shop is devoted to the 3,000-year-old Chinese art... Read More

Sandwiched between Di’anmen E St. and Gulou E St., Nanluoguxiang is a reconstructed hutong famous for its many shops, bars, cafes, and street snacks.... Read More

A colossal monument to theatre, opera, and classical music opened in the Fall of 2007, just in time to impress the Olympic crowds. Read More

Paul Andreu's delightfully zany China National Grand Theater, a.k.a. the Alien Egg, opened its doors in 2006. Read More

Close by, on the edge of the verdant, waterway-filled Xixi National Wetland Park, the National Wetland Museum will open an Arata Isozaki-designed... Read More

A fantastic walking tour company with knowledgeable, friendly guides. Choose from a plethora of interesting historical tours, or itineraries based on... Read More

Nicole Zhang’s foray into fashion design was a gradual one. The Wenzhou native spent more than a decade doing visual merchandising for the world’s top... Read More

If you’re new to Beijing, forgot your own guidebook, and no one is meeting you, consider picking up the best (if overpriced) guidebook in stock,... Read More

OCAT was established in 2005 as a community division of the He Xiangning Art Museum. It touts itself as “China’s only non-profit contemporary art... Read More

At this bookshop-café on one of the elegantly shaded streets in the French Concession, coffee addicts linger late into the night amid the Ming... Read More

Tea fanatics might head here to pay homage to the 18 bushes set aside for the Ch'ing dynasty emperor Qianlong. Read More

Part museum, part teahouse, and part salon. Read More

The epicenter of the Beijing games, the green is the site of Herzog & de Meuron-designed "Bird's Nest" National Stadium where the gymnastic and... Read More

Set in the city’s northeastern Chaoyang district, the newly built Olympic Park is home to the fabulous “Bird’s Nest” national... Read More

A long layover in Hong Kong is now a blessing in disguise, thanks to the opening of the OM Spa at the Regal Airport Hotel. The contemporary space is... Read More

For really distinctive souvenirs, avoid the dreary state-run stores and samey hotel-lobby shops in favor of this boisterous, treasure-filled market. The... Read More

Throughout its history, the Paramount building has played multiple roles, including traditional ballroom and dance club. Built in 1933, it once hosted... Read More

Upon arrival, go one flight up directly to the Departures hall Passenger Service Center for excellent help (finding a car, hotel, transfers, sightseeing... Read More

Pearl Lam is synonymous with the Chinese art scene. The larger-than-life fixture of the fine art world, Lam start exhibiting and promoting Chinese art... Read More

Don’t be fooled by the name. This popular market sells way more than your grandma’s pearls. The second floor hosts dozens of small shops run by talented... Read More

Elbow your way through the antiques stalls of the labyrinthine market, open only on weekends. Read More

In People’s Park you’ll find the Shanghai Museum and the Museum of Contemporary Art. Weekdays are the best time to wander among the pine... Read More

Peter makes gorgeous wardrobe investments from leather. The young shop owner works with expert leather tailors to whip up all sorts of jackets, which... Read More

Come winter, savvy Shanghai shoppers know they won’t have to spend too much to add beautiful cashmere pieces to their wardrobe. Philip Le Bac is the... Read More

Pass a carved white stone wall and there, next to the bathrooms, is a vending machine with SIM cards from China Mobile, China Unicom, and China Telecom ... Read More

Piling Palang sells modern Chinese ceramics and stunning cloisonné with glamorous-yet-playful twists. Designer Deng Bing Bing subtly infuses elements of... Read More

British expat and longtime Beijing resident Dominic Johnson-Hill mines a rich seam of local nostalgia with his line of quirky, retro T-shirts&mdash... Read More

Located in the Wanchai district, Grand Hyatt is home to Plateau spa, which provides an array of relaxation and refreshment treatments. Massages may hone... Read More

Long flights and extended layovers take their toll on the traveler, and for a fee, this airport location provides some much-needed relaxation and relief... Read More

Established in 2012, this renovated power plant is the first state-run museum dedicated to the contemporary arts in Mainland China. It hosts the... Read More

Cliché? Maybe a little. But after a visit to the Propaganda Poster Arts Museum, it’s hard not to want one for yourself. Maybe the museum has brainwashed... Read More

Head straight to our favorite tea shop: the hospitable store will pour you a cup of their green elixir before you buy. Read More

For much of the 20th century the exquisite interiors of the two-acre Qianlong Garden, built between 1771 and 1776 and tucked within Beijing’s... Read More

Qianmen refers to both the gate that once guarded the southern end of the imperial Inner City and the nearby pedestrian street that is now a major... Read More

The resort offers two slopes: an amateur run of 650 feet and an advanced one that stretches for 1,000. It's open year-round, a bragging right the resort... Read More

Take an afternoon to explore the maze of stalls and shops across from Shamian Island. Read More

After establishing brand Neither Nor and ONEBYONE boutique in Shanghai, Qiu Hao furthered his study at Central Saint Martins in 2004 before launching... Read More

The respected gallery's new space at 798 was previously a liquor factory. Read More

Shanghai has a handful of sculpture parks, the most famous being Jing’An Sculpture Park and Red Town. Jing’An Sculpture Park’s interesting artwork draws... Read More

It’s a see-and-be-seen scene at Redmoon, where well-heeled late-nighters size each other up over Japanese sake-tinis and pricey plates of sashimi.... Read More

Bankers and media types unwind in leather rockers in the ground-floor bar, while DJ's spin tunes in the wood-floored upstairs lounge. Read More

The frantic intensity of Hong Kong's downtown business area contrasts sharply with this peaceful stretch of pale golden sand on the south side of Hong... Read More

Guangzhou-based designer Manchit Au is the brain behind this fresh, modern line of “luxury basics” for women. Au’s wearable, layered separates feature... Read More

While the traditional boat that guests board may be called a “junk,” the experience is far from it on this staffed all-night cruise. During... Read More

Opened in 2010, Rock Bund is a contemporary art space revered as one of the most forward-thinking galleries in the city. Housed in the 1932 former... Read More

Housed in a heritage Bund-side building, this contemporary art museum was restored by David Chipperfield in 2007. With no permanent collections, it... Read More

In-the-know shoppers head to this Tianamen square locale for bespoke qipaos (traditional full-length dresses) in rich silk or brocade. Read More

With postcard-ready views of the coast and a national geopark, Sai Kung is often referred to as the "backyard garden" of Hong Kong. Adrenaline seekers... Read More

Salon de Ning is a pleasantly weird place to get blitzed on fruity pink Deutz champagne while lounging among the dandiest collection of antique bric-a... Read More

Loquacious Sam (whose real name is Manu Melwani) has suited up everyone from George Bush Senior to the late Luciano Pavarotti to David Bowie. An Indian... Read More

The sleek 1,345-square-foot store, with its white oak floors and cloud-like molded walls, was developed by Japanese architect Kengo Kuma under the... Read More

Shang Xia is a niche Chinese luxury lifestyle brand with lots of cachet. Not only is it backed by Hermès, it’s and headed by a famous classical Chinese... Read More

With only three stores in the world, Shang Xia’s flagship boutique is a must-see for anyone interested in modern Chinese design. The Hermes-backed... Read More

The Shanghai Acrobatics Troupe performs here. The show is simultaneously touristy and indescribably brilliant. Read More

Shanghai Flaneur likes to think of itself as more of a “walking think-tank” than just another tour company. Developed by Katja Hellkoetter, this novel... Read More

Shanghai Gallery of Art is a venerable art center housed in a posh piece of real estate at Three on the Bund. It is arguable the most authoritative and... Read More

The most famous jazz troupe in Shanghai can be found each night playing at the legendary Shanghai Jazz Bar in the iconic Fairmont Peace Hotel. The house... Read More

This insightful museum expertly tells the history of the city's Jewish migration waves—in particular, when Shanghai welcomed 30,000 Jewish refugees... Read More

A visually dazzling display of authentic Maoist-era communist propaganda posters, as well as a popular gift shop that sells prints of the real thing. Read More

The notion of paying around $200 to hire someone to, well, help you spend even more money, seems ridiculous at first. But the hundreds of happy guests... Read More

Shanghai Sideways zips its guests around the city’s most interesting neighborhoods in motorcycle sidecars driven by expert guides. Their tours offer a... Read More

Ancient China gets a 21st-century twist in the clothing, accessories, and housewares lines of this Hong Kong–born brand. Bold shades of magenta,... Read More

This iconic Chinese watch has been ticking since 1958. For decades it was one of the “three bigs”: status symbol items—along with a bike and radio... Read More

Towering 101 floors above the hub of the Lujiazui Finance and Trade Zone, this skyscraper contains offices, the Park Hyatt Shanghai, and places to take... Read More

The shop represents some of China's best-known contemporary artists and was the first gallery in the country to participate in major fairs such as Art... Read More

Another veteran of the Chinese art scene is ShanghART, which was established nearly 20 years ago with the mission to cultivate local Chinese art. With a... Read More

The museum offers a superb survey of the region’s 5,000-year history. Read More

The young and stylish seek refuge from their busy lives in this lounge on the 27th floor of Henry House in Causeway Bay. Opened in 2001, this sky-high... Read More

This historic scenic area encompasses three interconnected former imperial lakes: Houhai, Qianhai, and Xihai. From ice skating on the lake in winter to... Read More

At this trademark-skirting park in western Beijing—where a banner over the entrance proclaims: "Disneyland is too far"—there's a replica of... Read More

This spa in the heart of Pudong offers a modern take on ancient Chinese wellness: the vast glass-and-stone building encompasses a spa, health center,... Read More

This late-night market is famed for having lines of storefronts pedaling the crayfish that's made it famous. Stroll around long after the sun has gone... Read More

The 94th-floor toilets at Shanghai's Kohn, Pedersen, and Fox-designed landmark, known as the "bottle opener," take the title of the world's highest... Read More

Golfers on layover can practice their swing at Hong Kong’s first nine-hole golf course, conveniently located at the AsiaWorld-Expo adjacent to... Read More

We are living in the age of the selfie—whether we want to admit it or not. This photo studio embraces the phenomenon with both arms, offering customers... Read More

This low-lit bar features dark wood furnishings and live music. Read More

Take in the view from Solitary Beauty Peak and marvel at the formations of the Reed Flute Cave. Spring and fall are best; avoid the heat of July and the... Read More

Spin is Shanghai’s leading ceramic store for design aficionados. It occupies a very large two-story industrial space in Jing’An district with high... Read More

A stylish, contemporary warehouse space with pared-down simple ceramics. The packaging in wooden boxes is beautiful and thoughtful—it’s... Read More

Spin is Shanghai’s leading ceramic store, known for affordable minimalist designs with maximum aesthetic impact. Each piece is handmade in China’s... Read More

During the summer months, this dinky but charming bar—set right at the edge of a lake in Ritan Park—hosts an array of live music acts. Blues... Read More

A 2010-opened alfresco bar on the 32nd floor of the East Hotel on the eastern side of Hong Kong Island. Join the beautiful people on an overstuffed... Read More

Denise Huang and her employees sew silk slippers. The elegant slip-ons come with names like Mandarin Duck and Propaganda, and each pair comes in a... Read More

Suzhou Cobblers is beautiful little boutique on the Bund that sells traditional silk-embroidered slippers and dress shoes. They use only the finest... Read More

The I.M. Pei-designed Suzhou Museum, an angular masterpiece of skylights and white polygons, is the city's newest draw. Completed in October 2007, it... Read More

This complex of religious buildings southeast of the Forbidden City received emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasties for annual harvest ceremonies. The... Read More

Beijing’s newly opened Terminal 3, designed by Norman Foster’s Foster & Partners, is a miracle of rapid-fire engineering and army-ant... Read More

Cathay Pacific’s 1,980-square-foot lounge has minimalist interiors by renowned British designer John Pawson; passengers can reserve one of eight... Read More

Avoid the crowds at Badaling and head to Mutianyu, a restored section of the Great Wall about a mile and a half long. Its crenelated parapet and smooth,... Read More

The Pen’s elegantly branded boutique chocolates have become a cult favorite among fans of the city’s most famous luxury hotel. The recently... Read More

Housed inside the Peninsula Hong Kong hotel, this 14-room spa provides European, Asian, and ayurvedic treatments in a calming space designed by Henry... Read More

This charming little pottery studio-cum-store, which features ceramics from talented local potters, has solved many a gift-giver’s dilemma. The... Read More

Launched in 2002, The Pottery Workshop is best known as an international educational center for ceramic students of all levels. Its gallery and boutique... Read More

Visit the upscale colonial-style shopping arcade, The Repulse Bay. There, sip tea, sit under slow-moving wooden fans at the Pacific Coffee Company. Read More

The Roof at Waterhouse offers the fine cocktails, glamour, and views of the Bund but in a more chill, intimate outdoor setting. As part of the exclusive... Read More

Dewy, well-heeled housewives swear by The Sanctuary’s fabulous facials administered with dermatological precision. But I also love this spa for its... Read More

It must have been quite a schlep for emperors of old—who traveled in slow-moving palanquins along with hundreds of courtiers to get to this... Read More

You wouldn't want to spend too long on these swaying, rattling conveyances—especially during peak times, when tough-as-boots old ladies use their elbows... Read More

Kite flying is a hugely popular pastime in Beijing: visit Tiananmen Square on a breezy day and you’ll see scores of people—tots, teens, old... Read More

It may come as a surprise that the Big Buddha was erected only 23 years ago—the site radiates an imposing aura that typically belongs to a more time... Read More

Capable of holding a million people, the 100-acre Tiananmen is the world’s largest public square. Built in 1949, when the Communist Party took... Read More

Near Gate 20, next to Chanel, Tiffany & Co.’s first airport shop has a well-vetted selection of silver jewelry and fashion accessories,... Read More

A man with a PhD in Chemistry from Oxford may not be the first person you’d expect to start a Tibetan textiles company, but that’s exactly... Read More

TOTT’s—for “Talk of the Town”—is a contemporary restaurant (specializing in super-tender Wagyu beef, including a delicious... Read More

This groundbreaking gallery is set in one of the capital’s most intriguing developments—a former state munitions factory turned into an 80... Read More

Since launching her brand in London in 2005, Uma Wang has become one of China’s most successful designers, Her avant-garde, luxe knitwear pieces are... Read More

While Shanghai has no shortage of fine dining and local eateries, many visitors can find it intimidating or overwhelming to get an authentic taste of... Read More

This food tour company offers friendly and explanatory public or private tours, focusing on the wonderful tastes of Shanghai street food. Highlights... Read More

An excellent day trip if you're interested in the architecture and development of the city. This expansive space features five floors with intricate... Read More

A New York speakeasy vibe, custom and classic cocktails, and more than 100 vodka varieties are the hallmark of this SoHo spot. The young and hip crowd... Read More

On an ordinary day, this green is a great place for people-watching: Elderly citizens practice Tai Chi in the mornings; droves of Southeast Asian... Read More

This 1,800-foot mountain, whose looming peak is visible from almost all of Central district, doubles as the address for Hong Kong's wealthiest residents... Read More

This shop still produces hand-painted pictures that resemble the hand-tinted photographs from the Cultural Revolution. Read More

Olympic Pedigree: Home to swimming, diving, water polo, and synchronized swimming in 2008, and possibly where amphibious phenom Michael Phelps breaks... Read More

West Lake is the major draw here, with its elegant causeways, pavilions, gardens, and arched bridges. Read More

Since its founding in 1978, this adventure company has developed a vast range of trips, including a line called WT Expeditions: rugged, one-off... Read More

Windows of the World's re-creations of international landmarks have been built on a scale to please a pharaoh, with a nearly life-sized copy of the... Read More

Rub elbows with local worshipers at the prayer halls of this historic Taoist temple for a $13 entrance fee. Religion meets technology at the refurbished... Read More

This hip hutong just west of Yonghegong Lama Temple is home to trendy vintage boutiques, restaurants, cafes, bars, and music venues. Popular venues... Read More

The main draw of this area west of Tiananmen Square is the new Financial Street area, home to high-rise office towers, a cluster of five-star hotels,... Read More

Xintiandi was the birthplace of the Chinese Communist Party; now this restored two-block district is defined by upscale shops and restaurants. Read More

In the Central Business District, well-heeled urbanites take in live jazz over Moët champagne, crispy prawn fritters, and Cohiba cigars at Park... Read More

Located in the up-and-coming South Bund area, this riverside recreational park is all about being active. In addition to a lengthy riverside running... Read More

Well-known rock venue impresario Li Xuebing (or “Bing Bing”) and Hong Kong gallery owner Zhao Lei combined forces in 2001 to open the Yan... Read More

There are cheaper options than Yanye Handmade Shoes, but I’ve yet to find another cobbler who offers better value for money. My Hermes-inspired... Read More

Not to be confused with the Old Summer Palace, Yiheyuan is a vast complex of lakes, gardens, and palaces centered around Longevity Hill and Kunming Lake... Read More

This rowdy bar street was once a quiet road with a handful of restaurants and bars, catering to foreign tastes. Fast forward a couple of years, and it's... Read More

Yonghegong was originally a residence for eunuchs before half of the complex was converted into a Tibetan Buddhist lamasery in 1722. The centerpiece of... Read More

Take a side trip to see the Buddhist sculptures in the Yungang Grottoes. Read More

Also called Yuying Garden, this is one of four major Qing dynasty gardens in the province. Read More

YUZ Museum is an ambitious art museum privately financed by Chinese-Indonesian collector Budi Tek. Opened in May 2014, YUZ exhibits the billionaire art... Read More

Zen Massage is in a romantic, candle-lit lane house in the heart of the French Concession on Wuyuan Road. Zen’s calming ambience and massages—from... Read More

A slightly mysterious designer, Zhang Da came into the international spotlight when he designed the first collection for the Hermès-backed Chinese... Read More

Chinese designer Ziggy Chen draws on his native China to inspire his menswear collections of deconstructed, dark-colored garments. Chen’s genius lies in... Read More

Zotter, a renowned family-owned Austrian chocolate company that prides itself on producing organic and fair trade, high-quality chocolate, have opened a... Read More

Designer Wang Yiwang of unisex label Cha Gang founded Zuczug in 2002, with the aim of creating beautiful, simple and natural garments with interesting... Read More

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