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Expatriate-Influenced Tour of Shanghai

The Whampoa Club, in the old Union Insurance building.

Photo: Andrew Rowat

In China’s most cosmopolitan of cities, foreign residents have long had a defining role in the culture.
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Destinations: Shanghai

Inspired by: Foreign Influence in Shanghai — by Pankaj Mishra, Published Apr. 2010 Shanghai: An Intimate Tour — by Adam Sachs, Published Oct. 2010

Hotels (8)

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    Ritz-Carlton Shanghai, Pudong

    It’s almost impossible to actually walk anywhere in the frenetic Pudong neighborhood, so lucky for you that Ritz-Carlton’s second Shanghai property... More
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    Number 9

    A quiet B&B in a lane house in the French Concession. More
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    Waterhouse at South Bund

    Shanghai hotels tend toward the vertical and voluptuous, but one look at this austere lobby—exposed brick walls; steel beams; stone floors—and it’s... More
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    Fairmont Peace Hotel

    The city’s famous Cathay Hotel was renamed the Peace Hotel in 1956, and in 2010 was taken over by Fairmont Hotels & Resorts.

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    The Peninsula, Shanghai

    A master of luxe hospitality, Peninsula Hotels chairman Michael Kadoorie spent his childhood in Shanghai. So the March 2010 premiere of his ninth p... More
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    Park Hyatt, Shanghai

    When it opened, 1,358 foot-tall the Park Hyatt Shanghai stole the title of world's tallest hotel (from its sister property across the street, the G

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    JIA, Shanghai

    JIA consists of fifty-two rooms, plus two 1,000-plus-square-foot penthouse suites, both specially designed for high-profile guests (with bodyguards

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    The Portman Ritz-Carlton, Shanghai

    Fresh from a $40 million renovation, with Asian elements (such as cabinets inspired by Chinese medicine chests) and a great address.

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Restaurants (13)

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    Table No. 1

    Table No. 1 is a pared-back, industrial-chic restaurant, stripped to its unadorned material essence. Situated in the base of the new 19-room Waterh... More
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    One Hundred Families, One Thousand Tastes

    The menu features Yellow River bamboo with ham; translucent gooey balls of summer yam with pork and scallions; and lu yu, a river fish with a sour,... More
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    Sichuan Citizen

    Fiery Sichuan food on a packed French Concession street. More
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    Shouning Road Night Food Market

    Shouning Road is lined with street-side grills, men kneeling in alleys shucking oysters and throwing shells on alleyway middens, food carts selling... More
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    Mr. & Mrs. Bund

    Chef Paul Pairet's lively, modern French restaurant offers all-day people-watching. The staff is knowledgeable and the food delicious; try the stea... More
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    Lynn

    The dark, Deco-y Shanghainese restaurant serves roast duck wrapped in mantou buns, kao fu, a warm, brown, bready, tofu-like rice-gluten substance t... More
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    Fu 1039

    Classic Shanghainese food in a French Concession villa.
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    Din Tai Fung, Shanghai

    Ubiquitous chain with English menus and solid xiao long bao. Various locations. More
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    Whampoa Club, Shanghai

    The historic Union Building became “Three on the Bund” in 2004, and the fifth floor houses the 120-seat Whampoa Club. Located inside one of the Fin

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    YongFoo Élite

    Despite the exclusive-sounding moniker, this French Concession restaurant is open to common and famous; Ralph Fiennes, Yao Ming, and Jackie Chan ha

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    Jia Jia Tang Bao

    The crabmeat dumplings are available at a decadent (for Shanghai) splurge of $14 for a dozen and are thin-skinned with a deeply, sweetly crabby ric

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    Face Bar

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    M on the Bund

    On Sunday mornings, young expat families brunch on the terrace of M on the Bund, Shanghai’s first fine-dining Western-style restaurant, framed agai

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Activities (12)

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    Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Hall

    On the third floor of the Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Center there's a room-size scale model of the city in 2020. The joke about the place i... More
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    Rockbund Art Museum

    With an eye-catching Art Deco façade and revamped interiors by London-based architect David Chipperfield, the Bund’s only contemporary art gallery ... More
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    Plum Gallery

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    Design Republic

    Lyndon Neri and Rossana Hu’s modern design and furniture boutique. More
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    Around Space Gallery

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

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

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

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    Old China Hand Reading Room

    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-dyna

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    Glamour Bar

    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 Holl

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    Xintiandi Shopping Complex

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

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    Spin Ceramics

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

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