Be­yond the Bund there are plenty of his­toric dis­tricts, modern en­claves and am­ple shop­ping op­por­tu­ni­ties to ex­plore,

Business Traveller (Middle East) - - Contents - writes Craig Bright

Tom Ot­ley en­joys the sights of the Swedish cap­i­tal


China’s most fa­mous shop­ping street is a fivek­ilo­me­tre stretch of re­tail won­der with hun­dreds of out­lets to pe­ruse. Start near the iconic Fair­mont Peace Ho­tel that sits on the Bund (Ok, we said “be­yond the Bund”, but re­ally it would be mad­ness to visit Shang­hai with­out drink­ing in the sights at least once!), and from there work your way west. You’ll find fash­ion­able lo­cal bou­tiques, high-end brands from Tiffany to Mont Blanc, as well as plenty of cafés, restau­rants and bars. The sec­tion from the Bund to Peo­ple’s Park can get ex­tremely crowded – some­times it feels like the whole city is on one street.


Af­ter giv­ing your wal­let a work out, leave Nan­jing Road and enter Peo­ple’s Park. This green oasis is a favourite with lo­cals and a great place to ob­serve charm­ing scenes of ev­ery­day life, from lo­cal card tour­na­ments to prac­tis­ing t’ai chi. Hid­den in the woods you’ll see the Mu­seum of Con­tem­po­rary Art Shang­hai, which hosts ro­tat­ing modern art and de­sign ex­hi­bi­tions through­out the year. Cur­rent ex­hi­bi­tion “Ap­ple+” fea­tures the life­work of Ja­panese de­signer Ken Miki, specif­i­cally sum­maris­ing his “Learn­ing to De­sign, De­sign­ing to Learn” the­ory on de­sign ed­u­ca­tion, through the simplistic form of an ap­ple. En­try to the mu­seum costs RMB80 (US$12); open 10am-6pm daily; mo­cashang­hai.org


If you haven’t man­aged to get your fill of shop­ping on Nan­jing Road, then the slightly more up­scale of­fer­ings just south of Huai­hai Road in the city’s trendy Xintiandi dis­trict are a safe bet. Beginning just south of Peo­ple’s Square, head down Madang Road past The Lang­ham and An­daz ho­tels to ex­plore the Euro­pean-cum-Chi­nese Xintiandi en­ter­tain­ment dis­trict. Small shops, art gal­leries and restau­rants with in­door and out­door seat­ing are dot­ted through­out the area, and its thin al­ley­ways com­pris­ing old brick­work build­ings can be a joy to ex­plore on foot.


From Xintiandi, head south­west farther into the French Con­ces­sion – a his­toric area with pic­turesque build­ings and large, leafy av­enues. There’s plenty to ex­plore, but a high­light is Tianzifang, an arts and crafts en­clave that has been re­pur­posed from a tra­di­tional res­i­den­tial area. The en­trance is sub­tle, but enter and you’ll find a maze of nar­row al­leys, pop­u­lated with small dwellings hous­ing modern cof­fee shops, cafés, gal­leries, bou­tiques, restau­rants and bars. Ad­dress: Lane 210, Taikang Road.


Com­pared with her­itage­laden Bei­jing, Shang­hai is cer­tainly lighter on his­tor­i­cal sight­see­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties, but Jing’an Tem­ple proves the city is not de­void of of­fer­ings. A 15-minute taxi ride from Tianzifang will get you back to West Nan­jing Road where it is lo­cated. Trac­ing its ori­gins back to the third cen­tury AD dur­ing China’s Three King­doms pe­riod, the Bud­dhist tem­ple has been re­lo­cated, re­freshed and re­built a few times, but is nonethe­less un­mis­tak­able for its red walls, golden roofs and tow­er­ing spire. Com­pris­ing mul­ti­ple build­ings that en­close a cen­tral court­yard, this is a good place to take a break from the hus­tle and bus­tle of the Jing’an busi­ness dis­trict. Open 7.30am-5pm daily, en­trance fee RMB50 (US$8).

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