Shanghai is a big, booming city, which means there’s never a dull moment. The only problem one is faced with is narrowing down the many options for things to do in town. Happily Four Seasons Hotel Pudong, Shanghai is here to help – read on for the concierge team’s top five picks of cool things to do on a golden autumn day.
In China, bicycles are more than a means of transportation – they’re a lifestyle. Just a few minutes stroll down any Shanghai street and visitors will see why China has earned the nickname “The Bicycle Kingdom.”
Cycling is one of the most convenient and easy ways to experience Shanghai. Bicycles are available for free rental from the Front Desk and include a bell, lock and helmet. Pick up a complimentary map as well for suggested routes in the area. Bicycles can be rented every day between 10:00 am and 4:00 pm.
Tour the Huangpu Like a Local
The Huangpu river divides Shanghai between east (Pudong) and west (Puxi), but various tunnels and bridges make travel across no problem. Tourists flock to the river’s west side Bund, and especially during the high season holiday months, crowds can grow to enormous sizes. Luckily there’s a better way to experience riverside views.
Hop on the Huangpu ferry for a mere two yuan (30 cents) to experience the best of east and west. Tour the full vista of Shanghai’s western bank to take in the history and culture captured in the Bund’s classic architecture, and glance back east to see the skyscrapers of Shanghai’s modern commercial hub, Lujiazui.
Ask the Front Desk for detailed directions to the nearby dock.
See the Many Skylines of Shanghai
Whether gazing from above or below, Shanghai’s skyline views are breathtaking.
To see Shanghai from an ideal vantage point, book a stay in the Pearl View Room at Four Seasons and access the best views of Lujiazui and the neighbouring Oriental Pearl Tower. Or, go to the 41st floor infinity pool, where one can watch both sides of the city light up the Shanghai night while taking a swim and a soak.
See the soaring heights of Shanghai from below with a morning or evening jog through the wide streets of Pudong. Don trainers and head to Bin Jiang Avenue along the east shore of the Huangpu. Runners not only get beautiful views of the west Bund across the river and Shanghai’s central business district to the east, but they’ll also run along wide, well-paved routes with plenty of greenery and shade – a runner’s paradise.
Those who set out early enough in the morning may even find Shanghai’s famous senior citizen exercisers doing their daily practice.
Taste Shanghai Flavours
For the cleanest, freshest dishes, one doesn’t have to wander too far at all – find traditional Chinese dim sum dining spot Shàng-Xí on the first floor of Four Seasons. All ingredients are carefully sourced to serve up culinary creations as healthy as they are delicious.
On the weekends, visit Shàng-Xí for an authentic Chinese dim sum afternoon tea experience. Discover why Forbes Travel Guide to mainland China has named Shàng-Xí a top-rated restaurant for two years running. Chinese Executive Chef Simon Choi has created an array of mouthwatering dim sum favourites along with delicately handcrafted classic Chinese confectioneries: steamed shrimp dumpling with black truffle, baked whole abalone puff with diced chicken and gold leaves, baked mushroom and matsutake puff in mayonnaise, and chilled mango cream with sago, pomelo and bird’s nest, and more.
Take In a Performance
Pudong’s nearby Shanghai Oriental Art Center hosts some of the most prestigious musical acts in the world. This autumn is no exception.
Located in LuJiaZui Financial & Trade Zone of Pudong New Area, Shanghai Oriental Art Center is one of most significant cultural landmarks of Shanghai. Built jointly by Shanghai Municipal Government and Pudong New Area Government on an investment budget of CNY 1.1 billion, it was designed by the award-winning French architect Paul Andreu. Its overall building area covers 40,000 square metres (430,000 square feet). From above, one will distinguish the five domes of SHOAC. The main entrance hall, the Performance Hall, the Concert Hall, the Exhibition Hall and the Opera Hall form a composition that reminiscent of a beautiful butterfly orchid in full bloom.
With so much to do in Shanghai, one is spoiled for choice – make the best of the city and contact the Front Desk or Concierge at Four Seasons with any questions or assistance in planning an ideal Shanghai visit or staycation.