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Lemeng Zhang

... to do in Shanghai. ZIS parent, Lemeng Zhang, arrived in Zurich from her native Shanghai. As the ultimate insider, here's her Shanghai guide.

 

 

1. EAT - XIAO LONG BAO

These juicy, steamed dumplings, stuffed with pork or crab, are a must. The best place to try them is Ding Tai Feng, a Taiwanese restaurant next to the Ritz Carlton Portman in Puxi. For those who want a truly local experience, try Fu Chun Xiao Long on Yu Yuan Road. It’s a little greasy and crowded, but for 50 RMB (CHF 8) you can eat like a king!


2. VISIT - THE FRENCH CONCESSION

Shanghai is the most westernised city in China and this area is dotted with charming cafés and boutiques, particularly on the quaint An Fu Road, Fu Xing Road West and Wu Kang Road. The latter includes Shanghai’s best French restaurant, the Franck Bistro, and Farine, its best French bakery.


3. SEE - THE BUND

Don’t miss the fantastic sight of Shanghai’s colonial-era buildings lining one side of the Huangpu River, Five things to do in... Shanghai Personal touch From the uniforms to the presentation of the products themselves, there’s “a huge sense of family, tradition and nostalgia” at Spru╠łngli. against the backdrop of the futuristic skyline on the other. A century ago the city was the financial centre of Far East Asia and many of these buildings still house financial institutions, with some now also fine dining restaurants.


4. VISIT - THE LONG MUSEUMS

Billionaire Liu Yiqian’s two private art collections (one each at Pudong and West Bund) feature the best of classic and contemporary Chinese art, including works by Qi Baishi, Zhang Dagian and Zeng Fanzhi. Both sites are about a 30-minute drive from the city centre, but are well worth the journey.


5. STROLL - THROUGH TIAN ZI FANG

This narrow street of shikumen, old townhouses with stone frames and wooden doors, now houses trendy cafés and boutiques, a chance to pick up souvenirs like Qipao, Chinese-style dress. But it remains traditional – local residents still live above the shops.

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