Shanghai - Night Out

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I have summarized in this post all the restaurants I recommend for dinner, pubs/lounge bars for a drink and discos for an amazing night out! Shanghai is a really lively city during the night and you will certainly be spoiled for choice!

RESTAURANTS

Thai Cuisine: 
Coconut Paradise38 Fumin Rd, Tel: 62481998

Japanese Cuisine: 
- Haiku: you can find it in three different areas: Taojiang Lu, Jinquiao and IFC Mall.

Chinese Cuisine:
- Lost Haven: Yypical Yumen cuisine, China north-west area. Spicy cuisine, rich in ginger and truffle . Charming furniture and atmosphere! There are two restaurants in town: 38 Gao You Road (in the French Concession) and 17 Yan An E. Road (in the Bund).

- Din Tai Fung: it's a great Taiwanese chain, there are more than 10 restaurants in the city.

- Crystal Jade: together with the previous restaurant, it offers excellent dumpling and dim sum!

AFTER DINNER

- El Coctel: 47 Yongfu Lu Unit 202, next to Fuxing Xi Lu
Among the best cocktails in town, quiet setting with soft lighting, it feels like being at friend's house.

- Rouge Bar: 7 Floor, 18 Zhongshan Dong Yi Road
Definitely an amazing view, the terrace between the skyscrapers is breathtaking!

- Flair: Shanghai IFC, 8 Century Avenue, Lujiazui, Pudong

- New Heights: Huangpu, Zhongshan East 1st Rd, 3

DISCO

- Mint: M1NT Tower 318 Fuzhou Road

- Myst: No.1123, Yanan Middle Road

- The Apartment: No.47 Yongfu Road, French Concession

Enjoy! :-)

Shanghai - Fabric Market, Jing'an Temple & Nanjing Road

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If you're in Shanghai you can't miss to go to the South Bund Fabric Market and order some tailor-made dresses! Being a bit disconnected from other popular areas, I recommend you to take a taxi and the address is: 399 Lujiabang Lu, near Nancang Jie. There you can order shirts (choosing materials / buttons / details), coats of wool or cashmere and silk dresses. Obviously, the key word here is always the same: BARGAINING. I leave you the contact of one of these tailors, who made our shirts in less than five days. It is located on the third floor of the building, shop number 371 and he's called Li Guang Ming. If you want to visit another market, there's the flower market in Caojiadu Flower Market, the address is 1148 Changshou Lu, near Wanhangdu Lu.
 

Our day continues with a visit to Jing'an Temple which in chinese means "temple of peace and tranquility." It is a Buddhist temple located in Nanjing Road. It's really impressive and beautiful! It is built mostly with wood and houses some wonderful statues of Buddha. An example is the big silver statue representing Sakyamuni Buddha sitting on the lotus base in meditation; it's 8.8 meters high and it was made from 15 tons of silver! You will also see the Peace Bell. The lingering sounds created when it is struck can last over 3 minutes.If you want to have a walk, go along Nanjing Road till reaching the Bund. On the way you will find many shops and malls where you can stop for lunch and a little shopping. On the left side, corner with Chengdu Road, you will also see the famous "fake market" of Shanghai! There's every sort of thing at very low prices but of course the quality is poor and do not be surprised if the object you buy breaks or stops working as soon as you exit the market :) 
 

Continuing along Nanjing Road, the closer you get to the Bund the more you will find chaos, tourists and shops. It's the main shopping street of Shanghai!
 

After this walk, we end our day resting with an happy hour on the terrace of the Peninsula, near the House of Roosevelt (mentioned in the "Day 1" post)!

Shanghai - Tianzifang, Pudong & The M1NT

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Let's start another day in this amazing city! We first visit the district of Dapuqiao and in particular the Tianzifang, an area among Sinan Road, Taikang Road, Second Ruijing Road and Jianguo Middle Road.You can take the metro to reach this area and get off at Dapuqiao stop.The Tianzifang is a kind of market that is articulated within numerous alleyways. The shops were originally artisan shops and I recommend you to get lost in the alleys and, if it's lunch time, to stop at one of the many restaurants. For example, I've been to Teddy Bear and found it very nice (ask specifically to have lunch on the little terrace on the top). Alternatively, there is a very good thai restaurant, Tai Thai Cuisine & Lounge.Concerning the shopping in the Tianzifang, you can buy typical objects such as chopsticks, hand-painted fans, tea sets or the classic qipao, the traditional chinese women dress of Shanghai. I've bought one of them in black and white at the Shanghai Han Ming Industrial.
 

Then we head to the district of Pudong, the area opposite the Bund where you can see the famous skyscrapers. For lunch we stop at Element Fresh in Lu Jia Zui inside the "Super Brand Mall". It is a chain that offers fresh and tasty salads and sandwiches, perfect for those who want to get away for a moment from the oriental cuisine!In the afternoon we visit the Shanghai Ocean Aquarium, which is located at the base of the Oriental Pearl Tower. In my opinion there is nothing special but it's fun to walk inside the shark tunnels! Next to the aquarium there are two other museums: a museum of insects, the Wilde Natural Insect Kingdom and a museum on the sexuality of China, the China Sex Culture Exhibition.If the weather is nice and not foggy, I highly recommend you to climb on top of the "corkscrew", the Shanghai World Financial Centre, and stop at the bar for a drink with a view!
 

In the evening, after a super dinner at the thai restaurant Coconut Paradise, we go dancing at M1NT, one of the most famous nightclubs in the city!
Check out here the list on the best Shanghai nightlife! ;-)

Shanghai - Xintiandi, Yu Garden & the Bund

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Here I am in Shanghai! I landed at Shanghai Pudong from Malpensa. The city has two airports, Hongqiao and Pudong, and the latter is connected with the city center through the Maglev train that, in less than 8 minutes, brings you to Longyang Road station with a speed of 430 km/h. The price is 50 RMB, about 5 Euro. From there you can take a taxi, they're really cheap!
I highly recommend you to bring with you the destination address in Chinese because many taxi drivers do NOT speak English!!! You will see how difficult it is to make yourself understood in this city!
 

After settling in, I started to explore the city from the neighborhood of Xintiandi, characterized by old Chinese buildings made of red brick, called "shikumen". It?'s a very nice area, full of shops, bars, restaurants etc ...I stopped for lunch in a very famous Chinese restaurant that I recommend you for its tasty dim sum, Din Tai Fung restaurant, located inside the Xintiandi Style mall . A good alternative on the same floor of the mall is the Crystal Jade! Then you can have some shopping in the mall, it's worth it!
 

Then it's time for Yu garden. I recommend you to buy the ticket (price 30 RMB) and get inside. It is lovely! A few steps from the garden there's a tea house, the Huxinting House, where you can do tea-tasting of various types of tea. In this area you can also find the Yu Yuan Bazaar and many souvenir shops.
 

We then walked along Fangbang Road, a street full of chinese shops, until Zhongshan Road, that runs along the Huangpu River and leads into the famous "Bund".
Walk up to the Monument to the People' Heroes, in memory of the revolutionary martyrs, and enjoy the amazing view ofered by the riverside... On the other side of the Huangpu river there's the district of Pudong and the skyline you see from the Bund is breathtaking!
Among the most famous skyscrapers there are the Shanghai World Financial Centre also called "corkscrew", the Oriental Pearl Tower and Jinmao Tower. Furthermore, it's almost completed the construction of the Shanghai Tower that will be the second tallest skyscraper in the world (632m) after the Burj Dubai Khakifa.
 

The best way to end up the afternoon is an happy hour on the terrace of the House of Roosevelt!
 

For dinner I went to Haiku. It's a Japanese restaurant in the French Concession, a very large and famous district, known for the presence of many international restaurants and shops. There are, in fact, restaurants with cuisine from all over the world: Greece, France, Spain, Italy... It's a very lively area and it'is inhabited by many westerners. Haiku is located near the Shanghai Brewery, a very famous brewery in Shanghai mainly frequented by western people and it's a short walk from Henshang Road, one of the main streets of the French Concession. Enjoy! :) The night ended up in a club, The Apartment, very nice both for a drink on the outdoor rooftop and for dancing downstairs (commercial music ).