For the elite travellers of the world, Shanghai is a bucket list must. Elysia Agnew reveals her top 10 tips to discovering the most populous city in China, from hotel rooms with sweeping skyline views, to bars hidden behind bookshelves…


Waldorf Astoria Shanghai on The Bund. The suites offer sweeping skyline views – and with immediate access to The Bund, you’re in Shanghai’s prime position for exploring and sightseeing. It’s the place to be for rooftop bars, high-end restaurants and boutiques buys.

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The Grand Brasserie and Wei Jing Ge inside the Waldorf Astoria are open to the public. The sophisticated Grand Brasserie serves up a selection of Western and Chinese-inspired dishes, all cooked in the open kitchen overlooking the elegant restaurant floor. Wei Jing Ge, meanwhile, is a more contemporary Chinese restaurant serving authentic regional delicacies including Shanghainese, Catonese and Huai Yang cuisines. It also boasts a wine cellar featuring around 500 bottles handpicked by the resident sommelier.


The Bund has several roof top bars on offer to take in the dazzling views, including Bar Rouge, which is open until the early hours for those who wish to dance the night away.

For something a little more quirky, head into the French Concession. Check the bookcase at Ocho Your Bar Tools to see what’s hidden behind. If you’re lucky, you’ll enter Speak Low – a fun and rustic cocktail bar spread over three floors.


Little time to travel while you’re staying in China? Catch the high-speed train to Beijing before you fly home. You’ll experience the change in landscape as you pass through the country, soaring through the lush greenery and the countryside that surrounds built up towns and cities.
The journey from Shanghai to Beijing is just over five hours, but it’s worth every minute. You’ll see the gradual change between the two cities as well as the difference in landscape in between.


The Spa at the Waldorf Astoria offers tailored massages, exclusive spa rooms available to hire, a fully-equipped fitness suite and a blue lagoon pool, perfect if you’re in need of a cool dip after a day of sightseeing.


Discover the tranquil greenery of Yu Garden, set in the heart of the city. Lush, enchanting and the perfect place to capture traditional Chinese buildings in an undisturbed setting.


The Bund – the perfect backdrop to capture those photographic memories. With traditional Shanghai behind you and the new world ahead of you, you can snap the cultural contrast of this growing city.

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Surrounding Yu Garden are the street markets where you’ll find quirky gifts to take home. There’s also an incredible cashmere shop just off The Bund.


The Waldorf Astoria’s Long Bar is the longest bar in the city, offering 100-feet of raw mahogany. Restored to the former glory of its popular 1910 Shanghai Club past, it presents a blend of heritage and distinctive luxury, boasting delicious bar meals, innovative cocktails and an unparalleled drinks menu. Go here for drams, oysters, champagne and more.

It’s a place where you can sip cocktails while you admire the vistas across the river, indulge in the freshest oysters, discover fine wines and listen to the soothing sounds of the live jazz.


For a bit of star-studded history, visit the Shanghai Film Museum. For most of the 20th century, Shanghai was the leading city of Chinese film. The museum contains 3,000 artefacts and media installations, taking you on a journey through the Chinese film industry.

Visitors also get the chance to take part in an interactive post-production process. You’ll find the props and vintage equipment used in hit films and you’ll learn all there is to know about Shanghai’s major film studios.