Massage & Spas

In Shànghǎi, a body or foot massage will come far cheaper than you’d pay at home. Options range from neighbourhood foot-massage parlours – where everyone kicks back on an armchair and watches TV – to midrange and luxury hotel spas, which offer private rooms, a change of clothes and a wonderfully soothing atmosphere. The latter usually offer beauty treatments (waxing, manicures etc) as well. Just remember, traditional massage (tuīná) is not particularly gentle. As your masseuse might very well tell you: no pain, no gain. Our favourites: