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Top Choice Ceramics in Hóngkǒu & North Shànghǎi

Spin

High on creative flair, Spin offers a modern take on Chinese ceramics with oblong teacups, twisted sake sets and all manner of cool plates, chopstick holders and ‘kung fu’ vases. Pieces are never overbearing, but le…
Top Choice Hunanese in Hóngkǒu & North Shànghǎi

Guǒyúan

The cool lime-green tablecloths do little to tame the tempestuous flavours of this fantastic Húnán restaurant. The tiěbǎn dòufu (铁板豆腐; sizzling tofu platter) here is a magnificent dish, but its fiery flavours are al…
Top Choice Bar in Hóngkǒu & North Shànghǎi

Vue

Take in the extrasensory nocturnal views of the Bund and Pǔdōng from Vue bar at the Hyatt on the Bund, complete with outdoor jacuzzi to dip your toes in while you raise your glass of bubbly. There's a cover charge o…
Top Choice Museum in Hóngkǒu & North Shànghǎi

Ohel Moishe Synagogue & Jewish Refugees Museum

Built by the Russian Ashkenazi Jewish community in 1927, this synagogue lies in the heart of the 1940s Jewish ghetto. Today it houses the synagogue and the Shànghǎi Jewish Refugees Museum, with exhibitions on the li…
Park in Hóngkǒu & North Shànghǎi

Gòngqīng Forest Park

This vast expanse of forested parkland on the western shore of the Huángpǔ River is a leafy, wooded and tranquil slice of countryside in Shànghǎi. This is about as wild as you get in Pǔxī, with acres of willows, luo…
Park in Hóngkǒu & North Shànghǎi

Lu Xun Park

Particularly photogenic in spring and summer when the trees are in blossom, Lu Xun Park is one of the city’s most pleasant green spaces. Here you'll find elderly Chinese practising taichi or ballroom dancing, and ev…
Historic Building in Hóngkǒu & North Shànghǎi

Lu Xun Former Residence

Lu Xun buffs will adore ferreting around this three-floor domicile on lovely Shanyin Rd, where an excellent English-speaking guide can fill you in on all the period bits and bobs, including the author's tea cosy and…
Ferris Wheel in Hóngkǒu & North Shànghǎi

Sky Ring

Sky Wheel’s rooftop location in a rapidly developing neighbourhood is perfect for sweeping views contrasting old Shànghǎi with new. The 12-minute ride above a neighbourhood of historic lǐlòng (里弄) houses offers glim…
Museum in Hóngkǒu & North Shànghǎi

Shànghǎi Post Museum

This fascinating museum in the stunning Main Post Office building explores postal history in imperial China, which dates back to the 1st millennium BC. The system used an extensive pony express to relay messages; Ma…
Peking Duck in Hóngkǒu & North Shànghǎi

Xīndàlù

Although definitive Běijīng kǎoyā (Peking duck) really needs to be flamed up within quacking distance of the Forbidden City, Shànghǎi’s best roast-duck experience imports all the necessary ingredients (including che…