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Top Choice Hunanese in Xújiāhuì & South Shànghǎi

Hóng Làjiāo Xiāngcàiguǎn

There's no shortage of decent Húnán restaurants in Shànghǎi but you won't find much better than this one. Wooden benches and an exposed-brick effect make for a rough-and-ready atmosphere, but there's nothing casual …
Top Choice Shanghai in Xújiāhuì & South Shànghǎi

Din Tai Fung

This brightly lit and busy Taiwan-owned restaurant chain may still be peddling its ‘Top 10 restaurants of the world’ mantra after a two-decades-old review in the New York Times, but it does deliver some absolutely s…
Buddhist Temple in Xújiāhuì & South Shànghǎi

Lónghuá Temple & Pagoda

Shànghǎi's oldest and largest monastery is named after the pipal tree (lónghuá) under which Buddha achieved enlightenment. Trees are decorated with red lanterns, incense smoke fills the front of the grounds and monk…
Cathedral in Xújiāhuì & South Shànghǎi

St Ignatius Cathedral

The dignified twin-spired St Ignatius Cathedral (1904) is a major Xújiāhuì landmark, closed while undergoing restoration at the time of writing. Its nave is a long span of Gothic arches, while the exterior is orname…
Gallery in Xújiāhuì & South Shànghǎi

Yuz Museum

A huge development for Shànghǎi's contemporary art scene, this enormous gallery is housed in the former hangar of Lónghuá Airport and sprawls over 9000 sq metres. The temporary exhibitions have been world-class and …
Museum in Xújiāhuì & South Shànghǎi

Shànghǎi Film Museum

From the moment you enter the exhibitions via a 'red carpet' corridor of simulated applause and camera flashes, this museum is fun-filled and entertaining. Located on the site of the original Shànghǎi Film Studio, t…
Gallery in Xújiāhuì & South Shànghǎi

Long Museum

This sister museum to the Pǔdōng venue of the same name is an important part of the movement to create a world-class art hub along the West Bund. The four-storey building shows a mixture of contemporary art, as well…
Uyghur in Xújiāhuì & South Shànghǎi

Xīnjiāng Restaurant

The decor is full-on kitsch at this raucous upstairs Uighur restaurant, but you can feed an army on the whole roast lamb, or simply settle down to some tasty dàpánjī (a spicy stew of chicken, peppers and potatoes). …
Japanese in Xújiāhuì & South Shànghǎi

Heiseiya

Warm, noisy and pleasantly crowded, every inch of this neighbourhood izakaya (Japanese pub) is covered in flags, Japanese posters and decorative liquor bottles. Paper lanterns hang low over wooden tables and the ove…
Park in Xújiāhuì & South Shànghǎi

Martyrs Memorial

This park marks the site of an old Kuomintang prison, where 800 communists, intellectuals and political agitators were executed between 1928 and 1937. A modern, lamplit tunnel leads to the original jailhouses and th…