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6 Things to Do in Shanghai, China

Where to stay and how to have fun in China's biggest city.

Propaganda Poster Art Center

Photo: Shanghai Propaganda Poster Art Center

01 Hidden in an apartment block, the Propaganda Poster Art Center tells the history of China’s 1949 Revolution, the Great Leap Forward and the Cold War in posters saved by a fervent collector. (

Fairmont Peace Hotel

Photo: Fairmont Hotels and Resorts

02 Walk along the waterside Bund neighbourhood to ogle the beaux arts and art deco masterpieces, including the Fairmont Peace Hotel. Stop there for traditional high tea, which the hotel first introduced to Shanghai in the 1930s. (


03 Get lost in Tianzifang, a stone-walled warren of 1930s Shikumen townhouses converted into bars, gelato shops and souvenir stores. Then plunk down at Kommune for a serving of trifle or a hot chocolate bomb – a chocolate-wrapped marshmallow dunked in steamed milk. (

04 For Shanghai’s famed xiaolongbao (steamed dumplings filled with pork, shrimp and hot broth) head to Bao Luo in the former French Concession. The menu comes with pictures, so all you have to do is point. (271 Fumin Lu)

05 To save face and learn the intricacies of business culture, hire Lawrence Lo to minimize the risk of committing etiquette faux pas. The founder of LHY Etiquette Consultancy, Lo has a degree in international relations from Georgetown and a diploma in hotel management and wine appreciation from Belgium. (

Where to stay

Book a river-view suite – complete with telescope – at the Peninsula Shanghai, which will fetch you from the airport in a Wi-Fi-equipped bespoke Rolls-Royce Phantom II. At night, sip a gin-and-artisanal-tonic on the 13th-floor Sir Elly’s Terrace in the glow of the twisted Shanghai Tower. Chase away the inevitable headache with a facial and massage at the hotel spa.

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