Travel Postcard: 48 hours in Shanghai

Fri Oct 1, 2010 6:36am EDT
 
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By Farah Master

SHANGHAI (Reuters Life!) - Glamorous, decadent and unashamedly brash, China's financial capital is a potent symbol of the country's growing wealth and global prowess.

Shanghai splurged billions of dollars on the World Expo, but for visitors, the city boasts other attractions such as stunning heritage architecture, tantalizing dining options and a pulsating, wild nightlife.

Reuters correspondents with local knowledge help visitors get the get the most out of this proudly over-the-top city.

FRIDAY

6 p.m. - Start Shanghai in style by heading straight for the Bund, the city's historic waterfront. Cocktails at Sir Elly's, the Peninsula hotel's rooftop bar, offers stunning views of the murky Huangpu River, and is the ideal way to soak up the city's colonial heritage when Shanghai was known as the Paris of the East -- and the Whore of the Orient for its debauched ways. (www.peninsula.com/Shanghai/en/default.aspx) 8 p.m. - Take a 10-minute stroll down the Bund to Lost Heaven, a leafy bamboo Yunnan eatery, where dishes are rooted in the traditions of Yunnan, Tibet, Myanmar and Thailand. The steamed cod in banana leaf is delicious, and the vegetarian options are plenty. (6433-5126, www.lostheaven.com.cn/)

10.30 p.m. - With a floor-to-ceiling 360 degree glass view of Shanghai's skyline and a 17 meter- (56 ft) long shark tank, M1nt club is a must for visitors who want to see and be seen.

Sip on exotic cocktails like a cucumber and wasabi martini and admire some of Shanghai's most beautiful people, of whom there are no shortage. (here)

SATURDAY   Continued...

 
<p>A view of the centre of Shanghai, near the Pudong Lujiazui financial area, September 9, 2010. REUTERS/Aly Song</p>