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Shanghai 2016

Shanghai has always been good to me. I have yet to encounter the smog that supposedly plagued the city. This was because whenever I was there the pollution producing factories were, I was told for one reason or another, shut down.

Explore

Even though I was there for work, I had the weekends to explore the streets of the city. Like all great cities in the world, Shanghai has got everything; New, old, and things that are a fusion of cultures and time.

 

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Walking through the alley houses reminded me of the time my colleague and I rented an amazing Airbnb in Jing’An in 2015. None of the below seems like they are listed on Airbnb though.

 

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Visit

Power Station of Art is one place you should visit, if contemporary arts is your thing. The collection of art there is huge and well-curated, plus the place is huge. You can easily spend 2-3 hours there.

The only problem is that it is a bit out of the way, but there is always Uber or, if you have a China mobile number, 滴滴.

 

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Mix Paper is one-third of the hipster enclave know as Mix Place near Xujiahui (rough Google Maps location). It has a good range of art books, i must say, and there is a nice cafe too, if you want to chill out for a while.

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Brought a colleague and friend to M50 Art Industrial Park since they haven’t been there and I did. My favourite thing there is a cafe, called Undefine, where it is always a great place to get good espressos.

 

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Shanghai Natural History Museum is pretty impressive. Quality of the content is comparable to the one in New York, however the taxidermy, imho, could be tad better. Too bad we did not have much time and missed out a bulk of the exhibits. Thus, the lack of photos.

 

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Check out other posts of my trips to China! Only if you want to, of course. No pressure.

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Shanghai 2015

Shanghai is relatively easy and safe to get from places to places with so many forms of mode of transports. However, cabs and Uber services are cheap compared to Singapore, so those were what we took most of time to get around. We did hop on to the Shanghai Metro once, and acted all local by nonchalantly walking through the security officer. Having said that, within the core city of Shanghai, it is quite walkable as well.

The Bund

What I like about the Bund is that you can see the new Shanghai and the old Shanghai side by side. That is probably why it is a hotspot for wedding shoots and tourist alike.
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Yu Yuan 豫园

This is the place where you get Nanxiang Mantou. A Shanghai street food made famous by Anthony Bordain. Best consumed when it is cold due to the piping hot soup within the mantou.

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Toy Manjia

You would think a city like Shanghai would have a lot of cool toy shops like the ones in Tokyo. But, no. After an intensive online search, we only found Toy Manjia. It was pretty extensive, however, we also found out that a lot of the toys were fake.

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K11 Art Mall

Bringing art to the consumer thus making it accessible. Unfortunately, we went there too late for the art gallery within the mall.

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M50

M50 is former industrial district turned artsy fartsy enclave. Amazing space for art with a few cool shops and cafes.

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Undefine @ M50

There was a really nice cafe in M5o where we chilled out after looking at all those art. The coffee was pretty good too.

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The Commune Social

The combination of ingredients of their tapas are refreshing and their presentation is amazing, aka very instagrammable. We were greatly satisfied.

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The Shanghai Library

You must register before 4:30pm to enter the library. Obviously, we did not make it in time.

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Tianzifang 田子坊

The ultimate touristy area. Endless number of alleys filled with restaurants, bars, pottery shops, and, at least, 4 of the same sunglasses shops under the Sanglasses brand.

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Amokka Cafe & Anfu Lu

Anfu Lu doesn’t hide the fact that it is a place for yuppies and expats. Nice weekend brunch restaurants, hipster grocers, expensive interior shops and the original Feiyue shop that you won’t believe. We went to Amokka Cafe, had a nice brunch and stayed to watch people for a while. Later on, we spotted a camera museum and checked it out. It was quite small, but interesting.

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Shanghai Film Museum

Learn the history of the film industry in Shanghai through a well-curated museum.

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JingAn District 静安区

JingAn is Shanghai’s Orchard Road of sort, I think. Although, we stayed in an Airbnb there, we didn’t really explore the place. Marked by a huge temple in the center of it, it is filled with shopping malls and international hotels.

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Airbnb @ Jing An

Tucked in an alley, the Airbnb is one of the many old historical houses in Shanghai. It was really cozy and convenient. The area houses many old people therefore you had to be very quiet. However, that meant that the area was really quiet too.

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Hyatt on the Bund

This was also a work trip so I got to stay at the prestiges Hyatt on the Bund. I had a great view, two beds and hotel breakfast, so that was awesome.

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