Oh sure, Shanghaiist goes to the red light “hairdressers” for a nice long wank just as much as the next guy (as long as the next guy has never been once), but we also like experiencing what you “norms” have at the massage parlours of Shanghai — a massage. We have a new favourite place. At the north east corner of Changle Lu and Shaanxi Lu, behind several medium sized trees is a set of two buildings inside which unlimited massuers will pour out of holes in the walls to beautify you in any way you see fit (Map from SmartShanghai).
The “Great Wall” massage is our massage of choice (it’s just a normal body massage, no ideas about the name), and it costs 98RMB for an hour. We have found that generally, massages in Shanghai focus on kneeding the muscle to relieve aches — rather than pin-pointing knots in the back and getting them out. The experts here seem to know how get out your desk-induced twists and knots, and seem to really understand your back. There are also a plethora of the other usual services on offer, from hair-cuts, nail and skin treatments, foot massages (from 70RMB for 45 minutes) …
Not having yet tried the skin and nail treatments, we can’t tell you how good they are — but the massage is the best we have experienced.
Samos Foot & Body Massage — Shui Xiu Fang, 462 Changle Lu, Tel: 62566511.
Classified list of Spa/Massage places in Shanghai