Or the better question is: What would you suggest a visitor to Shanghai do if they only had one night to spend in the city? (And, no, your first stop can’t be a travel agency so they can extend their stay.)
We ask because the June 5, 2006 edition of TIME Europe has a feature called — you guessed it — “One Night in … Shanghai.” Three “people in the know” told the magazine their suggestions. Here they are:
YU LEI, former managing editor, Shanghai Tatler
HAN FENG, Shanghai and New York City–based fashion designer
1. Face Bar
2. Restaurant 1931
3. House of Blues and Jazz
4. Dragonfly Spa
HANNAH BEECH, Shanghai bureau chief, TIME
1. YongFoo Elite
2. Jishi (Jesse)
3. Cloud 9
OK, so it’s a silly question. Almost impossible to answer, especially when you don’t know the people for whom you are making the suggestions. But how can a venue on The Bund not appear on anyone’s list? Or is The Bund now verboten and they forgot to notify Shanghaiist? Anyway, off the top of our head, dinner at Chun is a good idea — if people are only in Shanghai for one night, they should eat some Shanghainese food. Maybe a quick post-dinner stroll is in order to help with digestion … how about window-shopping on Xinle Lu? Then it’s off to The Bund — drinks at either M on The Bund or New Heights. After checking out the view, we would check the local music listings and pick something that suits our mood. Jazz is usually a pretty safe bet in Shanghai. JZ? At this point in the night you may be getting tired … or you may be getting hungry again. Try either Dragonfly (massage, we’re partial to the oil variety) or Bao Luo (more Shanghainese food) … or, better yet, both — you can sleep after you leave Shanghai. (Hey, it’s not our fault you only scheduled one day here. Idiot. Don’t you know “Shanghai is the new Prague”? Seriously, we just heard that yesterday.)
So, what would you suggest to someone with only one night in Shanghai?
Photo by harlemdakota.