Although it is not Chinas capital, with its 15 million inhabitants Shanghai is the countries most important economic metropolis. The streets of this pulsating city are buzzing at almost any day- and nighttime. Luckily, there is no shortage of relaxing peaceful oases. I focused on urban design highlights this time and put together a Top 5 of especially beautifully created locations.
1. Hotel: The PuLi Hotel&Spa
The wonderfully sleek and minimalistic designed hotel was China’s very first city resort and although it is situated very central, in the Jing’An district it is an oasis of peace. Arriving at the hotel lobby, you already feel the pleasantly unobtrusive luxury, a constant feature of the Hotel. To take full advantage of the complete offer you should definitely enjoy a treatment in the beautiful spa area.
2. Museum: Long Museum West Bund
The private museum opened only last year and its architecture is particularly intriguing. Situated at the river the buildings of the new Museum are constructed around an old industrial bridge that used to transport coal for cargo ships. The imposing architectural contrast can be seen from a very far distance.
3. Shop: Louis Vuitton Maison
The first Louis Vuitton Maison flagship store in China is designed by Peter Marina and is located at the luxurious Plaza 66. Over four elegantly decorated levels, you’ll find fashion and accessories as well as art pieces like paintings and sculptures. The façade illuminated with a classic monogram of the brand is a real eye-catcher at night.
4. Favorite Spot: Yu Garden
Another oasis of peace is the old, traditional Yu Garden that was established in 1559 during the Ming Dynasty. A walk through the lovingly planted gardens with numerous small ponds and temples perfectly compensates life on the buzzing streets of Shanghai.
5. Restaurant: Daliah
At the beginning of this year, my friend Daliah opened her café of the same name on the intersection of Shannxi Be Lu and Beijing Xi Lu and was praised to the skies by the local food scene. The Menu offers very creative modifications of Austrian classics. A special highlight is the slide from the first floor down to the ground floor, which you can use instead of the stairs.
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Gloria Brachmann lives in Berlin and travels the world as a flight attendant. Before she turned her profession into her passion and started the blog "Come fly with me", she worked as a Contributor for L'Officiel Homme and as freelance Styling-Assistant.