Tuesday, March 11, 2008

11 things to do

11 things to do with my visitors in Shanghai

1. Hit my favourite shops along Fuxing Lu in the French Concession.
2. Sushi at Haiku Dining on Taojiang Lu is a must. Best Japanese I’ve ever had!
3. A river cruise at the Yangpu River so that they can take their Bund photos. Better than being crammed with tourists at the actual Bund. And the view is great from the cruise. You get both sides in one go. Perfecto!
4. Getting clothes made at the tailor market. I’m a regular!
5. A facial/massage at Yoga Space on Gao an Lu. Kinda pricey but worth it.
6. A pedicure at Peyoni spa on Dagu Lu
7. Cheap, traditional foot massage somewhere close to Shanghai University. Only around 35 kuai for one hour and much better than many others.
8. Eat the spicy eggplant dish at Hunan Xiangcun Fengwei on Ulumuqi Lu. Together with some bamboo, some beef with green chillies, and the chef’s special tofu dish. Gosh, I am already drooling!
9. Baozi, pancakes, dumplings and anything else yummy that the street stalls on Ulumuqi Lu has to offer in the early morning hours.
10. (If it gets hot) Mango sorbet at Charmand in the crossing of Fuxing Lu/Huaihai Lu. Addictive!
11. City planning museum at People’s Square.

And then, what NOT to do:

1. Fake market
2. Nanjing Lu near the Bund (too many annoying people trying to sell you everything from prostitutes to fake Rolex watches)
3. Yu Yuan (was there last time, and I like the gardens in Suzhou better)
4. Pearl Market in Hongqiao (why go when they actually have a real pearl market in Suzhou)
5. Eat overpriced Western food.

No thanks!

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