If the measure of a hotel is its location, then The Langham Xintiandi is par excellence. Centrally located in the legendary Xintiandi district, The Langham is within walking district of Shanghai’s many must-visit sites.
In this urban Mecca, the historical blends with the hip. Amid the cobbled streets and antique walls, visitors uncover a range of sophisticated galleries, stylish bars, welcoming cafes and chic boutiques. Attracting foodies and fashionistas in equal measure, Xintiandi is at the heart of Shanghai’s entertainment scene.
Beyond Xintiandi’s cultural gems, retail outlets and architectural wonders is Taipingquiao Lake, a welcome patch of green and an idyllic setting for an afternoon walk or romantic stroll.
The Museum at the Site of the 1st National Congress of the Communist Party in China
A short stroll from The Langham Xintiandi, this two-storey building holds significant historical value. Regarded as the birthplace of China’s Communist Party, on July 23 1921 13 Party members secretly met here to hold their first national congress. The upstairs living room recreates the scene of the inaugural conference and includes an exhibition of original documents and photos. Admission is free and the museum is open daily from 9am-5pm.
A leafy oasis in Shanghai’s urban landscape, People’s Park is an extension of the vast People’s Square. With its paved pathways, manicured gardens and shaded sanctuaries, People’s Park provides a quiet respite from the non-stop bustle and buzz. And as one of the city’s most popular sites, this green haven is an ideal venue for people watching.
Wu Liang Shikumen Open House Museum
Only a few short minutes from The Langham Xintiandi stands this nostalgic tribute to Shanghai’s past. Built in a restored Shanghai-style Shikumen house, the Museum invites visitors into a typical 1920s household, complete with period furniture and fully recreated rooms. Arranged over two floors, the exhibition reveals a glimpse into the life of a 1920s Shanghai family.
Nanjing East Road Pedestrian Street
With retail outlets dotted along every inch of its 5.5km stretch, Nanjing Road is rightly considered China’s premier shopping street. Bustling with bargain hunters, the western end of Nanjing Road is a pedestrian mall. Along this car-free expanse, visitors will find Shanghai’s oldest department stores, along with a number of modern shops and traditional restaurants.
Shanghai’s must-see tourist attraction, The Bund is a river promenade running along the western bank of Huangpu River. As you stroll past the imposing colonial-era buildings, marvel at their grand designs and rich heritage. Then cast your gaze across the river and contrast the old-world grandeur of the Bund to the ultramodern sheen and clean-lined architecture of Shanghai’s Pudong New Area.
Shanghai Art Museum
The former clubhouse of the Shanghai Racing Club, this 1933 icon is now home to some of China’s most impressive works of art. Arranged over three floors, the building has retained many of its period details, including the Art deco flourishes and ornate chandeliers.
Taking pride of place in People’s Square, the Shanghai Museum is home to over 120,000 exhibits. Divided into 11 distinct galleries, collectively this vast collection chronicles China’s eventful history. Fun fact: The exterior was designed to resemble an ancient bronze cooking vessel known as a ‘ding’.
Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Center
Don’t be turned off by the dreary name. A short distance from the Shanghai Museum, this five-storey exhibition showcases Shanghai’s urban development and details future plans. Aside from a king-size scale model of the city, other urban-planning displays reveal a fascinating perspective of the city.
Long regarded as one of the most elaborate Chinese gardens, Yu Yuan Gardens have stood the test of time for over 400 years. Comprising a labyrinth of manicured gardens, carp-filled rock ponds and stony alcoves, the Gardens were built during the reign of Emperor Jia Jin of the Ming Dynasty. Highlights include the Yu Ling Long (Exquisite Jade Rock) and the Dianchun Tang (Hall of Heralding Spring).