Shanghai, China will be my final travel video from my 2016 world tour. As I mentioned last week, this was my first time visiting China. You can see my Beijing video in a separate article.
Beijing is a much more historically rich city. Shanghai on the other hand, is much more modern and international. While in Shanghai, I learned of the city’s rich historical diversity. In the past there were multiple foreign areas including French, British and American. This gave me a whole new take on the diversity of China as a whole.
As you can imagine, China is huge! Therefore, the food is very diverse from region to region. Even though Beijing and Shanghai are not super far apart, the food is very different. In Shanghai it is a bit sweeter and they use more flour. In Beijing it’s a lot spicier! Pierre approves.
In 2017, I plan to return to China and really get a taste for what the rest of the country has to offer. You can look forward to that content coming next year!
There are so many ways to see Shanghai. In my research, I have come across various tours that will give you a glimpse into local life. Different companies focus on different aspects of the culture and it really comes down to your interests. My most recent tour was with Shanghai Insiders. This was their two hour motorcycle sidecar tour and it gives you a great overview of what this fine city has to offer!
Conveniently, Insider Tours will pick you up at your hotel. Once we met the guide, they present a beautiful map and design your tour. This is completely customized by your interests. The tour guides are professionals and know about all the different areas of the city. Therefore, there is no problem suggesting any location that you’d like to see.
I had already been in Shanghai for a couple weeks so I saw everything I thought I needed to see. Little did I know that I actually missed a few stops along the way. Shanghai has so many different nooks and crannies to explore that I feel you could take years just exploring the ins and outs.
We started in the French concession and worked our way through old and new Shanghai. We got to see where the wealthy resided historically and what has come of the properties today.
We explored classic markets which are quickly disappearing and being replaced by skyscrapers and new developments. The city is changing so quickly that I feel very fortunate to have the chance to see the old version of Shanghai before it disappears forever!
Just riding on one of these motorcycles is an experience in itself. It adds an exciting flair to the tour that will be stuck in my fond memories of Shanghai.
I could tell that our tour guide was very adventurous and knew so many details, which gave us an information rich tour. Two hours was just the right amount of time. In the end, I really felt that this glimpse into local culture was very thrilling and insightful. The fact that you don’t have to get exhausted by walking around is fantastic. It’s a great and convenient way to see the city and I would highly recommend you to take a tour with Shanghai Insiders!
There are so many ways to see Shanghai. In my research, I have come across various tours that will give you a glimpse into local life. Different companies focus on different aspects of the culture and it really comes down to your interests. My most recent tour was with Shanghai…
As we all know, Shanghai has a beautiful skyline. There are a few spectacular skyscrapers to see the beautiful view that are better than the others. I recently tried the Club Jin Mao restaurant on top of the Grand Hyatt hotel. As the name suggests, Club Jin Mao is in the Jin Mao building and the restaurant is on the 86th floor. You can see the skyline from a completely different angle than most people will ever get to see. It’s breathtaking!
I arrived on my last evening in Shanghai to test out the food at this sky-high restaurant. We went with the set menu and were thrilled with the amount and quality of dishes. Let’s discuss the what really stood out. We started with green tea and drank it throughout the meal. The food that came first were the pork ribs and jellyfish.
The dishes kept coming until all were present at the same time. This was nice to be able to sample a little bit of this, and a little bit of that.
My favorite dishes of the evening were the pork ribs, beef, Sichuan chicken and last but not least the tofu. Basically everything that was served was just fantastic. I still dream of this meal.
The staff were great throughout the and served a very nice dessert to finish everything off. It was basically fruit with a slight twist. Any time that dry ice is used, it makes me happy.
One floor higher than Club Jin Mao is Cloud 9, which is their sky bar. From Cloud 9 the view is even more impressive with very tall windows. This was definitely the best way to end the evening!
Club Jin Mao and Cloud 9 not only offer a spectacular view but also amazing food and drink. I can honestly recommend you to enjoy a fantastic meal and drinks with a view at the top of the Grand Hyatt hotel in Shanghai!
As we all know, Shanghai has a beautiful skyline. There are a few spectacular skyscrapers to see the beautiful view that are better than the others. I recently tried the Club Jin Mao restaurant on top of the Grand Hyatt hotel. As the name suggests, Club Jin Mao is in the Jin…
Club Jin Mao Restaurant Review: Dinner on Top of Shanghai
Club Jin Mao Restaurant Review: Dinner on Top of Shanghai
China is huge and there are so many different foods to try! I knew I needed help, to make sure I didn’t miss any of the most important and popular Chinese dishes on my recent trip to Shanghai. Luckily, after extensive research, I found Eating Adventure Tours. The tour started in a very central location that is crawling with great food. Walking through streets and streets of food, I would have never knew which was super tasty and which wasn’t. In total we were able to try 10 different foods!
The tour starts out with a snack. This was of course a crab pastry. This is a Shanghai specialty and its filled with crab, shrimp, green onions, mashed beans and sugar. It’s quite heartwarming and made me feel fuzzy inside.
The next item that really got my attention was the Chinese yellow wine. This is a traditional aged wine from fermented rice and is a little bit higher in alcohol content. This is just what I needed to get excited to continue the tour!
One of my favorite things of the whole day was the Longevity noodles. These are served with a pork in a meat based broth. These have the perfect balance of flavors I love and were just fantastic!
The tour whines you through local areas and is quite eye-opening. It’s nice to see how Shanghainese live and eat. We had to try two different types of dumplings. The first dumpling was the famous Xiao Long Bao. These are steamed and probably the most famous Shanghai Street food. A flavor explosion!
The second dumplings, the Sheng Jian Bao, cannot be confused with the first which are similar but pan-fried. This creates a mouth-watering crispy crust. My new favorite!
To finish off the evening we went with a mango custard dessert. Just like most Chinese desserts, this wasn’t too rich and just what I needed.
Overall, I had a fantastic time on the Eating Adventure Tour. This is just what I was looking for to make sure I could sample all of the amazing food Shanghai has to offer. Tackling local Shanghai food on your own can be a daunting task so I would highly recommend you to go on a tour with the Eating Adventure Tours!
China is huge and there are so many different foods to try! I knew I needed help, to make sure I didn't miss any of the most important and popular Chinese dishes on my recent trip to Shanghai. Luckily, after extensive research, I found Eating Adventure Tours. The tour started in…
The competition for luxury hotels in Shanghai is very fierce. Many claim to be the best and I’ve heard tons of conflicting opinions. Lately, I’ve read a lot about The Puli hotel and decided to give them a shot on my most recent trip. The hotel is located fantastically, just next to the Jing’an Temple metro station. This is not the center of the city, but there is lots going on, including great shopping and wonderful restaurants!
Entering the hotel feels a lot like observing a fine piece of art. There are sculptures and artwork everywhere along with comfortable sofas. They have a counter that runs the entire length of the lobby, which is used as a bar and check in counter. The hotel offers club room benefits in addition to its normal rooms. This is basically everything you’d expect at a normal executive lounge but it takes place in the lobby. I was very happy with this style.
The club benefits include soft drinks, tea and coffee throughout the day, afternoon tea, an à la cart menu for dinner and of course happy hour. It was nice to take a break from the normal buffet style executive lounges that most five-star hotels offer their club guests. Not too many hotels offer the all-inclusive afternoon tea sets with their club access, but The Puli does!
It took some time to get acquainted with the room because there were so many small details to notice. The minibar was completely complementary! We were off to a great start. Moving deeper into the room, is a beautiful table and chairs where I got my work done. There was also a splendid bathtub and very comfortable bed.
The gym is not large in size, but has fantastic equipment that really does the job. Also, there’s a beautiful view of the park below. Once you finish your workout, you must check out the changing rooms. They have a beautiful hot tub, sauna, steam room as well as rain shower! There are many self-care products on site to make sure you look your best.
The pool is something special. It’s quite long and great for swimming laps. The design is somewhat unique and creates a very calm and relaxing atmosphere. Stunning!
The breakfast is in their Phenix restaurant. When you walk in, you’ll see line after line of buffet options. Of course, they also have a fantastic a la carte menu to choose from as well. Not all items are created equal. I would recommend the bakery items for the buffet and the eggs benedict on the a la carte menu. Overall, the food could use a little bit of improvement.
I really loved the majority of what The Puli has to offer! It could use a little improvement in the food and beverage department, but everything else was on point. The service was fast fantastic for the entirety of my stay. Little things like how they delivered all my laundry in separate bags was a nice touch. The surrounding area is great to explore and the design is super beautiful. Overall, I would be happy to recommend The Puli hotel in Shanghai, China!
The competition for luxury hotels in Shanghai is very fierce. Many claim to be the best and I've heard tons of conflicting opinions. Lately, I've read a lot about The Puli hotel and decided to give them a shot on my most recent trip. The hotel is located fantastically, just…
Something I often enjoy while I travel is afternoon tea. On my recent trip to Shanghai, China, I visited the Mandarin Oriental hotel in Pudong and tried their afternoon tea. The location of the hotel isn’t the most convenient for public transport so I would recommend you to take a taxi.
They offer both a traditional afternoon tea set as well as a regularly updated alternative version. We decided to go with the classic and more traditional variety. Of course, while living the high-life, we had to have a glass of champagne to accompany our tea.
After enjoying the lobby for a few moments, our tea arrived. I went with a black tea because I needed a little caffeine boost. The tea was good, nothing that blew me away but it was nice. Not long after and the food began to arrive. The first thing that I noticed was the beauty in the presentation. All of the items looked like tons of effort went into their creation.
I starting with the more salty and savory items and worked my way to the sweets. I really enjoyed the salmon sandwiches! I also loved that they kept refilling the olives. Pierre loves olives.
A few hours later and we were very full! With beautiful presentation and great service, everything was wonderful. It was a very classy afternoon. I would insist that you order the traditional set menu. Overall, it was lovely and you should be sure to check out the afternoon tea at the Mandarin Oriental hotel the next time you’re in Shanghai.
Something I often enjoy while I travel is afternoon tea. On my recent trip to Shanghai, China, I visited the Mandarin Oriental hotel in Pudong and tried their afternoon tea. The location of the hotel isn't the most convenient for public transport so I would recommend you to take a taxi.…
Afternoon Tea in Shanghai at the Mandarin Oriental
Afternoon Tea in Shanghai at the Mandarin Oriental
Shanghai is a very happening city! It’s massive, beautiful and offers tons of dining options. On my recent visit, I checked out the Fifty 8 Grill inside of the Mandarin Oriental Pudong hotel. Lately, the restaurant has been getting some buzz and I wanted to see what it was all about.
The interior of the restaurant is nice but isn’t very assuming. It wasn’t until the food started rolling around that I really got excited. Normally, most bread isn’t worth mentioning. However, at the Fifty 8 Grill they had a tomato spread to accompany cheesy bread which was something special and very tasty!
The first round of food included an order of frog legs, escargot with chorizo and fig with beet root salad. The frog legs were crispy on the outside and tender on the inside. The escargot was out of the shells and was accompanied with chorizo. I’ve never met a chorizo I didn’t like and this was the perfect combination along with tomato and snails which acted like best friends.
Obviously, we were at a grill so we had to order a steak. Pierre’s perfect evening usually involves red wine and a nice steak, this is exactly what I got at the Fifty 8 Grill. This wasn’t your average steak folks, this was something extraordinary. We already had gotten the juices flowing with the beautiful starters and a few glasses of wine. Now it was time to get to business with these grand David Blackmore Wagyu short ribs. Just take a look at this meat! I don’t need to say anything else, it was glorious. To accompany this piece of art, there were potatoes as well as garden peas. Sometimes vegetables are boring but these had bacon and that puts a smile on my face.
For dessert there were three items. The madeleines were simply to die for and the wine knocked my socks off!
All this talk about food and I didn’t even mention the service. The restaurant was relatively busy, yet the staff had no problems handling all the customers. We never went unaccounted for and had great service throughout the evening. All in all, the food was simply glorious. This is definitely one of those special meals that I truly loved. You know it’s special when you enjoy practically everything. I’m really surprised that the Michelin guide didn’t award this restaurant a star. However, not all rating systems are perfect and you can’t put all your trust into one. Trust Pierre instead. Wink. If you’re looking for a fantastic meal including a wonderful steak, then I would highly recommend you to go to the Fifty 8 Grill inside of the Mandarin Oriental Pudong hotel.
Shanghai is a very happening city! It's massive, beautiful and offers tons of dining options. On my recent visit, I checked out the Fifty 8 Grill inside of the Mandarin Oriental Pudong hotel. Lately, the restaurant has been getting some buzz and I wanted to see what it was all…
Normally, when I travel, I try and focus on the local cuisine. However, on my recent trip to Shanghai, China I couldn’t resist trying the Japanese restaurant at the Marriott City Center hotel. The name of the restaurant is Inagiku.
Upon arrival, I noticed the beautiful lighting in the dining room. The lighting and the furniture created a very gorgeous environment. When looking over the menu, we discovered various dinner sets. After much deliberation, we decided on the Premier Sushi set as well as a Australian Wagyu Beef Sirloin Steak set.
Of course, with Japanese food you need to enjoy with sake, which we did. There were so many items in each set that I think it’s important to focus on the most delicious. The first exciting item was the sushi. This was an assorted plate and every piece was fantastic. I was really impressed by the quality of the sashimi.
We are also told that the tempura at Inagiku was something special. They were not lying! We went with the shrimp tempura and it was full of flavor and the breading perfectly light. It wasn’t too heavy like others I’ve had in the past. It really hit the spot and I would highly recommend it!
After we enjoyed the sushi, it was time for the steak. The flavor and the appearance of the Australian wagyu was excellent. However, it was a little chewier than expected. That being said, the taste was great. The chef was also so kind to send out a salad with salmon from Hokkaido, Japan.
In a typical Japanese fashion, the meal finished with a bowl of rice. In this case, it was a fried seafood rice that was exploding with flavor.
I quickly found out that the Inagiku restaurant is nothing to joke about. They’re very serious with their Japanese cuisine and I was very impressed. The food was strikingly flavorful and the quality of products ingredients was just fantastic. If you’re looking for quality Japanese food while in Shanghai, China, I would recommend the Inagiku restaurant inside the Marriott City Center hotel.
Normally, when I travel, I try and focus on the local cuisine. However, on my recent trip to Shanghai, China I couldn't resist trying the Japanese restaurant at the Marriott City Center hotel. The name of the restaurant is Inagiku. Upon arrival, I noticed the beautiful lighting in the dining…
I’m always interested in getting a real taste for local life and culture wherever I go. Lately, I’ve found the best way to do this is by joining high-quality local tours. In Shanghai I came across Wheely Bike Tours. They have several tours to choose from but the one that really caught my eye was the Wake Up Shanghai morning tour. After living in Asia for five years, I have many fond memories of observing local life early in the morning and was now curious about how Shanghai starts the day!
I knew that if I didn’t join, I probably wouldn’t see half of the things I saw during the tour. You’re able to get straight to the heart of the culture in a matter of hours by focusing on what’s truly important. The tour commenced in a residential area where we picked up our bikes not far from the Jing’an temple. I’m not sure about you, but when I wake up, I’m starving! Lucky for Pierre, the first stop was a local breakfast.
Most of you probably know that Shanghai is famous for soup dumplings. The soup dumplings were accompanied with a sweet tofu dish and smoky soy milk.
The tour wasn’t focused on food but did have a few eating stops along the way. After breakfast, we headed to a local park to observe all of the older population keeping active. We saw everything including dancing, Tai Chi, music performances and card games. All of the people had looks of enjoyment on their faces!
After the heartwarming site, we made a stop for another local food. This was to try a onion crepe that was quite spicy. It looked similar to typical crepe but the flavoring was much different.
Then we kept it moving and headed to the Yu Garden which is an ancient part of Shanghai that is about 500 years old. There, we were able to participate in a local tea ceremony and learned all about the benefits from the different types of teas. It was both educational and delicious!
What is a visit to Shanghai without a picture of the Bund? We finished the tour with an amazing vantage point of Shanghai’s tallest buildings.
I’m sure that even the most adventurous explorers would miss a lot of the food and sites that we were able to see on the Wheely Bike Tour. It was fantastic to have all these amazing experiences and learn so many interesting facts along the way with our great guide. I really feel that I was able to see everything that Shanghai has to offer in a short time. I was impressed with the amount of sites that we were able to cover in a few hours. Therefore, the next time you’re in Shanghai I highly recommend you take a Wheely Bike Tour!
I'm always interested in getting a real taste for local life and culture wherever I go. Lately, I've found the best way to do this is by joining high-quality local tours. In Shanghai I came across Wheely Bike Tours. They have several tours to choose from but the one that really caught…
When it comes to Shanghai, there are so many hotels to choose from and many different areas to consider. It really comes down to what type of activities you want to do and what type of hotel you prefer. On my first trip to Shanghai, I decided to stay at the Marriott City Center hotel. The hotel is a few hundred meters from People’s Square metro station. After staying a few nights I quickly learned that this is a very exciting area with lots of things to keep you busy. The area is great for local food which really got me excited!
The hotel has a grand lobby with a marble fountain in the center. Very luxurious indeed.
After checking in, I went to the elevator to see what my suite had to offer. I opened the door to a beautiful living room. The design was business-oriented but very cohesive and stylish. Moving into the bedroom, you’ll notice the headboard, it reminded me of Japan. There was also a large full bathroom to accompany this large suite as well a half bathroom near the entryway. Everything felt like home and was very comfortable. Marriott bedding is always like sleeping on clouds!
Of course my suite came with executive lounge access. The lounge at the Marriott City Center hotel is on the 37th floor. From the executive lounge, you’ll be able to observe a stunning view of Shanghai. Whether it’s day or night, I really enjoyed spending my time there looking out over this beautiful city. The lounge of course offers breakfast, afternoon tea and dinner with evening cocktails. The afternoon tea is buffet style and mainly desserts and the open bar lasts for about 4 hours! True paradise.
As I’ve mentioned, you can have breakfast in the lounge but I found that the breakfast on the third floor was much more extensive and just better overall. On the third floor, they have cuisines from all over the globe including Indian, Chinese, Japanese and of course Western. What I really enjoyed was the fact that they had all of my favorite American hot sauces which made me feel warm and fuzzy inside. All of the food that I ate there tasted great! I would recommend you to try the fried dumplings. You can thank me later. Wink.
I feel that the Marriott is a brand that really understands what people enjoy and consistent with its standards worldwide. When it came to the gym, it was completely stocked and perfect for burning off those extra calories from all of the cakes I ate in the executive lounge. Not only does the gym have plenty of cardio machines, it also has free weights and many other weight machines. There is also a long swimming pool and extensive locker room with dry sauna and steam room. Everything I could have hoped for!
I spent nearly 2 weeks at the Marriott City Center in Shanghai and it really became my home. Throughout all of my time in Shanghai, the staff was super friendly and just a pure delight to encounter. I love the hotel’s location and all that it had to offer. The food was definitely a huge plus and you must check out their Inagiku restaurant in a separate article. As a whole, Marriott tends to be a very consistent brand when it comes to quality and I would highly recommend you to stay at the Marriott City Center hotel in Shanghai, China!
When it comes to Shanghai, there are so many hotels to choose from and many different areas to consider. It really comes down to what type of activities you want to do and what type of hotel you prefer. On my first trip to Shanghai, I decided to stay at the Marriott…
Marriott City Center Hotel Review (Shanghai, China)
Marriott City Center Hotel Review (Shanghai, China)