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Shanghai's five-star destinations

WITH so many suitable candidates, it is difficult to make a list of recommendations of the best restaurants, bars and other places to visit in Shanghai.

However, for those narrowing down their requirements to high-end destinations, here are highlights to be found at some of Shanghai's five-star hotels.

Al fresco bar

Perched on the 58th floor of the Shanghai International Financial Center in Lujiazui, Flair offers al fresco wining and dining combined with amazing views.

Offering 90 indoor and 130 outdoor seats, Flair at the Ritz-Carlton Shanghai Pudong Hotel has a split-level outdoor terrace where people can enjoy delicious cuisines while appreciating the magnificence of the Bund and the landmark Oriental Pearl TV Tower.

Set in Shanghai's financial center, it is recommended by business people from the surrounding area as a great place to share private time with close friends or exchange ideas with business partners, and the balcony table is favored because of its superb views of the Bund.

The fashionable rooftop restaurant and bar offers Asian snacks tapas style as well as a sushi and raw seafood bar.

Facing downtown Shanghai, the Ritz-Carlton Shanghai Pudong Hotel is located across the majestic Huangpu River and is one of the closest hotels to Shanghai International Expo Center.

Afternoon tea

The spring high tea buffet is a traditional attraction of Fairmont Peace Hotel. Served in the Bund hotel's Jasmine Lounge, a sense of gracious and unhurried living oozes, with signature items on the buffet including savory sandwiches, quiches and pies, home-made scones with jams and clotted cream.

Guests can also taste green tea praline, pistachio cream with sesame paste, Manjari chocolate cremeux and red bean compote.

Many older people in Shanghai claim that the Jasmine Lounge is the best place to have high tea with close friends, and it is favored as a place where girls meet to exchange gossip.

On entering the hotel, visitors are astounded by the coffered ceiling on the ground floor, an original feature of the 1929 building.

The Fairmont Peace Hotel reflects the exclusive and prestigious feel of Shanghai in yesteryears, when the landmark building served as a glamorous playground for the elite of Shanghai, and every night was amazing and unpredictable.

Located in the social heart of Shanghai, the original Peace Hotel has existed since the 1920s, and the recently re-opened Fairmont Peace Hotel brings people a brand-new chapter of this classical establishment with lots of surprises.

Luxurious rooms

With Langham's signature blissful bed, personal espresso machine, dual basins, oversized bath, floor heating, electronic curtains, 40-inch flatscreen TV and interactive digital audio system, it is no wonder rooms at The Langham Xintiandi are one of the most favorable places to stay in Shanghai downtown area.

Mixing traditional elements with modern decor, the rooms and suites at The Langham Xintiandi exude an effortless elegance which use dark woods, chic furnishing and innovative extras to create a sophisticated and stylish atmosphere.

With 357 enchanting rooms and suites, The Langham Xintiandi offers guests a great environment in which amorous feelings of modern and classical Shanghai are aroused.

The hotel's grand ballroom is able to serve around 330 guests with an area of 555 square meters. It is voted by girls as the dream destination for a wedding, not only because pink is its main color, but also because of its sweeping ceiling, stylish decoration and captivating grandeur.

The Highest Piano Bar

Occupying the 53rd to the 87th floor of Pudong's landmark Jin Mao Tower, the Grand Hyatt Shanghai is one of the highest hotels in the world with several soaring bars to relax in.

For the sophistication and refined atmosphere of a bygone era the Piano Bar on the 53rd floor has music from a professional jazz band and a wide range of single malt whiskies and fine cigars.

For an even higher experience, Cloud 9 located on the apex of the Jin Mao Tower, delivers a 360-degree view of Shanghai, and an extensive range of Champagnes, sparkling wines and cocktails.

The highest restaurant

Located on the 79th to the 93rd floor of the iconic Shanghai World Financial Center, the Park Hyatt Shanghai Hotel is the highest hotel in Shanghai with 174 luxury rooms.

100 Century Avenue Restaurant offers the ultimate wining and dining experience with a spectacular view of the city from the 91st floor, and one of the most dynamic show kitchens.

Western-style steaks, Chinese cuisine, Japanese sushi and an international breakfast buffet are all served in the restaurant.

In addition an impressive collection of vintage wines, Champagnes and cocktails are available from 5pm to 2am everyday.

With contemporary design and stunning views of the city, 100 Century Avenue Bar perfectly combines Western and Chinese styles together in a sophisticated modern luxury hotel in the heart of the Lujiazui Financial Center.


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