Soothe Yourself With Ancient Remedies. Book the Urban Retreat Signature Body Refreshing treatment at the Spa at The Portman Ritz-Carlton, Shanghai to experience a wholly relaxing blend of Western and Eastern strokes that targets key meridians in the body.
Get a Stellar Cup of Coffee. One of the most respected coffee shops in the city, MQ staffs a coffee scientist, Cai Zhongshun, who brews his many options of coffee beans using futuristic equipment like the Slayer machine, debatably the most high-end machine in the world at over $18,000. They carefully source their high-quality beans from the best regions in the world, including Yunnan and Kenya.
Pay a Visit to a Stunning Monastery. A must-visit for any trip to Shanghai, the Jade Buddha Temple was all but destroyed during the revolution against the Qing Dynasty. Luckily, intricate porcelain work, ancient paintings and the namesake jade Buddhas were recovered. In 1926, they were given a new home in the city. Be prepared to wait for a bit, as the site attracts large crowds each day.
Dine on Exceptional Cantonese Cuisine. With red lacquered details and birdcages suspended from high ceilings, Xin Dau Ji serves beautiful prepared regional classics like deep-fried pigeon, tender slices of chicken coated with Szechuan peppers, and spicy jumbo-sized shrimp.
Visit a World-Class Art Museum. On the edge of the large and relaxing People’s Park, the massive China Art Museum has a brilliant architectural design, modeled after the interlocking bracket roofs of traditional Chinese buildings. Exhibits focus on modern artists from China’s past century.
Take a Walk Along the Water. The Bund, a mile-long strip along the promenade of the Huangpu River, includes a tour of Shanghai’s many styles of architecture: neoclassical, Gothic, baroque and super-modern. Get a panoramic view of the city at the Oriental Pearl TV Tower and take a break at Huangpu Park to see locals practicing tai chi.
Shop on a Legendary Road. A world-famous destination for luxury shopping, the neon-lit Nanjing Road, which neighbors The Portman Ritz-Carlton, Shanghai, has over 600 stores, including a sprawling mall and boutiques that specialize in beautiful jade jewelry. More than 1 million people a day shop along the street, so there are plenty of opportunities for people-watching.
Have a Unique Dining Experience. Chef Alan Wong of Alan Wong’s at The Portman Ritz-Carlton, Shanghai interprets Hawaiian cuisine using ingredients from Hawaii and Asia. Order the Taste of Hawaii menu for ginger-crusted red snapper from Kagoshima, Japan, and Kalua pig, pork prepared in the style of luaus.
Step Back Into the 1920s. Cap off your evening with a trip back in time at Heydey, a small intimate venue that harks back to the glamorous days of 1920s and 30s Shanghai. Enjoy live jazz paired with classic cocktails as you toast to a great day.