Shanghai is one of the world’s top travel destinations, and it is easy to see why. Find out what exciting treats await in this Asian gem, as recommended by Mandarin Oriental Pudong, Shanghai!
Shanghai offers its visitors a thrilling blend of future-focused architecture, glamorous Art Deco heritage and cosmopolitan, East-meets-West culture. With mild weather and a multitude of festivals and cultural events, autumn is a great time to visit Shanghai. These recommendations from Mandarin Oriental Pudong, Shanghai, promises to deliver the best of what the city has to offer this autumn! The hotel itself is a five-star wonder, located right on the banks of Huangpu River. With its central location in the heart of Pudong financial district, you’ll be spoiled for choice looking for places to visit.
1. Marvel at Shanghai’s Largest Fireworks Show
If you missed the fireworks at our own National Day parade this year, you’re in for a treat with Shanghai’s celebrations! China’s National Day falls on 1 October and Shanghai celebrates it with a bang. The Shanghai International Music Fireworks Festival is held over three evenings: 30 September, 3 and 6 October. Spectacular pyrotechnic displays by competing teams from China, UK, Austria, Canada, Germany and Spain will light up the evening sky above Shanghai’s Century Park, only five minute’s drive from Mandarin Oriental Pudong, Shanghai.
2. Be Sartorially Inspired at Shanghai Fashion Week
Lovers of fashion will definitely enjoy this one! Shanghai dresses to impress each October when Shanghai Fashion Week sashays into town. From 13-30 October, China’s most fashionable city will again attract the attention of the world’s en vogue brands, designers, buyers, models and fashion lovers. Look out for their catwalk-chic outfits around the Xintiandi venue and in the city’s sleekest nightspots.
3. Get into the Swing at Asia’s Largest Jazz Festival
Looking for a spectacular audio experience? Asia’s largest jazz event, JZ Festival, will celebrate its 11th anniversary at Shanghai Expo Park from 16-18 October. Groove to the beat with a stellar line-up of jazz, soul and blues performers, including Joss Stone, Victor Wooten, Lord Echo, Shunza, The Red Groove Project, and The Earth Wind and Fire Experience, featuring the Al Mckay All Stars.
4. Watch World Tennis Champions on Centre Court
Shanghai is not just about the art and music. The 7th Shanghai Rolex Masters returns to the Qizhong Forest Tennis Center from 10-18 October. This is the only ATP Masters 1000 tennis tournament staged outside of North America and Europe, bringing together the world’s top men’s players. Will Roger Federer retain his 2014 Shanghai crown, or can three-time Shanghai champion and world No. 1 Novak Djokovic resume his winning streak? Catch the match live to get in on the action!
5. Savour a Hairy Crab Feast
Of course, you can’t visit this place without sampling the amazing local cuisine! This autumn also heralds the short season of the famous hairy crab, beloved for their succulent meat. Where better to enjoy them than in Mandarin Oriental Pudong? As Shanghai’s favourite culinary delicacy returns to restaurant menus, Mandarin Oriental Pudong, Shanghai’s Chinese celebrity chef, Tony Lu will prepare a sumptuous Hairy Crab Feast menu at Yong Yi Ting from 20 October to 30 November. The mouthwatering array of appetisers, soups, mains and dim sum dishes are enhanced by the rich flavours of the finest hairy crabs from Yangcheng Lake, located close to Shanghai.
6. Run for Fun at the Shanghai Marathon
If you’re full from all the feasting, it might be time to pound the city streets in the 2015 Shanghai International Marathon, taking place on 8 November. Professionals and fun runners will test their stamina on a marathon route that winds through the urban landscape and along the Huangpu riverbank before finishing at the Shanghai Stadium.
7. Discover Cutting Edge Contemporary Art
The Shanghai Art Fair is a world-class event for art connoisseurs. One of Asia’s most celebrated art affairs, this 19th Shanghai Art Fair will be unveiled at ShanghaiMART between 12 and 15 November. Expect to see the latest cutting-edge Chinese contemporary art, with a vast collection of works showcased by the region’s leading galleries, top artists and emerging creative talents. From 10 to 20 November, eight globally renowned artists will bring their latest paintings, sculptures, photos and other creations to OFF at MO, a 10 day art exhibition at Mandarin Oriental Pudong, Shanghai, curated by VBL Fine Arts Lounge.
8. Delight in Two Michelin-Star Dining
Anyone up for a night of wining and dining? Fifty 8° Grill will host epicurean French Wine dinner events presented by Michelin-starred chef Richard Ekkebus on 27 and 28 November. The four-course lunch and eight-course dinner menus with wine pairing will feature ‘Best of Amber’ signature dishes from Chef Ekkebus’s two Michelin-starred restaurant at The Landmark Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong, which was named the Best Restaurant in China at the S. Pellegrino Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants 2014 awards, and has been voted among the World’s 50 Best Restaurants for seven consecutive years. Amber’s head sommelier, John Chan, will join Tansy Zhao, champion of China National Sommelier Competition 2014, in selecting wine pairing vintages. Definitely a must-go for you and that special someone!
9. Indulge in a Seasonal ‘Dragon Phoenix’ Spa Treatment
There is nothing better than treating yourself to a relaxing massage while you are on holiday. For holistic healing inspired by traditional Chinese medicine, the Forbes Five-Star The Spa at Mandarin Oriental Pudong, Shanghai is recommending Dragon Phoenix, a signature wellness ritual for couples. The indulgent, detoxifying treatment features Chinese ‘guasha’ therapy and seasonal ingredients, gold osmanthus and red hawthorn.
10. Set Sail on a Sunset Luxury Yacht Cruise
If you are looking for luxury, Shanghai’s autumn weather is perfect for cruising along the Huangpu River, which flows through the middle of the city. Guests booking the ‘Shanghai Dream’ package at Mandarin Oriental Pudong, Shanghai will be treated to a sunset cruise aboard a luxury yacht. Also included in the package is a visit to the adjacent Aurora Museum, Executive Club privileges, suite accommodation and MO’s legendary service.
For bookings, or for more information on Mandarin Oriental Pudong, Shanghai, visit their website here.