Art Deco

GLOBAL ambitions

It may have some of the best-preserved colonial buildings in China, but Shanghai's focus is on the future, not the past, an attitude reflected in its ever-changing skyline and frantic pace.

Friday, 27 April, 2012, 12:00am

Paris of the East indulges its love of French wines

Shanghai is bursting with chic, classy places to drink and be seen drinking wine these days, especially in the Bund and Pudong areas. Almost every imposing Bund building now sports a trendy, candlelit rooftop bar, with glorious views over to Pudong.

20 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Mansion given new lease of life

A rare refurbishment of a classic apartment block a few steps away from one of London's landmarks, Marble Arch, is now available.

9 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Going back to its roots

Following a hiatus of more than 60 years, the mainland's oldest operating Western restaurant has returned to its roots in Shanghai, where visitors can find an increasing number of fine dining places in renovated heritage buildings.

17 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

The Peninsula Shanghai

A new building on the Bund? Yes, the Peninsula Shanghai is at the northern tip of this Unesco-designated Modern Heritage site. At 13 storeys high, the hotel's clean minimal exterior lines and colour blend well with the stone facades of its neighbours.

26 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Hotel Indigo Shanghai on the Bund

The InterContinental Hotel Group has selected Shanghai to be the home of its first Hotel Indigo in the region. The boutique-style outlets are known for their innovative design with an eye for local culture, and the Shanghai branch is no exception.

4 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

A perfect combination

A sleek table with twig-shaped legs stands next to a full-scale pair of lifelike penguin statues; a decorative lotus plant emits a soft light in a room heavy on earthy greys; a mammoth rabbit sculpture that you can sit on. These are the works of Robert Kuo.

3 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Restored to former glory

Located at the foot of Nanjing Road on the Shanghai waterfront is the copper-roofed Fairmont Peace Hotel, an imposing brown brick edifice dating from 1929 that has been restored to its former glory.

Originally known as the Cathay Hotel, it underwent a name change following the Communist victory in 1949.

25 May 2011 - 12:00am


MICE business at hotels in Shanghai received a boost last year with the World Expo 2010, which attracted 70 million visitors during the six-month period, together with the government's initiative to drive domestic travel and encourage large organisations to meet in Shanghai for the Expo, according to Henrietta Ho, executive assistant manager - sales and marketing at the Hyatt on the Bund.

6 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

Les Suites Orient

The Bund has become a playground for international luxury hotels, and Les Suites Orient is among the area's finest. Run by Taiwan's Les Suites Hotels group, it doesn't boast a reputation as prominent as Waldorf Astoria or The Peninsula, but the oriental take on the interior design and intimate atmosphere here will ensure guests have a very pleasant stay in Shanghai's most famous district.

5 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

Shanghai swing

I made my first trip to Shanghai in 2003, a journey that involved a train, a bus and a boat down the Yangtze River from Kunming, Yunnan province.

27 Feb 2011 - 12:00am

Forget subsidence, the real cracks in Shanghai's Bund lie behind its veneer

Shanghai's Bund is sinking. Of itself, this is hardly news. The city's most famous street has been slowly settling into its foundations since the row of colonial architecture was first built. Shanghai sits, after all, on a plain of ancient river sludge with the consistency of cold porridge.

5 Feb 2011 - 12:00am

The Bund a shining example of success

Few parts of China reflect the nation's burgeoning economy so accurately as the Bund, beside the Huangpu River in Shanghai.

Once the epicentre of the city's financial operations, it fell into disrepair in the second half of the 20th century, only to re-emerge restored, not to its former glory, but to something far superior.

1 Oct 2010 - 12:00am

Renovation turns abattoir into hip entertainment hub 1933 Shanghai

A decade ago when he started out as an information technology executive in Shanghai, Rick Yan Wing-fai's involvement with real estate would be limited to the annual search for a better apartment on receiving the year-end bonus.

18 Aug 2010 - 12:00am

New Bund wins good reviews from visitors

The curtains drew back on Shanghai's front window yesterday when the city's best-known landmark, the Bund, reopened after a refit costing billions of yuan.

29 Mar 2010 - 12:00am