The Bund

High anxiety

AN AIR OF uncertainty and worry hangs over Shanghai's most famous hotel these days.

Friday, 9 February, 2007, 12:00am

Peace Hotel shutting for a makeover

Shanghai's iconic Peace Hotel is closing for up to two years for a near 500 million yuan makeover.

The 78-year-old art deco hotel on the historic riverside Bund has stopped taking reservations for its 380 guest rooms from April 1.

27 Jan 2007 - 12:00am

New lease of life

The wooden sign over the door might still read 'Chartered Bank', but the transformation of the decaying colonial relic into a sumptuous retail and restaurant complex has helped revitalise Shanghai's waterfront Bund.

12 Dec 2006 - 12:00am

Other meals not to be missed

Whampoa Club Jereme Leung might be Asia's hottest chef. His 'New Shanghai Cuisine' is pushing Chinese food forward, one dainty dish at a time. Try Chinese fine dining at Three on the Bund. 5/F, 3 Zhongshan Dong Yi Lu, (086) 21 6321 3737.

28 Jul 2006 - 12:00am

Hot deals in the Middle East, Shanghai and Brunei

The annual Dubai Summer Surprises festival takes place between June 21 and the end of August. The 10-week event is split into themes ranging from food, art and ice to nature and adventure surprises, and will include shopping discounts, live shows, competitions and assorted courses.

16 Jun 2006 - 12:00am

Editor's Note

An architect friend once remarked to me that Hong Kong is a true design melting pot. It's perhaps the only city in the world where you will find buildings by renowned architects such as IM Pei, Norman Foster and Cesar Pelli in such close proximity to one another.

2 Jun 2006 - 12:00am

An uplifting vision for the Bund

US engineers want to raise buildings for more space

An ambitious plan to hydraulically lift the historic buildings on Shanghai's Bund by about eight metres to create additional retail space has been proposed by the Chinese branch of a US engineering firm.

15 Feb 2006 - 12:00am

Bund to happen

When well-heeled visitors arrive in Shanghai in 2009 and want to stay in a period hotel on the Bund, they will be able to choose between two properties of the Kadoorie family. One will be the new Peninsula Hotel due for completion that year and the other the Pujiang, now state-owned but which belonged to the Kadoories before 1949 and is being refurbished in the style of the early 1900s.

11 Feb 2006 - 12:00am

Get Shanghaied

The food scene in this cosmopolis is exploding. Catch the best, from cheap streetside stalls to fine dining establishments

14 Oct 2005 - 12:00am

Amazing spread

Restaurants are opening by the day in this city, making it hard to keep up

The past five years have seen an explosion of international and fusion restaurants, while local chefs are becoming increasingly exploratory with Shanghai and regional cuisines. The following list is simply a starter: ask around, consult listings magazines, or simply follow your nose.

28 Sep 2005 - 12:00am

Back in the spotlight

Shanghai is re-emerging as a theme in the imaginations of foreign filmmakers, both in a starring role and as an exotic backdrop. Several productions have recently been filmed or are scheduled to shoot on location in the mainland's commercial city.

16 Aug 2005 - 12:00am

US$30m plan for Bund landmark

A property developer plans to spend US$30 million to transform the old municipal council hall on Shanghai's Bund into a restaurant and retail complex.

6 Jul 2005 - 12:00am

Three on the Bund

Where: housed in a neo-classic preserved building on Shanghai's historic bund, you'll find Three on the Bund, where art, culture, food, fashion and music combine to form one of the city's hottest lifestyle destinations.

29 May 2005 - 12:00am

High society

On Saturday, Cartier opened its flagship store on the Bund, at a ceremony attended by its chairman, Bernard Fornas, a vice-mayor and stars from the film and fashion world. It follows an exhibition of the company's work at the Shanghai Museum, seen by more than 200,000 visitors. It is Cartier's fifth boutique in China.

21 Dec 2004 - 12:00am

Bank mortgages can be a problem

Investors looking to take a stake in a historic property in Shanghai, either for commercial or residential purposes, should be aware of the ground rules.

Generally, the maximum length of a leasehold interest is 50 years, but the length often varies. While the lease for 3 on the Bund was 50 years, that being negotiated for one floor of the former HSBC building is only 15 years.

19 Dec 2004 - 12:00am