Shanghai – Summary

Our highlights / what we (all) liked most:

  • Ofo bikes. It was great to be able to use them!
  • Skyline of Pudong, at night.
  • Day with Claire and Pascal, by bike, giving us a good overview of the city
  • Bike ride along the Riverside Promenade (under the sun)
  • Zotter Chocolate Factory
  • Yan’s Fry Dumplings
  • Shanghai Circus World.

Kids loved also the crickets market.

Ludivine loved her time with her friend Katie.

Isabelle liked also very much the Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Center.

Isabelle and I loved also our tai chi lesson, the Shanghai History Museum and our evening out (Bar Rouge + Mr & Mrs Bund).


What we liked less:

  • The weather
  • The smell in the bathroom of our Airbnb


Our general impression:

  • We liked our stay in Shanghai very much. It’s nice to have time to discover a city: you are not stressed to visit things rapidly; you can do activities that you won’t normally do (such as Zotter Chocolate Factory, tai chi lesson, dyeing t-shirts workshop…); you even have time for a day off.
  • We would like to live in this city. It’s bustling but with quiet districts.


Strange feeling: we often had the impression that the day was half “missed” (because of the weather or some unforeseen events) but at the end we realize that we “achieved” so many things during our stay. It’s great to stay 2 weeks at the same place. You can “afford” such small mishaps; it doesn’t affect your “programme” of things to do / visit.


To do during next visit:

  • Visit the MOCA (Museum of Contemporary Art)
  • ‘Morning Breakfast’ tour with UnTour travel company
  • Visit the YUZ Museum and the Long Museum at West Bund
  • See the Oriental Arts Center (at night), by Paul Andreu
  • Do a (45’) cruise on the Huangpu River
  • Eat at ‘Ultraviolet’ restaurant, by Paul Pairet (the same chef as Mr & Mr Bund’ restaurant). It is “China’s most conceptual dining experience”. The meal consists of 20 courses – each accompanied by a different sensory mood (sounds, scents and images). Booking must be done months in advance.
  • Excursions outside Shanghai.

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