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  1. First stop on every visitor’s itinerary is the famous Bund, an impressive strip of colonial edifices lining the west bank of the Huangpu River. FAs w ell as allowing you an insight into the city’s past, a wander along the riverside affords a glimpse into its future – the awesome, skyscraper- spiked skyline on the other side. Taking a river tour from here will give you a sense of the city’s scale. Heading west from the Bund down the old consumer cornucopia of Nanjing Dong Lu will bring you to People’s Square, the modern heart of the city, and home to a cluster of world-class museums, all worth a few hours of your time, and the leafy and attractive Renmin Park. Continuing west onto Nanjing Xi Lu brings you to the modern commercial district of Jing’an, where a couple of worthwhile temples, and the fantastic Moganshan Art District, provide welcome respite from all the relentless materialism. Heading south from People’s Square brings you to delightful Xintiandi, an upscale dining district housed in renovated traditional buildings, and a good introduction to the civilized pleasures of the former French Concession, which stretches west of here. As well as the best (and most exclusive) shopping, hotels and dining, on these incongruously European looking streets you’ll find a host of former residences of Shanghai’s original movers and shakers. But Shanghai’s history was not all about the foreigners, as you’ll find if you explore the Old City, south of the Bund, where most of the Chinese lived during the Concession era. The old alleys are being torn down at speed, but you’ll still find plenty of evidence of a distinctly Chinese way of life in the elegant old Yu Gardens, the bustling shopping bazaar that’s grown up around them, and a clutch of backstreet temples. By way of contrast, across the river in Pudong you’ll see very little that’s less than a decade old; come here for the views from the elegant Jinmao Tower. A clutch of sights on the city’s further reaches are worthy of exploration, among them Duolun Culture Street in the far north, Century Park in the east, and Longhua Temple in the southwest. After a week you might have had enough of Shanghai’s hectic pace, in which case head out to the hinterland, which offers countryside, historic buildings and a chance to slow down. The tranquil Buddhist island of Putuo Shan and the cities of Suzhou, famous for gardens and silk, and Hangzhou, with its gorgeous lake, are well worth an overnight stop, while for a day-trip, don’t miss a jaunt around one of the sleepy canal towns, such as Zhouzhuang or Tongli.
  2. Global Sanya Travel Agency - A travel agency based in Sanya, who has been operating for more than six years with a great working team. Catering to English speaking tourists traveling to Sanya, they have native English and Chinese speaking staff. They arrange the best prices on hotels and flights, and arrange custom tour packages. They also offer all levels of transportation on the island, small car to 5star limo. They personally visit all of the places on our site and do their own inspections of attractions, hotel properties rooms and restaurants. With the profound knowledge, They are able to ensure our dearest guests a successful and enjoyable Hainan trip. Miss Sunny Xie founded the company in 2006. She started it under the circumstance of the booming Sanya Hainan tourism business by opening her own travel website, in order to help international guests to have an easy and enjoyable trip. Recent special offers include free transfers between Sanya Phoenix International Airport and your hotels in Sanya. Furthermore, special tours with English Speaking driver/tour guide for all guests. Come to have a look of Sanya today, you will be fascinated by the beauty of this only tropical city in China, the charm will leave you forever memory! "We have get very good feedback from all our clients on our service. Our success is due to our scenere service and hard working, as well as thoughtful arrangement. Guest first, service foremost!"
  3. With its magnificent new tower, Pudong Shangri-la, Shanghai is in a class of its own, with some of the city's most spacious rooms, dazzling new restaurants and bars, and the largest ballroom. The luxurious CHI spa, with its Himalayan-inspired decor and superb treatments, was also built along with a second, glassed-in, outdoor pool. Spread over two towers, the hotel promises a sense of extreme spaciousness, spectacular views, ultra-modern facilities and a range of cuisines in trend-setting restaurants for its guests to enjoy. In the lujiazui Finance and Trade Zone of Shanghai, the hotel is located on the east side of the Huangpu and offers outstanding views across the river to the legendary waterfront strip of the Bund, making it the ideal base whether you're travelling for business or pleasure. The welcoming lobby evokes a sense of grandeur that continues right through the hotel. The huge expanse of highly polished marble is softened by elegant furniture and numerous Chinese panels The light and airy rooms are some of the most spacious you'll find and are tastefully finished with elegant Chinese artifacts. Enormous windows throughout offer fantastic panoramic views. With first-class facilities including the spa, two swimming pools, an outdoor tennis court, a fitness centre, steam bath, Jacuzzi and a huge diversity of restaurants, Pudong Shangri-La caters for any indulgence for both staying guests and visitors. Newly opened in 2005, Jade on 36 Restaurant and Bar, located in the hotel's new glass tower, promises an extraordinary dining experience. It begins with the walk*through the 4m (14ft)-tall rice bowl sculpture and continues with stunning views of the gleaming skyscrapers and meandering river below. The sophisticated, avant-garde European cuisine from celebrated chef Paul Pairet completes the experience. An abundance of Asian options include Yi Cafe, which incorporates eight show kitchens into one restaurant and offers flavors from China, Japan and India as well as Morocco and the Mediterranean. For Japanese cuisine, Nadaman Restaurant will provide an unforgettable evening-it also has three private dining rooms for that special occasion. Alternatively, try the Sushi Bar by Nadaman; one of the best in the city. A Chinese restaurant serves dishes from various regions of China. For Cantonese influences Fook Lam Moon specializes in shark's fin, bird's nest and abalone whilst offering inspiring views of the Bund through their floor-to-ceiling windows. With a brand new Rolls Royce Phantom waiting to pick you up from the airport and smart, friendly staff welcoming you into the hotel, you may imagine you had just discovered Shangri-La itself.
  4. On the beachfront of spectacular Yalong Bay in Sanya on Hainan Island, is located the most luxurious tropical resort hotel in the mainland China, Sheraton Sanya Resort. The five-star Resort, managed by Starwood Hotels & Resorts, enjoys its own private white sandy beach on the gleaming, sun-kissed eightkilometre bay of crystal clear water which is often dubbed “China’s Hawaii”. The Resort is just a short 30-minute drive from Sanya Phoenix International Airport. The Resort has 511 rooms, including 49 suites. All the rooms provide the ultimate in comfort and luxury, commanding spectacular vistas of Yalong Bay, lush tropical gardens and mountain scenery or the 18-hole Robert Trent Jones II Yalong Bay Golf Course. Guest rooms are the largest in Yalong Bay, complemented by elegant athrooms with separate bath featuring natural daylight and rain foreforest shower. Grand Deluxe rooms enjoy spectacular sea-views from private balconies – with water-slides into private pools. Suites are second to none, and Diplomatic Suites of 213 sq. metres with a 71 sq. meters balcony have their own outdoor soaking tubs overlooking Yalong Bay. The Resort will also soon feature a state-of-the-art Spa, which is due to open in November, 2003. The Spa will be the most cosmopolitan in Hainan and will provide an extensive range of massage and beauty treatments. Complementing the Spa is a fully-equipped gym with state-of the-art fitness equipment, sauna, steam-room, hot and cold Jacuzzis and a hair-salon. The Resort’s superb location on a private 300-metre stretch of the pristine white sands of Yalong Bay’s makes beach and water sports activities popular. Water-sports include jet ski, water-skiing, parasailing, Hobie Cats, kayaking, deep-sea fishing, scuba diving, snorkeling and banana boats. On dry land, organized activities include beach volleyball, football, basketball, table tennis and tennis (with two floodlit courts) are available. Guests can also go jogging or cycling along paths. Indoors is a games room with billiards and table football. Sheraton Sanya Resort is also designed to be an important destination for business travelers, boasting the most extensive meetings facilities on the island. The Seven Seas Ballroom accommodates over 1,400 and there are an additional 11 meeting rooms all equipped with cutting-edge audio-visual equipment available to cater for any size of meeting. Sunset cruises and excursions are also available, while corporate groups can participate in a wide array of teambuilding activities including mountain climbing and an obstacle course. Dining and entertainment facilities are diverse and contemporary with three restaurants offering an exciting blend of Asian and Western culinary favorites. Pool Bars are scattered around the Resort, serving light snacks, refreshing cocktails and evening barbecues. “Sundowners” can be enjoyed at Palm Court in the Lobby that enjoys dramatic sunset views over Yalong Bay. Guest services include a 24-hour front desk and In-Room dining, kids club, baby-sitting/child services, valet service, limousine and deluxe shuttle, travel services, VIP services, 24 hour currency exchange, 24-hour movie channel, video-on-demand and ADSL internet access. Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. is one of the leading hotel and leisure companies in the world with more than 750 properties in more than 80 countries and 110,000 employees at its owned and managed properties. With internationally renowned brands, Starwood is a fully integrated owner, operator and franchiser of hotels and resorts including: St. Regis, The Luxury Collection, Sheraton, Westin, Four Points by Sheraton, W brands, as well as Starwood Vacation Ownership, Inc., one of the premier developers and operators of high quality vacation interval ownership resort.
  5. The Marshall House / Taiyuan Guest House, 160 Taiyuan Lu. Americans call this lovely old villa the Marshall House because General George Marshall stayed there from 1946 to 1949 when he was trying to negotiate a peace settlement between the KMT and the Communists (needless to say he did not succeed). His bedroom and office are still there on the second floor and most of the furniture is the original, although there have been modifications, most especially in the state-of-the-art bathroom. This may well have been done for Mme. Mao who sometimes stayed there. And of course because she did you will find an air-raid shelter on the grounds, in this case under the bamboo pavilion by the side entrance. The mansion is of brick and in the typical mansard-roofed style that can be found all over France. Even the white wrought-iron stanchions which held up the awnings feature the fleur de lis, as do the hasps that hold the original shutters open. It was built in the early part of the century by a wealthy Frenchman, Monsieur du Pac de Marsoulies, who was in the government of the French Concession, and later lived in by Baron Guillaume of the Belgian Consulate. Certainly they had money; the villa is a monument, not just to gracious but to luxurious living. The entry foyer is paved in carrera marble and the paneling throughout the ground floor is teak, with an elaborate teak railing at ceiling level, presumably for hanging the Gobelin tapestries. There is a coat of arms (duPdeM's?) on the cast iron fire screen in the gigantic fireplace in the front hallway. You will dine in the original dining room, also with fireplace of course, and with the added feature of a sliding door formed from an antique Coromandel screen. On the other side is the drawing room, where you can lounge after dining. Or walk up the curving staircase, where if you are lucky they will let you see General Marshall's bedroom. This is a guest house so his suite can be rented (for about US$300 a night, as I recall), as can others on that floor. The more modest ones, up a separate staircase to the left of the curving one, can be rented for considerably less. A walk around the outside of the house reveals its many marvelous architectural details, or you may be drawn to the original coal-fired furnace in the back building. It looks like the boiler-room of the S.S. Queen Mary and appears to still call for stokers. Most notable, and regrettable, is the ugly square brick addition next to the round turret on the back of the mansion. This houses the shaft for an elevator, I assume installed when Mme. Mao stayed there. Other than that unlovely addition, the house remains remarkably unchanged and is a lovely place to dine or, better yet, to hold a garden party on the front lawn. As I one night attended such a party, sipping champagne by the light of a full moon which illuminated the mansion's lovely facade, I thought of all the many Westerners who had been doing the same for seventy years in the same spot. As David Selznick would have said, it was deja vu all over again.
  6. The Hotel Massenet at Sinan Mansions, renovated in 2010, guarantees its customers, professionals and tourists a pleasant stay in Shanghai. From here, guests can easily visit all the corners that count in this dynamic city. For visits and outings, it is not need to look very far since the hotel is close to Institute Res. cultural and Hist. Shanghai Place fuxing, Fuxing Park. Take advantage of a wealth of unrivaled services and amenities at this hotel in Shanghai. Guests of this hotel can enjoy amenities such as elevator, babysitting, shops, car park, concierge. The hotel features 12 beautifully appointed rooms, some of which are equipped with LCD / plasma screen, separate shower and bath, hair dryer, television, kitchenette. In addition, thanks to the wide range of leisure offered by the hotel, you will not miss activities during your stay. Enjoy unparalleled services and a prestigious address at the Hotel Massenet at Sinan Mansions. If you’re looking for is a conveniently located hotel in Shanghai, look no further than Sinan Manor more appropriate choice. This hotel is not far from the city center, just 3.0 Km, the airport also needs only 40 minutes. The hotel’s excellent location allows visitors access to the city’s top attractions become convenient. On Sinan Manor, all to create an atmosphere of home. To this end, the Sinan Mansion offers the best service and the best facilities. Guests can enjoy some of the columns services: business center, meeting facilities, car park, room service. On Sinan mansion boasts 12 rooms, each room is elegant decoration, and some also include bathrobes, wireless Internet access (complimentary), inhouse movies, ironing facilities, complimentary bottled water and other top facilities. The hotel offers massage, indoor pool, spa, garden, fitness center and other recreational facilities and relaxation. Looking for comfortable and convenient hotel in Shanghai, we must consider the Sinan Manor, can bring you feel at home.
  7. With a height of over 280m (920 ft), Tomorrow Square stands as the tallest hotel building in Puxi. Its futuristic style and sleek lines make it an eye-catching landmark in Shanghai’s crowded skyline and it’s here, in this dominant and prestigious building, that the fist JW Marriott Hotel opened in mainland China, in October 2003. Located on Nanjing Road, Tomorrow Square sits in the middle of Shanghai’s shopping and commercial centre. Adjacent to People’s Square and People’s Park, the hotel is within easy walking distance of the Bund and Xintiandi. Situated in the top 20 floors, the rooms offer breathtaking views of the city below. They are designed for luxurious comfort with rich silk textured walls, light airy duvets and all the latest in technology. Mahogany tea chests, jade ceramics and other Chinese artefacts add to the elegance and Oriental style. The bathrooms are ultra-modern and some are focused around huge, spectacular windows. With marble baths, separate power-jet showers and heated mirrors, they provide the ultimate treats that come with five-star living. The hotel boasts two swimming pools. The heated indoor pool with its glass and metal structure provides an impressive setting. Outside, wooden decks and sun loungers surround the water, There is also the Mandara Spa – Asia’s leading spa operator to provide beauty and body treatments. The substantial choice of restaurants are all situated on the upper floors of Tomorrow Square, they share the incredible, 360 degree views of the city. Sunday brunch is a popular activity in Shanghai and to experience it in style, try the Marriott Cafe or JW’s California Grill. Both offer a free flow of champagne and an overwhelming choice at their buffets, from traditional breakfasts of eggs and bacon to pizza, from beef wellington to peking duck. Wan Hao is a stunning contemporary restaurant with sleek lacquer booths and gold textured walls showcasing traditional Cantonese cuisine. JW’s California Grill offers inspired American and Asian creations while JW’s Lounge provides a colourful ambience for live entertainment of martini. For a break from the glamour and excitement of the city, JW Marriott Hotel Shanghai offers the definitive resting spot in the world’s highest library. Here you can browse through the collection of 1,500 books or ask staff to open the rooftop terraces to enjoy a rare moment of solitude.
  8. DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Wuxi-Lingshan is located in Jiangsu Province, in the heart of the Yangtze River Delta. It’s just one hour's drive from Wuxi Airport and two hours' drive from Shanghai, Hangzhou and Nanjing. The hotel total features 477 luxury guest rooms, which comprises 266 Lakeview rooms and 211 mountain/garden view rooms, and have design accents that encapsulate the local Jiangnan architecture and style. A 5,000-square-metre three-story crescent-shaped conference centre with 18 multi-functional conference rooms all equipped with state-of-the-art audio-visual technology. Guests can indulge in specially prepared dishes from around the world served in-room or at the hotel's restaurant. A 40,000-square-metre recreational area includes a huge lawn and a full range of options from basketball, football, tennis, table tennis, water activities to Karaoke and Chess room. Doubletree by Hilton is a brand of Hilton Worldwide. Hilton Worldwide is the leading global hospitality company, spanning the lodging sector from luxurious full-service hotels and resorts to extended-stay suites and mid-priced hotels. For 92 years, Hilton Worldwide has been offering business and leisure travelers the finest in accommodations, service, amenities and value. The company is dedicated to continuing its tradition of providing exceptional guest experiences across its global brands. The DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Wuxi-Lingshan has been awarded the following achievements: 1. "2010 Best East China Luxury Resort" of Hurun Report "Best of Best" award 2. "2010 China's Top Ten Resorts" of 21st Century Business Herald “Golden Pillow" award 3. "2010 Best Resort Hotel by Readers" of "Voyage" magazine 4. The Appointed Reception Hotel for the 2011 Miss World China Pageant Special Offers to look out for are: 1. Warm worldwide welcome of the brand’s legendary chocolate chip cookie 2. The rewards of the prestigious Hilton HHonors® loyalty program 3. A unique and caring commitment to the communities in which they operate 4. Pet friendly initiative and DT Sweet Dream pillow Did you know ? “Teaching Kids to Care” is a unique program of DoubleTree by Hilton brand, which extends the CARE culture of the Doubletree brand to the local community. In 2010 September, 30 school children and 15 hotel team member representatives took part in the activity which comprised of a two hour environmental CARE learning journey; In 2011 March, 30 local primary school children were invited to the resort to take part in the environmental awareness campaign with the hotel’s “Care Committee” members as part of Doubletree’s ongoing CARE initiative. Moreover, several charity activities are also hold from last year till now, and the hotel is always looking for some meaningful way to contribute to local society and will continue this CARE program with more activities to come.
  9. Situated inside the prestigious Bund Centre, with a dramatic rooftop lotus lighting up the Shanghai night, there’s no chance of you losing you way back to the Westin Hotel. In the heart of Shanghai’s most cosmopolitan district, close to the city’s commercial, cultural and shopping hubs, it’s a five minute stroll to the elegant waterfront of the Bund and the bustling lanes of the Old City and an easy walk to People’s Square and the popular shopping hub Nanjing Road. The impressive architecture continues inside the form of a grand atrium lobby where tall palm trees strive to reach the sun pouring through the glass roof four floors above. A striking cantilevered glass staircase inlaid with delicate rice paper and beautiful soft glow lighting welcomes you into the lobby. The modern guestrooms exude a tasteful luxury and provide plenty of high-tech convenience and comfort. Their signature ‘Heavenly Bed’ is vast and electronically operated controls ensure a peaceful night. A comfortable sofa and armchair create a cosy living area to make the most of the flat screen television and DVD. In the bathroom the ‘rainforest’ shower and marble bath provide both invigorating rejuvenation and deep, soothing relaxation Beautiful flowers add to the feeling of freshness and the soft tones create a tranquil sanctuary. There are seven restaurants and bars incorporating Asian, international and Italian cuisine. You can enjoy cigars, cocktails and hot jazz in Niche. For those who’ve had a good workout in the gym, a glass of fresh fruit juice in the Bliss Bar will re-energize. For food you can decide on anything from al fresco sushi to stone-baked pizza. On Sundays, highly recommended is the ‘Westin Brunch’, where a feast of free flowing champagne, tantalizing food and live entertainment awaits. On Monday morning, the indoor swimming pool will ease away the throbs of yesterday’s champagne breakfast, with tranquil underwater music and a calming atmosphere accentuated by the use of cooling mosaics and bamboo. Large windows look out onto the outdoor patio and allow sunlight to stream through onto the rippling water. Facilities also include Jacuzzis, steam and sauna rooms and a Westin Workout Powered by Reebok Gym. Reebok workout machines are installed in two special guestrooms for those who are actively inclined. Alternatively, a running partner can accompany guests who desire a jog along the Bund. Asia’s award-winning Banyan Tree Spa is located within the Westin Hotel and offers the ultimate in pampering for both the body and the soul. After a relaxing massage, return to your room for a further rest in the ‘Heavenly Bed’ before Shanghai’s night draws you back out into town.
  10. Nestled in The Bund, Waldorf Astoria Shanghai On The Bund is ideal for exploring Shanghai. Only 1.Km the city center, guests are ideally placed for exploring the sights and activities. With the main sights of the city, including Customs Office, Russel & Co. Building, Building new daily Northeast China, near the hotel, guests will love the location. At the Waldorf Astoria Shanghai On the Bund, excellent service and quality amenities contribute to a memorable stay. Guests of this hotel can enjoy amenities such as parking, valet parking, concierge, beauty salon, bar. The 260 rooms spread over 19 floors are warm, welcoming and equipped with modern amenities such as separate shower and tub, refrigerator, mini bar, jacuzzi bathtub, in room safe. The hotel offers a variety of excellent recreational facilities, including jacuzzi, sauna, indoor pool, fitness center. Waldorf Astoria Shanghai On The Bund is a must for anyone looking for a quality hotel in Shanghai.
  11. In Shanghai, you will feel perfectly at The Langham Xintiandi Shanghai, the rooms and service are of quality. Only 0.1Km from the city center, guests are very well placed for exploring the sights and activities. Shui On Plaza, Central Square, Street Xintiandi are just some of the attractions awaiting visitors willing to venture outside. Take advantage of a wealth of unrivaled services and amenities at this hotel in Shanghai. A range of superior amenities such as parking, currency exchange, luggage storage area, smoking area, safety deposit boxes are available at this hotel. All rooms have amenities that ensure a level of unparalleled comfort. The hotel offers a variety of excellent leisure facilities including massage, indoor pool, steam room, fitness center, spa. Whatever the purpose of your visit, The Langham Xintiandi Shanghai is an excellent choice for your stay in Shanghai. The Langham Shanghai Xintiandi is ideally located in the center of the downtown area of Shanghai – Xintiandi. Convergence of old and new culture in Shanghai Xintiandi focus. An array of international brand stores, restaurants, historical sites and fashion club gathered to create a unique downtown area, has become the most fashionable pastime Shanghai hotspots. The Langham Shanghai Xintiandi offers 357 luxurious rooms and suites designed to provide you with a comfortable five-star luxury and attentive service. The hotel offers a range of dining facilities, including upscale restaurants, bars and cafes to meet the different needs of the guests. It offers conferences, events and business applications required for business guests. The Langham Xintiandi combines elegance and modern design, coupled with the most advanced technology facilities, is ideal for you to Shanghai to stay.
  12. The Hotel Nikko Shanghai is the ideal starting point for walks in Shanghai. Only 5.0 km from the city center, guests are well placed to enjoy the sights and activities. This modern hotel is close to attractions such as Huashan Hospital, Hua Shan Hospital, Brookside Apartment. The Hotel Nikko Shanghai strives for the comfort of its customers and offers the best services and facilities possible. This hotel has enough facilities to satisfy even the most demanding customer. All rooms feature amenities that provide a level of comfort unmatched. Recreational facilities at the hotel, which include jacuzzi, fitness center, spa, sauna, hammam, are designed to ensure maximum relaxation. Hotel Nikko Shanghai is the ideal place for travellers seeking elegance and comfort in Shanghai.
  13. Very well located in the shopping, culture, business in Shanghai, Hengsheng Peninsula Int’L Hotel is a relaxing, away from work. From here, guests can easily reach all the corners that count in this dynamic city. For visits and outings, there is no need to look very far since the hotel is close to Waibaidu Bridge, Royal Asian Association of North China, the Russian Consulate. Hengsheng Peninsula Int’L Hotel also offers many amenities to make your stay even more rewarding in Shanghai. Room (s) Meeting / Banquet Facilities, Restaurant, Rooms / Facilities for Disabled Guests, safety deposit boxes are just some of the amenities that differentiate Hengsheng Peninsula Int’L Hotel the other hotels in the city. The 44 rooms spread over 26 floors are warm, welcoming and equipped with modern amenities such as mini bar, internet access (wireless), bathrobes, daily newspaper, non smoking rooms. In addition, thanks to the wide range of leisure activities offered by the hotel, you will find no shortage of activities during your stay. Hengsheng Peninsula Int’L Hotel is a must for anyone looking for a quality hotel in Shanghai.
  14. The Puli Hotel and Spa is the ideal starting point for walks in Shanghai. The hotel is 1 km from the city center and provides access to major urban infrastructure. Guests of this hotel will enjoy visiting the main attractions of the city: Jinan Station Temple, Jing’an Temple, Shanghai Sogo. The facilities and services offered by The Puli Hotel and Spa are the guarantee for customers to have a pleasant stay. The hotel offers access to a wide range of services including elevator, concierge, laundry, airport transfer, coffee. All rooms feature amenities that provide a level of comfort unmatched. The indoor pool, jacuzzi, spa, sauna, steam room are perfect for relaxing after a long day. Enjoy unparalleled service and a prestigious address at The Puli Hotel and Spa.
  15. Famous in Shanghai, as it soars above the city’s skyline, the 420m (1 ,375-ft) Jin Mao Tower lies east of the Huangpu River in Lujiazui, Pudong’s fastest growing business and financial area. Occupying the 53rd to the 87th floor, Grand Hyatt Shanghai has become one of the most significant landmarks in the city. Given the accolade of the highest hotel in the world in 2000, by the Guinness Book of Records, it provides a giddying panorama of the city. As you enter the reception area on the 54th floor, double height glass windows ensure full use of the incredible view. Beautiful columns of French limestone echo the architecture of the Bund, which seems minute, hundreds of metres below. The hotel is dominated by a breathtaking, 33-storey atrium that provides as dizzying a spectacle as the views outside. Six high-speed glass elevators take you to the lavish guestrooms that capture the true essence of modern Chinese chic. Tang Dynasty calligraphy, engraved onto lacquer screens and Ming-style wedding cabinets, are a sharp contrast to the sleek modern lines of the interior architecture Spacious bathrooms are adorned in glass and marble and have unsurpassed views of the city, for guests to admire while enjoying the ultimate power shower. With 12 restaurants and bars scattered over the upper floors of the Jin Mao Tower there seems little reason to go down to ground level. Incorporating all possible tastes you can choose from French Brasserie style to up-market Italian, sleek Japanese to traditional Chinese with private balconies looking across Shanghai from the 54th floor . For exclusive dining, Club Jin Mao offers the ultimate sophisticated setting, serving exquisite local Shanghainese cuisine. Canton, the hotel’s specialty restaurant, provides a more intimate environment with authentic Cantonese dishes such as shark’s fin, abalone and bird’s nest soup. The Grand Cafe, open 24- hours, fuses Asian and Western cuisine in a modern and dramatic open space The focal point for The Grill is the huge grill and rotisserie where you can watch your meat and seafood sizzle in front of you. At Kobachi you can enjoy the fun and relaxed atmosphere perched on a striking, central bar enjoying the restaurant’s specialties of sushi and yakitori. The Grand Hyatt Shanghai even has its own fast food restaurant, Food live, where you can grab a casual meal on the run. All the restaurants make full use of their height and are dominated by the dramatic views of the city. For Shanghai’s most memorable cocktail visit Cloud 9. On the 87th floor it’s the highest bar in the world, and, according to Newsweek, one of the world’s greatest gathering places. The 3600 views are staggering both in the daytime, when you look down onto the meandering river, the Bund, The Pearl Tower and Shanghai’s skyline beneath you, and at night-time when a dazzling show of neon lights spreads across the city. The stylized architecture has an ultra-modern finish in polished chrome and dark wood, and with an astounding capability to swing up to 75 cm (30 in) in the wind, you’ll never be quite sure if you’ve had one drink too many. The Grand Hyatt Shanghai also boasts the highest fitness centre in the world A perfect place to build up your resistance to altitude it is also a heavenly retreat for both the mind and the body with a spacious and luxurious spa area. With a steam room, sauna and numerous spa pools, it provides every indulgence in a state-of-the-art environment. The sky pool, with a somewhat dramatic infinity edge, allows you to exercise whilst taking in the breathtaking panorama of the Shanghai skyline. For savvy business travellers the Business Centre provides every facility you should need including secretarial support, translation services and office equipment rental There’s a conference room along with numerous private rooms that can be rented for meetings 24 hours a day. A short taxi-ride from the dizzying heights of your hotel room will take you across the Huangpu River to the historic Bund. Prestigious boutique malls containing luxury brands such as Armani, Cartier and Zegna and some of the city’s finest dining experiences reside in the colonial style waterfront buildings. On the near side of the river is the famous landmark of the Oriental Pearl Tower the aquarium and the Tourist Tunnel make for remarkable, if somewhat quirky, attractions.
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