Shanghai, the engine of China's economy today, a miracle city in the world. Why Shanghai was opened into a international trading port by British force? How come She swiftly evolved into "the Oriental Paris" from an ordinary farming town in just dozens of years? Who were the venturers building Shanghai into their Paradise? Why Shanghai became life shelter for countless Russian and Jewish in the past? Why nobody wants to be "Shanghaied" in English phrase? Who were the few intellectuals having a meeting in Shanghai which was a sparkle burning China into red later?
This tour will walk you through those sites related to above stories. This is a feast to your mind, and you will also have another feast to your stomach at famous The Chinoise Story restaurant inside of Sassoon'sCathay Mansion or at the Lost Heaven restaurant near Bund area.
You will be visiting following places:
- Former British Consulate
- Bund - Riverside, best place to see Shanghai's mother river (Huangpu River) and take a contrast picture for old and new shanghai.
- Peace hotel - Former Cathay Hotel, built by Sir Victor Sassoon. The Sassoon family had built a Shanghai business and real estate empire in the early 20th century.
- Waldorf Astoria hotel - Former Shanghai Club, opened in January 1910. Once home to one of the premier men's clubs in Shanghai. The most famous feature of the interior is the 34-metre black-and-white marble bar, called "the long bar".
- Shanghai Old town - the old street that used to be the home of scholars and officials during Ming and Qing dynasty.
- Private garden house - oldest and largest in Shanghai, not open to the public yet.
- Cathay Mansion - Delicious Shanghai cuisine for lunch
- Garden hotel - Former French club, the eastern lobby still keeps the original French classical design.
- King Albert Apartment - Also popularly known as Royal Garden, built by French Catholic Church for expatriates living in Shanghai.