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Which area to stay in Shanghai?

Old Mar 2, 14, 11:08 pm
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Originally Posted by moondog View Post
If they do have a loyalty program of any substance, the word has yet to get out.

The "French Concession" is something that people like to talk about but very few have any real clue of its boundaries. This is due, in large part, to the fact that it expanded and shrank during its 100 year existence.

The following map is one of the broadest depictions I've seen:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Fo...cessionMap.jpg

But, practically speaking, I don't think of Xintiandi, let alone any part of the Bund, as being part of the (former) French Concession.
the link to a map drawn up in 1935... so would have been an accurate reflection
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Old Mar 5, 14, 3:03 am
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Originally Posted by moondog View Post
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Originally Posted by anacapamalibu


??? Okura Garden.




If they do have a loyalty program of any substance, the word has yet to get out.

The "French Concession" is something that people like to talk about but very few have any real clue of its boundaries. This is due, in large part, to the fact that it expanded and shrank during its 100 year existence.

The following map is one of the broadest depictions I've seen:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Fo...cessionMap.jpg

But, practically speaking, I don't think of Xintiandi, let alone any part of the Bund, as being part of the (former) French Concession.
To be fair there is an Intercontinental Hotel in the FC as well now.
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Old Mar 5, 14, 5:00 am
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I lived in Shanghai for 2 years and really didnīt like the city much foremost as it lacks real history. The only thing people talking about and people find attractive is the french concession and that basically proofs my point cause itīs not Chinese.
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Old Mar 5, 14, 5:30 am
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Originally Posted by travelinmanS View Post
To be fair there is an Intercontinental Hotel in the FC as well now.
The IC is in what used to be the Ruijin Binguan. Ruijin Park was quite nice about 12 years ago.
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Old Mar 5, 14, 5:39 am
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Originally Posted by Plissken View Post
I lived in Shanghai for 2 years and really didnīt like the city much foremost as it lacks real history. The only thing people talking about and people find attractive is the french concession and that basically proofs my point cause itīs not Chinese.
You could also dismiss HK, Tianjin, Singapore, and countless other cities on the same grounds, but IMO events dating back 200 years certainly qualify as "history".
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Old Mar 5, 14, 4:23 pm
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Originally Posted by moondog View Post
The IC is in what used to be the Ruijin Binguan. Ruijin Park was quite nice about 12 years ago.
Stayed at the hotel years ago, was kind of eery there at night. Face bar was
fun to go to. I don't like the location as well as Okura, seems not as convenient for walking.
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Old Mar 6, 14, 10:47 pm
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Originally Posted by anacapamalibu View Post
Stayed at the hotel years ago, was kind of eery there at night. Face bar was
fun to go to.
I don't like the location as well as Okura, seems not as convenient for walking.
Circa 2005 there was a large scale crackdown on the Maoming Rd. bars, which resulted in mass closures. Shortly thereafter, shops and restaurants followed suit. But, Face stayed the course until its lease expired in 2009.
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Old Mar 7, 14, 10:36 am
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People's Square is actually not bad. I stayed at the Le Meridien last year and my coworker at the JW. Pretty sweet. I walked to get some Yangs Fried Dumplings and Jia Jia Soup Dumplings. Heaven I'll tell you. This is coming from the guy who hits up DTF multiple times in Taiwan every year and Crystal Jade in Hong Kong.

But with that said it's also subway accessible and not TOO far from the Bund for a nice view of the Pudong skyline.
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I will be staying at Intercontinental Shanghai Puxi Hotel which is near the Train station, is it a bad area to be staying at?
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Old Mar 16, 14, 9:55 am
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I will be staying at Intercontinental Shanghai Puxi Hotel which is near the Train station, is it a bad area to be staying at?
Very bad (arguably even worse than LJZ, in fact). If you are wedded to IHG brands, go for the Ruijin property. If not, focus on Jing'an.
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Old Mar 20, 14, 10:16 am
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Originally Posted by moondog View Post
Circa 2005 there was a large scale crackdown on the Maoming Rd. bars, which resulted in mass closures. Shortly thereafter, shops and restaurants followed suit. But, Face stayed the course until its lease expired in 2009.
Looks like they gutted the whole inside of building that Face occupied.
Progress

http://shanghailander.net/2013/08/in...-ruijin-hotel/
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Anyone here having experience with Radisson Blu in Shanghai? I have read the reviews at Tripadvisor etc and it looks great, but I was just wondering if someone in here have stayed there. I am Club Carlson Concierge so I guess that makes why I look for hotels in that chain.
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Old Mar 24, 14, 8:07 am
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Anyone here having experience with Radisson Blu in Shanghai? I have read the reviews at Tripadvisor etc and it looks great, but I was just wondering if someone in here have stayed there. I am Club Carlson Concierge so I guess that makes why I look for hotels in that chain.
The hotel itself is fine (almost as nice as the JW or LRM), but you need to decide whether or People's Square is your style.
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Originally Posted by moondog View Post
Very bad (arguably even worse than LJZ, in fact). If you are wedded to IHG brands, go for the Ruijin property. If not, focus on Jing'an.
Jing'an is a nice residential district, but too suburban for a tourist. It is like Changning or Putuo districts, like Jing'an both have good connections with the city centre, but, also like Jing'an, they are not so central. Therefore, not the best choices for a tourist. Additionally, there is nothing of interest for a tourist in Jing'an, the temple itself is like a religious version of Disneyland, the shopping can be done anywhere else in the city and most of the best restaurants are definitely not there.

For a tourist I would recommend the following places to stay:

1. Former French Concession (including Xintiandi area, which historically was always a part of the concession)
2. People's Square
3. The Bund.

And mostly avoid business or residential areas out of the city centre, such as:

1. Pudong.
2. Changning
3. Putuo
4. Jing'an
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Old Mar 31, 14, 12:39 am
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Originally Posted by Magerit View Post
Jing'an is a nice residential district, but too suburban for a tourist. It is like Changning or Putuo districts, like Jing'an both have good connections with the city centre, but, also like Jing'an, they are not so central. Therefore, not the best choices for a tourist. Additionally, there is nothing of interest for a tourist in Jing'an, the temple itself is like a religious version of Disneyland, the shopping can be done anywhere else in the city and most of the best restaurants are definitely not there.

For a tourist I would recommend the following places to stay:

1. Former French Concession (including Xintiandi area, which historically was always a part of the concession)
2. People's Square
3. The Bund.

And mostly avoid business or residential areas out of the city centre, such as:

1. Pudong.
2. Changning
3. Putuo
4. Jing'an
I must admit that I'm starting to like the (western part of the) former French Concession a little more than JA, but JA is far better than People's Square (can't seem to walk anywhere due to the crazy road infrastructure) and the Bund (a must visit for first time Shanghai tourists, but there's really no point in staying there).

We seem to have similar feelings about Pudong, Changning, and Putuo.
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