As a global company, we’re always keen to look out for new places that we can take our award-winning programmes to. FDM’s expansion into Mainland China started four years ago. In May 2018 we opened up our first centre, which has already seen two classes graduate from our pop-up academy and team up with our clients on-site. Originally from Sichuan in China, Dora Zhang spent nearly four years in Hong Kong before taking the plunge and moving to Shanghai six months ago to lead our China team. Dora has put together a handy guide of the top places to visit if you find yourself in this wonderful city.
You will find yourself stopping at some old colonial-era buildings while walking along The Bund, which is a landmark waterfront walkway along Zhongshan Road that stretches about 1.5 km. The 1800s architecture features many styles that honour The Bund as a ‘World Architectural Fair’. VUE bar inside the Hyatt Hotel on The Bund is a great place to relax, featuring a rooftop jacuzzi with views of Shanghai’s skyline.
This is a great place to escape from the bustling city and to enjoy some good coffee, bookstores and art galleries. Take a stroll to Sinan Road to see an array of garden houses and discover what the residential area was like in the 20th century. You can also explore the famous Tianzifang, a wonderful collection of alleyways hidden away from the main Shanghai streets where you can find artistic, creative souvenirs and snacks. This is a very beautiful and historic area of the city.
This expansive garden was inherited from the Ming Dynasty and is considered the most beautiful garden in southeast China. You will enjoy seeing the landscape and attractions there, such as Sansui Hall, the Exquisite Jade Rock and Stone City. If you walk a bit further to Chenghuang Temple, you can taste some local snacks like xiaolongbao, ci fan, shengjian and more.
With views looking over The Bund, this tower is one for the itinerary. You may recognise this well-known landmark, which is the tallest building in China and is often considered the best place to get snapshots of the Shanghai skyline.
World Financial Center
Next on my list is the soaring skyscraper known as the World Financial Center, which took just over 10 years to build. The structure reaches 1615.2 feet and is the second-tallest structure in Mainland China, behind the Shanghai Tower. You will find hotels, shopping malls, and an observation deck located in the building. It is a popular choice with tourists and first-time Shanghai visitors.
Shanghai Disney Resort
If you are a Disney fan, the first Disney theme park in Mainland China will surely be at the top of your list. The colourful decorations and top technology make it a popular stop for Disney fanatics and tourists. The night-time “Ignite the Dream” fireworks and light show make it worth the visit.
Nestled downtown between the towering skyscrapers, Xintiandi is imbued with the city’s historical and cultural legacies. Known to be one of the busiest urban tourist attractions, the multifunctional dining, retail and entertainment centre provides the perfect place to explore. It is flowing with restaurants, boutiques, cafes and bars of an international standard.
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