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Experience historic Chinese culture at the Shanghai Museum on People’s Square, which boasts the nation’s most extensive collection of ancient bronzes, jade sculptures, calligraphy paintings and ancient Chinese costumes.
After all that history, it’s time for refreshments. Hail a cab to Baker & Spice – a hip cafe on tree-shaded Anfu Lu in the former French Concession – for freshly roasted coffee and croissants.
Hit the streets in style with a novel sightseeing tour. Shanghai Insiders (insidersexperience.com) will guide you around the city in a vintage Changjiang motorbike and sidecar. The personalised rides are accompanied by street-smart commentary and a warm glass of mulled wine.
Ask the guide to drop you at the Xintiandi shopping and dining district, then walk around the corner to Green Massage for a 90-minute aromatherapy body massage – the preferred local way to soothe both body and mind.
Shop for authentic souvenirs at Suzhou Slippers, where designer Denise Huang updates traditional silk slippers with hand-embroidered Chinese motifs such as peonies and red stars. For gentleman, Turkish designer Begum Khan’s cool cufflinks are inspired by the Ottoman and Oriental influences of her two favourite cities: Shanghai and Istanbul.
Mingle with the Shanghai glitterati for dinner on the terrace at M on the Bund – the perfect way to wrap up your trip to China’s glitziest metropolis. Enjoy superlative views of the Bund and Pudong while tucking into signature dishes such as Beef Wellington with foie gras, fine ham and duxelles of mushroom.