WandelustSeven things to do between Shanghai business meetings

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Get a bird’s-eye view of Shanghai at Sky Walk 100

The views from the 100th floor of the Shanghai World Financial Centre will certainly clear your head. Its knee-trembling Sky Walk 100 – a glass walkway that connects the centre’s top towers – ‘floats’ 474m up in the air. Wander over it and you’ll be rewarded with spectacular vistas over the Huangpu River and beyond.

 

Refuel with a coffee at Arte Café and Lounge

Recharge with a coffee at the stylish Arte Café & Lounge in the grand lobby of Jumeirah Himalayas Hotel. If you arrive at lunchtime you can also enjoy a buffet-style menu that changes daily, and includes Italian, Indian, Middle Eastern and Japanese dishes.

 

Soak up some culture at the China Art Museum

You can’t miss the China Art Museum – the red inverted pyramid is a work of art in itself. The museum is one of Asia’s largest, and houses over 10,000 20th-century pieces including classically inspired paintings and advertising, as well as traditional calendar art. It’s certainly worth spending a few hours browsing its galleries to get a feel for China’s modern art scene.

 

Read a book in Century Park

Just a few moments’ walk from Jumeirah Himalayas Hotel, locals seek serenity at the tranquil Century Park. Visit in the early morning and you’ll see groups practising Tai Chi in the shade of the trees. Take a stroll around Mirror Lake, explore the immaculately tended British, Japanese and Chinese gardens, and don’t miss the Musical Fountain where 208 coloured jets of water dance to a soundtrack of classical music.

 

Enjoy a revitalising massage at Talise Spa

Reinvigorate your mind, body and soul between business meetings with a massage at Talise Spa. Jumeirah Himalayas Hotel’s high-tech wellness centre fuses ancient Oriental and Middle Eastern techniques with modern therapies. The Energise & Rejuvenate Aromatherapy Massage is great for invigorating you before a long day, or unwind at the end of a busy schedule with a soothing Herbal Compress Massage.

 

Seek contemplation at the Jade Buddha Temple

Escape the bustle of Shanghai for a few hours at the serene Jade Buddha Temple. Built in 1928, the Song Dynasty-style place of worship houses two white jade Buddha statues, brought from Burma by a devoted monk. The temple also houses countless beautiful wooden carvings, paintings and scriptures in its many halls.

 

Stock up on gifts from the Super Brand Mall

Shopping is big business in Shanghai, and the Super Brand Mall in the Pudong district is a one-stop destination for retail therapy, dining and entertainment, with 11 floors of global brands, from Gucci to Gap, as well as popular local brands