Caffeine-infused pick-me-up, cultural exploration or moment of relaxation: There’s no shortage of options when it comes to downtime in Shanghai. Take the opportunity to make the most of this inspirational Chinese city with our essential guide on how best to occupy your free time between your Shanghai business appointments.
Get a bird’s-eye view of Shanghai at… Sky Walk 100
The vistas from the 100th floor of Shanghai World Financial Centre will certainly clear your head. Its knee-trembling Sky Walk 100 – a transparent glass walkway that connects the centre’s top towers – floats 474m up in the air, and a wander through it rewards you with spectacular views over the Huangpu River and beyond.
Refuel with a coffee at… Arte Café and Lounge
Recharge your batteries with a coffee at the smart Arte Café & Lounge In the grand lobby of Jumeirah Himalayas Hotel, this stylish hotspot is the perfect place to plot up with your laptop and savour a freshly brewed beverage. For something to satisfy your taste buds, tuck into globally-inspired cuisine that rotates daily, from Italian to Indian or Middle Eastern to Japanese.
Soak up some culture at the China Art Museum
You can’t miss China Art Museum: the red inverted pyramid is a work of art in itself. Spare a few hours to explore the modern Chinese art scene. One of Asia’s largest art museums, it houses more than 10,000 20th-century pieces including classically-inspired painterly works and advertising as well as traditional calendar art.
Read a book in Century Park
Just a few moments’ walk from Jumeirah Himalayas Hotel Century Park is where locals go for some serenity in the city – and if you visit early in the morning, you’ll see many groups practising tai chi. Soak up the serenity of its sparkling Mirror Lake, take a stroll around the immaculately tended British, Japanese and Chinese gardens and don’t leave without paying a visit to the Musical Fountain.
Enjoy a revitalising massage at Talise Spa
Reinvigorate mind, body and soul between your Shanghai business meetings with a sublime massage at Talise Spa. A high-tech wellness centre that employs ancient Oriental and Middle Eastern modalities, Talise Spa is Jumeirah Himalayas Hotel’s urban sanctuary in the heart of Shanghai. Awaken your senses pre-conference with its Energise & Rejuvenate Aromatherapy Massage or unwind into bliss once the day is done with a Herbal Compress Massage.
Seek contemplation at the Jade Buddha Temple
Eschew the bustling metropolis of Shanghai for a few hours to seek out its spiritual heritage at the radiant 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. Aside from the Buddhas, the beautiful wooden carvings, paintings and scriptures that line the various halls invite you to explore further.
Stock up on gifts from the Super Brand Mall
Shopping is big business in Shanghai, and its famous Super Brand Mall is a one-stop destination for retail, dining and entertainment. The mammoth Pudong mall is the ultimate spot to pick up a thoughtful gift for your clients or loved ones back home – or simply spoil yourself with some retail therapy. Shop Super Brand Mall’s 11 floors for big global brands from Gucci to Gap or discover popular local brands.