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The Langham, Xintiandi, Shanghai is located in the middle of the city center, providing easy access to several Metro lines and everything Shanghai has to offer. Here are the five best things to do near the Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star hotel:
1. Stroll through Xintiandi. The Langham is located directly across from Xintiandi, a collection of restored traditional Shanghainese stone houses that are now filled with shops and restaurants. This is a great place to pick up souvenirs and dine al fresco.
2. Visit the Shikumen Family Museum. Owned by native Shanghainese Da Shiping, the Shikumen Family Museum is the home in which Shiping was raised and boasts the original detailing. Everything has been beautifully preserved, from the clock on the wall and the radio to the spoons in the kitchen. Shiping is an expert on Shanghainese culture and is happy to sit and chat.
3. Peruse the offerings at Dongtai Lu Antiques Market. From dawn till dusk merchants hock their wares at this market, where authenticity is questionable but superb souvenirs abound. Skip the furniture and take a look at the vintage postcards of 1920s Shanghai instead.
4. Suit up at the South Bund Fabric Market. This is Shanghai’s largest fabric market and is a 10-minute cab ride from the luxury hotel. The tailors and seamstresses are used to foreigners looking for quick turnarounds. Head here for customized suits, shirts, dresses and overcoats.
5. Walk over to Yu Garden. If you don’t have time to get out of Shanghai and see a more sprawling traditional Chinese garden, Yu Garden — a 20 minute walk from The Langham — offers Shanghai’s best selection of traditional Chinese garden architecture and beautiful plant life. Next to the garden is Jade Buddha Temple, where you can light incense and take in the intricately carved walls and doors.