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The Peninsula Shanghai’s location is extremely convenient for both tourists and business travelers, providing an endless list of things to do nearby. Check out our top five:
1. The Bund. The Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star hotel sits on the northern end of the waterfront, just below Suzhou Creek. Walking along the Bund is one of the loveliest things to do in Shanghai — especially at night, when all the Pudong skyline lights are glowing.
2. Suzhou Creek. Another interesting stroll is through the area around Suzhou Creek, where you’ll see an impressive collection of Art Deco architecture as well as a huge number of Soviet bloc towers.
3. East Nanjing Road. This pedestrian street is just a few blocks from The Peninsula and is Shanghai’s oldest shopping street. Today it’s lined with loads of chain stores — Apple is always packed — as well as a collection of Chinese groceries and snack stalls. (If you want more upscale shops, just peruse the hotel’s own boutiques, which include Chanel and Shanghai Tang.)
4. Pudong. Hop the ferry on the Puxi side of the Bund and head to Pudong, where you can go to the top of the Shanghai World Financial Center for its 100th-floor, sky-high observation deck. Just be sure to go on a clear day, otherwise all you’ll see is smog.
5. A river tour. After you see the city from the sky, take it in from the sea. Book a nighttime cruise along the Huangpu River so you can snap pictures of the traditional Puxi skyline and its cutting-edge Pudong counterpart all lit up. Squeeze in a one-hour tour to see Shanghai at its best.