What are the best places for a massage in Shanghai?

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Sophie Friedman
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Massages are practically a national pastime in China, and there are hundreds of places to get them in Shanghai. There are several different varieties of spas in Shanghai, ranging from upmarket hotel spas to blind massage parlors, where the masseurs and masseuses are blind and go by assigned numbers.

The best hotel spa in Shanghai is The Peninsula Spa by ESPA. The treatment list here is lengthy, but among the best is the Bamboo Harmonizer. This massage uses China’s favorite implement, bamboo, to stimulate your qi (energy). Stalks of bamboo are rolled along the body to decrease stress and heal sore areas.

There handful of excellent mid-range spas in Shanghai, including China-wide chain Dragonfly, which has branches dotted throughout the city. Other good options include Green Massage, Subconscious Day Spa, and Yide Massage.

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