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Shanghai

Photos courtesy oPeninsula Shanghai; Danny Simmons

Arriving in Shanghai after a whirlwind tour of wild eating was a godsend. The city is known for its Western influence having been a French concession for nearly 100 years. Stylish Shanghai swagger is welcome after two weeks of travel, and the luxury started off with the creature comforts at our home base at the lavish Peninsula Shanghai. The Chef’s Table at Yi Long Court restaurant operates much like the private dining rooms that are so ubiquitous in China. There are some Western touches that Chef Terrence Crandall imparts, like his sprawling French Laundry-inspired rooftop garden.

Photos clockwise from top left: Lunch in Shanghai French Concession; Traditional Garden, Shanghai; Peninsula Shanghai bell hop in downtown Shanghai; The Bund Shanghai; The Bund yacht lunch; Yi Long Court Chef Table

That’s not to say that you don’t feel like you’re in China, though. Dining at Ye Shanghai, you can try local favorites like fired eel, sweet and sour soup (that flavor combo is traditionally Shanghainese), and shen jian bao dumplings served with a side of vinegar instead of soy sauce. At Din Tai Fung, you won’t even think about dipping, though. Their delicate soup dumplings—which are definitively Shanghai’s most popular dish—are so soul-warming I almost forgot about my impending journey home. Sad as it was to depart the stunning view of The Bund, the idea of clean air was calling after days of unfortunately heavy pollution. The dumplings, though, will be sorely missed. KER & DOW NEY

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QUEST Magazine Issue 3  

Explore France, Italy, China, Maldives and some of the best places to travel this summer in Ker & Downey's Summer issue of QUEST magazine.

QUEST Magazine Issue 3  

Explore France, Italy, China, Maldives and some of the best places to travel this summer in Ker & Downey's Summer issue of QUEST magazine.