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CONTENTS UPFRONT Around Town

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OPinion

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COVER STORY: Being Someone Else, For The Weekend

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The weird and wonderful happenings around Shanghai over the last month

Rupert Pupkin gets sentimental and shares a Shanghai love story

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Talk Magazine’s guide to doing a Thelma & Louise road-trip in China

FEATURE STORY: Talking to… Steve Ridgway Interview with Virgin Atlantic Airways’ CEO

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CITY LIVING What’s Hot, What’s Cool

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Style Talk

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Health Talk

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Spa Talk

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Local Talk

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Sport Talk

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Money Talk

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Tech Talk

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Education Talk

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Travel Talk

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This month’s must-buys

Twisted Desires: How to get cool summer braids Interview with Shanghai Fashion Week winner Roderic Wong Finger Prints: Designer prints for your nails

Nurse Mary offers advice on protecting yourself against cancer

Yuan Spa at Hyatt on the Bund and Oriental Taipan

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Fumin Lu, Jing’an District

Desirable Derriere: Jon Robinson on getting the Kylie rear Sports Calendar

John Scott on what you should know about cold-callers

DINING

The latest gadgets & gizmos

SUPPLEMENT

Youth Talk: A Makerspace for teens in Shanghai Kid’s Quiz Family Calendar

28 The Best of Brunch

Sensational Saigon Beijing: Beyond the Big Attractions

31 Let’s Do Lunch 32 Happy Hour and Top Terraces

Publisher: Ismay Publications Ltd. VOL.19 NO.7 ISSN 1026-9088 When your magazines finally come to the end of their useful life, please recycle.

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Chief Executive Officer: Minnie Yeung Director: Kwok Fa Managing Editor: Kerry Allen Executive Editor: Tom Mangione Features Editor: Melissa K Trias Contributors: Donald Berkshire, Rhys Brown, Steph Buckingham, Sam Daniels, Alastair Dickie, Mary A Drobnak, Aimee Groom, Robyn Hughes, Linda Joyce, Michelle Ozier, Rupert Pupkin, Jon Robinson, Mat Ryan, Vanessa Sanchez, John Scott, Regina Smith, Jimmy Souls, Nick Sweeting Photographer: Emanuel Slavescu Executive Publishing Director: Judy Liu Production Director: David Wang Designer: Sylvie Xu, Amy Zhou Process Manager: Amy Zhou Financial Controller: Peter Chen

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THE SCENE Dining Out

Chefs, features, news, reviews and more

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WINE Talk

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Night Talk

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Live Talk

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People

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Hotel Talk

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Mat Ryan from The Shed compares Sherpa’s Pairings

The latest spots on the Shanghai and South China night scene Shanghai’s biggest bachelor party

Rocking across Mongolia

“A chef that takes care of himself is a good chef. If he knows how to present himself well, he is more likely to be a chef that thinks about his guests and what they like.” - Tobias Unger, the Kerry Hotel, Pudong’s Executive Sous Chef on what it takes to make it as a chef

See who went where and who wore what

Hotel offers and deals Hotel of the Month Suite Talk

It’s a Date

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“I thought it was the most absurd thing I’d ever heard. I said, ‘You mean I have to pay to come in and spend my money?’”

What’s On

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Listings

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Alistair Paton, founder of member/ shareholder-owned M1NT nightclub on the first time he was asked to pay for a membership at a nightclub

IN THE KNOW

Hotel deals, meals and more

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Your monthly calendar guide to Shanghai

The absolute essentials

RMB

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Interactive

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Monthly Rundown

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Reviews: records, movies, books

Trivia and horoscopes

Causes to celebrate the month of July

EDITOR’S LETTER We’re going through some exciting changes at Talk, which our loyal readers might have noticed in the last few weeks. Most significantly, our website has gone through a major revamp. We’ve now got pictures from all the top parties in town and most excitingly, listings, so you can now search for your favourite venue online as well as in our magazine at www.talkmagazines.cn. You’ll also find some interesting new features in our print magazine, including our monthly rundown (page 58) with a selection of fun festivals that you never knew existed! Well, if we’re honest, we’re not sure they’re 100% signed and copywritten either, but here at Talk, we do love an excuse to indulge. The result being that we keep on bringing you our reviews on where the top spas (page 17), dining houses (page 34 – 36) and nightlife haunts (page 38 – 40) are around town, and this month we’re all about fine dining. Our pull-out supplement (page 27) offers all the best solutions in town for finding the best brunch, business set, happy hour drinks or summer patio to appeal your gluttonous desires. We’ve also got some exciting features including our cover story ‘Being Someone Else, For the Weekend’ (page 8) and interviews with the CEO of Virgin Atlantic Airways Steve Ridgway (page 10), and founder of M1NT Alistair Paton, who is hosting what could be the biggest bachelor party of the year this month (page 40).

Kerry Allen

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UPFRONT

AROUND TOWN

Around Town

Your news round-up for the month of July [sneeze!] to the increased humidity and poor weather [monumental coughing fit!]. Let’s hope July gives us a breath of fresh air.

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A clever tactic to attempt to fool the police or a sudden indulgence in transvestitism? A man surnamed Shen was apprehended by police in Qingpu District after attempting to steal RMB 170,000 worth of laptop computers from an online sales company while wearing a wig and skirt. No news yet as to whether Shen was following the latest trends or not.

of Weihai Lu, Shimen Yi Lu and Nanjing Xi Lu became totally gridlocked. If you get caught up in the mess this month, we advise you close your eyes and imagine that a new subterranean rail line is quickly taking you far, far away.

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According to a survey of local elementary and middle schools conducted last month, Shanghai’s child obesity rate has slowed down, steadying at 16.9% (a 0.6 percent reduction from last year). Good job laying off all that cake, junior!

We’ve all seen kids monkeying around in our neighbourhood KFCs, but none of us had seen an actual monkey get in on the action… until last month. A Shanghai resident is under surveillance by Chinese wildlife authorities after pictures posted on the internet showed him taking his pet monkey with him to eat at KFC.

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You might have [cough!] had a bit of trouble [wheeze!] breathing last month as Shanghai reported [gasp!] the highest air pollution levels on record since it started recording them in 1997. Authorities attributed the high levels

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At midday the construction sites lay bare, not a drill was to be heard. Taxi drivers laid their horns to rest. Mobs of greying parents gathered in vigil. Thousands of clueless laowai yammering loudly on their cell phones were promptly shushed. On 7 June, millions of high schoolers across China sat the gaokao, China’s all-important university entrance exam.

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Even as the prices for apartments in Shanghai rocket higher, many Shanghainese women are still adamant that the ownership of one is a prerequisite for marriage. In a survey of 2,600 Shanghainese residents by Chinese matchmaking website baihe.com, 64 percent of female respondents indicated that owning an apartment is a must. Hope you’ve been saving, fellas!

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It’s got to get worse before it gets better, right? As construction workers began to dig new tunnels to accommodate soon-to-be Metro Lines 12 and 13, parts

Think you know Shanghai? Tell us what this image is of for your chance to win a voucher worth RMB 500, courtesy of Chalet Suisse. Email: talkback@talk.ismaychina.com Last month's winner: Ariel Ilana

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UPFRONT

OPINION... WITH PUPKIN

The Guard & The Sweeper: A Love Story Rupert Pupkin

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ehold The Security Guard, a symbol of some authority, green tea swirling in the depths of his favourite thermos, the breeze from an old metal fan mussing the few strands of hair that remain on his bald pate. There is a deck of cards on his desk, and a game of gin rummy, or the local equivalent, is never far from his thoughts.

Mealtimes find him buried deep in a bowl of steamed rice, eating lustily like only those who have felt privation can. His uniform, several sizes too big for his meatless frame, is nonetheless fashionable, in a post-Stalinist pre-John Galliano way. The gold epaulettes hanging by a thread from his sloping shoulders carry no rank, but make him appear like a crusty veteran (or victim) of some earlier domestic campaign. He appears fearless and fearful at the same time.

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Now he presides (nearly powerlessly) over the squawking contestants in an ongoing battle for prime parking territory at the foot of the little lane. The Security Guard shares his little hut with the Lane Sweeper, a chubby female associate who wields a straw broom like a prop in a Harry Potter flick. They don’t speak to each other-at least not when anyone else is around. Maybe words are no longer necessary. Maybe she is also a veteran of the earlier tumult, a former teen zealot who excelled at humiliation? They’re both wounded but pretend nothing happened-the wonders of collective denial. The scratching of the Sweeper’s broom is the neighbourhood’s unfailing alarm clock, waking residents at 6am whether they want to be awoken at that hour or not. (Still, there is something to be said for these straw brooms: they are good for clearing leafs and litter and don’t kick up much dust.) Lane Sweeper’s arms are strong, her sweeping technique unassailable, and she could surely beat Security Guard in a wrestle. The hut where they are based at the foot of the little lane is a barebones affair, fitted out with a hazardous-looking space heater that glows orange in winter, making Security Guard and Lane Sweeper appear like human breadsticks being baked behind frosted glass. Once every quarter, a foreign resident is invited into the hut’s interior where he is asked to pay a maintenance fee for the

upkeep of the lane. On these payment dates, there is much conviviality, absent at other times. Security Guard, whose vocabulary normally doesn’t extend beyond a pinched "No!" enlarges his highly specialised vocabulary to include "Yes!" when payment is perfected. And Lane Sweeper, not known for displays of emotion, grows a broad smile as the foreign resident bows out of the hut, saying “Thank you” in her local dialect. Throughout the city, there are thousands of Security Guards and Lane Sweepers, and one wonders if there shouldn’t be some annual awards dinner to acknowledge their good service. As holdovers from a different age, a pre-residential high-rise time when everyone read off the same page (or was supposed to) and every lane brimmed with community spirit and informers, the Guard and the Sweeper stand as relics. Recovering souls, damaged but not broken by the past, they are good with life’s simple pleasures – food, clothing, shelter etc., as the rest of us claw for more and more. To each according to his needs, wrote the bearded socialist, and from each according to his abilities. He didn’t count on the power of connections.

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CITY LIVING

COVER STORY

Being

Somebody Else, for theWeekend Kerry Allen

Breaking away from it all is something we all aspire to every once in a while. But the dream of hot-wheeling a car and just taking off into the hills just never seems possible. This is Talk's guide for girls who want to get the most out of the summer.

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hen it was released in 1991, the road movie Thelma and Louise became a massive hit at the box office and justifiably received multiple Academy and Golden Globe Award nominations. It was a heart-warming story about two friends, tired of their mundane working lives, who took off on a road trip and found the meaning of true friendship. Twenty years on and it still has a powerful influence on many of us.  Who doesn’t like the idea of just taking off on the open road with the wind in your hair, leaving all of your worries behind? Maybe you’re sitting there confined to your stifling office cubby, with no hope of a break until the September MidAutumn Festival, three long months away. You’re not alone. July can feel like the longest month. But there is a choice. You (Thelma) and your best friend (Louise) can easily escape the big city and hit the road for a long weekend away.

Get Your Motor Running

If don’t have a car, Hertz Car Rental will fix you up with a suitable set of wheels. The standard daily rate for an intermediate self-drive is just RMB 340. Which is more than reasonable if you go halves. What’s more, during July, a pre-paid booking 24 hours in advance will get you a 20% discount with their ‘Best Choice for the Weekend’ promotion. Hertz has a range of luxury cars available. Currently, they say the BMW 1 and Mini Cooper are the flavoursof-the-month for women drivers in Shanghai. And for something extra special the Mercedes E Class and BMW X1 are two top luxury automobile choices, both currently available at a special price (subject to availability) for hot summer day outings. 8am – 8pm. Changfeng Centre, Bldg 101, 1088 Yan’an Xi Lu, near Jiangsu Lu. Tel: 6085 1900. Web: www.hertzchina.com

Before Renting A Car

To rent and get the best out of the adventure, follow these simple guidelines. If you’re from overseas, you can only rent a car if you have a Chinese driver’s license. To acquire a temporary use one for a number of months, expect to pay between RMB 1,000 – 2,000. It takes about a week to get a three months’ validity license, provided you can show: • Valid passport with visa • Foreign driver’s license • Temporary China residence registration form  Be ready to pay a deposit of between RMB 5,000-20,000 depending on the class of car you choose. And you’ll need to pay car insurance upfront. If you get into difficulties, like finding yourself stuck at a road barrier or with a flat tyre, Hertz provides 24 hour roadside assistance and has a bilingual English/Chinese language speaking team. Return the car with a full tank.

PLACES TO GO Suzhou (150km / 1hr 40 min drive) Suzhou is a great quick getaway and has no end of beautiful gardens, temples and pagodas to explore. Still, for something really outside the norm, the Lakeville Country Club by Tai Lake offers that opportunity to really get back to the country with horse riding, rock climbing and abseiling/rappelling.  Tel: (512) 6275 0522

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Nanjing

Hangzhou

(300km / 3hr 20 min drive)

(190km / 2hr drive) Like Suzhou, there’s no shortage of pagodas and historic relics to explore in Hangzhou. The Banyan Tree Resort, located in the Xixi  National Wetland Park puts you feet first in nature, with its tranquil and preserved surroundings.  Tel: (571) 8586 0000, Web: www.banyantree.com/en/ hangzhou

Moganshan (280km / 3hr drive)

The naked Retreats Resort in Moganshan is a wonderful escape. Surrounded by mountains, bamboo forests and waterfalls, this secluded resort is the closest you’ll get to the East China equivalent of the Grand Canyon. Tel: 6431 8901, Web: www. nakedretreats.cn

Purple Mountain in Nanjing offers truly spectacular views, and nearby Sofitel Zhongshan Golf Resort surrounded by lush green fields and mountain views, is a fabulous place to head for. Tel: (25) 8540 8888, Web: www.sofitel.com/ gb/hotel-6180-sofitelzhongshan-golf-resortnanjing

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DRESS TO IMPRESS You’ve got your car and the hotel’s booked. What now? Well, obviously you need the right threads to complete the picture. Double denim is back, and the cowgirl look is all the rage this month. But first, take our quiz to find out if you’re a ‘Thelma’ or a ‘Louise’

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It’s Friday night. Which of the following is your idea of fun?

a) A quiet couple of pints at your nearest sports bar. b) Boogying at one of Hollywood’s theme parties. c) An all-nighter at Bar Rouge. d) Party? I’d rather stay in with a good book.   Open your wardrobe. Which of these styles applies most to you?

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a) Casual. You can’t go wrong with jeans and a t-shirt. b) Chic. Designer handbags and stylish dresses make up the majority. c) Classic blacks and whites that you can easily customise with accessories. d) Adventurous. You give Lady Gaga a run for her money.   What do you look for in a partner?

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a) Drop dead gorgeous looks. b) Someone with money. Lots of money. c) You’re not looking; you’ll know when you’ve found him. d) A good sense of humour; someone who makes you laugh.  

Where’s your favourite place to hang out in Shanghai?

a) Any nice coffee bar. Nothing beats a cappuccino and free wi-fi! b) Glamour bar. Or anywhere along the Bund you can see and be seen. c) Home. However you look at it, you don’t spend enough time there. d) The former French Concession, browsing the trinket shops.   What’s the one makeup essential you carry in your handbag?

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a) Mascara. Your big, bright eyes are your greatest asset. b) Concealer. You never know when an unsightly pimple may appear. c) Lipgloss. One of the most understated cosmetics. d) Moisturiser. Nothing worse than dry skin.   What’s your favourite form of exercise?

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a) Dancing. Slow, fast, disco, tango, you love them all! b) Any kind of team sport: basketball, football, volleyball, etc. c) Anything that requires a good eye like archery or darts. d) Nothing beats a long country walk.

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You’re Thelma!

You’re Louise!

You like to make eyes turn when you walk in the room. Figure hugging dresses and cute, eyecatching accessories are your thing.

You like to keep things low-key, going by the motto that the simpler things in life make the biggest statement.

1) a = 5, b = 10, c = 15, d = 0 2) a = 0, b = 10, c = 5, d = 15 3) a = 15, b = 0, c = 5, d = 10 4) a = 5, b = 15, c = 0, d = 10 5) a = 15, b = 5, c = 10, d = 0 6) a = 15, b = 10, c = 5, d = 0

THELMA

LOUISE

Hat: RMB 99. C&A. Multiple locations. Web: www.c-and-a.com.cn

Scarf: RMB 249. Esprit. Multiple locations. Web: www.esprit.cn

Sunglasses: RMB 1,950. Christian Dior. Plaza 66, 1266 Nanjing Xi Lu, near Shaanxi Bei Lu. Tel: 6288 0210. Web: www.dior.com Shoes: RMB 349. Hotwind. Multiple locations. Web: www.hotwind.net

Dress: RMB 1,600. William the Beekeeper. 84 Fenyang Lu, near Fuxing Zhong Lu. Tel: 3460 3282. Web: www. williamthebeekeeper.com

Belt: RMB 1,468. Shanghai Tang. Bldg E, Jinjiang Hotel, 59 Maoming Nan Lu, near Changle Lu. Tel: 5466 3006, Web: www. shanghaitang.com

Sleeveless shirt: RMB 62. American Apparel. 138 Huaihai Zhong Lu, near Pu’an Lu. Tel: 6375 6311. Web: www. americanapparel.net

Bag: RMB 850. Lollipops. 4F, 1618 Nanjing Xi Lu, near Wuning Lu. Tel: 2215 7882. Web: www.lollipops.fr Jeans: RMB 399. ZARA. Multiple locations. Web: www.zara.com

Shirt: RMB 770. Zooq. Tel: (400) 820 1488. Web: www.zooq.com

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Black bag: RMB 1,859. Zooq. Tel: (400) 820 1488, Web: www. zooq.com

Boots: RMB 650. Marks & Spencer. 863 Nanjing Xi Lu, near Shimen Yi Lu. Tel: 6217 8866

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CITY LIVING

COVER STORY

Talking To… Steve Ridgway, CEO Of Virgin Atlantic Airways Kerry Allen

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irgin Atlantic Airways has long had a reputation as being one to stand out from the crowd. Its signature hot-red cabin uniforms, interiors and liveries are one thing, making its models (both human and automobile), stand-out on billboards and the runway alike. Provocative slogans are another: ‘Still Red Hot for 25 Years’, and ‘Your Airline’s Either Got It Or It Hasn’t’, raise a cheeky smile to people’s lips. There’s nothing stuffy about this airline. Its hot, sexy image is what’s made it appealing to business and leisure travellers alike, and sitting down with Steve Ridgway, CEO of Virgin Atlantic Airways, one feels that he’s a proud man overseeing his fleet of beauties with names like ‘Scarlet Lady’ and ‘Lady Penelope’. Ridgway, who has been with Virgin Atlantic since 1989, is one of the earliest employers in business magnate Richard Branson’s Virgin Group, and has been the driving force behind some significant air travel breakthroughs. These include opening the first long-haul route between Shanghai and London in 1999. “We really wanted to fly here,” he says, reflecting on his decision to introduce Virgin Atlantic to the cosmopolitan city of the East. “We said for a long time that we would like to ultimately fly the famous triangle which is Hong Kong, Shanghai and Beijing. But getting the rights was very difficult. I think the issue was that [in 1999] it was very close to the hand-back of Hong Kong, and of course there was a lot of friction between the UK and China.”

There was additionally the risk of possible complications because of traffic rights and permissions to fly into China, Ridgway explains. “There’s a feedback hearing process that happens, with the government in London and with the civil aviation authorities. We had to go in front of the government and make our case about why we were the best carrier to fly into China and open up the Shanghai market over British Airways.” This was especially difficult considering that up until 1999 there had been fierce competition between the two British carriers. Virgin Atlantic and British Airways had been long term rivals since the 1980s, the latter often securing longhaul routes Virgin was hoping to open up. “All our history has been operating against British Airways; British Airways was always on the routes we competed with, no matter where we went: Boston, New York, etc.” But Virgin Atlantic made a significant breakthrough in securing the first route as the number one carrier in Shanghai in 1999 and now as a result sees an impressive number of Chinese tourists travelling with Virgin Atlantic to visit the UK every year. “We put forward such a strong case that we were actually chosen over British Airways to open up the route. I’m quite proud; that we achieved that against our big gorilla friends that we’re always fighting with. It may sound like a silly story but in Virgin’s growth and development, it was a really seminal moment that we found ourselves on the route as the number one carrier.” “Now we’ve been flying for a long time: to Hong Kong since ‘94, and Shanghai obviously since ‘99. And we would like to fly to Beijing at some point as well.”

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conomic growth in China, and the subsequent boom of the Chinese tourism industry has been well publicised in the last few years, with Virgin Atlantic witnessing firsthand the increase of luxury spenders travelling out of the mainland. The Office for National Statistics reported an estimated 147,000 Chinese tourists visited the UK last year, which although a dramatic increase on the previous year’s 127,000, is still marginal compared to the amount of tourists going into France. “There’s an issue for the UK, a competitive issue; you can get a Schengen visa and go to 17 European countries, you can get one UK visa to go to the UK,” says Ridgway. “Additionally, The UK’s quite tough on visas, so we are lobbying the government constantly in London.”

team to do their funky stuff, and we’ve just spent about 100 million dollars on our 747 fleet which operates our leisure group. These aircraft are all having a massive refit.”

Still, Ridgway is optimistic. He recognises that with the Jubilee, the Euro and the Olympics, 2012 will be a significant year not only for the UK, but also for British-born Virgin, and should see the number of Chinese tourists for Virgin Atlantic rise even higher. “The Olympics itself is quite difficult from an airline point of view; we shall have lots of air traffic coming in one way, and we have people staying at home who would normally be away. But London’s going to be in great shape for the Olympics. We’re always very self-deprecating about how it won’t be built on time, but actually, they’ve done a bloody good job; it is all built and it is all ready, and there has been a lot done to the infrastructure and transportation.”

Speaking about the current difficulties of flying to and from Beijing, he explains, “The formula for an airline like Virgin Atlantic is that you really need to fly daily service; you need to offer choice to customers, in particular offer choice to business travellers. We fly large, wide-bodied aircrafts and you suddenly put a 300 seat aircraft into a market that’s not ready for it and it can be quite difficult, so it’s about getting that balance between when the market is ready, and when it can support a service. The industry unfortunately is super-competitive, it’s very tight margins, and we’ve got very high fuel costs which are putting the whole industry at the moment under pressure. There are very fine margins when you’re operating aircraft over very long distances; if you don’t get enough passengers on board, you can catch a cold. But it will happen. I’ve also spent quite a bit of time looking at some of the other tier one cities like Chongqing.”

Virgin Atlantic has much more to celebrate as well, with improvements to its own global networks including the addition of some new routes, and new models of aircraft. “We’re going back into India, into Mumbai; we’ve got 6 new New York services; we’re starting flying to Vancouver, and we had our first flight to Cancun [last month], so we’ve done a lot really.”

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idgway has lost count of the number of times he’s been to Shanghai over the years, but remembers clearly the first time he came, and the influences that made him decide to open up the route to the British market. Originally from seaside town Devon in Southwest England, he had a love of boats from a young age, and found that even though there was not initially the same cosmopolitan image that the Bund has now, he was fascinated with the views of boats sailing up and down the Huangpu River when he first arrived here.

for domestic carriers, and with only one terminal each. But then of course, as well as their expansion, the whole development of the Bund area in itself, and Virgin Atlantic being in the thick of it, is a marker for the commercial reputation that Virgin has acquired over the years.

“We’ve had a big investment program going on for two years, and that’s really come into fruition now. We’ve got this new fleet of airbuses coming which have got all new interiors; that’s the A330. We’ve just built a fantastic new clubhouse at New York's JFK which is our original route if you like; we’re doing the same thing at Newark, and we’ve revamped all our onboard meal services. Then we’ve got this new fleet of 787s, which is another opportunity for our design

Ridgway stresses, however, that in all this, China still remains a big focus for Virgin, that such developments likely wouldn’t have been possible had the airline not seen such a growth in its Asian market. “When you look at the development of Virgin Atlantic over the last 10 years, when 9/11 came along, 75% of our capacity was on North America. Now it’s about 50/50. Because we have grown in Asia; we’ve grown in Africa; we’ve grown in the Middle East, so there’s an inevitable pull that as you see the growth rates out here and you see the economies exploding, that we should and will fly more.”

The future certainly seems rosy for ruby red Virgin, and Ridgway is enthusiastic about the opportunity that he will have, to make Virgin Atlantic the number one carrier for Beijing, much as he did for Shanghai over 10 years ago. “The UK needs to have more connectivity to China, and we are one of the companies that do that.” And while serious about his intentions, he’s not afraid to speak his mind. “We’re right up there,” he laughs. “We’re cool and edgy!” Virgin Atlantic Airways. 32F, Central Plaza, 381 Huaihai Zhong Lu, near Madang Lu. Web: www. virginatlantic.com

Once the rights were secured by Virgin Atlantic to operate long-haul flights from the UK to Shanghai (and vice versa), Ridgway’s “calling for the river” meant that he was geared towards basing the Virgin office right on the Bund, at its then location, 12 Zhongshan Dong Yi Lu (now the site of newly opened restaurant Jack London and Horizen Bar). “I pushed us very hard to actually locate the company where we did, at a time when traditionally airline offices were all in the business district. That was a very Virgin thing to do, to come into town and just go, ‘Right, where is this amazing history?’ There was this need to see it come alive.” Still, he remembers that at the beginning, the tourist hotspot was not the cosmopolitan centre of activity that it is today. “The Bund at that time was terribly underdeveloped and tired; there wasn’t much going on. In Pudong, when I first came here, there was more or less only the Grand Hyatt. But then of course there was this transition.” Ridgway makes mention of the industrial development of Hongqiao and Pudong airports, both originally only equipped http://shanghai.talkmagazines.cn - Become a Talk Insider!

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HOT & COOL

what’sHOTwhat’sCOOL Melissa K Trias

Art and Soul

Foxy Loxy

Liven up your living room with this fresh, vibrant print from the abstract ‘Faceless Nudes’ collection at Evelina Studio. It’s slick, stylish, and what’s more, won’t break the bank.

Prove that animal magnetism is far from dead by sporting this bright and cheerful organic cotton t-shirt. Take pride in knowing that your refreshingly cool threads are also soft and sustainable! RMB 298. AAO Brands Organic Cotton Yellow Fox T-shirt, available at Raffles City. 3F, 268 Xizang Zhong Lu, near Fuzhou Lu. Web: www.tshirtstoreonline.com

RMB 160. Evelina Studio. By appointment only. Web: www.evelinastudio.com

Letterbomb

Wear your heart on your sleeve, and a love letter around your neck with this adorable gold dust And Mary Necklace. RMB 220. And Mary Necklace. Available at www.xinlelu.com

Cuff ‘Em

Baby, I Got Your Money

Store your cash, cards and other tiny tokens in these gorgeous high quality lamb leather wallets available in a range of eye-catching colours. RMB 580. MaryH, available at Boutique 205. 1F, 205 Nanchang Rd, near Shaanxi Nan Lu. Tel: 5403 2320. Web: www.maryhboutique.com

Make a bold statement with these beautiful, bright cuff bracelets from Heirloom, available in a range of colours. Voila! Instant chic! RMB 650. Heirloom. 78 Xinle Lu, near Xiangyang Lu. Tel: 5403 6930. Web: www. heirloomhandbags. com

Killin’ Time

Be stylish, be smart, be punctual. This simple but sophisticated Clomm rosewood watch from Project Aegis is the epitome of all three. RMB 3,800. Project Aegis | Shanghai. 777 Julu Lu, near Fumin Lu. Tel: 5403 9869. Web: www.projectaegis.com

Pastel Princess

Be the belle of the ball at your next big party event with this elegant and timeless pixie-dusk pink summer dress by Helen Lee.

Plastic Beach

RMB 5,280. Helen Lee. 172-1 Fumin Lu, near Julu Lu. Tel: 5465 6618. Web: www.insh.com.cn

Lose the pumps and strap on some serious beachwear. These electric fuschia platforms by Melissa are beach bum certified and approved for summertime fun!

Effortless Elegance

This sophisticated calfskin handbag is available in a range of classic colours, matches any outfit and is perfect for carrying all your daily necessities. What a nobrainer.

RMB 1,380. Melissa. 1F, South Block, Shanghai Xintiandi. Tel: 3302 0219. Web: www.melissa. com.br

RMB 880. Label 88. Bldg 1, Lane 650, Biyun Lu, near Yunshan Lu. Tel: 138 1848 9839. Web: www.label88.nl

Hey, Mr Postman!

Looking to send something a bit more meaningful to your friends back home than a quick instant message on Facebook? Grab a pen, a stamp and one of these beautiful stationary cards from Elke Stationary and send a letter that’ll really leave an impact. RMB 45 / Pack of five cards. Studio No. 5, 169 Jiashan Lu, near Yongjia Lu. Web: www.elkemartini.com. E-mail: info@elkemartini.com

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STYLE TALK

Twisted Desires Melissa K Trias

What was once reserved for ages ten and younger has suddenly experienced a ‘second-coming’ on the catwalk. Braids are back and are packing a whole lot of ‘oomph’.

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he look of the moment is anything but dull. The everfunctional (yet undeniably edgy) braid has become 2012’s go-to hairstyle when superfluous hair accessories just don’t feel right. Reinvented to suit every occasion, from beach days to wedding ceremonies, from nights in to nights out, the braid delivers an organic, ethereal affect that’s perfect for the summer season. “The braid was everywhere in this year’s London Fashion Week, but not in its most recognisable, three-strand form," says Eric Choong, the Director of Toni&Guy Academy & Salons, Shanghai. “Instead, the form has been revamped to a whole other level, with different widths, lengths and patterns. You can build on it, you can twist it, and you can accessorise it. Designers and hairstylists love it because the basic concept can be altered to fit many different moods.” The result being that we girls love it, especially at the moment with celebrities such as Sienna Miller and Rachel

1. Separate the crown from the bottom hair and begin braiding from the top right, with the hair braided out instead of in

McAdams putting their own take on it, twisting and manipulating it into ways which show its versatility. “There is a vast range of braids from which to choose,” says Choong, “depending on your desired result. The most common braids are three-strand braids, fishtail braids and anti-threestrand braids (otherwise known as the French plait).” Fishtail braids (pictured, top right) have currently become particularly popular and are inherently elegant, but by no means easy to create. Most people are perhaps more familiar with the three strand braids, which are more conservative and structured like the French braid. So how can you go about getting a fishtail braid, the ‘Dutch braid’ popularised by Jennifer Lawrence in her role as Katniss in The Hunger Games, or the waterfall braid, worn by Rihanna at the Met Gala 2011? It’s complicated, but according to Choong, the key to putting it all together is by first creating a workable, texture-heavy base. “Before braiding your hair, you must first wash and dry it. I recommend using a

2. Add to the braid by pulling hair from underneath

4. Close the braid with a band and tease to add texture

2. Tease the end to add texture to the concealing hair

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Toni&Guy Paddle Brush (RMB 128) when blow drying your hair. This will ensure that your hair comes out untangled. "The next step is to add a bit of hair product such as label.m Sea Salt Spray (RMB 200/200ml, RMB 310/500ml) followed by a bit of teasing with a Toni&Guy Tail End Comb (RMB 80) to create friction. Teasing your hair (technically referred to as backcombing) texturises the mane so that once you braid it, the added friction will hold the strands together. label.m Sea Salt Spray also ensures that the braid lasts throughout the day. “The last step is to spritz on some hairspray to smooth down ‘flyaways’, thus resulting in a perfect finish.”

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s easy as Choong’s steps sound, it’s important to remember that achieving a perfect braid depends greatly on your ability to work with the inherent characteristics of your hair-type. “All hair is different in composition, so knowing how to work with it is key to a successful braid. Straight, black hair, for instance, is prone to falling apart. Applying label.m Sea Salt Spray creates enough texture to hold it together. Blonde, red and brown hair each have varying levels of thickness, but are overall more malleable than black hair. When dealing with such soft textures, I would recommend using label.m Mousse (RMB 170/200ml) to provide volume from root to tip.”

3. Begin braiding from the beginning of the parting and add hair only with the right hand

4. Weave the hair around the head

The truth is that braids take a long time to perfect, but it’s not impossible. The only solution is to practice braiding as often as you can. In time, your dexterity will improve and you’ll be able to braid your hair faster than you can get to the bottom of your purse. Now wouldn’t that be something? RMB 300 for all types of braids and updos. Additional charges are according to length and density of hair. Estimated time: one hour for each style. Braids last 1 – 2 days.

3. Work the braid in an ‘S’ shape

5. Conceal the band with a strip of hair

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Toni&Guy Academy & Salons. The Cool Docks, Block 7, 3F, 505 Zhongshan Nan Lu, near Maojiayuan Lu. Tel: 5098 8018, Web: www.toniandguychina.com.cn

5. Close the braid using a band and conceal with an extra strand of hair

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STYLE TALK

A Star Creation Kerry Allen

Designer Roderic Wong sits down with Talk Magazine and discusses winning this year’s Shanghai Fashion Week.

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f there’s one upcoming designer to look out for on the Shanghai fashion scene, it’s Raffles Design Institute graduate Roderic Wong (Liang Wang). Winning the ‘Audi Young Designer Award 2012’ at this year’s Shanghai Fashion Week and a spot in the upcoming ‘Audi Star Creation’, one of the biggest fashion events in Singapore showcasing designers from all over Asia, Wong is understandably proud of the name he’s developing for himself. “I never expected to win,” he says. “And this year I’m the only Chinese finalist for this prestigious award. It’s an honour to be representing my country.” Wong didn’t initially start out in fashion, first studying computing and graphic design at school, before finding that he was getting tired of sitting in front of a computer. And so he decided to transfer what he’d learnt in graphic design and apply it to fashion, working with a range of materials to put together some truly unique pieces, including those displayed in his award winning ‘Tissue of Human Being’ collection (pictured) at this year’s Fashion Week.

“I was inspired by the idea of scientific tissues coming together to create a living entity,” he explains. “The intricacies of it are fascinating. I worked with felt and wool fibre and used these to create a unique texture on fabric wool.” Being asked about the production of his designs, he replies, “These aren’t easy materials to work with; you can’t mass produce the technique I use. A sleeve can take three to five hours. The texture is very detailed, and a handmade item of clothing using this technique will take at least two to three days.” The fact that Wong created his own material was something that the judges at Shanghai Fashion Week picked up on, and was influential in his winning this year’s award. “We all loved the fact that he developed his own fabric,” said FJ Benjamin Singapore Pte Ltd CEO and Co-Creative Director of Raoul, Douglas Benjamin. “As far as design

Finger Prints Melissa K Trias

In this month’s instalment of summer preparation, Talk Magazine’s style editor sought out where to go to get top model talons. Mission: To bring catwalk glamour to your fingers and your toes Why: Because your nails deserve the designer treatment too Where: Villy’s Nail Studio, 123 Wulumuqi Bei Lu, near Yuyuan Lu. Tel: 3255 8131. E-mail: villylee@hotmail.com How Much: Nail art using OPI polish-RMB 80 for manicure, RMB 110 for pedicure Marc Jacobs

Stella McCartney

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I may not be able to clothe myself in high fashion, designer prints, but at least I can rock them on my nails. After all, the current print craze that has everyone hooked doesn’t have to stop at your wardrobe! Be bold and extend your love for high fashion designer style to your fingers and your toes. Villy’s Nail Studio (whose company motto coincidentally is ‘Fashion on Nails’) is a haven for manicure and pedicure enthusiasts and a stones throw from Jing’an subway station (five minutes walk approximately), is the ultimate in convenience for gals on the go. What’s more, it’s kids friendly, so your little ones can also see creative magic at work on their small, oval shaped canvases, and come away with a masterpiece that will have them the envy of all their friends. Whichever design strikes your fancy, this studio can paint it. So be anything but conservative. Ask for Prada flames, Stella McCartney paisleys, Dolce and Gabbana veggies even! And if someone disapproves of your eccentric prints, set them straight by showing them your finger(nails). Case in point, literally.

goes, he had a minimalist point of view, but it was extremely interesting [to see what he did with it].” Wong says that he was partly influenced by British/Turkish designer Hussein Chalayan, who has made clothing for celebrities including Lady Gaga. “[Chalayan’s] early works used a lot of very creative techniques. In his 1993 ‘The Tangent Flows’ collection, he buried some of his outfits under the ground and then took them out, so they had their own texture. He also uses electronic devices. I like the idea that he thinks outside of conventions and I think in my own works, my influence is clear; he proves that when you put your mind to it, anything is possible.” Wong’s collections are on display at Raffles Privato. Unit L231, Xintiandi Style, 245 Madang Lu, near Zizhong Lu. Tel: 3304 1108. Web: www.raffles-design-institute.edu.sg

Villy’s Studio delivers the kind of nail experience that guests yearn for: space, cleanliness and tranquility. Unlike other salons, it doesn’t carry that noxious scent of fumes because it is well ventilated, thus making time spent there more pleasurable. When you enter, comfy sofa chairs await you amidst the sound of flowing water and softly dimmed lighting. Clearly the phrase “Pain is beauty” doesn’t apply here. Requesting a stylish print for my nails was painless as well. I just showed an example of the pattern I desired and owner, Villy Lee personally saw to it that it was done. I was given the opportunity to customise the colours to my liking, choosing bright, neon hues from an extensive selection of colours to fit the summer season. Once I had decided on everything, my manicurist attentively catered to my hands, first soaking them and scrubbing out the rough spots, before buffing up my nails and applying polish with the utmost precision. “We use OPI nail polish because it produces the best results. Their extensive range of colours is a nail artist’s dream palette,” said Lee. And so it is! The whole process took roughly an hour, and before I knew it, I had designer prints painted onto my nails, just in time for my date with a friend. The colours worked gorgeously together and each nail shined like a jewel. Proof that making a statement doesn’t have to be limited to what’s in your jewellery box; you can take customisation to new, creative heights, and look desirably designer for a speck of the price. Show this article from Talk Magazine and receive 50% discount. http://shanghai.talkmagazines.cn - Become a Talk Insider!


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HEALTH TALK

Nurse Mary: The ‘C’ word… Mary A Drobnak RN, BSN, MSN Ed

Nurse Mary offers her advice on protecting yourself against one of the world’s deadliest diseases.

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ancer can affect anyone: the young and old; the rich and poor; men, women and children, and has a huge impact on a person’s life and that of their families. Tobacco use, alcohol use, an unhealthy diet and lack of physical inactivity are the main cancer risk factors worldwide. One of the leading causes of death in the world, cancer is a killer, particularly in developing countries. The reality is that here in China, our fast paced way of life makes it easy for us to neglect making healthy choices about our diet and physical activities. We never seem to equate unhealthy dietary decisions and lack of physical well-being to increasing our risk of cancer. Additionally, early detection from self check exams at home and seeing a doctor for skin, breast, prostate and colon screenings is essential to nipping any problems in the bud, but many of us are afraid to do it. As the saying goes, an ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure… so how preventative are you? There are many conflicting reports about

cancer prevention. However one thing for sure is that small changes in your daily life can make a big difference. Consider the Mayo Clinics seven real-life cancer prevention tips for getting yourself more cancer-aware.

1. Don't use tobacco

Using any type of tobacco puts you on a collision course with cancer. Smoking has been linked to cancer of the lung, bladder, cervix and kidney, and chewing tobacco is linked to cancer of the oral cavity and pancreas. Even if you don't use tobacco, exposure to second-hand smoke in bars and restaurants may also increase your risk of lung cancer. Avoiding tobacco or deciding to stop using it is one of the most important health decisions you can make.

2. Eat a healthy diet

Although making healthy selections at the grocery store can't guarantee cancer

prevention, it may help reduce your risk. Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables and limit fat by eating lighter and leaner meats. High-fat diets tend to be higher in calories and may increase the risk of obesity, which in turn can increase cancer risk. Alcohol is also influential; the risk of various types of cancer — including cancer of the breast, colon, lung, kidney and liver — increases with the amount of alcohol you drink and the length of time you drink regularly.

3. Maintain a healthy weight and include physical activity in your daily routine

Keeping a stable weight may lower the risk of various types of cancer, including cancer of the breast, prostate, lung, colon and kidney. Physical activity counts, too. In addition to helping you control your weight, physical activity on its own may lower the risk of breast and colon cancer. As a general goal, include at least 30 minutes of physical activity in your daily routine — and if you can do more, even better. Try a fitness class, rediscover a favourite sport or meet a friend for brisk daily walks.

4. Protect yourself from the sun Skin cancer is one of the most preventable types of cancer. Avoid long periods of time in the midday sun between the hours of 10am - 4pm when the sun's rays are strongest. Use UV protection sunglasses and a broadrimmed hat and if you’re especially sensitive, wear bright or dark colours, which reflect more ultraviolet radiation than pastels or bleached cotton. Use generous amounts of high-factor sunscreen when you're outdoors for long periods of time, and reapply often. In those

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winter months, avoid tanning beds and sunlamps; they are just as damaging as natural sunlight.

5. Get immunised

Cancer prevention includes protection from certain viral infections. Talk to your doctor about immunisation against Hepatitis B and HPV. Hepatitis B can increase your risk of developing liver cancer. The vaccine is routinely given to infants, and is also recommended for certain high-risk adults, including health care and public safety workers who might be exposed to infected blood or body fluids. HPV is a sexually transmitted virus that can lead to cervical cancer. The vaccine is available to both men and women age 26 or younger who didn't receive the vaccine as an adolescent.

6. Avoid risky behaviour

The more partners a person has in their lifetime, the more likely it is that they will contract a sexually transmitted disease—such as HIV or HPV. Aside the aforementioned risks of HPV, HIV and AIDS sufferers have a higher risk of cervical, lung and immune system cancers, so be sure to use contraception.

7. Take early detection seriously

Regular self-exams and professional screening for various types of cancers — such as cancer of the skin, colon, prostate, cervix and breast — can increase your chances of discovering cancer early, when treatment is most likely to be successful. Ask your doctor about the best cancerscreening schedule for you. Send Nurse Mary your health questions and concerns at nursemary.talk@gmail.com

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Spa Reviews Yuan Spa, Hyatt on the Bund Kerry Allen

What: Yuan Massage (90 min) Where: Hyatt on the Bund, 199 Huangpu Lu, near Wuchang Lu. Tel: 6393 1234 Why: For a luxurious oil and acupressure massage fit for a queen How much: RMB 780 I’ve lost count of the number of spa treatments I’ve had over the years, but my signature ‘yuan massage’ treatment at the Hyatt on the Bund’s Yuan Spa will definitely stand out in my mind for months to come as one of, if not the best spa treatments I’ve experienced in Shanghai. Tension from my busy day was relieved the moment I walked into the spa, and I was able to unwind before my therapy in the Jacuzzi and sauna area. After changing into my fluffy dressing gown, I was met by my masseuse, Amy, who led me to my treatment room.

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Serene music drifted over me as I relaxed into a plush armchair with a cup of herbal longjing tea and began the first part of my treatment: a soothing foot massage. This was followed by a hot oil massage on the treatment bed, with Amy expertly kneading the areas I was most tense using a jade stone baller, and applied pressure to acupressure points along my sore body. Special attention was given to my shoulder and back area, however my legs and head were also massaged gently but firmly, the knots in my tired body being worked out so that I found myself unravelling, and sinking into a state of complete and utter bliss. Hot towels were applied to my back to soothe my tired skin, and when I rolled onto my back for the final part of my treatment, a lavender scented eye mask had me cast under a spell of serenity. The 60 minutes came to an end all too soon, but not before I was able to enjoy another cup of wonderfully scented herbal tea and the feeling of calm across my newly awakened body.

Oriental Taipan Vanessa Sanchez

What: The Slowly and Deliberately Detoxifying Full Body Oil Massage & Head Massage (100 mins) Where: Shanghai Donghu Massage & Spa. 39 Donghu Lu, near  Xinle Lu. Tel: 6415 8880 Why: Those knots in your neck won’t iron themselves out. How much: RMB 558   Located in central Xuhui district, the Oriental Taipan is convenient for anyone who works in the heart of downtown. Don’t hesitate. Their skillful masseuses can iron out all those kinks that come with your high-stress job and you’ll feel all the better for it. Burdened by my day of incomparable respo-

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nsibilities, I walked into Oriental Taipan with a neck so riddled with kinks that a peaceful night’s sleep was a distant memory. “Don’t worry,” said the earnest manageress, “We can fix that. Our detoxifying, full body and head massage works wonders.”  She wasn’t wrong. From the start of the treatment, it was clear that my masseuse knew how and where to apply the right pressure to relieve tension from an aching body. With a firm hand, she applied strength straight to the pressure points, allowing my lymphatic system to rid itself of energy-depleting toxins. As the tension faded with every rub and tug, a feeling of tranquillity came over me, uplifting my spirits with optimism. Slow and steady care was spent on my treatment, from the soles of my feet to the nape of my neck. Strongly and with a

purpose, the masseuse caressed my sore muscles to the point that I could do nothing other than yield to the pressure. Every part of my body was spoiled with generous amounts of attention and I revelled in it. If I started out with twenty knots in my neck, there’s no sign of them now. The whole experience was quite invigorating to say the least and I walked out feeling brand new, my head held just a bit higher.

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LOCAL TALK

Local Talk: Fumin Lu Regina Smith

Situated in central Jing’an district, Fumin Lu has historically been in prime position to host a selection of some of the best in dining and nightlife. Only five minutes’ walk from Jing’an Temple (metro lines 2 and 7), Fumin Lu is our pick for July in offering the most scrumptious of gelatos, the frostiest of margaritas and the trendiest in summer threads from a little place called Topshop, all geared to keeping you as cool as a cucumber this summer.

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2 Le Crème Milano What more could you ask for on a hot summers day? Serving up a selection of scrummy vanilla, strawberry, mango, etc. flavours as well as something a little bit different (Ferrero Rocher anyone?), Le Crème Milano is a refreshing retreat from the outdoor heat. Serving scoops of gelato from RMB 18 upwards, as well as homemade cakes and tiramisus, (RMB 35 upwards) you can also find a selection of fresh juices (RMB 35) and iced coffees (RMB 25 upwards) to help you stay cool. Le Crème Milano. 173 Fumin Lu, near Julu Lu. Tel: 5403 3918. Web: www. lecrememilano.com

3 Subconscious Day Spa

Offering a selection of Thai, Swedish and traditional Chinese massage therapies, Subconscious Day Spa offers a step out of time in this tranquil little haven. With foot massages (RMB 150), signature oil (RMB 250 upwards) and hot stone treatments (RMB 350 upwards), you’ll leave feeling relaxed and like you haven’t quite broken the bank. Though that being said, there’s also a vast selection of nail (manicure RMB 100 upwards) and waxing treatments (RMB 50 upwards) and even yoga classes (RMB 200) to make this spa your home away from home. Subconscious Day Spa. 183 Fumin Lu, near Changle Lu. Tel: 6415 0636. Web: www.subconsciousdayspa.com

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Mao’s Dowry

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This little lady may quickly become your new best friend once you’ve discovered UK trendsetters Topshop’s wares in her hidden trove, as well as a vast selection of high-quality imported clothing and locally designed qipaos. There are also one-ofa-kind accessories from local and international designers including ‘Candy Wrap’ necklaces (RMB 60), 1970s propaganda posters and postcards, as well as gorgeous and informative little brochures detailing the history of Fumin Lu. Madame Mao’s Dowry. 207 Fumin Lu, near Julu Lu. Tel: 5403 3551. Web: www.madamemaosdowry.com

6 Cantina Agave

Few restaurants can claim they’ve won the hearts of the Shanghai public, but Cantina Agave is definitely one of them. Since opening in 2008, it’s won countless awards, as ‘Best Mexican’ and claims the prestigious ‘Award T’ for offering over 100 different types of tequila. A trip to Cantina is not complete without a signature Margarita (RMB 50 glass / RMB 200 pitcher) in fruity lime, passion fruit, strawberry or mango. Tacos start at a ridiculously cheap RMB 20, and the macho nachos (RMB 45 half order / RMB 60 full order) with a choice of meat toppings will easily feed a family of four. Cantina Agave. 291 Fumin Lu, near Changle Lu. Tel: 6170 1310. Web: www.cantinaagave.com

Moved! Art + Shanghai Gallery

For those already familiar with Fumin Lu, you might be interested to know that Art + Shanghai, formerly situated at 22 Fumin Lu, has moved to the Embarkment Building at North Bund (370 Suzhou Bei Lu, near Jiangxi Xi Lu). You can still check out its wonderful collection of mixed media works from renowned local artists including Ye Hongxing (with her ‘Common Wealth’ collection), as well as the latest exhibition ‘In Between Days’ featuring photography from Liu Ren, Wang Lang and Tong Ng, and sculpture from Huang Yulong.

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SPORT TALK

Desirable Derriere Jon Robinson, BSc (Hons) Exercise Physiology

Feeling self conscious about your unshapely behind? Jon Robinson offers his top tips on how you can get a bottom that would make Kylie jealous.

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f you haven’t managed to shift those extra pounds in time for swimsuit season and some wise-ass beach bum has put you to shame, leaving you feeling like a lump of lard in your one piece or budgie smugglers, you can put that all behind you now. We’re not talking a load of tush! We’re not bumming around! We are, however, going to show you a stern approach as to how you can go about turning yourself in a Callipygous Rex, a real rump-shaking, buns-of-steel Beachmaster with the power to break hearts and turn heads faster than a tennis umpire. I like big butts and I cannot lie! I like small butts and I cannot lie either: round, square, oblong, kite-shaped, snake hipped or the type you can stand your drink on, it’s all good. But how do you shake that extra cellulite and target those glute muscles which, when toned properly, separate the Kylie Minogues from the Beth Dittos of the world? In recent years, the magazine and website informationpulp-pipe has been dredging the bottom, telling tales about a fancy new movement or piece of technology (the core muscle trainer for one…) that targets the glute muscles better than the one they told you about last month. It’s barefaced cheek. To really sculpt that desirable derriere and see the difference, first you have to understand what the glute muscles are designed to do. Essentially, the glutes

support and balance the hips, drive walking and running, and are key to bending movements. Therefore lyingdown exercises are not able to target the muscles as effectively as those exercises that mimic your day-to-day needs. So laying on your back and painting circles in the air is not the way to see the difference. The exercises that are best to target these muscles are deadlifts followed by lunges and step-ups.

Method One

Using the deadlift, from a standing start, lower slowly down for a count of four seconds. Pause a moment to avoid rebounding, then accelerate quickly back up. Each rep should be five seconds long. Do this 12 times to exhaustion for a total of 60 seconds. Use a weight appropriate to fatigue at 60 seconds. If you still have some left in the tank at one minute, you haven’t used enough weight. The same principal applies to step-ups, lunges and walking lunges, thus hitting the type 2a and 2b muscle fibres well (the fibre types that respond best to changes in shape, thus toning more effectively). Ideally, use as many sets as possible for a maximum workout time of up to 45 minutes. Slowly lower for a count of four; pause briefly; accelerate upwards. (Repeat 12 times).

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Who will take the glory from defending champions Spain and be this year’s winner of the big Euro cup?

19 – 22 July Golf Open Championship

The 141st Open which will see 96 strong golfing competitors battle it out to see who will be victorious. Last year, US-born Darren Clarke reigned champion.

Method Two

This one is more advanced. Again, using the deadlift, this time choose a heavier weight where you fatigue after five reps. Perform these reps with as much acceleration on the upward phase as possible; do five sets of five within 20 minutes. To finish, decrease this weight by 50% and do as many of the 60 second sets as possible (described in Method One), but this time focus on a slower, smoother down/up phase throughout. Aim to be exhausted at 60 seconds.

Alternatively…

If weights exercises aren’t your thing, why not try a cardio or sporting activity? Running, basketball, football and even volleyball are helpful in sculpting the glute muscles - anything that either propels you forward or (especially) upwards. If you live in one of Shanghai’s high-rises, take the stairs for once. You’ll know how your glutes should feel after scaling the 25th stairwell. Granted, these types of exercise aren’t as focused for changing the muscle shape as the ones described previously, but the greater amount of fat burnt may well offset that so you see and feel the tone to a greater degree. If you want to make your time count when you’re in the gym, now is the time to put in the leg work. Get to the bottom of the issue and see the results. Jon Robinson is the founder of webbased platform Makethisworkout. For in depth instructions on how to do these exercises properly, as well as other helpful tips on duration of exercise and routine guidance, check out his blog on www.makethisworkout.com

The finale of this year’s biggest cycling competition.

27 July – 12 August 2012 Summer Olympics

It’s finally here and it promises to be spectacular. Be sure to catch the opening ceremony at Wembley Stadium and watch 204 countries battle it out in a host of big sporting events.

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MONEY TALK

Good Rejection is Good Selection John Scott Now, there’s nothing necessarily wrong with that per se, but the ‘revolving door’ of offshore advisers never stops turning. They can be of the ‘here today gone tomorrow’ breed as their new found career hasn’t exactly turned out as they thought. Constant rejection on the phone, lack of personal finance to support themselves, poor or varied support from company XYZ, or simply being sold a dream, but awakening to a nightmare ensures that company XYZ runs a constant recruitment process to replace those who have departed. Everyone needs financial advice and suitable planning should be a part of your life cycle. But most people don’t know where to start, and knowing some of the following points is key to ensuring your money is not going into unsafe, or untrustworthy hands.

Been cold called and offered financial advice? Haven’t we all. Still, how do you know who to trust? John Scott offers advice.

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aybe you finally decided after years of living in Shanghai to agree to an appointment as a result of an unsolicited phone call from a representative of company XYZ, who offers financial advice and offshore tax planning.

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But before you consider parting with your hard earned cash, how about a little spot of due diligence? The majority of offshore advisers are not employed by company XYZ in terms of a salary; they are on commission only through the sale of various products.

Good professional financial advisers will hold suitable qualifications from their country of origin, or if new to the business, will have gained a basic qualification. One such qualification is ‘The Award in Financial Planning’ and is a fully accredited exam, set by the Chartered Insurance Institute of the UK and sat in many countries, including China, twice a year. Consideration should be given to the company and their terms of business, i.e.

whether or not they include a ‘fee option’. Commission not being disclosed has been one big criticism in the past by offshore clients, and while there is no regulatory requirement here in China to do so, there is no real reason why a client shouldn’t be told and can help in establishing trust. This has been a requirement in the United Kingdom since 1994. Does the company have a code of conduct which informs you how and what they expect from their advisers and their dealings with all clients? In the event you need to make a complaint, do you know and understand the company’s process and is it impartial? How about a report on your personal situation before you agree to any contract? Reports are a written representation of your situation and will cover the areas of advice in detail with structured recommendations. If all your queries are answered satisfactorily, and you are happy to proceed, then work with your adviser and be assured that they have your interests at heart. John Scott is the Chief Representative Officer for Platinum Financial Services in Shanghai and has been in the financial services for over 23 years, 19 of those in the United Kingdom. For further information, e-mail: johnscott@fsplatinum.com

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TECH TALK

GADGETS& Tom Mangione

iDive

Remote controlled gadget fanatics are sure to brag about their vicarious escapades on land and in the air, but acquiring the HydroView is sure to submerge you deep into a league all of your own. Controlled from your iPhone, iPad or laptop, the HydroView lets you take videos and film the world below at depths up to 150 feet. Price: RMB 25,445. Web: www. aquabotix.com

More to Meet the Eye

Cave In

Pop-up tents have just gotten an inflatable upgrade. With ample space for up to six people to sit and three to lie down, The Cave, an inflatable geodesic tent from Hemiplanet can be blown up and ready to go in a matter of minutes, saving your valuable time to enjoy the scenery. Of course, you’ll probably need a minute to catch your breath first. Price: RMB 3,972. Web: hemiplanet.com

They’re calling it the Optimus Popularis and it’s a transformer of sorts, but don’t expect this keyboard from Art. Lebedev Studio to become a butt-kicking robot any time soon. Nevertheless, this innovative keyboard enables to you to program every key on the keyboard and assign any images you want to them using embedded LED displays. What freedom! Of course, freedom doesn’t come cheap…

Beyond the Fold

One of the worst parts about touring through an unknown city is the humbling act of stopping to fold and unfold a map to find your way. Palomar’s Crumpled City maps of major tourist destinations are made of a special lightweight waterproof material that means they can be crumpled and uncrumpled in just two seconds, allowing you to find your way discreetly and in style. Price: RMB 96. Web: www.palomarweb.com

Price: RMB 6,104 (for pre-order only). Web: www.artlebedev.com

Laptop Mac-gic

For years now Apple fanboys and fangirls have been dreaming of the day when Apple would succeed in combining the portability of its Macbook Air with the power of its Macbook Pro. That day has come with the Macbook Pro Retina. And if that wasn’t enough, this piece of kit has got a 2,880 x 1,800 pixel retina display that pumps out more visual power than a HDTV. Drooling yet? Price: RMB 16,488 upwards. Web: www. apple.com

Sharpened When Whet

When it comes down to it, disposable razor blades are often one of the more costly items in the bathroom. Packs of two razor blades cost around RMB 30 a pop and wear out after a few shaves. The Razorpit cleans debris off the edge of your razorblade with just a bit of shaving cream and four strokes of the razor to increase their longevity. Price: RMB 160. Web: www.razorpit.com

Knowing the Distance

Bike monarchs of Shanghai, prolific peddlers over this endless stretch of concrete, you claim you’ve cycled 10,000 kilometres on those trusty two wheelers of yours, but you’ve never actually proven it, have you? Now you can with the Wahoo Blue SC, a speedometer and odometer that relays information wirelessly to your iPhone.

App of the Month: Zombie Carnival (Mobigame)

Quick-flipping ninja zombies, tentacle-waving, laser shooting giant zombies and (American) football quarterback zombies all make an appearance in this fiendishly simple, but utterly addictive side-scrolling action game. You start with one zombie who must eat his way through screaming victims and avoid an array of obstacles to create a mighty zombie horde. Hours of vacuous, mind-numbing bliss awaits. Price: Free. Web: www.mobigame.net

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Youth Talk: A Makerspace for Teens in Shanghai Nick Sweeting

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he world of electronics is a fascinating one, and one that has recently become popular amongst the teenage crowd. A group of my friends and I have already formed one, and aim to start a wider, interschool makerspace called make512. Across the globe, there are currently over 900 ‘makerspaces’; informal gatherings of people that enjoy building and constructing creative projects with their hands. Projects worked on in these makerspaces can be anything from floating remote-controlled sharks to prototype Mars rovers. Across Shanghai, there is already quite a sum of teenagers who are veritable tech geniuses. Many of them tinker with projects over the weekends and have hobbies that allow them to explore their passions, but few of them have the resources required to do any of the fantastic projects that require advanced machinery.

and presented my humble make512 group along with a few of our projects. After visiting I realised the incredible potential a group like Xinchejian provides; using their machinery, you can basically make anything you can imagine. We could stop trying to re-invent the wheel and just join their group, but instead we’ve decided to take our own group further, and really gear it towards teens in particular.

This is where the makerspaces come in. In Shanghai, there is already a growing makerspace known as Xinchejian (xinchejian.com), where I recently visited

Here’s a little bit of background on make512: we consist of six sophomores and freshmen from Concordia International School Shanghai and we’ve recently worked on an LED cube, a sound-reactive LED jacket, and various other music-related lighting projects. We have already contacted various interested teens from Dulwich, SAS, and

SCIS in order to gain an idea of who would be interested in joining or collaborating with make512. We have also begun drafting a proposal to garner official status at Concordia International School Shanghai as an extracurricular club. If we succeed, next year we aim to be a group of many more members who actively meet and share ideas. If you are interested in inquiring about joining or contributing in any way, e-mail: nickwentboom@gmail.com

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WIN!

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Education News Dulwich College celebrates Founder’s Day

EDUCATION & FAMILY

Family Calendar 1 July Hilton Cooking Class @ Essence

10 July Centralian Kids Playdate Mom Central Library hosts a summer play date enabling young expat mums to meet and greet, and children under three to play and read together. 3 – 4pm. RMB 30 (Free for members). Tel: 5293 0113. Web: www. momcentralshanghai.weebly.com 9.30am – 3.30pm. RMB 1,700 for full day camp, RMB 1,200 for half day camp. Active Kidz Shanghai. Tel: 6406 6757. Web: www. activekidz.org

3 July Kids Clay Adventure Camp

There was a fantastic turnout at Dulwich College for this year’s Founder’s Day, a fun-filled British themed day with an old-fashioned hog roast, Victorian afternoon teas, maypole dancing and a performance from the Dulwich Orchestra.

Shenzhen Westin Children’s Day celebrations

The Shanghai Hilton Hongqiao hosts a fun afternoon where wannabe chefs can impress mums and dads by trying their hands at making pizza, muffins and much more. Drinks, sandwiches and sweets provided throughout the day. 3 - 5pm. RMB 148. Shanghai Hilton Hongqiao. Tel: 3323 5671. Web: www. shanghaihongqiao.hilton.com

2 July AKS Soccer Camp Little visitors to the Shenzhen Westin enjoyed a fun-packed day on 1 June with a feast (literally) of fun activities, including a workshop on how to make their own biscuits. Yummy!

Want to be the next David Beckham? From 2 July, Active Kidz Shanghai offers week long camps to teach kids the basics of passing, shooting, offensive/defensive strategies and goalie skills.

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Master the art of pottery and sculpture by learning how to make your favourite cartoon characters out of clay in this creative four week summer camp. All materials supplied, but bring your own apron! Tuesday & Thursday, 2–3pm. RMB 1,200 for four week course. The Pottery Workshop. Tel: 6445 0902. Web: www. potteryworkshop.com.cn

9 July Jazz Dancing for Kids Master the art of jazz at Community Center’s dance classes with an instructor who has over 12 years of experience. Latin dance workshops also available for children 10 – 15 years of age. Monday & Wednesday, 3–3.45pm. RMB 1,050 upwards. Community Center Shanghai. Tel: 3382 1770. Web: www. communitycenter.cn

16 July Insight Summer Camp For a summer camp with something a little bit different, Insight Adventures offers children aged 9 – 16 the opportunity to get out of Shanghai for a week, and enjoy fun outdoor games in Yaolin (just outside of Hangzhou). Sessions run from 16 – 20 July and 5 – 10 August. RMB 3,600. Insight Adventures. Tel: (773) 881 1033. Web: www.insightadventures.com

25 July Bumps & Babes Talk: Bringing Baby Home Birth doula Louise Roy leads this informative discussion on bringing your child home for the first time, and adopting routines of feeding, sleeping and bathing for your newborn. 10am – 12pm. RMB 100. Melange Oasis (Jiashan Market). Web: www.bumpsbabes. com. E-mail: info@bumpsbabes.com

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Sensational Saigon

WHERE TO EAT

Donald Berkshire

"It took us centuries to boot the foreigners out, now they're taking over again!" cab driver Nguyen says with a chuckle, waving a hand at a row of luxury shops as he battles peak hour chaos in Vietnam's glitzy commercial capital. Ho Chi Minh City, or Saigon as most of the locals refer to it, is the brash little sister of the reserved northern capital Hanoi, determined to woo flush foreign investors and nudge her way into the exclusive clubs of international finance. Old China expats visiting this sprawling metropolis of 10 million may feel they've been shunted back to the Shanghai of the mid-1990s as they survey a cityscape pounded by wrecking balls and besotted with skyscrapers. And everyone, moving with these fast developing times, is in a rush, from the suited office workers stabbing at smartphones in chain coffee outlets to the hordes of youth who take to the streets on their scooters after dark. Saigon maintains reminders of the country's difficult past, with its museums displaying evidence of war crimes by U.S. troops during the Vietnam War, although optimism is generally the order of the day. The last few years have brought a flood of foreign dollars, both from returned Vietnamese and expats seeking to tap into the country's boom, with the city really coming alive after sunset as an array of freshly-minted restaurants, bars and clubs heave with a nightlife that rivals Bangkok. And the city offers excellent value for

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From humble hawker fare at open-air stalls, to French haute cuisine in stately guest-houses, Saigon caters to every taste and budget. The city's massive renovation has seen a clutch of fancy restaurants open in recent years, all bidding to outdo each other with an opulence of design intended to match the kitchen wizardry of imported chefs. 

May A bitter background of bickering business partners appears set to have a

money in its world-class food, shopping and entertainment outlets, at only a fraction of the cost of other Asian destinations. "This place is really happening now," says Nguyen, the cabbie, as he steps on the gas, ploughing a furrow through a field of moto-scooters. "Blink and you will miss Saigon."

happy ending at May, where the owner Thai Tu Tho showcases her love of North Vietnamese cuisine in an elegant French villa. After falling out with her former business partners, Ms Thai retreated to this tucked-away enclave in the inner city's western fringe, and hasn’t been doing all that bad. The pink duck breast with ginger and the long-stewed pork are a couple of the standouts on a menu of traditional claypot dishes, best eaten al fresco on the upstairs terrace. Web: www.may-cloud.com

with lemongrass and ginger in a leafy front courtyard or with a pond view. Manager Duy said Cuc Gach was set up to give locals and tourists a break from the "fusion rubbish" that's taking over the city: "In their rush to try new, different things, people have forgotten what real Vietnamese food is. We hope to remind them." Web: www.cucgachquan.com.vn

Square One

Cuc Gach Quan Slightly off the beaten track in a side-street laden with gabled French terrace houses, Cuc Gach Quan is a family business and three storeys of joy in a rambling, white-washed villa serving feasts of traditional country food. Guests can sample Mekong delta fish (or vegetarian tofu) stuffed

Oozing class and packed with Saigon's beautiful people, Square One at the Park Hyatt showcases the uber-cool aesthetic of Japanese design house Super Potato and a choice of modern Vietnamese and/or Western grill. Grab a bottle of Bordeaux and tuck into some foie gras terrine or a lime-infused Nha Trang lobster, and enjoy the sight of preening modeltypes coo-ing at cashed-up salarymen. Take my word for it when I say careful on the Prada if you order the tiger prawn curry. Web: www.saigon.park. hyattrestaurants.com/squareone

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WHERE TO DRINK: Chill

restaurant serving contemporary cuisine and look over Saigon's glittering neonencrusted skyline. Web: www.chillsaigon.com

Blanchy's Tash

A short scooter ride down Le Lai street in the beating heart of Saigon, Chill is the place to see and be seen in a city where bars often ride a quick wave of trendiness before crashing when the latest hot-spot opens. The entrance to Chill gives little indication of what's to come, but two smiling hostesses will quickly whisk you into an elevator up to the 26th floor where you step out onto a terrace bar for Vietnam's best venue, bar none, for sundown cocktails. One or two mojitos later, you can saunter upstairs to continue the high life at the Chill

Behind the odd name are some very serious people running this new resto-bar, a stone's throw from the Park Hyatt Hotel in ground zero of Saigon's party district. A decent wad has been pumped into the three-storey Blanchy's, whose name is derived from a notable French colonial mayor not given to shaving his upper lip. The managers poached a chef from upscale London dining institution Nobu to serve an intriguing fusion of Japanese and Brazilian cuisine, and have ambitions of notching Vietnam's first Michelin star. At ground level, an American cocktail guru was hired to knock the drinks list

into shape. Resident DJs start the evening with chilled beats and build to a thumping crescendo as midnight approaches, whipping the blinged-up party set into a frenzy.  Web: blanchystash.com

2 Lam Son

This cocktail bar on the ground floor of the Park Hyatt is a small oasis of calm in the eye of Saigon's nightlife storm. Inside, the well-heeled clientele savour a well-made martini and a chance to flirt without a shouted conversation over deafening beats. Earthy wood panelling wraps patrons in a warm embrace, while private, shrouded booths offer secluded spaces for seduction. Web: www.saigon.park. hyattrestaurants.com

WHERE TO SHOP For all of Saigon's lofty economic aspirations, about 90 percent of the city's 10 million people seem to be employed in small shop-front businesses selling one thing or another. Renowned for exquisite silks, ornate lacquer-ware and ceramics, Saigon is no mere repository for brand name fakes and junk accessories shifted by the truckload in Shanghai's tourist markets. There is some seriously high quality stuff here and you don't need to look hard to find it, nor max out your credit cards to secure it.

Dong Khoi

L'Usine Stepping into L'Usine, a cafe-cumclothes shop off Dong Khoi, might have you think you took a wrong turn and somehow ended up in New York's Soho. An airy warehouse space with designer flourishes and locally-made street-wear, L'Usine might just be Saigon's coolest place to pick up a pair of sneakers - or a decorative rocking horse made of twigs, for that matter. The coffee and cake make a nice break from a diet of sour chilli noodles and attract a diverse crowd of hipsters and wannabes. Tables are often scarce but no-one will protest if you elbow aside the English teachers there “working on a novel" between classes. Web: lusinespace.com  

Art For The People The first and often last stop by the frazzled foreign businessman looking to stuff a suitcase with goodies for the wife and kids, this retail strip slicing south past the Saigon River is laden with shops selling silkware, jewellery and assorted knick-knacks. Prices here are hardly eye-popping, targeting the hurried (or lazy) tourist. Check out Ipa-Nima's for handbags and Khai Silk for top-quality fabrics.

Those with an artistic bend, an eye for talent or perhaps just a suitcase of money to launder could do worse than to follow local art historian Sophie Hughes around Saigon's contemporary galleries and private exhibitions. Hughes's day tours focus on works from the 20th century to the present, exploring how colonialism, war, revolution, independence and economic reform have informed Vietnamese art. Web: www.sophiesarttour.com

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Park Hyatt

WHERE TO STAY Park Hyatt

Sheraton Saigon Hotel And Towers 

Recent renovation has transformed the Sheraton from a grand old Much like the birth of Vietnam itself, dame of Saigon hospitality into a the Park Hyatt rose from the ashes glittering debutante determined to of war and its faux-French colonial make an impression. The 112 rooms facade now stands as a beacon of in the Tower Lounge are enormous peace and serenity in Saigon's chaotic (minimum 55 square metres) and heart. Occupying a former U.S. army decked out with massive flat-screen command centre that was blastered to TVs and all the whiz-bang gadgetry smithereens, the hotel that replaced beloved of device-toting tech-heads. the rubble offers a welcome respite to Design enthusiasts will love the the snarling traffic outside, comforting technicolour carpets and chic fittings weary multi-national foot-soldiers in the hallways and lounge areas, while with cocktails in its tranquil poolside exercise junkies will delight in the huge garden. Sizeable rooms revel in gym next to the pool garden. Topunderstated luxury, with a tasteful notch bars, restaurants and spa facilities blend of colonial French furnishing add another serving of substance to go and Vietnamese decoration. The Park with the surfeit of style. Hyatt's restaurants and bars are some of the finest in Saigon, and the Xuan Web: www.sheratongrandtower.com Spa offers relief from Sheraton Saigon Hotel And Towers  a taxing day of retail therapy. Web: saigon.park. hyatt.com

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Beijing: Beyond

the Big Attractions Aimee Groom

The Forbidden City? Check. Tian’anmen Square? Check. Once you’ve ticked off all the stops on a standard Beijing tour, you have to dig a little deeper to see what else lies beneath.

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f you don’t have a friend who knows the city, it’s difficult to go beyond the basic tourist route to enjoy your stay in China’s ancient capital to the full. Here are a few tips for getting to the heart of Beijing, put together with a little help from our friends at à la carte maps (www.alacartemaps.com).

Food

Everyone knows about the freak show of scorpions, starfish, silk worms and snake skin along famous shopping street Wangfujing, but really, how much of that stuff are you going to eat? Try Minzu Daxue (Ethnic Nationalities University) on 27 Zhongguancun Nan Dajie in Haiding District to explore the fascinating and more edible range of minority cuisines. Everything from Mongolian dumplings to Uyghur lamian or the spicy-sour flavors of the Dai can be found in the cluster of restaurants and street stalls that surround it—a cheap and delicious way to get acquainted with China’s 56 minority cultures. Check out the Golden Peacock (16 Minzu Daxue Bei Lu) for top notch Dai cuisine from Yunnan with delicious dishes like the pineapple rice.

Hutongs

Though many of Beijing’s classic hutongs have fallen to the wrecking ball, there are lots of these charming courtyard communities that remain. By all means check out the gentrified cafes, boutiques and art galleries of touristfilled Nanluoguxiang and the hip hangouts of the Houhai Hutong, but don’t miss the less well known hutongs like Baochao Hutong just off Gulou Dongdajie that populate the area east of the ancient Drum Tower. There are also many great hutong hideaways throughout the bounds of the old city and ditching the map and getting lost is one of the best ways to find them.

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Set a day aside to go there, and be sure not to miss the Three Shadows Gallery, China’s first contemporary space dedicated to lens-based art.

Parks

Parks all over China are a window into a disappearing traditional Chinese lifestyle, and in Jingshan Park, Xicheng District, you’ll find yourself surrounded by retiree taichi practitioners, water calligraphers, kite enthusiasts, line dancers and singers belting out old dancehall favourites or stirring renditions of Chinese classics. Grab a seat on a shady bench and just watch the world go by—but keep an eye out for taichi tennis, a game rarely seen in Shanghai where players pass a ribbon-tailed ball back and forth on soft paddles using graceful, dance-like movements. Beautiful to watch and surprisingly tricky—have a go yourself and invest in a taichi tennis set from a park vendor for around RMB 80, guaranteed to generate a small crowd of intrigued onlookers!

Art

For insight into China’s contemporary art scene, follow the tourist trail to the trendy 798 Art Zone (yishu qu) in Chaoyang District but continue on 4 kilometres north beyond the Fifth Ring Road to Caochangdi. An arts community founded by renowned contemporary artist Ai Weiwei, Caochangdi is home to a large number of exquisite art galleries scattered throughout a quiet urban village. More sedate and relaxed than 798, Caochangdi is often overshadowed by its hipper young neighbour.

For great deals on Beijing flights, hotels and tours, check out english.ctrip.com, where round-trip flights start at just RMB 1,100. Aimee Groom is an editor for ChinaTravel.net, a sister site to Ctrip.com, China’s leading online travel service provider. ChinaTravel.net brings readers everything they need to know to enjoy their China adventure to the fullest.

For more Beijing insider tips, check out Beijing à la Carte. Your local friend in cities around the world, à la carte maps are full of carefully selected insider tips for things to see and do, packaged in lovingly hand drawn maps. To win five à la carte maps of your choice, head to www. facebook.com/EnglishCtrip. LIKE the page and WRITE on the wall to enter our weekly lucky draw. There will be one lucky winner every Friday until 10 August!

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BEST OF BRUNCH – 28 LET'S DO LUNCH – 31 HAPPY HOUR & TOP TERRACES – 32

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BEST SUNDAY BRUNCHES A late breakfast or an early lunch – whichever way you look at it, brunch is our favourite meal. What better way to reward yourself for making it through another week than with mimosa and eggs Benedict? Here is our selection of some of the best brunches in town. Sunday88 @ The Double Tree

The warmth of the sun, the satisfying aroma of a grill in action, the sound of laughter while splashing around in a crystal clear pool – The Double Tree by Hilton Huaqiao-Kunshan knows that there’s nothing better to cure the summertime blues than hanging poolside and enjoying ice cold brews and barbecued meat and veggies hot off the grill. The Double Tree by Hilton Huaqiao - Kunshan helps you get a jump start with a Continental breakfast from 8am served al fresco next the pool in the third floor rooftop garden. Let the good times roll! RMB 88 + 15%. The Double Tree by Hilton Huaqiao–Kunshan. Tel: 5760 2222. Web: www.kunshan.doubletreebyhilton.com

Sunday Brunch at Hai Pai

RMB 348+15%. InterContinental Hotel Shanghai Expo. Tel: 3858 1208, Web: www.intercontinental.com

Sundays are Made for Relaxing

Sunday Brunch at Café 1188

Fresh seafood on ice, a carving station of succulent roast meats and a spread of food from across the globe, as well as a dessert station and interactive kitchen all make up the brunch served at Café 1188 in the InterContinental Hotel Shanghai Expo, served from 12 – 3pm. Seats in the garden by the hotel’s preserved 1930s villas are also available to add the experience of old Shanghai to the ambiance. And for children, the expansive garden also makes for a good place to play safely so parents can rest easy while enjoying the feast and whiling away the afternoon.

Located on the secluded fifth floor of the Langham Xintiandi, XTD Elevated’s lounge and terrace gives you more seculsion while spending a Sunday afternoon in the heart of Shanghai. Featuring fresh grilled meats and seafood with an innovative twist from Chef Albert Servalls as well as organic salad stations, freshly prepared sides and all your breakfast favourites, brunch at XTD Elevated is as sumptuous as they come. And with its leather day beds and free flow signature cocktails, wine, Champagne and beer, relaxing is no problem either. RMB 680 + 15%, RMB 880 + 15% including Champagne. Langham Xintiandi. Tel: 2330 2288. Web: xintiandi. langhamhotels.com

Combining traditional Chinese cuisine with the rich indulgences of a French bistro, Hai Pai, the Andaz Shanghai’s casual, all-day dining venue offers up a Sunday Brunch for the true gourmet. With a spread of seafood on ice, beef tartar, charcuterie, fois gras terrines, French onion soup, quiche Lorraine, Nicoise salad, French cheeses and homemade breads, diners are likely to find themselves pretty full soon early on. That's even before the a la carte eggs Benedict, seafood gratin, breaded sole fillet, spicy cod fish, pan-fried veal tenderloin and lobster risotto. Then, of course, there’s the spread of deserts including éclairs, crème brûlée, chocolate cake and seasonal fruits. It’s a dining ritual meant to be taken slowly all while enjoying the view of Xintiandi from the patio. RMB 288+15%, RMB 588+15% including free flow Perrier Jouet Champagne Brut, children 6 to 12 years eat for RMB 144 +15% per child. Andaz Shanghai. Tel: 2310 1700. Web: www.andazshanghai.com

The Best of Brunch: Waldorf Astoria’s Champagne Sunday Brunch Kerry Allen

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he moment you walk into the Waldorf Astoria on the Bund, you feel you’ve arrived. Such grandeur. Such opulence. Instantly you’re back to a time when gentlemen wore top hats and frock coats, and ladies adorned themselves with jewels and lavish gowns. This is a brunch in a place you’ll remember, dear reader. It will have an effect on you. It's worth primping and preening yourself that little bit extra before losing yourself among such glamour.  Brunch begins in the lobby floor Long Bar at 11am with flutes of Champagne and trays of tiny canapés and fresh breads, and you help yourself to freshly shucked oysters and caviar at the oyster bar.  There’s a reason why oysters are said to be an aphrodisiac and you'll very likely discover it here. When you're thinking it can’t actually get any better than this, at the stroke of 12, you’re moved along to the Grand Brasserie where, to the accompaniment of live jazz music, you come to an open buffet-an amazing cornucopia of international cuisine. Besides this, you also get a choice of three specialities from the brunch menu which lists a selection of signature egg dishes, Chef Brian Chan’s favourites, and ‘sweet temptation’ desserts. The truffle scrambled eggs - a dish which anywhere else would be nothing out of the ordinary - proved to have highly intoxicating effects. The pan seared foie gras that followed, layered with ginger raspberry compote and peanut butter foam, was also an unusual excitement of

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different sensations on the tongue. Finally, the coconut French toast topped with roasted pineapple proved the pièce de résistance, like the final movement of a perfectly orchestrated symphony. Outside and back into reality it was hard to adjust to the banalities of ordinary life, so I didn’t. Humming 'Mack the Knife', I gathered my skirts and began to skip along The Bund. Just as I said, it has an effect on you. RMB 888 + 15%. Waldorf Astoria, Shanghai on the Bund. 2 Zhongshan Dong Yi Lu, near Guangdong Lu. Tel: 6322 9988, Web: www.waldorfastoriashanghai.com

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LET'S DO LUNCH Giovanni’s Set Lunch

Mamma mia, now that’s a set lunch! Honouring the best of Italy’s cuisine, with seafood dishes fresh from the Adriatic to roasted meats raised on the hillsides of Tuscany and Neopolitan delicacies made from ripe tomatoes, Giovanni’s Italian Restaurant in the Sheraton Shanghai Hongqiao gives you the choice of two, three and four course lunches to treat yourself before getting on with the rest of the day. For starters, choose from offerings like octopus salad with rocket and potatoes, tagliatelle with sole and asparagus in a saffron sauce, and penne with summer vegetables and tomatoes. Main dishes include a delicately seasoned veal chop with a side of grilled vegetables, and grilled salmon with chopped tomatoes capers and dill. And what kind of lunch would it be without something sweet to finish it off? Choose from desserts like mango and yogurt mousse topped with fruit chutney and chestnut Mascarpone cream with warm berry compote. Belíssima! RMB 88 + 15% (two courses), RMB 128 + 15% (three courses); RMB 148 + 15% (four courses). Sheraton Shanghai Hongqiao. Tel: 6275 8888. Web: www.starwoodhotels. com/sheraton/property/overview/contact. html?propertyID=1056

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Paletto’s Business Set Lunch

Pastas like hazelnut fettuccine covered scorpion fish and broad bean ragout, fresh baked pizzas finished with toppings like buffalo mozzarella and prosciutto and succulent ossobucco complemented by saffron risotto and gremolata are just some of the wide variety of authentic Italian dishes which grace the tables of The Ritz Carlton, Shenzhen’s Paletto Italian Restaurant. Stopping in for lunch from 12 – 2.30pm, diners can enjoy a three course selection of some of Paletto’s offerings integrating taste, nutrition and variety. RMB 88 + 15%. Ritz Carlton, Shenzhen. Tel: (755) 8356 8688. Web: www.ritzcarlton.com/Shenzhen

Jumeirah Middle Eastern Grill

While weekday lunches are often more hurried, weekend lunches are made for feasting and watching the afternoon fall away. The Jumeirah Himalayas Hotel Shanghai’s Arte Café & Lounge gives diners the chance to feast away the hours like a true sheikh with its authentic Middle Eastern grill from Chef Hassan. And in addition to the tender, juicy pieces of freshly grilled meat, there’s also free flow draft beer to wash it all down with. Of course if you’re still hungry, the restaurants sumptuous, all-day buffet is also available. RMB 188 + 15% including free flow draft beer and grill buffet, additional RMB 108 for the full buffet. Jumeirah Himalayas. Tel: 3858 0888. Web: www.jumeirah. com

Sichuan Spice Lunch

The heat is here and for some, the only relief is to eat food as hot as the surroundings. The InterContinental Shanghai Puxi honours the scorching flavours of Sichuanese food with a special menu including rice and soup from Sichuan Specialty Chef Tang. With many of these dishes shrouded in a cloud of peppercorns and chilies, prepare to cool off by entering a whole new dimension of spiciness. RMB 98 + 15%. InterContinental Shanghai Puxi. Tel: 5253 9999 ext 6358. Web: www.intercontinental.com

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BEST HAPPY HOURS Ladies Night at Jumeirah

Every Thursday. Jumeirah Himalayas Hotel Shanghai, 1F, 1108 Meihua Lu, near Fangdian Lu. Tel: 3858 0710. Web: www. jumeirah.com

What Day Is It Today?

kick back with a few drinks and recharge before taking on the world afresh the following day. The Portman Ritz Carlton’s Lobby Lounge makes it easy with two for one deals on drinks and three for two deals on snacks from 5 – 7pm. Daily. Portman Ritz Carlton. Shanghai Centre, 1376 Nanjing Xi Lu, near Xikang Lu. Tel: 6279 8888. Web: www.ritzcarlton. com

Afterwork at Bar Rouge

Oh, what a night! It’s a night for the ladies at the Lobby Lounge of the Jumeirah Himalayas Hotel Shanghai where the fairer sex can enjoy free-flow white wine, cocktails and standard drinks every Thursday from 7 – 10pm. But that’s not all. Every week there’s a new surprise experience on offer, from cooking and dancing to make up and fashion.

Sometimes it doesn’t matter what day it is. All you know is that work is done and that it’s time to meet up with a few buddies,

TOP TERRACES

Courtyards, patios, terraces, yangtai, whatever you want to call them, they’re out there waiting. From places to hold a guest impressing soiree to kicking back with a few close friends for an afternoon in the sun, the following are a few of the city’s best options for taking in the city in the warmth of summer.

Shanghai’s club of crimson invites you to kick back after work in a soothing atmosphere with some of the city’s best views. If you’re with a group that’s in it for a few drinks, be sure to enjoy one of the drink specials or their oversized cocktails from RMB 700 – 1,360 as well as drinks paired with snacks from the award winning Mr and Mrs Bund one floor down. Monday through Friday. Bar Rouge. 7F, 18 Zhongshan Yi Lu, near Nanjing Dong Lu. Tel: 6339 1199. Web: www.bar-rougeshanghai.com

Bond and Mojitos

The third floor lounge at glo London has two drink specials worth making the journey upstairs for. With the first, glo courts mojito lovers and boozehounds everywhere with a selection of fruit flavoured mojitos on offer for RMB 25 daily from 5 – 8pm. Second, Bond fans should listen up. Every Wednesday you’ll find two for one deals on all martinis and Bond films playing on the telly all night long. Prepare to be shaken, not stirred. glo London. 1 Wulumuqi Nan Lu, near Dongping Lu. Tel: 6466 6565. Web: www. glolondon.com

Vue Bar

Hyatt on the Bund. 199 Huangpu Lu, near Wuchang Lu. Tel: 6393 1234 ext 6348

Shari Sushi Bar

630 Yongjia Lu, near Wulumuqi Nan Lu. Tel: 5466 0320

Sky Bar

House of Roosevelt. 27 Zhongshan Dong Yi Lu, near Beijing Dong Lu. Tel: 2322 0808

Flair Rooftop Restaurant and Bar

Ritz Carlton Shanghai Pudong. Shanghai IFC, 8 Shijie Dadao, near Lujiazui Huan Lu. Tel: 2020 1717

Quay Café and Lounge Hotel Indigo Xiamen Harbour. 16 Lujiang Lu, Siming District, Xiamen. Tel: (592) 226 1333

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DINING Food For Thought Melissa K Trias

Every month, our dining columnist gives you all the news that’s fit to dish. Find out the newest hotspots and the latest closings, as well as the tastiest events in town for June.

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he new developments on Anyuan Lu are expected to appease worker bees in the Jing’an area on their lunch break with a variety of fare. Seahorse Sushi and Grill (Anyuan Lu, near Jiaozhou Lu), the latest expansion for the Sea Horse Sushi franchise and Cheers Burger next door are already seeing a few loyal, returning customers despite only opening during the middle of last month. For venues closer to the main street, the Summer Pavilion restaurant (Nanjing Xi Lu, near Xikang Lu) within the Portman Ritz-Carlton is offering a new seasonal promotion which dim-sum lovers will adore. One needn’t sacrifice quality for a lack of time as the creations by Chef Vincent aim to fill on-the-go.

Still, if meat-heavy dishes don’t pique your fancy, the new summer lunch menu at Origin (Jianguo Zhong Lu, near Ruijin Er Lu) is chock-full of lush greenery, meaning that carnivores and veggie-eaters alike can eat together in peace without the need to divide tastes. There’s Latin fever at the moment in Shanghai (no doubt owing to the heat) and it’s rumoured to be spreading to Beijing. According to a close source, the much loved Cantina Agave (Fumin Lu, near Changle Lu), home of the ‘Weekday Happy Hour’ and ‘Magic Mojito Wednesdays’ is expanding its business North. With any luck, they’ll be chomping down on gordita burritos soon. Closer to home for cheese and salsa spreads is Spanish restaurant Bocado (Yongfu Lu,

near Fuxing Xi Lu), with a taste of España on its new tapas Thursdays to light the Latin fire within you (that you might never thought you had). In fact, the current dining scene is all a splendor in tapas at the moment, with new 3 on the Bund addition UNICO on the 2nd floor (Zhong Shandong Yi Lu, near Guangdong Lu), offering a French take on tapas cuisine. UNICO’s Argentinean chef, Mauro Colagreco, has further utilised his talent by opening the Colagreco restaurant, also on level two. It’s a restaurant with a unique concept, offering a “balance of herbs, plants and flowers” to quench that summer palate on any given day. Never one to be left behind on culinary trends is chef Willy Trullás (the brilliant

mind behind el Willy), who has opened his own take on Mediterranean cuisine with the new restaurant el Efante (Donghu Lu, near Huaihai Xi Lu). Set in el Willy’s former location in the "Happy House" of Donghu Lu, el Efante aims to be your go-to deli source as well as your prime choice for French, Italian, Spanish and Moroccan fare, complete with an outdoor dining terrace that’s perfect for summer noshing. But if you’re looking for an Oriental take on the outdoor patio experience, Shari’s recently renovated venue makes for stiff competition (630 Yongjia Lu, near Wulumuqi Nan Lu). The savoury offerings of the Garden BBQ Party give you your choice of skewered charcoal barbequed meat and pairs it with free flow beer to help you set the tone right for a long and blazing hot summer, everyday from 11.30am until 10pm. Cheers to that.

Best Bite: Sea Horse Sushi & Grill Kerry Allen

Shanghai’s most voracious dining editors scour the city for the best bite of the month.

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e were excited to learn that Sea Horse Sushi has added a third location in Shanghai, having already established Seahorse Sushi Delivery on Nanjing Xi Lu and Seahorse Sushi & Bar on Fumin Lu. This latest addition, like the other two, is also situated in Jing’an, and it was here that we tried the soft shell crab maki, an eightpiece special sushi set that turned out to be pure heaven on the palate. Despite the generous portion, this is one bite that you won’t want to share; if you’ve got company, order a set each. Comprised of crab meat, cucumber, flying fish roe and avocado, each little puffed portion is a piece of culinary magic. When it arrived – in extraordinarily fast timing I might add - we were already bowled over by its beautiful presentation. Each little plump packet was an explosion of colour, and

stuffed with vast helpings of crab, we were more than excited about tucking in. The taste proved that simple decoration went beyond words, the flavours of the avocado and the crab, both ripe and fresh, working wonderfully together on the tongue to create a euphoric sensation that literally left us hungry for more. And at RMB 68 for eight pieces, it’s not a bad deal at all. A set of this with a bottle of plum wine to share on the fairy-lit terrace, and you’re all set for a summer's evening. You might just have to watch your waistline however; calorie light this may look, but you may find the soft shell crab maki becoming one of your guiltier pleasures. RMB 68 / 8 pieces. Sea Horse Sushi & Grill. 555 Anyuan Lu, near Jiaozhou Lu. Tel: 3117 8018

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Ole Café

New & Noted: Jack London

Vanessa Sanchez

Melissa K Trias

What: North Jing’an café serving international cuisine on an open terrace Where: 694 Huai’an Lu, near Changhua Lu. Tel: 6298 8877. Web: www.shanghaiolecafe.com Why: You’re looking to catch some sun on your lunchbreak and you’ve overdone its neighbour Warehouse Café .

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hen I made a booking at Jack London, the recently opened California fine dining restaurant on Bund 12, I was told to expect nothing less than a culinary journey inspired by the California sun. Originally from Cali myself, I was ready to be super-critical. But Anna Bautista, the Michelin Star talent from ‘The Bay’, and Executive Chef of Horizen’s new project, proves a true maven at using modern culinary techniques to create edible masterpieces. “I developed the menu to feature distinctly Chinese flavours, but with a modern, Californian spin. Using classic French cooking techniques, my team and I present the food in a way so that each dish emulates an organic story: how a baby snail would experience a garden, crawling through baby carrots, cherry tomatoes and shallots, or how a frog playfully dives into a pond with its legs in the air. “It’s a bit whimsical, to say the least,” Bautista laughed, leaving me in earnest anticipation of what my five-course experience would entail. It began with the ‘kitchen’s daily inspiration,’ a concept which keeps the menu fresh by using ingredients that are particularly abundant on the set day. On the night we dined, the kitchen prepared a chilled jellyfish and vegetable dish that was refreshingly light and tangy. Crunchy textures of melon spheres, diced cucumber and jellyfish were mixed together under a bed of shaved ice and covered in a citrus-based sauce, the flavour of which was reminiscent of a Mexican ceviche. The following four dishes allowed us to

pick and choose according to our tastes, an option that Bautista says encourages sharing and gives guests the opportunity to try new flavours. And, in true Californian style, each course comes with a glass of wine chosen specifically to pair with your order. For the second course, the yellowtail crudo, featuring an Asian pear, kohlrabi, salmon roe and ginger, was a well-balanced sashimi dish that won in its simplicity. But for something a little bit more exotic, the crispy frog legs, consisting of herb veloute, potato, black garlic and parsley, was a warm, vegetable puree, sprinkled with popped rice and

the unique crispy texture of the honeybees juxtaposed with the buttery consistency of the pressed foie gras. Each piece was pure heaven. For the penultimate dish, meat played a significant role. The succulent Australian angus ribeye featured a toothsome, smoked mushroom, parsnip and garlic scape, and the Mongolian lamb, consisting of bamboo, logan nuts, celery and vadovuan was perfectly cut and tender fare. With the four previous dishes being sinfully delectable, it was no surprise that dessert would be equally as lush. In true summer fashion, I enjoyed a fruity mango pistachio glace, which is a mousse-like dessert set next to a scrumptious olive oil cake, citrus curd and topped with basil seeds. The coconut caramel pudding, a creamy mix of banana, peanut and pineapple sherbet was equally amorous. The set dinner, which cost RMB 850, was a skillful display of Californian talent that was well worth the price.

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pieces of cilantro. It was an utterly delicious combination of contrasting textures. By the third course, proof of Bautista’s culinary ingenuity really came alive. Two of the dishes I sampled - the pressed foie gras sprinkled with honeybees (pictured) and medley of sea snails - are as intriguing as the names would have you believe. Little can be said about my expectations on either of these courses, but I found myself enjoying

he California spirit is a constant theme throughout the venue, inspiring not only the cuisine, but also the ambiance and its name. “Jack London was a famous author from northern California. His most famous pieces of work, The Call of the Wild and White Fang, are distinctively poetic and raw. We felt that naming the restaurant ‘Jack London’ would fit our concept of an inherently Californian experience,” explains Kelvin Yip, CEO and Partner of Jack London Restaurant and Horizen Lounge. From the ceiling to the floor, Jack London emanates nothing but West Coast cool. The hushed sexiness of the ambiance stems from subtle details such as the texturised wall along the staircase, the woodblock landscape piece of the San Francisco Ferry Building and the clever, retractable ceiling windows that allow moonlight to fill the room on any, particularly breathtaking night. Guests will be spoiled by the seating arrangement, which promises every table a crystal clear view of the city below. There are also three private rooms to accommodate small parties, with equally stunning views. The combined elements of an amazing location, a talented team and a relentless drive for improvement are precisely what make Jack London a promising restaurant to watch.

Boasting an extensive selection of thin crust pizzas, salads, sandwiches, burgers, pastas, Mexican cuisine and tapas, Olé Café not only has a lot of choice on its menu, it has what many cafés cannot offer: three levels of seating. The venue’s biggest asset is its rooftop terrace that is in prime position to get plenty of summer sun. However, as fancy as that may seem, the presentation of the restaurant paired with the service of its staff is unremarkable. We waited nearly fortyfive minutes for our food when there were hardly any guests present. The restaurant itself could use a little more polishing, as the furniture is a bit droll and the pathway to the rooftop is difficult to climb (read: beware of steep stairs). In regards to the food though we were happily surprised that the inexpensive prices yielded substantial portions to fill us up nicely for lunch. The vegetables sandwich (RMB 38) with eggplant, zucchini, mushroom, cheddar cheese and BBQ sauce was tasty without being too heavy on the cheese. The cous cous salad (RMB 42) however, which was a mix of greens, raisins, cherry tomatoes, cucumber and tabbouleh was mediocre, requiring more cous cous and smaller portions of lettuce. The smoked salmon spaghetti (RMB 30) stood out with its full flavour, mixed with capers, onions and seasoned with pepper. Unlike most restaurants in town that don’t add enough of the key ingredient, Olé Café did not shy from adding more than enough salmon to the dish to make it thoroughly enjoyable. With a little more effort on ambiance and presentation, Olé Café has the potential to attract more guests to its easy, breezy scene.

RMB 850. Jack London by Horizen. 24F, 12 Zhongshan Dong Er Lu, near Jinling Lu. Tel: 5307 6869. Web: www.horizen.cn

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New & Noted The Moment

Crêpes & Co.

Sam Daniels

What: No pretensions, just a neighbourhood café and bar Where: 115 Wulumuqi Bei Lu, near Yuyuan Lu. Tel: 139 1693 4571 Why: You want to grab coffee and/or lunch and crash for a bit If you’re a fan of Huaihai Zhong Lu’s Boona Café or a regular of Panyu Lu’s Azure or Xianghuaqiao Lu’s hidden gem Sofa Bar, you’ll get the idea of this place immediately. It’s not about overtures to the cafes of Western Europe or making an unknowing stab at a coffee shop as being somehow ‘romantic’. Started by two local Chinese former food service managers, The Moment just wants to be a place where you wouldn’t mind hanging out in. As a result, the emphasis is on fresh brewed coffee, wholesome food and friendly service. For coffee, they use beans from Italian roaster Pellini, which don’t prove too acidic or overpowering when blended up into a cappuccino (RMB 25). If you’re in the mood for a bite to go with your caffeine-in-a-cup, the

homemade spaghetti (RMB 28) and the fettuccini (RMB 32) are both satisfying choices, the latter garnished with crisp rocket and fresh grated Parmesan. You’ll also find a selection of pizzas (RMB 48 upwards) and sandwiches like the rather straight-forwardly named ‘chicken sandwich’ (RMB 38) with a boneless, grilled cut of chicken leg matched up with avocado, roast tomato, spinach and lemon mayo. None of these are a revelation per se, but they’re all pleasant to munch on while you take advantage of the free wi-fi. If you end up rolling in late in the evening with some friends, they’ve got Asahi on tap (RMB 35 upwards) and six kinds of fruit mojitos, including the house specialty passion fruit (RMB 48). And if someone in your crew doesn’t drink (gasp!), then they can opt for one of the large selection of smoothies (RMB 28) to help them wash down your ridicule. It’s not going to be a main attraction, but for those in the know, The Moment could prove to be a new haven in the topsy-turvy world of Shanghai living.

DINING OUT

Tom Mangione

What: A Bangkok chain crêperie comes to Shanghai Where: Shanghai Centre, 1376 Nanjing Xi Lu, near Xikang Lu. Tel: 6289 8046 Why: You like your meals wrapped in thin pancakes Originally started in Bangkok by two brothers from Switzerland (who spent a lot of time in Morocco), the menu at Crêpes & Co. spans the globe, and offers something for everybody. It’s an alchemy that’s proven successful in Bangkok, prompting the opening of five different locations in the Thai capital. And with the opening of this first venue abroad in laowai central Shanghai Centre, the chain is hoping to grill up a following here as well. For those familiar with traditional crêpes or galettes, you’ll find that the crêpes here aren’t quite the bold buckwheat originals of their native Brittany, but they do come in both savoury and sweet flavours like their namesakes. On the savoury side, you’ll find the Tintin (RMB 65) which blends bacon, feta, tomato, mushrooms and oregano for a festival of tangy saltiness. The more adventurous can opt for the pastilla inspired Casablanca (RMB 62) with chicken, onions, coriander, honey, nuts and béchamel sauce. If all this has you thinking of breakfast, they’ve also got an all-day brunch (RMB 128) and ‘real American pancakes' (RMB 42 upwards). On the sweet side of crêpe land, you’ll

find classics like crêpes Suzette (RMB 62) or nutella and whipped cream (RMB 48). There are also crêpes with ice cream like the framboise (raspberry, RMB 70) and flambé with liqueurs like Calvados (RMB 85) if you want to go all out for dessert. Real crêpe diehards will also find apple cider on the menu (750ml bottle / RMB 168) if you insist on having your crêpes the ‘right’ way. Still, what impresses most about Crêpes & Co. is that they seem to be able to pull off a decent menu outside of crêpes. Offerings like the Moroccan salad (RMB 53) with roasted eggplant, olives and couscous and the Moroccan briouattes (RMB 48), deep fried pastries filled with curried rice and beef, are both testament to the fact that this restaurant’s ambitions extend well beyond becoming just another Shanghai crêperie.

Just Desserts: Delish Melissa K Trias

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here’s a new made-to-order baked goods company in town and it really lives up to its name. Characterised by its fluffy, not-too-sweet recipes, Delish is a delightful little find, offering some truly insatiable sweet treats that come straight from the heart. Judy Chow, the founder of Delish, says that baking has always been her forte—and she demonstrates a real flair for creating unique recipes. “I make all of my baked goods fresh from scratch and by hand. I think my customers appreciate the time I spend on personalising each order. Plus, my cookies are petite, which makes eating them more of a pleasure and less of a sin.” But if they’re not sinful, these cookies sure are a tease. One bite of the Bailey’s Irish Cream with Dark Chocolate Chip Cookie (RMB 218 / 24 pieces) delivers a bold punch of its namesake alcoholic ingredient that will leave you ravenous. As the saying goes, “if you give a mouse a cookie, he’s going to want more.” And more he shall have! Following the Bailey’s, I tried The Whisky Walnut Chocolate Chip Cookie (RMB 248

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/ 24 pieces), which does more than its fair share to raise spirits with its naughty-kick. The No-Leftover Snicker’s Bar Cookie (RMB 238 / 24 pieces) is also worth a mention – it’s pure ingenuity in a baked good: a candy bar AND a cookie in one. If you’re looking to up the ante for a future party, Delish can also go that extra half-inch to providing what you want. Dessert tables (RMB 2,688 upwards) are available for special events and can be customised to your liking, so you can add the deceptively delicious Fondant Sugar Cookies to the spread in addition to Delish’s trinity of unique flavours. “Often I’ll make these for my own parties,” says Chow. “But once I reach the table to fetch some for myself, they’re all gone!” What can we say? That’s just how the cookie crumbles. Special promotion: Readers who mention Talk Magazine will receive free cookies with your order. Delish. Appointment only. Tel: 182 1727 9237. Web: dlishcookies.taobao.com. E-mail: SHDelish@hotmail.com

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Chef Talk: Kerry Hotel, Pudong’s Tobias Unger

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he Kerry Hotel, Pudong’s Executive Sous Chef Tobias Unger exudes the air of a pro athlete more than your average chef. Suave, well-built and determined, Unger claims he lives by the motto “push yourself,” refusing to give anything less than one hundred per cent in his work. “Everyday I try to be better than yesterday,” he says with determination. Goal oriented and adventurous, Unger began working as a chef when he was only fifteen years of age. He received an apprenticeship in his hometown of Heilbronn, Germany and later spent six years living and working in places across the Middle East, such as Dubai and Kuwait, honing his craft. It was there that he was first exposed to the multi-faceted aspects of fine dining, and also learnt how to tailor his management skills to work across social and cultural boundaries. “Because a lot of people in the Middle East do not receive a higher education, it was up to me to train my kitchen staff to the standards of preparing fine cuisine.” After working in the Middle East for a total of six years, Unger decided that it was time to move to the Far East. Recreational travels around Southeast Asia enabled him to gain a hearty amount of culinary inspiration which he uses to create delectable dishes for guests here in Shanghai at the Kerry Hotel. “Here in Shanghai, I work mostly with meat. Simple recipes, such as steak with a few spices, are customised to each guest’s liking. This allows everyone to put their own take on a basic meal. From the start, I was adamant in tailoring our portions to be bigger in size in order to accommodate Shanghai’s concept of sharing. I therefore am most proud of the attention to detail that we, here at the Kerry

Tenderloin and Imperial Crab Tenderloin

Imperial Crab

Ingredients 720g Australian beef tenderloin  4g salt 2g pepper  10ml olive oil Method 1. Bake in the oven at medium heat for around 18 min. If you don’t have an oven, slowly cook the tenderloin in a hot frying pan until golden brown. 2. Season with salt and pepper.

Ingredients 160g Phillips crab meat 40g mayonnaise  50g chopped red, green and yellow peppers 20g chopped onion  10g chopped parsley  3g salt  2g pepper  2g Cayenne pepper 

Hollandaise sauce 

Hotel invest in every meal.” So far, Unger is firmly decisive in remaining in Shanghai. Food is his life and he anticipates but also revels in the challenges that Shanghai brings. “In Shanghai, food is everywhere. The competition is one of the reasons I came here, to challenge myself. As a chef in Shanghai, I find myself learning how to prepare food for a whole different culture to the one to which I’m accustomed. Being a versatile chef is essential for opening up opportunities for my future.” When the topic of differentiating himself from the competition comes up, Unger takes to it without hesitation. “A chef that takes care of himself is a good chef. If he knows how to present himself well, he is more likely to be a chef that thinks about his guests and what they like.” Sitting confidently, clean-shaven in a sporty green polo and stylishly khaki shorts, Unger somehow forgets to mention that a good chef is also blatantly charming as well.

Share & Compare: Greek Salads Talk Magazine Staff

Nothing comes closer to satisfying the summer palate than a light Greek salad, with fresh veggies and plump olives in olive oil dressing topped with feta cheese. Talk Magazine selected one salad from three of the top Mediterranean restaurants in town to see which one fared the best.

The Fat Olive

We had high expectations of this offering from David Laris’ Greek-inspired wine and mezze bar, but of the three we tried, this one turned out to be the most disappointing. Although beautifully prepared, it lacked overall substance (being more of an appetiser than a mains), and its main ingredient, the cheese, came in a firm block; it was hard to separate and once tried, nothing out of the ordinary. There was no accompanying bread to be had with this one, and being made up predominately of tomato and cucumber (with just a sprinkle of onions and peppers), the price was a bit steep. Guests to the Fat Olive might be more inclined to try one of Laris’ signature mezze dishes over this Greek favourite, because the salad disappoints. RMB 68. The Fat Olive. 26F, Fuxing Zhong Lu, near Sinan Lu. Tel: 3368 9524

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Method 1. Mix all the ingredients above. 2. Place into the crab shell from the crab. 

The Greek Taverna

This salad made a fair showing with its fresh ingredients and decent presentation. Topped with sliced red onion, crumbled feta and olive oil mixed with dried oregano, the bed of crisp lettuce was also home to fresh sliced clovers of red and green sweet peppers, as well as tender wheels of cucumber. The plump, dark red slices of tomatoes scattered throughout were mild; the Kalamata olives however were juicy, tangy and made to be savoured – the highlight of the dish. This salad proved to be a good showing not just for The Greek Taverna, but also its distributor. However, more could be said for the oil soaked flatbread served along side. The dense, heavy triangles of bread contrasted with the lightness of the salad, making them more of a distraction than a final touch to bring this salad out on top. RMB 80. The Greek Taverna. 1 Yueyang Lu, near Dongping Lu. Tel: 6431 7751

Ingredients 3 egg yolk  10ml white wine  5ml white wine vinegar  100ml fried butter  10ml lemon juice 3g salt  2g pepper  5ml Worcester sauce  1ml Tabasco  Method 1. Place the egg, white wine and vinegar in a bowl. Whisk over hot water, until foamy and white. 2. Slowly add clear butter. 3. Season with salt, pepper, lemon juice, Worcester sauce and Tabasco. Presentation Take the Hollandaise sauce and gratinate the crab with it. Place the beef tenderloin and the gratinate crab on a big tray and garnish with grilled cherry tomato.

Haya’s Mediterranean Cuisine At first glance, the Greek salad from Haya’s Mediterranean Cuisine looked very attractive compared to the two others in the running. Served in a spacious bowl to accommodate tossing, the salad was well presented and bursting with colour. Unlike the other more expensive versions, Haya’s Greek salad, priced at only RMB 58, featured onions, tomatoes, black olives and cucumbers that were perfectly diced into small cubes, making it easy to chew. And although the dish lacked enough dressing to cover every piece of baby greens, that was only a minor setback compared to the overall taste sensation. The salad was zesty with just the right amount of feta cheese sprinkled on top and the order was deliciously paired with two fresh and fluffy rounds of pita bread (which were quickly consumed by everyone at the table).

RMB 58. Haya’s Mediterranean Cuisine. 415 Dagu Lu, near Shimen Yi Lu. Tel: 6295 9511

Winner!

Overall, we at Talk Magazine came to the unanimous decision that Haya’s Greek salad was the winner.

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Taste Test Mat Ryan

Shanghai’s most committed dipsomaniacs get together to share and compare some of the wines around town. It’s a no-nonsense guide to the good, the great and the bloody ordinary of wine. Which wine will win this month? Attendees: Nick Hunt – Importer of fine Australian meat Emily Jang – Visiting American student Mat Ryan – Partner in The Shed & Founder of JustBeer Glenn Thain – Importer of Goslings rums

Scotchmans Hill ‘The Hill’ Chardonnay, Australia (2010) No evidence of oak in this one for me, which I like. It’s a crisp and fresh wine with rich floral aromas, and was well suited for the beautiful day we were having during this particular tasting. Nick noted that it was “light and clear in the glass”, dryer than he expected and a good “easy drinking” and “refreshing” wine. Emily agreed with Nick, adding that the smell was “inviting”. Glenn didn’t have a lot more to add, except that it is what it is, which is an everyday wine (one of those that you have a bottle of in the fridge and a few in the wine cabinet).  For the price, I think it’s an absolute ripper, and the same level of quality as the

New Zealand Sauvignon Blancs that are currently flooding the market. For food, Emily was straight out of the gate with a nice fish dish, while Nick matched it with a nice Caesar Salad. “Still, it wouldn’t overwhelm anything” was his final word. Price: RMB 158  

Scotchmans Hill Pinot Noir, Australia (2009)

Nick straight away loved the look of it in the glass and it “held promise on the nose”, but was a little disappointed at first. This was surprising to me, as from the moment I tried it, I absolutely loved it. It was a little short early on, but after 10 minutes in the glass it came of age beautifully. Glenn said the “finish is great, and it opens up well”. Emily, although not a huge red wine drinker, added that she liked the smoothness of it.  I quickly called dibs on the rest of the bottle as the discussion turned to what food it would pair nicely with. Personally, I think it’s a wine to be enjoyed pre-meal; to me it doesn’t need food, just a nice comfortable sofa! Nick decided a nice lean meat (lamb) or even a pasta dish and Glenn paired it with a great BBQ feast. Price: RMB 348

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Scotchmans Hill ‘Swan Bay’ Shiraz, Australia (2010) This for me had an amazing nose. Ripe fruit flavours, typical of the style of Shiraz from the Bellarine Peninsula area. Nick was amazed at the deep, purple colour in the glass. Emily, again although not a huge red wine drinker declared that this wine excited her. “As good as I’ve had in a long time,” said Nick, and Glenn added, “this is to be savoured and enjoyed, one of the best Shiraz I’ve ever had”. My feeling likewise was that this wine was very good. Well made, balanced and one that lingers on the palate. There’s not a lot more that can be said than that, except for maybe Nick’s final comment, “It’s like angels crying on your tongue” (Which I’m pretty sure he stole from Paul Hogan in a Foster’s beer commercial).  For food, we were all in agreement. A great cut of steak cooked on the barbie.  Price: RMB 198

Summary Not putting the other two wines down, but the Shiraz was by far the winner. It’s also extremely good value for money, and one you can enjoy anytime without having to save for a special occasion.

Availability Watson’s Wine Cellar. 131 Taicang Lu, near Huangpi Nan Lu. Tel: 6340 3988

 

Sherpa’s Pairings Michelle Ozier

Ordering in for the night? Shanghai’s most popular delivery service not only has the food, there’s also a load of wine that they’ll bring straight to your door. Sherpa’s wine consultant Michelle Ozier dishes out on what wine pairs well with your order.

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f the stress of Shanghai life gets a bit much and there is no relief in sight, you can always try the trusted method of closing your eyes, counting to ten and imagining yourself on a quiet sunny terracotta terrace somewhere far, far away. I find the benefits of this exercise are greatly helped by opening a bottle of wine somewhere between two and one. This month I would highly recommend tucking in to our wine of the weekend, La Gravette Rosé at the fantastic deal of RMB 82 per bottle. What’s more, there’s a further RMB 20 saving when purchasing two bottles throughout weekends in July. This particular rosé is from the North Languedoc region in the south of France bordering the Mediterranean and in the foothills of the Cévennes. Grapes mature fully here on this windswept and sun bleached land and this particular rosé presents with a salmon pink hue. Crisp from the refrigerator, it has just

enough nose of red berries to give it the interest of a summery rosé but in fact once it sits a little longer in the mouth it has a fresh and dry sensation and ends with spicy hints. Such a wine is a lovely accompaniment to barbecued meats, cheeses, Mediterranean-style salads and grilled fish. Certainly you can’t go wrong if you try something from The Fat Olive which Sherpa’s has recently added to our restaurant listings and who offer a fantastic variety of yummy mezze and other sumptuous authentic Greek fare. Another preference of mine would be a wood-fired oven-cooked pizza with either smoky aubergine, bell peppers and onions. Alla Torre offer some great sophisticated pizza topping combinations for something a little different and with this wine I would recommend either the vegetarian Asiatica with zucchini, eggplant, ginger and avocado, or the meat friendly Capricciosa with Tuscan sausage, mushroom, artichokes and garlic, both available for less than RMB 100 for a 12” pizza base. Log on to www.sherpa.com.cn to see further deals on wines and beers throughout July including a new six-bottle case deal for only RMB 500 on a selected choice of four reds and two whites that offers a 20% saving on listed prices.

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Night Reviews

Yu Bar

Kerry Allen

What: Shanghai’s first five star hotel/nightclub infusion experience Why: You like your party with a more refined crowd How much: Bottled beer RMB 50 upwards; draught Stella Artois RMB 60; glasses of red and white wine RMB 65 upwards; cocktails RMB 80 upwards. All with 15% service charge. Where: 28F, Shanghai Marriott Hotel Luwan, 99 Jiangbin Lu, near Dapu Lu. Tel: 5318 8888 It’s barely been built and it’s already won an honorary mention by another local magazine as ‘Best Hotel Bar’. And it’s no surprise,

Ibiza

considering the Luwan Marriott’s trendy two-storey rooftop bar with fancy plush leather sofas and glitzy ‘heaven and hell’ interior manages to offer something pretty unique on the Shanghai night scene; it swings towards offering more club than lounge bar experience, which is perhaps not what you’d expect from a night out at a five star hotel. On arriving, the booming beats of club dance and hip-hop tracks separate the bar from the hotel’s business lounge, directing you to where the par-tay is at. From there you have a choice: you break out into a dance on the 28th floor, a seductive, low-lit enclave

Second Sip: Horizen Yu Bar Bar

Tom Mangione

What: A new mega-club hoping to channel the famed Spanish island for party points Why: Bigger is better How much: RMB 50 upwards for beers and standard cocktails Where: 428 Jiangning Lu, near Wuding Lu. Tel: 6267 9699 A night at recently opened Ibiza sees a trio of listless patrons sitting at a low table near the dancefloor. The table is covered in baskets of ice holding five or six bottles of Champagne each. A team of servers continues to bring in more baskets of Champagne until there’s no more space on the table and new baskets have to be arranged on the floor nearby. There's so much of the elixir that a security guard must now keep watch over the spread to ensure that no one from the crowd nicks a bottle or two. In Shanghai, such crass displays are far from being without precedent, but at Ibiza, such a stunt seems entirely appropriate. It’s a club that defines itself not by offering Shanghai’s party goers anything better; it just gives them bigger.

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awash in charcoal, silver and blood red hues (hell, but a hell we like). Alternatively, you head up to the roof, which while still combating the party atmosphere, in sharp contrast is decorated throughout with sunny yellows and creams (heaven). From here you can survey the dazzling panoramic views over Huangpu River and Lupu Bridge. There’s a vast selection of drinks at Yu, with a lot of your typical fare, plus some signature extras. The Yu cocktail (RMB 88 + 15%), a mix of vodka, red wine, lime, grape and sugar syrup has a sharp, bitter taste to it, with the lightness of the grapes being almost

Kerry Allen

Walking into the club carries the pomp found at most clubs in Shanghai: the square in front littered with patrons tippling on store-bought beers or looking for a reprieve from too much dancing/ bass/flashing lights/alcohol; barrelchested bouncers and grinning hostesses; the ever-chiming metal detector that no one seems to take note of; the feel of sublow bass attaching to one’s beating heart. Inside there’s little in the way of bling to distract, letting the club’s lights (thankfully bereft of the laser variety), video displays and music take centre stage. However chances are, enjoying them with an all-important libation in hand will prove difficult, as getting a drink at the bar, an understaffed and amateur affair, is a lesson in patience, one that many patrons brave with smart-phone pecking. Resting your elbows at the bar in wait and glancing around, Ibiza’s greatest advantage does become clear. This place is big, a veritable Valhalla. However, one wonders, does it really have what it takes for Shanghai’s nightlife faithful to find a spot inside it?

completely overpowered by the vodka. You don’t need many of these. The Long Island iced tea (RMB 80 + 15%) likewise gives a powerful kick, and is generous with its mix of spirits. Hotel prices you may be paying, but you get your money’s worth. A good introduction to Yu Bar is on a Thursday night, as every other week ladies can enjoy free flutes of champagne and Yu’s ambiance at its prime. So far, Yu has been doing well and already found a loyal following, which is no surprise when you consider it offers an alternative to the sweat and grime of Shanghai’s usual nightlife haunts.

Melissa K Trias

What: The latest sexy addition to the Bund Why: It’s a new dinner and drinks venue that looks to give Mr & Mrs Bund a run for their money How Much: Hoegaarden white beer RMB 60; red and white wine RMB 90 upwards/glass, 450 upwards/bottle; cocktails RMB 90 upwards; Where: 23F, 12 Zhongshan Dong Yi Lu, near Jinling Lu. Tel: 5307 6869. Web: www. horizen.cn Nearly RMB 10 million has been spent on revamping the interior of sultry lounge bar Horizen and the differences are obvious. Gone are the mirrored panels that once lined its walls, and in their place is a flamboyant display of ostentation: a deep chocolate brown wall of horsehair, large plush leather sofas, and animal print stools. In addition, new restaurant Jack London on the 24th floor (see page 34), sees CEO and Partner of Horizen, Kelvin Yip’s intentions in squaring off against Mr and Mrs Bund in beginning a joint wining and dining “lifestyle concept” venue. And I have to say, it raises a decent challenge against Shanghai’s best known married couple. The refurbished Horizen looks to enhance

the experience of guests looking to enjoy group drinking and bottle service, with increased seating space and a new, smartly engineered sound system (a feature that amplifies the music at the bar but not the lounge area, thus allowing guests to actually converse without the need to shout over the speakers). Shanghai’s after-work crowd will also delight in the addition of an extra bar, meaning that you don’t find yourself pushing to get served. The revamped cocktail menu, comprised of fresh and organic ingredients mixed with premium liquor, equally offers some interesting surprises. The signature ‘Dances With Wolves’ shot is our must try, a potent mixture of herbs and liquors, which leaves a fiery taste on the palate and a shock to the system. Horizen, however, as to be expected, isn’t cheap. With cocktails starting at RMB 90 and bottle service extending into the thousands (Perrier Jouet Belle Epoque Blanc Vintage is RMB 3,180; Grey Goose Vodka RMB 2,680 and Chivas Regal 25 Years RMB 5,180), you’ll need to bring a well-stocked wallet. Still, the combined interior uplift and exotic drinks menu means that the soul of Horizen is still stellar.

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McCawley’s Bar and Grill What: The latest in Shenzhen’s Irish Pub expansion Where: Bldg 109, Coastal Rose Garden Phase 3, The Peninsula (near Wanghai Lu), Nanshan District, Shenzhen. Tel: (755) 2667 4361 How Much: Draft beers RMB 22 upwards; whiskey RMB 35 upwards; cider RMB 60 upwards Why: For all the Irish hallmarks, and the craic There are three certainties in life: death, taxes and the proliferation of Irish bars. Every country, every city in the world has at least one, and Shenzhen is doing just grand off the back of a roaring trade in several. With its original flagship location in Shekou and a second in downtown Futian, McCawley’s has become something of an institution here in the SEZ. This reviewer can personally attest to large swathes of his memory happily surrendered within McCawley’s shamrock green leather and polished wood interior, so it was therefore both heartening and distressing to learn that a third location had opened up in the housing and entertainment Peninsula development in downtown Nanshan. Whatever protestations certain major organs may offer up, this newest installation

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did not disappoint. On the first floor, a rounded wooden (and well-stocked) bar faces out over a tiled floor the likes of which I’ve actually seen in Belfast itself, and large wooden booths that recall 18th century alehouses crowd around the walls. Upstairs a large open area is thronged with tables and a small stage set up for the various musical performances that go on during the week. To my complete ruination, I arrived halfway through the grand opening party to be handed cider after cider after cider by the harried barmaid. Thankfully, on a less lethal night the drink prices are still good: draft Carlsbergs for RMB 22; Kronenbourg RMB 35; and there are more whiskeys (scotch, bourbon, Irish, Canadian, etc.) than even your most demanding Ulsterman could put down. The food is a little on the pricey side: toasted sandwiches are the cheapest mains for RMB 55, while larger more traditionally Irish dishes like the Beef and Guinness pie set you back a hefty RMB 95. That said, the portions are large and satisfying, the staff quick and attentive and the atmosphere more than congenial. McCawley’s knows its audience, and as a loyal fan myself I have to say I was more than happy with the newest addition to the McCawley’s family.

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Üklub

NIGHT TALK

Alastair Dickie

What: Sophisticated lounge bar with posh drinks and jazz vibes Why: You’ve just got paid How Much: Spirits RMB 48 upwards; bottled beers RMB 56 upwards; bottled wine RMB 398 upwards Where: OCT Bay, 8 East Baishi Lu, Nanshan District, Shenzhen. Tel: (755) 2690 1666 Üklub is the newest addition to the gleaming upscale development that is Nanshan District’s OCT Bay, but don’t let the name deceive you. Üklub is not your regular Chinese club with a dodgy English title; this latest addition actually turns out to be one of the classiest lounge bars you’ll find in Shenzhen outside of a five star hotel. Elegant stone furnishings and a beautiful forest landscape painting dominate the interior, which, despite the earthy colours, somehow manages to offer something truly warm and inviting. A downside is Üklub’s low-lighting which almost (but not quite) makes the place dingy looking, but there are plenty of upsides: first and foremost the invitingly comfortable chairs. This is definitely a

place you come to unwind, and the extremely chilled out vibe in the bar area sets the mood perfectly. Live music plays all week, including a jazz quartet on Sundays. Guitar, double bass, piano and bongo drums aren’t perhaps what you initially thought when hearing the word ‘Üklub’ but once you’re there it all falls into place. The prices however, are steep. The cheapest beer is a small bottle of Bai Long Yeast Wheat at RMB 56 and the menu doesn’t have listings for individual glasses of wine (a bottle of French Chatelain de Metairie will set you back RMB 398). I thoroughly enjoyed my German Huck Original beer (RMB 68), even if my bank balance did not. Mixed spirits are perhaps the way to go, with Macallan whiskey selling for RMB 48 and Hennessy VSOP brandy RMB 80 for a glass. Still, once the heart palpitations from being handed the bill had subsided, I nonetheless had an extremely pleasant evening. Üklub may not be a place to “frequent,” but the odd trip (with a well stocked wallet) will set you right.

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A Cause for Celebration: Alistair Paton and the Black Swan Party Tom Mangione

Love it or hate it, since its opening, M1NT has become a mainstay in Shanghai’s high end nightlife market, constantly on the lips of the city’s elite. Wanting to give back to the city, on 13 July the club will hold the Black Swan Party, an invitation-only black tie event including dinner, cocktails and dancing that aspires to be one of Shanghai’s most memorable parties of all times. But it’s more than just a party; it also provides a glimpse into the life of founder Alistair Paton and the story behind M1NT.

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imi Tung, Managing Director at b. Swan, the events company responsible for the Black Swan Party, says that the inspiration for the event comes from famed American author Truman Capote’s 1966 ‘Masked Black and White Ball’ (pictures above). “What really impressed me [about Capote’s ball] is that people are still talking about it. He really paid attention to the food, the music and every little detail. But I think the most important thing was the guest list.” The guests at the ball included some of the most famous entertainers, politicians, writers and artists of the time, including Normal Mailer, Leonard Bernstein and Frank Sinatra. The guest list for the Black Swan party is set to include celebrities from throughout the Sinosphere, although Tung declines to say which. For entertainment, the party will include “black swan dancers” who will perform contemporary ballet to a blend of electronic and classical music. The rest of the sonic offerings for the evening include Taiwanese classicallytrained composer turned DJ, Xuan, who will lead the 12strong DJ team that will be providing music throughout the evening. Also, a live fashion show of La Perla lingerie will also be held to turn a few heads. The lingerie show is somewhat appropriate, as the evening will also be doubling as M1NT founder Alistair Paton’s bachelor party. Tung says that it was her idea to turn the party into one big bachelor party. “He’s finally getting married! He should do something,” says Tung. Paton himself said, “Mimi and I have been friends for a long time and we’d been talking about throwing a party for Shanghai to say thanks. We’re putting our names on the line and throwing a party which we believe will set the

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standard for the best party Shanghai has ever seen. When we were talking about this, Mimi said, ‘aren’t you getting married later in the year?’ And she dragged me into it. I thought, ‘why not?’” Chuckling, he says, “It’s a good way to say thanks to Shanghai.”

says. But when Bush finally gained the presidency after a three week dispute, Paton saw his business prospects drying up. Looking back on the experience now he says, “It’s a blessing in disguise. If I made all that money when I was younger, I reckon I would have ended up a jerk.” Still, Paton was able to cash out of the business within enough time, allowing him to travel the world in style. During this time, he had his first experience with a member’s only club in London, the inspiration for what would become his shareholder model for M1NT. “I thought it was the most absurd thing I’d ever heard. I said, ‘You mean I have to pay to come in and spend my money?’” However, Paton soon realised the potential business benefits of creating a club where members had an interest in the business. This idea had such legs that it eventually translated into opening the first M1NT on London’s Sloane Street in 2004 and partnering with fiery chef Gordon Ramsay. While the business at this initial club was robust, ultimately it didn’t work out due to a heated and wellpublicised battle over the lease to the property with Ramsay. “Things got nasty. It was my first lesson in the hospitality business,” says Paton. And while this was a major setback, Paton took it in stride, eventually finding a new home for M1NT in Shanghai. And after all he’s been through, you can be sure that Paton will happily share a toast at the Black Swan Party. Black Swan Party. Friday, July 13. Entry by invitation only. M1NT, 24F, 318 Fuzhou Lu, near Shandong Lu. Tel: 6391 2811

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iven the personal connection that Paton has with the event, he felt comfortable discussing the path that brought him into the nightlife world. It’s a tale that jumps to the freewheeling world of finance, then moves to the fashion and glamour of the entertainment industry, but has a humble beginning. “I came from nothing. I left school when I was 15. I had to work three jobs, save and go back to school,” says Paton. It was here as Paton paid his way through school that he discovered a love for nightlife. “After [graduating and getting a job at] Deutsche Bank; I still found myself working part-time in a jazz bar.” Come 2000, while working in the financial world, Paton came upon a tremendous opportunity. With the development of the Kyoto Protocol, an international environmental treaty to combat global warming, a new market for trading in carbon emissions looked to become a reality. Paton left his job at the bank to start his own company, looking to capitalise on this emerging market, putting himself in the position to earn a massive fortune at 22. However, what stood between Paton and his prize was the entry of the US into the treaty, a decision dependent on the result of the hotly contested 2000 US presidential election between oil man George W. Bush and famed environmentalist Al Gore. “If Gore had won, my company was underwritten to be worth US$ 960 million when it went public,” he

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Photo courtesy of Mikeemesser-flickr

Over the Hills and Far Away

Mohanik

Tom Mangione

Last year three Shanghai-based rock bands, Boys Climbing Ropes, Moon Tyrant and The Horde, travelled to Mongolia, the land of rolling green hills and blue, blue skies for a whirlwind musical tour. While there, they teamed up with Mongolian musicians during the country’s traditional Naadam festival for a tour entitled, appropriately enough, Rock Naadam. Months later, the partnering Mongolian bands travelled to China for their own tour, culminating in a new cultural and musical exchange between these two countries. Rock Naadam returns again this year.

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ocal promoter, Brian Offenther, aka DJ B.O., is the driving force behind Rock Naadam. Before settling in Shanghai, Offenther spent two years as a US Peace Corps volunteer in the Mongolian city of Darkhan and one year in the capital of Mongolia, Ulan Bator. While there, he developed a love not only for Mongolian culture, but also its music. And after promoting shows and becoming a part of Shanghai’s local music scene, he began to look for a way to promote an exchange between two contemporary music scenes that he felt connected to. “I really want to help promote the exchange of cultures; I feel doing that with rock music is a good way. I want to reinforce positive images in both China and Mongolia,” he says. Building recognition of Mongolian culture in China is something that Offenther has found often begins with the frustrating task of explaining that Mongolia is, in fact, a different country. “There are general difficulties in promoting shows [of Mongolian bands] in China. A big thing is lack of knowledge about Mongolia. A lot of people think that it’s part of China, which it is not.” In addition, as a society known for its ethnocentricity, convincing Mongolian bands to play in China tends to be difficult. “Very few Mongolian bands have played [in] China in the first place. And the only ones that have were at cultural events not open to typical club audiences. So things tend to be viewed sceptically.” However, looking for new audiences, some Mongolian bands are ready to come south to China. Rock Naadam alumnus and Ulan Bator based band, Mohanik, has already toured China twice with the help of Offenther and they are planning a third China tour this month, appearing at Yuyintang on 6 July before returning to Mongolia to play this year’s Rock Naadam. http://shanghai.talkmagazines.cn - Become a Talk Insider!

Bassist Enerelt Otgonbaatar says the band is generally positive about these tours. “China is big compared to Mongolia. Travelling and playing our music to different crowds is the main attraction for us. Plus, we don't need visas to come to China, so it's easy.” Moon Tyrant at last year’s Rock Naadam

a Shanghai-based producer and filmmaker who accompanied the bands last year had a unique perspective on the trip, arriving several days before the bands to scout locations. He says, “You never know what's going to happen. Nobody really knows what's going to happen.” During the tours last year this meant that performers would often find that technically things fell into the place at the last minute, or sometimes not at all. Many performances would take place without a sound check, even if it was for large audiences. Offenther explains “It’s tough. First of all, it’s not a typical event. You’re dealing with people who are inexperienced in these sorts of matters. Mongolia isn’t used to taking international acts. Last time the bands played in Darkhan (a city of 120,000) and even Mongolian acts rarely play in Darkhan.” Still Offenther is optimistic about providing bands with better support technically this year. “Dealing with musical equipment and making the right equipment available this time around has been very important for me. It should be better this time.”

Banana Monkey, the Chinese band participating in Rock Naadam this year is equally excited about going to Mongolia, but for different reasons. Guitarist Mizuzu says, “I heard the music of some of the bands a couple of years ago and I saw one of their videos; the video was very well produced. I also got to play with some young Mongolian bands like A Sound, The Lemons and Mohanik when they came to China. Most of them are very young, but they are very different from all the Mongolian people I know about from books.” Most Chinese only know about Mongolia through the ethnic Mongolians who live in the Inner Mongolian region of China. The contemporary culture of (Outer) Mongolians however remains a mystery. Banana Monkey bassist A Hu says, “I’ve been to Inner Mongolia. The thing I know most about the music there is the morin khuur (horse-head fiddle). I don’t know what Outer Mongolia is like, but Inner Mongolia is known for its grasslands. The grassland culture there is very well developed.” Those that spent time in Mongolia last year can attest that while the traditional grasslands culture familiar to Inner Mongolia has an analogue in Mongolia, the capital city of Ulan Bator also has the chaotic feel of an economically emerging boom town. Rob Ellis,

Banana Monkey

And still for all of the difficulties, Offenther, Mohanik and Banana Monkey remain optimistic. Mizuzu says, “We always wanted to go abroad and do a gig, but didn't. Now we've got the ability to do it.” Otgonbaatar is confident that Rock Nadaam will “bigger than last year.” And Offenther remains hopeful about the continued exchange of rock music between Mongolia and China: “Any exchange is good. Music is great. Art has always been a leader in learning to accept other peoples. If you like the art of some place then you are more likely to respect the people who make it.” Banana Monkey, Mohanik, Certain Things Have Come to Light and Scary Magic will be playing at Yuyintang on 6 July. 9pm - late. RMB 60. Yuyintang, 851 Kaixuan Lu, near Yan'an Xi Lu. Tel: 5237 8662 July12  TalkMagazine

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Brawl on the Bund @ Kerry Hotel Pudong - Photos Courtesy of Grant-Oh Buchwald

Hi-Tec Summer Trinity with City Moments at Mixing Room - Photos Courtesy of Jimmy Jin and Mino Xu

Queen's Jubilee Party @ glo London

Masaru Mineo Fashion Show @ Four Seasons Pudong

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HOTELTALK HOTEL OF THE MONTH:

Le Meridien Xiamen Jimmy Souls

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side offering great value for money to its guests with its special summer promotion package (see page 44), there’s a lot of reasons we’re excited about Le Meridien Xiamen this month. From this 342 room hotel, located atop Xianyue Hill in the city’s mountain park and with impressive views overlooking Xiamen Bay, it’s hard to believe you’re only fifteen minutes away from the airport, at the same time a short distance from the Zhongshan pedestrian street and Gulangyu ferry terminal. And even if you are here on business, there’s a lot on offer to really get the most out of your stay. Xiamen’s great summer climate makes it possible to chill out by the pool or enjoy a selection of outdoor pursuits including hill trekking, cycling around Yundang Lake and yoga. The rooms too offer a welcoming respite, and even though you’ll want to make the most out of the great weather, it’s certainly worth forking out a little bit extra to be right on the beach in one of the spacious villa suites, which range from 77 to 177 square metres. All rooms come with the top quality amenities expected: flat screen LCD televisions, high-speed internet, rainforest showers

and coffee and tea making facilities. Cinq Mondes spa products, thick terry robes and Egyptian cotton bedding all additionally contribute to your having a great night’s sleep when you eventually wind down for the evening. There’s also a great selection of dining for whatever taste takes your fancy and although room service is available, it’s worth checking out the vast selection of what’s on offer at each of the Le Meridien’s three restaurants. Guests won’t want to miss the signature Jean Georges breakfast at the Latest Recipe restaurant, offering a vast selection of international culinary options and live cooking stations with fresh seafood and Middle Eastern cuisine. It’s also worth taking

advantage of the outdoor barbecue, or having an afternoon tea at the lovely Latitude 24 café, surrounded by beautiful hill and garden views. Le Mei restaurant also offers a selection of tasty Cantonese and Chaozhou cuisine, with modern interpretations on traditional dishes which guests will find appetising. It’s easy to be taken in by the spectacular surroundings which have made Le Meridien Xiamen a popular choice for weddings. The Grand Ballroom, with its impressive tenmetre ceiling, is the highest ballroom in Xiamen and offers ample capacity for any banquet or large business event. And business travellers will find plenty for themselves with the hotel’s spacious private meeting spaces and VIP rooms, all of which come with high-tech meeting equipment, video conferencing facilities and wireless broadband. Still, maybe you don’t want to be cooped up inside; the staff on site will cater to helping you host an event in one of the gardens or the courtyard if you find that you simply can’t get enough of the great weather. Le Meridien Xiamen. 7 Guanju Lu, Nanshan District, Xiamen. Tel: (592) 770 9999. Web: www.starwoodhotels.com/ lemeridien/property/overview/index.html?propertyID=3310

The News

World famous tennis star Andre Agassi visited Shanghai last month and was a guest at the Fairmont Yangcheng Lake hotel.

Swiss International Hotel Xiamen was pleased to have been awarded the ‘2012 Best Business Hotel’ Award by the Golden Cup Award Selection Committee of the Global Hospitality Industry.

The Westin Wuhan Wuchang announced its new director of sales last month, Mr Tony Zheng. Tony comes to the Westin Wuhan Wuchang with over eight years veteran experience in the industry.

Renaissance Shanghai Zhongshan Park introduces its new Zpark band, Mixed

The Four Seasons Pudong is slated to open in as many months. This new luxury hotel, situated in Shanghai’s bustling business district Lujiazui, will have 187 rooms, a spa and health club.

Marriott hotels from Shanghai and surrounding cities held the 11th

The InterContinental Qingdao held an official 2012 London Olympic torch bearers farewell reception last month for those leaving for London with 72 Qingdao torchbearers present.

Ms Sarah Madigan has been appointed executive sous chef of the JW Marriott Hotel Shanghai Tomorrow Square effective June 2012. Sarah has over 18 years of F&B experience.

annual greater Shanghai Marriott Charity Golf Tournament to help local charity Roots and Shoots last month. RMB 350,000 was raised.

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Company. Sassy vocalists Grace and May join soul man John Cole to play funky tunes from 8.30pm Tuesday – Saturday.

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HOTELTALK The Deals

Four Seasons Hotel Shanghai

Langham Xintiandi and Yangtze Shanghai

Le Royal Meridien Shanghai

Hyatt on the Bund

Courtyard by Marriott Shanghai Pudong

Premier king package: Throughout July and August, guests who book two consecutive nights in a deluxe room at the Courtyard can enjoy the third free, and a complimentary upgrade to a premier room. Rates start at RMB 988 + 15%, subject to availability.

Westin Wuhan Wuchang

Summer escape package: The Westin Wuhan Wuchang offers special rates on its deluxe river view rooms (RMB 828 upwards) with 180 degree views of the Yangtze river, and its exclusive deluxe rooms (RMB 1,080 upwards) including daily breakfast, happy hour and free wi-fi.

Kempinski Shanghai

Shangri-La Hotel Ningbo

Sofitel Forebase Chongqing

Le Meridien Xiamen

Tegoo Hotel Xiamen

Hyatt Regency Dongguan

Sheraton Xiamen Hotel

Venice Hotel Shenzhen

Ritz Carlton Shenzhen

Summer is here spa promotion: Throughout July, Qin the Spa at the Four Seasons offers a selection of summer spa packages, beginning with a choice of sensorial, longevity or imperial dragon massage, followed by a body lotion or scrub for only RMB 988 + 15%. What better indulgence to soothe your dry, summer skin?

Weekend getaway package: Rates throughout July for Hyatt on the Bund start at RMB 1,100 +15% and include free complimentary breakfast, wi-fi and a free VUE bar entrance ticket per person, per stay. A minimum stay of two nights is required. Terms and conditions apply.

Honeymood Promotion: For summertime newlyweds looking to begin a new life together in style, the Kempinski Shanghai offers a honeymoon package for RMB 2,888 per night. If you stay three nights, the third night is free. Package includes Champagne and flowers on arrival, plus two daily buffet breakfasts.

Summer package: Until the end of August, a stay in Xiamen’s Le Meridien includes a selection of freebies, including free shuttle bus service to Yundang Lake, complimentary breakfast for two and soft drinks in the Latitude 24 Bar, and free extra bed and breakfast as well as a one hour swimming lesson for children under 10. RMB 870 upwards.

Leisure weekend package: Until the end of this year, the Sheraton Xiamen offers a special rate of RMB 699 + 19% during weekends on its elegant deluxe rooms that all the family or a few friends can enjoy, for a quick weekend getaway from Shanghai.

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Heavenly promotion: Using traditional Chinese medicine, the Chuan spa at both the Langham Xintiandi and Langham Yangtze is offering the two hour Heavenly Spa package throughout July, which includes a signature massage, followed by facial or foot reflexology treatment, plus a 50% off voucher on your next visit, all for RMB 780 + 15%.

Cool summer package: Rates from RMB 1,588 allow guests at the Shangri-La Ningbo a range of benefits including late checkout, complimentary upgrade to a Horizon premier room, broadband and wi-fi access and access to the fitness centre and swimming pool. Terms and conditions apply.

First year anniversary package: To celebrate its first year, from 23 – 27 July guests at the Tegoo Xiamen can enjoy one night’s stay in a sea view room or deluxe suite with complimentary breakfast for two, high speed internet and local call dialing for only RMB 723. Rate subject to 4% government tax.

Venice value package: Running throughout July and August, the Value Venice promotion at the Venice Hotel Shenzhen allows two guests accommodation in a superior room, international breakfast and a free meeting package from RMB 1,688.

Ultimate indulgence: Le Spa at Le Royal Meridien offers a spa package with summer in mind: an aroma flower foot bath and herbal drink followed by executive oriental body scrub and aroma massage for only RMB 890 + 15% (90 mins). Additionally, guests who buy six treatments in advance get another two free.

Summer collection package: Until the end of August, the Sofitel in Chongqing is running a special promotion on all its rooms: four nights for the price of three. Offer also includes a free seasonal fruit basket or bunch of flowers and late 3pm check-out.

Summer package: Hyatt Regency Dongguan’s package deal from RMB 1,588 includes one night’s stay in a guest room, two complimentary breakfasts and a two hour lakeside bicycle ride. You can also enjoy the hotel’s lychee picking activities and 20% off any spa treatment. Terms and conditions apply.

Intrigue you package: Complimentary breakfast for two, one complimentary night for the price of three, overnight parking and free wi-fi. Intrigued? These are the benefits of the Ritz Carlton Shenzhen’s summer package, starting at RMB 1,788 per night. http://shanghai.talkmagazines.cn - Become a Talk Insider!


IT’SADATE

Renaissance Shanghai Zhongshan Park

The Longemont Shanghai

Colour your summer: Longemont’s lobby lounge offers a wide assortment of refreshing combo sets to combat the summer heat. Choose from the ‘Cold World’ mint cocktail with cheese cake, Haagen Daaz ice cream and more, or the ‘Honeymoon’ fruit vinegar cocktail with smoked salmon sandwiches. RMB 88 + 15%; (21) 6115 9988 ext 8216

Vive le France: Just in time for Bastille Day, the Sheraton is serving up a French themed buffet throughout the middle of July complete with the usual suspects: coq au vin, snails au gratin, ratatouille and duck confit, all of which you can wash down with free-flow white wine. Ooh la la! RMB 298 + 15% upwards; Offer 9 – 21 July; (21) 6275 8888

Le Royal Meridien Shanghai

Fairmont Yangcheng Lake

Sofitel Forebase Chongqing

Vietnam promotion: The Celadon restaurant goes Vietnamese throughout the first two weeks of July with the Renaissance’s Vietnamese chef sharing the best recipes from his hometown: expertly prepared noodles, Vietnamese sandwiches, coffees, beers, and fresh spring rolls. Go ahead, have a pho! Offer until 15 July; (21) 6115 8888

Summer loving: Throughout July and August, if you book 14 tables (10 per table) at the Chinese Ai Mei Restaurant on the eighth floor, you can enjoy some of the city’s best Cantonese food for only RMB 3,888 per table. Any excuse for a banquet; perfect for a wedding. RMB 3,888; (21) 3318 9999 ext 7700

Crab promotion: Feeling crabby? Cheer yourself up with this limited time offer at the Fairmont’s Yi Feng Court restaurant. Chefs will serve up succulent Braised crab roe with flour in broth as well as other signature crab dishes and delicacies using 125g hairy crabs. RMB 68 per crab; (512) 5780 0888 ext 20

Sheraton Shanghai Hongqiao

BBQ feast: Tis the season for a Barbie, and if you’re paying a visit to Chongqing, be sure not to miss this special summer feast. A selection of fresh meats straight from the grill and RMB 45 free flow local beer. Plus for a group of ten guests, one will eat for free. RMB 208 + 15%; (23) 6863 9999 ext 6333

SUITE TALK:

Hotel Indigo Shanghai on the Bund Kerry Allen

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he Shanghai Glamour Suite at Hotel Indigo might actually be the apartment I, one day, have to have. Designed by the same people who did the Waldorf Astoria - Hirsch Bedner Associates - this stunning suite is one of three quite distinct styles of accommodation at the hotel. It is easy to appreciate why, after its opening late last year, this Indigo flagship Asia Pacific hotel has quickly become one of the most in-demand places to stay in Shanghai. My stay was nothing short of excellent. Excellent might even be an understatement. After a speedy check-in, I went for a swim in the seventh floor pool and watched the sun go down and the Lujiazui skyline twinkle alive. When I got back to the room I enjoyed a long soak in

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the oversized tub, with delectable Ba Yan Ka La cosmetics and bath salts. Sitting on the terrace at night with a glass of wine looking out over Pudong, you’re looking at a view that is truly, awe-inspiringly spectacular. It was almost a shame to go to bed. But with four different choices of pillow to choose from, the Indigo makes sure you’ll slip into a good, refreshing night’s sleep.

signature teas. This goes some way towards off-setting the pain of checking out. But if my stay was anything to go by, after a night here you’ll be plotting a return, and possibly playing host to one of the best summer parties of the year.

My package included a complimentary breakfast for two in the fourth floor Quay restaurant, with fresh fruits and pastries along with coffee and a selection of excellent

RMB 15,000 upwards + 15%. Hotel Indigo Shanghai on the Bund, 585 Zhongshan Dong Er Lu, near Dongmen Lu. Tel: 3302 9999. Web: www.shanghaihotelindigo.com

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WHAT'S ON

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TOP THREE COMMUNITY EVENTS

1 July

Bubba and Friends’ Fourth of July Celebration Bubba’s at The Cool Docks warms up for the coming celebration of American Independence on 4 July with a block party barbecue with neighbours New York Style Pizza, and The Steak and Oyster Bar. Bluegrass pickers The Shanghai Newgrass Project provide the tunes. 12 – 5pm. Bubba’s Riverside @ The Cool Docks, 5302 7588

4 July

Blue Marlin’s 4 July Barbecue Buffalo wings, onion rings, Caesar and Cobb salads as well as burgers and fries are all on the bill for this cook-off to celebrate the big day for the USA. From 8.30pm, the house band plays all your favourite American rock classics. 5 – 11pm. RMB 128, includes one beer or Long Island iced tea. Blue Marlin (Fangdian Lu location), 6886 7876, www.bluemarlin.cn

1 July

JAR Animal Adoption Day So far JAR (Jaiya's Animal Rescue) has helped over 500 dogs and 300 cats find a new home. Animal lovers, stop by and see if one catches your eye. 11am – 3pm. Papas Bierstube Restaurant, 6465 9987, shanghaidogs@gmail.com

5 July

Hacker News Meetup Local technologists, entrepreneurs and straight-up geeks get together to talk shop. The first ten folks who arrive get a free beer or drink of their choice. Look for the table with a lucky waving cat. 7 – 10pm. Abbey Road, christine@ wiredcraft.com

14 July

Sex and the City It’s a night for the ladies at Hollywood, including “a lot of surprises for the female clients, from free drinks to different kinds of gadgets.” DJ Jobo vows to play until all the ladies are tuckered out. 10pm. Hollywood, 139 1704 8644

6 July

In Between Days II Art + Shanghai opens an exhibition of works of previous artists who have already exhibited, at its new Embarkment Building location. 11am. Art + Shanghai, 5608 6067, www.artplusshanghai.com

Rooftop Party: Dave K and El'se The Ice Cream Truck turns the Bund lighthouse into a rave scene with Udance.cn DJs Dave K and Bar Rouge resident El'se providing the tunes. 4pm – 2am. Free before 5pm with RSVP. Afterward RMB 80 with one drink. Atanu, www.tictcreative.com, rsvp@tictcreative. com

10 July

6 July

Rob Swift @ The Geisha Record scratcher Rob Swift, known for his ability to blend hip-hop with the most disparate of genres, touches down at Shanghai’s Japan-flavoured dancehall for one night only. 10pm. RMB 100, including one drink. Ladies enter for free before midnight. The Geisha, www.thegeisha-shanghai.com

6 July

Zhang Zisheng Tianjin-based guqin master Zhang Zisheng is joined by four other musicians for an evening of traditional Chinese music. 7.30pm. RMB 60 – 260. He Luting Concert Hall, 6217 2426

Laputa: Castle in the Sky The Shanghai Philharmonic Orchestra performs a program of pieces by famed Japanese composer Joe Hisaishi, best known for his soundtracks to films such as Howl’s Moving Castle and Princess Mononoke. 7.30pm. RMB 80 – 580. Shanghai Oriental Art Centre, 6217 3055

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Omnipotent Youth Society Chinese rock sensation Omnipotent Youth Society touches down in Shanghai with their folk-inspired anthems. Post-punk rockers Sugar Plum Ferry support. Expect this one to sell out. 8pm. RMB 150 (RMB 100 advance). MAO Livehouse, 6445 0086

July Networking Night Local community outreach organisation BEAN holds its monthly networking night in members-only club the Gold Cider Club House, giving participants a chance to check the place out gratis. 7.30 – 10pm. Gold Cider Club House, beanshanghai@gmail.com

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1 July and 4 – 7 July

National Youth Orchestra of Germany To celebrate the 40th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Germany and China, the National Youth Orchestra of Germany plays a program of Mahler, Schumann and Ravel. 7.30pm. RMB 60 – 580. Shanghai Oriental Arts Centre, 6854 1234

Meiwenti Short Film Awards Local film production company Meiwenti holds a screening and award ceremony for the winning films chosen in its annual short film contest. This year’s theme: ‘Femme Fatale’. 7pm. RMB 50 – 150. Xinguang Film Art Centre, www.sexandmodernwomen.com/contest

5 July

TOP THREE PERFORMANCE EVENTS

20 July

The Jungle with City Moments With the help of City Moments, Bar Rouge gets transformed into a jungle where your only choice is to release your inner beast on the dance floor. [Insert primal scream here.] Of course, you can always just hang out on the terrace. 10pm. RMB 100. Bar Rouge, 150 0048 7160

Independence Day @ De Refter Get yourself a red, white and blue Chimay for RMB 150 to ring in America's birthday. Food prizes will also be available for those correctly answering American trivia questions posed throughout the evening. De Refter, 3230 2595

River of Hearts Flea Market Come check out the wares of local merchants while enjoying free food, two-for-one beers and three-for-two cocktails. 4pm. Adam's Bar, 5230 2003

East West Theatre Triple Bill Local Englishlanguage theatre troupe, East West Theatre presents a night of three one act plays: Tennessee Williams’s The Lady of Larkspur Lotion, Something Unspoken and Tom Stoppard’s The Real Inspector Hound. 8pm. RMB 180 (RMB 150 advance). Mansion Hotel, 135 6410 2955, east. west.info@gmail.com

7 July

July 6 – 8

Jazz in July Moganshan’s ultra-luxe, environmentally friendly naked stables private reserve hosts a weekend of tunes from local jazz musicians and a Saturday night concert in its beautiful mountain scenery surroundings. Weekend packages start from RMB 2,500 + 15% per person. naked Retreats, 6431 8901, reservations@nakedretreats.cn

Girls Night It’s a night for girls who like girls at Cotton’s. Enjoy buy one get one free beverages until 8pm. On arrival ask for the ‘Les in Shanghai’ table. 7.30 – 11.30pm. Cotton’s, lesinshanghai@gmail.com

12 July

Fashion Talks @ Adam's Local fashion stylist and blogger Ciga Zhou is joined by body jewellery company Bodybag and jewellery maker cuKimber for a discussion about their current fashion projects. 8pm. Adam's Bar, 5230 2003

13 July

Black Swan Party Taking inspiration from Truman Capote’s famed masked ball in 1966, b. Swan events has teamed up with M1NT to throw “one of the greatest parties Shanghai has ever seen”. Entry by invitation only. 9pm – late. M1NT, 6391 2811

13 July

Sandy Rivera Hailing from Spanish Harlem in New York City, Sandy Rivera brings his brand of soulful house (and his massive afro) to Shanghai’s hall of red. Resident DJs Robin Blixt and Keint bookend the night. 10pm. RMB 100. Bar Rouge, 6339 1199

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JULY TOP THREE NIGHTLIFE EVENTS

13 July

Round Table Knights The Ice Cream Truck hosts Swiss duo Round Table Knights at Lola for a night of 4/4 stomping to "cheeky jackin' house music". The Uhhh and Teasy support. 10pm. RMB 80 includes one drink. Lola, www.tictcreative.com Pixel3 The Raffles Design Institute exhibits the works of its visual communications and interior design students. Print, digital and interactive works are all on display. 9am – 5.30pm. Shanghai Textiles & Costume Museum, 139 1828 2512, lindawang@rafflesdesign-institute.com Shrek the Musical The Broadway version of Shrek comes to Shanghai for a three week run. Follow the adventures of the ogre Shrek and his pal Donkey as they make their way in the world. 7.15pm. RMB 80 – 800. Shanghai Culture Square, 5150 9199

14 July

Jolin Tsai Taiwanese diva Jolin Tsai lands in Shanghai to get the crowds waving their glowsticks to her oeuvre of pop hits. 7.30pm. RMB 190 – 990. Mercedes-Benz Arena, 6217 3055 Shanghai Skyline Stroll Local historian and architect Fanny Hoffman-Loss leads a tour from the Waldorf Astoria Hotel colonial-era edifices on the Bund to the contemporary mega-skyscrapers of Lujiazui, detailing lesser known stories about the design and construction of these buildings. 7 – 9.30pm. RMB 300, plus an additional RMB 2 for a ferry across the river. Shanghai Flaneur, 138 1892 2040, www.shanghaiflaneur.com

14 – 15 July and 21 – 22 July

Adaptation The East West Theatre group stages Elaine May’s 1960s American satire Adaptation at Shanghai’s home of jazz. 6pm. JZ Club, 135 6410 2955, east.west.info@gmail.com

15 July

14 July

Uffie and Headman The Paris-based DJ muse most famous for her collaborations with Justice brings her DJ act to Shanghai along with Swiss nu disco disc-jockey Headman. DJs R3 and Razor support. 9pm. RMB 300 (RMB 200 advance). MAO Livehouse, 6445 0086

14 July

Grilled Cheese Cookoff The Public hosts a cook off for ten amateur and ten local chefs to see who can make the best grilled cheese sandwich. Participants compete in three categories: classic, anything goes and Asianstyle. Bystanders get to taste the fruits of their labour while tippling on one of The Public’s expertly-mixed cocktails. The Public, grilledcheeseshanghai@gmail.com

Documentary Film Screening The Shanghai community outreach group BEAN holds a screening of The Long Goodbye, a documentary about lives of senior citizens living with Alzheimer’s. Two-for-one deals on burgers and selected drinks. 4.30 – 7pm. The Apartment, beanshanghai@gmail.com Reflection on the Drum The iPi Studio hosts a performance of belly dancing entitled Reflection of the Drum, a dance drama featuring dancers from the Czech Republic and Taiwan. 7.30pm. Shanghai Huangpu Theatre, 150 0180 2830, mollybellydance.com

14 July

La Boum Mr and Mrs Bund celebrates Bastille Day by throwing a big French DJ party. DJs Amar and Laura Ingalls light up the decks. 11pm - late. RMB 100, includes RMB 50 worth of drinks. Mr and Mrs Bund, 6323 9898, mmbund.com

21 July

KONSOUL Traditional Indian sitar music meets the contemporary rumble of dubstep in the music of KONSOUL. DJ Sal spaces out alongside with Indian-inspired house tunes. 10pm - late. Lune

TOP THREE LIVE MUSIC EVENTS

China in 10 Words The Royal Asiatic Society holds a discussion on famed Chinese writer Yu Hua's book of short stories entitled China in 10 Words. 6.30pm. RMB 100 (RMB 70 members), including selected drinks. glo London, 6466 6565, bookclub@royalasiaticsociety.org.cn

15 July

Mark Kozelek Known for his highly autobiographical lyrics and his stunningly original rearrangements of classic rock songs, singer-songwriter Mark Kozelek, also of Red House Painters and Sunkilmoon touches down at the old Chairman's livehouse. 8pm. RMB 120 (RMB 80 students). MAO, 6445 0086

14 July

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Baywatch Party Wannabe Hasselhoffs and Andersons out there, this one is for you. Hollywood honours the US television series Baywatch with red suited lifeguards strutting around the space. Suit up with them if you dare. 10pm. Ladies free entrance. Gentlemen RMB 100 after 2.30am. Hollywood, 139 1704 8644

16 July

Mahjong Seminar Befuddled by the seemingly endless array of tiles on the mahjong board? That’s Mandarin, a local Chinese language learning company, teaches participants how to play the game while practicing their Chinese. 2 – 5pm. RMB 60. That’s Mandarin, www. thatsmandarin.com, sales@thatsmandarin.com

Mono/Poly LA based producer Mono/Poly brings his brand of bass heavy, hiphop influenced, astral-projection inducing sonic stylings to The Shelter. Djs Ceezy, Cavia, Drunk Monk and Downstate support. 10pm. RMB 50. The Shelter

6 July

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Secrets of Suzhou See silkworms in action, check out priceless artefacts in I.M. Pei’s Suzhou Musuem and tour one of China’s most wellknown gardens. Newman Tours leads a day trip to Suzhou that looks to both delight and inform. 9.30am – 6.30pm. RMB 880 (adult), RMB 780 (students), RMB 580 (kids), includes transportation, entry fees, Chinese lunch and English native speaking tour guide. Newman Tours, 138 1777 0229, www.newmantours.com

Sweet Summer Sweat Fest Praised by Pitchfork, spun by Spin Magazine, chillwavers Small Black bring their Brooklyn based electro to Shanghai. Kite (Sweden), Party Horse (Hangzhou) and Rejivictim (Shanghai) help keep the crowd boogaloo-ing into the night. 10pm - late. RMB 80. Yuyintang, 5237 8662

Every Thursday

Bluegrass in the Qiao Local guitar player Adam Brooks teams up with mandolin player Tom Peng for an evening of true blue bluegrass. 6.30pm. Bubba’s Hongqiao, 6242 2612

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TOP THREE BEIJING EVENTS 14 July

Levon Vincent NYC raised, now Berlin based experimental producer and DJ Levon Vincent brings his unique neo-house sound to Haze as part of electronic music website Resident Advisor’s Horizons tour. Donald Summer, Carlos Gibbs and David Dicembre support. 9pm. RMB 100 (RMB 70 advance). Haze, (10) 5900 6128

18 July

Night Market @ Dada Showcasing Shanghai's local designers, creatives and wild ideas, Dada's monthly Night Market has grown a substantial following. This month Expat Cucina, The Nutcracker, nue design, Worn By, Doodles & Bubbles, Aisle 13, One Stop Shop, Morning Tears and Nine all show their wares. DJ Sacco brings the tunes. 8pm – 12am. Dada, 150 0018 2212

19 July

Chinese Corner That’s Mandarin holds a Chinese Corner where intermediate and advanced speakers of Chinese alike can learn new vocabulary related to current hot topics. 7 – 9pm. RMB 20. That’s Mandarin, www.thatsmandarin.com, sales@thatsmandarin.com

synthesiser whir. “Catastrophic levels of ass-shaking” await. 10pm. Dada, 150 0018 2212 Rooftop Party: Acid Pony Club and Tzu Sing Local French electro mixmasters Acid Pony Club team up with Tzu Sing, mastermind of Dada's Stockholm Syndrome parties to keep beats rolling on the roof of the Bund's beacon. 4pm – 2am. Free before 5pm with RSVP. Afterwards RMB 80 with one drink. Atanu, www.tictcreative.com, rsvp@tictcreative.com

29 July

Crystal Chamber Music: Ensemble Les Amis The Ensemble Les Amis presents a program of three woodwind quintets by Kann, Berber and Debussy. 4pm. RMB 75 (students RMB 20) includes one drink. M on the Bund, 6350 9988 Forgotten Shanghai Local journalist and photographer Katya Knyazeva shares her knowledge of old Shanghai by leading a tour through the old city, pointing out hidden Ming Dynasty ruins and 1,000 year old streets. 9.30am – 12.30pm. RMB 300. Shanghai Flaneur, 138 1892 2040, www.shanghai-flaneur.com

20 July

Hanggai Unplugged Just back from their European tour, world-wide Mongolian rock sensation Hanggai plays a 100 percent acoustic show at 2 Kolegas. It’s a rare chance to see this band in the raw that fans can’t afford to miss. 9pm. RMB 120. 2 Kolegas, 136 9118 0119, www.2kolegas.com

21 July

YEN 8th Anniversary – Great Wall Party Beijing party promoter YEN celebrates eight years with an all-night blowout at the Huangyaguan section of the Great Wall. DJs Eddie Lv, Blackie, Mickey Zhang and more keep the bricks rattling, while VJ ADD+ keeps the night ablaze with images. Return buses leave for the wall at 7pm sharp from Chaoyang Park South Gate and Huaqing Jiayuan East Gate. 9pm – 5am. RMB 350 (RMB 280 presale from Lush and Aperitivo). Huangyaguan Great Wall, 158 0167 1864, www.o2culture.com

TOP THREE SOUTH CHINA EVENTS 6 July

Michael Wang (Guangliang) Famous for his smash hit ‘Tong Hua’, Malaysian-born songwriter cum popstar Michael Wang aka Guangliang holds a sing-a-long in Dongguan. 8pm. RMB 380 – 480. Yulan Theatre, (769) 2283 7366

7 July

19 July

The Sanctification of the Mango M on the Bund hosts Chinese art historian Freda Murck for a talk about the bizarre deification of mangoes after Mao Zedong donated them to workers at Tsinghua University in 1968. 12pm. RMB 188 includes three course lunch. M on the Bund, 6350 9988

21 July

Belgian National Beer Day @ De Refter Shanghai's dedicated Belgian beer brasserie celebrates Belgium's National Beer Day with free draft beer for Belgians and half priced drafts for everyone else until 9pm. They'll also be giving away a RMB 500 bar tab. De Refter, 3230 2595 Chocolate and Cake-Making Workshop The pastry chef of the Swisshotel Grand Shanghai shows ten amateur pastry makers how to make their own chocolates and cakes like a pro. Soft drinks, snacks and self-made chocolate creations included. Reservations required. RMB 298. Swisshotel Grand Shanghai, 5355 9898 x 6358 White Noise This party is a more solemn affair. DJs EFonkyo, Ceezy and HBD play a show to honour the memory of OJee, a fellow DJ who recently passed away. 10pm - late. RMB 20. The Shelter

Fake Me, I’m Famous Party promoter City Moments holds a night where spoofed versions of celebrities entertain the crowd. 10pm - late. Make sure you get your free mask at the entrance. Free entry for ladies; gentlemen RMB 50. Hollywood, 139 1704 8644

7 – 8 July

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Sub-Cinema Local promoter Sub-Culture continues its free, weekly screening of alternative films. 3 July – Willow (1988); 10 July – Dead Man’s Shoes (2004); 17 July – Punch Drunk Love (2002); 24 July – The Beyond (1981); 31 July – Story of Ricky (1991). 9pm. Dada, 150 0018 2212

Every Friday

80s/90s Night, Dance the Night Away Part of glo London's "Ladies' Triology", a series of three drink/food specials on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The first 20 females can enjoy two mojitos or two glasses of selected wine as well as two vodka jelly shooters and an order of the chef's special tapas for RMB 120 per person. 5 – 11pm. glo London, 6466 6565

Every Friday and Saturday

Gangster Tour Learn about Shanghai’s most infamous gangsters like Du Yuesheng, while seeing if you have what it takes to turn to the dark side by trying your hand at chopstick pick-pocketing and many more activities. In addition, you can also opt to join in a Cops vs. Robbers Shooting Competition to see if you can hit the mark. 6 – 8pm. RMB 260 (adults), RMB 240 (students), RMB 190 (kids), includes one drink in a bar. RMB 490 (adults), RMB 460 (students), including one drink and shooting competition. Newman Tours, 138 1777 0229, www.newmantours.com

22 July

Get Together Ten bands from across China including Shanghai’s Chaos Mind as well as local Horror of Pestilence and Black Parade converge on TUnion Live House in the Guangzhou Sculpture Park. 3 – 10pm. RMB 50 – 90. T-Union Live House, likethat1983@gmail.com OCT-LOFT-T Street Creative Bazaar Shenzhen’s Overseas Chinese City Creative Culture Park (OCT-LOFT) holds a two day festival to showcase creative industries from throughout the Pearl River Delta including design, handicrafts and more. 10am – 10pm (7 July), 10am – 8pm (8 July). OCT-LOFT, (755) 8609 3066 ext 806, tstreet.blogbus.com (Chinese only)

Every Tuesday

Gallops Maths rock meets synth rock meets old school videogames – somewhere in that mishmash you get Gallops, the UK all-instrumental four-piece. They pop into Shanghai's home of rock and roll on their China tour. 9pm - late. RMB 80 (RMB 50 students). Yuyintang, 5237 8662

26 July

Rob Orton @ The Geisha Breaking in his earphones for 12 years as a DJ in Ibiza, UK DJ Rob Orton arrives in Shanghai with his own vibe of dance and electro. 10pm - late. The Geisha, 6403 0244 Popasuda Electro DJ roustabouts Heatwolves and Skinny Brown throw a party blending Brazilian and Jamaican dancehall grooves with a bit of

All Month

Top 100 Summer Hits China Hotel, A Marriott Hotel puts your red Maos to work with promotions all month long on select food items in its Prime Steakhouse, Café Veranda, Four Seasons, Food Street and Sapphire Lounge. China Hotel, A Marriott Hotel, 8666 6888 WHAT’S ON/ONLINE

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DINING American

BISTRO BURGER A Mansion Building, 291 Fumin Lu (near Changle Lu). T: 6170 1315

Real handmade burgers with fresh ingredients. Hours: Sun-Thu 10am-midnight, Fri-Sat 10am-4am

BLUE FROG 102-103A, Block 6, Daning Life Hub, 1918 Gonghe Xin Lu. T: 6631 3920. 207-6 Maoming Nan Lu. T: 6445 6634. Room 3, Green Sports & Leisure Centre, 633 Biyun Lu, Pudong. T: 5030 6426. GF, Super Brand Mall, 168 Lujiazui Xi Lu. T: 5047 3488. 30 Hongmei Entertainment Street, Lane 3338 Hongmei Lu. T: 5422 5119. Lower Level, Unit 12, Novel City, 131 Tianyaoqiao Lu. T: 3368 6117 The ever-reliable Frog.

茂名南路270-6; 浦东金桥, 碧云路 633号-3; 浦东新区陆家嘴西路168号 正大广场GF27(1楼); 虹梅路3338弄 30号; 天钥桥路131号永新坊地下一层 12室(辛耕路口)

KING •132BURGER Yuyuan Lu (near Jiaozhou Lu). T: 6255 2144

Ooh we love a Whopper. www.burgerking.com

汉堡王: 愚园路132号,近胶州路

ROOM •1M,GRILL Jumeirah Himalayas Hotel, 1108 Meihua Lu, Pudong. T: 3858 0888

The steak is great but we love the antipasto and condiment bar!

California Grill •40F,JW’s JW Marriott Hotel, 399 Nanjing Xi Lu. T: 5359 4969 x 6455

Café 1188 •Lobby Level, InterContinental

Shanghai Expo, 1188 Xueye Lu (near Nanmatou Lu). T: 3858 1208 Interactive kitchens and live cooking stations make this brunch a feast for the eyes.

咖啡厅1188:浦东雪野路1188号, 近南码头路,上海世博洲际酒店一楼

C by House of Flour •1228 Beijing Xi Lu. T: 6289 3083 More magic, melting mouthfuls from Brian Tan. 北京西路1228号

Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf •Unit 140-141, Shanghai City Centre,

100 Zunyi Lu. T: 6237 1458. Block B, 1F, Jinlinghaixin Building, 666 Fuzhou Lu (near Yan’an Dong Lu). T: 6391 7971. House 10, Lane 181 Taicang Lu, Xintiandi North Block. T: 6387 4248. 915 Huang Jincheng Lu. T: 6209 9212. Azia Centre, 133 Yincheng Bei Lu. T: 5877 9558. 168 Lujiazui Xi Lu, Unit GF02, Super Brand Mall. T: 5047 1012. No 2, 99 Xikang Lu (near Nanjing Xi Lu). T: 6289 2163. Unit 1, Basement, Plaza KIC, 270 Songhu Lu. T: 6533 3103. Unit 1051B, 1F, Cloud 9 Mall, 1018 Changning Lu. T: 5237 1781. Zendai Thumb Plaza, No.18, 199 Fangdian Lu. T: 5833 0801. Infiniti Plaza ,138 Huaihai Zhong Lu. T: 6375 6167

Jamaica Blue •Chevalier Shop: 82 Wulumuqi Lu.

Shanghai Corporate Avenue Shop: Shop 10, Level 2, 222 Hubin Lu. Ramada Shop: Shop 6, 719 Nanjing Dong Lu Binjiang Shop: 60 Weifang Xi Lu The Exchange: Lobby 101, The Exchange, 299 Tongren Lu Lixing International Plaza Shop: Shop 101,1319 Yan’an Xi Lu. KIC Square Shop: Shop 102A, Building 3, KIC Square, 333 Songhu Lu,Yangpu Central Park Shop: Shop 107, Building 16, Phase 2 Central Park, Apartment 6, Chaoyang Menwei Dajie,Chaoyang District, Beijing Park Avenue Shop: Shop 115, Park Avenue, 6 Chaoyang Gongyuan Nan Lu, Chaoyang District, Beijing Yosemite Shop: Lobby 1, Yosemite Club, 4 Yuyang Road, Houshayu Town, Shunyi District, Beijing 亦园店:乌鲁木齐中路82号;上海企业 天地店:湖滨路222号1号楼2层10号 铺;南京东路店:南京东路719号6号商 铺;上海浦东潍坊西路60号(近浦城 路);东海广场店:铜仁路299号东海 广场101;利星国际广场店:上海市长 宁区延安西路1319弄101室;创智广 场店:杨浦区淞沪路333号创智天地三 期102A单元;新城国际店:朝阳区朝外 大街6号新城国际B期16号楼107号商 铺;公园大道店;朝阳区公园南路6号院 4-3号;顺义优山美地店:顺义区后沙 峪镇榆阳路4号优山美地俱乐部

Hotel, 500 Hengfeng Lu, Shanghai. T: 5253 9999 x 6336

Slabs of meat are complemented by a collection of premium vintages from the wine cellar.

恒丰路500号,上海浦西洲际酒店 3 楼

Bakery & Deli

•2F,Bauernstube Sheraton Shanghai Hongqiao Hotel, 5 Zunyi Nan Lu. T: 6275 8888 x 3104

One of the best places in Shanghai to get cold cuts.

农夫之家食品店:上海市遵义南路 5号,虹桥喜来登上海太平洋大饭店2楼

glo London Bakery Cafe •1 Wulumuqi Nan Lu (near Dongping Lu). T: 6466 6565

Freshly-baked goodies await carb lovers here, and there's fresh roasted coffee for a pick-me-up. Hours: 7am-10pm. www. glolondon.com

Shanghai on the Bund, 2 Zhongshan Dong Yi Lu. T: 6322 9988

Lu. T: 6289 5733

南京西路1376号上海商城111室

Costa Coffee •Shop B, 1F, Ramada Plaza, 719

Bakery •1F,Madeleine Hotel Sofitel, 505 Nanjing Dong Lu. T: 6351 5888 x 4186

Chocolate éclairs and other Parisian goodies. Hours: 7am-9pm 玛德莱娜西饼屋: 南京东路505号, 海 仑宾馆1楼

Cafes, Coffee, Ice Cream

•C-6,BECA Red Town, 570 Huaihai Xi Lu. T: 6280 7232

The perfect place to contemplate life over a latte.

中国上海南京东路20号 200002

Le Crème Milano 434 Shaanxi Nan Lu. T: 6433 5208 www.lecrememilano.com

The Lobby •Lobby Level, The Peninsula Shanghai, 32 on the Bund. T: 2327 2888

All-day dining and the celebrated Peninsula Afternoon Tea with live entertainment. 大堂茶座: 中山东一路32号上海半 岛酒大堂

Qbake 原味坊 •Carrefour Gubei Shop; 268,

Shuicheng Nan Lu. T: 3211 0230. Room 107, Infiniti Plaza 1F, 138 Huaihai Zhong Lu. T: 5888 8993. Room 113, Building 1, Xinyi Street, Building 84, 700 Yishan Lu. T: 3469 0036. Carrefour Jinqiao Shop: 1F, 555 Biyun Lu. T: 5888 8993. Jinting Shop: Unit 1-07,1078 Hongquan Lu. T: 3468 7598 www.qbake.cn

家乐福古北店:水城南路268号古北 家乐福1楼. 淮海中路店:淮海中路 138号无限度广场商场1楼107室. 宜山 路店:宜山路700号84栋新宜街1号楼 113室. 家乐福金桥店:浦东新区金桥 碧云路555号. 井亭店:虹泉路1078号 1-07单元

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Crystal Jade •Unit 2F-12A & B, House 6-7, Lane

123 Xingye Lu, South Block Xintiandi. T: 6385 8752. 7F, West Gate Mall, 1038 Nanjing Xi Lu (near Jiangning Lu). T: 5228 1133. 507B, 5F, Grand Gateway, 1 Hongqiao Lu

2F, Sheraton Shanghai Hongqiao Hotel, 5 Zunyi Nan Lu. T: 6275 8888 x 4910 Hours: 11.30am-2.30pm, 5.30-10pm

翡翠园中餐厅:上海市遵义南路5号, 虹桥喜来登上海太平洋大饭店2楼

• Fook Lam Moon 2F, River Wing, Pudong Shangri-La, 33 Fucheng Lu. T: 6882 8888 x 25

Specialises in sharks fin, abalone and birds nest. Hours: Mon-Fri 11.30am-2.30pm, Sat-Sun 11.30am-3pm. Daily 5-10pm

北京西路500号 (静安雕塑公园二 号门)

上海恒丰路500号,上海浦西洲际酒 店5 楼

Red Beacon Café 500 Beijing Xi Lu (inside Jing'an Sculpture Park)

T: 3211 9999

Famed for its traditional high tea indulgence presented on tiered silver tea stands. Hours: 8am – midnight. www.fairmont.com

万丽轩: 河南南路159号豫园万丽酒店 3楼(近福佑路)

Jade Chinese Restaurant 5F, Hotel Main Tower, InterContinental Shanghai Puxi. T: 5253 9999 x 6399

羿庭:上海外滩华尔道夫酒店,上海市 黄浦区中山东一路2号

(华美达店) 南京东路715号; (仙乐斯 店) 南京西路388号仙乐斯广场; (港汇 店) 虹桥路1号港汇广场2楼; (Eton 裕 景店) 浦东大道545号; (美罗城办公 楼) 肇嘉浜路1111号; 向城路15号和 17号; 九尊,镇宁路9号; 虹梅路3196号

Capturing the essence of great home cooked provincial Chinese cuisine. Hours: 11am-2.30pm, 5-10pm

福临门: 浦东富城路33号上海浦东香格 里拉大酒店浦江2楼

Salon de Ville •Waldorf Astoria Club L Level, Waldorf

JASMINE LOUNGE GF, Fairmont Peace Hotel, 20 Nanjing Dong Lu. T: 6321 6888

Hotel, 159 Henan Nan Lu (near Fuyou Lu). T: 2321 8888

Hours: 9am-11pm

Nanjing Dong Lu. T: 6351 2916. Ciro's Plaza, 388 Nanjing Xi Lu. T: 6334 6035. 545 Pudong Dadao. T: 6888 1773. Metro Tower: 1111 Zhaojiabang Lu. T: 6426 7854. 15 & 17 Xiangcheng Lu (near Dongfang Lu). T: 5081 1182. Joy Plaza: 9 Zhenning Lu. T: 5238 2901. 3196 Hongmei Lu. T: 6406 5909. 269 Wujiang Lu. T: 6136 1403. 638 Huaihai Zhong Lu. T: 5306 5231. 588 Nanquan Bei Lu. T: 5190 6295

Costa cafés are springing up all over town. www.costa.net.cn

Bistro •3F,China Renaissance Shanghai Yuyuan

Club Jin Mao of Grand Hyatt Shanghai, one of the most exclusive authentic Shanghainese restaurants. Hours: 11.30am-2.30pm, 5.30-10pm

金茂俱乐部:浦东世纪大道88号金茂 君悦大酒店86楼

1039 •1039FuYuyuan Lu (near Jiangsu Lu).

Astoria Shanghai on the Bund, 2 Zhongshan Dong Yi Lu. T: 6322 9988

Talk likes to enjoy an afternoon reminiscing at the former news room where Shanghai Club members read their papers and smoked their pipes. Hours: 12-11pm

上海外滩华尔道夫酒店上海黄浦区中 山东一路2号

CAFÉ •488SERENA Yan'an Xi Lu, Hotel Nikko Shanghai. A la carte menu with Asian and Western specialties for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Hours: 6.30am–11.30pm

Shanghai, 33 Fucheng Lu. T: 6882 8888 x 210

浦东富城路33号, 上海浦东香格里拉大 酒店紫金楼二楼

• Yi Garden Café Lobby Level, Renaissance Shanghai

Yuyuan Hotel, 159 Henan Nan Lu (near Fuyou Lu). T: 2321 8888 Contemporary café with open kitchens. Hours: 12pm-11pm

豫园咖啡厅:河南南路159号豫园万 丽酒店大堂(近福佑路)

•25F,Zpark 1018 Changning Lu (Renaissance Shanghai Zhongshan Park Hotel). T: 6115 8810

Sit back, relax and choose from a range of 60 coffee varieties from around the world.

长宁路1018号上海龙之梦万丽酒店25楼

Chinese - Cantonese

Ai Mei 8F, Le Royal Méridien Shanghai, 789 Nanjing Dong Lu. T: 3318 9999 x 7700 Traditional Cantonese, with innovative presentations. Hours: 11.30am-2.30pm, 5.30-10pm

Chuan •47PinTaojiang Lu. T: 6437 9361.

5F, Plaza 66, 1266 Nanjing Xi Lu. T: 6288 8897. Hotline: 400 820 7706, Delivery: 6209 6209

品川, 桃江路47号, 恒隆广场5层南京 西路1266号

House •221Full Shimen Er Lu (near Xinzha Lu). T: 6209 1686

Yum... hongshao rou!

COURT •TheMING Langham Xintiandi, Level 5, 99

Madang Road, Xintiandi. T: 2330 2288

If you crave contemporary Chinese cuisine, then Ming Court is your choice. Specialising in Shanghainese and Cantonese dishes, creating an innovative mix of traditional favourites and modern delicacies.

www.mingcourt-xintiandi.com

新天地朗廷酒店: 马当路99号五层

Court •39F,Sichuan Hilton Shanghai, 250 Huashan Lu. T: 6248 7777 x 1890

Offers an upscale Sichuan dining experience.

天府楼: 华山路250号希尔顿酒店39楼

Spice •3F,Sichuan 500 Hengfeng Lu, Hotel Main Tower, InterContinental Shanghai. T: 5253 9999 x 6358

Garden •6F,Paradise Jinmao Tower, 88 Shiji Dadao, Pudong. T: 5047 7773

Hours: 11.30am-3pm, 5.30-11pm

天萃庭: 浦东世纪大道88号金茂裙 房6层

CUISINE •6F,SHANG-HIGH Jumeirah Himalayas Hotel

Shanghai. 1108 Meihua Lu, Pudong. T: 3858 0768 / 0760

Sichuan Spice offers a pleasant and memorable dining experience with innovative Sichuan cuisine and elegant environment combining Chinese and Western flavour. 恒丰路500号,上海浦西洲际酒店3楼

Sichuan Citizen Restaurant •& Bar 30 Donghu Lu. T: 5404 1235

This Sichuanese restaurant, cocktail bar and tea house is an expansion of the popular Citizen Cafe. www.citizenshanghai.com 龙门阵茶屋川菜馆:东湖路30号

Regional Chinese dishes with seasonal, organic ingredients. www.jumeirah.com

迷•上海餐厅:梅花路1108号上海卓 美亚喜玛拉雅酒店6楼

 

A new Cantonese restaurant with a modern design. www.fccshanghai.com 上海市巨鹿路889号(11-12幢3-4层) 靠近常熟路

Hui Tang •2F,Sheng InterContinental Shanghai Expo,

1188 Xueye Lu (near Nanmatou Lu). T: 3858 1172

We love it for its interactive show kitchens and live cooking stations.

盛会堂:浦东雪野路1188号,近南码 头路 上海世博洲际酒店2楼

唐阁:汉口路740号2楼

• Yi Café 2F, Grand Tower, Pudong Shangri-La,

Chinese - Sichuan

Crazy villa with nooks and crannies. everywhere. 愚园路1039号,近江苏路

Changshu Lu). T: 6445 8082  

• Whisk 1250 Huaihai Zhong Lu (near Changshu 淮海路1250号,近常熟路

雍福会: 永福路200号

@ F.C.C. •BldgMANCHURIA 11-12, 3-4F, 889 Julu Lu (near

T’ang Court 2F, The Langham, Yangtze Boutique, 740 Hankou Lu. T: 6080 0800

Hours: 10.30am-11.30pm. www.whiskcafe. com.cn. whisk@whiskcafe.com.cn

Set on the grounds of the former British Consulate, a haven of fine food, exquisite antiques and peaceful gardens.

Cantonese, Shanghainese and other regional specialties.

赛丽娜: 延安西路488号上海日航酒 店一楼

Lu). T: 5404 7770

Yongfoo Elite •200The Yongfu Lu. T: 5466 2727

T: 5237 1878

• Emerald Garden

Alley •NewPeacock Tower Lobby Level, Waldorf Astoria

Café •1F,Gourmet Shanghai Centre, 1376 Nanjing Xi

Hong Kong-style canting straight out of the 1950s.

Shiji Dadao, Pudong. T: 5049 1234 x 8688

龙凤厅和平饭店:上海南京东路20号

廷廊:汉口路740号朗廷扬子精品酒 店1楼大堂

500 Steak House •3F,Prime Hotel Main Tower, InterContinental

T: 6093 2062

Club Jin Mao •Grand Hyatt, 86F, Jin Mao Tower, 88

Quintessential Cantonese and Shanghainese specialties. Hours: 11.30am - 2pm, 5.30 - 10pm. www.fairmont.com

Serving the Signature Langham afternoon tea with live classical music in the afternoons.

曼哈顿扒房:虹桥路2270号万豪虹桥 大酒店2楼

• cha 30 Sinan Lu (near Huaihai Zhong Lu).

上海市浦东新区方甸路599弄1号 (近锦绣路)

Dong Lu. T: 6321 6888

As fantastic as the steaks here may be, we've also had a mighty fine lobster here.

粤珍轩: 浦东世纪大道88号金茂君悦 大酒店55楼

Exclusive access to luxury private lounge with Huaiyang cuisine.

Phoenix •8F,Dragon Fairmont Peace Hotel, 20 Nanjing

Palm Court 1F, The Langham, Yangtze Boutique, 740 Hankou Lu. T: 6080 0743

Hongqiao Lu. T: 6237 6000 x 6633

Dadao, Pudong. T: 5047 1234 x 8779

Cantonese haute cuisine, contemporary Chinese décor and marvellous city views. Hours: 11.30am-2.30pm, 5.30-10pm

翡翠酒家: 兴业路123弄新天地6-7号 楼F-12A-B;南京西路1038号梅龙镇 广场7楼;虹桥路1号港汇广场507B

Hours: 11.30am-2.30pm, 5.30-10.30pm

Steakhouse •2F,Manhattan Marriott Hotel Hongqiao, 2270

Canton •Grand Hyatt, 55F, Jinmao Tower, 88 Shiji

Fave of Hong Kongers looking for some good hometown cooking.

香啡缤: 遵义路100号虹桥上海城一 楼140-141单元; 福州路666号金陵 海欣大厦1楼B座, 近延安路; 太仓路 181弄新天地广场北里10号楼; 黄金 城道915号; 浦东银城北路133号汇亚 大厦101室; 陆家嘴西路168号正大广 场GF02商铺; 西康路99弄-2(南京西 路,近恒隆广场2座); 淞沪路270号创 智天地广场地下一层01单元,创智天 地店; 长宁路1018号1051室龙之梦店; 芳甸路199弄证大大拇指广场; 淮海中 路138号无限度广场2楼

加州扒房:南京西路399号, 万豪酒 店40楼

艾美中餐厅:南京东路789号上海世 茂皇家艾美酒店(8楼)

In Hong Kong, T’ang Court enjoys an envied reputation and two coveted Michelin stars.

•BundTan18,Wai5F,Lou 18 Zhongshan Dong Yi Lu.

T: 6339 1188

Gourmet Cantonese on the Bund. Hours: 11am-2.30pm, 6-10.30pm

滩外楼中餐厅: 外滩18号5楼,中山东 一路18号

Hao •39F,Wan JW Marriott Hotel, 399 Nanjing Xi Lu. T: 5359 4969 x 6436

Cantonese creations with stunning city views. Hours: 11.30am-2.30pm, 5.3010.30pm

万豪轩中餐厅:南京西路399号39楼

Wan Li Restaurant 2F, Renaissance Shanghai Pudong Hotel, 100 Changliu Lu. T: 3871 4888 x 6612 Hours: 11am-2pm, 5-10pm 万丽轩: 浦东长柳路100号淳大万丽 酒店2层

Wei Jing Ge 5F, Waldorf Astoria Club, 2 Zhongshan Dong Yi Lu. T: 6322 9988

Fancy pants Cantonese at the Waldorf - what's not to love? www.waldorfastoriashanghai.com Hours: Lunch 11.30am-3pm, Dinner 5.30-11pm. 蔚景阁 中山东一路2号外滩华尔道 夫酒店5楼

Whampoa Club 5F, Three on the Bund, 3 Zhongshan Dong Yi Lu. T: 6321 3737

Superbly inventive food with a dedicated following. Hours: 11.30am-2.30pm, 5.30-10pm 黄浦会: 中山东一路3号外滩3号5楼

Xiao Nan Guo •3337 Hongmei Lu. T: 3208 9777.

17 Yincheng Xi Lu. T: 5887 7000. 1398 Nanjing Xi Lu. T: 6289 1717. 3F, New Jinjiang Tower, 161 Changle Lu. T: 6472 1982 / 6415 1188 x 80306 Deserved reputation for traditional Shanghainese food. Hours: 11am-2pm, 5-10pm

小南国:虹梅路3337号; 银城西路 17号; 南京西路1398号;长乐路161号 新锦江大酒店三楼

Shanghai •338YeHuangpi Nan Lu, Xintiandi. T: 6311 2323

Modern Shanghainese with a solid dim sum spread and live jazz every weekend. Hours: 11.30am-2.30pm, 5.30-10.30pm 夜上海: 黄陂南路338号新天地

South Beauty 5F, Shanghai Times Square, 93 Huaihai Zhong Lu. T: 6391 0890. Unit 1, 28 Taojiang Lu. T: 6445 2581. Unit B7-B8, Shanghai City Centre, 100 Zunyi Lu (near Xianxia Lu). T: 6237 2885. 881 Yan’an Zhong Lu. T: 6247 5878. 3F, Citic Square, 1168 Nanjing Xi Lu. T: 5292 5331 Great Sichuan classics served with flair in fantastic surroundings. Hours: 11am-10pm

俏江南:淮海中路93号大上海时代 广场5楼;桃江路28号一座;遵义路 100号虹桥上海城外围街B7-B8单 元,近仙霞路; 延安中路881号;南京西 路1168号中信泰富广场3楼

Chinese - Yangzhou

SOAHC Restaurant & Tea Garden Bldg 3, Lane 123, Xingye Lu, Xintiandi. T: 6385 7777 It’s chaos spelled backwards! Go figure.

鸿禧茶居: 兴业路123弄新天地南里 3号楼

Du Lac •383Villa Huangpi Nan Lu (near Xingye Lu). T: 6387 6387

湖庭: 黄陂南路383号(近兴业路)

Delivery Element Fresh •T: 5116 9887

Laowais love EF! Minimum order RMB 40. No delivery fee. Delivery service covers downtown, Lujiazui and Jinqiao area. http://order.elementfresh.com

Yue Xuan •Tower 2, 1F, 1116 Hongsong Dong Lu. T: 3323 6666

Seriously authentic Cantonese, and the Singaporean chef throws in some great Southeast Asian specialties too! 上海市红松东路1116号

Chinese - Shanghai 599 •LaneChateau 599, 1 Fangdian Lu (near Jinxiu Lu). T: 5033 9113

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Munchies 974 Wuding Lu, (near Jiaozhou Lu). T: 6218 4616. 563 Shunchang Lu (near Yongnan Lu). T: 6311 3616

拉图餐厅: 浦东世纪大道88号金茂 裙楼5楼

Sherpa's •T: 6209 6209

T: 6437 6465

Free delivery within 1km. Hours: 10am-10pm

Petit Franck •376LeWukang Lu (inside Ferguson Lane).

Serving hungry people in Shanghai since 1999, Sherpa's now works with over 100 international and Chinese restaurants.  www.sherpa.com.cn

Xi Lu. T: 5359 4969 x 6422

Delivers an innovative assortment of international and Asian dishes. Open for breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner, guests can indulge in the Cachet’s global epicurean delights throughout the day. www.mingcourt-xintiandi.com

•2F,OTheon2Longemont Shanghai,1116

CACHET The Langham Xintiandi, Level 1, 99 Madang Lu, Xintiandi. T: 2330 2288

新天地朗廷酒店: 马当路99号五层

Spectacular city views, fresh a la carte and elaborate buffets. 2

Traditional Italian food with a touch of Venice.

Basement B02, Shanghai Bay, 1138 Pudong Nan Lu (near Zhangyang Lu). T: 6888 2993

Brasserie •2F,Renaissance Renaissance Shanghai Pudong Hotel, 100 Changliu Lu. T: 3871 4888 x 6622

Lane 155, 18 Jianguo Zhong Lu (near Ruijin Er Lu). T: 6473 0774 建国中路155弄18号(瑞金路口)

Mia •10 Bella Baoqing Lu (near Fuxing Zhong

Serves delicious and healthy Italian food and top quality wine. Hours: 11.30am–2.30pm; 6pm–midnight

Some of the best Neapolitan pizzas in town!

226 Jinxian Lu (near Shaanxi Nan Lu). T: 6256 8998

Lu). T: 3461 9627

•3F,Basilico InterContinental Shanghai Expo,

1188 Xueye Lu (near Nanmatou Lu). T: 3858 1172

They have a marble table shaped like Italy. 'Nuff said.

上海衡山路842号,近天平路

Allure •Lobby, Le Royal Méridien Shanghai,

789 Nanjing Dong Lu. T: 3318 9999 x 7022

Bringing wine experience and enjoyment to a new level in a historical setting. www.napawinebarandkitchen.com

T: 6218 3798

•2F,Chez Marie Majesty Plaza, 700 Jiujiang Lu / 719

Bei Lu). T: 6318 0057

Fantastic Australian filet, sirloin steak  and much more.

江阴路57号(近黄陂北路)

Bistrot •1023Pomodoro Kangding Lu. Authentic Italian food with simple, fresh, healthy ingredients. 静安区康定路1023号

Faultless Italian in the classy atrium setting of The Westin.

帕戈意大利餐厅:河南中路88号威斯 汀大饭店2楼

•913Casanova Julu Lu (near Changshu Lu).

进贤路222号, 近陕西南路

T: 5403 4528

The menu of traditional French dishes comes highly recommended.

艾露:南京东路789号上海世茂皇家 艾美酒店(大堂楼)

Brasserie la fourchette •1 Xiangyang Bei Lu (near Julu Lu). T: 6418 6389

Good French fare with even better service.

Room •87F,Dining 100 Shiji Dadao, Park Hyatt Shanghai. T: 6888 1234 x 4560

With Chef Lukas at the helm, we've had some great meals here.

世纪大道100号上海柏悦酒店87楼, 近东泰路

•JeanNougatine Georges, 4F, Three on the

Bund, 3 Zhongshan Dong Yi Lu (near Guangdong Lu). T: 6321 7733

Hongmei Lu. T: 6465 8880

Decent German food for reasonable prices in a cosy, hearty atmosphere. Hours: 10.30amlate. www.papas-bierstube.com 德国乡村酒吧:虹梅路3338弄, 虹梅 休闲街22-24号 (靠近延安西路)

Paulaner Brauhaus •150 Fenyang Lu. T: 6474 5700.

Xintiandi North Block, Lane 181 Taicang Lu (near Madang Lu). T: 6320 3935. 2967 Lujiazui Lu. T: 6888 3935

Serves bountiful plates of authentic German food and jugs of German grog. Hours: Mon-Fri 5pm-2am, Sat 12pm-2am, Sun 11am-2am

Door •1468TheHongqiao Lu. T: 6295 3737 乾门:虹桥路1468号

Stiller's The Cool Docks, 479 Zhongshan Lu, near Fuxing Dong Lu

BistroT •376Franck Wukang Lu, Ferguson Lane. T: 158 2167 6767 / 6437 6465

As French as it gets in Shanghai. Hours: Tues-Sun from 6-10.30pm, Sat & Sun from 12-2.30pm

On top of hosting one of the city's most professional cooking classes, Stiller's fine dines with the best.

Global CAFE & LOUNGE •1F,ARTE Jumeirah Himalayas Hotel Shanghai

1108 Meihua Lu, Pudong. T. 3858 0718 x 0710 International buffet for breakfast, lunch and dinner. www.Jumeirah.com

郁▪全日餐厅:梅花路1108号上海卓美 亚喜玛拉雅酒店1楼

Element Fresh 112, Shanghai Centre, 1376 Nanjing Xi Lu. T: 6279 8682. 4-5F, Kwah Centre, 1028 Huaihai Zhong Lu (near Donghu Lu). T: 5403 8865. GF, Northwest corner, Super Brand Mall, Luijiazui Xi Lu (near Fucheng Lu), Pudong. T: 5047 2060. Shop 163, GF, Grand Gateway Mall, 1 Hongqiao Lu. T: 6407 5992. 331 Hongfeng Lu, Jinqiao, Pudong. T: 3382 1700. 6F, 228 Xizang Nan Lu. T: 6334 3598. 1F, Gubei Garden Plaza, 2088 Yan'an Xi Lu. T: 5116 9887. 1F, Kerry Parkside Pudong 1378 Huamu Lu (near Fangdian Lu, opposite Century Park South Gate) Healthy, tasty food and great service. Hours: Sun-Thu 7am-11pm, Fri-Sat 7am-midnight

新元素:南京西路1376号112室;淮 海中路1028号嘉华中心4&5楼;浦东 陆家嘴正大广场一楼;虹桥路1号港 汇广场; 红枫路331号; 西藏南路228号 永银大厦6楼;延安西路2088号虹桥 嘉顿广场一层;花木路1378号浦东嘉 里城1楼

- All Day Dining •1F,Essence Block 2, 1116 Hongsong Dong Lu, Hilton Shanghai Hongqiao. T: 3323 6571

All day dining with a global spread of Chinese, Pan-Asian and Atlantic favourites. www.shanghaihongqiao.hilton.com 全日制餐厅-元:上海红松东路 1116号,上海虹桥元一希尔顿酒店 二号楼一层

厨:上海浦东嘉里大酒店上海浦东新 区花木路1388号

• THE HOUSE OF ROOSEVELT, SKY Restaurant 27 Zhongshan Dong Yi Lu. T: 2322 0888

Continental delights are the order of the day at this restaurant, along with the impressive Bund view. www.rooseveltchina.com 中山东一路27号

T8 •House 8, North Block Xintiandi, Lane

Georges •4F, Jean Three on the Bund, Zhongshan Dong Yi

上海市松江区泗泾镇泗陈公路 3388弄,上海东方佘山索菲特大酒 店1楼

elevated •TheXTD Langham Xintiandi, Level 5, 99

Madang Road, Xintiandi T: 2330 2288

The perfect outdoor lounge and terrace for a casual lunch, dinner or after-work drinks. 新天地朗廷酒店: 马当路99号五层

Lu. T: 6321 7733 Regularly voted the best dining in town. Hours: 11.30am-2.30pm, 5.30 - 10pm 让乔治法国餐厅:中山东一路 3号4楼

La Creperie •1 Taojiang Lu (near Dongping Lu).

T: 5465 9055 A great selection of galettes, crepes, traditional cakes and cider. Hours: 10.30am until late, last order 11.30pm 桃江路1号,近东平路

TABLE •8F, LA 35 Shaanxi Nan Lu, near Changle Lu.  T: 6215 8777 French twins and chefs Jacques and Laurent Pourcel have Michelin stars. Hours: Daily, 5.30-10.30pm 陕西南路35号8楼近长乐路

•5F, Jinmao Tower Side Building, 88 Shiji La Tour

Dadao, Pudong. T: 5047 5859 Fine French fare in the shadow of the Jinmao Tower. Hours: 11.30-2pm, 5.30-11pm

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One of the highest restaurants in the world, and it has multiple show kitchens? Too many views to choose from!

百味园:上海外滩华尔道夫酒店, 上 海市黄浦区中山东一路2号

• Grill 56F, Grand Hyatt, 88 Shiji Dadao,

Different buffets available through the week, and a Champagne brunch every Sunday.

Tempt your taste buds with succulent steaks and fresh seafood. Hours (dinner only): SunThu 5.30-10pm, Fri-Sat 5.30-10.30pm

Atrium Café Lobby, Hilton Hotel, 250 Huashan Lu. T: 6248 0000 x 1860 华山路250号,希尔顿大酒店大堂

Blue Marlin Bar & Restaurant 689 Lantian Lu, Green City Jinqiao. T: 5030 9676 Features a live band, outdoor seating, happy hour, pool table, catering, company events and family days. 蓝枪鱼餐厅:浦东金桥碧云社区蓝天 路689号(迪卡侬对面)

CATHAY ROOM •9F,THE Fairmont Peace Hotel, 20 Nanjing

Dong Lu. T: 6321 6888

Sparkling Bund views and European home-style dishes for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Open daily from 6am -11pm. www. fairmont.com 华懋阁:上海南京东路20号

Pudong. T: 5049 1234 x 8907

烧烤: 浦东世纪大道88号金茂君悦大 酒店56楼

Indian

东方路889号上海红塔豪华精选酒 店39楼

Hotel, 500 Hengfeng Lu, Shanghai. T: 5253 9999 x 6338

Features live preparation of pizza, pasta and a wide range of continental favourites. 恒丰路500号,上海浦西洲际酒店3楼

Favola 8F, Le Royal Méridien Shanghai, 789 Nanjing Dong Lu. T: 3318 9999

Chic Italian restaurant featuring food from various regions of Italy.

Va Bene Shanghai •House 7, North Block, Xintiandi, Lane 181, Taicang Lu. T: 6311 2211

This is Xintiandi chic, with some of Shanghai’s very best Italian food, at high-end prices. www.vabeneshanghai.com 太仓路新天地北里181弄7号

•28F,YU99Bar Jiangbin Road, Luwan

District, Shanghai Marriott Hotel Luwan T: 5318 8888

Be impressed by the inspiring landscape of Lupu Bridge crossing over the Huangpu River. Dance to the rhythm of the river while enjoying the fine wines with a spectacular view of new post Expo Shanghai.

上海市卢湾区江滨路99号28楼(打浦 路底)上海绿地万豪酒店

Italian restaurant •92 Gioiamia Xuanhua Lu. T: 3250 7188 Italian dining and aperitivo venue with a chic bar, a cosy lounge loft and a pool table.

中山南路505号

•27F,Giovanni’s Sheraton Shanghai Hongqiao

The cheapest free flow brunch in town.

Punjabi •Thumb Plaza, Lane 199, 43 Fangdian

Lu (near Yingchun Lu). T: 5033 2642. Peace Square, 12-20 Shuicheng Lu (near Hongqiao Lu). T: 6278 8626

M on the Bund •7F, 5 on the Bund. T: 6350 9988

One of the best Indian restaurants in the city. Hours: 11.30am-2pm, 6-10.30pm www.vedascuisine.com

米氏餐厅:外滩5号7楼

    Italian

Lu, Pudong. T: 5050 4567

on the Grille •505Kebabs Zhongshan Nan Lu. T: 6152 6567

•3F,VEDAS 83 Changshu Lu (near Julu Lu)

Marriott Café 38F, JW Marriott Hotel, 399 Nanjing

•39F,Danieli's The Hongta Hotel, 889 Dongfang

A blend of old-world charm and modern convenience with an indimenticabile (unforgettable) atmosphere. Hours: 1210pm (Sun-Fri); 12-11pm (Sat). www.gennaro-s.com

World-class. What more can we say about Jade on 36?

The sort of restaurant you read about in Conde Nast magazines and other glossies. Hours: 11.30am-2.30pm, 6.15-10.30pm

大马可:东诸安浜路103号1楼;虹桥 路1号港汇广场1楼(新元素对面)

Guyang Lu. T: 2428 6507

富城路33号浦东香格里拉大酒店36楼

Da Marco 1F, 103 Dongzhu'anbang Lu, Golden Bridge Garden. T: 6210 4495. 1F, Grand Gateway, 1 Hongqiao Lu (across from Element Fresh). T: 6447 7577

Italian Restaurant •1F,Gennaro Mandarin City Clubhouse, 1129

Students flock to the all-you-can-eat-anddrink deal in the evenings.

Jade on 36 36F, Pudong Shangri-La, 33 Fucheng Lu. T: 6882 8888 x 280

意庐: 浦东世纪大道88号金茂君悦大 酒店56楼

法沃莱:南京东路789号世茂皇家艾 美大酒店

Astoria Shanghai On the Bund, 2 Zhongshan Dong Yi Lu. T: 6322 9988 T: 6888 1234 x 4560

A stylish trattoria that serves traditional Italian favorites. Hours: 11.30am-2.30pm, 5.30-10pm

All Day Dining •3F,Ecco Hotel Main Tower, InterContinental

Vie All Day Dining 1F, Sofitel Shanghai Sheshan Oriental, 3388 Sichen Lu, Sijing Town. T: 3761 8888 x 1911

Square,1717 Nanjing Xi Lu. T: 3127 8577

Pudong. T: 5049 1234 x 8908

Dine in style with tranquil lagoons and fresh seafood.

太仓路181弄新天地北里8号

Grand Brasserie •New Tower Ground Level, Waldorf

Wine alcove? Check. Barista bar? Check. Courtyard garden? Check. And it's part of the Waldorf's great brunch tour! Hours: 6.30am-11pm

An authentic dining experience best ended with its delicious pear and ricotta dessert. reservations@sabatini-sh.com Hours: Lunch 11.30am-2.30pm, High Tea 3-5.30pm, Dinner 6-10.30pm

Justifiably labelled world class. Hours: 11.30am-2.30pm, 6.30-11.30pm.

复兴西路299号

Century Avenue •91F100 Park Hyatt, 100 Shijie Dadao.

A haven of authentic Italian & Mediterranean dining

Voted as one of the best Italian restaurants in Shanghai, Danieli's has a stunning interior design and panoramic views of Pudong. Hours: 6-10.30pm. Set Lunch: MondayFriday 11.30am-2pm. Sunday Brunch: 11.30am-2pm

181, Taicang Lu. T: 6355 8999

Healthful fusion food and revitalising ginger-infused teas. www.gingercorp.asia

T: 6321 0586 French comfort food with classic dishes such as French onion soup and tarte tatin. www. hamiltonhouse.com.cn

•1F,SABATINI South Annex,Wheelock

•56F,Cucina Grand Hyatt, 88 Shiji Dadao,

Ginger •299 Fuxing Xi Lu. T: 6433 9437

House •137Hamilton Fuzhou Lu (near Jiangxi Lu).

Ciao Dining Room and Ciao •Bambino

COOK •1388TheHuamu Lu, Kerry Hotel Pudong, Shanghai. T: 6169 8888

T: 6384 2322

Isabelle serves simple Italian food that keeps people coming back for more. Hours: 11.30am-2pm, 5.30-11.30pm

1F, The Langham, Yangtze Boutique, 740 Hankou Lu. T: 6080 0800 x 7744

International a la carte restaurant featuring 11 live theatre kitchens, with a gourmet deli and food hall. Don't miss the laksa! Hours: 6.30am-11pm

Isabelle •19 Trattoria Ji'an Lu, (near Hubin Lu).

Hands down one of the best Italian joints in town. 巨鹿路913号, (近常熟路)

Saints Restaurant 1F, The Hongta Hotel, 889 Dongfang Lu, Pudong. T: 5050 4567 x 6312 圣思园:浦东东方路889号1楼上海瑞 吉红塔大酒店

German

宝莱纳:汾阳路150号;太仓路181弄 新天地广场北里19-20号;陆家嘴西 路2967号

Called The Door because it’s full of antique doors. It's certainly unique.

As the casual sibling to Jean Georges, Nougatine features the same top-notch cooking and a menu suitable for all budgets. Hours: 6–11pm

Owner/chef Antonio Sciaraffa serves authentic Italian food in a friendly, home setting.

Prego 2F, The Westin Shanghai, 88 Henan Zhong Lu. T: 6335 1888

Cosy relaxed European decor, first floor coffee house and lounge with wi-fi. Hours: Mon-Fri 11am-12.30am, Sat-Sun 10am-12.30am

Bierstube •UnitPapa’s 22-24, Hongmei Food Street, 3338

Lu). T: 5465 2177

茂名南路207号-7(近永嘉路)

T: 3304 1205

A three-story villa that serves contemporary French cuisine. Hours: Sun-Thurs 3pm-2am, Fri-Sat 3pm-late

Pane e Vino Ristorante •207-7 Maoming Nan Lu (near Yongjia

Wine Bar & Kitchen •1-2F,NAPA 57 Jiangyin Lu (near Huangpi

南京东路719号上海南新雅大酒店2楼

巴赛利意大利餐厅:浦东雪野路 1188号,近南码头路 上海世博洲际 酒店三楼

T: 5466 0842

Italian eatery lauded for its hearty prix fixe menu and oyster fetish.

Buffet with city views of Nanjing Lu. Hours: 6am-10pm

万丽咖啡厅:浦东长柳路100号上海 淳大万丽酒店2楼

Citizen Bar and Café 222 Jinxian Lu (near Shaanxi Nan Lu). T: 6258 1620

Lounge & Restaurant •842842Hengshan Lu (near Tianping Lu).

• Osteria

Comely Buffet 2F, Majesty Plaza Shanghai, 719 Nanjing Dong Lu. T: 6350 0000 x 208

玛利亚西餐厅:九江路700号/南京东 路719号南新雅大酒店二楼

Five tables with bistro fare, just like the name says.

La Piazzetta Italian •Restaurant

A la carte menu and dinner buffet. Hours: 6.30am-11pm

Nanjing Dong Lu. T: 6350 0000 x 201

5 tables bistro •210The Danshui Lu (near Zizhong Lu).

If mid-priced homestyle pastas and pizzas float your boat, Gondola’s your ticket.

上海龙之梦丽晶大酒店二楼

One of the most extensive selections of Asian and Western cuisines in the city.

上海外滩华尔道夫酒店:上海黄浦区 中山东一路2号

French

Dong Lu). T: 6321 9803

贡多拉意式餐厅:河南中路16号, 近延安东路

This New York-style fine dining restaurant is elegant without being too formal.

6F, Bund 18,18 Zhongshan Dong Yi Lu (near Nanjing Dong Lu). T: 6323 9898 Classy, but not stuffy. Relaxed, without sacrificing the chic factor. Hours: Mon-Fri: 11.30am-2.30pm Tue-Sat: 6.30pm-4am Sun-Mon: 6.30-10.30pm www.mmbund.com

Gondola •16 La Henan Zhong Lu (near Yan’an

Bacaro Italian Restaurant & •Vinoteca

•Modern Eatery by Paul Pairet

Walk inside and be transported to the culinary heart of Italy, where you will indulge in authentic Italian cuisine with a modern touch.

Yan’an Xi Lu. T: 6115 9988 x 8220

Pelham’s Waldorf Astoria Club L Level, Waldorf Astoria Shanghai on the Bund, 2 Zhongshan Dong Yi Lu. T: 6322 9988

Mr & Mrs Bund

Shanghai. T: 6115 9988 x 8230

襄阳路102号 (近淮海路 )

宣化路92号

Hotel, 5 Zunyi Nan Lu. T: 6275 8888 x 4276

Sample authentic cuisine from various regions of Italy. Hours: 12-2pm, 6-10.30pm

吉范尼斯意大利餐厅:上海市遵义 南路5号,虹桥喜来登上海太平洋大 饭店27楼

T: 6445 8100 / 6404 1551

•150AMBROSIA Fenyang Lu. T: 6431 3935

Former home of legendary General Bai set in immaculate gardens. Japanese and Korean cuisine cooked on smokefree grills. 仙炙轩:汾阳路150号

Japanese Restaurant •3F,Benkay Hotel Nikko Shanghai, 488 Yan’an Xi Lu. T: 3211 9999

Under the culinary direction of Japanese Chef Kato-san, Benkay offers sushi, tempura and teppanyaki.

弁庆日餐厅:延安西路488号上海日 航酒店三楼

常熟路83号3楼 (近巨鹿路)

Amici 2F, 1116 Yan’an Xi Lu, The Longemont

Japanese

Salvatore cuomo •SuiteTheD,Kitchen 2967 Lujiazui Xi Lu. T: 5054 1265

浦东陆家嘴西路2967号D座

DOZO Izakaya Dining Bar 2F, Wheelock Plaza, South Annex, 1171 Nanjing Xi Lu (near Huashan Lu) Sumo sized lunch sets and late night eats with a buy one get one free special on Asahi draft and select sake from 9pm on weekdays and 10pm on weekends.

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ABUSE •98 SUSHI Yanping Lu (near Xinzha Lu).

T: 5175 9818 An attempt at sustainable all-you-can-eat sushi.

延平路98号(近新闸路)

INC •2F,SUSHI, Citigroup Tower, 33 Huayuanshiqiao Lu (near Fucheng Lu). T: 5877 6551

Haiku's sister restaurant is a solid choice for a sushi lunch in Lujiazui. 花园石桥路33号2楼, 近富城路

OYAMA •20 SUSHI Donghu Lu (near Huaihai Zhong Lu). T: 5404 7705

20 course omakase menu served by Oyama-san himself

•1F,Tairyo 139 Ruijin Yi Lu. T: 5382 8818.

Japanese restaurant •BldgHikari 10, 3911 Hongmei Lu. T: 6242 9186

慕光日本料理: 虹梅路3911弄10号楼

•24Itoya Ruijin Er Lu. T: 6467 1511.

Lane 19, 6 Ronghua Xidao. T: 6219 2286. 3F, Central Plaza, 381 Huaihai Zhong Lu. T: 5382 5777 Great sushi, a classic favourite.

伊藤家:瑞金二路24号;荣华西道 19弄6号;淮海中路381号中环广场3楼

15 Dongping Lu. T: 6445 4734. 2F, Hengshan Hotel, 543 Hengshan Lu. T: 6433 0899 / 6437 7050. 3F, South Building, Hong Kong Plaza, 283 Huaihai Zhong Lu. T: 6390 7244. 943 Hongxu Lu. T: 6242 2190. 1288 Hongqiao Lu. T: 6278 3105 / 6278 3106 RMB 160 all you can handle. What more could you want?

瑞金一路139号1楼;东平路15号; 衡山路543号衡山宾馆2楼;淮海中 路283号香港广场南座3楼;虹许路 943号;虹桥路1288号

London

I.Z.K.Y. •Guoson Centre, Block 1, 1F, 388

glo London Gastro Grill •1 Wulumuqi Nan Lu (near Dongping Lu).

They've got all the s's covered: shabu shabu, sukikyaki, sushi and sashimi.

International favourites straight out of London, guv'nor! Hours: Mon-Sun 11amMidnight. www.glolondon.com

Daduhe Lu. T: 6095 8888 x 7052

•1MF,J-MIX Jumeirah Himalayas Hotel, 1108

T: 6466 6565.

Meihua Lu, Pudong. T: 3858 0888

Its private teppanyaki rooms make for good grilling.

Fangdian Lu, Pudong. T: 5033 6637. B1-03, Multi-Media Plaza, 999 Changning Lu (near Zhongshan Park). T: 6340 1923 We are big fans of the Super Burrito sets. It's Mexican food, California-style.

Cantina Agave A Mansion, 291 Fumin Lu (near Changle Lu). T: 6170 1310. 357 Hongfeng Lu (near Biyun Lu). T: 6886 0706

Big burritos, tacos and a salsa bar to fill you up, and Shanghai's widest selection of tequilas to wash it down. www.cantinaagave.com

•2F,Maya Shanghai Grand Plaza, Club

House, 568 Julu Lu (near Shaanxi Nan Lu). T: 6289 6889

Our pick for the best mid-range Mexican in town.

Mexico Lindo Unit 39, Lane 3338, Hongmei Entertainment Street. T: 6465 9336

虹梅路3338弄虹梅路休闲街39号

Middle Eastern

Crossroad •B5-B6, Shanghai City Centre, 100 Zunyi Lu (near Xianxia Lu). T: 6237 2916

遵义路100号虹桥上海城外围街B5 6单元(近仙霞路)

Cuisine •BF,Singapore 1515 Nanjing Xi Lu (near Tongren Lu). T: 5298 6126

It won’t win prizes for the most inventive restaurant name in Shanghai, but at least you know what you’re getting.

新加坡佳肴:南京西路1515号嘉里中 心底楼(近铜仁路)

Scandinavian

•B1,Aurora Infiniti Plaza, 138 Huaihai Zhong Lu. T: 6375 6770 Scandinavian fine dining, from seafood platters to shashliks.

Southeast Asian

Asiatique The Flavors of Asia 2F, 369 Xianxia Lu, Grand Mercure Hongqiao. T: 5153 3300 x 3700 With graceful and cosy dining ambiance. Hours: 6am-10.30pm

泛亚风情餐厅: 仙霞路369号虹桥美 爵酒店二楼

Nepalese

Nyonya •417MyDagu Lu (near Shimen Yi Lu). T: 6327 0800.

Neat little Malaysian in the middle of Dagu Lu's strip of restaurants. Hours: 11am-10pm

巨鹿路819弄4号

Sushi, sashimi and yakitori in a stylish interior. Hours: 11.30am-2.30pm, 5.3010pm 日珍: 浦东世纪大道88号金茂君悦

500 Dongchang Lu (near Pudong Nan Lu). T: 5877 2262

Hours: 11am-2pm, 6-11pm

Pizza Malaysian

•376Acote Wukang Lu (inside Ferguson Lane). T: 6437 6465

House Restaurant •TheLong Cool Docks, Bldg 7, 505

Zhongshan Nan Lu. T: 6131 3238

•2F,Koi InterContinental Shanghai Puxi Hotel, 500 Hengfeng Road T: 5253 9999

Chicago Deep Dish Pizza •1636CJ Beijing Xi Lu (near Jiaozhou Lu).

Japanese Restaurant provides authentic Japanese flavours. Hours: 11:30am –10pm

More sushi options than you can shake a stick at. 徐汇区永嘉路630号

Plaza. T: 3214 0024. Lane 248 Taikang Lu (near Sinan Lu). T: 5466 0969 Hours: 10am-midnight

Mediterranean

Azur 26F, 1018 Changning Lu (Renaissance Shanghai Zhongshan Park Hotel). T: 6115 8888 Fitness fiends love the healthy lunch and long salad bar.

长宁路1018号上海龙之梦万丽酒店26楼

Casa 13 •Building 7, Lane 155 Jianguo Lu (near Ruijin Lu). T: 6473 0820

Eduardo Vargas's take on Mediterranean classics. www.casa13.cn

Pizza Italia •1B50 Zhongshan Park Metro Town,

890 Changning Lu. T: 5241 4870 / 5241 4878. Unit 105, 1111 Huaihai Zhong Lu. T: 6473 9994. 3032 Yan'an Xi Lu. T: 6209 9129 / 6406 9426. 1-43 Thumb Plaza, Lane 199, 38 Fangdian Lu. T: 5033 0102 / 5033 0809. 5F, 15A/B, Super Brand Mall, 168 Lujiazui Xi Lu. T: 5047 0835 / 5047 0836. SB02, City Plaza, 1618 Nanjing Xi Lu. T: 6288 2477 / 6473 9994

长宁路890号中山公园1B50;淮海中 路1111号105;延安西路3032号;芳 甸路38号199弄大拇指广场1-43;陆 家嘴168号正大广场5楼15A/B;南京 西路1618号

Flavourful falafels! And don’t miss the takehome dips. Hours: 10am-10pm

•803SHINTORI Julu Lu (near Fumin Lu).

•1F,Leonardo’s Hilton Hotel, 250 Huashan Lu.

黄陂南路380号新天地南里

Uber-smooth eatery that takes some finding. Hours: Mon-Fri 5.30-11pm, Sat-Sun 11.30am-11pm

Open for dinner only. Hours: 6.30-10.30pm

大沽路415号 (近成都南路)

新都里无二:巨鹿路803号

WITH AQUA •2F,SUN 6 on the Bund, Zhongshan Dong Yi

Lu (near Guangdong Lu). T: 6339 2779 Immaculate interior and open kitchen, with an emphasis on delicate seafood dishes. 中山东一路(外滩)6号2楼

427 Jinfeng Lu. T: 5226 4137. 1983 Huamu Bei Lu (Inside Season Villa), Pudong. T: 5833 2204. 18 Lane 896 Jianhe Lu (near Kele Lu). T: 6262 9055. 322 Anfu Lu (near Wukang Lu). T: 6437 6375 Bei Lu, Pudong. T: 5094 5881

T: 6248 0000 x 1850

李奥纳多:华山路250号希尔顿酒店1楼

•UnitLuna 1, House 15, North Block,

Xintiandi, Lane 181 Taicang Lu. T: 6336 1717

Still going strong in its great Xintiandi location. Hours: 11.30am-2am

璐娜:太仓路181弄新天地北里15幢 单元1

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玛满矿:南京西路1168号417商 铺;淮海中路300号香港新世界大 厦L401室

Simply Thai •Dongping: 5C Dongping Lu. Hours:

Swiss Suisse •1582Chalet Kangding Lu (near Wanhangdu

Thai Gallery •127-1 Datian Lu (near Beijing Xi Lu).

Features typical Swiss delicacies in a Chalet style atmosphere. Hours: Tue-Sun, 5.30-11pm

Don’t miss the aesthetics while enjoying the authentic Thai food in a tatami seat. Hours: 11am-2.30pm, 5.30pm-12.30am

Lu). T: 3353 3887

上海市静安区康定路1582

You can never order too many pieces of their excellent shrimp toast. 南京东路635号6楼7楼,近浙江中路

大田路127-1号 (近北京西路)

This Thai eatery has come to be known as one of the most authentic in town.

(near Jinling Lu). T: 5404 5757

泰国家: 武定路657弄12号205室, 近 西康路; 嘉善路518号(近建国西路和 肇嘉浜路)

The eponymous restaurant of Guillermo "Willy" Trullas packed up its tapas, paellas and other Spanish treats and moved to the Bund. Expect Willy's trademark quirkiness in the decor and yin yang structured menu! www.el-willy.com Hours: Mon-Sat: 11.30am-2.30pm and 6-10:30pm, Saturday Brunch 11.30am-3.00pm

Table •664Thai Baole Lu, Huacao Town, Minhang. T: 6221 2953.

Hours: 11am-10pm

闵行区华漕镇保乐路664号

中山东路22号 (近金陵路)

Turkish Taiwanese

•2F,Puli Lane 199, Thumb Plaza, 19

Fangdian Lu, Pudong. T: 5033 9221 Hours: 11:00am-11:00pm

上海市浦东新区芳甸路大拇指广场 199弄19号2楼

延平路98号(近新闸路)

de Provence •4F,L’Arbre Metro City, 1111 Zhaojiabang Lu (near Caoxi Bei Lu). T: 6426 7698

Thai T: 5228 1588

Hours: 11.30am-2pm, 5-11pm. www.chiang-mai.com.cn

清迈府泰国料理: 康定路1019号(近 延平路)

Coconut Paradise 38 Fumin Lu (near Yan’an Xi Lu). T: 6248 1998

Consistent performer with a wonderful garden for al fresco Thai dishes. 富民路38号 (近延安路)

Martin Berasategui is known for inventive, modern Spanish cooking and this new venture, in an historic villa within Xujiahui Park, reflects that. 衡山路811号 (近余庆路)

衡山路4-7号; 兴业路156弄1号1层 (近马当路)

Fresh take on veggie food. The menu leans decidedly Californian.

Mai Thai Cuisine •1019Chiang Kangding Lu (near Yanping Lu).

T: 6431 6639

Tasty original dishes like hummus, Turkish pizzas, plus well-priced, fresh kebabs. Hours: 10am-2am. www.anadolu.com.cn

T: 5175 9822

Las Tapas is a casual and relaxed Spanish bar and restaurant where authentic Spanish tapas are offered daily, along with a vast selections of wines. For all their talk of tapas, the very best thing on the menu may just be the ultra-cheap beef burger. Hours: 10am-2am

Martin •811Restaurant Hengshan Lu (near Yuqing Lu).

No 1, 156 Xingye Lu (near Madang Lu). T: 5306 7765

•98 kush Yanping Lu, near Xinzha Lu.

T: 6465 8345. 259 Hongfeng Lu (near Biyun Lu), Pudong. T: 3382 1686. 207-4 Maoming Nan Lu. T: 6415 9567

虹梅路3338弄,虹梅休闲街;浦东 红枫路259号,近碧云;茂名南路 207-4号

Anadolu Restaurant •4-7 Hengshan Lu. T: 5465 0977.

Vegetarian

Las Tapas •House 33, Lane 3338 Hongmei Lu.

Portuguese

T: 6217 9797

Thai House Room 205, Lane 657, 12 Wuding Lu. T: 5169 9217. 518 Jiashan Lu (near Zhaojiabang Lu). T: 5169 9217

El Willy Tapas & Rice •South Bund 22, 22 Zhongshan Dong Lu

We love Marzano’s diablo pizza, cooked in the ‘signature’ open kitchen. www.pizzamarzano.cn

Macau Portuguese Restaurant 6-7F, 635 Nanjing Dong Lu (near Zhejiang Zhong Lu). T: 6351 7717

The first choice for many discerning Thaifood-lovers in Shanghai. Delivery service now available. www.simplythai-sh.com

沃尔玛超市(南浦大桥分店):浦东临沂 北路252-262号

Go for the tapas, stay for the sangria.

Pizza Marzano – Pizza Express 380 Huangpi Nan Lu, Xintiandi South Block. T: 5383 3999. 1F, Shanghai Centre, 1376 Nanjing Xi Lu (near Xikang Lu). T: 6289 8733

Haya’s Mediterranean Cuisine 415 Dagu Lu (near Chengdu Nan Lu). T: 6327 0897 / 6295 9511

T: 5404 5252

Metro 80 Gudai Lu (near Hongmei Lu), Minhang. T: 6480 8888. 383 Baiyang Lu, Huamu Town, Pudong. T: 6892 8888

T: 180 1727 1340

New York Style Pizza •1699 Nanjing Xi Lu, inside Jing'an

In addition to the teppanyaki tables, Moonsha provides an excellent Bund view.

SHARI SUSHI BAR 630 Yongjia Lu (near Wulumuqi Nan Lu). T: 5466 0320

•2F,Bocado 47 Yongfu Lu (near Fuxing Xi Lu).

碧云路777号

Lu. T: 6323 1117

富城路33号浦东香格里拉大酒店 2座2楼

Spanish

This is just one of the many, many Melrose pizza places in the city.

TEPPANYAKI & LOUNGE •3F,MOONSHA 5 on the Bund, 5 Zhongshan Dong Yi

A delightful eating experience.

Brian Tan (of hoF fame) creates Southeast Asian desserts, heavy on the durian.

•777Melrose Biyun Lu. T: 5030 3872

斜土路2905号 (近零陵路). 永嘉路 335号 (近襄阳路).

Shanghai, 33 Fucheng Lu. T: 5888 3768

Pin •ShopTang 7, Novel Place, 133 Tianyaoqiao

北京西路1636号,近胶州路

Late night chef haunt - they come for the ramen and stay for the Beatles soundtrack. Hours: 6pm-1am

•2F,NADAMAN Tower 2, Pudong Shangri-La,

Tom yum goong at Ma Boon Krong, anyone? Hours: 10am-10pm

None of those prissy paper-thin crusts here. CJs delivers great big tomatoey pizzas.

KOTA'S KITCHEN 2905 Xietu Lu (near Lingling Lu). T: 6481 2005. 335 Yongjia Lu (near Xiangyang Nan Lu). T: 5466 6355

Ma Boon Krong Thailand Restaurant Shop 417, Citic Square, 1168 Nanjing Xi Lu. T: 5292 9238. Room L401, Hong Kong New World Tower, 300 Huaihai Zhong Lu. T: 6335 4337

城市超市:淮海中路时代广场店 B1层;淮海中路香港新世界百货 B1层;南京西路1376号;虹梅路 3211号;浦东陆家嘴花园路/石桥路 33号1楼;天钥桥路131号永新坊B1楼 (近辛耕路); 闵行区纪翟路550号华漕 国际生活社区万科红郡别墅西翼

T: 6415 1666

鲤鱼日餐厅:恒丰路500号上海浦西 洲际酒店2楼

中山东一路,外滩5号三楼

www.cityshop.com.cn

Shanghai Centre

Wal-Mart Supercentre •Nanpu Bridge Branch: 252-262 Linyi

长宁路1018号上海龙之梦万丽酒店26楼

Five generations of deep frying later, this renowned tempura house branched out to open its Shanghai shop.

Shiji Dadao. T: 5049 1234 x 8907

Zhong Lu. New World Department Store: B1, 939 Huaihai Zhong Lu. Shanghai Centre Store: 1376 Nanjing Xi Lu. Hongmei Store: 3211 Hongmei Lu Office. Riverside Shop: 1F, West Side Citigroup Tower 33, Huayuan Shiqiao Lu, Lujiazui. T: 6232 7070. Yong Xin Store: Lower Level,131 Tianyaoqiao Lu (near Xingeng Lu). T: 6215 0418 / 6267 4248

东平店: 东平路5号C座; 新天地店: 新 天地马当路159号 (马当路与兴业路路 口); 虹梅店: 虹梅路3338弄 虹梅休闲 街28号; 金桥店: 蓝天路600号 碧云体 育休闲中心A6; 国金店: 世纪大道8号 上海国金中心四层

Regional specialties of Thailand, Vietnam and Malaysia, especially noodles.

Kitchen •LaneNepali 819, 4 Julu Lu. T: 5404 6281

•56F,Kobachi Grand Hyatt, Jinmao Tower, 88

The Rooftop

City Shop •Times Square Store: B1, 99 Huaihai

Pines The Market Place •633 Biyun Lu, Pudong. T: 5030 6971.

•BldgKARUKA 4, 2421 Xietu Lu (near Wanping 斜土路2421号 (近宛平南路)

家乐福: 芳甸路185号; 碧云路279号; 水城北路268号

Shanghai Zhongshan Park Hotel). T: 6115 8817

误兴路33号 (近淮海中路)

Nan Lu)

279 Biyun Lu. T: 5030 4415. 268 Shuicheng Bei Lu. T: 6278 1944

•26F,Celadon 1018 Changning Lu (Renaissance

Lu (near Xingeng Lu).

Oak burning smoke BBQ pit and open rooftop skyline views. Hours: Thurs-Sun. www.glolondon.com

Carrefour •185 Fangdian Lu. T: 800 820 0871.

波斯王子餐厅:浦东南路855号世界 广场B1楼 (近世纪大道)

Prince of Persia B1F, 855 Pudong Nan Lu (near Shiji Dadao). T: 6887 3007 / 6887 3006

喜马拉雅尼泊尔餐厅:东昌路 500号,近浦东南路

Kaiseki ryori eatery that changes its menu almost daily.

Supermarkets

Romantic atmosphere with authentic Indonesian cuisine to boot.

T: 6248 6970

Himalaya Nepalese •Restaurant

T: 6466 7855

Hours: 3pm-midnight

麦德龙: 闵行区顾戴路80号(近虹梅路); 浦东花木镇白杨路383号

一千零一夜:衡山路4号

虹梅路3338号8室

T: 6466 6565. F: 6466 8484

x 6028

浦东新区大拇指广场芳甸路199弄 19号3楼;卢湾区泰康路248弄14号; 徐汇区湖南路285号 ;静安区 南京西路1376号109室

巴厘餐厅:华山路189号 (静安公园内)

娘惹情马来西亚经典风味餐厅咖啡 屋:大沽路417号,近石门一路

yu •33 Kappo Wuxing Lu (near Huaihai Zhong Lu).

Tapas Spanish Bar •1928Siempre Gonghe Xin Lu. T: 2602 2222

11am-11pm Xintiandi: 159 Madang Lu (near Xingye Lu). Hours: 11am-12am Hongmei: 28 Lane 3338, Hongmei Lu Entertainment Street. Hours: 11am-11pm Jinqiao: A6 Jinqiao Pudong Green Sports & Leisure Centre, 600 Lantian Lu. Hours: 11am-11pm IFC: 4F, IFC Mall, 8 Shiji Dadao. Hours: 10am-10pm Hotline: 400 880 7729, Delivery: 6209 6209

Hours: 11am-2pm, 5-11pm

glo London Rooftop BBQ •1 Wulumuqi Nan Lu (near Dongping Lu).

Singaporean

Laguna •189Bali Huashan Lu (inside Jing’an Park).

1001 Nights Restaurant 4 Hengshan Lu. T: 6473 1178 / 6473 8289

T: 6465 9993

T: 6433 3232

桃江路28D号 (近衡山路)

Kitchen •B1CalCarrefour, Thumb Plaza, 185

Restaurant •ShopShiraz 8, 3338 Hongmei Lu.

TEPPANYAKI •28DKAGEN Taojiang Lu (near Hengshan Lu). Upscale all-you-can-handle teppanyaki - think filets and foie gras.

Mexican

Thai •3F,Lapis Lane 199, Thumb Plaza, 19

Fangdian Lu, Pudong. T: 5033 9223. Lane 248. 14 Taikang Lu. T: 6473 3989. 285 Hunan Lu. T: 5466 3026. Shanghai Centre, Room 109, 1376 Nanjing Xi Lu. T: 5252 0082

Lapis Thai provides various indoor and outdoor venues which can hold 200 people. Hours: 11am - Late

French-named, fusion-style, vegetarianemphasis restaurant in Xujiahui. Hours: 10am-10pm

普罗旺斯的树:肇家浜路1111号美罗 城4楼,近漕溪北路

Age Veggie •5F,New Super Brand Mall, Lujiazui. T: 5047 1880

Pudong’s answer to Puxi’s slew of nonmeat-eating options. Hours: 11am-10pm 陆家嘴路正大广场5楼

•3F,Vegeatery 381 Huaihai Zhong Lu. T: 6391 5589

Fantastic faux-meat dishes – plus they serve beer.

艺素馆:淮海中路381号中环广场3楼

Vegetarian Life Style •258 Fenyang Lu. T: 6215 7566.

1F, 77 Songshan Lu. T: 6384 8000. 848 Huangjin Chengdao. T: 6275 1798 Highly commendable chain.

汾阳路258号;嵩山庐77号1楼;黄金 城道848号

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Vietnamese Vietnamese •Add:BB18F-21 Super Brand Mail, 168 Lujiazui Xi Lu, Pudong New Area, Shanghai. T: 6836 9711

Romantic three-story Moroccan themed lounge on a lake hidden in People’s Park. Hours: Sun-Thurs 11am-2am, Fri-Sat 11am-3am. www. barbarossa.com.cn 芭芭露莎会所餐厅:南京西路231号 (人民公园内)

VIETNAM @ F.C.C. •1-2F,CLUB Bldg 11-12, 889 Julu Lu (near

新天地兴业路123弄428室

Club Tian Di 3F, Bund 6, Zhongshan Dong Yi Lu. T: 6329 7333

巨鹿路889号(11-12幢1-2层) (近 常熟路)

Golden Bull has been in HK for 30 years and has now arrived in Shanghai, with an elegant environment and delicate dishes.

中环广场店: 淮海中路381号, 中环广 场3楼; 国金中心店: 浦东新区世纪大道 8号国金中心L3_19

浦东世纪大道88号金茂君悦大酒店87楼

Located in an old villa on Julu Lu and serving some of the best Vietnamese cuisine in Shanghai. www.fccshanghai.com

381 Huaihai Zhong Lu (near Madang Lu). T: 6391 5589. IFC Shop: L3-19, IFC, 8 Shijie Dadao, Pudong. T: 6190 8170

Entertaining visitors in Shanghai? Take them here for a tipple. Hours: Sun-Fri 6pm12.30am, Sat 10am-9.30pm

Club G Plus Room 428, Xingye Lu, Lane 123, Xintiandi Block 6. T: 5386 8088

Changshu Lu). T: 6445 8082  

Golden Bull •Central Plaza Shop: 3F, Central Plaza,

Cloud 9 87F, Grand Hyatt, Jinmao Tower, 88 Shiji Dadao, Pudong. T: 5049 1234 x 8787

•BundBar18,Rouge 7F, 18 Zhongshan Dong Yi

A decadent place to unwind while listening to the live band playing a mix of jazz and classic Chinese songs. Hours: 8pm-late 中山东一路6号3楼

Bund-side bar with world class terrace and great music. Not cheap, but still jampacked with classy folks on Friday and Saturday nights. Hours: 6pm-late

Shanghai. T: 6115 9988 x 8250

The CO2 Cigar Bar is where cigar connoisseurs and those who indulge occasionally gather to share their love of the finer things in life.

Bar & Restaurant •267Crossroads Huashan Lu (opposite the Hilton). T: 6248 1588

Relaxed environment with food upstairs and friendly bar staff. Special events on Friday nights. Hours: 12pm-4am

Stone Irish Pub •5A Blarney Dongping Lu. T: 6415 7496

Give the Blarney Stone a kiss and breathe in the Celtic aromas of mutton, onions and potato. Hours: 10am-1am

华山路267号,希尔顿酒店对面

•1F,Cuba Shanghai JC Mandarin, 1225

Nanjing Xi Lu. T: 6279 1888 x 5232

Excellent decor, fine wines and – obviously – a wide range of quality cigars. Hours: 5.30pm-12.30am 南京西路1225号1楼

Bay •15Halong Lujiazui Lu (inside Lujiazui Park).

T: 5877 1231. 5F, Grand Gateway, 1 Hongqiao Lu (near Zhaojiabang Lu). T: 6447 9690 Hours: 10am-10pm

T: 6327 3733 Hours: 8.30pm-3am 威海路289号 (近成都北路)

Lounge •40F,JW’S JW Marriott Hotel, 399 Nanjing

Often a refuge for tourists who tire of the Xintiandi circus, but it’s worthwhile for locals too. Hours: Sun-Thu 7am-midnight, Fri & Sat 7am-late 新天地太仓路181弄北里5号

Kaiba •Unit 101, Building D, 528 Kangding

Bounty Rhumerie •Bounty Jing’an. 550 Wuding Lu

(near Shanxi Bei Lu). T: 26619368 Bounty Xuhui, 47 Yongfu Lu (near Fuxing Dong Lu. T: 137 6451 0616 Bounty X @ Sinan Mansion, 3F & Terrace, 47 Sinan Lu. Unit 33, near Fuxing Zhong Lu. T: 189 1719 7641

武定路550号近陕西北路,永福路47号 (近复兴西路),思南路47号33单元 3楼&天台(近复兴中路)

T: 5258 8779

T: 5383 2328 / 5383 2208

Dublin Exchange 2F, HSBC Building, 101 Yincheng Dong Lu, Pudong. T: 6841 2052

An Irish pub (who’d have guessed it?) for the lads and lasses who live east of the Huangpu River. Hours: Mon-Fri 10am11pm, Sat 5-11pm 都柏林:浦东银城东路101号,汇 丰大厦2楼

•1877Eddy’s Huaihai Zhong Lu (near Tianping Lu). T: 6282 0521

www.m-theglamourbar.com 外滩5号6楼

Hofbräuhaus Shanghai •309 Jinyan Lu (Pudong). T: 6163

3699. 39 Taojiang Lu. T: 6431 2668

T: 6339 2779

Hours: 11am-1am. www.hofbraeu.com.cn

If we’ve seen a bigger fish tank in a bar, it was in a Bond film. Mon-Thurs, Sun 6pm1am, Fri-Sat 6pm-3am

glo London Lounge Bar:   •1 Wulumuqi Nan Lu (near Dongping

中山东一路外滩6号2楼

Lu). T: 6466 6565.

Cosmopolitan cocktails, flavoured mojitos and a tapas menu suitable for sharing. Private hire available. Hours: Daily 5pm-late. www.glolondon.com

The Avenue 1F, The Podium, InterContinental Shanghai Puxi, 500 Hongfeng Lu. T: 5253 9999 x 6311

The stylish lounge and bar houses a first class selection of fine wines and cocktails.

T: 5383 2328

Hours Sun-Thu 8pm-2am,Fri-Sat 8pm-4am. 皋兰路2号甲,复兴公园内

• Barbarossa Restaurant & Lounge

231 Nanjing Xi Lu (inside People's Park) T: 6318 0220

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Bund Brewery •TheThe Custom House, 11 Hankou Lu

The Camel Sports Bar •1 Yueyang Lu (near Fenyang Lu)

SKY Bar, THE HOUSE OF •ROOSEVELT

www.thebundbrewery.com.cn

T: 6437 9446

福州路60号(外滩)

8F, 27 Zhongshan Dong Yi Lu. T: 2322 0888

CJW House 2, Lane 123 Xinye Lu, Xintiandi. T: 6385 6677 / 6385 2277

This rooftop bar features a great Bund view. www.rooseveltchina.com

新天地兴业路123弄2座

Fuzhou Lu). T: 6321 5398

For quality jazz and an impressive wine list. www.cjwchina.com

British social pub with relaxed environment (you'd be relaxed after an eight hour Sunday happy hour as well). Hours: 11am-2am, Happy Hour Mon-Sat 4-8pm, Sun 12-8pm 奥斯卡:复兴路1377号(近宝庆路)

T: 6465 8880

19-20, North Block, Lane 181, Taicang Lu, Xintiandi. T: 6320 3935. Riverside Promenade, Binjiang Dadao, Pudong. T: 6888 3935 Perfectly gluggable, restoring German grog. Hours: Mon-Fri 5pm-2am, Sat 12pm-2am, Sun 11am-2am

T: 6433 5710

Hours: 2pm-2am

衡山路237号 (近高安路)

Factory •172MMaoming Nan Lu (near Yongjia Lu). T: 6415 1088

茂名南路172号 (近永嘉路)

Bo Bo Jiu Lounge •LaneShile 599, 1 Fangdian Lu, Pudong (near Jinxiu Lu). T: 5033 9113

•154Manhattan Nanyang Lu (near Xikang Lu).

A Western-style lounge and outdoor cigar bar. Hours: 9.30am-9.30pm

T: 6247 6656

南阳路154号 (进西康路)

十乐薄薄酒:浦东新区芳甸路599弄 1号(近锦绣路)

•6F,SUGAR 35 Shaanxi Nan Lu (near Changle

Hours: 10pm-late

Beautiful bar for beautiful people.Hours: Daily, 11.30am-1am

Mela 145 Nanyang Lu (near Xikang Lu). T: 6258 1090 南阳路145号 (近西康路)

Melting Pot •288The Taikang Lu (near Ruijin Er Lu).

福州路318号24楼

(near Zhongshan Dong Yi Lu). T: 6321 8447

华山路231号

Bar •237QHengshan Lu (near Gao’an Lu).

Hours: Wed - Sat 9pm-late. bookings@m1ntglobal.com

of Blues & Jazz •60 House Fuzhou Lu. T: 6323 2779

Hours: 5pm-5am

宝莱纳 :汾阳路150号;太仓路 181弄北里;浦东滨江大道富都段滨 江风光亭

Club •24F,M1NT 318 Fuzhou Lu. T: 6391 2811

Table top taps turn this drinking hole into a chugging competition.

T: 6433 0760

Paulaner Brauhaus •150 Fenyang Lu. T: 6474 5700.

泰康路288号 (近瑞金二路)

BRIX •South Bund 22

河南中路88号威斯汀大饭店2楼

Club •4F,M2 Hong Kong Plaza, 283 Huaihai

T: 6415 8180

恒丰路500号,上海浦西洲际酒店1楼

at park 97 •2A upstairs Gaolan Lu (inside Fuxing Park).

T: 3377 3373

皋兰路2号甲 (近思南路)

Bar •2F,Aquarium 6 Bund, Zhongshan Dong Yi Lu.

An art deco inspired cocktail bar with intimate seating and an impressive list of classic cocktails, vintage wines, fine champagnes and whiskeys.

A bar-cum-nightclub, perfect for evening soirees of cool cocktails and hot jazz. Happy Hour: 5.30-9.30pm

Zhong Lu. T: 6335 1888 x 7342

虹梅路3338号虹梅休闲街22-24号, 近延安西路

Large club featuring international DJs playing house and hip-hop. Hours: 9pmlate. www.museshanghai.com

Lounge •24F,M1NT 318 Fuzhou Lu. T: 6391 2811 Hours: Every day from 6pm - late. bookings@m1ntglobal.com 福州路318号24楼

98 •333Mini Hengshan Lu (near Wuxing Lu). T: 6433 2896 Hours: 2pm-4am 衡山路333号 (近吴兴路)

中山东一路27号

Bar •2F,Monkey 807 Zhaojiabang Lu (near Gao’an

Bar •4F,indigo 6 Zhongshan Dong Yi Lu (near

The cycle of life: from monkey bars to Monkey Bar. Hours: 10pm-late

T: 6327 1800

和韵:大沽路393号

Go along for eins steine or two.

Zhong Lu (near Huangpi Nan Lu). T: 6288 6222

南京西路1225号3楼

•2F,Niche The Westin Shanghai, 88 Henan

Downstairs lounge and bar in the Park 97 complex.

Popular, long-standing and mostly gay bar. Mon-Thu 8pm-2am; Fri-Sun 8pm-3am

The Glamour Bar 6F, 5 on the Bund (near Guangdong Lu). T: 6329 3571

789 南京路: 南京东路789号(64-66楼)

Live bands, “special beers” and cocktails. Hours: 1pm-2am

茂名南路162号 (近复兴中路)

Papa’s Bierstube •House 22-24, Lane 3338 Hongmei Lu.

T: 6433 6511

Upscale hotel bar featuring spectacular 360-degree views of the city. Hours: Mon-Thurs 5pm-1am, Fri-Sat 5pm2am, Sun 3pm-1am

The Bar 2F, The Langham, Yangtze Boutique, 740 Hankou Lu. T: 6080 0734

Hours: 7pm-3am

Lounge & Bar •2A Lux Gaolan Lu (near Sinan Lu).

•2F,el47Cóctel Yongfu Lu (near Fuxing Xi Lu).

789 Nanjing Lu 64-66F, Le Royal Méridien Shanghai, 789 Nanjing Dong Lu. T: 3318 9999

南京西路325号上海美术馆5楼

Red •393Wine Dagu Lu (near Shimen Yi Lu).

Zhong Lu). T: 6473 7838

Oscar’s 1377 Fuxing Lu (near Baoqing Lu). T: 6431 6528

For a taste of Old Shanghai, look no further than the Waldorf's Long Bar. Hours: 2pm–1am

Nanjing Xi Lu (near Xikang Lu). T: 6279 1888 x 5306

•162Nelly’s Maoming Nan Lu (near Fuxing

衡山路4号 (近乌鲁木齐南路)

酒坊:浦东雪野路1188号,近南码头 路上海世博洲际酒店一楼花园及别墅区

Zhongshan Dong Yi Lu. T: 6322 9988

VUE Bar 32F, West Tower, Hyatt on the Bund, 199 Huangpu Lu (near Wuchang Lu). T: 6393 1234 x 6348

Elegant lounge and wine and tapas bars, plus restaurant. Hours: 11.30am-2pm, 6.30-10pm

Shanghai). T: 6248 2777

Long Bar •Waldorf Astoria Club L Level, 2

东雪野路1188号 (近南码头路) 上海 世博洲际酒店一楼

Lu). T: 5465 4755

Xueye Lu (near Nanmatou Lu). T: 3858 1188

淮海中路1877号 (近天平路)

虹梅路3338弄虹梅休闲街11栋 (近 延安西路)

Hours: 5.30pm-2am

Narcissus •4 Hengshan Lu (near Wulumuqi Nan

Manhattan Liquor Factory •231Old •InterContinental Huashan Lu (across from Hilton Shanghai Expo, 1188 Now a retro British pub, this villa used to house liquor factory workers.

Live entertainment, DJ, a cigar lounge, cheese room and rum and wine tasting room add up to a great evening out. Closed Sunday and Monday.

Bar & Grill •3F,Wine Shanghai JC Mandarin, 1225

Xi Lu. T: 5359 4969 x 6864

181, Taicang Lu. T: 3307 0798

Shanghai Expo, 1188 Xueye Lu (near Nanmatou Lu). T: 3858 1188

Cheap drinks, heavy bass and lot's of space for wacky dance moves. www.windowsbar.com

铜仁路142号 (近延安西路)

Shanghai •GF,Drop 55 Yuanmingyuan Lu. T: 6329 1373 www.drop-shanghai.com

Hours: 5pm-2am

52 TalkMagazine 

Shanghai’s longest running party venue.

KABB •House 5, North Block, Xintiandi, Lane

Vista •Lobby level, InterContinental

Underground •698Windows Nanjing Xi Lu (near Wujiang Lu).

T: 6289 3715

JW's酒廊:南京西路399号40楼

皋兰路2号甲 (复兴公园内)

非常时髦酒吧: 黄浦路199号上海外滩 茂悦大酒店西楼三十二楼

•142Judy’s Tongren Lu (near Nanjing Xi Lu).

Still the same expansive city views, great music and an emphasis on champagne. Hours: 5.30pm-2am

Sinan Lu). T: 5383 2328

Hours Sun-Thu 8pm-2am, Fri-Sat 8pm-4am

Revel in the view from this rooftop bar while sipping cocktails. Hours: Sun–Thu 5pm-1am; Fri & Sat 5pm-2am

东平路21号 (近衡山路)

•289D’Venue Weihai Lu (near Chengdu Bei Lu).

DADA 酒吧,幸福路115号 (法华镇路 与平武路之间)

Xi Lu. T: 6327 2221

Live Music every Monday to Saturday and Ladies' Night every Wednesday, from 8:30pm to 10:30pm

淮海西路280号 (近番禺路)

中山东一路外滩6号

Dada is a small bar that specialises in affordable drinks, art and film events and electronic indie music.

Lounge •5F,Backroom Shanghai Art Museum, 325 Nanjing

No.100 Shijie Dadao T: 6888 1234 x 4560

Me •21 Not Dongping Lu (near Hengshan Lu).

Yan'an Xi Lu). T: 6465 9833

爵士吧 和平饭店中国上海南京东路 20号 200002

Room •92F,Music Park Hyatt Shanghai

Bar •280Koala Huaihai Xi Lu (near Panyu Lu).

Yi Lu. T: 6339 0268

Dada Bar 115 Xingfu Lu (near Fahuazhen Lu). T: 150 0018 2212

3D Art Bar •House 11, Lane 3338 Hongmei Lu (near

Jazz music and classic cocktails remain the star attractions at this newly revived Jazz Bar. Enjoy the legendary Old Jazz Band as well as Theo Croker’s Sextet. Hours: 5pm-2am. www.fairmont.com

(同乐坊) 余姚路68号

Yes, that D&G. Cocktails and couture, darling. Hours: 5-10.30pm

上海浦东芳甸路185号大拇指广场.

NIGHT

Dong Lu. T: 6321 6888

T: 6218 8166

Marlin Shanghai •689Blue Lantian Lu, Jinqiao Pudong

185 Fangdian Lu. Thumb Plaza. Pudong, Shanghai T: 6886 7376

肇家浜路1111号5楼

Jazz Bar •GF,The Fairmont Peace Hotel, 20 Nanjing

中山东一路外滩5号3楼

东平路5号甲

上海浦东金桥碧云国际社区蓝天路689号

T: 6426 8256

Terracotta warriors overlook the proceedings from niches in the walls. Hours: 11.30am-2am

Martini Bar •1F,D&G 6 on the Bund, 6 Zhongshan Dong

www.bluemarlin.cn

River •5F,Mekong Metro City, 1111 Zhaojiabang Lu.

嘉善路253号 (近建国西路)

Entertainment •68 Muse Yuyao Lu (Tong Le Fang).

Bridge •253Jasmine Jiashan Lu (near Jianguo Xi Lu).

Lu (near Xikang Lu). 739 Dingxi Lu (near Yan'an Xi Lu). Taikang Terrace, Room 202, 169 Jianguo Zhong Lu. T: 6280 5688

Shanghai T: 5030 9676

陆家嘴路15号 (陆家嘴公园内);虹桥 路1号港汇广场5楼 (近肇家浜路)

T: 5465 2680

Relaxed lounge with an extensive martini menu, wine selection and an array of Japanese snacks. Hours: 9.30pm-1am. www.moonsha.net

东湖路7号 (近淮海中路)

Cigar Bar •2F,CO2 1116 Yan’an Xi Lu, The Longemont

岳阳路28号,近东平路

Moonsha Lounge 3F, 5 on the Bund. T: 6323 1117

T: 6415 7019 Hours: 1pm-2am

中山东一路外滩18号7楼

T: 6474 3216

中山东一路6号4楼 (近福州路)

Jenny’s Blue Bar •7 Donghu Lu (near Huaihai Zhong Lu).

Lu. T: 6339 1199

Beaver •28 The Yueyang Lu (near Dongping Lu).

Hours: 6pm-2am

Lu). T: 6215 8777

Bar •300Wunder Liaoyuan Xi Lu (near Dalian Lu). Hours: Mon-Fri 2pm-late, Sat-Sun 12pm-late 辽源西路300号 (近大连路)

X 46 46F, 889 Yanggao Nan Lu, Pudong. T: 5050 4888

46 floors up in Pudong’s Sofitel. Hours: Sun-Thu 6pm-2am, Fri-Sat 6pm-4am 浦东杨高南路889号46楼

•28F,YU99Bar Jiangbin Road, Luwan

District, Shanghai Marriott Hotel Luwan. T: 5318 8888

Be impressed by the inspiring landscape of Lupu Bridge crossing over the Huangpu River. Dance to the rhythm of the river while enjoying the fine wines with a spectacular view of new post Expo Shanghai.

上海市卢湾区江滨路99号28楼(打浦 路底)上海绿地万豪酒店

(Yin Yang) •125YYs Nanchang Lu (near Maoming Nan Lu). T: 6466 4098

Small bar crammed with artsy types until the wee hours. 南昌路125号 (近茂名南路)

Zeal •South Bund 22

Turns out there is room for another Bund Bar with Lujiazui views.

Bar •25F,Zpark Zpark Bar, Renaissance

Shanghai Zhongshan Park Hotel, 1018 Changning Lu. T: 6115 8818

Get your drink and your groove on at this hotel bar.

WINE

ASC Fine Wines •Room 808, Tian An Centre, 338

Nanjing Xi Lu. T: 6445 3214

China’s largest importer/distributor of quality wines, representing 800 wines and 80 winemakers from 13 countries, online purchases and delivery available. www. asc-wines.com 南京西路338号天安中心大厦808室

Cellar •2F,Aussino 1-3 Weihai Lu. T: 5118 1299

Over 800 wines from 200 wineries. Wine club membership, exclusive discounts, tastings and events. Hours: 10am-12am. www.aussino.net

陕西南路35号6楼 (近长乐路)

黄浦区威海路1-3号

Millesimes •415Aux Shaanxi Bei Lu (near Beijing Xi

T8 Club Lounge Lane 181, 8 Taicang Lu, Xintiandi. T: 6355 8999

Comfortable sofas, a great selection of unique cocktails and an excellent wine list. 太仓路181弄新天地广场北里8号

Time Passage Lane 1038, 183 Huashan Lu (near Fuxing Xi Lu). T: 6240 2588

Lu). T: 5213 7883

www.auxmillesimes.com

Brachetto d’Acqui •2000 Jianhe Lu. T: 6262 1377.

218 Changde Lu. T: 6279 3551

剑河路2000号; 常德路218号

A perfectly comfortable and nicely unexceptional pub up an alley.

Cellar Door Wines •1-103A, 508 Jiashan Lu. T: 5466

•UnitTMSK 2, North Block, Lane 181, 11

Australian wine specialist with the city's only free tasting section. www.cdwines.com.cn

华山路1038弄183号 (近复兴西路)

Taicang Lu, Xintiandi. T: 6326 2227

A coloured glass extravaganza of a bar bang in the middle of Xintiandi. Hours: 1.30pm-1.30am

Lu). T: 6438 9148

透明思考餐厅:太仓路181弄北里 11号楼2单元; 牡丹66:南京西路 1266号恒隆广场502

肇家浜路807号2楼 (近高安路)

at Park 97 •2A Upstairs Gaolan Lu, Fuxing Park (near

6936

为生活喝一杯.

Cheese & Fizz 119 Madang Lu, North Block, Xintiandi Plaza. T: 6336 5823. Unit 111A, Shanghai Centre, 1376 Nanjing Xi Lu. T: 6279 8298. Unit GF28, 168 Lujiazui Xi Lu, Pudong. T: 5041 1695 French gourmet food and bottles of bubbles and table wines.

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Cidi Dental Clinic •Room 706-708, 495 Jiangning Lu.

Wellness •2F,One Block C, 98 Yanping Lu (near

East Meets West Fine Wines •Room 202, Man Po International

江宁路495号706-708室

Dr. Zhou’s Dental Clinic •Room 3001B, Jianhui Mansion, 922

China’s first carbon neutral gym offers an exclusive club environment and the latest innovations in fitness from Technogym. www.onewellness.com.cn

衡山路922号3001B

Pure Tai Chi •Jing’an Centre: 402, Building 12, 470

静安馆:静安陕西北路470弄12号402

Business Centre, 660 Xinhua Lu (near Dingxi Lu). T: 6282 4966 www.emw-wines.com

新华路660号万宝国际商务中心202室

EnoteCa Wine Lounge and Boutique 53-57 Anfu Lu (near Changshu Lu). T: 5404 0050. 58 Taicang Lu (near Ji'nan Lu). T: 5306 3400 安福路53-57号(近常熟路); 太仓路 58号(近济南路)

Fine Wines •409Jointek Weihai Lu (near Shimen Yi Lu).

T: 6340 0955

Representative office and retail store. www.jointekfinewines.com 骏德酒业:威海路409号 (近石门 一路)

Reserve •383Napa Weihai Lu. T: 6340 0418

Retailer specialising in wines from Napa Valley and Sonoma. Free wine tastings every Friday. www.napareservewines.com 威海路383号

Summergate •T: 6329 4433 x 109

Free door-to-door delivery from a climatecontrolled warehouse within 24 hours of order, from Monday to Friday. cellar.door@summergate.com

Roosevelt Wine Cellar, THE HOUSE OF ROOSEVELT 2F, 27 Zhongshan Dong Yi Lu. T: 2322 0888

House of Roosevelt has one of the largest wine cellars in Asia. www.rooseveltchina. com 中山东一路27号

T: 5115 4575

Hengshan Lu (next to the Pacific Department Store, Xujiahui). T: 6447 0390

General and Cosmetic Dental Centre of Shanghai United Family Hospital and Clinics 1139 Xianxia Lu. T: 5133 1909 仙霞路1139号

Health Care Medical •andGlobal Dental Centre Room 301, Kerry Center, 1515 Nanjing Xi Lu. T: 5298 6339

Hours: Mon-Fri: 8am-7pm; Sat-Sun: 9am5pm. www.ghcchina.com 上海全康医疗中心: 南京西路1515号 上海嘉里中心301室

Dental Care •3040Hygeia Yan’an Xi Lu (3721 Hongmei Lu, Hongqiao Pearl City). T: 6406 1866 / 137 6127 5978

延安西路3040号; 虹梅路3721号

Orthodontics Asia 3F, Ciro’s Plaza, 388 Nanjing Xi Lu. T: 6473 7733 南京西路388号仙乐斯广场1楼

Shaanxi Bei Lu

Raja Yoga Xujiahui Club: 3F, 88 Xingeng Lu. T: 6427 4318. Caobao Lu Club: 7F, 93 Caobao Lu. T: 6484 9557. Wanda Club: 3F, 189 Zhengtong Lu. T: 3511 1093

The first international member of IHRSA in China, Raja has more than seven clubs in Shanghai.

SoFit •Sofitel Shanghai Sheshan Huanghe, 3388 Sichen Lu, Sijing Town, Songjiang. T: 3761 8888

A fitness facility that embraces a holistic approach to physical and spiritual wellbeing. Hours: 6am-10pm SofitTM健身中心: 上海黄河佘山索 菲特大酒店,松江区泗泾镇泗陈公 路3388弄

Health Services

www.proshine-dental.com

International 24 hour Alarm Centre for medical emergencies that require evacuation. First aid kits and training available.

Shanghai United Family •Hospital - Dental Clinic

8 Quankou Road (near Linquan Road), Changning District. T: 2216 3909

Hours: Mon-Sat, 9am-5pm, www.ufh. com.cn

Lu. T: 6267 7979 x 807 www.torreschina.com

T: 6295 0099

American-Sino Ob/Gyn Service 14F, Complex Building, Huashan Hospital, 12 Wulumuqi Zhong Lu (near Changle Lu). T: 6249 3246

Smile Dental 思迈登齿科: 4F, 215 Hefei Lu. Hours: 10am – 7pm T: (400) 882 0506 www.smiledent.cn

www.wine-link.com

安福路228弄18号(近乌鲁木齐路)

•UnitYangjiu 5A, 1375 Huaihai Zhong Lu (near Fuxing Zhong Lu). T: 6431 6275

A website that distributes imported wines, Champagne, spirits, food and wine accessories. They can deliver to your door in 24 hours. www.yangjiu.com 淮海中路1375号5A座 (近复兴路)

HEALTH Dental Art Dentistry •Room 801, Oriental Centre, 21

Wujiang Lu (near Nanjing Xi Lu). T: 5211 0521 artdentistry@126.com 吴江路21号801室

BYER DENTAL •Gubei Clinic: 4F, St Michael

Hospital, 388 Hongbaoshi Lu (near Gubei Lu). T: 5212 3795 / 138 1671 2008. Cloud Nine Clinic: 5F, 1018 Changning Lu. T: 133 8622 2169 (24 hours). Pudong Clinic: Room 201-204, 1275 Yingchun Lu. T: 133 8622 2169 (24 hours)

新乐路60号3楼

Body & Soul Yoga  •Building 12, 470 Shaanxi Bei Lu.

No 401, Oneluijiazui Building, 68 Yincheng Lu, Lujiazui. T: 3218 0009

One of the best international yoga centres in Shanghai. www.bnsyoga.com 溢修瑜珈: 陕西北路470弄12号, 浦东 银城中路68号4楼,陆家嘴环路路口

Centre •6F,Fitness Hotel Main Tower, InterContinental Hotel Shanghai, 500 Hengfeng Lu. T: 5253 9999 x 6268

A well-equipped fitness centre featuring personalised training programs, plus a sauna, steam room and yoga room.

One of Shanghai's largest dental groups, Byer imports its digital detection and treatment systems as well as its dentists.

恒丰路500号,上海浦西洲际酒店6楼

T: 138 1848 8508 / 139 1826 5447

Dr. Harriet Jin's Dental Surgery Room 1904, Hui Yin Plaza, 2088 Huashan Lu (near Hongqiao Lu). T: 6448 0882 华山路2088号汇银广场1904室

Global Nutra-Express •Room 606, 261 Yunnan Nan Lu.

Hours: 10am-5pm. www.globalnutraexpress.cn.

Club •LevelHealth 4, InterContinental Shanghai

International clinic with Australian, American and Chinese doctors specialising in plastic/cosmetic surgery, medical skin treatment, natural hair regrowth and cosmetic dentistry. www.bioscor.com.cn 兴国路89弄5号 (近湖南路)

Body & Soul – Medical •Clinics

Huangpu Clinic: Suite 5, 14F, Anji Plaza, 1 Jianguo Xin Lu (760 Xizang Nan Lu). T: 5101 9262. Minhang Clinic: 211 Chengjiaqiao Lu (near Hongmei Lu). T: 6461 6550

Web: www.mewellness.com

Classes for kickboxing, yoga and more

Canadian Evergreen Family •Health Centre 1286 Hongqiao Lu. T: 6270 6265 www.greenmedicalcenter-sh.com 虹桥路1286号

Asia •21F,Healthline HSBC Tower, 101 Yincheng Dong Lu, Pudong. T: 6215 3513

European and US style insurance plans. www.healthlineasia.com 银城东路101号汇丰大厦21楼

Huashan Worldwide Medical •Centre

12 Wulumuqi Zhong Lu. T: 5288 7250. Out-patient clinic: 8F, Building 1. Night Emergency: 15F, Building 6. T: 6248 3986 / 6248 9999 Hours: 8am-10pm (out-patient clinic), 10pm-8am (night emergency)

Hospital of the China Welfare Institute 910 Hengshan Lu (near Tianping Lu). T: 6447 0399 / 6407 9476 衡山路910号 (近天平路)

Vision Eye Clinic •12F,New New Outpatient Building, Ruijin Hospital, 197 Ruijin Er Lu (near Shaoxing Lu). T: 6437 7445

Comprehensive eye care clinic. Hours: Mon-Fri 8am-5pm. www.rjeye.com

Dental Clinic •7F,Care Room 9, Super Brand Mall, 168

Body Fit •717OZHuai'an Lu (near Xi Suzhou Lu).

瑞金二路197号瑞金医院新门诊12楼

www.care2004.com

Thai boxing studio run by tough-guy Tomer Oz. www.ozbodyfit.com

Parkway Corporate Office, 7F, 108 Zhaojiabang Lu. Gleneagles

Lujiazui Xi Lu. T: 5047 1790

陆家嘴168号正大广场7楼09室

T: 6288 5278 / 135 6424 0374

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Shanghai International •Hospital 525 Hongfeng Lu. T: 3871 9999 x 1222  www.hhp.org.cn

上海国际医院:上海市浦东新区红 枫路525号

Landseed Hospital •7F,Shanghai 937 Yan'an Xi Lu

1139 Xianxia Lu. T: 2216 3900 (hospital) / 2216 3922 or 2216 3936 (appointments) / 2216 3999 (24 hour emergency hotline)

A purpose built, full service, internationally accredited hospital that offers a full 24/7 emergency room. Hours: Mon-Sat, 8.30am-5.30pm. www.ufh.com.cn

United Family Minhang Clinic Shanghai Racquet Club, Ground Floor Clubhouse. Lane 555 Jinfeng Lu, Hua Cao Town, Minhang District. T: 2201 0995 A comprehensive clinic that offers family medicine and counselling services for the whole family. Hours: Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm. www.ufh.com.cn, srcclinic@ufh.com.cn

黄浦门诊: 建国新路1号14楼5室 (近 西藏南路); 闵行门诊: 中谊路880号 (近七莘路)

www.pmehk.com

WellNess •668MeHuai'an Lu (near Xi Suzhou Lu).

南京西路389号明天广场4楼

German-managed clinic for integrative medicine, treating acute and chronic diseases in internal medicine, gynaecology, acupuncture, etc. English, German, French, Spanish and Chinese consulting.

KERRY SPORTS •Kerry Hotel Pudong Shanghai, 4F, A massive 24-hour gym with amenities galore and something for the entire family.

Internationally-trained medical staff and state-of-the-art facilities. Dentistry, family medicine, general surgery, gynaecology and more. Hours: Mon-Fri 8.30am5.30pm. www.gleneagles.com.cn

www.ufh.com.cn

International Peace •Maternity and Child Health

1388 Huamu Lu. T: 6169 8856

& Surgical Centre 4F, 389 Nanjing Xi Lu, Tomorrow Square (same building as the JW Marriott Hotel). T: 6375 5588

Huashan Pudong Hospital International Division Managed by United Family Healthcare Ground floor, Area A & B, 525 Hongfeng Lu, Pudong. Appointments: 5030 9907

Expo, 1188 Xueye Lu, Pudong (near Nanmatou Lu). T: 3858 1188

健身中心:浦东雪野路1188号 (近南 码头路) 上海世博洲际酒店四楼

Shanghai Gleneagles •International Medical, Dental

Shanghai United Family •Hospital

上海浦东新区迎春路1275号208室

Canadian born, health and wellness inspired. Made for active and mindful living. Create Balance. Also available online. info@aumnie.com, www.aumnie.com

东方路1678号

www.tiac.com.cn

Xiangyang Bei Lu, T: 5404.3135, Hotline: 4008.111.683

scmcmed@online.sh.cn

延安西路937号7楼

Suite 208, 1275 Yingchun Lu, Pudong District. T: 3868 5118 / 139 1890 7562

AUMNIE, YOGA WEAR •Shop: 60 Xinle Lu, 3rd Floor, near

1678 Dongfang Lu. T: 5873 2020

乌鲁木齐路12号华山医院综合楼14楼

The Shanghai international •aesthetic clinic

Fitness & Yoga

Shanghai Children’s Medical •Centre

Internationally trained medical team provides family medicine, gynaecology, general surgery, pediatrics, and more. www.landseedhospital.com.cn

Wine-Link •House 18, Lane 228 Anfu Lu (near

Wulumuqi Zhong Lu). T: 5403 6548 / 5403 0594

百汇(上海)医院管理有限公司: 肇嘉浜路108号7楼;南京西路389号 明天广场裙房4楼;南京西路1376号 203-204室;淡水路170号2-3楼; 虹桥路2258号;浦东金桥红枫路 51号;虹许路788号名都城30号底层

Hours: 8am-8pm. www.americanobgyn.com, www.huashanobgyn.com.cn

Bioscor Shanghai Clinic Lane 89, 5 Xingguo Lu (near Hunan Lu). T: 6431 8899

Wine Discoveries The Cool Docks, Room 101-111, No. 13, 505 Zhongshan Nan Lu. T: 6152 6680

黄浦区中山南路505号老码头,13号 楼101室

延平路98号C幢2楼

• AEA

ProShine Dental 7F JH Plaza, 2008 Huqingping Lu. T: 5988 5898

Torres Wine Trading Co. •Room 301, Bldg 4, 990 Changping

Wine Discoveries offers you a great selection of South African, German, Australian and French wines. Free delivery for one case or six bottles. www. safinewines.co.za/info@safinewines.co.za

Xinzha Lu). T: 6267 1550

Medical and Surgical Centre, 4F, 389 Nanjing Xi Lu. Shanghai Centre Medical and Dental Centres, 203-4 West Retail Plaza, 1376 Nanjing Xi Lu. Specialty and Inpatient Centre, 2/3F, 170 Danshui Lu. Hongqiao Medical Centre, 2258 Hongqiao Lu. Jinqiao Medical and Dental Centre, 51 Hongfeng Lu. Mandarine City Medical Centre, Mandarine City, Suite 30, 788 Hongxu Lu. 24-hour appointment service. T: 6445 5999

Parkway Health Medical •CENTRES

Sino United Health Shanghai Centre (Portman) Clinic: Suite 601, Shanghai Centre, 1376 Nanjing Xi Lu. T: 6279 8920. Jinqiao Clinic: Lane 300, 16 Hongfeng Lu (near Biyun Lu), Jinqiao, Pudong. T: 5030 7810. Gubei Clinic: 491 Yili Nan Lu, Gubei. T: 6124 9979 Specialists from around the world in the fields of orthopedics, physiotherapy, sports medicine, and neurology. www. sinounitedhealth.com

上海城门诊部:南京西路1376号上海 商城西峰601室; 金桥门诊部:浦东金 桥红枫路300弄16号(近碧云路); 古北 门诊部:伊犁南路491号(近黄金城道)

MEDIA SALES

WHS Shanghai Centre: 1F, 106D, 1376 Nanjing Xi Lu (across from HSBC Bank). T: 6289 8511. Kerry Parkside, 1378 Huamu Lu, B130B (across from Watsons). T: (400) 611 0212 One-stop-shop health store chain providing professional guidance on imported health & wellness products from around the world.

EDUCATION Schools

Active Kidz shanghai Room 601, 3211 Hongmei Lu (near Chen Jiaqiaozhi Lu). T: 6406 6757. Pudong: Ramada Plaza, 18 Xinqiao Lu (near Biyun Lu). T: 3872 6770 (Wed-Fri)

Earn good money - commission plus basic - representing the city's most read, most known, and most loved monthly city-life magazine - Talk! New vacancies exist for educated, persuasive, talented, ambitious young people looking to break into media, or to take the next step in their media careers. Send resume to ivyhuang@ismaychina.com to arrange interview.

Community-run, non profit organisation that provides quality athletic programs for expatriate children. www.activekidz.org

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AKS是���个对外籍儿童提供优质体育 活动的非营利性的社会组织。活动包 括足球,棒球,篮球,体操,芭蕾, 网球等。浦西:虹梅路3211号601 室 (陈家桥支路) ;浦东:新金桥路 18号华美达大酒店1楼, T: 3872 6770 (周三至周五)

School •2F,Brain 126 Ronghua Dong Dao.

T: 6295 0461 www.brainschool.com.cn 荣华东道126号2楼

The British International School Pudong: 600 Cambridge Forest New Town, 2729 Hunan Lu. T: 5812 7455. Puxi: 111 Jinguang Lu, Huacao Town, Minhang District. T: 5226 3211 www.bisschina.com

沪南路2979号600; 闵行区金光路 111号

children's technology workshop Hongqiao: Unit 504, 3211 Hongmei Lu (above City Shop). T: 6446 6766. Pudong: Unit 46-47B Thumb Plaza, 199 Fangdian Lu. T: 5033 3053 www.ctworkshop.com.cn dora@ctworkshop.com.cn

• Concordia INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL SHANGHAI

999 Mingyue Lu (near Yunshan Lu), Jinqiao. T: 5899 0380 www.ciss.com.cn

恒隆广场;新天地;浦东陆家嘴;

Miracle Mandarin •Xuhui Campus: 1195 Fuxing Zhong

Lu (Shaanxi Nan Lu Metro Exit 1). T: 6474 9716. Jing’an Campus: Lane 90, 50 Qinghai Lu (Nanjing Xi Lu Metro Exit 2). T: 6218 3629. www.miraclemandarin.com course@miraclemandarin.com

复兴中路1195号(陕西南路路口); 青海路90弄50号(近南京西路);

Children Academy •56 Montessori Lingshan Lu, Jinqiao, Pudong. T: 5075 5472

浦东金桥灵山路56号2000弄

New Concept Mandarin T: 5228 2950 www.newconceptmandarin.com

Rainbow Bridge International School 2381 Hongqiao Lu (inside Shanghai Zoo). T: 6268 9773 / 6268 3121 Preschool, kindergarten, and elementary grades one to six. www.rbischina.org

Shanghai American School •Minhang Campus: 258 Jinfeng Lu,

Zhudi Town. T: 6221 1445. Pudong Campus: 1600 Lingbai Gong Lu www.saschina.org

闵行校区: 金丰路258号; 浦东校区: 凌 白公路1600号

浦东金桥明月路999号

Dulwich College Shanghai (DCS) DCS Main Campus: 266 Lan'an Road, Jinqiao, Pudong DUCKS Campus: 425 Lan'an Road, Jinqiao, Pudong T: 5899 9910 www.dulwich-shanghai.cn

上海德威英国国际学校:主校区:上海 浦东金桥蓝桉路266号 幼儿园:上海浦东金桥蓝桉路425号

Shanghai Community International School Hongqiao ECE Campus: 2212 Hongqiao Road, Shanghai.T: 6261 4338. Hongqiao Campus: 1161 Hongqiao Lu. T: 6261 4338. Pudong Lower School: 800 Xiuyan Lu. T: 5812 9888. Pudong Upper School: 198 Hengqiao Lu. T: 5812 9888. Hangzhou Campus: 78 Dongxin Lu, Hangzhou. T: (571) 8669 0045 www.scischina.org

虹桥ECE校区:虹桥路2212号 ;虹桥 总校:虹桥路1161号 ;浦东小学部: 秀沿路800号 ;浦东初高中部:横桥路 198号;杭州校区:东新路78号

Shanghai Melody Mandarin Training Centre T: 6228 0588 / 6228 0586

Shanghai Singapore International School Minhang Campus: 301 Zhujian Lu. T: 6221 9288. Xuhui Campus: 1455 Huajing Lu. T: 6496 5550 www.ssis.cn

闵行校区: 极地路288号; 闵行校区: 朱 建路301号; 徐汇校区: 华泾路1455号

easyMandarin •Xinzha Lu Campus (main campus):

Suite 604, 1851 Xinzha Lu (near Jiaozhou Lu). T: 6253 2235 / 5213 1815.www.easymandarin.cn 新闸路1851号604室 (近胶州路)

THE ESSENTIAL LEARNING GROUP Room 101, Lane 980, 3 Shilong Lu (near Lao Humin Lu). T: 5206 6273

A multi-disciplinary practice focusing on the educational setting, with a genuine understanding of the challenges faced by schools, teachers, parents and children. They assist in identifying and treating academic, communication or social problems using evidence-based systems. www. essentiallearninggroup.com 徐汇区石龙路980弄3号101室(近老 沪闵路)

International School •384Fudan Guoquan Lu. T: 6511 1292 / 6433 1258 www.fis.net.cn

I Mandarin Shanghai Centre: Suite 721, Shanghai Centre. T: 3222 1028. Xintiandi: Suite 1906, Hong Kong Plaza South Tower. T: 3308 0508. Hongqiao: Suite C207, Shang-Mi Ra Commercial Centre. T: 3223 1046. Xujiahui: Suite 2008, Grand Gateway Tower. T: 5451 0234. Dongfang Lu: Suite 11D1, Purple Mountain Hotel. T: 6867 1330

Shanghai United International School Hongqiao Campus: 999 Hongquan Lu, Minhang. T: 3431 0090. Gubei Secondary Campus: 248 Hongsong Dong Lu, Minhang. T: 5175 3030. Pudong Campus: 48 Xueye Lu, Pudong. T: 5886 9990. Shangyin Campus, 185 Longming Lu, Minhang. T: 5417 8143. Jiao Ke Secondary Campus: 55 Wanyuan Lu, Minhang. T: 6480 9986 www.suis.com.cn

上海协和双语学校 虹桥校区:虹泉 路999号,近金汇路。古北中学校 区:红松东路248号。浦东校区:浦 东新区雪野路48号。尚音校区:龙 茗路185号。教科实中校区:万源 路55号。

• Yew Chung International School

Gubei Campus: 18 Ronghua Xi Lu. T: 6219 5910. Hongqiao Campus: 11 Shuicheng Lu. T: 6242 3243. Pudong Campus, Regency Park: 1817 Huamu Lu. T: 5033 1900. Pudong Campus, Century Park: 1433 Dongxiu Lu. T: 5045 6475

Fortune Kindergarten 1361 Dongfang Lu. T: 5458 0508

www.fkis.com.cn. 浦东东方路1361号

JULIA GABRIEL CENTRE FOR LEARNING 75 Wuxing Lu. T: 6437 3773

Play group and Edu Drama programs for children from 6 months to 8 years in English and Mandarin. Preschool, nursery and kindergarten classes also available. www.juliagabriel.com 吴兴路75号

Jiuzhou Shop: 3F, 3219 Hongmei Lu. T: 5175 9168. Meihua Shop: 985 Meihua Lu. T: 5059 9059. Luocheng Shop: 12 Shuicheng Lu. T: 6295 0300. Pucheng Shop: 708 Pucheng Lu. T: 5877 1788. Xintiandi Shop: 586 Madang Lu. T: 3331 7117. Yingchun Shop: 1130 Yingchun Lu. T: 6856 7122. Huangjinchengdao Shop: Room201, 735 Huangjinchengdao Lu. T: 6208 9200. Dapu Shop: 550 Xujiahui Lu. T: 5465 9959. Dagu Shop: 508 Dagu Lu. T: 3366 2778

• Little Eton Bilingual Kindergarten •

上海市卢湾区淮海中路138号无限度 广场209A;铜仁路258号1楼B室

Founded by Asia’s hair colourist master, Jun Laung, COLORISTE is a stylish and chic choice for hair colour, styling and care. www. coloriste.net

科苑路88号德国中心3号楼(近龙东 大道);瑞金二路266号 (近泰康 路);南昌路66号, (近雁荡路)

TINY TOTS PRE-SCHOOL AND KINDERGARTEN 50 Gumei Lu (near Lianhua Lu). T: 6480 8933. 43 Fuxing Xi Lu (near Yongfu Lu). T: 6431 3788

Dragonfly Crossroads @ •Donghu

上海市徐汇区新乐路218号2楼

• Dragonfly Therapeutic Retreat

20 Donghu Lu. T: 5405 0008. Villa 5, Lane 3911 Hongmei Lu. T: 6242 4328. 206 Xinle Lu. T: 5403 9982. 386 Hongfeng Lu, Jinqiao, Pudong.T: 3872 6996. 2F, 218 Xinle Lu. T: 5403 6133. Pudong Kerry Parkside, Retail L119, 1378 Huamu Lu. T: 2025 2308. 646 Baole Lu. T: 6221 9770. Room 202, 322 Anfu Lu. T: 5406 0680. 193 Jiaozhou Lu. T: 5213 5778

Art Kindergarten •75 Xuhui Wuxing Lu (near Hengshan Lu). T: 6474 4595

www.shei.gov.cn/qycp/q0294100.htm 吴兴路75号,近衡山路

馨园水疗: 陕西北路457号(近北京 西路)

www.ycis-sh.com

古北校区: 荣华西道18号; 虹桥校区: 水城路11号; 浦东校区御翠园: 浦东花 木路1817号, 浦东校区世纪公园: 浦东 东绣路1433号

Beauty Farm •Shop 210, Central Plaza, 381 Huaihai

Zhong Lu. T: 6391 6789. Shop 332, Plaza 66, 1266 Nanjing Xi Lu. T: 6288 4646 Professional aromatherapy by certified practitioners. Expert skincare and beauty treatment by certified practitioners.

东湖路20号;虹梅路3911号5号别 墅;新乐路206号;浦东金桥红枫 路386号;新乐路218号;浦东花木路 1378号;保乐路646号;安福路322号 202室;胶州路193号

Benson’s Salon Puxi: 778 Jiangning Lu (near Haifang Lu). T: 6277 8778. Pudong: 1208 Biyun Lu, Jinqiao (near Hongfeng Lu).T: 5030 3878

Le Spa 10F, Le Royal Méridien Shanghai, 789 Nanjing Dong Lu (near Xizang Zhong Lu). T: 3318 9999

浦西店:上海市江宁路778号(海防 路口);浦东店:上海市浦东金桥碧 云路1208号(红枫路)

A contemporary, urban day and wellness spa. Plus, sauna, steam rooms, gym, aerobics, plunge pools and indoor pool with outdoor sun deck. 南京东路789号艾美皇家酒店10楼

Essensuals Salons Shanghai Clinic •Essensuals •LaneBioscor Hangzhou Shopping 89, 5 Xingguo Lu (near Hunan Lu).

The Living Room Day Spa •55 Xiangyang Bei Lu (near Changle

International clinic with Australian, American and Chinese doctors specialising in plastic/ cosmetic surgery, medical skin treatment, natural hair regrowth and cosmetic dentistry. www.bioscor.com.cn

Holistic day spa in Shanghai, in a 70 year old colonial house. Hours: 10am-10pm

Specialising in Western colouring and Japanese hair straightening techniques.

T: 6431 8899

Centre I. T: (571) 8678 6560. Essensuals Hangzhou Shopping Centre II. T: (571) 8510 2126. Essensuals Kunming. T: (871) 363 3950. Essensuals Ningbo. T: (574) 8389 9868. Essensuals Fujian. T: (595) 8391 9999/8366 6789 Essensuals 杭州大厦一店;杭州大厦 二店;昆明店;宁波店;福建店。

www.mandarinfamily.com

金桥校区:碧云路199弄40号302室

Mandarin House Plaza 66 Centre. T: 6288 2308. Xintiandi Centre. T: 6390 6979. Pudong, Lujiazui. T: 5054 0033

www.mandarinhouse.cn

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Lu). T: 5404 6007

襄阳北路55号 (近长乐路)

MIC •MIC Channel One. T: 3131 5145.

MIC Hongqiao Parkson. T: 6237 0083. MIC Cixi, Zhejiang. T: (574) 6393 3555. MIC Shaoxing, Zhejiang. T: (575) 8511 6660 www.mic-group.com.cn

Make-Up by Kate Noble for MAC Cosmetics

An Australian make-up artist, Kate Noble has 10 years experience in Shanghai. In 2006 she started her own company, which provides make-up, hairstyle, body painting, and wardrobe services. Her work has appeared in ads for Crocs, Shangri-la Hotels, Colgate, and KOHLER, as well as in magazines like Esquire (China), Estetica Protagonist (Italy) and Talk. www. kate-noble.com

Bamboo Leaf •No. 403 Oneluijiazui Building, 68

www.sfls.cn

GIn One Spa •No. 15 Entrance, 1F J-life, Jinmao

Just BB is a new generation of nude makeup for beautiful women. www.justbbcream.com

肇家浜路798号1701室

Yincheng Zhong Lu, Lujiazui. T: 5010 6656

Mandarin Family – The Language Centre of Chinese Jinqiao Campus: Room 302, Lane 199, 40 Biyun Lu (near Biyun Carrefour). T: 5030 9916

Friendly, professional, high quality service in a convenient location. Hours: 10am-10pm

Just BB •T: (400) 8202 203

798 Zhaojiabang Lu. T: 6473 8572

www.essensuals.co.uk

University 295 Zhongshan Bei Yi Lu (near Guangzhong Lu). T: 6516 0844

www. laschina.org 天山路177弄29号

Centre, between Big Bamboo & Malone’s). T: 6279 0170

世纪大道88号金茂大厦J-life1楼15号

Beauty Salon •Room 1701, Kun Yang Business Centre,

兴国路89弄5号 (近湖南路)

• International Division of Shanghai International Studies

Nail Salon •208Glamour Nanyang Lu (behind Shanghai

Tower, 88 Shijie Dadao. T: 5103 6767

上海商城721室; 香港广场南座 1906室;C207港汇广场2008室; 紫金 山酒店11D1室

Livingston American School Alley 177, 29 Tianshan Lu (near Xiehe Lu). T: 6291 2509

Hours:10am-12pm. www.greenmassage.com.cn

Contemporary Asian retreat. Hours: 10am-1am. www.dragonfly.net

淮海中路381号210店铺;南京西路 1266号恒隆广场332店铺

www.imandarin.net

上海外国语大学附属外国语学校:中 山北一路295号,近广中路

Green Massage Xintiandi: 58 Taicang Lu (near Shunchang Lu). T: 5386 0222. Xujiahui: 88 Xingeng Lu (near Tianyaoqiao Lu). T: 6468 7076. Shanghai Centre: 202 West Retail Plaza, Shanghai Centre, 1376 Nanjing Xi Lu (near Xikang Lu). T: 6289 7776. Lujiazui: 304, 3F, The Shops & Restaurants, Shanghai World Financial Centre, 100, Shiji Dadao (near Dongtai Lu). T: 6877 8188. Hours: 10:30-2am. Jinqiao Branch: T: 2023 6727

Hours: 12pm-12am

闵行区:古美路50号(近莲花路) 徐汇区:复兴西路43号

Adopting from ancient Cambodian wellness philosophies, APSARA SPA brings you a heavenly experience that rejuvenates your body and mind with spa rituals & facial care. Services include signature Royal spa rituals, relaxing massages, rejuvenating facials, pampering body therapies (body scrub, wrap and Jacuzzi), nail spa, waxing and pre-natal treatment.

虹梅路3182号;虹桥路1号港汇广场 4楼466铺;陕西南路35号,1楼4号商 铺(长乐路)

2F, 218 Xinle Lu, Xuhui District (near Donghu Lu) T: 5403 6133

International pre-school and kindergarten for children aged 20 months to 6 years. Tiny Toddler class for children aged 12-24 months every Monday, Wednesday and Friday afternoon. www.tinytots.com.cn

Lu). T: 6258 5580

Global leading hair salon features highly trained stylists and colourists. Hours: 10am-10pm

T: 5404 7861

Diva Life Nails & Beauty Tower 3, German Centre, 88 Keyuan Lu (near Longdong Da Dao). T: 2898 6078. 266 Ruijin Er Lu (near Taikang Lu). T: 5465 7291. Nanchang Lu (near Yandang Lu). T: 6384 2033 booking@mydivalife.com

www.sunmonte.com 云间路418号

APSARA Spa •457 Shaanxi Bei Lu (near Beijing Xi

Chuan Spa •3F, The Langham, Yangtze Boutique.

COLORISTE •2F, Diage Complex, 20 Donghu Lu.

Zhong Lu. T: 6335 3091. Suite 1FB, Silver Tower, Jiu An Plaza, 258 Tongren Lu. T: 6247 7377

南京西路店:吴江路15号 (近上海电视 台);浦东店:梅花路1071号 (近国际 博览中心);浦东南路1078号

富民路51号

Franck Provost •3182 Hongmei Lu, T: 6446 6928.

Hours: 10am-10pm. www.cmmbeauty.com

Sunflower International Kindergarten 418 Yunjian Lu. T: 5030 3681

Shanghai TV Station). T: 5213 5823. 1071 Meihua Lu, Pudong (near the International Expo Centre). T: 6093 6068. 1078 Pudong Nan Lu. T: 2023 5935

No 466, 4F, Grand Gateway, 1 Hongqiao Lu, T: 6407 3172. GF, 35 Shaanxi Nan Lu (near Changle Lu). T: 6267 5171

Bronze Bodies •209A, Infinity Plaza, 138 Huaihai

沪青平公路1481号

HAIR SALON SPA •15AMANI Wujiang Lu (next to the

Uses fragrant oils combined with traditional Chinese massage. House calls available. Hours: 11am-2am

T: 6289 3210

T: 5466 0505

www.xiangyang.sh.ejt.cn

BEAUTY

中山东一路外滩3号2楼

Spa •598CMM Hengshan Lu (near Wanping Lu).

• SHANGHaI MONTESSORI

Chengcheng Massage •51 Fumin Lu (near Yan’an Zhong Lu).

虹梅路3911号2室

上海美美双语幼儿园: 徐泾镇诸光路 1117弄20弄

SHANGAHI XIANGYANG BILINGUAL Kindergarten 1481 Huqingping Lu (near Zhuguang Lu). T: 5988 6116

Dong Yi Lu (near Guangdong Lu). T: 6321 6622 Hours: 10am-10pm

T: 6262 8077

s-m-k.com.cn

kindergarten Xuhui Campus 21 Donghu Lu. T: 5403 7699

Evian Spa by Three •2F, Three on the Bund, 3 Zhongshan

Club Mayson Shanghai •House 2, 3911 Hongmei Lu.

Shanghai MeiMei Montessori Kindergarten 1129 Zhuguang Lu. T: 3319 9422 www.

• Shanghai montessori

Hours:11am-2am

Facilities include infinity baths, steam showers, body spray, wet and dry saunas.

宛平南路592号 (近零陵路)

诸光路1230号

T: 5403 6919

740 Hankou Lu. T: 6080 0722

592 Wanping Nan Lu (near Lingling Lu). T: 6469 0445

KINDERGARTEN Qingpu Campus 1230 Zhuguang Lu. T: 5988 6688

Massage •LaneChang 177, 183 Fumin Lu (near Julu Lu).

The WESTERN INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL OF SHANGHAI (WISS) 555 Lianmin Lu, Qingpu. T: 6976 6388

A future-orientated school with a diverse and compassionate community. Its goal is for its students to enter the world as well-balanced, global citizens. www.wiss.cn 青浦区联民路555号

Kindergartens Creativity Kindergarten •T: 6482 0881

Comprehensive and total care for children. Children from all over Shanghai are welcome. www.creativity0891.com

Massages, waxing and manicures by experienced, well-trained therapists with complimentary sandwiches. They also offer a therapist's training course, if you’d like to massage your family members. www.blretreat.com 清云居: 浦东陆家嘴银城中路68 号时 代金融中心403 

Banyan Tree Spa 3F, The Westin Shanghai (Westin Residences), 88 Henan Zhong Lu (near Yan’an Dong Lu). T: 6335 1888 Highly regarded spa in the Westin, for massages and spa treatments. 威斯汀酒店3楼

BAMBOO 7 3F-C1, 37 Shuicheng Nan Lu. T: 6209 8400. Huaguang Shop: 3308 Hongmei Lu. T: 5422 1271. Biyun Shop: 1198 Biyun Lu. T: 5030 8406.

The Brow Salon •158BrowhOus, Xinle Lu (near Xiangyang Lu). T: 5403 0011

Hours: 11am-9pm. www.browhaus.cn 新���路158号

Massage •29Butterfly Wuxing Lu. T: 6466 5882.

Lane 88, Huichuan Lu (near Changning Lu). T: 5273 5525 Hours: Noon-2am 吴兴路29号

Charme Hair Sculpture •Room 106, 308 Anfu Road (near  Wukang Lu). T: 6433 9929

A trendy salon set in the midst of the former French Concession offering a high level of professional standards. 

Tanning •B1,Eurosun 376 Wukang Lu (near Hunan Lu). T: 6126 7628

Dedicated to delivering a smart tan, Eurosun boasts state-of-the-art tanning beds. Hours: 9.30am-9pm 武康路376号(近湖南路)

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Nail Salon •UnitM20 21-22F Building, Lane 123 Xingye Professional manicurists.

Combining traditional Asian therapies with modern techniques, The Spa offers a full range of fitness classes, body work, amenities and services. All cards. Hours: 6am-11pm

• Oh’s Chiropractic Centre

TONI&GUY Salons •TONI&GUY Times Square. T: 5351

Lu (at Xintiandi Plaza). T: 5306 1955

新天地兴业路123弄F座21-22

Room 1202, Mingzhu Building, 55 Shuicheng Nan Lu (opposite Carrefour Gubei Store). T: 6209 5546 Adjustment, neuromuscular, spine, joint, exercise and relaxation. Hours: 9.30am8pm. handong_dn@126.com 水城南路55号明珠大厦1202室

Olden Resort Massage •678 Shaanxi Bei Lu (near Wuding Lu).

T: 6217 8628. Hours: 12pm-2am. 636 Yongjia Lu (near Hengshan Lu). T: 6445 1729 Hours: 12pm-3am

陕西北路678号(武定路路口); 永嘉路 636号 (近衡山路)

Oriental Taipan Massage and Spa 39 Donghu Lu. T: 6415 8880

Indulge in the pleasure of luxurious massage. Seek out the perfect balance of body, mind and spirit through the caring hands of our trained masseuse. Free serving of healthy fruit juices and snacks.Hours: 12pm-1am. www.taipan.com.com

华山路250号4楼

3606. TONI&GUY Shanghai Centre. T: 6279 8806. TONI&GUY Green City Jinqiao Shanghai. T: 5030 5521 / 5030 8022. TONI&GUY Super Brand Mall. T: 5047 2298 / 2828 6691. TONI&GUY Cool Docks Shanghai. T: 5098 8016. TONI&GUY Taikoo Hui Guangzhou. T: (20) 8754 2113 / (20) 8754 2116. TONI&GUY Sinopec Guangzhou. T: (20) 3892 2110 TONI&GUY Gingko Shopping Mall Kunming. T : (871) 5264 262. TONI&GUY Wuhan Tiandi. T: (27) 8270 1115. T: (28) 8665 0277. TONI&GUY Mix Mall Shenzhen. T: (755) 2290 9505 www.toniandguychina.com TONI&GUY上海时代广场店;上海商 城店; 上海金桥店;上海正大店;上 海老码头;广州太古汇店;广州中石 化店;云南昆明店;武汉天地店;深 圳万象城店

Zen Palace Massage 41 Mengzi Dong Lu (near Liyuan Lu). T: 3308 0893 蒙自东路41号(近丽园路)

TRAVEL Airlines Air France •Room 3901, Ciro's Plaza, 338 Nanjing Xi Lu. T: 6350 9268

Cathay Pacific •Room 2101-2104, Shanghai Square Office Tower, 138 Huaihai Zhong Lu. T: (400) 888 6628 www.cathaypacific.com.cn

Emirates Airlines •Room 3302, Zhong Xin Buliding, 1466 Nanjing Xi Lu. T: 3222 9999

Dragonair Room 2101-2104, Shanghai Square Office Tower, 138 Huaihai Zhong Lu. T: 400 888 6628 / 400 881 3368 (realtime flight information)

东湖路39号

www.dragonair.com.cn

Fraser Suites Top Glory Shanghai Lane 600, 1 Yincheng Zhong Lu, Lujiazui. T: 6378 8888

Long stay accommodation for both singles and families. Fraser Suites offers a more flexible way to stay in Shanghai.

GRACES FLORAL •AptTHE 101, Block 5, Huaihai Xi Garden, Lane 288 Huaihai Xi Lu. T: 138 0195 5944 www.thegracesfloral.com

淮海西路288弄淮海花园5号楼101室

EVENTS CHINA •21F,GLRoom 2107, Information

Tower, 1403 Minsheng Lu, Pudong, Shanghai. T: 5269 4890 Created in 1978, GL events is today a major player in the event market through its three main activities: venue management, event management and services. They have a presence in over 15 countries through almost 80 establishments. www.gl-events.com, www.pudongexpo.com.cn

浦东新区民生路1403号上海信息大 厦2107室

Jamy Yang & Associates •Design Inc.

Room 307, Design Centre, East China Normal University, 896 Zaoyang Lu. T: 6280 2294

RURU STUDIO 若然雅居 •Private Concept Studio

873, Wuding Lu (near Changde Lu) T: 6211 5095

Hours: 10am-10pm. This private concept studio located in the heart of Jing' an district features women's and men's, clothing, a cafe and a private art centre. The vision is to create a place with "art life". www. rurustudio.com.cn. Appointment only. 武定路873号 (近常德路)

Simply Life Unit 101, Xintiandi, 159 Madang Lu, (near Taicang Lu). T: 6387 5100. 9 Dongping Lu (near Taojiang Lu). T: 3406 0509 逸居生活:马当路159号新天地 101单元

Fang Maison de Thé •227Song Yongjia Lu. T: 6433 8283

Specialises in fine quality Chinese teas and premium blended French teas. songfang. tea@gmail.com  永嘉路227号

Clothes Spa •1156Sophia Kangding Lu. T: 6231 7736

Free pick up and delivery (next day service available). www.clothesspachina.com 康定路1156号

life •ShopVedic 104, Building 5, Highstreet Loft, 283 Jianguo Xi Lu. T: 5466 0715  

A complete lifestyle store with products from India, Indonesia and Vietnam. info@vediclife.net, www.vediclife.net 建国西路283号5号楼104商铺

Fashion, stationery, furniture and homewares, digital products, information directing systems, public facilities and retail display. www.yang-design.com

杨明洁联合设计机构: 淮海西路570号 上海红坊商务社区C3-203/204

Xuan Antique Furniture •50 Jin Huashi Lu. T: 5425 0613 Traditional artworks, plus centuries-old antique furniture. www.jxgdjj.com 锦轩古董家具:华石路50号

BCN •614GRISS Julu Lu (near Xiangyang Bei Lu).

Quan Spa 21F, 159 Henan Nan Lu, Renaissance Shanghai Yuyuan Hotel. T: 2321 8888

With gymnasium, infinity edge pool, juice bar, indoor spa garden and relaxation areas. Hours: 10am-10pm 河南南路159号

Spa •B3,Sensations Hong Kong New World Tower,

300 Huaihai Zhong Lu. T: 5383 6633. 3F, Jinqiao Megafit Sports Club, 600 Lantian Lu, Pudong. T: 5030 6005

Comprehensive day spa. Hours: Mon-Fri 10am-9pm, Sat-Sun 10am9pm. www.sensationsspa.com 淮海中路300号香港新世界大厦B3; 浦东蓝天路600号3楼

Senses •Shop 413, Plaza 66, 1266 Nanjing Xi

Lu. T: 6288 2188. Shop 202, 1138 Pudong Nan Lu, Pudong. T: 6888 2995 Shui Urban Spa •5F, Ferguson Lane, 376 Wukang Lu (near Tai’an Lu). T: 6126 7800

A classy contemporary sanctuary – enjoy the tree-top view of the French Concession in Moroccan-style daybeds. Hours: 11am-9pm, 11am-7pm (weekends) 武康路376号五楼(近泰安路)

Shanghai Wonjin Medical Beauty Hospital Floor 3-4, No. 111 Yili Nan Lu T: 5116 0088

Painless hair removal,TCM Message,IPL, yellow lazer

T: 6247 2964 Edge •85F,Water’s Park Hyatt Shanghai, 100 Shiji

Dadao. T: 6888 1234 x 4250

FIve star TCM and aromatherapy make for one heady spa trip!

B Plus Travel •Room 7A, Block A, Jiafa Building, Lane

Urban Retreat Wellness & Spa •8F, Shanghai Centre, 1376 Nanjing Xi

129 Datian Lu (near Beijing Xi Lu). T: 6289 9090

bplus@bplustravel.com www.bplustravel.com

Hours: 10am-12am. www.urbanretreat.cn

Country Holidays Silver Block, 5F, Unit 5A, Jiu An Plaza, 258 Tongren Lu

Lu. T: 6289 7007

青籁水疗: 南京西路1376号上海商城 东峰8楼

铜仁路258号,九安广场,银座5A

Vita Spa •7F, Hotel Sofitel, 507 Nanjing Dong Lu.

China's leading online travel services provider. www.ctrip.com

T: 6466 5123

T: 6351 5888 x 59

Fully equipped gymnasium and professional massage facilities. All cards. Hours: gymnasium 6.30am-11pm, sauna 6.30am2am, spa 9am-3am 南京东路507号7楼

NAIL STUDIO •123VILLY'S Wulumuqi Bei Lu (near Yuyuan Lu and Beijing Xi Lu). T: 3255 8131

With the comfiest chairs and some of the best base coat in town, Villy’s offers the whole package (which includes complimentary wi-fi and wine or tea. SPECIAL PROMOTIONS 1) Book Manicure or Pedicure get Paraffin wax 50 per cent off. 2) Come Mon-Fri during lunch break (11AM-2PM) get free sandwich (Reservations only). Hours 10am-10pm

An enjoyable and relaxing indulgence. Hours: 7am–10.30pm 水疗:浦东金桥金港路318号富豪金 丰酒店五楼

洲际水疗馆,浦东雪野路1188号(近南 码头路),上海世博洲际酒店四楼.

Ministry of Waxing •158Strip, Xinle Lu (near Xiangyang Bei Lu). T: 5403 0011 Hours: 11am-9pm daily. www.strip-shanghai.cn 新乐路158号

The Spa •4F, 250 Huashan Lu (in the Hilton Shanghai). T: 6248 0000 x 2600

These one- and two-bedroom homes are close to expatriate communities, international schools and European supermarkets. www.lansonplace.com

VARIOUS

Portraits •4F,Barefoot 668 Huai'an Lu. T: 136 3649 9378 www.barefootportraits.org

Huamu Lu. T: 6169 8856

淮安路668号4楼

CROWN RELOCATIONS  Crown Worldwide Building, Lane 72975, 59 Suide Lu. T: 6250 8820 Massage •370YuWuyuan Lu (near Wukang Lu). T: 5403 9931

House calls available, taxi fare payable by the client. Hours: 11am-2am

愉庭保健会所: 五原路370号(近武康路口)

Yuan Spa •Lower Lobby, Hyatt on the Bund, 199 Huangpu Lu. T: 6393 1234 x 6527

Includes 12 spa treatment rooms, a 24 hour fitness centre, swimming pool, whirlpool, steam and sauna rooms, a beauty salon and a juice bar. shanghai.bund.hyatt.com 源Spa:黄浦路199号上海外滩茂悦大 酒店底层大厅

Zen Massage •Lane 210 Wuyuan Lu (near Wulumuqi

Zhong Lu). T: 3368-1227 五原路210弄1号

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A home away from home. www.lansonplace.com

恒丰路568号恒汇国际大厦1601室 ( 近上海火车站 )

建国店:建国西路122号(近陕西南 路); Village店: 东平路6号(近衡山路) Village二楼

AT KERRY SPORTS •KerrySPAHotel Pudong Shanghai, 4F, 1388

Lane 168, 3 Xingye Lu. T: 2306 1888

Lanson Place Jinqiao •Residences

Lu (near Shanghai Railway Station). T:  6056 1000 www.travelzoo.com/cn

Hours: 10.30am-9pm. www.aunomdelarose.com

上海市松江区泗泾镇泗陈公路 3388弄,上海东方佘山索菲特大酒店 SOSPATM水疗中心

Lanson Place Jinlin Tiandi •Residences

Travelzoo •Room 1601, Centro, 568 Hengfeng

Nan Lu). T: 6415 3686. The Village, 6 Dongping Lu (near Hengshan Lu). T: 5465 9125

Offers the ultimate experience in luxury and relaxation, allowing guests the ability to unwind and indulge their senses, while conveniently remaining within 35 minutes of downtown Shanghai.

Highly skilled professional therapists incorporate the wisdom of natural healing to invigorate and restore harmony to your body.

Your personal travel assistant in China is here! Still fed up with searching hotels and booking air tickets for your business trip or family vacation? Tell them your request and let them do the rest. vwww.imtravelin.com

Au Nom de la Rose •122 Jianguo Xi Lu (near Shaanxi

Sichen Lu, Sijing Town. T: 3761 8888 × 1555

Imtravelin.com •T: 5108 7090

Linen and embroidery. Hours: 10am10.30pm. www.annabel-lee.com

SOSPA •Sofitel Shanghai Sheshan Oriental, 3388

SPA InterContinental Shanghai Expo Level 4, InterContinental Shanghai Expo, 1188 Xueye Lu, Pudong (near Nanmatou Lu). T: 3858 1460

Flight Centre •www.flightcentre.com.hk 

Lu, Jinqiao. T: 5899 3838 x 3374

巨鹿路614号 (近襄阳路)

Ctrip •T: 400 820 6666

Annabel Lee – Exquisite Chinese Silk Bund Flagship Store: Lane 8, 1 Zhongshan Dong Yi Lu. T: 6445 8218. Xintiandi Store: Unit 3, House 3, North Block, Lane 181 Taicang Lu. T: 6320 0045

Sino Spa •5F, Regal Jinfeng Hotel, 318 Jingang

This cute little boutique located in the heart of the former French Concession stocks authentic Italian, French & Spanish styles, including hot brands like Etxart & Panno, IKKS, Sita Murt, Siste's and Guarapoall. www.grissbcn.com

Village Retreat •2F, 6TheDongping Lu (near Hengshan Lu).

乌鲁木齐北路123号 (近愚园路和北 京西路口)

A multidisciplinary and holistic approach to well-being including physiotherapy, restorative massage, skincare and body treatments inspired by Wudang wushu. Hours: 10am-11pm

Travel Agencies

Crown Relocations, a division of the Crown Worldwide Group, serves over 10,000 customers from over 250 locations in 55 countries, providing domestic and international transportation of household goods, transit protection, storage services, home and school search, inter-cultural training, expense management, policy consulting, program administration and other relocation services. The company serves corporations, diplomats and private customers. www.crownrelo.com, shanghai@ crownrelo.com 嘉柏(中国)国际货运代理有限公 司:上海市普陀区绥德路729弄75支 弄59号嘉柏大厦 

Lane 399, 18 Zaozhuang Lu, Pudong. T: 5013 3592

Lemon Zest •1 Taojiang Lu. T: 6466 9099

Lemon Zest offers factory direct prices up to 40 per cent below the brand names and a lifetime warranty against defects. Hours: 10am-9pm (10pm Fri, Sat). 品厨:桃江路1号

Lingerie & Me •Room 28, Building 5, Lane 1173, Nanjing Xi Lu. T: 6253 3076

Ultra-luxury private apparel for modern chic women. Visitors by appointment only. www.lingerieandme.com 南京西路1173弄5号楼28室

LZ LifeZtore Yi-Shan Store: Room 1-5, 1F, Living Design Center, 407 Yishan Lu. Huaihai Store: Room B002B/B002C, Infiniti, 138 Huaihai Zhong Lu. Designer furniture and home accessories that are functional with a twist of fun. www.lifeztore.com 生活经艳:宜山路407号筑园1层 1-5号近裕德路

•86Lollipop Wulumuqi Zhong Lu. T: 5403

2582. 3211 Hongmei Lu, Suite 606 T: 6406 8220. 566 Biyun Lu. T: 6105 9581 Stock up on baby gear, apparel, furniture and toys at this kid-friendly store. info@shanghailollipop.com. www.shanghailollipop.com Hours: 9am-6pm

Collection •60 Marrow Tianlin Dong Lu. T: 6481 0027

One of the brands owned by the Nacor group, famous for luxury home furnishings. www.marrowcollection.com 美雍家居:田林东路60号

Putuo Shanghai •LaneModena 58, 1 Tongchuan Lu, Putuo. T: 6117 7668

www.modenaresidence.com/shputuo 上海品尊名致精品酒店公寓: 普陀区铜川路58弄1号

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THE SCENE

IN REVIEW Men in Black III

Snow White and the Huntsman

Prometheus

Alex the Lion (Ben Stiller) and co are back for the latest in the Madagascar franchise, which surprisingly proves a good fun watch without any necessary knowledge of the previous two films. After waking up from a nightmare in which Marty the Zebra (Chris Rock), Melman the Giraffe (David Schwimmer), Gloria the Hippo (Jada Pinkett Smith) and himself have grown old in Africa, Alex decides the group should enlist the help of their friends the penguins to get them back to New York. On arriving in Monte Carlo however, where the penguins have been living and gambling in a hotel casino, a Mission Impossible style stunt conducted by Alex to get their attention goes wrong and animal control officer Chantel DuBois (Frances McDormand) is alerted. A cat and mouse chase breaks out, resulting in the team hiding with a travelling circus, which travelling en route to America, has the team realising the potential of their dreams coming true and making some new friends along the way. As a continuation from the previous films, Madagascar 3 manages to be fresh and funny and has the audience genuinely engrossed in how their heroes will end up. There are plenty of cultural references that will give mums and dads a quick chuckle, and at 93 minutes long, is a good quick light-hearted comedy that all the family will enjoy. Steph Buckingham

Men in Black III is out and it’s funnier today than it was ten years ago. Employing the same familiar idiosyncrasies of the previous Men in Black films, Agent K (Tommy Lee Jones) and Agent J (Will Smith) are still in service monitoring and containing the extraterrestrial activity on planet earth. As the story goes, a villain from Agent K’s past known as Boris the Animal (Flight of the Conchords’ Jemaine Clement), has escaped from lunar prison and has travelled back in time to kill Agent K. In order to stop Boris, Agent J goes back in time to save his beloved partner and friend. The plot is chock-full of pop culture references and science fiction quirks, and can be interpreted as a coda to the Men in Black series because it resolves loose ends from the previous films. The slimy, green and bizarre aliens of the late 90s and early 0s haven’t lost their zing— and neither have the jokes. Smith’s pithy remarks are even more ridiculous now because there are two stoic and surly ‘Agent K’ characters to banter with, with Josh Brolin, playing a livelier, younger version of Agent K, channelling the essence of Jones to a T. Although Men in Black III begins slowly, it picks up once Brolin is introduced. Mysteries become unravelled and the sequence of events becomes more exciting. And while the movie delivers into action-packed and wellversed scenes between Smith and Brolin, the emotional investment particularly makes the latest in the Men in Black instalments a smart flick to watch. Melissa K Trias

A darkly revamped version of the earlier Disney cartoon counterpart, what sets Snow White and the Huntsman apart from its predecessor is the distinctly feminist voice it takes on, with its protagonist and antagonist strong female figures within a seemingly male-dominated world. Starring Charlize Theron as the evil Queen Ravenna, Kristen Stewart as Snow White and Chris Hemsworth as the Huntsman, Snow White and the Huntsman exudes great potential in its talented cast, but lacks unity in the overall presentation. The scenes are gothic and medieval, thus conveying a sense of magical mystery juxtaposed by harsh and gritty human suffering (for example, the castle, in all its grandeur of being Queen Ravenna's abode, is still depressingly ominous). However, as much as the film shines in artistic direction, there is a lack of emotional connection to the content which merely cheapens the overall effect. The audience barely gets to know Snow White before it is forced to believe she is the one destined to destroy Queen Ravenna. And, considering that the film is 127 minutes long, director Rupert Sanders could have spent more time on character development; all of the characters come off a bit hollow. Still, Snow White and the Huntsman is a good watch for Charlize Theron in her role as Queen Ravenna. As an abused female character, viewers can understand and relate to her in her quest of destruction. Snow White, on the other hand, comes off as a naïve and youthful 'Joan of Arc' figure with a desire for peace, but without the means to get there. Vanessa Sanchez

Sir Ridley Scott (Blade Runner, Gladiator) has long had a knack for creating movie magic on the big screen, and his latest project Prometheus, sees him returning to the sci-fi genre with a possible prequel entry on his earlier Alien franchise. Still, Alien lovers will be disappointed; this effort can only be described as passable, but maybe that’s not Scott’s fault. Who’s perhaps more to blame are writers Jon Spaihts and Damon Lindelof who have done a tremendous effort in dishing out tacky one-liners to a cast line-up so diverse, and with a limited amount of onscreen activity (to the extent that Charlize Theron might be considered a cameo), you’re already quickly forming ideas about who’s going to be killed off in which order. The film takes place in 2093, where our diverse cast arrive at a distant moon LV-223 in search of life forms believed to be humanity’s forerunners. Among them are archaeologist couple Elizabeth Shaw (Noomi Rapace) and Charlie Holloway (Logan Marshall-Green), voyage leader Meredith Vickers (Theron) and an oddball android named David (Michael Fassbender). As is to be expected, provocations on the planet cause frictions between the team and when one member becomes contaminated by an alien virus, general chaos ensues. There’s not much separating this from a one-shot movie like Doom, and if you want plot development, this one’s a miss. Still, for a genuinely extraordinary alien birth scene and Fassbender pretending he’s a soulless robot, Prometheus leaves us conflicted; it might actually go as far on our radars as being so bad it’s good. Kerry Allen

Let's Pretend This Never Happened (A Mostly True Memoir) 

Sicily, It’s Not Quite Tuscany

Looking 4 Myself Usher

Alec Haavik Friction Alliance

By Jenny Lawson Amy Einhorn Books, pp 318

By Shamus Sillar Allen & Unwin, pp 412

Let’s Pretend This Never Happened is an autobiography, of sorts, from American blogger Jenny Lawson, satirical journalist behind TheBloggess.com. Written as a series of, more or less, chronological vignettes, the novel starts with Lawson's unconventional upbringing in Texas as a daughter of a taxidermist who makes hand puppets out of dead animals, and explores her impoverished upbringing (wearing winter shoes made of bread sacks), as well as a variety of topics: marriage and childbirth, living with generalised anxiety disorder, “the incidents that only happen to HR staff,” and her handling of these. Lawson is self-deprecating and emotionally honest but at times her sense of humour, best described as eccentric, can be a little grating. While there are many touching and relatable moments in Lets Pretend... these can sometimes be bogged down in rambling tangents. Despite this, Let's Pretend This Never Happened is worth at least a flick through. The stories from Lawson's childhood are some of the strongest, with the chapter about “the gang of obnoxious turkeys (or are they actually jumbo quail?)” proving 'laughing aloud on the subway' funny. This book is a must for fans and followers of TheBloggess, but those seeking an engrossing and entertaining read may be better off looking up the work of other female writers and comedians who have recently published novels. Lawson is good but compared to the likes of Tina Fey and Caitlin Moran, she is still just starting out. Robyn Hughes

Shamus Sillar was managing editor of Talk for a number of years. Shamus loved everything to do with writing. He longed to be a writer. He’s now written his first book and it’s a pretty good read. The title is unlikely to get the locals excited as a slogan (they go for “Myths in an Island of Delight”). But, this closely-observed memoir – a sort of ‘Theroux meets Mayle’ – is not a travel guide. It tells the story of a year Shamus and his new wife Gill spent living their dream in Sicily on a shoestring. They struggled with the language, met the Mafiosi, made friends with real Sicilians, and spend a lot of time trying to relocate themselves to somewhere with a little peace and quiet so they can actually do some dreaming. More happens to them on this ancient, traditional Mediterranean island than you might think would, and you’re taken along for the ride. But a year in Sicily has got to seem a long time to anyone not actually planning on putting down roots. And a book of more than a page a day has got to seem like a bit of a stretch. But Shamus is an interesting companion and writes well. He can lay out images, as for example “seven tiny islands, like the backs of swimming turtles”; or bring a smile to your face as later he mulls over the idea of death by tortoise, as in having one dropped on your head by a passing eagle (which apparently happened to some poor 5th century BC playwright). Who needs critics when there are eagles? Rhys Brown

An overblown sample from Billy Joel's 'Uptown Girl' and Usher's wailing introduce 'Can't Stop Won't Stop (feat. Wil.I.Am and Keith Harris)', the opening track on the R&B prince's seventh CD. But for an album whose title aspires to deep introspection, it's not the most promising start. One expects the next 70 minutes to be vacuous, boom-boom, get-your-booty-on-the-dance-floor hits and silk sheet professions of boundless lust and/or love. This wouldn't be a bad thing necessarily - Usher has, after all, earned a seat in the pop pantheon by doing just that - but it would be disingenuous and pretty lame. Still, a listen through the whole album shows that this is, indeed, a new direction for Usher. On tracks like 'Numb (feat. Axel Hedfors, Steve Angello, Sebastian Ingrosso, Alessandro Lindblad and Klas Ahlund)' Usher and his team of producers look to the world's laser-lit house clubs with the whir and pop of synthesisers to join Usher in building the excitement. On the refrain of 'Looking 4 Myself (feat. Luke Steele)', Usher's voice rings with a long delay over what sounds like an 80s dance number: "I'm looking for myself / And I still can't find me / I'm looking for myself / Who am I? / Someone remind me." Is Usher telling us that he's gotten tired of making millions touring the world as a pop legend? Nah. With this album it's clear that Usher is more ambitious than ever. He doesn't want to be played in most of the clubs; he wants to be played in all of them. Tom Mangione

Local hedgehoghaired saxophonist Alec Haavik has been making his mark on Shanghai's jazz scene for many years now, pushing musical boundaries with his signature “cosmic jazz” sounds. Now the driving force of a trio, Haavik looks to infuse jazz with psychedelic, sci-fi and a bit of old fashioned rock and roll with this new, self-titled album. The release of the CD at Shanghai's go-to rock club Yuyintang last month shows that Haavik hopes to push jazz not just to new boundaries, but new audiences as well. And while firmly rooted in jazz, this six-track CD does a good job in reaching out. 'Intro' is big and brash, with one giant blast from the band piece following the other. It's a bit perverse, but considering what's to come, it fits perfectly. 'Cruise Control' relies heavily on a relentlessly grooving riff from bassist Fred Grenade and Haavik's flawless saxophone stylings. It's jazz, but jazz that knows that you want something to bop your head to, not an excuse for musicians to flog their instruments. 'Step Into The Red Ball (And You Will Expand)' is where things really start to get cosmic. This fifteen-plus-minute juggernaut of a composition takes us on a sci-fi voyage after stepping into a red ball. "Step into the red ball and you will expand / expansion is the doorway that leads to other lands," Haavik and the group sing in gravely baritone. The rest of the album continues the cosmic intrigue with synthesisers joining in. We’re musically thrown into the void amongst the stars, but at the end, find ourselves still looking for a way back down to Earth. Tom Mangione

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Mercury goes retrograde on the 15th of this month in the sign of Leo. Be ready to face the fire in your commitments, both personally and in business. If your heart’s not present in what you’re doing, you may find that its time to move on. It’s okay to let go, better than staying with something that’s not working.

VIRGO (23 Aug – 22 Sept): Relationships are great, but they don’t guarantee you’ll be happy, that’s up to you. With Neptune in your 7th house and your ruler Mercury going retrograde on the 15th, you’re both idealistic and unsure of what you can count on. The only certainty you have lies within yourself. LIBRA (23 Sept – 23 Oct): You actually do better when you’re under fire; it forces you to take risks and say what you really feel. Don’t hold back. Everyone wants something from you now, and if you try and avoid the issues, you’ll only make them worse. So stand up for what you want, and don’t be afraid to ask for help. SCORPIO (24 Oct – 21 Nov): Writer Valery Satterwhite once said, “Know that everything is in perfect order whether you understand it or not.” So have faith and learn from whatever it is you’re coping with at the moment. Real power comes from your ability to accept what you cannot change. SAGITTARIUS (22 Nov – 21 Dec): Neptune in your 4th house is resurrecting your ancient feelings of loneliness, the kind that drives you out of the house and onto your own path. Life is not what you once imagined, but it will be better if you can accept that you’re not always in charge. Learn to let go and you’ll learn the true meaning of power.

AQUARIUS (20 Jan – 18 Feb): As an Aquarian you’re either too accommodating or totally out of reach. If you don’t give so much when someone needs you, you won’t have to step back from friends and life to recharge your batteries. People will always demand, it’s up to you to learn how to say no without guilt. PISCES (19 Feb – 20 Mar): American humourist Josh Billings once said, “Common sense is instinct, and enough of it is genius.” With Neptune in your sign, your natural instincts are enhanced and your dreams are intensified. Pay attention to your gut feelings, and you’ll overcome the problems on your path with ease. ARIES (21 Mar – 19 Apr): Resistance is essential to success. It’s the struggle that helps you go deeper and learn more about yourself. Stop trying to be the hero all the time and let others support you. You often find yourself isolated and alone, but a big part of the problem is how you see yourself in relation to the world. TAURUS (20 Apr – 20 May): With Jupiter in your 2nd house of money, it’s time to increase your finances. A word of caution: just because you’re making money doesn’t mean you should spend it. When you can exercise self-discipline and say no to yourself, you’re ready for greater success and happiness. GEMINI (21 May– 21 June): Mercury goes retrograde on the 15th and life slows down or speeds up depending on how much you have on your plate to finish. Remember, a retrograde Mercury is all about old projects, and unfinished business. New ideas will not go down right away; there will always be some piece missing.

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LEO (23 July – 22 Aug): The need for attention gets you into trouble. It can distort your common sense and influence your choices in a negative way. Learn to validate yourself. Don’t depend on others to make yourself feel good. Keep a few people who are wise and experienced close and pay attention to their advice, not your ego.

CAPRICORN (22 Dec – 19 Jan): If you’ve done the work and you have a new vision of where you want to be, you’ll get there. Capricorn’s are under pressure to take their lives to a new level. If you don’t want any part of the struggle, step aside. If you’re ready for a new playground with bigger toys, then keep working – it’s yours for the taking.

1) True 2) Between Mercury and the Sun 3) 12 4) The bee 5) True 6) Ra 7) Eight minutes 8) West 9) 150 centimetres (1.5 metres) 10) False, lightning is five times hotter 11) Five million years 12) Taiyang 13) False, it is closer to the sun in summer and further away in winter 14) Hydrogen 15) False, VY Canis Majoris is known as the biggest star.

CANCER (22 June – 22 July): Something’s got to give. As a Cancer, letting go is not easy for you, however, this month you have no choice. There is a tug of war happening that involves your home, career and relationships. This is not a time to be stubborn. What’s important now is to know your priorities and voice them.

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July Follies Everyone’s familiar with the Fourth of July, but there’s a whole load of other weird and wonderful festivities out there that you’re perhaps not that familiar with. Here at Talk, we think every day’s an excuse to celebrate, and so we’ve put together your essential guide to getting the most out of July, even if we had to get a little creative. Qin the Spa. 6F, Four Seasons Hotel Shanghai. 500 Weihai Lu, near Shimen Yi Lu. Tel: 6256 8888

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Creative Ice Cream Flavours Day Baskin Robins may have thirty one flavours, but we all know that ice cream has much more range than that. Le Créme Milano offers yummy gelato concoctions straight from your wildest imaginations. Keep an eye out in particular for the Ferrero Roche (see page 18) Le Crème Milano. 173 Fumin Lu, near Julu Lu. Tel: 5403 3918. Web: www. lecrememilano.com

Fried Chicken Day Because you’re not ready to go back to work after your lazy Thursday, indulge yourself further with a crispy meal deal and some cold beers at The Funky Chicken. The Funky Chicken. 1F, Bldg 26A, Sinan Mansions, 519 Fuxing Zhong Lu, near Chongqing Nan Lu. Tel: 2206 0881

7 July

Chocolate Day Celebrate your chocolate obsession at recently opened theme café Village du Chocolate, a place so steeped in cocoa beans that it might as well be made out of them. Village du Chocolate. 98 Yanping Lu, near Xinzha Lu

9 July

World UFO Day On 2 June, 1947, Mac Brazel in Roswell, New Mexico discovered an unidentified flying object on his ranch. It was later removed and all knowledge denied by the government. Sceptic or believer, today’s the day to celebrate those little green men by going to see Prometheus (see page 56). UME International Cineplex. 5F, South Block Xintiandi, Bldg 6, Lane 123 Xingye Lu, near Madang Lu. Tel: 6373 3333 ext 807

Embrace Your Geekness Day It may sound made-up, but ‘Embrace your Geekness’ is a copyrighted international Holiday made to inspire all you wizards and warlocks out there to break out your 12-sided dice and go to town. If you’ve been looking for an excuse to buy that awesomely geeky World of Warcraft model kit, don’t feel ashamed; today’s your day. Games Workshop. Xintiandi Style. 245 Madang Lu, near Fuxing Zhong Lu. Web: www.games-workshop.com

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National Nude Day Strip off the superfluous and get back to the bare necessities with a trip out to the naked Retreats resort in Moganshan (see page 8). naked Retreats. Tel: 6431 8901. Web: www. nakedretreats.cn

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Caviar Day One of life’s greater pleasures that you don’t have to empty your pockets for to enjoy, Shari’s caviarencrusted rainbow rolls are a little taste of luxury, and they’ve got a wonderful summer patio for you to enjoy them out on too (see page 32). Shari Sushi Bar. 630 Yongjia Lu, near Wulumuqi Nan Lu. Tel: 5466 0320

National Sugar Cookie Day When it comes to sugar cookies, Strictly Cookies sets the golden standard with all of their cookies RMB 35 for a bag of five. Nom nom nom... Strictly Cookies, available at Pantry by the Co-op. 90 Nanyang Lu, near Xikang Lu. Tel: 3255 7271

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Work-a-holics Day We know you work hard, so spend today rewarding your body with a much-needed massage. Qin the Spa at the Four Seasons never disappoints, and throughout the month of July, the Four Seasons offers some special promotions for you to indulge in (see page 44).

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Threading the Needle Day If, like this writer, you can’t sew, get someone else to do it for you. Take a picture, and get yourself some custom-made threads, a one-of-a-kind outfit at Shanghai’s number one fabric market. Stall 203 is highly recommended for men’s shirts. Dongmen Lu Fabric Market. 168 Dongmen Lu, near Zhongshan Dong Er Lu. Tel: 6330 1043

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Moon Day On 20 July, 1969, Neil Armstrong made one “giant leap for mankind” by being the first man to walk on the moon. Drink to the moon at one of the brightest stars in Shanghai’s cocktail-sphere. Constellation. 1-2F, 33 Yongjia Lu, near Maoming Nan Lu. Tel: 5465 5993

Summer Olympics Opening Ceremony It’s here, it’s big, but it won’t be better than Beijing’s. Go and watch the Opening Ceremony and inwardly cringe in the company of fellow expats. The Camel. 1 Yueyang Lu, near Fenyang Lu. Tel: 6437 9446

Junk Food Day Give over to the dark side and quench your appetite with some real tasty treats at CaliBurger. Because fast food doesn’t have to be limited to eating at the golden arches. CaliBurger. 98 Yanping Lu, near Xinzha Lu. Tel: 5239 7728

Stay out of the Sun Day Evade the relentless heat of the sun, by rolling the day away with a day out at the bowling alley. Orden Bowling. 10 Hengshan Lu, near Gao’an Lu. Tel: 6474 6666 United States Independence Day Thomas Jefferson and the founding fathers signed the Declaration of Independence on 4 July 1776, and Americans like to celebrate in the most carnivorous of ways: barbecues in the park. Still, even if you’re not from the USA, take advantage of the summer deals on Fields' website on barbecue meats and treats. There’s also a range of grills so you can party it up at home! Fields. Web: www.fieldschina.com

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the best in town, nothing quite beats Munchies’ ferocious frankfurters. Munchies. 974 Wuding Lu, near Jiaozhou Lu. Tel: 6218 4616. Web: www.munchies.cn

8 July

Video Games Day Relive your button-mashing glory days on an old school arcade console while enjoying an iced beverage. Arcade offers the best of both worlds. Arcade. 2F, 57 Fuxing Xi Lu, near Yongfu Lu. Tel: 137 6485 6670

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Lasagne Day Because pizza isn’t the only awesome dish to come out of Italy, spoil yourself rotten with a real taste of Italia at Dolce Vita. Dolce Vita. 291 Fumin Lu, near Changle Lu. Tel: 6170 1318

10 July

Teddy Bear’s Picnic Day You don’t need to go down into the woods today; you’ll find an assortment of soft, cuddly friends in this quaint little boutique of fluffy proportions, all of which you’ll want to take home with you. Esther’s Bear. Lane 248, 23 Taikang Lu, near Sinan Lu. Tel: 6473 0645. Web: www. shtba.com

12 July

Pecan Pie Day Stop by Southern Belle to get your fix of allAmerican pecan pie (RMB 40 per slice). It’s got our American writers’ seal of approval. Southern Belle. 433 Changle Lu, near Xiangyang Bei Lu. Tel: 5403 3218

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Parent's Day A great place to bring the family, a place where wholesome gatherings are built on freshly baked goods, Baker & Spice does a selection of sweet baked treats that all the family can enjoy. Baker & Spice. 1F, 195 Anfu Lu, near Wulumuqi Bei Lu. Tel: 5404 2733

23 July

Hot Dog Day Okay, this is really just us making up an excuse to chow down on some hot dogs. And for one of

Cheesecake Day We like this one, and we’ve particularly got a taste for the Andaz Hotel’s (RMB 25 per slice) creamy little slice of heaven at the Éclair cafe. Eat it up! Éclair. 1F, Andaz Shanghai, 88 Songshan Lu, near Taicang Lu. Tel: 2310 1720

31 July

Mutt's Day If you’re feeling generous, open up your heart and let a mutt in. Because every good dog deserves a home. JAR: Jaiya’s Animal Rescue. Web: jarshanghai. wordpress.com

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