Shanghai Grand Theater
No.300 Renmin Dadao (Renmin Avenue), by Huangpi Bei Lu
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No other building on the Bund embodies the splendor of 1930s Shanghai like the Peace Hotel. Originally named the Cathay Hotel, its construction was completed in 1929 by famed real estate mogul Victor Sassoon, and it quickly came to be regarded as the most prestigious hotel in the city. Back in the day, it was the digs of choice for A-listers like film actor Charlie Chaplin and US General George Marshall of Marshall Plan fame. English playwright Noel Coward is even said to have completed his famous work Private Lives in one of its rooms. In recent years, the hotel has undergone a renovation, which preserved many of the hotel’s stunning art deco design elements. The hotel’s lobby bar is particularly famous for its nightly jazz performances.
Jing’an Temple has been around in at least some form for nearly two millennia. It’s first incarnation was built near the banks of Suzhou Creek in AD 247 during the Warring States Period. It was finally relocated to its current position in 1216 under the Song Dynasty. It was destroyed and rebuilt several times over several centuries. In the Republican era, it quickly became the wealthiest temple in Shanghai. At one point, the abbott boasted seven concubines and a White Russian bodyguard. During the Cultural Revolution, the temple was converted into a plastics factory, and it wasn't until 1983 when Deng Xiaoping’s reforms permitted it to re-open for religious purposes. Today it is once again the wealthiest temple in the city. Locals like to go there to pray for wealth, success and high exam scores.
At the centre of the Bund—China’s most sought after waterfront estate—stands Bund18. Formerly the Chinese headquarters for the Chartered Bank of India, Australia and China,the stunning 1923 column-fronted building built in the popular neo-classical style by British architectural firm, Palmer & Turner.Offering unparalleled panoramic views of the Huangpu River and financial mecca of Shanghai’s financial centre in Pudong, Bund18 has been carefully restored by a team of Venetian architects from Kokaistudios. The two-year renovation project including planning, construction and restoration began in November 2002 and was completed in September 2004. Through the application of modern design to a historic landmark, structural reinforcement, historic restoration, mechanical installation and interior design, Bund18 sets a new standard in Shanghai for heritage revitalization. By creating a new chapter in the life of this unique building the renovation has restored the building’s original architectural vision. More than merely preserving the facade, meticulous research was undertaken in both the interior and exterior of the building so that each point of restoration was carefully considered and executed thus allowing modern amenities to be added without disturbing the original structure or interior design. Bund18 redefines the modern face of Shanghai, establishing a new benchmark for cultural appreciation as well as commercial success. Though preservation came at a considerable cost, the conservation of this heritage property proved vital, winning the 2006 UNESCO Asia-Pacific Heritage Award of Excellence for Culture Heritage Conservation. Follow Bund 18 at: Facebook: www.facebook.com/bund18 Twitter: www.twitter.com/Bund18_Official Instagram: Bund18
Housed in a pretty three storey shikumen house, they've got all your Element Fresh favorites, plus a full wine list, bar snacks, crafty cocktails and a fancy dinner menu.
Sometimes described as Shanghai's most 'charming hotel', Lapis Casa is a real addition to the city's hotel scene. This boutique hotel has a very traditional feel to it with a lot of the decor inspired by the decadent days of Shanghai in the early 20th century, and what's more, ALL of the antiques in the hotel's 18 rooms are available for purchase. With its central location next to Xintiandi, this hotel is perfect for couples or families looking for something a little bit special.