New World Hotel Redefining the rooftop

A plush springboard to launch you headlong into the heart of Shanghai, the New World Hotel brings a little 21st century oriental hospitality to the city’s centre. Accessible through a monumental square marble-pillared and sleek pagoda-roofed entryway, the hotel is a 605-room behemoth where function, comfort and class combine. The communal spaces are high-ceilinged and spacious, with polished marble floors, art-splattered walls and sleek modern furniture all screaming sleek austerity. The warmly-lit suites, meanwhile, provide the perfect counterpoint—kitted out with cloud-like beds, stylish minimalist furniture and fittings awash with soft wooden hues. And if you’re on the hunt for a spot to stave off the summer heat with a swim, New World boasts one of the city’s best—their swish rooftop pool is guaranteed to add some ‘oohs’ to the relaxed ‘aahs’ with its epic views across the sprawling cityscape.

Dongtai Lu Antique Market Searching for leftover bits of history featured

Kind of like a bootleg Antiques Road Show, Dongtai Lu is packed with good old dusty Mao memorabilia, vintage curios and trinkets; even if you have to navigate through the riffraff to find the gems. Look out for small revolution-era porcelain statues and old cameras (buy at your own risk). There’s some treasures in the rough; use patience and diligence to find them. You might want to leave the watches alone all together. Even if you don’t buy, the sheer experience of walking down this alley is something to behold.

Unless you’re an antiques expert, don’t get your hopes up too high for finding a genuine antique at a bargain. Most stalls sell similar wares, so be sure not to buy anything from the first seller on impulse without haggling. Walk on and compare prices, as shopkeepers in China typically raise prices to exorbitant levels when selling to tourists. Being firm helps.

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