When you're visiting a city for the first time, there's nothing better than getting tips from a local beyond the usual guide book suggestions!
We asked David Zhong, chief concierge at Le Royal Meridien Shanghai, for his insider scoop on Shanghai including where to eat, drink and party, along with a handy local tip.
Nanxiang xiao long bao – Xiao long bao – steamed pork dumpling – is a traditional snack of Nanxiang Town and is loved for its thin skin and the fresh filling, which changes with the seasons.
Tianzifang – Shanghai’s hip and fashionable crowd is flocking to Tianzifang right now, a vibrant art district full of trendy boutiques and stylish hole-in-the-wall cafes.
Xuhui District – The Xuhui District is a must-see. It’s the intersection of six roads and was formed during the illegal expansion of the French concession at a time when roads were built in an uncontrolled and disorderly fashion.
Zhujiajiao – Escape the skyscrapers and the city living of modern Shanghai in the water town of Zhujiajiao. You’ll find canals and traditional residences with white-washed walls and classical gardens, which provide a wonderful window into China’s past.
Insider info – Always keep a metro card and a metro map with you.