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.
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.