Today beauty and charm coexist with kitsch and commercialism. From the colonial architecture of the Former French Concession to the forest of cranes and the neon-lit high-rises of Pudong, Shanghai is a city of paradox and change.

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  • 1. Cathay Theatre

    French Concession | Arts/Performance Venue

    The art deco–style Cathay Cinema was one of the first movie theaters in Shanghai and, indeed, still shows a mix of Chinese and Western films...Read More

  • 2. Double Rainbow Massage House

    French Concession | Spa–Sight

    With instructions clearly spelled out in English, Double Rainbow Massage House provides an inexpensive introduction to traditional Chinese massage...Read More

  • 3. Dragonfly

    French Concession | Spa–Sight

    This local spa chain has claimed the middle ground between expensive hotel spas and workmanlike blind-man massage parlors. Don the suede-soft...Read More

  • 4. Former Residence of Dr. Sun Yat-sen

    French Concession | Museum/Gallery

    Sun Yat-sen, the father of the Republic of China, lived in this two-story house from 1919 to 1924. His wife, Soong Qing-ling, of the illustrious...Read More

  • 5. Fuxing Park

    French Concession | Park (National/State/Provincial)

    This European-style park, once open only to Shanghai's French residents, is one of downtown's most tranquil spots. Here you'll find people strolling...Read More

  • 6. Lyceum Theatre

    French Concession | Arts/Performance Venue

    In the days of Old Shanghai, the Lyceum Theatre was the home of the British Amateur Drama Club. The old stage is still in use as a concert hall...Read More

  • 7. Soong Qing-ling's Former Residence

    French Concession | Historic Home

    A daughter of the prominent Soong family, Soong Qing-ling (also known as Madame Sun Yat-sen) was first a Nationalist and then a Communist. Her...Read More

  • 8. Tianzifang

    French Concession | Business District

    If Xintiandi is the government's orderly, sanitized shikumen restoration project, Tianzifang is the opposite. The former residential district...Read More

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  • 9. Yu Massage

    City Center | Spa–Sight

    Expats flock to this tranquil spa, where the front desk staff speak English well and can help you choose one of their handful of massages. Body...Read More

  • 10. James Cohan Gallery

    French Concession | Museum/Gallery

    The Shanghai outpost of the New York Gallery of the same name brings in big name international artists like Fred Tomaselli as well as rising...Read More

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