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The Peninsula Shanghai Our Shanghai

Known once upon a time as the “Paris of the East” for its unrivalled elegance and glamour, Shanghai is now the largest city in China and home to over 20 million people. The metropolis was traditionally a walled city but after opening up to foreign trade in 1842, the port spread and by the 20th Century it had become the eccentric blend of old and new, East and West, that it still is today.

A testament to the city's colonial roots, Shanghai’s French Concession takes visitors back in time, while The Bund is home to stunning Art Deco architecture from the 1920s and 30s, as well as The Peninsula Shanghai.

If you are seeking Chinese chic, shop the charming streets of Xintiandi or delve into history and seek out antiques in the Dongtai and Fuyou markets. For art lovers and collectors, visit the M50 artzone, the Shanghai Art Museum - which plays hosts to the Shanghai Bienale - and the new Museum of Contemporary Art.


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PenCities by LUXE City Guides

Developed exclusively for The Peninsula Hotels by stylish travel publisher LUXE City Guides, PenCities is a unique, luxury lifestyle journal spanning all nine Peninsula cities, featuring the finest in dining, entertainment, shopping, design, nightlife, spa and wellness. Updated weekly, PenCities presents a tightly edited selection of opinionated and informed recommendations, covering the latest openings, classic favourites, special events, seasonal celebrations and smart things to do. Welcome!

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  • Shanghai High-end Health Haven
  • Shanghai Lock n’ Roll
  • Shanghai Monkeying Around
  • Shanghai New National Treasure Unearthed



  • Tommy Yan - Human Resources Manager

    On Mogashan Lu lies the undisputed centre of Shanghai's flourishing art scene. Only a few years ago the area still seemed remote and empty, but in 2004, a grassroots movement of artists began converting the factories and warehouses of the old Chunming Textile Mill Compound at 50 Moganshan Lu into galleries and personal studios. In April 2005, the government gave it official recognition and protection, designating it a "Creative Industry Clustering Part".

  • Iris Chen - Reservation Manager

    Originally from Taipei, this restaurant has earned an excellent reputation for Taiwanese cuisine in mainland China. The tender, juicy crab roe-filled dumplings are accompanied by a tasty mouthful of broth with each bite, and the chicken and beef soup complement the palate perfectly. Friendly staff enhance the overall dining experience.

  • Simon Huang - Chief Concierge

    KEE at 796 Huai Hai Lu is Shanghai’s most visionary private members club. Styled as an elegant, but eclectic private residence, it provides an intimate and inspiring environment for its members to indulge in life’s pleasures – art, food, wine, music, design and like-minded people.

    Set in twin 1920s grand stone villas, KEE is a luxury lifestyle destination in Shanghai – with two floors of effortlessly sophisticated salon culture. The celebrated KEE art collection provides a stimulating backdrop for a series of unique spaces and a wide range of prestigious members; from artists to heads of state, from royalty to entrepreneurs, KEE offers an exclusive and pre-eminent atmosphere for work, rest and play.

    KEE Club Shanghai has 4 private rooms which also called Salon. The most two salons are named as Vacheron Constantin and the Dunhill Salon.

    Vacheron Constantin is one of the most celebrated and prominent names in Swiss time-keeping. The Vacheron Constantin Salon is a truly unique space displaying some of the famous and historic watches and artifacts that have made the brand a by-word for quality and engineering excellence since the 19th century. The salon has a contemporary design as well as a private terrace

    On the fourth floor is the Dunhill Salon – a true ‘room of the gentleman’. A long table down the middle, leather chairs to the side. Showcased along its walls are a century of Alfred Dunhill’s iconic creations “Dunhill coats and other ‘manly items’ framed with masculinity”. 

  • Shiva Xu - Assistant Housekeeper

    The southern extremity of People’s Square is dominated by the Shanghai Museum, which houses one of the country’s most outstanding collections within an eccentric, symbolically shaped structure. The museum is surrounded by a mixture of greenery and paved recreation space, including an ornamental fountain called The Light of the Huangpu River.