Home' Traveller : Scoop Traveller WA 021 Contents 84 Scoop Traveller January - June 2012
scoop.com.au Explore WA
EATING OUT Many of the city’s best eateries
are not on the ground floor and, with few signs in
English, you may miss them. However, if you look
up, you will quickly notice just how many restaurants
are on the floors above. For a wonderful view, great
food and fabulous people watching, try Mr and Mrs
Bund (on the Bund, of course), or, for traditional
Yunnan folk cuisine, the Lost Haven is fabulous.
There are a couple of Lost Haven branches: at the
one near the Bund, the food is fantastic and the
rooftop bar is ideal for an after-dinner drink.
NIGHTLIFE The jazz bar at the Peace Hotel is not
to be missed, housed in its original 1920s room: make
sure to appreciate the art deco dome in the hotel
entrance. Bar Rouge (above Mr and Mrs Bund) is a
rooftop bar for ‘beautiful people’, while the massive
Mint nightclub will keep you entertained until sun up.
Brown Sugar is a late-night bar in the XinDianTi area,
but perhaps steer clear on Sunday... it’s ballroom
dancing night! Another rooftop bar, Flair, on the 58th
floor of the Ritz Carlton, is quite spectacular. Like
most of the ‘in’ bars and clubs, it’s best to get your
concierge to call ahead, because entry is limited.
MASSAGES There are myriad Chinese massage
houses, so ask at your hotel for recommendations.
For a truly hard massage, try one of Shanghai’s blind
massages. Yes, you are massaged by a blind man and
it’s quite an experience. Check it out for yourself at
Ganzhi Blindman Massage. Or, for a wonderful spa
experience, try the Peninsula Spa, winner of Best
Hotel Spa in China, HK and Macau for 2011.
TRAVEL TIPS Tipping is not standard, but it’s
never a bad idea to acknowledge good ser vice. High
import taxes mean international goods (especially
fashion) can be more expensive than at home. ATMs
are easily accessible, but avoid local SIM cards (they
aren’t compatible with Australian phones). Also carry
tissues – most public toilets have no paper.
BE PREPARED!! Very few people speak English
so carry your hotel’s address in Chinese characters,
as well as the names of any places you may wish to
go, to ensure communication with taxi drivers.
Getting to China | New services fly from Perth to Guangzhou, and continue on to Beijing. For information,
call China Southern’s national reservations line on 1300 889 628 during AEDST/AEST business hours, visit
www.flychinasouthern.com, or see a travel agent.
Our final three nights were spent at the
Peninsula Hotel. Opened in 2009 and designed
to pay homage to the glamour of Shanghai
in the 20s and 30s, it is proudly located on
the ‘true’ Bund (it’s number 32). Again, the
attention to detail is what sets the hotel apart.
Beautifully appointed rooms feature walk-in
’robes, work stations with fax/copy, scanner,
Nespresso machines, and their signature
valet boxes: clothes go in and are returned,
expertly laundered, through a hidden door,
without you being disturbed. Nice! A wonderful
feature of the hotel is its commitment to
technology. All curtains are electric, lights
have various settings, rooms can be humidity
controlled and, importantly, all rooms have
VOIP telephone systems, meaning that all
international calls are free.
Guests can arrive and depart from the hotel
in Peninsula style. The hotel’s BMWs and the
divine Rolls Royce all have WiFi and, again,
all international calls are free. It’s fantastic
for the business traveller, or for those who just
like to chat.
Although vastly different, both Beijing and
Shanghai offer a glorious taste of this exotic
land. The sheer scale of Beijing, coupled with
its unparalleled history, gives you a wonderful
insight into the evolution of the world’s
second-largest economy. Shanghai, the Paris
of the East, is a city which exudes youthful
energy and which manages to blend its colonial
charm and its rich history with its striking
modernity. With direct flights from Perth to
China becoming more frequent, it’s a perfect
time to visit and be intrigued.
A deluxe river room in
the Peninsula Hotel.
The Peninsula lobby.
The pool at the Peninsula
is a sight to behold.
Links Archive Scoop Traveller WA 020 Scoop Traveller WA 022 Navigation Previous Page Next Page