Shanghai-native, London-based fashion designer, Judy Wu, reveals a city where history and modernity intertwine to create a heady mix of unforgettable cultural experiences

Fashion designer Judy Wu

Where can we see your most unforgettable view?

Strolling at night along Nanjing Road with all the shops illuminated, leading to The Bund, where you will see the most incredible views of the financial district plus landmark buildings such as the Oriental Pearl Tower and Jin Mao Tower on the east side of the river.

What should we eat for a real taste of Shanghai?

Definitely try xiaolongbao, a steamed bun stuffed with juicy pork and crab.

What should we wash it down with?

My most recent favorite drink is the Basil Drop at Citizen, a chic, stylish café and bar located in the heart of the former French Concession of Shanghai.

What would you recommend we read on our trip?

Shanghai Memorabilia, by the well-respected Chinese author Chen Danyan. She presents a vivid picture of Shanghai’s rich history and how people’s lives have changed over time. She gives readers a real flavor of our city’s historic culture.

Which artists’ work should we seek out?

Xu Bing is a great Chinese artist that I love. His work reflects his deep thoughts and exploration of Chinese tradition, culture and social phenomena.

The city of Shanghai

Which gallery must we visit?

Power Station of Art is a contemporary art museum, transformed from an old power station on the left bank of the Huangpu river. It hosts high caliber art exhibitions, such as Shanghai Art Biennale.

Where should we go to see a memorable performance?

For music I would visit the MAO Livehouse, where there are always amazing artists performing. I would also go to watch avant-garde director Meng Jinghui’s play at Haiyi Theatre.

If we have a whole day to go shopping, where should we go and what should we buy?

I would start by walking along Huaihai Road — the famous shopping street in Shanghai. Then I would move to the Chenghuang Temple district where I would purchase small gifts such as Chinese silk scarves and, if I still had the energy, I would cross the river to the east side of Shanghai and shop for gorgeous clothes in the IFC Mall.

What should we do to relax afterwards?

Definitely dinner at Pelham’s at Waldorf Astoria Shanghai on the Bund, to indulge in chef Jean-Philippe Dupas’ cuisine. After all that shopping, you’ll deserve it!

What should we do off the beaten track?

Changfeng Park has beautiful landscapes, a lake and an aquarium, so it makes it an ideal setting to relax with a picnic in the sun.

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