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Above -- The expo's mascot, an odd-looking blue character who goes by
the name of Haibao.
Left -- Enjoy the serenity of one of Shanghai's neighbouring water towns.
Opposite page -- Sprays of water keep people cool at the expo.
leries and interesting places to eat have
mushroomed out of a collection of old res-
If you like exploring markets for
antiques and curios, head to Dong Tai Road
Antiques Market; but bear in mind the
antiques may only have been made yester-
day. Nevertheless it's fun to fossick and
barter in the narrow, cluttered laneways
among the interesting memorabilia from
old Shanghai. Mao statues jostle for space
with old maps and posters, while songbirds
and crickets hang from cages overhead.
If you're staying for a few days it's worth
getting some clothes made by tailors at the
South Bund Fabric Market. At first sight,
the three floors of individual stallholders
appears overwhelming, but choosing one
isn't difficult as each stall specialises in
either a different style of clothing or fabric.
One might make only suits or women's for-
mal wear, while others make garments
only from linen or silk or cotton.
Bring a pattern from home or choose a
design from those on offer. A friend was
happy with the business suit he'd had made
at a cost of just over $100, while another
was less than happy with several business
shirts because they had embroidered his
name, Jimmy, onto every shirt pocket.
THE heady pace of Shanghai makes it
imperative to find somewhere quiet and
serene to stay.
The historic Langham Yangtze Boutique
Hotel building has stood witness to the
city's history since 1934 when it was the
third largest hotel in the Far East.
The advent of soaring skyscraper hotels
has stripped it of that title. Now the cream
and grey art deco masterpiece near the
major cultural and entertainment venues
is a boutique hotel with 96 exquisite rooms
The first thing you notice when you step
inside is the soothing scent of ginger flow-
ers. The rooms, some with private bal-
conies and all with luxurious over-sized
bathrooms, have a timeless quality.
Within the hotel are five wining and din-
ing areas including T'ang Court, the sister
restaurant to the two Michelin-star restau-
rant in Hong Kong.
Everything about the Hong Kong restau-
rant has been faithfully replicated. Then
there is a Japanese and an Italian restau-
rant and Palm Court in the Lobby where
plush sofas are just the place to enjoy the
signature three-tiered Langham Classic
The art deco inspired cocktail bar is a
popular place to unwind and listen to 1930s
Shanghai jazz, while the Chuan Spa offers
indulgent treatments and massages based
on traditional Chinese medicine.
Until October 25, you can book the
Classic Shanghai Expo package which
includes two nights' accommodation, daily
breakfasts, complimentary broadband
internet access and a one- day pass to the
For accommodation information and
bookings phone (86) 21-6080-0800 or visit
TAXIS are cheap and plentiful. You are
unlikely to strike a driver who under-
stands English, so ask your hotel to write
your destination on a piece of paper to
hand to the driver.
The Langham Yangtze Boutique Hotel
has gone one step further, offering a card
with all the most popular tourist destina-
tions printed on it in both English and
Chinese. You can use this all day, ticking
off each required destination and passing
it to the driver.
You can also engage the services of a
tour company like the Luxury Concierge
China service operated by American expa-
triate Spencer Dodington who is passionate
about Shanghai, its history and its culture.
Dodington can craft a tour or experiences
around your special interests --
While it's easy to get to and from Pudong
International Airport by taxi, why not take
Shanghai Maglev train just for the experi-
Take a taxi to the railway station and
then board the high-speed train to the air-
port. The 30km trip takes just over seven
minutes and reaches speeds of up to
When to visit
THE World Expo finishes at the end of
October. Many Australian tour compa-
nies offer tours to China incorporating the
expo, including Helen Wong Tours, the offi-
cial Australian ticketing agent for the expo.
Phone 1300-788-328 or www.helenwongs-
October and November are regarded as
the best time to visit as the weather is cool-
er. This is also the time a delicacy known
by the unappetising name of hairy crab is
* Sue Preston was a guest of Langham
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