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7 Days with Luxury Concierge

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 If it was only for  Jonathan Hasson blue eyes you could already dip into Shanghai's most secret corners and unimaginable sites, but luckily for everyone, the C.E.O and founder of Shanghai based  Luxury Concierge China , has elaborated especially for  us at Joelle Magazine an exclusive 7 days Shanghai itinerary that would make Brad Pitt longing in Tibet very envious.

Luxury Concierge China offers the discerning traveler the ultimate experience in Shanghai and beyond through bespoke services- personalized itineraries, private guided tours, concierge services, travel and hospitality consultancy and assistance for special events.

Jonathan 's family and mine are acquainted from Brussels, our second home , and unfortunately during my stay in Shanghai we could not meet. And it's from the Belgian city that my friend made sure to guide me at distance to an intriguing Shanghai that certainly not many people know.

I have enjoyed transferring the precious information and recommendation into this post suggesting, if you happen to stop by , to follow step by step this incredible itinerary not only on twitter or virtually, but in real life. I hope you'll enjoy as much as I did.

Xie Xie my friend!

Day 1:

Start the day with a promenade on the Bund – focus on architecture and history. Your host would take the group into some of the Bund’s UNESCO’s listed treasures.

Optional fabric market ( soon on JoelleMagazine )

Dim Sum (Cantonese) lunch in Xintiandi

The Old Town and it’s neighboring markets (such as Dongtai Lu for Antiques & Mao memorabilia).

Visit of the Yu Yuan Garden, as well as a Daoist Temple. Optional -

Finish off the day with a foot reflexology blind massage, one of the city’s specialties

Peninsula Shanghai or Park Hyatt

Day 2:

A day excursion to Suzhou, to visit two of its best-kept Imperial gardens, as well as the magnificent IM Pei Museum.

Suzhounese traditional lunch

On the way back to Shanghai, stop by Zhujiajiao, a charming ancient water village (miniature Venice of the East)

Day 3:

Start the day with a walk in the Former French Concession (as with the Bund, the focus here would be on both architecture & history, with a possible emphasis on Art Deco).

Your host would take the group to some of the city’s best-kept Longtangs (alleys). Several of the city’s heritage properties would be introduced.

Early Shanghainese lunch in a small trendy joint or an elegant French bistro

Afternoon at Leisure

Day 4:

Depart early morning by private transportation to Hangzhou, the capital of Zhejiang province.

Hangzhou is well known for it's beautiful natural scenery, its Buddhist temples & tea culture -

Lunch in your hotel

Afternoon at Leisure Amanfayun or Four Seasons Hangzhou

Day 5:

A promenade around the West Lake (Xi Hu), then discover Hangzhou's Buddhist culture. Several temples will be visited.

Lunch in Hangzhou's most renowned culinary establishment, the Dragon Well Manor

Tea tasting in the afternoon, and visit of Longjing’s plantations

Day 6:

Late morning, return to Shanghai by private transportation

Modern Cantonese lunch on the  M on Bund Optional

Moganshan Lu 50 for a brief introduction to Chinese Contemporary Art

Then enjoy some light shopping and/or coffee in Taikang Lu, a bohemian- like neighborhood full of small shops, some galleries,.

Peninsula Shanghai or Park Hyatt

Day 7:

At Leisure In Shanghai, Optional:

  • -  RockBund Art Museum
  • -  Contrasts Gallery (Contemporary Chinese Art CCA)
  • -  Pudong’s Contemporary Architecture
  • -  Jewish Ghetto & Hongkou Area
  • -  Culinary Temptation (wet markets, sampling of local cuisine, ...

Joelle's Tips:

For more details on this itinerary: Luxury Concierge China

Photo Credits:

Mao memorabilia Eric Lafforgue

Tea Plantation :Hangzhou Views

Tea Leaves : Listening to the Leaves

Peasent: Fuschsia Dunlop

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