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The top things to eat, see and do when attending the Chinese Grand Prix

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Returning to the tour for the first time since 2019, we’re heading to China for the fifth race of the season. Taking place at the Shanghai International Circuit, this is the perfect opportunity to explore one of the largest cities in the world.  If you are headed to the Grand Prix, here are our top suggestions on where to eat, explore and relax when visiting Shanghai for the Chinese Grand Prix. 

Shanghai Skyline

Did you know?

  • Shanghai is known as the ‘Pearl of the Orient’
  • The Shanghai Metro is the longest metro system in the world and is expanding every year
  • Shanghai is known as the ‘Sweet Tooth of China’ as Shanghai cooking is sweeter than other areas in China and they consume more sugar than any other part of China.

Where to Eat 

Shanghai cuisine, also known as Hu cuisine, is a culinary treasure that reflects the city's rich history and diverse influences. Characterized by its liberal use of sugar and soy sauce, dishes often strike a harmonious balance between sweet and savory notes. Signature dishes include the iconic xiao long bao (soup dumplings), as well as "lion's head" meatballs and "sheng jian bao" pan-fried buns. Seafood also plays a prominent role in Shanghai cuisine, with dishes like "drunken crab" showcasing the city's proximity to fresh and diverse seafood. These are a few of our favorite restaurants to try when you are visiting Shanghai for the Chinese Grand Prix. 

Best Bao: Jia Jia Tang Bao

Jia Jia Tang Bao

Jia Jia Tang Bao is a renowned and beloved establishment in Shanghai, celebrated for its exceptional Shanghainese soup dumplings, known as xiao long bao. Located in the heart of the city, this unassuming eatery has gained fame for its commitment to crafting delectable dumplings with thin, delicate skins that encapsulate a burst of flavorful broth and tender filling. A favorite among locals and visitors alike, get here early in the day to secure your dumplings - once they are sold out, they are sold out! 

Small Shop: Mao Long

Mao Long

Serving up food for over 35 years, this small family-run restaurant in a converted residential building is the real deal. Offering no-frills Shanghainese home-style dishes, Mao Long has been recognized by the Michelin guide for their excellent value menu. Enjoy seafood delicacies or their famed braised pork for a real taste of Shanghai. No reservations, cash only

Upscale on the Bund: Meet the Bund 

Meet the Bund

Named one of Asia’s best restaurants, this restaurant should be added to your itinerary if you can secure a reservation. Located in the Shanghai Financial district, the cuisine is Fujianese with the kitchen team all hailing from the province. Make sure to order their signature Hetian chicken and of course The gourmet ‘Buddha jumps over the wall’ soup which takes one week to prepare cannot be missed. 

Where to Explore

Shanghai is a vibrant city where ancient history meets modern marvels. Discover over a millenia of cultural history by exploring Shanghai’s many gardens, museums and incredible architecture.

These are our favorite places to explore when you are visiting Shanghai for the Chinese Grand Prix. 

Yu Garden Shanghai

Yu Garden

Yu Garden

The Yu Garden, a gem from the Ming Dynasty era, is a classical Chinese garden featuring pavilions, rockeries, and ponds. Located in the heart of Shanghai, the meticulously landscaped space offers a serene escape, showcasing traditional architecture and design. Adjacent to the garden is the bustling Yuyuan Bazaar, a lively market filled with shops and stalls offering traditional Chinese crafts, jewelry, and souvenirs. Add this to your itinerary to immerse yourself in Shanghai's rich cultural heritage. Open daily, there is a small admission fee to enter. 

Shanghai Museum 

Shanghai Museum

The Shanghai Museum stands as a cultural beacon in the heart of the city, housing a rich tapestry of China's artistic heritage. Established in 1952 and later relocated to its current site in 1996, the museum's distinctive architecture echoes the elegance of traditional Chinese ceramics with its round top and square base. Inside, visitors encounter an extensive collection spanning millennia, featuring exquisite artifacts such as ancient ceramics, jade carvings, bronze ware, and calligraphy. The museum's well-curated exhibitions offer a comprehensive journey through China's history, art, and culture, making it a must-visit destination for those seeking a profound understanding of the country's artistic legacy. Closed on Mondays 

Zhujiajiao Water Town

Zhujiajiao Water Town

Often referred to as the "Venice of the East," this picturesque ancient town is nestled on the outskirts of Shanghai. Characterized by its meandering canals, arched stone bridges, and well-preserved Ming and Qing Dynasty architecture, Zhujiajiao offers a captivating glimpse into traditional Chinese riverine life. You can explore narrow lanes lined with historic buildings, visit ancient temples, traverse charming stone bridges and even book your own boat on the canal. 

Where to Go Out 

At night the city comes alive as the luminated skyscrapers and historic landmarks serve as backdrops to an eclectic mix of bars, restaurants and clubs. From dive-bar speakeasies to glamorous rooftop bars, there truly is something for everyone. These are our favorite places to enjoy nightlife when visiting Shanghai for the Chinese Grand Prix. 

Best Speakeasy: Speak Low 

Speak Low

Tucked within a cocktail equipment shop, a hidden door leads to this popular cocktail bar. Award one of the best bars in Asia and known for rarefied spirits, it is hard to miss when ordering. We suggest trying the eponymous Speak Low cocktail, featuring rum, sherry and matcha, or the Chamomile Gimlet of gin, chamomile, apple, kiwi and elderflower.

Most Affordable Rooftop: The Captain

The Captain

Located on the roof of a hostel, this may not seem like a typical recommendation. That being said, this rooftop bar might be the best value on the Bund. Enjoy fantastic views of the river and the Pudong skyline while you sip on original cocktails with a modern twist. For an extra bonus, enjoy snacks and food prepared by a Michelin star chef. The Captain is worth a visit! 

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