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Exclusively Recommendation of 3 Bars at Shanghai

1 Mar

Shanghai young people are full of energy! Yes, they are! They are having an exciting and brilliant enjoyment of nightlife that the ever-bright city bring to them. After work, they may like to go for a drink with their colleagues or friends. Some excellent bars with music and great views would be their choice. The variety of bars and pubs are the representatives of Shanghai’s nightlife. Today, I would recommend 3 bars that I have tried as an exclusively reward for all my friends and followers’ supporting on this blog!

Top No.3  JZ Club

Reasons for Recommendation

  • Music

Who doesn’t like music?! You should definitely take your dearest friend or your dater to this club! Launched in 2004, JZ Club has become the most representative of all the jazz clubs in Shanghai, and even in China. Everyday in this club, you can enjoy music from classical Standards, buoyant Swing, to refreshing female vocals and modern Jazz Rock. Isn’t it a great choice for relaxing with tasty cocktails and wonderful music?!

I have been there once and was quite impressed by the jazz music the band played that night! I took this picture and I loved that saxophone boy so much! It was really an awesome experience!

<Address: 46 FuXing W. Road,Shanghai

<Price per person: 10 USD

<<Check their website.

【Image from the author】

Top No.2 VUE 

Reasons for recommendation:

  • View

You may have guessed that this bar must has a great view because its name–VUE. Yes, great great view, maybe the best view! VUE located on the 32nd and 33rd floors of the new Hyatt on the Bund, offers tremendous vistas of both the historic waterfront and Pudong, the CBD on the other side of the Huangpu River.

  • Spa under the sky

There is a hot tube for people to enjoy on the upper floor of the bar. In the Spa tube, you could enjoy the great view of the Bund and Pudong with a glass of really good wine.

  • Wine

VUE provides you a full collection of red wines. You can get one free house wine at the entrance.

<Address: 199 Huangpu Road (32rd floor in Hyatt on the Bund)

<Price: 100 RMB (15 USD) entrance fee

<Check their introduction by Hyatt on the Bund.

<<Ladies, enjoy Tuesday night for free entrance!

【Image from the author & 美国往事

Top No.1 Barbarossa

Reasons for Recommendation:

  • Location

This lounge & bar located in the middle of a pond in the middle of People’s Park, which located at the heart of Shanghai. This unique location makes Barbarossa an oasis–a quiet place in the middle of city chaos.

  • Style of Decoration

Moroccan style of decoration makes the bar an exotic one. I love the vaulted Moroccan tents, the pillars with delicate patterns, and the beautiful roof of the architecture. Barbarossa is famous for its roof bar, in which you would have a feeling of on vacation in an foreign country.

  • Food & Fruit-taste Hookah

Food there are pretty good! Because Barbarossa is not only a bar, but a restaurant that makes delicious cuisines! They provide Barbarossa is famous for its rich variety of fruity Hookah. Attaching yourself to your favorite fruit in smoke is really relaxing.

<Address: inside People’s Park, 231 W. Nanjing Rd.

<Price per person: 20 USD

<<Every Wednesday Barbarossa welcomes all the girls to enjoy free selected fresh and sparkling cocktails from 9pm-12am at their roof top terrace!

【Image from the author & 大众点评

Sometime you go to this amazing city, be sure to check out these awesome bars!

Shanghai Young People’s Favorite Foods: Traditional Top 5

14 Feb

You can not understand a city without tasting its traditional cuisine. That’s quite true!

You can not understand a group of people without having an idea of what they are fond of eating. That’s still true!

What are Shanghai young people having in their plates? The answer is–traditional Shanghai cuisine!

These days, it is very popular among young people in Shanghai to go nostalgic by exploring the traditional foods.

Let’s take a peek at Shanghai young people’s favorite top 5 traditional foods.

No. 1Image of Xiaolongbao

Xiaolongbao–Steamed  Bun

Xiaolongbao is a kind of soup dumplings with thin flour made skin outside and flavored meat inside. From Qing dynasty till now, Xiaolongbao has a history of over 100 years. When eating a Xiaolongbao, you need to  open a small hole at first and then enjoy the juice inside the little bun very slowly–or you will burn your mouth.

Image from: 上海在线

image of cifantuanNo. 2

Cifantuan–Sticky Rice Roll

It is made by tightly wrapping a piece of youtiao (fried dough) with sticky rice. Usually, we like to put some kinds of pickles and shredded pork in it. I found that  Chipotle’s burrito has some similarities with cifantuan. Usually we eat cifantuan as breakfast together with sweetened or savory soy milk.

Image from: Day Green 日青

No. 3image of shengjian

Shengjian Mantou–Pan Fried Bun

Shengjian mantou is a very traditional specialty of Shanghai. It also has flour made skin outside and flavored meat inside, but the skin is thicker than Xiaolongbao. It is usually filled with pork and gelatin that melts into soup/liquid when cooked. Shengjian mantou has been one of the most common breakfast items in Shanghai for the last century.

This is a clip shot at the most famous Shengjian Station in Shanghai.

Reference: wikipedia

Image from: 新浪上海 

image of SanxianwontonNo. 4

Sanxian Huntun–Three Delicacies Wonton

We make clear distinction between large wonton and small wonton. Small wontons are casually wrapped by closing the palm on a wrapper with a dab of pork filling as if crumpling a sheet of paper. Sanxian huntun can be literally translated into “three delicacies wonton”. Because the wontons are served in chicken soup with laver and chopped pan fried eggs.

When I was a little girl, I went to a very old, nation-owned breakfast restaurant everyday and ordered this delicious cuisine for breakfast. It was a treasurable memory of mine.

Image from: 上海热线 Shanghai Hotline

No. 5jiuniang yuanzi

Jiuniang Yuanzi–Glutinous Rice Dumpling in Sweet Rice Wine Soup

Although jiuniang is similar to an unfiltered rice wine in that it is mildly alcoholic, it contains whole rice grains and is often made with sweet osmanthus flowers. Yuanzi is a kind of small rice dumpling, but contains no filling.

I enjoy the aroma of sweet osmanthus flower and rice wine with small cutie rice dumplings!

Image from: 阿邦网


shanghai's changeWhy we go nostalgic?

People around my age (born in 1980s) are becoming the mainstay of our society. And I think our generation is very special because we not only have witnessed the amazing changes that information era brought to the whole human beings, but also are enjoying the convenience it brought.

When we were little kids, our city is not that crowded and the cost of living is not that unaffordable. People were living in a simple but happy life. But nowadays, we can only feel the rush of the city life. Therefore, me and my friends are always having a sense of nostalgia though we are enjoying the benefits brought by the information age. So, one of our ways to cherish the memory of the old Shanghai is to explore traditional Shanghai-styled foods.

Can you imagine that the first picture was shot in 1990?

Image from: 遨游网

Shanghai Young People’s Weekend: Afternoon-Tea

8 Feb

After a week’s stressful work, how would young people in Shanghai spend their weekends? You may want to take a breath at the countryside out of the city, or you may want to stay at home and sleep over the daytime… But for me, I think there is nothing better than enjoying a cup of cappuccino and a bite of tiramisu with my best friend at a quiet and beautiful place, chatting and watching all kinds of people passing by, and thinking nothing about work or study.

Afternoon-tea has become a kind of culture among the young people in Shanghai. When I logged on my Weibo account (some kind of Chinese version of Twitter), I can always see my friends posting pictures of their afternoon-tea time. So jealous! I wish I could fly back to join them.

Today, I am going to take you to my favorite place for afternoon-tea.

Le Petit Jardin

Le Petit Jardin resembles a vintage shop from the outside—you can see old-fashioned European style furniture through the window, but upon entering, you would feel as if you’ve stepped into someone’s house. You can explore Me at Le Petit Jardenthe entire shop first and decide where you want to sit. Do you want to sit at the garden with the surround of adorable cats or do you want to sit at the bar? Every spot is different because of the tables and chairs are from different designers, but the host made them perfectly match the style of the shop.

Their menu is also designed perfectly fit the shop’s vintage style—hand-wrote and decorated. Dariole au chocolat (chocolate lava cake) is recommended by many customers, but I personally like tiramisu best. You can also grab some books from any shelves, and spend the whole afternoon there. If you decide that you want to spend your evening there, the host offers great food: Caesar Salad and all kinds of spaghettis.

Chocolate cake cappuccino at Le Petit Jarden

Address: 220 Kangping Rd.

Price: 68 RMB/person (10 USD/person).

Transportation: Subway Line1, Subway Line9.

Find it on Google Map.

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Other places I would recommend for afternoon-tea:

Guyuan Tea HouseTraditional Chinese style entrance

Taste the real Chinese tea here.

Address: 1315 Fuxing Rd.

Price: 80 RMB/person (13 USD/person).

Transportation: Subway Line 1, Subway Line 7.

The image is from 大众点评网

I Lost Shanghai

Quiet afternoon tea Jing anSmell and feel the old Shanghai in a quiet neighborhood near downtown.

Address: No.33 Lane 1025 Nanjing Rd W.

Price: 40 RMB/person (6 USD/person).

Transportation: Subway Line2.

The image is from 大众点评网