Look down on all of chilly Shanghai from inside the balmy peak of China’s tallest building
. It’s the widest panorama available to date. If you’re into superlatives, this 127-floor monster has got you covered. It’s the second tallest building in the world after Dubai’s 828-metre Burj Khalifa – and lays claim to the world’s fastest elevators
. It has the world’s highest restaurant, highest hotel lobby, highest swimming pool with a view, highest wind turbines, and hopefully highest central heating system.
Take shelter from the cold by spending an afternoon in one of Shanghai’s many museums. The city has so many world-class exhibition centers; it can be hard to know where to start. Hit up these headliners
before tracking down some smaller and more unusual alternatives
Our bodies work extra hard in the winter, fending off pollution, cold, and… more pollution. This winter, take advantage of the wide variety of places in Shanghai to pamper your body and soul with massages and other spa treatments. We've listed our favourites this year here
As we head into winter, there are few better ways to while away a chilly day than heading to one of Shanghai’s bathhouses. Where else can you spend hours doing the essential things in life: watching television, napping, snacking on treats while lounging around on heated floors, playing table tennis with friends, and of course, getting your body scrubbed down from head to toe? We picked two of the best
There is really only one redeeming factor to the arrival of winter in Shanghai: the excuse to revamp our wardrobes with a trip to the fabric market. Bring a photo of that couture jacket you’ve been coveting, and leave with a version of your very own, tailored to size. Plus you can expect the price to have a nice cut too. Read about when the Time Out
team got measured up
for customized pieces earlier this year.
Foster a new friend
What better way to get those warm snuggles than chillin’ on the couch with a furry friend? Winter is one of the toughest times of the year for animal shelters, and you can help by taking in a foster pet, which is generally cost-free for volunteers. If you want to learn more, reach out to People for Pets, Best Friends China, Jaiya’s Animal Rescue or Second Chance Animal Aid, and stay tuned to Time Out’s Weekly fluff blog to meet animals who need foster and forever homes.
If you don't want to take on a pet full-time, you can also get in touch with Spare Leash to become a pet sitter.
Curl up by the fire and pluck out one of Time Out
’s best Chinese books since 1900
. We called in the experts: 25 literature lovers and sinologists, including publishers, authors, translators, literary agents and academics, who were kind enough to share their top ten best Chinese fiction books and top ten works of non-fiction published since 1900.
As well as many great books that didn't make it on to our best of list, we've included our judges' reasons for choosing each book, an invaluable insight into what makes them such good reads.