Interior Design Travel

Fast trains, fab hotels, culture shock and Design Shanghai

11th March 2016
waterhouse on bund

Just two days in Shanghai and so much to report. It’s such a fascinating city, cutting edge modern mixed in with ancient tradition, and layered over that is extreme wealth and normal ordinary life. But it all just works, and that’s the beauty of travelling. You get to see things in a different perspective.

Starting with the Maglev train from Shanghai Airport, it gets up to a speed of 430km/hour which means it takes only 8 minutes to get to the city, as opposed to an hour in a taxi.maglev train shanghai

There’s a speedometer in the train so you can see just how fast you are going. maglev train shanghai

I took this quick snap of myself heading up to my hotel room on the 18th floor. A 12 hour flight isn’t kind to the human body, but I have to say thank you to British Airways for the upgrade! I shudder to think what state I would be in if I wasn’t able to sleep.hongta hotel shanghai
I’m staying in a lovely grand hotel called the Hong Ta Hotel, it used to be the St Regis, so has echoes of glitz and glamour. My suite is lovely, and a really good size which is perfect.

hongta hotel shanghai
hongta hotel shanghai

hongta hotel shanghai

The fun begins when you decide it’s time to leave the hotel and head off into the city. I thought I would head straight to Design Shanghai, just to see what’s happening at the show and to help me plan meetings for the rest of the week.

Some of the interesting buildings on the way to the Shanghai Exhibition Centre.
shanghai
shanghai

shanghai

It’s definitely been an interesting show. There is quite a mix of design styles, I couldn’t quite figure out how the show had been curated, but nonetheless there were some really incredible things to be seen.

I do like the way that the Chinese use colour, it’s bold and there’s a lot of humour in some of the things on display. I’ve just got a few random images from the show below to give you a quick taste of what I found interesting.

design shanghai

design shanghai

design shanghai

design shanghai

design shanghai

design shanghai

design shanghai

design shanghai

design shanghai

After the show, I met up with a friend of mine, Mette for dinner. On my way to meet her, I spotted this – yes – Tesco – it’s everywhere!shanghai tesco

Dinner was at a really cool hotel called Waterhouse, and the awesome restaurant by Jason Atherton was called Table No 1. If you’re in Shanghai, this is a must! We were lucky enough to meet the chef too. I’ve not posted images of food yet, but I’m going to post these as it was incredible! waterhouse on bund

waterhouse on bund

waterhouse on bund

Dinner was followed by a hotel tour. The Waterhouse is set in a 1930’s warehouse and has been converted into a chich 19 bedroom boutique hotel by design superstars Neri & Hu. With art by Arne Jacobsen and Tracy Emin, you really do feel very trendy in this space.
waterhouse on bund

I loved the mix of raw materials, art and the way that the space has been used it quite unique.
waterhouse on bund

waterhouse on bund

Today is my last day in Shanghai, and tomorrow I’m off to Hong Kong. Hoping to catch my breath over the weekend before a busy week begins.

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  • Iain Stuart Anderson

    Wow,
    What an adventure that was. Some beautiful sites and I simply love the monkey lamp.
    This is my first hit on your site and I have been very entertained.
    thank you for sharing your experience,
    Iain
    3 Pieces of Eight Antiques,
    Spalding, Lincolnshire

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