Going to Shanghai for the first time for three weeks in Jan/Feb. Where should I go/eat/do?
I'm a female ABC (American Born Chinese) so I have kind of an okay grasp of Mandarin. I'm going to visit Shanghai for the first time (it'll be my first time in China as well though. I've been to Taiwan a few times before). I'm going to go visit my boyfriend, but since he'll be busy most of the time, I'll end up exploring on my own a lot. I don't usually enjoy touristy areas and shopping. I like eating, looking at artsy places, architecture, gardens, and cool urban design.
My trip will also end up overlapping with Chinese New Year on February 10th. I've never really celebrated CNY before but I'm looking forward to it!
I've checked out this askme already
, and I've written down those suggestions.
I know Shanghai will be cold and I really do not like cold, so indoor things are _awesome_ but if something outdoors is really really cool I'd be down for bundling up to explore as well. I also love parks and gardens...I'm planning to visit Suzhou...hopefully it will be worth the trip even though it's winter!
So far on my list:
-Din Tai Feng
-Quarry Garden at the Shanghai Botanical Garden
-Gubei Gold Street (does anyone actually know the exact location/cross-street of this??? http://www.swagroup.com/project/gubei-gold-street.html)
Recommendations/warnings/tips welcome! Thanks!