Ask a concierge: Shanghai

Tips for business travel to China’s city above the sea.

At the InterContinental Shanghai Wonderland, concierge John Yin guides visitors on the best things to see, do and eat in this seaside metropolis. Here he offers advice for business travelers.

What’s the most important thing for business travelers to pack?

Bring a folding umbrella to keep in your bag for unexpected showers, especially during the rainy season in May and June. I also recommend visitors carry hand sanitizer and a Chinese-style folding fan as they walk around the city. Once you’re here, make sure you keep the Chinese address of your hotel and your daily destinations with you when you’re out and about.

What are your top restaurant recommendations for a business lunch or dinner?

There are so many great options! You’ll find wonderful French food at Cuivre and the eclectic Mr. & Mrs. Bund. For Chinese cuisine, try Hakkasan on the Bund, Imperial Treasure Fine Chinese Restaurant and the luxurious Cai Feng Lou in our hotel.

What’s something that surprises visitors about your hotel?

It’s built into the side of a decommissioned quarry. Two floors are above ground and 15 floors extend down 88 meters. We highlight our breath-taking setting with a nighttime Waterwall laser and lighted-drone show.

If business travelers only have a short time for leisure, what must they see in Shanghai?

The Bund, of course. The waterfront area traces the city’s recent history through architecture. It’s a great place to stroll, shop and dine.

What’s the best option for outdoor exercise?

Concierge John Yin

Climb the rock walls of our quarry for a unique workout. Or take part in a ‘walking workshop’ organized by Shanghai Flaneur. The excursions are part lecture, part urban walking tour.

Business know-how

Concierge John Yin’s top tips for getting business right in Shanghai:

  1. Arrive on time for meetings, and be prepared to greet people with a business card. The card is considered an extension of the person presenting it, so give and take it with respect. Accept it with both hands, and look at it carefully.
  2. In official business meetings, you may be offered a handshake. Allow your Chinese client or colleague to initiate it.
  3. When toasting, hold your glass lower than other people’s glasses.

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