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Reign on the Bund: A Touch of Vegas in Shanghai.

Bath Tub

A bit of bling with your bath.

Remember when the Park Hyatt opened and we all ooohed and aaahed over its elegant white walls, blond wood furniture and subtle lighting. Shanghai was ready to embrace a future of tasteful elegance and refined sophistication. Well, folks, that was way back in 2008 and guest what – it turns out minimalism was simply a passing fad. Wanda’s new Reign on the Bund hotel leads the new charge of ‘more is more’ venues that reminds us just how much fun unbridled extravagance can be, and then some. Watch out Vegas, Shanghai is coming for you.

Pool

A relaxing dip in the pool.

Wanda, the Chinese mega-conglomerate, has been busy furiously buying and developing commercial properties the world over, but it’s Shanghai that they’ve picked for their top level, flagship hotel.  And when your CEO is Wang Jianlin, the country’s richest man, you don’t do things by halves that’s for sure. It’s very clear that no expense has been spared here – and whilst the building’s exterior has been overseen by none other than British ‘starchitects’ Foster and Partners, it’s the interior design by the company’s own Wanda Design Institute that is very much the star of the show here.

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New Peninsula: Just The Old School Glamour Beijing Needed

New Peninsula Beijing refurbishment lobby

It was hard for us to imagine how the Peninsula Beijing was going to spruce itself up enough to alter our perception of it – but by Jove, they’ve only gone and done it.

Gone is the men lou (traditional wooden gate) that characterized the front of the 1980s-built hotel, and in its place is a stunning gold façade.

Now more like it’s sexier Shanghai sister hotel, the refit has transformed the lobby entirely. Now what dominates is possibly the most glamorous staircase we’ve ever seen (we challenge you to walk on it and not feel like a star). Meanwhile the all-day dining tables fill more of the lobby than they used to, creating an elegant space for tea or coffee.

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Nanjing Art Deco: Pop-up Talk & Weekender!

The Nanking Decade

Bespoke has teamed up once again with the experts from Historic Shanghai for a one-off Nanjing Art Deco Weekender – and you’re invited! After spending much of last year dodging Nanjing’s security guards, invading period movie theaters and scouring lanes for ‘ziggurats’ and ‘sunbursts’ with Art Deco lovers from across the globe for the World Congress, we decided to do it all again for our friends in Shanghai and beyond. Can’t make the Weekender? We’ll also be holding a talk on April 27th. Read on for more…

The presidential ride. Beats an Audi A6, eh?

The presidential ride. Beats an Audi A6, eh?

‘Deco on the Road’: A Weekender (May 13-15)

Bespoke and Historic Shanghai will be hightailing to Nanjing by bullet train on Friday evening and checking-in to the lovely Intercontinental Nanjing (located at the very top of one of China’s tallest buildings and an architectural landmark in its own right).

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Super Sneak Peak: Ahn Luh Zhujiajiao

Ahn Luh

This 600 year old building was picked up and moved here. Because they can. 

Honestly, we’re not frequent visitors over in Zhujiajiao, one of Shanghai’s closest watertowns – the crazy tourist numbers and indentikit stores mean we’ve been heading further afield. But we’ve just been introduced to something that might help to change our minds.

Ahn Luh Zhujiajiao

An ‘ambassador for ancient Chinese culture’. Stick a roof like this on it and you’re golden.

After much delay, the new Ahn Luh resort is finally ready to swing open its hefty doors in the first week of January 2016. Counting Aman guru Adrian Zecha among its founders, Ahn Luh is aiming to be the first Chinese company to make a name for itself in the world of super luxury resorts. Will they succeed? The gorgeous main building, a 600 year old Huizhou-style structure that’s been painstakingly moved here from Anhui Province, and the promise of a year-round outdoor pool (the first in Shanghai?) have certainly piqued our interest. We’ll be heading over when it’s fully open to find out more.

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The China Edit, By Bespoke

Suzhou Canal Boat Trip with BespokeIn case you hadn’t noticed, China is really quite large – not an easy place to plan a trip to if you’ve never been before.

Enter The China Edit – Bespoke’s most creative, customizable trip yet for first time visitors to the country.

The China Edit takes in three cities: Beijing, Shanghai and Suzhou, to incorporate the breathtaking history of the ancient capital, the glamour of China’s ‘Paris of the East’ and the classical charms of this ancient watertown’s canals and gardens.

Beijing Hutongs Bespoke Travel Company Private Tours

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