Enter the Dragon

Shanghai has changed immensely over the past 10 years … actually, it’s probably changed immensely over the past 10 days. Here’s our insider guide so you can stay up caught up.

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Shanghai's "Bund" as viewed from the Pudong side of the Huang Po atop the 88th floor of China's tallest building, Jin Mao Tower.  Pudong,a former sleep yplot of farm land, is a fast-developoing modern city-within-a-city.

Shanghai's "Bund" as viewed from the Pudong side of the Huang Po atop the 88th floor of China's tallest building, Jin Mao Tower. Pudong,a former sleep yplot of farm land, is a fast-developoing modern city-within-a-city.

1. SPA by day
Recharge at Banyan Tree Spa (The Westin Shanghai, www.banyantreespa.com) considered one of the best in the city. Try the “Feng” 2-hour session tailored to the season you travel (US$145). The Evian Spa (No.5 The Bund. 2/F, www.threeonthebund.com) is a ladies-only contemporary spa with French beauty treatments, Eastern holistic therapies and advanced color and water therapies. The signature Evian Royal Synchronized therapy involves three therapists (60min. US$210). With its spectacular roof top pool, the Four Seasons Spa (500 Weihai Rd., www.fourseasons.com/shanghai) provides an urban oasis (60min. massage US$130.) Dragon Fly Massage (12 different locations, www.dragonfly.net.cn) is a local luxury spa chain preferred by Shanghai’s burgeoning nuevo rich, who tend to shy away from higher-priced hotel spas (1-hour head and shoulder massage, US$7; full-body lavender oil massage, US$25.)

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