Centers of power and culture, Nanjing, Shanghai and Hangzhou hold as much fascination for travelers due to their architectural heritage as the history that has shaped them. In these timeless landscapes, you can expect to see the elderly practicing their Tai Chi, students in trendy cafés, as well as farmers picking tea leaves…
A window on China, Shanghai underwent radical change at the turn of the 21st century. Cosmopolitan and pioneering, the most densely populated city in China has a skyline worthy of the largest western megacities. At the mouth of the Yangtze River, its high-tech modern buildings now rival the old art deco buildings. Shanghai is now the crossroads of arts and finance. A fascinating and eclectic city. ... Learn moreless
Journey into the past on this walk around the former French Concession established in the mid 19th century. With its pavement cafés, trendy bars and nightclubs, the former "Paris of the Orient" still has a unique atmosphere. Now lined with luxury stores, the district has retained the old-fashioned charm...Read More less
Located on the site of the oldest museum in the city (Royal Asiatic Society), in a stunning art deco building, the Rockbund Art Museum offers a window on contemporary Chinese and international art. Its design presents some amazing juxtapositions. The museum presents many temporary exhibitions throughout...Read More less
The Bund is Shanghai's answer to the Champs-Elysées or 5th Avenue. This part of the city shows the mix of old and modern influences best. It comprises historic buildings in Romanesque, Gothic and many other styles which nowadays have been converted into banks, hotels and financial institutions. The entire...Read More less
Known as antiques alley, the market on Dongtai Lu Road is where bargain hunters and lovers of Chinese furniture come to. It is opposite the pet market. You advance through the rows of plane trees that recall the former French presence in the neighbourhood. One stall after another sells vintage pieces...Read More less
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Hotel and restaurant on a lake. Pagodas, pavilions and gardens cluster at the foot of the hills surrounding West Lake blend into the countryside itself. This special place has provided a source of inspiration to poets and artists since the Tang dynasty and is now listed as a Unesco World Heritage site. Chaptel Hotel is an oasis just off the West Lake, where you can experience the classic Hangzhou. This authentic Shikumen brick-built mansion has now recovered all its former glory: the decor of the main suites combines traditional Chinese furniture (including traditional wooden shutters) with Art Deco ornaments, such as rugs and lamps, from the period from which the building dates. ... Learn moreless
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Hotel and restaurant in town. Close to West Lake and the city’s main attractions, the hotel and villas are nestled amidst splendid gardens of trees and bamboo in Hangzhou. The atmosphere is peaceful with the elegant lines of the buildings reflecting in the ponds of water and the traditional decor of the spacious and bright rooms serving to please the eye. Your first delights are offered at the highly-rated restaurant Jiexianglou, which serves exquisite Chinese cuisine. But the best is yet to come. Building on the principles of Chinese medicine and aromatherapy, the spa offers exceptional treatments using flowers and plants. ... Learn moreless
Attracting couples, families and tourists, the banks of the West Lake offer the most poetic vision of China; a vast expanse of water dominated by verdant hills complete with beautiful pagodas. Wooden pontoons, tea houses, the summer palace and Seal Engraver's Society can be enjoyed along the walk. Discover...Read More less
A few kilometers southwest of West Lake is the village of Meijiawu, known for Longjing tea production, also known as "Dragon Well" tea. Famous for its lush landscapes and terraced plantations, the site provides a great introduction to tea culture in general. The chance to walk through the plantations...Read More less
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Hotel and restaurant in town. Simply cross the threshold of Yihe Mansions and you will be taken back to the Republic of China’s past, a time when the country’s leaders built their residences in the shade of the maple trees on Yihe Road in Nanjing, the capital of ten dynasties. Its stylish private villas have been magnificently restored and now offer sophisticated, deeply historical rooms and suites, spas, restaurants and even their own museums. Extremely spacious, they boast soft light and greenery throughout; the decor is an elegant blend of traditional artefacts and contemporary objects, with fine wood and precious fabrics. This is a serene environment where you can truly appreciate the beauty of China’s culture and history. ... Learn moreless
Founder of the Ming dynasty, Zhu Yuanzhang (1328-1398) is the only emperor not to be buried in Peking. Six centuries after his death, his mausoleum lies on the Zijin hill (Purple Mountain) and remains one of the most beautiful in China: a path lined with statues of lions, elephants, camels, horses and...Read More less
Located near to Qinhuai River, the Memorial was created in 1985 to commemorate the atrocities committed by the Japanese soldiers against the Nanjing population at the time of its fall in December 1937. For several weeks, the inhabitants of the town were beaten, raped and killed. According to historians,...Read More less
Featuring approximately 400 000 items, this museum is one of China’s richest! A tiny fraction of this museum’s vast collection is exhibited on two levels: rare objects dating back from the Neolithic period to the first years of communism. People from all parts of China come to admire the colored porcelains...Read More less
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To give you inspiration, Relais & Châteaux presents the Routes du Bonheur: Suggestions for travel itineraries that you can fully personalise according to your wishes and the experiences you would like to discover. Our consultants are available to help customise your route and assist you in making reservations at our properties. It is up to you to reserve any recommended activities on-site or nearby that might interest you.
"I was born in the village of Zhuge Bagua, not far from Shanghai. My birthplace is the largest settlement for Zhuge Liang's descendants who have lived there for generations. The village was built according to the theory of the Eight Diagrams: Eight roads start from the center, and stretch out towards eight hills outside the town. The village was designated a national heritage in 1996. After leaving there to study Japanese, I went on to work for several years as a tourist guide in Hangzhou. Next, my travelling days began, firstly in China, and then all over the world. My encounters abroad spurred me to share the terrific gems of Zhejiang province. In February 2013, we finally opened Chaptel Hangzhou, a luxurious setting on the shores of a lake listed as a World Heritage site..."