Published on August 8th, 2013 | by Ann Rickard0
First thing in the morning hundreds of locals are gracefully performing tai chi in parks and gardens and at every vacant spot along The Bund in Shanghai. They have no shyness about exercising in the streets and using their city as they would their own back yard (if they had such a luxury.)
Bridal couples use the city as a wedding attendant, out in their full wedding finery posing on every street corner.
Shanghai is a captivating mix of old and new. Its exciting contradictions tell of Shanghai’s rapid and astonishing development over the past decade.
Divided by the Huangpu River, the city exemplifies the past and future. The west bank (Puxi) is home to Shanghai’s long and elegant history with graceful old buildings overlooking the The Bund.
In astonishing contrast, across the river the city’s futuristic skyline of steel and glass skyscrapers in the Pudong area, is breathtaking proof of the city’s evolving story.
Perfectly located overlooking The Bund and the green gardens of the former UK Consulate-General building, The Peninsula Shanghai with its 21st century take on art deco, effortlessly blends in with both the old and new Shanghai. It manages to meld refinement and sophistication with a family-like welcome. The 1934 Rolls-Royce Phantom II sitting resplendently at the entrance is your first hint at the opulence inside.
The vast lobby with its soaring columns, glass panelled ceiling, twinkling chandeliers and pale blue and mint green palette, leads you into a world you’ll never want to leave.
It’s “pinch-me-am-I-dreaming” time as you take in the breath-sapping sky-line views from your Grand Deluxe Room and enjoy coffee from the Nespresso machine after making a free telephone call back home on the VOPI international system. With the most advanced room technology in the world, there is no need to take adaptor plugs, chargers or leads to this grand hotel.
And is that a television built into the bath? Don’t want television while you soak? Sink into the bubbles with your Davi luxury body wash, press a button and mood lighting and soft music fill the marble bathroom while you luxuriate. Later dry your nails on the in-built nail dryer.
The touch pad to control the room is irresistible. One quick touch opens and closes the curtains, another calls room service, another changes the lighting, yet another turns on the television, and another controls the temperature – all from the comfort of your king-size bed with its perfect mattress and crisp linen.
The room technology might be cutting-edge, but it is super user-friendly.