THE BEST WAY TO SHANGHAI
From LAX, nonstop service to Shanghai is offered on China Eastern Airlines. Connecting service (change of planes) is offered on All Nippon, Korean, EVA, United, JAL, Delta, Air China Limited and Cathay Pacific. Restricted round-trip fares begin at $850.
To call the numbers below from the U.S., dial 011 (the international dialing code), 86 (country code for China), 21 (city code for Shanghai) and the eight-digit number.
In the U.S., tickets are available at http://www.worldexpochina.net. One-day passes are about $23, three-day passes about $58, and seven-day passes for $131. Half-day tickets, starting at 5 p.m., are available only at the Expo gates. In Shanghai, you can purchase one-day passes at the Expo gates and at corner stores and post offices around the city.
WHERE TO STAY
Peninsula Shanghai, No. 32 the Bund; 2327-2888, http://www.peninsula.com/Shanghai/en/default.aspx. Peninsula, a newcomer to the Bund, is offering special Expo packages, including transportation to and from the fair, starting at $366 for a superior room.
URBN, 183 Jiaozhou Road; 5153-4600, http://www.urbnhotels.com. Urbn bills itself as China's first carbon-neutral hotel. Near the heart of the city, it offers cooking and tai chi classes, as well as in-room traditional massage treatments. Doubles start at about $230.
Old House Inn, No. 16, Lane 351, Huashan Road; 6248-6118, http://www.oldhouse.cn. Located in a cozy lane house in Shanghai's French Concession, Old House Inn is one of Shanghai's best values. The hotel is decked out in 1930s decor and is walking distance to Metro Line 7, which heads directly to the Expo gates. Doubles from about $73.
WHERE TO EAT
South Beauty, 881 Yan'an Zhong Lu; 6247-5878. South Beauty serves up contemporary Sichuan cuisine in a gorgeous renovated lane house near Shanghai's center. Try the eggplant and the Mongolian beef.
Din Tai Fung, Shop 11A, 123 Xingye Lu, Xintiandi South Block; 6385-8378, http://www.dintaifung.com.tw/en/. The Din Tai Fung chain originated in Taiwan, but don't let that stop you from sampling some xiao long bao, Shanghai's signature soup dumpling.
Guyi, 89 Fumin Lu; 6249-5628, You may have to wait at this Shanghai institution, but its fiery Hunan dishes are well worth it. Try the chili-covered ribs and dry hot pot, then finish the meal with sugar-crusted bananas.
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