Discover Shanghai & Hangzhou 10 -16 Aug’18

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Project Description

Take this wonderful opportunity to experience the hospitality and appeal of the many faces of an ancient and unique culture.

This amazing #GlamGirls tour starts with 4 nights in the  5* The Yangtze Boutique Hotel in Shanghai

and then we luxuriate for 2 nights at Aman Fayun Hangzhou 

We’ll shop till we drop in Shanghai, as well as we’ve added many attractions and must shop at experiences, and then the #relax, #recover, #renew, #refresh time happens in Hangzhou – Surrounded by tea plantations and bamboo groves, Amanfayun is a spiritual sanctuary informed by Chinese tradition and Buddhist monastic culture. Explore this centuries-old village, restored using ancient techniques, at your own pace

 

Chalk and cheese for sure!

More on our Hotel in Shanghai..

The historical Yangtze Hotel (the predecessor of The Yangtze Boutique Hotel Shanghai) is a witness of Shanghai’s history.

 

 The Third Largest Hotel in the Far East

The legend dated back to 1934 when Yangtze Hotel was officially opened.  Yangtze Hotel was among Shanghai’s top ranking hotels at that time, earning the reputation as “The Third Largest Hotel in the Far East”. 

In the 1920s/ 30s, the art deco movement had spread its influence to Shanghai.  Art deco design was used in modern urban architecture. The famous Shanghai Park Hotel and Broadway Mansion were just two examples.  Yangtze Hotel was designed as iconic art deco masterpiece and neo-classic architecture by renowned architect Li Pan.  The combination of cream and grey colours of its exterior; the heavy use of symmetric patterns and sharp lines as well as bold geometric shapes all reflected the art deco spirit. 

    The Place to Be

Yangtze Hotel was an important meeting place for Shanghai’s upper class. Among them could be found famous celebrities, tycoons, social elites or even gangsters. Its grand opening was widely reported by influential newspapers in Shanghai, and was well attended by top film stars of the time such as Hu Die and XU Lai. Being a popular social gathering venue, Yangtze Hotel also set the scene for many romantic love stories happened during that golden era in Shanghai.

Yao Li & Rose, Rose, I Love You

Hotel business flourished and the peak period fell between 1937 and 1947. Hotel was fully booked every day and its side business, the Yangtze Dance Hall, was particularly successful. In the 1930s/40s, the dance club scene was swinging in exotic Shanghai. 50-60 dance halls emerged in the city and the Yangtze Dance Hall was ranked among the top (“The Paramount” was probably the most well-known one).

The 3-storey high Yangtze Dance Hall gained its fame with its modern“sprung dance floor”. The spacious sprung dance floor, which allowed 200 people dancing together at the same time, soon became the hippest attraction in Shanghai. The dance hall was also air-conditioned, a great luxury of that time, in order to attract business during the summer season.

A foreign jazz band was stationed in the Yangtze Dance Hall. At the same time it was also a popular venue for top national and local celebrities to perform. Famous diva Yao Li is one of them. Yao was the most representative icon in the Chinese pop music history. Her song “Rose Rose I love You”
became a smash hit in market and was later sung and recorded in English by famous American singer, Frankie Laine in 1951 (the song even entered Billboard Chart Top 3). YAO performed in Yangtze Hotel for 5 years (1942-46) before she was married to the son of the hotel Deputy General Manager.

Shanghai inner districts – and we’re going with a local guide, so she has all the best shopping tricks up her sleeve! 

  The Bund (外滩 Wàitān)
The colonial riverside of old Shanghai, has dozens of historical buildings lining the Huangpu River, which once housed numerous foreign banks and trading houses. The riverfront walkway has recently undergone a major reconstruction and reopened to the public in March 2010.
  Changning (长宁区; Chángníngqū)
Hongqiao International Airport sits here in addition to the Shanghai Zoo. Changning is a very large, residential district but in recent years has seen more commercial and entertainment hubs develop, especially the area around Zhongshan Park.
  French Concession (Luwan, Xuhui)
Leafy district once known as the Paris of the East, includes the refurbished shikumen houses of Xintiandi and Shanghai Stadium, one of Shanghai’s most rich and vibrant neighborhoods. The Xujiahui shopping district is home to five large shopping malls.
  Hongkou (虹口区; Hóngkǒuqū)
Home of Lu Xun Park as well as a football stadium, once home to Shanghai’s substantial Jewish population in the first half of the 20th century.
  Huangpu excluding the Old City (黄浦区; Huángpǔqū)
The traditional hub of Shanghai, home to People’s Square, People’s Park, the Shanghai Museum, Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Hall, City Hall, and the city’s largest metro station, underneath a large underground shopping mall. Adjacent to People’s Square is the East Nanjing Road pedestrian mall.
  Jing’an District (静安区; Jìngānqū)
Home to Jing’an Temple, this area has been continuously inhabited since the 3rd century AD. The commercial district of West Nanjing Road extends from the middle of Jing’an to People’s Square.
  Old City (南市; Nanshi)
Home of Yu Garden, the City God Temple and Huxingting Tea House, this is the historic Chinese area of the city, where much of the old wooden architecture of ancient Shanghai is still preserved.
  Putuo (普陀区; Pǔtuóqū)
  Yangpu (杨浦区; Yángpǔqū)
Where Fudan University and Tongji University are located. Also contains the excellent and spacious Gongqing Forest Park. For shoppers, Wujiaochang (五角场) is situated here.
  Zhabei (闸北区; Zháběiqū)
Zhabei is an older district of Shanghai and the location of the Shanghai Railway Station. There is a large park, Daning-Lingshi, north of the station, as well as the Shanghai Circus.

 

and more on Hangzhou

Famed for its natural scenery, Hangzhou and its West Lake (西湖; Xīhú) have been immortalized by countless poets and artists. The city was the capital of the Southern Song Dynasty from 1127 until the Mongol invasion of 1276. The city’s population is estimated to have been as high as one million in those days, making it the largest city in the world at the time. Even Marco Polo claimed to have passed through, calling it beyond dispute the finest and the noblest in the world. Since June 2011, the West Lake Cultural Landscape has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site.

With the gradual silting up of its harbor, much of the city’s trade and industry passed north to nearby Shanghai, but the city still has a bustling population of 8.7 million and ranks as one of China’s most popular tourist attractions.

We’ll make certain we’ll have time to refresh ourselves at the Spa & Wellness experience at Amanfayun – we have two nights here! 

Our Amanfayun 5* hotel info 

Set within old pathways and rolling streams, dwellings have been renovated in traditional Jiangnan style, using the original stone, earth and wood construction. Calligraphy reflects Hangzhou’s artistic and intellectual heritage. Each of the 42 Rooms, Suites and Villas is unique, showcasing its history within this former tea-planting village and accented with contemporary touches. 

Reflecting Chinese health and well being traditions, as well as the finest international spa therapies, the expansive spa is spread across five pavilions, and encircled by bamboo groves, tea bushes and magnolia trees. 

Combining deep breathing with slow, meditative movements, this ancient practice of Tai Chi reduces stress, improves balance and increases strength

only place for x 12 #GlamGirls on this tour

jeanw@thecapeclub.com for info or to reserve your spot or request our stunning brochure. 

USD $2925 twin share 

TOUR INFORMATION Tour Name: Glam Girls Shanghai and Hangzhou Length of tour: 7 days/6 nights Destination: China – Shanghai and Hangzhou

TOUR STARTS: Friday 10 August, 2018; Tour end: Thursday 16 August, 2018 Cost: USD$2925pp twin/share Single supplement USD$1246pp

COST INCLUDES: • 6 nights accommodation in twin/share room with bath/shower, and breakfast • 1st class high speed train ticket from ShanghaiHangzhou (based on pp/seat; no check-in luggage service, clients should manage their own luggage – no porters) • All transfers mentioned in the program • Meals as mentioned in the program incl. 1 soft drink pp/meal • All sightseeing mentioned in the program incl. entrance fee (first entry only, entrance fee subject to change) • Local English speaking guide in each city

Some inspiration from fabulous Camilla Franks @camillawithlove that would be fabulous on tour.. 

Amazing outfits to pack into your suitcase 

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