Bold neon pulsates in Technicolor as high as the eye can see over futuristic façades in this scene plucked from Blade Runner. Nothing beats a night out in Shanghai. China’s cosmopolitan port city has come a long way from its small fishing village days that once fueled this booming metropolis near the mouth of the Yangtze River Delta.
Come nightfall, the bustling city morphs into an otherworldly playground as office workers and hipster entrepreneurs peel away from the corporate high-rises to retreat to trendy districts in old city hubs. Over at the legendary Peace Hotel’s Jazz Bar, patrons who like to linger over a good scotch enjoy the night out. This landmark watering hole, a lively staple during the Roaring Twenties and the 1930s, was the “it” spot in Shanghai for elegant evening soirées. The interior is reminiscent of a glamorous nightclub with sleek wood furnishings, stone pillars and a long bar. The signature jazz band features a sextuplet of octogenarians who loyally play timeless classics.
The LGBT community thrives during ShanghaiPRIDE, an annual festival started six years ago in a country where only a few have been known to come out. Check the festival schedule for the themed nights and opening and closing parties. The rest of the year, a rainbow shimmers around the Changning District, reputed for its LGBT bars like Eddy’s, a staple in the community named after the owner, and the stylish Lollipop Bar & Lounge nearby.
On a clear evening, ascend the Oriental Pearl Tower, open daily 8 a.m.–9:30 p.m., set in an innovative design with its perfectly pearl-shaped observatory. The city’s first skyscraper and at one time the country’s tallest structure provides a great vantage point for viewing the shifting skyline. You might catch a glimpse of young lovers embracing by the sightseeing walkway, a popular lovers’ lane, hovering 850 feet above the ground.
Along the Huangpu River in Shanghai, lines are common for the nightly ferry service that sails south past the steel and glass skyscrapers of the Pudong District on the eastern shore. As we cruise by the historic Bund, the stark contrast between the colonial past and the dynamism of China’s future is most evident as the boat turns to face the gleaming Nanpu Qiao suspension bridge before its return.
On board, more canoodling couples exchange embraces in front of a fabulous light show that outlines the building façades in hues from moody blues to rich reds. The unwavering optimism implied by the spectacle of lights sends groups of teenage friends to huddle together by the bow and recreate the classic Leonardo DiCaprio “I’m the king of the world” pose from Titanic. Everyone laughs in unison for a group selfie.
All the while, a flotilla of passing river barges chug coal and other necessities along the dark river, bearing witness to China’s industrial might. Shanghai is truly a city that never seems to sleep.
Anantara Uluwatu Bali Resort’s acclaimed Anantara Spa incorporates indigenous practices from world traditions, offering signature experiences individually personalized. And now, two renowned healers, experts in holistic, natural approaches to healing mind, body and spirit, join the celebrated Ibu Jero, High Priestess of Balinese Healers, at the spa.
Since its prestige for attracting the world elite grew in the 1960s, Greece remains the go-to destination for glittering holidays. Each step of the journey is enrobed in luxury, from culinary traditions with the highest standard of execution and name-brand, high-end shopping to first-rate wellness locales and elite accommodations, like 5-star hotels, private villas and yachts.
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While the lure of 10 tasting rooms along the only Urban Bourbon Trail in the United States (and the world) brings almost 19 million visitors to Louisville each year, business and city leaders have plans to grow the city to attract another type of visitor — the sports enthusiast.
The Global Business Travel Association’s (GBTA) Convention 2021 will be unlike any other convention before it, as we come together in person for the first time since the business travel industry drastically changed and look forward to rebuilding and reshaping the future. GBTA Convention 2021 will bring all of us together to learn from experts and each other, in-person at Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida, Nov. 17–19. The safety of our attendees is our top priority. View health and safety protocols.
This holiday season, award-winning oceanfront hotel Prince Waikiki will partner with Miracle Bar’s Sippin’ Santa, making it the first time the state of Hawai’i has hosted a Miracle Bar pop-up. The hotel will turn its outdoor space into a tiki-themed winter wonderland furnished with both classic and Hawai’ian-inspired holiday decorations. The exclusive holiday cocktail event will be open Dec. 1–31, daily 4–10 p.m.
If you’ve ever dreamt of experiencing the good life of Florence’s great families — but in a modern context — Antica Torre di Via Tournabuoni 1 more than fulfills the requirements. The former private villa in its newly reinvigorated state (completed during the pandemic) offers a full-on Florentine immersion, whether you are traveling on business, pleasure or some mix of both. The location (the physical and cultural center of Florence) and the mid-13th-century building’s conversation-starting pedigree (built by the Guelf-Ruggerini family and owned by the Gianfigliazzi family) are two of the most important selling points. However, it’s what the current management has done to make the property relevant to 21st-century travelers that makes it worth checking into.
GBTA’s Convention 2021 will bring the business travel industry together for the first time in a long time. Once again, you’ll learn and connect with experts and each other, along with discussions with leading thinkers, entrepreneurs and change makers addressing the issues that matter most.
Research conducted by money.co.uk reveals, out of 40 global cities reviewed, the 10 best cities in the world for art and culture lovers, with four of the top 10 located in the United States. The rankings factored in the number of art galleries, museums, monuments, street art and architecturally notable buildings.