In the Thick of the Action

With its historical landmarks, shining skyscrapers and cosmopolitan vibe, Shanghai is often held up as the poster child of China’s economic prosperity. One area that captures the best of Shanghai is the Luwan district.

It is both the modern and ancient heart of the city, a badge of honour that has not lost its shine. As part of the old French concession area, Luwan district is famous as much for its picturesque boulevards – lined on both sides with old French plane trees – as for its rich history, famous sites like Xintiandi and The Bund, and vibrant dining, shopping and entertainment.

And Fraser Residence Shanghai’s prime location right in Luwan District means a majority of the city’s attractions is just a hop, skip and jump away. Soak in the city’s history-meets-future dynamism, shop till you drop for bargains and trend-setting designs, and feast your way through some of the country’s most exciting establishments.

What’s more, the Pudong financial district is a mere 12 minutes’ drive away, where iconic landmarks like the Shanghai World Finance centre and Jin Mao Tower stud the impressive skyline.

Below are some of our top places to visit:

The Bund

Image from wikipedia, credits to Pyzhou

Image from wikipedia, credits to Pyzhou

Appreciate Shanghai’s past and present from the city’s iconic waterfront promenade, flanked by historic concession era architecture and flamboyant skyscrapers. The presence of top dining and drinking establishments – Mr & Mrs Bund, Mercato by Jean Georges – gives one even more excuse to linger.

Walk there in… about 30-35 mins



Shanghai’s hottest entertainment, shopping and nightlife quarter, Xintiandi (Lane 123, Xingye Road) is worth a visit for the beautifully restored shikumen terrace houses alone, a historic architecture unique to Shanghai with its european-influenced decorative lintel above stone doorway frames.

Walk there in… about 5 mins


Dongtai Road antique market


Take your time to trawl through the sprawling open-air stalls, whether you’re looking for Mao memorabilia or collectible antiques from the iconic Shanghai Watch brand. Treasure hunting is the order of the day with loads of bargains to be found. Look hard enough and you just might take home your next conversation piece.

Walk there in… about 3 mins



Image from wikipedia, credits to Airunp

Image from wikipedia, credits to Airunp

This classical garden is a quintessential chinese experience. Go during off-peak hours to enjoy its impressive array of elaborate rock gardens and pavilions in peace, as well as pick up some local snacks and traditional crafts.

Walk there in… about 20 mins



Pudong’s financial district draws more than just the office crowd. Its awe-inspiring skyscrapers and their even more impressive views lure many visitors. Take your pick of the Oriental Pearl TV Tower, Jin Mao Tower, and the Shanghai World Finance centre, each with their own impressive observatories.

Take a taxi… about 12 mins

(Note: Travel times may vary with traffic and other road and weather conditions.)

Where to stay: Fraser Residence Shanghai


Strategically situated in the Luwan district, Fraser Residence Shanghai is just a block from Huaihai Road, Shanghai’s famous business, entertainment and shopping hub.

Complementing the property’s coveted location are its equally stylish interiors. Completely redesigned and refurbished, Fraser Residence Shanghai features 324 gold-standard, contemporary serviced apartments, most with a balcony from where you can enjoy unparalleled city views.


Each residence comes with plush furnishings and integrated living, dining, kitchen and bedroom areas. Guests will also appreciate its world-class facilities, such as enhanced meeting facilities, library, high speed wi-Fi, spa, gym, and indoor heated pool. What’s more, a home customisation option offers guests the flexibility of putting their personal touch on their serviced residence.

On days when you don’t feel like venturing far, simply head downstairs to the five retail floors for a spot of shopping or to enjoy a meal at the restaurant and café.

With its keen attention to detail and gold-standard service, Fraser residence Shanghai is the ideal sanctuary within this vibrant city.

Book a stay with us here and experience the Fraser hospitality:


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