The co-founder of prestigious Chinese art fair ART021 reveals where to stay, eat and explore in Shanghai.

1. Where To Sleep: The Beast X Gubi House

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Above The Beast X Gubi House

“The Beast X Gubi House. It’s a special collaboration between the Chinese lifestyle brand The Beast and the Danish design company Gubi. They turned an old house in the French Concession into a special showroom, combining a cafe with a mini hotel. They only have two rooms to stay in, so it’s really intimate.”

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2. Where To Snack: BOR Eatery

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Above Photo: Courtesy of BOR Eatery

“There is one restaurant called BOR Eatery located on the Anfu Road that I go to often for lunch. It’s really close to where I live, and they serve delicious Danish food.”

3. Where To Party: 44kw

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Above 44kw

“For this year’s ART021, we co-hosted a party with Perrotin [art gallery] and Beats by Dre at 44kw, a techno club. It was a wonderful experience—they have really good taste in music.”

4. Where To Go For Dinner

“For a formal meal, I usually go for Chinese food. Yang Fang Huo Guo has the best hotpot in town while Huang Yu Guan J House has the freshest yellow croaker fish in China. Xin Rong Ji is another well-established restaurant that will never let you down.”

5. Where To Shop: THEATRE X

“I am looking forward to the opening of THEATRE X shopping mall on Huaihai Road. It’s going to be a pilgrimage site for trendsetters.”

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6. Where To Relax

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Above Photo: Courtesy of The Puli Hotel

The Puli Hotel and the spa at Bund 18 are where I go when I’m tired. The therapists have the best massage skills.”

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7. Where To Be A Tourist: The Bund

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Above Photo: Getty Images

“The Bund is an icon and a must-see. There are more than 50 different styles of historical building along the Huang Pu River—the area was designated as part of the British concession, but it has become a commercial complex packed with everything you could ever want.”

8. Where To Get Cultured

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Above The Long Museum

The Long Museum and the Rockbund Art Museum are my favourites, not only because of their high-quality exhibitions, but also their incredible venues. I also love exploring emerging galleries—there are so many interesting small galleries hidden in the lanes of old Shanghai, such as BANK and Capsule.”

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9. Dates For Your Diary

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Above Vocabulary of Solitude (2014) by Ugo Rondinone, courtesy of the Rockbund Art Museum/Getty Images

ART021 and West Bund Art & Design art fairs normally take place from the second Thursday to Sunday of November

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