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Recreation and Shopping in Shanghai

The International Club at 65 Yana Road west possess small but Well kept grounds featuring rock gardens, ponds, stone benches, and even garden swings for adults. There is a small restaurant with less than 10 tables serving food of a reasonable standard Private Sporing facilities are good. There is a 25-meter swimming Pool, open in the Summer months only, 2 outdoor tennis courts; an basketball courts and a billiard room. Have your hotel check the hours that you may use these facilities. The Jinjiang club opposite the Jinjiang Hotel at 58 Maoming Nan Road is also available for use by visitors. The club has a heated indoor Olympics pool, 2 tennis courts, automatic bowling lanes, billiards room, games room, video room, and bars There is a restaurant serving Chinese, Japanese, and Western food; live music and dancing in the evenings Formerly Le Cercle Sportif Francais (French Sports Club), the building features a superb art-deco interior.

Nanjing Road, running west from the Peace Hotel on the Bund, is the best place to shop. Here you will find stores selling the complete range of goods available to the Chinese customers. Even though you do not speak Chinese, you can go into the shops, look around, and buy the merchandise. You will find that the excellent linen, tableware, cotton sheets, and towels (designs usually poor) are good buys Basket ware, pottery products, and the silks produced in the region, especially from Hangzhou. Suzhou, and Shanghai itself, are superb and make wonderful gifts. One of the best places to buy silk fabric is the Shanghai Silk Shop. Shanghai stores also stock excellent quality silk scarves and ties, cashmere and wool sweaters, and handbags, wallets, and jewelry Shanghai is an important printing center, and you can buy fine writing paper, notebooks, diaries, grating cards, and calendars.

The Friendship Store is at 33 Zhongshan East Road, at the top end of the Bund, between the Peace Hotel and the Shanghai Mansions Hotel. It stands in an intuiting are which, before 1949, was the site of the British Consulate. The Seaman’s Club (for foreign sailors awaiting the unloading and turn-around of their vessels) is on the same site. To reach the Friendship Store you enter a small park through large gates and follow the path to the left. You will find the store directly ahead of you.

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