1. The Great (Free) Glass Elevator Ride
The glorious old heritage wing of the Okura Garden Hotel – formerly the ‘Cercle Sportif Francais’ – is well worth exploring however, many ignore the modern tower block stuck on the back. It does offer one wonderful gift: a glass elevator on the outside of the building that whizzes from the lobby to the 33rd floor, giving those inside wonderful views right across the rooftops of the former French Concession and across to the skyscrapers of Pudong. Even better, the staff doesn’t seem to mind outside guests bumbling about, as long as you keep it low key. The Okura Garden Hotel is at 58 Maoming Road. The elevator is open from 11 am.