Shanghai: China's Most Populous City Is Ready For (Even More) Business

WHERE TO MEET, EAT, AND VISIT

Meet at Jing An Shangri-La

The newly built Jing An Shangri-La Grand Ballroom can host up to 360 for a reception and features the highest ceilings in West Shanghai -- nearly 33 feet.

Eat at Hai Pai

Hai Pai, which translates to "Shanghai spirit," is a five-star restaurant serving up traditional Shanghainese cuisine, including  xiao long bao (steamed soup dumplings) and "drunken" prawns (pictured).

Visit Jing An Temple

Attendees can take in some of Shanghai's rich history with a visit to Jing An Temple, a 400-year-old Buddhist temple on West Nanjing Road that is still in operation.

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The PuLi Hotel & Spa recently refurbished its meetings space

China is on fire lately, and not just because summer has arrived. As early as 2015, the Asian nation could overtake the U.S. as the No. 1 business travel market in the world, according to the latest Global Business Travel Association statistics. In fact, business travel spend in China is expected to grow 16.5 percent, to $262.1 billion, this year -- more than double the rate of China's GDP growth.

Therefore it's no surprise that China's largest city, Shanghai, is rife with new and exciting MICE properties. In June 2013, the Hong Kong-based Shangri-La brand opened the new 508-room Jing An Shangri-La, West Shanghai, in the fashionable Jing An business district. The sleek, stylish property sits at the intersection of two subway lines, 40 minutes from Pudong Airport, and is in the middle of the 4.8-million-square-foot Jing An Kerry Centre, a massive complex of hotel, retail, office, and residential space. The Jing An Shangri-La offers more than 48,000 square feet of event space, meted out into the 18,761-square-foot Jing An Grand Ballroom, a junior ballroom, roof garden, more than 11,000 square feet of pre-function space, and six meeting rooms. All areas feature complimentary Wi-Fi. The hotel boasts five dining experiences -- including the elaborate Summer Palace restaurant, which serves elegant Chinese; 1515 West, an American chophouse; and Calypso, offering authentic Mediterranean fare -- as well as CHI, The Spa, and a health club with an 82-foot-long, sky-domed lap pool. 

Further, Andaz has opened its first property in Asia in Xintiandi -- a landmark entertainment area in the heart of downtown Shanghai. Andaz Xintiandi, Shanghai, is a short walk to the Metro and to the prestigious Huai Hai Zhong Road, one of Shanghai's premier shopping areas. The newly constructed, 307-room hotel offers vibrant views of the city, complimentary Wi-Fi, and customizable LED lighting in the guest rooms. The property also boasts 18 different event venues, from a meeting studio that can seat up to 16 guests to a ballroom that can cater to up to 300. The Andaz Xintiandi also offers the nearly 24,000-square-foot Optime Spa and fitness center, including a 49-foot indoor swimming pool. 

Meanwhile, the PuLi Hotel and Spa, which neighbors Jing An Park and embraces the unique "urban resort" concept, has revamped its meetings offerings. The PuLi Hotel and Spa was listed on Conde Nast Traveler's "Gold List 2014" and also named one of the top 25 hotels in China by TripAdvisor in its 2014 Traveler's Choice Awards. 

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