These deluxe giants (all found in Asia) are guaranteed to take your breath away, not only because of their unparalleled views, but also for their magnificent interiors, futuristic designs and unrivaled grade of hospitality.
While the myth of the "Old Shanghai" is more a narrative cultivated by a few foreigners than a living point of reference for the Shanghaiers, Shanghai has an instinctive passion for the newness and the promise of each day.
What does it say about the state of literature in China when writers are so desperate for readers that they resort to copycatting even the most superficial aspects of another author's book: the title and cover art?
With The Great Gatsby. hitting theaters May 10, 2013, I've rounded up some Gatsby-inspired luxury lodgings. Before cinematically whisking off to West Egg, live it up Art Deco-styles in New York, London and even Lucerne, Switzerland.
We arrived on Friday afternoon, still in disbelief that we would be spending Shabbat in Shanghai, where my grandfather made his home after his family died in the Holocaust. I can only hope that our trip served as a tiny spiritual fixing to a wound that can never fully heal.
This might ruffle a few feathers with the tourism board, but aside from practicing proactive hygiene and other food safety measures, here are my top 10 things to avoid in Shanghai as a traveler during the recent avian flu outbreak