Long-time favorite out in Hongqiao right here. On the weekends it's usually packed with a rowdy, often boozed up laowai crowd drinking beers and listening to EDM on cheap speakers. During the week, it's a haven for hungover DJs and underemployed English tutors.... Read more
As Shanghai's only water park, Dino Beach has the distinction of being one of city's top summer destinations. The park boasts a huge wave pool (apparently Asia's largest), numerous water slides, kiddie pools, concession stands serving Western fast food fare, and a... Read more
Huge pool in Lujiazui with a sandy beach landscaped with rocks and trees and all kinds of pleasant stuff. It has long been a go-to place at weekends. 200rmb gets you in the door all day. Not open on raining days. The indoor pool is open 7am-10pm; outdoor pool open... Read more
One of two big water parks in Shanghai, located right next to Happy Valley. The park design is world class, with a dozen full-sized water slides, kids areas, cute stone sculptures of dragons and worms, a giant Mayan god who dumps water on everyone, "scuba diving" in... Read more
This is one of the nicest-for-the-money bathhouses in Shanghai. Korean style, you get to strip and splash around in hot rooms and cold pools (sex segregated) and then move upstairs where there are huge rooms of armchairs to relax, plus these little heated igloos to... Read more
They say it's "only for members", but you're allowed to show up and "try it" for 150rmb during the week. That's meant to be a one-time deal, but who's going to know? On weekends it's members only. Membership gets you a year in the gym and use of the indoor and... Read more
This is the pool in the Julu Lu compound where you find Maya Mexican restaurant. The location is excellent, and they let in non-resident shitbirds like us, too. And they're open year-round. Okay, the pool's not huge, but it's good enough for a dip. Busy on weekends,... Read more
The Portman-Ritz Carlton complex is an expat haven on Nanjing Lu. This five-star hotel is optimal for business conferences, with dozens of meeting rooms, multiple bars, lounges and restaurants. Although it's tough to build an uglier complex (Shanghai has done it) the... Read more
The JW Marriott Shanghai has laid its mark on Shanghai in spectacular fashion. Located within one of the city's signature building (Tomorrow's Square), and within walking distance of People's Square and East Nanjing Road, the Marriott is ideally located for some of... Read more
With 558 rooms the New World Hotel is one of the largest in the city. Located in the Changning district it is always a taxi journey away from any of the cities tourist sites, although its proximity to Zhongshan Park makes it ideal for guests looking to escape the... Read more
Yuan Spa covers over 3,000 sqm of recreational and wellness space including 12 spa treatment rooms, a 24hour fitness centre, swimming pool, whirlpool, steam and sauna rooms, a beauty salon and a juice bar. Also has parent and baby swimming lessons. Read more
Situated in the heart of the Lujiazui Finance & Trade Zone, the 5* Purple Mountain Hotel, is ideally located for people looking to be in the midst of the 'New China'. Only 10mins from the Shanghai New International Expo Centre and the Shanghai International... Read more
This pool’s got nice space for lounging and a small slide for the kids. It used to cost 70rmb a person for the day, and children under 1 meter would get in for free, but they've recently been put under new management and it seems like the details are a little iffy. Read more
SportsWorld is an international sports and activities club for children aged between 3-12. They provide structured, international programs for students in a variety of sports including swimming, tennis, karate, basketball and more. They also organise holiday camps... Read more
The Puxi location's second branch of a member's only club and gym. Includes an indoor and outdoor pool, plus a well equipped gym. There are multiple studios for fitness classes like aerobics, yoga,... Read more
This is a weird one. The pool is nice, and just a five minute walk from the Xujiahui metro station. It's run by the spa here, and they don't seem to have a license for the pool, or they have problems with the property management, or something fishy…Sometimes they let... Read more
The spacious gymnasium is filled with advanced equipment, the gym also provides a variety of classes and private training services led by highly-accredited instructors, from fun and energetic aerobics, dance, spinning classes to calm, relaxing yoga and pilates.... Read more
Racquect Sports include badminton and tennis. Must reserve. Read more
Shanghai has a beach! And it's way out in Jinshan on "line 22" which actually isn't a line at all, it's a bullet train. You can use your metro card though, and you don't need your passport. Tickets down there cost 10rmb, then entry to the beach area itself during... Read more
Water's Edge is world highest Spa on 85 floor in Park Hyatt Shanghai hotel, a relaxation zone featuring an overflowing 20-metre infinity pool, a Wellness Studio with two treatment rooms; and a gym. Tai-chi sesseions led by a Tai-chi master are held every morning at... Read more
Bund Financial Center's Fitness club on the Bund, which includes a 25m long swimming pool, a sauna/steam room, a jacuzzi, an infinity pool with a 180 degree review view, and 32,000 square feet of the usual state-of-the-art work-out equipment in gleaming, brightly lit... Read more
Shanghai East Asia Sport Center is located at Shanghai Indoor Stadium. Types of sports include tennis, badminton, swimming, scuba diving, soccer, taekwondo, rock climbing and billiards. Read more
This complex is known as being in the higher-end with popular sports club and swimming pools in the summer. A stones throw away from the American Consulate, Shanghai Library Metro and even hosting the popular new French restaurant, Le Cuivre, this complex (although... Read more
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So this pro swimmer just started offering private classes at Pudong Shangri-La’s Grand Tower pool. Apparently he’s won a spatter of medals competing in nationwide swimming competitions and has been a pro at this for the past 15 years. His name is Mao Jia Jun and he’ll be accepting swim students... Read more...
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