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Journey through the World’s Most Exciting Flavours

If there is one universal cliché concept for travel, it’ll be a bucket list. While nothing beats the satisfaction of ticking the boxes off your list, it can get tough trying to keep up with the long lists of restaurants, hotels, attractions and events.

Take your tastebuds on a journey around the world and pamper yourself with the most diverse and luxurious travel experience with Bvlgari.

What if you merge the former into one whole incredible experience together? Here we have list of Bvlgari’s stunning boutique hotels located around the globe, and the equally amazing gastronomy stops it offers.

DUBAI, India

Hōseki Restaurant

Hōseki, meaning gemstone, brings Japan’s most rarefied culinary traditions to Dubai. The restaurant seats just nine, making for an intimate Omakase experience, a memorable gastronomic treat served by Chef Masahiro Sugiyama. The courses are based on the preferences of those seated, as well as on the freshest and best ingredients of the day, making every single visit an exceptional journey into the heart of Japan’s culinary tradition.

The dining room overlooks the Dubai skyline, so that each intimate dinner is accompanied by a glittering view. Do remember to reserve in advance, as the restaurant capacity has been kept small to allow greater care and attention to be given to each diner. For groups, there is a private dining room that seats up to twelve.


Il Bar

While the sun is what makes Summer enjoyable, the blazing weather can get undeniably sweaty and unbearable sometimes. Dedicated to be summer’s most enduring refresher, the the Gin & Tonic bar at La Terraza opened just in time for the sunny season.

Served on the shaded veranda overlooking the riverside, guests are invited to choose from four distinctive gin & tonics and six new summer cocktails – a recipe for sunny day bliss. Offering a sophisticated and intimate atmosphere for gatherings or simply some private time, the signature oval bar is open daily from 2pm.

BALI, Indonesia

Sangkar Restaurant

The new Balinese Dining Experience at Sangkar Restaurant invites guests to immerse themselves in the flavours and aromas of Indonesian cuisine. Featuring traditional spices and recipes executed with modern savoir faire, there will be two different selections available for each course for lunch and dinner.

The restaurant entices beyond its menu. Set at the dramatic oceanfront featuring a laid-back interior curated with locally influenced décor, the Sangkar Restaurant expresses the tradition of Balinese culture.

MILAN, France

Il Gazebo

The Il Giardino, designed by landscape architect Sophie Agata Ambroise, is an open-air garden surrounded by lush flora and fauna. The space is casual and intimate, yet impeccably appointed.

As the warmer weather approaches in summer, guests may dine in Il Gazebo, a beautiful outdoor setting located in a discreet corner of the hotel garden. Hidden behind a tall hedge of red beech trees, the cozy private dining area will serve a dedicated menu that embodies the season. No meal is complete at Bvlgari without a accompanying feast for eyes, as the dishes are served on elegant Richard Ginori china.

LONDON, United KIngdom

Rivea London

Inspired by the many years Alain Ducasse spent visiting the vibrant food markets in Italy and Provence, Rivea London offers French and Italian cuisine in a chic, convivial and relaxed setting with informal yet impeccable service.

Adjacent to the dining room, Rivea London’s private dining rooms are suave and intimate spaces seating up to 24 guests, a perfect setting for an intimate party. Custom designed private dining menus are also available, so you can easily go an extra mile to make your summer celebration extra memorable.

Counting down to more luxe, gastronomical hospitality

Get ready for the anticipated new openings of Bvlgari Hotels & Resorts, as you travel around the world to fulfil your endless wanderlust. Bvlgari’s next ventures are set in Shanghai and Moscow, and most recently, the opening of The Bvlgari Hotel Tokyo has been confirmed. The state-of-the-art property will occupy the 39th through 45th floors of an ultra-skyscraper in the heart of Tokyo, an elegant and memorable destination among the bustle of the city’s most brilliant lights.

Learn more about destinations in Bvlgari’s hotels here.

Gallery Weekend Beijing 2018

Initially presented in 2004 in Berlin, the gallery weekend is today a regular event in cities such as Barcelona, Paris, Zurich and Brussels, all of which have strong artistic cultures. Unlike traditional art fairs or biennales, which involve bringing the art pieces to a centralised exhibition space, the gallery weekend presents the pieces within their original exhibition sites in galleries, art centres or museums.

Jonathan Meese, ‘noch ohne Titel, 2017’, oil, acrylic and acrylic modelling paste on canvas, 210.5 x 140.3 x 3.3cm. Image courtesy Gallery Weekend Beijing.

GWBJ focuses on introducing Beijing’s unique artistic landscape and its latest contemporary art developments to an international and domestic audience. Although the city is the unofficial centre of artistic culture in China, home to many of the country’s most prominent artists, it has no major art fairs or events to capture international attention. Launched just last year, the gallery weekend aims to fill that gap in the market.

“Beijing, as the center of Chinese contemporary art, is home to 80% of Chinese contemporary artists and a key city to visit for those who are interested in the Chinese contemporary art Ecology,” says Amber Wang, director of GWBJ 2018. “In Beijing, there are over 200 international and local contemporary art galleries, nine private museums, and art NGOs that explore the avant-garde art forms.” She adds, “GWBJ aims to present the energy of today’s Chinese art to the world.”

Shao Fan, ‘Mountain Rock’, 2017, ink on rice paper, 200 × 235cm. Image courtesy Gallery Weekend Beijing.

With a roster of 21 galleries and institutions from China and the rest of the world, the event will feature a programme of exhibitions, talks and related events that aim to promote the city’s artistic ecology and highlight recent developments in its burgeoning art scene. The upcoming edition of GWBJ will also see the addition of several new projects targeting amateurs and aficionados alike, including special activities such as tours, academic forums and salons by industry experts, as well as a new programme element called the Outdoor Public Project, which brings artworks outside of exhibition confines and into open space.

Thomas Kiesewetter, ‘Venus’, 2012, sheet metal, steel, paint, 148 x 123 x 48cm. Image courtesy Gallery Weekend Beijing

This year’s edition also features a varied lineup of homegrown and foreign artists, from German-based multimedia artist Jonathan Meese, well-known for his installations and performance art, to Chinese multidisciplinary artist Shao Fan, who blends contemporary aesthetics with traditional Chinese philosophy.

“The successful first edition in March 2017 set the foundation for GWBJ as an important platform for international industry professionals to exchange experiences and share practices in contemporary art,” explains Wang. “As this dialogue continues to develop, the physical surrounding space becomes an essential part of the work.”

Xu Hongxiang, ‘Beautiful Landscape No.7’, 2017, oil on canvas, 200 × 260cm. Image courtesy Gallery Weekend Beijing.

GWBJ 2018 will take place at a series of venues across Beijing’s most prominent art neighbourhoods, including the 798 Art District, Caochangdi District, and established art spaces located throughout the city. These include the Beijing Commune, a gallery which spotlights the works of emerging artists; INK Studio, which focuses on Chinese experimental ink; and the Hive Center for Contemporary Art, one of the city’s most influential galleries.

More information at gallery-weekend-beijing.com.

This article was written by Ilyda Chua for Art Republik 18.

Victoria’s Secret Shanghai Fashion Show 2017


We’re just a few hours away from the livestream of the Victoria’s Secret Shanghai Fashion Show 2017. Happening for the first time in China, the 2017 edition of this haute fashion will see participation from over 50 international models, who will strut down the runway adorned in their sexy, glittering Fantasy lingerie.

This year, Victoria’s Secret x Balmain collaboration will bring striking, colourful, bejewelled attire and dazzling costumes to the stage, and a partial list of programmes will also feature popular musical guests such as Harry Styles, Miguel, Yundi Li, Jane Zhang and Leslie Odom Jr.

Image courtesy of Victoria’s Secret

Meet the VS Angels at the 2017 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show starring Candice Swanepoel, Liu Wen, Estelle Chen, Sui He, Lily Aldridge, elsa hosk, Jasmine Tookes, Adriana Lima, Alessandra Ambrosio, Josephine Skriver, Martha Hunt, Sara Sampaio, Lais Ribeiro, Romee Strijd, Taylor Hill, Leila Nda, Jourdana Phillips and Barbara Fialho, to name a few.

In just a few moments, it will be showtime! The energy backstage is certainly one of an emotional and all-exciting point-in-time particularly for the VS Angels.

The Victoria’s Secret Shanghai Fashion Show 2017 will be aired on CBS on Nov 28, at 11am GMT. You can also stream the 2017 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show on your desktop, smart phone, and a variety of other electronic devices.

Real estate investment in Shanghai: Sophisticated living spaces in the heart of the evolving Chinese city 


Still regarded as a major magnet for foreign investors keen on China, Shanghai promises relatively predictable growth trends and low levels of bureaucratic control. Due to its ability to attract businesses, it will also continue to attract well-heeled tenants that will keep rents stable. For a developing country, Shanghai’s homes are pricey, although following fears of a weakening Yuan, foreign owners have toyed with the idea of selling some of their assets first. For those who have, these homes tend to be bought by local investors instead, meaning that transaction prices have actually held somewhat steady.

Nonetheless, there is also increasing demand for homes outside of the Central Business District (CBD), especially if well-served by transport networks, where demand for rental apartments is growing, leading to various developers looking for opportunities in the outskirts of the city centre. Moreover, as Shanghai’s economy evolves, demand for technological innovation, media services and telecom infrastructure (TMT) – a relatively new sector – have been growing rapidly, driven by the need to add value through manufacturing and improved efficiency. TMT expansion is also driven by the maturing nature of the business environment in Shanghai, which is boosting demand for more sophisticated living spaces in the city.

According to observations by Knight Frank, since the middle of 2015, there has been an increase in foreign residential investments in Shanghai, especially in prime areas. By some estimates, new luxury home sales in Shanghai were up 288% year-on-year in Q1 2016. There are several factors driving sales, including strong economic activity, intense housing demand and higher supply. China is a developing country with huge growth potential in multiple industries, including manufacturing, natural resources and technology. This has helped to drive up property prices, especially in Shanghai, with prices of new homes in China’s second priciest city jumping 20.7% in May 2016 from a year ago according to estimates by research firm China Real Estate Index System. Property-seekers are looking to buy homes in upmarket precincts such as the car-free shopping district of Xintiandi, the upscale suburb of Gubei (home to a large number of Japanese and Korean expatriates), and Pudong.

To prevent a housing bubble, Chinese authorities introduced new property cooling measures in Shanghai last March, which included larger down payments for second homes. Moreover, non-local residents can only buy homes if their income tax and social security documents show that they have lived in Shanghai for more than five consecutive years. They also need to register as a Foreign Invested Enterprise (FIE). The verdict is still out as to whether these restrictions have any impact on wealthy foreign investors who do not necessarily need to take loans from local banks to buy an investment property. Most of the purchases are cash deals, note market observers.

While the sales market is showing signs of overheating, rentals have been more stable, with luxury residential yields averaging between 2% and 3% in Shanghai. Experts warn, however, that ultimately all the land in China is owned by the government, which leases it out to developers for up to 70 years, making it difficult to sell a property or pass it on to the next generation if the lease on the land is expiring. It is also important to understand the property tax expected for such ownership. Taxes are payable at the start (1.2% on 80% of the sales price for self-use or vacant properties, or 12% of the annual rented income if leased out). There is also a 20% capital gains tax on second-hand residential sales. Where applicable, deed taxes of 1% to 3% are also payable.


Changfeng Residence

Another project to consider is Changfeng Residence, a French-themed project boasting 664 stellar residential apartments and facing the 360,000 square meters green heart of Shanghai Changfeng Park along the Suzhou River, both a mere 10 minutes away by foot. The project, developed by GuocoLand, another notable foreign developer, is also strategically located close to major landmarks like the Shanghai Marriott Hotel and MGM Studio Entertainment World. The project also boasts great accessibility with subway lines, ring roads and various bus options.

For more information:
Tel: +86 021 5282 1177

Suhe Creek

The condominium is a new award-winning project developed by OCT Land Shanghai. Located in Shanghai’s city centre, at 150m tall it is the highest residential building in Puxi and offers stunning views from its luxurious apartments and duplexes. Its unique city skyline perspective is also touted as the only one in the area that includes views of Lujiazui and the Bund, as well as the meeting point of the Yangzi and Suzhou rivers. Sited along Shanxi North Road, Suhe Creek certainly benefits from an advantageous location—Nanjing Road, People’s Square, the Bund and other major city landmarks are just a short walk away. Excellent transportation accessibility is also ensured with three metro lines located in the vicinity.

Designed by Fosters + Partners Architects and Kokaistudios and boasting interiors by ACPV, DIA and Japanese Construction Co, Ltd, all residences bear high-quality finishes by Poggenpohl, Poliform, BLANCO, Villeroy & Boch and Hansgrohe. With two to three-bedroom units ranging from 180 sqm to 300 sqm (approximately 1500 square feet to 3200 square feet), duplex units ranging from 500 sqm to 600 sqm (approximately 5,382 square feet to 6,458 square feet) and villas with a total area ranging from 1,200 sqm to 1,500 sqm (approximately 12,917 square feet to 16,146 square feet), at 55 million to 230 million yuan (approximately USD 8 million to USD 33.4 million), the project also features a large 3,000 sqm (approximately 32,000 square feet) clubhouse fitted with multiple sporting facilities.

For more information:
www.joneslanglasalle.com.cn / Tel: +86 21 6133 5408

This article was first published under Special Reports in Palace 19. 

The Louvre Pyramid, designed by Chinese-American architect I.M. Pei, in the courtyard of the Louvre Museum

Parisian Louvre pyramid designer I.M. Pei turns 100

The Louvre Pyramid, designed by Chinese-American architect I.M. Pei, in the courtyard of the Louvre Museum

The Louvre Pyramid, designed by Chinese-American architect I.M. Pei, in the courtyard of the Louvre Museum

The Chinese-American designer endured a roasting from critics before the giant glass structure opened in 1989, with up to 90 percent of Parisians said to be against the project at one point.

“I received many angry glances in the streets of Paris,” Pei later said, confessing that “after the Louvre I thought no project would be too difficult.”

Yet in the end even that stern critic of modernist “carbuncles”, Britain’s Prince Charles, pronounced it “marvellous”.

And the French daily Le Figaro, which had led the campaign against the “atrocious” design, celebrated its genius with a supplement on the 10th anniversary of its opening.

Pei’s masterstroke was to link the three wings of the world’s most visited museum with vast underground galleries bathed in light from his glass and steel pyramid.

It also served as the museum’s main entrance, making its subterranean concourse bright even on the most overcast of days.

Pei, who grew up in Hong Kong and Shanghai before studying at Harvard with the Bauhaus founder Walter Gropius, was not the most obvious choice for the job, having never worked on a historic building before.

But the then French president Francois Mitterrand was so impressed with his modernist extension to the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC that he insisted he was the man for the Louvre.

The Socialist leader was in the midst of attempting to transform Paris with a series of architectural “grands projets” that included the Bastille Opera and the Grand Arch of La Defense.

Already in his mid-60s and an established star in the United States for his elegant John F. Kennedy Library and Dallas City Hall, nothing had prepared Pei for the hostility of the reception his radical plans would receive.

He needed all his tact and dry sense of humour to survive a series of encounters with planning officials and historians.

One meeting with the French historic monuments commission in January 1984 ended in uproar, with Pei unable even to present his ideas.

“You are not in Dallas now!” one of the experts shouted at him during what he recalled was a “terrible session”, where he felt the target of anti-Chinese racism.

Not even Pei’s winning of the Pritzker Architecture Prize, the “Nobel of architecture” in 1983, seemed to assuage his detractors.

Jack Lang, who was French culture minister at the time, told AFP he is still “surprised by the violence of the opposition” to Pei’s ideas.

As the Louvre is the former palace of the country’s kings, Lang notes that “the pyramid is right at the centre of a monument central to the history of France“.

“The project also came at a time of fierce ideological clashes” between the left and right, he added.

The Louvre’s then director, Andre Chabaud, resigned in 1983 in protest at the “architectural risks” Pei’s vision posed.

The present incumbent, however, is in no doubt that the pyramid is a masterpiece that helped turn the museum around.

Jean-Luc Martinez is all the more convinced of the fact having worked with Pei over the last few years to adapt his plans to cope with the museum’s growing popularity.

Pei’s original design was for up to two million visitors a year. Last year the Louvre welcomed nearly nine million.

For Martinez the pyramid is “the modern symbol of the museum”, he said, “an icon on the same level” as the Louvre’s most revered artworks “the Mona Lisa, the Venus de Milo and the Winged Victory of Samothrace”.

The Eiffel Tower, now synonymous with Paris, faced opposition during the time of its construction

The Eiffel Tower, now synonymous with Paris, faced opposition during the time of its construction

Pei is not alone in being savaged for changing the cherished landscape of Paris.

In 1887, a group of intellectuals that included Emile Zola and Guy de Maupassant published a letter in the newspaper Le Temps to protest at the building of the “useless and monstrous Eiffel Tower“, an “odious column of sheet metal with bolts”.

NIO's inaugural production car for the Chinese market, an all-electric SUV codenamed ES8. Image courtesy of NIOSocial Facebook Page

New car launches, Asia: Shanghai Auto Show 2017 to feature the first all-electric SUV codenamed ES8 by NextEV’s NIO

NIO's inaugural production car for the Chinese market, an all-electric SUV codenamed ES8. Image courtesy of NIOSocial Facebook Page

NIO’s inaugural production car for the Chinese market, an all-electric SUV codenamed ES8. Image courtesy of NIOSocial Facebook Page

NIO is the international name (Weilai in Chinese) for the Chinese start-up NextEV’s new automobile brand. On the occasion of the Shanghai Auto Show, which will be open to the public from April 21 to 28, 2017, NIO is set to unveil its first ever mass market vehicle, an all-electric SUV, along the lines of models already produced by US manufacturers Tesla (with the Model X) and Faraday Future (with the FF91).

The carmaker already created a sensation in the autumn of 2016 when it unveiled the EP9, 1342 brake horsepower all-electric supercar. As for the other specifications of the NIO EP9, the figures speak for themselves: the supercar can accelerate from 0 to 100 kilometres per hour in just 2.7 seconds and from 0 to 200 kilometres per hour in just 7.1 seconds. It can also reach a top speed of 313 kilometres per hour, and travel more than 420 kilometres without a recharge, which lasts just 45 minutes. Only a small number of EP9s will be produced, which is not surprising in view of the vehicles price tag of around one million euros. More recently, NIO presented EVE, a sedan concept that will be launched as a mass market vehicle by 2020.

In Shanghai, NIO plans to move ahead with the global premiere of its first SUV, codenamed ES8. According to specialist websites, the all-electric vehicle will have a range of more than 300 kilometres. It will also feature a spacious interior that can accommodate seven passengers. More interestingly, it will be equipped with autonomous driving technologies, however precise details on this capability have yet to be announced. It should be noted that the new SUV is not due to be launched in Asia before 2018, and not before 2020 on the US market.

NIO’s strategy is reminiscent of the one adopted by US manufacturer Faraday Future, which followed up the unveiling of its spectacular FFZERO1 concept, a 1000 horsepower single-seater with a top speed of 320 kilometres per hour, with the Las Vegas CES presentation of its first connected and customisable electric crossover.

The brand is also involved in the FIA Formula E Championship (all-electric single-seaters) through its NextEV NIO stable.

The 17th Shanghai Auto Show will run April 21 to 28, 2017 at the city’s National Exhibition and Convention Centre.

Shanghai International Contemporary Art Fair

Shanghai International Contemporary Art Fair Begins

The fourth edition of Shanghai International Contemporary Art Fair (part of the 18th China Shanghai International Arts Festival) kicks off today and promises to be more exciting than ever. From November 10 to 13, no less than 84 galleries, institutions and individuals from 18 different countries will display their work in the hopes of seducing art enthusiasts and collectors.

Directed by Thomas Wuestenhagen, the 2016 edition promises to be a breath of fresh air in the art world: among the participants, 28 are here for the first time. AFP Relaxnews selected eight new comers that deserve the hype.

Greene Naftali (New York, USA)

One of the oldest galleries in the Chelsea district, Greene Naftali became famous for shows including artists such as 1999’s Free Coke” which brought together artists such as Tracy Emin, Jack Pierson and Chris Ofili. The painter Alex Katz was also an early coup for the gallery owner, Carol Greene.

Gallery Hyundai (Seoul, Korea)

The first specialized gallery in Korea (1970), the Hyundai Gallery presents the country’s most prominent contemporary artists as well as up-and-coming names. The two-location gallery has also exhibited international artists such as Ai Weiwei, Bernar Venet, Billy Childish, François Morellet, Michael Craig-Martin, Natee Utarit, Robert Indiana, Thomas Struth and Zeng Fanzhi.Shanghai International Contemporary Art Fair

10 Chancery Lane (Hong Kong, China)

Over 15 years, the 10 Chancery Lane gallery has become one of the leading galleries on the Hong Kong art scene, supporting emerging and historically important art forms across Asia-Pacific such as Dinh Q. Lê, The Propeller Group, Huang Rui, Wang Keping, and Manit Sriwanichpoom.

Esther Schipper/Johnen (Berlin, Germany)

Two of Germany’s leading art galleries made the announcement that they would be merging in 2015, marking the birth of a Berlin-based art powerhouse. The completion of the five-year merger will see the opening of a new exhibition space in the city’s creative Potsdamer Strasse neighborhood.

Hauser & Wirth (Zurich, Switzerland)

Established in Switzerland, the international gallery now also operates from London, New York, Somerset and Los Angeles. It has garnered a reputation for representing some of the world’s most exciting emerging and established contemporary artists such as Mark Bradford, Christoph Büchel, Roni Horn, Paul McCarthy and Pipilotti Rist.

Shanghai International Contemporary Art FairGalerie nächst St. Stephan Rosemarie Schwarzwälder (Vienna, Austria)

Rosemarie Schwarzwälder has owned the internationally-renowned Austrian gallery — which was first founded by Monseigneur Otto Mauer in 1954 — for almost 30 years. Over its history, the gallery has developed a reputation for exceptional exhibitions featuring abstract, conceptual and Minimal art.

1335 MABINI (Manila, Philippines)

Considered one of the top must-see contemporary art galleries in the region, 1335 MABINI is a gallery and multi-disciplinary space set in an historic colonial building. The gallery represents the emerging Filipino art scene.

SODA Gallery (Bratislava, Slovakia)

Closely tied to the SODA architectural agency, SODA is a young contemporary art gallery that has quickly made its way onto the list of Bratislava’s top art spaces.

audemars piguet exhibition shanghai

Audemars Piguet Hosts Ambitious Exhibit In Shanghai

“To break the rules, you must first master them” – the name set the tone. The luxury Swiss watch manufacturer is currently hosting its most ambitious exhibition which brings guests on a journey through its history — in Yuz Museum, Shanghai.

Audemars Piguet appointed French designer Mathieu Lehanneur to conceive a special installation: a large ring, made of 12 rooms – an allusion to a watch dial  – where 200 historical and contemprary timepieces are exposed. “This exhibition is a reflection on time… a dreamy vision of time where each instant differs from the previous one. Here every door opens onto a new story,” Lehanneur said.

audemars piguet exhibition shanghai

the “ring” installation, designed by Mathieu Lehanneur

In the middle of the circle stands a huge rock, created from cast replicas of those found in Audemars Piguet’s home in the Vallée de Joux. It is meant to remind the visitors of the brands origins and how far it has come from there. Key artists, as Cheng Ran, Dan Holdsworth and Alexandre Joly, also contributed to the exhibit, showing the brands commitment with the world of contemporary art.

audemars piguet exhibition shanghai

Since 1875, the oldest fine watchmaking manufacturer still in the hands of its founding families, has proven its expertise in Haute Horlogerie crafting and its capacity to adapt and prosper through the ages. This exhibition, presents the largest collection ever brought outside of its own Museum also explores a selection of horological arts and crafts that the brand has mastered over the centuries.

After Shanghai, the “ring” exhibit will be displayed in severl other art capitals throughout 2017.

“To Break the rules, you must first Master Them” by Audemars Piguet, Yuz Museum, Shanghai. Until November 13th

Shanghai Diner Closes After Getting Michelin Star

Shanghai Diner Closes After Getting Michelin Star

A Shanghai restaurant has closed down just a day after being awarded a coveted star in the Michelin guide’s first mainland Chinese edition.

Taian Table – one of 26 restaurants in the city to receive Michelin stars – “suspended” business on Thursday “due to internal reorganization”, a notice on its front door said.

The starred establishment, on the ground floor of a five-story residential building in downtown Shanghai, serves Western dishes ranging from grilled endives to smoked beets by chef Stefan Stiller, according to the restaurant’s web site.

The “graceful restaurant” has a menu that “changes monthly and makes good use of excellent ingredients and clever recipes,” according to the Michelin description. It opened for business in April.

The diner was previously ordered to shut down by local officials due to lack of proper licenses, the Xinmin Evening News reported Friday, adding authorities stepped in after neighbors complained.

Residents who live above the restaurant told AFP the kitchen smoke and noise interrupted their normal life, and they petitioned local regulators to have the diner shut down.

“The noise is always there, with the stereo subwoofer vibrating. It’s so hot where we live, but we can’t open our windows,” said Zhang Fuzhen, who lives on the second floor of the building. Michelin launched its inaugural China guide Wednesday to great fanfare.

The guides, first published in France more than a century ago to promote automobile travel, now cover 28 countries and spotlight diverse cuisines including Brazilian, Burmese, Cajun, Peruvian, and Tibetan.

Restaurants recognized by the culinary bible have used the prestigious award to build big businesses, with Hong Kong’s Tim Ho Wan and Taiwan’s Din Tai Fung turning into international franchises.

The original idea for the restaurant was “to build a small place to entertain our friends and to have some foodies and chef friends around to create new and creative dishes,” Taian Table said in a statement, adding “we certainly never intentionally planned to violate any rules.”

The company, it said, plans to reopen the after relocating to a new address, adding “I apologize to all the guests who have booked seats already for the coming weeks.”

Michelin in China did not immediately reply to a request for comment.

Michelin Guide Launches in China

The iconic food guide was launched in China to much fanfare Wednesday and served up an array of winners from both luxury establishments and humble haunts that offer traditional dishes. Following the Singapore edition and the upcoming Seoul edition, this Michelin guide  is the first of its kind in the country, which is why it has garnered so much attention.

Covering the commercial hub of Shanghai, the guide awarded some 26 restaurants including a humble two-star establishment that is popular with local families, Canton 8. “Canton 8 is a reflection of what can be found in Shanghai – masterful, delicious and very good quality cooking,” said Michael Ellis, international director of the Michelin guides.

The highest accolade by the guide, a three-star rating, was awarded to T’ang Court – a six table joint in the Langham hotel. The Cantonese restaurant is famous for dishes such as braised sea cucumber and Wagyu beef. “The talented and creative chef Justin Tan offers cuisine in which traditional Cantonese dishes rub shoulders with some very modern dishes,” Ellis said.

To award the restaurants, inspectors visited the restaurants several times and paid for each dish they consumed before making a joint decision. If Singapore has been any indication, the restaurants in Shanghai can look forward to a surge in business. Canton 8 can likely expect to see a similar surge in customers, although on Tuesday night, before the release of the guide, the inexpensive two-storey restaurant was filled with only around 20 diners feasting on crystal prawn dumplings and lobster porridge.

“What makes Shanghai particularly exciting is it’s been an economic and cultural crossroads for decades and the gastronomy of Shanghai really reflects that rich history,” Ellis told AFP. First published in France, more than 100 years ago, with the aim of promoting automobile travel, it now covers 28 countries and helps to highlight various cuisines such as Brazilian, Burmese, Cajun, Peruvian and Tibetan.

18 New Michelin Guides Release Dates Revealed

18 New Michelin Guides Release Dates Revealed from Shanghai to Brazil

The Michelin Guide will kick off an updated series of star-showered editions from September 21, with its first guide to the finest dining options in the Chinese city of Shanghai. The famous French firm has given AFP Relaxnews the full release schedule for its upcoming guides.

Great Britain & Ireland will be the first European nations to have their Michelin-starred establishments for 2017 revealed. The Switzerland edition, landing October 3, will also decide the fate of the Restaurant de Hôtel de Ville de Crissier, following the death of its triple-starred chef Benoît Violier.

Fall takes Michelin to the USA too, where French chef Dominique Crenn, based in San Francisco, will no doubt be in the spotlight after being named World’s Best Female Chef 2016.

The Seoul edition is without a doubt one of the most eagerly awaited Michelin Guides this season, due out November 7, as the firm’s first foray into the South Korean restaurant scene. This first guide focuses on the country’s capital and will be available in English and Korean.

The Brazil edition concludes the star-filled line-up, scheduled for release April 26, 2017.

Note that the release date for the updated Michelin Guide France has not yet been announced.

Micheline Guide release dates 2016-2017
  • Shanghai – Wednesday, September 21, 2016
  • Great Britain & Ireland – Monday, October 3, 2016
  • Switzerland – Wednesday, October 5, 2016
  • Washington – Thursday, October 13, 2016
  • San Francisco – Tuesday, October 25, 2016
  • Chicago – Wednesday, November 2, 2016
  • Seoul – Monday, November 7, 2016
  • Hong Kong – Wednesday, November 9, 2016
  • Italy – Tuesday, November 15, 2016
  • New York – Thursday, November 17, 2016
  • Belgium & Luxembourg – Monday, November 21, 2016
  • Spain – Wednesday, November 23, 2016
  • Tokyo – Monday, November 28, 2016
  • Germany – Thursday, December 1, 2016
  • Netherlands – Monday, December 12, 2016
  • Nordic Cities – Wednesday, February 22, 2017
  • Europe – Monday, March 7, 2016
  • Brazil – Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Shanghai Seven-Star Waterfront Hotel Opens

Shanghai remains a favorite for new luxury outposts, be they stores or hotels, the latest of which is The Wanda Reign on the Bund. The over-the-top luxury hotel has opened on Shanghai’s waterfront, billing itself as the city’s first “7-star” hotel.

The Wanda Reign on the Bund opened to much fanfare recently, not only for being one of the most luxurious and opulent landmarks in Shanghai, but for the reputation of its owner Wang Sicong, the 28-year-old scion of a Chinese real estate baron who makes headlines for his spendthrift ways on nights out.

In keeping with his lavish tastes, the property was built to raise the bar in luxury hotel experiences. Set along the Huangpu River, the hotel is a museum of art and antique pieces by contemporary Chinese artists.


The hotel tapped designer Laurence Xu – the first Chinese designer to join Paris Haute Couture Week – to create staff uniforms. Artistic motifs include magnolias and traditional Suzhou embroidery.

All of the 193 guestrooms are controlled via iPads, and are styled in Art Deco-themed esthetics that are available in two different styles: modern glamour in a beige color scheme, and darker, mahogany burl wood with magnolia details. Guest rooms and suites are outfitted with amenities by L’Occitane and Hermès.

The luxury is also in the details, with bedtime amenities that include a sleep fragrance, music and bedtime reading material.

For guests for whom money is no object, there’s also the Chairman Suite which spans 288 sq m (3,100 sq ft) and features a living room, dining area, adjoining pantry, bar, study, master bedroom sauna and massage bathtub. Guests also have access to butler service.

Dining options include the rooftop restaurant Marc, by Michelin-starred French chef Marc Meneau, and restaurants The River Drunk for classic Southern Chinese cuisine and The Japanese Restaurant.

A promotion has guest room rates at CNY3,000 ($453) a night.


Michelin Guide Announces Shanghai Edition

Having conquered the culinary world of Europe, Singapore and Seoul, the Michelin Guide has now set its sights on Mainland China. With a focus on Shanghai, the book is slated to be unveiled later this year.

Lauded as the ultimate restaurant guide – a handbook for foodies on the road if you will – its international director Michael Ellis said “The richness and quality of Shanghai’s culinary scene completely won us over.” He added that “The city is an economic and cultural crossroad, and its gastronomy is the result of a strong culinary heritage which makes the dining scene very exciting. Shanghai’s culinary scene range from popular to fine dining restaurants, and we are eager to discover the high quality of Shanghai’s gastronomy and starting the selection.”

Some say Michelin has been expanding into Asia to match rival Asia’s 50 Best Restaurant Awards, a spinoff of The World’s 50 Best Restaurants. Being based in Asia as we always have been, we wonder what took Michelin so long to get out here. Better late than never we suppose. Here is our earlier story on Seoul and Singapore.

The Michelin Guide Shanghai 2017, will be released later this year and will represent he 28th edition of the international collection.



Aston Martin Vanquish vs Aston Martin DB5

Shanghai, where old meets new every day, is the perfect foil for an encounter between the Aston Martin Vanquish and the Aston Martin DB5; nose to nose in elegant harmony, composed by photographer Andy Wee for our friends at Yacht Style. Also, the latest Bond film, Spectre, is out now so that gives us another reason to revisit the DB5… Aston Martin’s silver DB5, the iconic bond car,  made its first appearance in Goldfinger in 1964, and began a relationship that has lasted 50 years. With a six-liter V12 engine, the Aston Martin Vanquish has the acceleration of a Grand Prix racing car. The Aston Martin DB5 is super light, and is paired with a state-of-the-art engine that still impresses five decades later.








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Photography by Andy Wee

1921 gucci menu

Gucci Restaurant Opens in Shanghai

1921 gucci menu

Gucci recently opened its first full-service restaurant in Shanghai, China.

With this new culinary destination, called the “1921 Gucci Café,” Gucci is paying tribute to its history, referencing the year of the label’s foundation.

Gucci has chosen one of Shanghai’s most popular commercial avenues for its first restaurant. Located on the fourth floor of the IAPM luxury shopping mall on Huaihai Lu, the 1921 Gucci Café took two years to complete and is accessible by means of an elevator from the Gucci store in the mall.

Epicureans will step into a décor that perfectly reflects the iconic brand’s style. With elegantly done-up interiors in gold shades and full of velvet, every inch of the place radiates Gucci style; the 1921 Gucci logo is stamped on everything from menus to cutlery to napkins.

Thousands of miles from its native land, Gucci is nonetheless sticking to its roots when it comes to the food. The menu is high on Italian cuisine but the restaurant offers a wide range of options to satiate foodie cravings.

Chinese gourmands will thus have the chance to experience authentic bruschetta, made with marinated tomatoes, garlic and basil.

The pasta options are an obvious highlight, especially the spaghetti with mussels, urchins and calamari. Prices start at 150 yuan for a two-course lunch, 300 yuan at dinner (just under $50).

Although 1921 Gucci Café is the brand’s first full-service restaurant, there is a Gucci-themed cafe in Florence attached to the Gucci museum, which opened in 2011 to celebrate the label’s 90th anniversary. 

Gucci Museo Caffe Restaurant

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Shanghai Tower nears completion

shanghai tower China

The Shanghai Tower, the tallest building in China and the second tallest in the world, is nearing completion.

Located in the Pudong financial district, the 632m tower composed of 128 floors is a striking addition to the Shanghai landscape.


Composed of a tapering outer skin of glass and steel that wraps itself around the building’s circular core, Gensler, the American firm behind the design, claims this twisting shape reduces wind load on the building by 24%, thus saving approximately $58 million in steel and structure costs.

While still dwarfed by the 829.2m Burj Khalifa in Dubai, Shanghai Tower is now Asia’s tallest skyscraper and a bold statement about the country’s economic prosperity going forward in the 21st century.

A soft opening of Shanghai Tower has seen some tenants allowed into the building to conduct interior construction. An official public opening has yet to be announced but is expected sometime this autumn.

Lexus ES

New Lexus ES to go on show at Auto Shanghai

Lexus ES

The new Lexus ES luxury sedan is set to make its global debut this month at Auto Shanghai.

Over the past 25 years, the ES has become known for its elegant styling, and with its latest model Lexus promises “unprecedented elegance, comfort, and safety.”

The car will be on show April 22-29 at the National Exhibition and Convention Center, Shanghai.

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Fendi’s New Store at Shanghai’s Plaza 66

 released this video to celebrate the opening of their latest Shanghai store, in the booming megalopolis’s Plaza66 shopping mall.

The film also captures the glittering Fendi Christmas-themed light installation the Roman luxury label installed in the plaza outside the store.


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Toy Story Hotel Planned For Shanghai Disney Resort

Toy Story hotel

Disney has released new details on the Shanghai Disney Resort, announcing that one of two properties at the sprawling theme park will be a hotel that recreates the world of ‘Toy Story.’

Preliminary artist renderings reveal a sprawling hotel emblazoned with white clouds on blue sky — much like the wall papering in Andy’s room.

But the signature hotel of the resort will be an Art Nouveau-inspired hotel, which appears to be a lavish property with hundreds of rooms, judging from artist renderings.

Shanghai Disney Resort's Art Deco hotel

Likewise, the park will also include a Disneytown, featuring dining and retail services, and the Walt Disney Grand Theatre which will put on the global premiere of the Mandarin version of “The Lion King.”

The Marketplace will feature al fresco Asian dining options and a central lake area with walking paths and gardens.

While the Shanghai Disney Park will enjoy a strong presence in China when it first opens, it will face a fierce rival in 2019 when Universal Parks and Resorts opens its own theme park in Beijing, featuring rides and attractions from blockbusters such as “Harry Potter” and “Transformers.”

Christie's Shanghai

Christie’s opens new Shanghai office

Christie's Shanghai

 has consolidated its presence in China with a new Shanghai location, as the nation continues to embrace the high-end art industry.

“This building gives us the opportunity not only to bring art from around the world to Shanghai, but to bring the art of China to the rest of the world,” said Christie’s CEO Steven Murphy.

“China now plays a hugely important role in the global art market. Nearly one third of all buyers are from Asia and in the last year, 20% of all new clients to Christie’s globally came from Greater China.”

The move comes a year after the auction house brand first received a license to operate independently in mainland China, holding its first auction there in fall 2013.


Chinese artist Qin Feng created an interactive piece called “Landscape of Desire” for the Christie’s Shanghai opening — a 15 x 30 meter work, executed in black acrylic painted on canvas, which visitors were invited to walk on to add their own imprint to the work.

The canvas will be divided into 108 scenes and each work will be ‘adopted’ or sold for charitable purposes.

Housed in the historic Bund-side 1907 Ampire building, the 10,000-square-foot Christie’s Shanghai is aiming to become a global art hub and converging point between the East and West.

The first three auction sales in the new space will take place October 24.