If you only have limited budget, there is still a place for you to have a gorgeous view of the Pudong skyline without the so-called "Bund pricetag". Let us introduce "Captain's Bar".Read More
We had had a hard time taking good care of our plants in the yard, but things have changed after the professional gardener Mr. Wu joined us several years ago. :) Now we have different views in different seasons.
Summer here is long from June to September. With high temperature and abundant rainfall, the city can be very sweltering at this time. However, we city kids still feel very excited about the early summer time! The grapevine climbing on the rooftop will produce bunches of grapes. Though these grapes are too sour to eat, our chef Weili will use them to make wine. So one of the advantage to visit us in Summer is that you might be lucky enough to be treated a glass of house-made vintage. :DRead More
How do you know the Chinese New Year is coming in Shanghai? Seeing various kinds of dry-cured meat hanged on bamboo rods along the streets! In the past time, meat was so precious that it would be cured for storage and not easily be indulged in until the Chinese New Year celebrations. It might be a little terrified while walking by these ducks, fishes, sausage, and pork, but it is a very typical scene of Chinese New Year in Shanghai that you would like to take pictures of. :)Read More
The chalk drawing might be our new symbol for Quintet Bed and Breakfasts. Our guests are always asking where it is and love to take picture of it.
It's the Bund drawn by one of us, Po.Read More
Thanks for all your supports! We win the 2015 TripAdvisor Travelers' Choice in the category of Top 25 B&Bs and Inns (China). This is the third year we win this honor.Read More
After breakfast time, our first-floor area becomes a private kitchen "808". During weekdays, 808 serves good Taiwanese lunch for office workers nearby. It is also a nice choice for our B&B guests who want to experience Chinese and Taiwanese food.Read More
For those of you who are spending more than a few days in Shanghai, a day or two out at one of the myriad of water canal towns around Shanghai is a nice choice of excursion. These water towns have been around for a couple hundred years and in recent years, the local government took care to preserve and restore the old buildings and the quaint, small-town feel.Read More
While traveling in Shanghai, you may get some souvenirs at antique markets around Yuyuan Garden (豫园), Tianzifang (田子坊), fabric market (南外滩轻纺面料市场), and etc.
However, if you still cannot find anything interested or find out that you need more souvenirs for more friends in the last minute, stop by our breakfast area and do little shopping. :)
Currently we have got exclusive post cards photographed by our owner, chopsticks with Chinese satin bags, and key rings in Chinese QiPao. Any other good souvenir idea is always welcomed!
In the last couple of years especially since the World Expo, a new generation of day tours and walking tours have cropped up in Shanghai. For independent travelers who don’t want to tie up all their time with a fixed schedule and group, picking a quality short tour can add depth and understanding to their whole Shanghai experience.Read More
While you are staying with us, don’t forget to walk around our neighborhood! This west French Concession area is one of the nicest old residential area, where houses and mansions from the early 1900′s of various styles line the streets. If you are a runner, the smaller streets also afford pleasant, tree-lined paths.Read More
For guests who are staying with us during the holidays this year, we have prepared a small gift in the form of a hand-made stuffed rabbit. Next year (2011) is the Chinese zodiac year of the Rabbit, so we thought our guests might like to take home a little token to mark their visit.
We found these cute rabbits from a cute shop called Ru-Wa, which is located in the JingAn Villa neighborhood. The owners Season and Halei are interested in preserving and reviving the traditional Chinese toy crafts, and opened this workshop/store where they also offer classes on making traditional Chinese kites, lanterns, and other toys. They work with old masters who are still knowledgeable about the traditional construction methods. The old masters cannot be rushed so the items they produced are limited in quantity. :)
When you are visiting Shanghai, be sure to try both of these local snacks. Both of them are types of “bao”, or dumplings, which are typically meat wrapped in flour dough.Read More
When we opened backed in September last year, I dreamed about having blooming aromatic flowers and thriving colorful plants year-round: an osmanthus here, a tuberose there, and plenty of hydrangeas to cut and put in vases. Grapevines would surround the rooftop walls, while delicate adiantum ferns would flow gently with the wind.Read More
While the construction was taking place, I started digging into the history of so-called Old Shanghai. Shanghai went through a pretty fascinating hundred years, from the Opium War in 1840 up until end of WWII in 1945. As the resulting of a weakening Qing Dynasty, China lost a series of wars and was forced to open up Shanghai to western countries as an important international port of call. The French and British, among other European countries, set up concession zones in Shanghai and ran these areas according to their own rules.Read More
Ever since coming back from my guilty Vietnam trip, things have not been going well. The landlord hasn’t signed the sublease agreement and I was back to working on the contracts. Kelley was not happy about the changes in the terms I promised (or we assumed). And coming up with a name for the B&B has been like pulling teeth. I realize that part of the reason for the difficulty was that I haven’t found its personality yet — and I’m a bit worried that I myself do not match the 5-star high-style decor that Don seems to be shaping towards. This is back the question of identity, and there’s really no escape in it. I’ll have to figure that out for myself eventually.Read More