Through me and my partner Nando's newly launched project Shanghai Bloggers I often get opportunities to work together with other Shanghai- and general China-based companies. Jingjobs is one of these - an awesome platform for expats looking for jobs throughout China.
This week the've asked us Shanghai Bloggers: "What Makes Your Shanghai Summer" and the outcome was a Shanghai Summer Article! Above photo of my happy toes reveals the topic of my answer to Jingjobs' question.. Read the whole article on jingjobs website and read on here for more info on Pool Time in Shanghai.
It's getting hot in Shanghai (though most of us know we haven't seen nothing yet) and it's time to hit the pools! Whether it's for a little day-drinking session, a solid swim or tanning, escaping to a pool just make summer in Shanghai more bearable.. And much more fun!
Maya / Grand Plaza Club House Pool
Our to-go-to pool has all days been the Maya / Grand Plaza Club House pool at Julu Lu 568. Main reason is really just the location - we live just around the corner and before that, Leon actually stayed in the Grand Plaza compound.
The pool and pool area are both quite small but you'll find all the arrangements & facilities you need. Including a shop to buy snacks & drinks, changing rooms/showers, free towels and a limited number of sunbeds. Oh and they are super chilled in regards to what you bring in of food & drinks just remember to pay entrance in the Club House reception.
This pool has all days been 100 RMB but times are changing and they now charge 150 RMB for a day session in the weekend.. Which is a bit over-priced!
Mandarin City Pool
For this reason, we decided to take the "trip" to Mandarin City Compound and pool on 788 Hongxu lu (close to Huaguang lu) just before I left for Denmark. It's a 20 minutes taxi ride from French Concession and a bit more mafan (troublesome) to get to & from from than any pool within walking distance. But it is actually worth it.
Massive pool, lots of chill areas, in-pool-bar (oh yes) & food serving. We brought in grilled salmon Wagas salads and didn't have any problems - I'm sure drinks etc. can be brought in as well if you are not too obvious about it.
Entrance fee for this pool has also been raised - from 80 RMB to current level of 100 RMB which I still find very reasonable. Bring your own towel or they will charge you 30 RMB.
Secret pools & Brunch/Pool Combo
There's a lot of pools to discover around Shanghai's hotels and compounds AND a lot of people in this city to enjoy them. Cityweekend has done a good job in putting together this list of more secret pools in town.
Another favorite is to book a combined weekend brunch & pool time in one of Shanghai's finer hotels (approximately 500 RMB depending on the champagne). Indulge in the finest all-you-can-eat & drink buffet where after you can chill at the pool for the rest of the day. Or even better: choose a hotel out of Shanghai and go on a little daytrip. Sheshan, 30 minutes drive away from Shanghai's French Concession is a perfect destination for this. Try Le Meridien SheShan or Sofitel Sheshan Oriental which both have great pools!
Lets hope for a human summer in Shanghai and lets hit the pools a little bit ofter - what's your favorite pool spots friends?