1. Rise early for a morning stroll through the city. You'll see plenty of people practicing tai chi...
2. ...as well as engaging in basically every other Shanghai pastime.
Chinese chess, mahjong, flute practice, dancing--Shanghai's public spaces truly are public.
3. Stop for a breakfast of jian bing.
4. Or start your day with world-famous Shanghai soup dumplings.
5. Ride like a local — take the bus.
6. Shop for trinkets and small necessities in the side streets of Chenghuangmiao.
7. Stand in line for mooncakes at Xinghua Lou or Sunya, Shanghai's time-honored Cantonese restaurants.
Mooncakes may be Cantonese in origin, but two Shanghai restaurants in particular have perfected the art of making the pastries over the last century. In the weeks leading up to the Mid-Autumn Festival, locals arrive in droves to await boxes of these delicacies. During other times of year, go to simply enjoy delicious Cantonese food in the dining rooms.