Since this wasn’t my first visit to China rest assured I have experienced many different kinds of spa facilities. From cheap foot massages on the littered street to quite sophisticated but still affordable stuff. This time though I wanted to treat myself to pure luxury! I was convinced I truly deserved it after almost 12 hours on a plane. In a nutshell, I made an appointment at The Puli Hotel.
The Puli itself is extremely calming already. Upon entering the building I instantly felt a nice tranquility inside. A blend of low yet warm lighting and clean architecture creates a very relaxing atmosphere. The Feng Shui style interior design complements this appearance. After this first impression it was no big surprise what the Spa had to offer. For two wonderful hours my skin was spoiled with a gazillion treatments and massages. Fortunately, I was too dazed to convert the price to Euros that quickly, so at least I remained relaxed until the credit card bill arrived.
The surrounding area, Jing’an temple, is wealthy with fancy flagship stores and modern malls. Besides popular brands like Louis Vuitton, which Asia goes crazy for, I discovered a few local brands I’ve never heard of. Chinese designer Masha Ma’s label “Ma by Ma” was one of them.
Nearby I went to my favourite restaurant chain “Din Tai Fung” to get a bunch of its famous dumplings for dinner. The tables are always set with beautiful white china and the selection of dim sum is a little piece of heaven for dumpling lovers like me.