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Oliver Jeffers‘ Five Hour Guide to Shanghai

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Illustrations from Oliver Jeffers‘ “One City, Five Hours” project appear regularly in the United Airlines magazine, Hemisphere, pairing Jeffers’ illustrations with various travel writers’ five hour guides to common layover city stops.

1. Start with Shanghai’s succulent signature pork and crab soup dumplings, xiaolong bao, at Din Tai Fung (South Block, Unit 11, House 6, Ln. 123 Xingye Rd.; www.dintaifung.com.tw). Use the tried-and-true technique: Nibble a small hole in the dumpling and suck out the broth before biting into it – but beware, it’s hot! (0:30)

2. Stroll into Xintiandi (www.xintiandi.com), where restored shikumen (stone gate) homes dating back to the 1860s now house chic restaurants and shops. Forget about the schlocky souvenirs, and buy something functional, like a contemporary teapot at Zen Lifestore or a handbag made from colorful sandbag cloth at Oshadai. (1:30)

3. Before leaving Xintiandi, peek into the Shikumen Open House Museum (25, Ln. 181, Taicang Rd.) to see a re-creation of what these cute houses looked like in the 1920s, complete with vintage sewing machines and magazines with Hollywood stars on the covers. (2:00)