Courtesy of Waldorf Astoria, Shanghai on the Bund

Long Bar, Waldorf Astoria, Shanghai

In its prime, the Paris of the East was perhaps the most debauched and glamorous metropolis in the world. The unofficial clubhouse for moneyed expats was the Shanghai Club, with its 110-foot-long raw-mahogany bar. It was a social barometer: The elite enjoyed top spots at the bar on the east end of the counter, which offered views of the Huangpu River. Newcomers lurked in the back, earning the right to move up as their social status climbed. Now part of the Waldorf Astoria on the Bund, the replica of the Shanghai Club original, which was installed in the same spot, is called Long Bar today—and though it may be more egalitarian, it is no less glamorous. 2 Zhongshan E. First Rd., Huangpu; 86-21/6322-9988; waldorfastoriashanghai.com.