Xintiandi 上海新天地

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Located in central Shanghai just south of Huaihai Zhong Road, Xintiandi is a redevelopment of a once rundown part of town based on the layout of an old Shanghainese neighbourhood.

Recreated from Shikumen style houses, the architectural symbol of 20th century Shanghai, is this multifunctional dining, retail and entertainment center flowing with restaurants, boutiques, cafes and bars of international standards Shanghai’s Xintiandi, “The City’s Living-Room", is the prefect place to unwind and relax after a long day. It is the creative mix of the old and cultural with the new and modern. The Shikumen buildings at Xintiandi have retained the original walls, tiles and exterior while the interior have been designed and decorated to suit the upbeat lifestyle of the 21st century exuding the casual elegance of modern city living.  Before its development, the area was a spread of aged lanes crowded with rundown mid-19th century Shikumen buildings. The Shikumen style is a combination of influences from home and abroad, representing Shanghai's early 19th century culture. Thus, Xintiandi was created to showcase this in a modern way so that everyone in Shanghai can appreciate the uniqueness of this old architecture redesigned. 

Moreover Xintiandi is most famous for its nightlife when the Western style bars open their doors for business. No doubt every Westerner that comes to Shanghai will pay at least one visit here, if not more.

The complex also includes a museum of Shanghainese architecture and a restored school where the Chinese Communist Party held its first congress in 1921, now also a museum.

Travel tips:

Xintiandi North Block: Lane 181, Taicang Road.

Xintiandi South Block: Lane 123, Xingye Road.

The Location of Shanghai Xintiandi: Shanghai Xintiandi is conveniently located right in the centre of cosmopolitan Shanghai. It is close to Middle Huaihai Road and Taicang Road, bordering upon South Huangpi Road, Madang Road and Zizhong Road.

To get there: Metro line 1 - alight at South Huangpi Road Station and exit from gate 2, then turn left and walk along Madang Road for about 200 metres to Taicang Road.

Inside Xintiandi, visitors also can know more about Shanghai culture in the shikumen museum, Shanghai Tang and Liu Li Museum.

Last Updated ( Friday, 19 June 2009 17:35 )  

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