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Shanghai Tianzifang
Introducing Shanghai Tianzifang, Shanghai Tianzifang Guide, Shanghai Tianzifang Travel Guide
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Edited by Sharleen
Located at Lane 210, Taikang Road of Shanghai, Shanghai Tianzifang or Tian Zi Fang is an artsy area that has developed from a renovated residential area in the French Concession area. It is known for small craft stores, coffee shops, trendy art studios and galleries. Shanghai Tianzifang becomes one of the most popular destination, and a well-preserved example of local Shikumen architecture, with some similarities to Xintiandi.
The neighborhood was originally built in the 1930s as a Shikumen residential district. Then Taikang Road area was built up by the French Concession expansion. The year 1998 is a watershed in Tianzifang's history. Chen Yifei, one of China's most renowned contemporary artists, took over two abandoned factory buildings and converted them into studios. Then artists from other countries and regions start to move in.
Rezoning of Shanghai Tianzifang began in 2005 and 2006 with nearby art schools and studios, and later small international business owners found out about Shanghai Tianzifang. Its development began very slowly with merchants, coffee shops, restaurants and craft stores setting up in the district. From the beginning of 2007, journalists, visitors and Shanghai local residents began to visit the area and spread the word about a cozy lane district that housed some interesting and creative businesses.
At a glance, this area looks to be a mix of old and refurbished brick houses. However, do not be fooled by the traditional old lanes or wet clothes hanging on bamboo poles above your head. Shanghai Tianzifang deserves a second look. There are many art studios and galleries. These studios which are mostly situated at Buildings 3 & 5 feature many contemporary works of design, painting and photography. There is no cover charge to view the works and you can always purchase any of the beautiful pieces created by the local artists in Shanghai.
Quick Facts on Shanghai Tianzifang
• Name: Shanghai Tianzifang
• Location: Lane 210, Taikang Road, Luwan District
• Phone: +86-21-64672275 
• Dates: Originally built in the 1930s as a Shikumen residential district
• Best Time to Visit: All year
• Recommended Time for a Visit: 2 Hours
• Opening Hours: 10:00-23:00
• Admission Fee: Free
Last Updated on Friday, 29 January 2016 09:09