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Shanghai Xintiandi

Xintiandi is a car-free shopping, eating and entertainment area inShanghai. It is composed of an area of restored traditional shikumen (“stone gate”) houses on narrow alleys, a modern shopping mall with a cinema complex, and some adjoining houses which now serve as book stores, cafes and restaurants. Most of the cafes and restaurants feature both indoor and outdoor seating areas. Xintiandi has an active nightlife on weekdays as well as weekends, though romantic settings are more common than loud music and dance places. Xintiandi means “New Heaven and Earth”, and it is regarded as one of the first lifestyle centers in China.

The area was developed by the Shui On Group during the re-development of the surrounding area, when similar shikumen houses were demolished wholesale. The houses in Xintiandi were then restored, and now house an art gallery, cafes, and restaurants. The marketing of Xintiandi is mainly targeted towards overseas visitors, especially visitors from Hong Kong, who seek to experience the romanticized atmosphere of old Shanghai. As a result, prices in this area are high, even by international standards. Eating or shopping in this area is seen as a status symbol by affluent local residents. Many tour groups both domestic and abroad also visit Xintiandi as one of the main attractions in Shanghai.

Xintiandi Travel Tips:

Address: Huangpo South Road and Taicang Road.

Subway Station: Huangpo South Road of Line 1.

Last Updated on Thursday, 27 June 2013 09:56