Located in the center of Shanghai City, Shanghai Xintiandi (新天地) is a fascinating spot redesigned by great architects from Benjamin T. Wood and Nikken Sekkei international. From the prospects of protecting the historical building and city-developing, the architects decided to retain the most ancient Shikumen (石库门, stone gate) buildings in the north block and inject the south block with fresh vitality. With the prosperous surrounding houses serving as gourmet restaurants, warm book bars, exotic cafes as well as slap-up shopping malls, Shanghai Xintiandi became one of the upscale lifestyle centers in Shanghai. As a result, it features in a combination of tradition and modernity as well as a mixture of east and west.
In addition, Shanghai also enjoys historic significance. It is the site of the first congress of the Communist Party of China, now preserved at the Museum of the First National Congress of the Chinese Communist Party. Also nearby are the Shikumen Open House Museum and the site of the Provisional Government of the Republic of Korea when Korea was a Japanese colony.
Walking in the cobbled lanes of Shanghai Xintiandi, you will go back to 50 years ago and meet the ancient but prosperous Shanghai. You can strongly feel the antique flavor from the appearance of the Shikumen. Shikumen is the most featured Shanghai dwellings which mix western culture and traditional style of Han Nationality. Its name was originated from the unique gate. Despite living in the busy downtown area, the residents wouldn’t be disturbed after they closed this heavy gate. The gate lintels are usually engraved with various exquisite patterns which are the quintessence of Shikumen Buildings. While renovating the Xintiandi Area, the designers retained these excellent Shikumen buildings and rebuilt some to make the whole buildings more harmonious. The primitive brick walls, tiled roofs, the dark-colored gates, and the gate lintel carved with coiled patterns are all telling old stories.
With a vicissitude of the society, Shanghai Xintiandi keeps its original appearance of yesteryear but enriches its charms with times. If you are seeking for the most up-to-date boutiques, or want to taste the daintiest meal, Shanghai Xintiandi is the right place. Passing through the authentic or modeled gate, you come to the most voguish world. The artfully-placed furniture and the meticulously-set lights in the stores always create a western romance. The life in the seemingly old buildings is tailor-made for the people in the modern society, includes international art galleries, fashion shops, coffee houses, themed canteens...
For the most tasty and reasonable-priced Shanghai dishes, Din Tai Fung (鼎泰丰) is a choice second to no one. With tasty and well-priced food integrated with courteous and efficient service, you won’t be disappointed. Since launching in a tatty lane in Taipei over 40 years, it has developed like wildfire and dozens of branches took places in Shanghai, Shenzhen, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore and America. The staple snack - Xiao Lung Bao (小笼包,small steamed buns) has been voted as one of the finest snacks in the world for many times. It enjoys heavenly pork or shrimp packages with incomparable delicacy and the thin but tender skin. When you have a bite of it, a fragrant soup inside at a perfect temperature will pop straight into your mouth. You can also have some dumplings, the shrimp and pork Noodles which are worthy of your trying.
Except for Din Tai Fung, there are also some other canteens loved by some gourmets, like Shanghai Ye Shanghai, Simply Thai, Estado Puro Shanghai etc.
Shanghai Xintiandi has many very tony cafes and wine bars, and you can find whatever you are thirsty for. In Shanghai, the one who asserts to be a beer-lover but knows nothing about Jackie’s Beer Nest (杰克的酒窝) will be sneered. This small bar predominated with charming oak is an Eden of beer-lovers. From the Chinese ale to Master Gao’s brewery, there are more than 100 kinds of beers from 17 countries in the wine list. The beer brewed by Jackie himself is well-welcomed by the customers. In the bar, you can suck the fragrance of malts and exchange your travel experience and opinions with surrounding friends. To pursue more surprise, turn to The Beer Shelf, Dean’s Bottle Shop, Drunk Uncle...
Fuxing Park close to Xintiandi is Shanghai’s only French style park with wide tree-lined walkways and amazing flower beds, showcasing the unique commercial and cultural landscapes of Shanghai together. Since the wall seemingly fences the noise from the city, the park offers a contrast with the hustle and bustle of this metropolis. In the north and central part, there are colorful flowerbeds, pleasant fountains, and wide road. In the southwest part are bestrewed with rockeries, lotus pond, streams and grasslands. These natural landscape and facilities make the park become a wonderful playground for both adults and kids. Thanks to its delicately-manicured space, Fuxing Park is also a home to regular dancers, kite flyers and children. Taking a leisure walk, you can get a relaxed feeling while watching the beautiful flowers and happy kids.
With big name-brands branches and small characteristics shops sprouting up, undoubtedly Xintiandi is a paradise for well-heeled shoppers. Shopping in Shanghai is a very delightful experience and you are privileged with a wide range of shopping choices.
Shanghai Xintiandi is located in the prosperous downtown area of Shanghai, with many attractions nearby to explore.
By Metro: Shanghai Xintiandi has its own namesake metro station with metro Line 10 running through. It is also available to transfer to most of other metro lines.
By Public Bus: There are 5 bus stops within 500 meters and it’s convenient to take one bus from different directions to each of them. Within several minutes’ walk, you can get to Shanghai Xintiandi.
If you want to get rid of hustle of public transportation and troublesome navigation, you can book a private tour package which covers sightseeing, dining and transfer from us. Our local tour guide and driver will escort you to Shanghai Xintiandi with speed and convenience, and take care of all the details. You just need to focus on sightseeing.
Best Time - It will be an enjoyable experience to go to Shanghai Xintiandi both in the daytime and at night. In order to enjoy a journey through the heart of Shanghai’s best-preserved Shikumen-the city’s distinctive traditional residential architecture, it is recommended to visit Xintiandi in the daytime. However, Shanghai Xintiandi has an active nightlife both on weekdays and weekends. The shoppers, diners and dancers always keep things lively until late.
Accommodation –Because of the good location and convenient transportation, there are large amounts of hotels in Shanghai Xintiandi. Langham Shanghai Xintiandi and Andaz Xintiandi Shanghai are the most recommended two. They are not only fully-equipped with facilities and quality servers, but also offer a distinctive visual treat. The appearance of Langham Shanghai Xintiandi is really impressive and the rooms are decorated elegantly with milk white walls and brownish furniture. The French windows bring the alluring scenery into the room, so you could admire the unparalleled view of Xintiandi. Andaz Xintiandi was famous for its Shikumen-style canteen, bar and boutique, which are harmoniously matched with the outside scenes.
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