Nan Xiang Xiao Long Bao Night
This is how Nan Xiang Xiao Long Bao Restaurant looks like at night. You can still see a long queue at level 1 for the cheapest tasty Xiao Long Bao.
Give the Xiao Long Bao a try because it will leave you an unforgettable experience.
Sheng Jian Bao (Pan fried xiao long bao)
It's not a particular restaurant I would like to recommend you but rather, a type of local delights called Sheng Jian Bao I would like to describe.
It's one food I cannot describe enough how much I LOVE it. I had it for 3 consecutive days.
Sheng Jian Bao, found commonly in Shanghai small eateries, are actually meat buns, pan fried at the bottom of the buns. When you bite on the Sheng Jian Bao, beware, the soup, well wrapped within the bun pastry, steaming hot and rich in flavor, will burst out into your mouth! Ohh...the feeling is so, so, good. Imagine, eating such Sheng Jian Bao, crispy on the outside, juicy and hot in the inside during cold season, gulp!
As many eateries serve Sheng Jian Bao in Shanghai, some may taste good while some may not. So, don't give up on Shen Jian Bao if you had tried some really bad ones. Keep trying other eateries bcos they can really taste so, so superb!
The eatery I went, also sells meat ball noodles, which are very delicious too!
The garden is a spot of relative calm in Shanghai and you approach it via a twisted bridge meant to keep out the evil spirits (the Chinese do a lot with architecture to confound the evil spirits including raised thresholds and other tricks). The garden itself is very well maintained with plenty of twists and turns.
Outside is a shopping district that at first blush is full of the type of tourist shops one sees all over China. Explore a little deeper by going into the basement and there is a huge underground mall, full of Chinese antique dealers which was amazing - partly for the finds and partly because no one else seemed to know about it - at least the day I was there.
Across Huangpi South Road from Xintiandi is Taipingqiao Park, a pleasant bit of green space to escape to. It is dominated by a 9000 square metre lake, and has the usual tree-lined winding paths characteristic of Chinese parks. It was created controversially in 2001 by demolishing 6 blocks of historic shikumen houses, displacing 3800 families.