Xin Tian Di, Shanghai
If you're a party person, why not check this place out. Here, you'd see lots of foreigners and locals mingling, dancing and sipping cocktails. I was surprised to see a Filipino band playing in one of the bars there. I was also lucky to see people in their costumes for Halloween. :)
Shikumen (literally meaning "stone-framed door") houses are unique to Shanghai, and sadly disappearing all too fast in the face of rampant development. Developed in the early 1900s to meet the housing demands of booming old Shanghai, they are urban Western adaptations of traditional Chinese courtyards - a writer once described them as Chinese houses with a Parisian sensibility. Behind the stone-frame front door of a shikumen house lies a small courtyard, which is itself enclosed on the other sides by the building of the house.
Xintiandi (literally meaning "new heaven and earth") is an area south of Huaihai Zhong Lu where two blocks of old shikumen houses have been restored and renovated to house upscale bars, restaurants and shops. It is now a firm favourite hang-out place among visitors and locals alike.
One of these shikumen houses has been preserved as a museum, the Shikumen Open House. You can wander through the re-created rooms of a typical shikumen house, and there are anecdotal explanations in English and Chinese of life in old Shanghai. There is also a small exhibition of the development of Xintiandi. Entry fee is somewhat steep at RMB20. Open daily 1000-2200.
After roaming around Xin Tian Di bars, my cousin took us to a nearby park with a lagoon. It is only a walking distance from the bars. The name of the park escapes me but it is nice to take a rest after the strolling we've done. We can see a very tall building which houses Price Waterhouse Firm. Beautifully lit buildings surrounds the area coz it's in the middle of the city.
The Communist Party of China held its first secret national meeting - attended by Mao Zedong himself - in a shikumen house in Shanghai's French Concession in July 1921. The site is now a museum tracing the history of the founding of the Party (and is ironically located in the heart of commercial Xintiandi). The room where the meeting was held can also be viewed. Entry free is RMB8.
A popular and exciting nightlife spot for visitors, Shanghai's Xin Tian Di has lots of modern, trendy shops and international restaurants, cafes, and bars which attract a lot of foreigners. Xin Tian Di is situated in a historic area of Shanghai marked by the old restored Shikumen architecture and narrow alleys. The pedestrian street is a great place to take an evening stroll. This is truly a place where the past has met the present, because adjacent to Xin Tian Di is the historic site of the First National Congress of the Communist Party of China. The restaurants and stores here are pretty expensive though.
Adjacent to Xin Tian Di is the historic site of the First National Congress of the Communist Party of China, held back in July 1921, which marked the birth of the party. You will see a beautiful two-story Shikumen building here. You can also visit the inside of the building.
Xin Tian Di will be your closest match to what Lan Kwai Fong is to Hong Kong and Clarke Quay in Singapore. Other than restaurants there are stylish and expensive shops, boutiques, accessories, cinema and pubs.
Prices for food generally start at RMB 200 but if you head inside, you will find a McDonalds and a few other budget restaurants where you could save some RMB for shopping.
I think a lot ppl know about this place. It quite famous now... almost beat the old Nanjing road and the bund. I like to stroll along there as well but feel a bit strange at the same time. Everything is new there, you could say it's fake, exquisite fake... they drove off the residents and rebuilt it, then make ppl to believe that's the typical traditional Shanghai style. It's fancy there I can't deny... but is it possible to keep the inherence when the soul is gone.
Couple nice restaurants and clubs there but the price is not fine... at least for me.. I like the Latina... Brasilian BBQ is nice. especially Sunday afternoon.. there are many ppl dance salsa with live band... awsome ambiance... :) make me wanna learn the dance.. hehe..
Written up as the "Hong Kong of Shanghai" this ultra modern district lies behnd the hustle and bustle of Hui Hai Road. Walking through the streets of Xin Tian Di, you feel that you're as far from Shanghai as humanly possible. Everything about screams "Go west". The buildings, alleyway and businesses are there to cater for the expats for the tourist who happened to get lost.
It's a fantastic place to wine and dine. Plenty of restuarnats serving up the best of chinese and western infusions.
Very touristy, but almost the place to be seen and heard in Shanghai. Upmarket restaurants and shops all packed neatly into a square, very very nakedly targeted at visitors to Shanghai. Seat in a cafe al fresco, slurp up that cappucino and chat up a storm. Watch the latest fashion swigger past you. Observe people trying to join the "In" crowd. Painful. Entertaining.
A great little place for modern trendy shops and restaurants. I don't shop here just because I don't have that much money left and most of the stuff here are quiet expensive for Shanghai standard. This shopping area is targeted towards expatriates who live or work nearby and tourists alike. During the day, there are not so much going on, but at night, the restaurants start to fill up with people and the stores are all lit with lights. It's definitely a place that you should check out when visiting Shanghai.
With a site area of 30,000 square meters and a gross floor area of 60,000 square meters, Xintiandi features a multitude of specialist retail, entertainment, cultural, recreational, commercial and residential facilities.
Xin Tian Di is an entire block renewed recently where many bars, famous restaurants and fancy shops can be visited.
Your choices are from coffehouses, fancy bars, brazilian barbecue restaurant to movie theatres and shopping malls...
Nightlife is specially attractive...
Xintiandi is a new shopping district in Shanghai that is comprised of recently renovated structures that includes the structure that housed the first meeting of the Chinese Comminist Party.
Before the development of Xintiandi, the area it encompasses had been a spread of aged lanes crowded with mid-19th century Shikumen buildings which were in pretty bad shape.
Restored to their original splendor, the buildings and walkways allows visitors to Xintiandi to simply stroll around and take in the sights, eat at a number of world-class retsuarants, or shop in the brand-name glass-walled shopping mall at one end of the complex.
A exquisitely newly developed entertainment site off HuaiHai Road, this place is known to be a trendy spot for the classy and young, a parallel to Hong Kong's Soho.
What's special about the place is that the streets retain their original locations, and blocks retain their old external look, so that the buildings are still low, the streets still narrow, forming quite a maze of sorts. But the attraction comes at night time when each of the cafe and restaurant buildings are lit, not glaringly bright, such that the ambience is uncanningly European. People hanging out at the tables in front of the shops add to the continental colours indeed. Most of the shops are eateries, Italian, French, Cuban etc. as well as crafts and fashion boutiques.