Xin Tian Di, Shanghai
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.
Located in central Shanghai just south of Huaihai Zhong Road, Xintiandi is a redevelopment of a once rundown part of town based on the layout of an old Shanghainese neighbourhood...
Now it is a state-of-the-art warren of upscale shops, bars and restaurants based on the theme of "where old meets new". Here you find the oddly complimentary combination of the traditional houses of old Shanghai (the 'Shikumen') hosting ultra modern restaurants, bars and shops. The exterior of these shikumen style houses of 1920's Shanghai have been tastefully restored, whilst inside they have been fully renovated to accommodate the tastes of the modern Westerner. From Starbucks to T8, to international chains of Chinese restaurants you will find plenty to soothe a homesick expat, and with a price tag to match.I can tell you easily that its not so interesting for the people who comes from west...
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.
Xin Tian Di, the old and refurbished transformed into a modern area near Puxi buisiness district. There are plenty of shops, restsuarants and bars ( both Chinese & Western ) to check out along with the local park. And i see i am not the first VT member to explore this area...lol
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.
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.
Old/traditional houses are at the north part of Xin Tian Di. Compared to the south modern part, I like here much better. All the houses here are mostly renovated into pubs, restaurants and gift shops. Most of them have outdoor seating area.
My favorite restaurant here is TMSK. The whole place is decorated by color glasses. Don't forget to visit their restroom as well. The sink over there, to me, is a stunning piece of art work!!
However, it is a pricey area tho!
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.
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.
Xintiandi is a popular shopping/entertainment in Shanghai's city center.
This area was once known as the Shikumen lanes which housed Shikumen styled buildings, some of which can be traced back to the 1860's. A lot of these buildings have been demolished leading people to realize that some should be left standing for historic purposes.
In the Shanghai dialect, wrapping or bundling is called hooping, giving rise to phrases such as hooping a bucket, so doors hooped by stone bars were called stone-hooped doors, and later the name changed to Shikumen. Most of these Shikumen styled buildings have long bars of stones as doorframes and burly wooden planks as doors.
This area now houses trendy boutiques / stores, cafes, art galleries, bars, and restaurants.
I checked out the Shanghai Tang store here and bought a silk card holder then walked over to Starbucks for a Green Tea Frappacino and then La Maison Bakery for a chocolate banana tart. It was a treat to myself for enduring a long trek through old China.
Xintiandi is a shopping, eating and entertainment area of the former French Concession area of Shanghai. 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. Xintiandi has an active nightlife on weekdays as well as weekends, though romantic settings are more common than loud music and dance places.
Whether you are a shopping addict or a museum lover, you will love Xintiandi. This is an area where the old traditional shikumen houses, low-rise tenement buildings converted to classical modern clothing shops, restaurants, cafes, art galleries of international brands. Both locals and international tourists love to come here to have high tea, drink, and shopping.
Don't miss this place...
In Chinese: 新天地 (Xin Tian Di)
It was a newly built area which is sponsored by several artists. The architecture is a compromise between western and early shanghai style. U may find numbers of neat bars and shops around there, but the price will also brighten ur eyes , =)
Xin Tian Di is the hottest new entertainment district in Shanghai.
Design is what makes Xin Tian Di so attractive, inside and out. Each of the two to three-story Shikumen looks unique, reflecting the exquisitely-preserved twists and turns of an evolving neighborhood, over the decades. It retains the antique walls, tiles and exterior of the Shikumen housing of old Shanghai.
On the other hand, its interior embodies a totally different world of international gallery, bars and cafes, boutiques or theme restaurants. When you walk into Xin Tian Di, you will get the taste both of Shanghai in the 1920's and the sonic modern lifestyle of urbanites of the 21st century.
Shanghai Xin Tian Di has become the best place for tourists to appreciate the history and modern life of the city, and is also a meeting place for local citizens and foreign visitors.