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How to Visit Tianzifang

Wednesday, July 17th, 2019
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Plan your Shanghai tour? Tianzifang (田子坊) must be included on your Shanghai travel plan.  Tianzifang is an art, craft  and Shikumen (stone-door-frame houses) enclave developed from an old residential area of the former French concession,  a shikumen residential  built in 1930s in Shanghai.

In 1980s artists, designers and vendors began to set up their studios, art galleries, craft stores, design house, cafes, bars, and restaurants  a kind of creative industry precinct in an old residential area of Shanghai. 

Tianzifang was named after the same name first artist in China by the famous Chinese artist – Chen Yifei who first had a studio in Tianzifang.  Chen Yifei was one of the artists who actively advocated the preservation of Tianzifang area and its stone-framed-door houses.

Tianzifang is compact and mainly composed of three lanes along Taikang Road (泰康路), just across the Exit 1 of Dapuqiao Station (打浦桥) of Subway Line 9.  The three lanes are Taikang Road Lane 210 (Tianzifang), Taikang Road Lane 248(Tianchengli) and Taikang Road Lane 274 (Pingyuanfang).

The Taikang Road 210 is the most noted lane where the famous artist Chen Yifei once set up his studio there. Most of the visitors would choose first to enter Lane 210 in Tianzifang area.

The three lanes are interconnected,  easy to get pleasantly lost wandering in and out of the passages though this area is interspersed with with location maps. So it is a bit hard to navigate and sometimes you have many turns and bends. You will meet a dead-end and then back-track and find a new passage.  It is a fun exploring inside the neighborhood of labyrinthine alleys.

So why Tianzifang?

It is a great place to shop and dine though a bit overpriced. But you do find some original gifts and souvenirs you cannot find elsewhere in Shanghai.  If you are not a big fan for shopping and eating, just concentrate on its architecture.

Tianzifang Travel Tips

1)  The most convenient way of getting to Tianzifang is taking subway line 9 and get off at the station of Dapuqiao (打浦桥) and using Exit 1  and the Taikang Road ( where the three lanes are located) is just opposite the Exit 1.  You may start your exploration of Tianzifang by entering the Taikang Road Lane 210, then duck into the Lane 248 and 274.

2) Go there early to avoid hordes of domestic tourists. You are prepared for being pushed when this area is getting busier.

3) Learn to bargain on the stuff you are going to buy.

4) It is allowed to take pictures in Tianaifang area except the residential area where the local residents still live.

5) A  nice public toilets in the mall across the street where the Starbucks is located.

For you to have a glimpse of Tianzifang, now I just show you some of the pictures taken  of the three lanes in Tianzifang area.

Out from Exit 1 at Dapuqiao Station of Subway line 9, you turn right and see the location signboard indicating Tianzifang.

you turn right and see the location signboard indicating Tianzifang.

you turn right and see the location signboard indicating Tianzifang.

 

The entrance to Taikang Road Lane 274 (平原坊) 泰康路274弄, just left side of Taikang Road Lane 248.

One of the location maps of Tianzifang dotted here and there.  The red travel route for Lane 210, blue for Lane 248 and green for Lane 274.

One of the location maps of Tianzifang dotted here and there

One of the location maps of Tianzifang dotted here and there

 

A creative restaurant on a narrow alley between Lane 210  and Lane 248.

A creative restaurant on a narrow alley between Lane 210 and Lane 248.

A creative restaurant on a narrow alley between Lane 210 and Lane 248.

 

A western restaurant nestled on a narrow alleyway between Lane 210 and Lane 248

A western restaurant nestled on a narrow alleyway between Lane 210 and Lane 248

A western restaurant nestled on a narrow alleyway between Lane 210 and Lane 248

A cafe bar

A cafe bar

A cafe bar

A typical shikumen houses still inhabited by the local residents who still live on top of the establishments (shops, restaurants etc.) with their air-conditioning units outside their houses.

A typical shikumen houses

A typical shikumen houses

Wet clothes hanging and air-conditioning units overhead, not a totally commercial area on Lane 248

Wet clothes hanging and air-condition units overhead, not a totally commercial area on Lane 248

Wet clothes hanging and air-conditioningunits overhead, not a totally commercial area on Lane 248

Electricity cables are still  overhead, adding a residential feel.

Electricity cables are still overhead, adding a residential feel.

Electricity cables are still overhead, adding a residential feel.

A narrow alleyway between Lane 248 and Lane 274

A narrow alleyway between Lane 248 and Lane 274

A narrow alleyway between Lane 248 and Lane 274

A cafe bar nestled on the passage between Lane 248 and Lane 274

The narrow passage in Lane 274

The narrow passage in Lane 274

The narrow passage in Lane 274

Tip:  Hassle-free Shanghai Guided Tours
If you don’t want to go the do-it-yourself route and prefer the hassle-free escorted tours,  here are some options for guided tours to Shanghai:

Shanghai Highlight Day Tour from US$ 60
Afternoon Ambling & Evening Brilliant Cruise Day Tour from US$ 55
Shanghai Ancient Water Town Day Tour from US$ 65
Shanghai Suzhou Zhouzhuang Day Tour from US$ 95

Shanghai 2 Day Tour Package from US$ 145
Shanghai 3 Day Tour Pacakge from US$ 199
Shanghai 4 Day Tour Package from US$ 265 p/p

Further Readings


Top 10 Attraction in Shanghai
Top 10 Markets in Shanghai
Top 10 Shopping Malls in Shanghai
Top 10 Things to Do at night in Shanghai
Best Places for Autumn Leaves in Shanghai
Top 10 Things to Do in Winter in Shanghai
Top 10 Souvenirs in Shanghai

Any questions, just drop line.

Tips for Visiting the Bund in Shanghai

Monday, July 15th, 2019
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The Bund is a one-km long strip starting from the eastern tip of Yan’an Road on the south and Waibaidu Bridge on the north. It is a raised promenade on the western bank of Huangpu River in Shanghai.

It runs from north to south paralleling Zhongshan East No. 1 Road flanked by the 22 heritage art deco buildings built during the concession era in 1920s and 1930s. Across the river stands the skyline of the futuristic skyscrapers, a sharp contrast with the old buildings by the Bund.

Strolling along the Bund is the first thing to do in Shanghai if you visit Shanghai for the first time. It is the most awesome urban city walk in the world though you may have your own favorites such as Piccadilly in London, Champs-Elysees in Paris, Fifth Avenue in New York and Victoria in Hong Kong.

Tips
tips-11. How to Get There
Various options to get to the Bund given the different locations you stay in Shanghai. The most used way of travel is to take the subway line 2 and 10, then get off at the station of East Nanjing Road.

 

The Buildings on the Bund

It is less than a 10-minute walk along East Nanjing Road to the Bund. But very often it takes you much longer time as you may be distracted by East Nanjing Road itself, the most popular shopping traffic-free shopping street in Shanghai, plus so many people moving on relatively narrow sidewalks in the east direction of the Bund.

2. Early Morning Stroll on the Bund
If you are an early riser, come to the Bund to see the first sunshine lights on your new day, the magnificent sunrise over the forest of the high-rises.

Morning Stroll on the Bund

An interesting bonus is the Taichi crowd and morning exercises that enliven the Bund, a great way to mix with the locals.

3. Daytime Walk on the Bund
A daytime walk on the Bund gives you a clear picture of the Pudong Skyline, a remarkable achievement in the past decade. Here you can see the second highest building in the world plus plenty of dazzling skyscrapers.

Daytime Walk on the Bund

The modern skyline is sharply contrasted by the elegant historic Concession buildings on the Bund. If you have enough visit time, you are recommended to walk through the Peace Hotel or Fairmont, just across from the Bund, viewing the Art Deco interiors which meet or surpass those  in Europe or North America.

3. Night Walk on the Bund
The Bund is at its best when night falls, sandwiched by the two strips of the illuminated buildings, ultra-modern and historic Concession buildings with lit-up boats plying on Huangpu River.

Night Stroll on the Bund

Night Stroll on the Bund

The dreamy nigh neon show attracts huge crowds of visitors from so many cultures, young and old, all enjoying the views. It is a great place full of energy, people-watch, a unique night during your Shanghai tour.

4. Night Cruise on Huangpu River
When the sun sets, it is a good option to take the river cruise for better views of the amazing lights on the both sides of the river  with the Bund on the west and the Pudong skyline on the east, flowing through a fairyland.

Night Cruise on Huangpu River

At present, there are two kinds of cruises on Huangpu River – Highlight Cruise (RMB 100: 1 hour) and Classic Cruise (RMB 150: over 3 hours). Buy your tickets at Shiliupu Wharf ( No.171, Zhongshan South Road ), 15 minutes’ walk south of the centeral area of the Bund.

5. More Options to View the Skyline
Taking  the cheap short ferry ride from the Bund to Pudong is a good option for viewing the awesome lights show on the river banks.

You may consider to see the skyline from one of the bars or restaurants on the Bund. For this, you may need to pay a high price drink.

Alternatively you may enter for dinner the Hakkanan in Building  No. 18,  or drinking cocktails on the rooftop bar of The Peace Hotel, a fantastic place to take the perfect photo of the Bund and the skyline.

6. Snack and Drinks on the Bund
There are few places to eat and drink on the Buns, and relatively expensive around the Bund. So make you have something to eat before or after your visit to the Bund.  You may bring your own snacks and bottles water.

7. Touts on the Bund
Each tourist place has itinerant vendors pushing you to buy,  selling everything from Rolexes to sexy massages, an annoying act.

If a touts approaches you,  just ignore them.

8. Tourist Scams on the Bund
Anywhere around the world where there are larger groups of humans, there will be more opportunities for scams. The Bund has no exception.

Try to avoid striking a conversation with a strangers and deny their offering services.  Be careful of the tea room scam and pickpocket.

9. Toilets on the Bund
You can find some pay toilets nearby. You are better off calmly entering a hotel close to the Bund.

06611Tip:  Hassle-free Shanghai Guided Tours
If you don’t want to go the do-it-yourself route and prefer the hassle-free escorted tours,  here are some options for guided tours to Shanghai:

Shanghai Highlight Day Tour from US$ 60
Afternoon Ambling & Evening Brilliant Cruise Day Tour from US$ 55
Shanghai Ancient Water Town Day Tour from US$ 65
Shanghai Suzhou Zhouzhuang Day Tour from US$ 95

Shanghai 2 Day Tour Package from US$ 145
Shanghai 3 Day Tour Pacakge from US$ 199
Shanghai 4 Day Tour Package from US$ 265 p/p

Further Readings


Top 10 Attraction in Shanghai
Top 10 Markets in Shanghai
Top 10 Shopping Malls in Shanghai
Top 10 Things to Do at night in Shanghai
Best Places for Autumn Leaves in Shanghai
Top 10 Things to Do in Winter in Shanghai
Top 10 Souvenirs in Shanghai

Any questions, just drop line.

Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station

Wednesday, May 1st, 2019
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Dear Travelers,

We’d like to have the following quick guide to be always updated for the benefit of new visitors using Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station.

If you have any questions or anybody having used the piece finds necessary updates, please leave a message or feedback. Thanks!
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Plan your Shanghai tour? Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station is part of the Hongqiao Transportation Hub, the largest transportation hub in China, combining airport, railway, subway, city bus and long-distance bus.

Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station mainly operates Beijing–Shanghai High Speed Rail, Shanghai–Hangzhou High Speed Rail and Shanghai–Nanjing Intercity High Speed Rail.

The construction of this huge station building follows the principle of “entering from the above and exiting from the below”.

F3: Commercial floor for restaurants and shops and Vip lounge

F2: Departure floor as well as the station waiting area ( Also for ticketing offices )

F1: Platforms and tracks for outgoing and arriving high speed trains

B1: Arrival floor for arriving train passengers, a huge traffic transit hub for subway, flight, taxi, city bus and long-distance bus. There are several ticket selling outlets on the B1 floor.

B2: Platforms for subway lines (subway line 2 & 10)

B2 Floor Information
The B2 floor is designed for subway platforms – Subway Line 2 and 10 linking the railway station with the center of Shanghai.

If you want to go to Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station by subway, you are advised to use Line 2 and Line 10 and get off at Hongqiao Railway Station and take the escalator up to the B1 floor ( arrival floor ), or continue to  the second floor ( F2 ), the waiting room for departure.

B2 Floor  is the departure floor for Subway Line 2 and Line 10, where you take an escalator up to B1, and F2. The signboard to the service you are going to use when you arrive at Hongquao Railway Station by subway at B2.

The signboard to the service you are going to use when you arrive at Hongquao Railway Station by subway at B2.

 After arriving at Hongqiao Railway Station, if you would like to use Shanghai subway, then you walk down the escalator from the F1 floor ( platform ) to the B1 floor (arrival floor), buying subway tickets on B1, again walk down to the B2 floor to connect Shanghai subway, either line 2 or line 10.

B1 Floor Information
The B1 is arrival floor for train passengers, a huge traffic transit hub for subway, train, flight, taxi, city bus and long-distance bus. There are several ticket selling outlets on the B1 floor.

1.  To go to T1 of Hongqiao airport, you should take subway line 10 and get off at Hongqiao airport.

2.  To go to to T2 of Hongqiao airport, you can easily take a moving walkways for 10 minutes to get to T2 of Hongqiao Airport.

3.  To get to the city center of Shanghai, you should take subway line 2

4.  To get to Pudong airport, you should take subway line 2 ( about 1.4 hours )

5.  To get to Shanghai Railway Station, you should first take subway line 2 and interchange for Subway line 1 at the stop of People’s Square and get off at the stop of Shanghai Railway Station.

Buying high speed train tickets on the B1 floor or F1

Buying high speed train tickets on the B1 floor

The B1 floor is mainly designed as the arrival floor for train passengers at Hongqiao Railway Station. 

The B1 floor is mainly designed as the arrival floor for Hongqiao Railway Station.

Line up for the taxi in and starting form B1 

Line up for the taxi in and starting form B1

F1 Floor Information
First floor (F1) has totally 16 platforms with 30 tracks for outgoing and incoming bullet trains.

First floor (F1) is the platform for outgoing and incoming bullet trains.

F2 Floor Information
The second floor( F2 ) of covers 10,000 square meters, used as the waiting room for the high-speed trains. You first wait on the second floor and look for the signboard for your train number.When it approaches the departure time for your train, passengers will line up before the signboard.When it is time for embarking, passengers will be guided to take the escalator down to the platform on the first floor (F1). So please wait on the second floor and look for your train number sign.

They are passengers waiting for high speed trains in the waiting lounge on the second floor ( F2 ) of the terminal building of Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station.

If you need any help at Hongqiao Railway Station, please go to the Enquiry Counter with a question mark “?” on the second floor.

Enquiry Counter with a question mark “?” e Enquiry

F3 Floor Information
The third floor is for restaurants and shops and Vip lounge. The McDonald’s or KFC at T2 of the Hongqiao airport offer 24 hours service.  Hongqiao Train Station and T2 of Hongqiao airport are connected by a moving walkway, 15-minute walk.

Restaurants on the third floor

Restaurants on the third floor.

Adjacent to the Terminal 2 of Shanghai Hongqiao Airport
Note: if you want to go to Terminal 1 of Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport, you should take subway line 10 and get off at Hongqiao Airport Station.Walking from B1 of Hongqiao Railway Station to the Terminal 2 of Hongqiao Airport

Walking from Hongqiao Railway Station to the Terminal 2 of Hongqiao Airport

Remarks:

1. Luggage Deposit
There are some self-service baggage deposit areas on the second floor. The instructions on how to use the self-service baggage storage are all in Chinese.

If you cannot handle the self-service left luggage lockers. If you may turn to “Enquiry Counter” for help, which is located in the center of the waiting hall on the second floor.

Deposit Time: between 06:00 – 21:00
Service Line: 1502659 0673
Complaint: 95105105

Baggage deposit service fees:

Large suitcase: RMB 20 (8 hours)
Small Suitcase: RMB 10 9 8 hours)

2. If you need “Red Cap service” (Hong Mao Zi Carrying) which assists seniors or people with too much luggage who need someone to take their luggage on to the train coach, please go to the Enquiry (information center) in the middle of the waiting hall. When you are on the arrival floor, you will see the porters from Red Cap Service are waiting for business.

the porters from Red Cap Service are waiting for business

the porters from Red Cap Service are waiting for business

Red Cap Service Fees
1) RMB 20 for large suitcase.
2) RMb 10 for samaller one.
Service Line: 021-51245660
Complaint: 95105105

3.  The McDonald’s or KFC at the Hongqiao airport offer 24 hours service.  Hongqiao train station and Hongqiao airport are connected by a moving sideway, 15-minute walk.4. A Smoking Room is by the Gate 4 ( south) on the arrival Hall ( second floor)

Smoking Room

Smoking Room

Tip:  Hassle-free Shanghai Guided Tours
If you don’t want to go the do-it-yourself bus route and prefer the hassle-free escorted tours,  here are some options for guided tours to Shanghai:

Further Readings


Top 10 Attraction in Shanghai 
Top 10 Markets in Shanghai
Top 10 Shopping Malls in Shanghai
Top 10 Things to Do at night in Shanghai
Best Places for Autumn Leaves in Shanghai
Top 10 Things to Do in Winter in Shanghai 
Top 10 Souvenirs in Shanghai

Shanghai Hongqiao Airport.
Shanghai Pudong Airport.
Shanghai Railway Station.
Shanghai South Railway Station.
Shanghai Subway.
Shanghai Taxi.
Shanghai Public Bus.

Any questions, just drop a line.