How to Visit Xintiandi

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Plan your Shanghai tour? Shanghai Xintiandi (上海新天地) is a place you shouldn’t miss. “Xintiandi” literally means “New Heaven and Earth” which refers to an international standard mall based on the former cluster of Shikumen buildings in the center of Shanghai.

The Shikumen buildings were built in 1860s with a blend of Chinese and western style architectures. The western style of brick door frames, roofs and walls go harmoniously with the inside structures of Chinese traditional houses in the Yangtze Delta Area.

The shikumen buildings in Xitiandi area have been turned from their residential function to a huge mall of dotted and connected shikumen buildings, a shopping center, a dining center, a leisure center and a fanshion center, hence a showcase of the avant garde in Shanghai. If you are not interested in shoping, drinking or dining, a glimpse of the shikumen buidlings is worth your 1-2 hour stroll.

Xintiandi is similar to Tianzifang in terms of Shikumen buildings and leisure activities. But Xintiandi is totally commercialized without any local residents living in these shikumen buildings while in Tianzifang, people still live on the floor over the restaurants and shops housed in Shikumen buildings.

If you are not pressed for time, you are advised to visit both Xintiandi and Tianzifang for a perfect picture of Shanghai in the past and present.

Xintiandi Location
Shanghai Xintiandi occupies an area of about 30,000 square meters. It is mainly composed of two areas – Xintiandi Beili ( North ) and Xintiandi Nanli ( South ), separated by the east-west Yexing Road (业兴路) . The whole Xintiandi area is located between Taicang Road 太仓路(north) and Zizhong Road 自忠路(south)with Yexing Road in between; between South Huangpo Road 黄陂南路(east) and Madang Road 马当路(west).

How to get to Xintiandi
Taking subway is the most convenient transport. Take subway Line 1 and get off at the station of Huangpo South Road  (黄陂南路) and eixt from the Exit 2 and walk south; take subway line 10 and get off at the station of Xintiandi and using the eixt 1 and walk to the north.

If you reach Xintiandi by subway line 1, you will first visit Xintiandi Beili ( Xintiandi’s north part ) and then  continue to walk south to see Xintiandi Nanli(Xintiandi’s southern part); if take subway line 10, you may eixt from the Exit 1 and continue to visit the Xintiandi Nanli (southern part) and then walk north to visit Xintiandi Beili ( northern part).

For your glimpse of Shanghai Xintiandi, I’d like to present you some pictures of Xintiandi.

Pictures taken of Xintiandi Beili (north)

Taichang Road (太仓路), the northen tip of Xintiandi

Taicang Road

Taicang Road

Shikumen buildings decorated fashionably

 

Shikumen buildings decorated fashionably

Shikumen buildings decorated fashionably

The remaining shikumen buildings and the modern towers.

The remaining shikumen buildings and the modern towers.

The remaining shikumen buildings and the modern towers.

Cafe and bars

Cafes and bars

Cafes and bars

The site of the First National Congress of CPC

 The site of the First National Congress of CPC

The site of the First National Congress of CPC

Xingye (兴业路)divides Xintiandi into two parts – North Part and South Part.

The Xingye Road is flanked by two storey shikumen buildings

The Xingye Road is flanked by two storey shikumen buildings

The Xingye Road is flanked by two storey shikumen buildings

Shopping, Fashion and bars

Shopping, Fashion and bars

Shopping, Fashion and bars

 

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

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