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Shanghai, one of the most attractive cities of China, is a melting pot with all-embracing tolerance of cultures and a fascinating metropolis blending dynamic fashion and graceful nostalgia

Travel in Shanghai, you can experience the elegance of old Shanghai by roaming along the Bund, feel the dynamic fashion by shopping in the Nanjing Road, as well as enjoy the romantic mood in mixed style of Shanghai and the west by seating in the Xintiandi. You can experience the folk atmosphere of bustling ancient town in Yu Garden as well as enjoy a bird’s eye view of modern Shanghai from the Oriental Pearl TV Tower. You can review the yesterday of Shanghai in Shanghai Museum as well as preview its tomorrow in Shanghai City-Planning Exhibition Hall. You can feel the magic power of science in the Shanghai Science and Technology Museum as well as experience the charm of arts in Shanghai Grand Theatre.

Shanghai Xin Tian Di
Located in the center of Shanghai City south of Huaihai Zhong Lu, Shanghai Xin Tian Di has become an urban tourist attraction that holds the historical and cultural legacies of the city. Shanghai Xin Tian Di is a fashionable pedestrian street composed of Shikumen and modern architecture style.

Shanghai Xin Tian Di is unique because of its concept of construction. 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.

The Development Concept of Shanghai Xin Tian Di

The Shikumen Building appeared in the mid-1800's, and is a product of Chinese and Western architecture styles. In the early 1900's, it was the residential buildings of Shanghai citizens. The building represents modern Shanghai history and culture. However, with the development of the city, the formerly glorious Shikumen gradually faded out the historical stage as it could no longer satisfy people's demands of residence. Thus, the idea of rebuilding Shikumen buildings was launched by the developer of Shanghai Xin Tian Di in 1997.

Zhujiajiao is an ancient town located at the bank of the Dianshan Lake in Qingpu District. The town, with a history of over 1,000 years, is the most well-preserved ancient town in Shanghai and has been known as Venice of Shanghai for its simple but attractive appearance typical of towns in the south part of China. In 1991, it was designated by the State Council as the Well-Known Chinese Cultural Town .

The ancient town is simple and tranquil, refined and elegant. Walking along the zigzag flagging or wondering among the narrow streets and lanes flanked with shops and stores, tourists feel as if they were in a simple but fresh wash painting: small bridges above giggling water, residence of the Ming and Qing styles, small dark-awning boats lying at anchor, sweeping willows swaying along riverbanks, and stone bridge spanning the Dianpu River like a beautiful rainbow.

Inside the town are rivers and bridges, giving tourists a sense of the ancient time. The Fangsheng Bridge, constructed in the reign of Wanli in the Ming Dynasty, is the biggest joint five-arch stone bridge in Shanghai. It is 70.8 meters in length and 5.8 meters in width. Exquisite in structure and beautiful in shape, it is the first of the ten scenic spots of Zhujiajiao.

Tian Zi Fang

Located at Taikang Lu, just outside of exit 1 of Dapuqiao metro station on line 9, Tianzifang has become a major tourist attraction in Shanghai. Renowned for its shikumen styled buildings that has been transformed and furnished into a tourist attraction the landmark embraces both historical and cultural aspects of 1900 Shanghai. Upon entering Tian Zi Fang, one will immediately notice that the antique walls are little short of deceptive. Inside the labyrinth of shikumen buildings are lined with modern bars, cafes, galleries, restaurants, art decor shops and even fashion boutiques

These days, many designers, fashionistas and expatriates are attracted to the quirkiness of the location. While many two storey cafes break out into terraces overlooking the rest of Taikang Lu, many wet clothes hanging on bamboo poles are also seen protruding from the balconies of neighboring townhouses. Tian Zi Fang draws many artists who are looking for ways to express their contemporary works of art, design and photography. The works of many famous painters such as Chen Yifei, Er Dongqiang and Wang Jiajun can be found here. It is also an ideal place to shop for quirky pieces of clothes from 'Pill Art' and unique items from Polaroid camera lens mugs to robotic clocks.

After shopping at well-known shops such as ArTea and Redstar, you can rest at a variety of European restaurants and bars. Although the menus are pricy in comparison to the average meal in Shanghai and the amount of food on the plate may not satisfy your appetite, it is perfect for both tourists and locals who want a taste of something Western. To top off the day, you may indulge in a cup of coffee or a slice of cheesecake at any outdoor cafe. Strolling along Tian Zi Fang is a truly relaxing way to spend a Saturday afternoon, for people who want to take a leisurely walk and for art fanatics who want to feast their eyes on the myriad of artworks on display at the attraction.

Shanghai Art Museum

Shanghai Art Museum, located in the former clubhouse building of the Shanghai Racing Field in the old Shanghai, is an art gallery for the public and the home of the Shanghai Biennial.

Originally built in 1956, the museum is well equipped and has certain impact on the modern art. It actively carries out the study both in theory and in art galleries focused on China's contemporary art history and offers optimum condition for storage, exhibition display, educational fair, foreign exchanges and other events. The special session Shanghai Biennale held once every two years is one of China's most important events and seminars, counting an international known featured project.

The museum is located in the former Shanghai Racing Field in the old Shanghai. The building represents the British-style in the 1930s. Extensive construction totally retains its original neo-classical characteristic exterior design and interior construction is put in practice in accordance with what the museum requires. From the angel of the design, the building inherits the European traditional type and stresses on the conspicuous modern fashion. The museum is undoubtedly an elegant and decent arts temple. When the audience enters the majestic hall, looks up to the imposing beams, goes upstairs touches casting bronze in the 1930s, looked through the artists' fine works, he will certainly take in the historical changes of old Shanghai and enjoy the attractive cultural charm.

Address: No.325, West Nanjing Road

The Leisure Street at Hengshan Road

The Leisure Street at Hengshan Road was first constructed in 1922. In the 1920s and 1930s there had been many buildings of European architectural styles. At present, Hengshan Road is flanked by luxurious parasol trees and dozens of entertainment sites, making the road a well-known entertainment and leisure street in Shanghai.

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