Xintiandi (新天地 – New Heaven and Earth) is a rather cosmopolitan area of Shanghai with restored shikumen (“stone gate”) houses which facade some of the town’s most upper crust cafe’s, restaurants, bars, and shops.
It’s a cool place to hang out, especially in summer with the various outdoor eating and drinking options. While the area has been restored beautifully, its a celebration of the architecture of yesteryear mixed with Starbucks. That’s not to say its not worth visiting. However, if you are after old houses that people still live in, then you may want to look elsewhere around town.
If you live in Shanghai, no doubt you already know all of this. If you’re looking to visit Shanghai, whack Xintiandi on the itinerary for your trip.
What: Xintiandi (Chinese: 新天地; pinyin: xīn tiān dì)
Where: Taicang Lu, Xintiandi is a good place to start. From Shanghai Metro Line 1 get off at South Huangpi Road station and walk south on South Huangpi Road or Madang Road.
How Much: Nothing to walk around, bring your wallet to at and drink, or visit the First Conference of the Communist Party of China.