If you read any of the travel guidebooks you’ll know that the Xin Tian Di Shanghai district is highly recommended for this prosperous city. Full of architectural history and fitting of the modern day shopping lifestyle it is a big draw.
For those struggling to say the name think of it like most words in Chinese. You break them down into syllables so if you want to go to the Xintiandi Shanghai then you need to pronounce it as three words – Xin Tian Di (pronounce as Shin Tian Di).
The big appeal of Xin Tian Di Shanghai
In terms of any Shanghai what to see list then this location really stands out from its surroundings since it was built in the style of 1870s traditional buildings. This is reflective of the French concession area and the influence of foreign nationals in the city over time. Little wonder it attracts so many foreign nationals making it one of the most popular tourist attractions of Shanghai.
The area was run down but thankfully transformed at the turn of the 21st century by architect Benjamin T Wood and the Nikken Sekkai company of Japan. The project had an initial budget of around $150 million and the first stage was completed in mid-2001.
In Xin Tian Di Shanghai the building style is known as Shikumen. A shikumen residence is a 2 floor structure with a stone gate frame and wooden doors. This style was very prevalent in early 20th century Shanghai and China. However, as you will notice in China, many old structures are pulled down and replaced with modern ones. Hence, the Shanghai Xintiandi district stands out for being different to the rest of the city.
As well as the architectural delights of this relatively compact area, it is a real social hub. The area covers around 128 acres and consists of two blocks of buildings.
It is now full of lots of eateries, galleries, novelty shops, bars and coffee shops. Even Starbucks has been a long term resident here although that hardly reflects authentic Chinese culture.
Cuisine on offer in Xin Tin Di includes American, Brazilian, British, French, German, Italian and Japanese.
On my more recent visits I discovered the recently built Xintiandi Style shopping centre located in the South Block (opened September 2010). It is fair to say this is more reflective of modern style buildings as opposed to the 20th century North Block.
This shopping centre has a range of high name brands plus an international cineplex. There’s even a karaoke bar if you are so inclined.
Visiting the Xin Tian Di Shanghai district can be an expensive affair depending upon when you go. Midday during the week is when you’ll find reasonably priced meal deals. Come the evening and you’ll soon realise that this area is for the more affluent.
Here are some more of the things I found whilst exploring the delightful Xin Tian Di:-
I always thought Go Ape were UK focused.
Getting to Xin Tian Di Shanghai
Xin Tian Di is located in the heart of Shanghai, just south of the Huaihai Zhong Lu. (In China the word “Lu” is used for road.)
Taxi drivers will know the district when you ask for it, or alternatively ask your hotel to help you when booking your taxi.
The Shanghai Xintiandi district is also easy to access via the Shanghai Metro system. You will find it on line 10.
Alternatively, you can access Xin Tian Di via metro line 1. Come off at South Huangpi Rd. Take exit number 3 and go south down Huangpi Road.
There are many other great places to visit in Shanghai so why not plan your trip now?
Have you ever been to Xin Tian Di in Shanghai? If so leave me a comment and let me know what you liked about the place.