Lazy Morning at Shanghai’s Xin Tian Di

July 25, 2011 in China, Travel by pacejmiller

It was our last day in Shanghai and we decided to check out the so-called ‘hippest part of town’, known as Xin Tian Di (or Xintiandi).  It’s a pedestrian-only area filled with stone houses, narrow alleys and plenty of chic restaurants, shops and cafes.  Reminds me a little of a substantially more upmarket Ximending (from Taiwan).

At night, Xin Tian Di supposedly comes to life and it’s where all the youngsters go to hang out.  However, with no more evenings in Shanghai, we visited on this rainy morning, where it was relatively serene and filled with mostly tourists.

We walked around a little, took some happy snaps and bought a couple of souvenirs in the gift stores.  Even though we didn’t spend much time there it was interesting to see how rapidly Shanghai was developing.  With all the bars and restaurants there (some of them looked absolutely sensational) I imagine it would be crazy there after dusk.

For more information visit the official website, which contains just about everything you would need, including maps and directions and lists of available stores (split into restaurant, culture, fashion, lifestyle and service).

Here are some random photos (I’ve always wanted to try the ‘gallery’ format).