Xintiandi - a combination of Eastern & Western culture in Shanghai
Last Update: 8th October 2020
As a fusion of Chinese and Western cultures, Shanghai Xintiandi is an attraction with Shanghai’s historical and cultural characteristics. Shanghai Xintiandi is based on the old building area of Shikumen in Shanghai. The old houses at Shikumen have been transformed into up-to-date restaurants, theaters, boutique shops and entertainment centers, etc. There, you can experience the modern life together with the retro atmosphere.
Xintiandi Fast Facts
- Chinese Name: Shanghai Xintiandi (上海新天地)
- Area: 3 x Hectares
- Things to do there: Photography, Shopping, Shanghai History, Architecture, Leisure
- Who visits: Photographers, Shopping Lovers , Chinese History and Culture Lovers
- Time required: 3 – 4 x Hours
What to expect at Xintiandi
Located at the heart of Shanghai and based on the unique Shikumen building in Shanghai, Xintiandi is a leisure pedestrian street integrating catering, business, entertainment and culture. There, you will find a combination of the traditional Shikumen buildings with modern building.
When walking around Xintiandi, you will feel that you are back into the Shanghai in the 1920s. You will find the Baroque façade of the buildings. While you enter the houses, you will be amazed at the modern decorations and styles. The European-style fireplace and sofa stand close to the Oriental Eight Immortals Table and the Taishi Chair in the house. Western restaurants, bars, cafes and the teahouses and the Chinese restaurants are harmoniously matched. In some shops, you can admire the modern oil paintings on the wall and the old-fashioned record player whixh shows the owner’s cultural taste. Outside the door is a Shikumen alley with various styles while inside is a completely modern lifestyle. You can meet your stomach and your shopping desire at Xintiandi alongside the nostalgia thinking.
Many fashion shows were regularly held at Xintiandi. In addition, you can enjoy art activities there if lucky enough.
Best time to visit Xintiandi
If you are planning to visit Xintiandi for photography purposes, the best time to visit is in the evening.
The best months to visit Xintiandi are from March to November.
How to get to Xintiandi
There are a few buses passing Xintiandi. Therefore, there are a few options.
- Rent a vehicle to the temple. This is the quickest and most direct option.
- Take Bus 911, 926 and Bus 42 to the Stop of Huangpi South Road (黄陂南路站).
- Take Metro Line 10 and Line 13 to the Stop of Xintiandi (新天地站).
Additional Xintiandi Travel Advice
- Opening hours: 24 hours
- Admission fee: free
- Please take care of your values at Xintiandi as there are many tourists there.