Old streets in Shanghai

10:14, November 16, 2010      

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In Shanghai, the largest most prosperous city in China, visitors are attracted by the dazzling tall buildings and varied nightlife. But the old Shanghai streets are also suggested for a walk, as they are the symbols of the flavor of old Shanghai, or the "Paris of the East", which was one of the most cosmopolitan cities in the 20th century.



Shanghai Xintiandi

Located in the south of Huaihai Zhong Road, the center of Shanghai, Shanghai Xintiandi is a fashionable shopping, eating and entertainment area combining historical and modern constructional features. This modern pedestrian street is composed of an area of reconstructed traditional Shikumen (stone gate) and modern architecture styles.

Shikumen is a historical architectonic unique to Shanghai. Built in the late 1900s, it was used to house Chinese people in the Western quarters. They were built neither quite Chinese nor Western. Over the years, it was badly deteriorated due to the lack of maintenance. Today, it maintains its old appearance. The original tiles and bricks are also preserved.

Transportation: take Metro Line 10 and get off at Xintiandi.
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