A hip district where people come to shop, dine and socialize.
This is urban development as it should be — restorative, respectful and fun. Formerly a tenement-like neighborhood, this district is fashioned around (and in) a collection of pretty stone Shikumen houses — an architectural style found only in Shanghai. Gone is the laundry hanging from the windows; now boutiques, cafés, restaurants and clubs vie for the title of hippest locale.
American designers have done dynamic things inside these buildings, and the maze of walk streets is lively and picturesque. You can dine on French, Italian, Cuban and more, as well as visit the First National Congress of the Communist Party of China — the birthplace (now a kitschy museum) of the Communist party, this structure anchors the district. And no, the irony is not lost on us.
Photo by JakeLM