Shanghai's Notable Neighborhoods
Collected by Christy Campbell, AFAR Local Expert
Shanghai is a city where ancient and modern coexist, and old buildings take on new functions to become a one-of-a-kind attraction. Many notable neighborhoods offer delightful surprises both large and small, and can include markets, temples, Art Deco gems, refurbished historical areas and even a former abbatoir. Seeing these Shanghai neighborhoods on a Big Bus Tour is also another option, should you be pressed for time.
10 Shajing Rd, Hongkou Qu, Shanghai Shi, China, 200085
A former slaughterhouse, 1933 is an Art Deco landmark nestled in Hongkou. Repurposed as a "creative space," the building now houses a number of food and beverage outlets as well as shops and event spaces. Open Daily 8:30am-10pm
Huangpu, Shanghai, China, 200085
A veritable melting pot, Xintiandi is a restored area of old Shikumen-style houses. A classy upscale development, the area is full of shops, bars and restaurants boasting over a dozen different cuisines from around the world. At the South End...
653 Waima Rd, Huangpu Qu, Shanghai Shi, China, 200085
The Cool Docks is a restored grease factory sitting on the South Bund. Along with housing a number of restaurants and bars, the area is also used to host events, openings and shows and is home to the Eco Design Fair every April. Check out the link...
China, Shanghai Shi, Xuhui Qu, Shaanxi S Rd, 陕西南路550弄25-37号
A fully-integrated, eco-friendly community, Jiashan Market is a unique respite in a smog-laden city. An inclusive neighborhood, the area offers a handful of sustainably-built apartments, a few cafes, and a small selection of shops. With rooftop...
170 Anyuan Rd, Jing'an, China, 200060
The original Jade Buddha Temple was built in the late-19th century to house two jade Buddha statues brought from Burma by a monk named Hui Gen. They remain the principal attractions of the temple, especially the larger of the two, a seated Buddha...
870 Huaihai Middle Rd, HuaiHai Lu ZhongDuan, Huangpu Qu, Shanghai Shi, China, 200000
This Art Deco theater opened on January 1, 1932, with the American drama A Free Soul starring Norma Shearer. Once owned by Victor Sassoon, the theater was given "preservation status" in the 1990s as a city landmark. It currently houses three...
20 Nanjing E Rd, WaiTan, Huangpu Qu, Shanghai Shi, China, 200002
In a city packed with new construction, this art deco landmark has stood out as a fixture on the Huangpu River for more than eight decades. A favorite of visiting celebs and dignitaries, the hotel is divided into North and South buildings: The...
China, Shanghai Shi, Huangpu Qu, RenMin GuangChang, Nanjing W Rd, 325号5楼 邮政编码: 200003
Built in 1933, this building was constructed as the club house for the Shanghai Race Club race course which occupied the area that's now People's Park. The club itself was considered the most opulent in the world at the time. Since converted to...
China, Shanghai Shi, Huangpu Qu, 虎丘路146 邮政编码: 200000
Considered "an urban renaissance", this up-and-coming area in Shanghai is tucked a block off the Bund (right behind the Peninsula Hotel) and boasts charming cafes, high-end dining, the Rock Bund Art Museum and more. If you're looking for a scenic...
232 Anfu Rd, Xuhui Qu, Shanghai Shi, China, 200085
Anfu Road is always a good choice for a leisurely stroll, with specialty shops and cafes lining the street. Behind a small gate you'll find the Brut Cake showroom, where Taiwanese designer Nicole Teng's handmade products are on sale. From...
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