Shanghai, containing a population exceeding twenty three million, is the biggest and most developed city in the People’s Republic of China. Over the past two decades Shanghai has quickly become one of the most widely visited cities in China, receiving thousands of tourists annually. The cityscape is a delightful blend of modern and historical architecture. Shanghai is split by the Huangpu River, with Puxi, the older region, situated west of the river, and Pudong located east of the river, housing the more modern buildings. There are quite a few tourist attractions to visit; top among them are the Yuyuan Gardens, the Shanghai Temple, the Pearl Tower, and Tian Zi Fang.
Art lovers in Shanghai should definitely visit Tian Zi Fang, a centre for art and culture located in the midst of a residential area in the French Concession part of Shanghai (after China lost the First Opium War in 1842 eight countries were granted concessions in Shanghai including France), the region now considered as downtown Shanghai. Tian Zi Fang consists of a labyrinthine network of streets and alleyways, and houses over two hundred small businesses such as cafes, restaurants, craft stores, studios, French bistros, design houses and art galleries.
Tian Zi Fang was not always the trendy place it is now. In the 1950s it was a typical industrial area. It was only in 2000 that the area was developed into an art zone. The neighbourhood houses some of the finest art galleries, studios and boutiques in the city and is sometimes referred to as the Creative Art Park. This is the best place in all of Shanghai to enjoy local and international paintings and photographs. It is located along Lane 210, Taikang Road. The best time to visit is late in the afternoon or at night, and visitors should plan to spend at least half a day. One can get there either by bus or train.
Tourists visiting Shanghai for the first time will be surprised by how easy it is to get around. The city has excellent public transport and one can also find plenty of good residences in Shanghai. Those looking for lodgings can try 89 Xintiandi Shanghai which is an ideal place to stay at. This Shanghai boutique hotel is located in the heart of the city and gives guests convenient access to a plethora of tourist attractions.
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