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Tian Zi Fang

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Former French Concession
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Address: NO. 210 Taikang Road, Shanghai 200025, China
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Phone Number: 021-54657531
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Arts and crafts area with cafes

This area is the arts area of the city with many small shops selling various arts and crafts. There was a gallery with pictures by Ren Weiyin, a Shanghainese artist who passed... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

This area is the arts area of the city with many small shops selling various arts and crafts. There was a gallery with pictures by Ren Weiyin, a Shanghainese artist who passed away in 1994, but painted in the Impressionist style with Chinese influences. Fascinating if you are interesting in the Impressionist style. Another interesting shop was of an artist... More 

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We had free time on a Saturday so I took some business colleagues to some local SH attractions. Tian Zi Fang never disappoints. The small corridors only enhance the experience. A combination of artists creations, restaurants and boutique shops, the area has much to offer to take in local culture and make some purchases. You can see some artists create... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

One of my favorite places to go in the city while I was living there, especially wonderful at night when all the lights are on. Plenty of shops if you're into that but my favorite part was the selection of restaurants. So much to choose from you could spend all day here.

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Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Really awesome place to spend an afternoon looking into the shops or just chilling out at the cafes. Big place with many alleys so do dedicate some time to it.

Thank Kate A
Hong Kong, China
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I was able to pick up some bargains here as well as some very nice items at a higher price. There is a wide variety of shops that sell: clothes, shoes, art, ceramics, jewellery, shoes, souvenirs, etc. There are also interesting little restaurants to get lunch or a snack. It is very easy to find your way around here. It... More 

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harrisburg, pa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

If you like small shops with a wide variety of goods, this is the place for you. You will find low price tourist goods as well as high priced luxury items. Narrow pedestrian only streets laid out like a maze. Have fun. There are plenty of restaurants to refresh.

Thank jerry k
Lienz, Austria
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I show this place to every friend who visits me. Everybody was surprised and got excited. You will find a lot of small shops with handcrafts.

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Shanghai, China
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The first times I visit tianzifang was great. Small streets with food and gifts. Next to the entrance there is a small vegetables and meat market. After several times it looses it's "fun". Also because it gets more modern and the shops are repeating with the things or food they sell. You can bargain with the sellers. There ate some... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you are interested in how it looked like "before" that area became redesigned, just walk along Jianguo Middle Rd to West Rd and try to take a look through some open door, window or whatsoever. Quite interesting, how luxery and poverty still are side by side, I promise!

Thank tiggerle
Shanghai, China
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Yes a must see for tourists and locals alike. Endless small alleys with a varied assortment of retail, bars and restaurants. Reasonable prices, tons of charm and local feelings. Crowded bustly masses here

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Former French Concession
While there are technical borders to the area formerly governed by the French in Shanghai, the "French Concession" of today is an amorphous neighborhood that is a favorite of the city's foreign residents. While it is mostly within the Xuhui district, residents will sometimes include parts of Jing'an and Luwan in their mental maps of the Former French Concession. The area seems frozen in time, characterized by quiet, tree-lined avenues, French-style villas, interesting boutiques, lively bars and quaint cafes that are not typical of China. All of these mix and mingle with local life as Chinese markets and lanehouse communities are peppered throughout. Denizens of the Former French Concession can spectate a mahjong game on the street or get their bike checked at a tiny bike repair store on the way to their refurbished apartment tucked away among Chinese family homes.