September 23rd. It was one year ago today that we all returned home after spending 3 months living in Shanghai, China. It was an adventure of a lifetime, and the most exotic place I have been to so far. I still think about this adventure often and hope to get the chance to return someday again. Today I have Re-posted 3 of my most favorite posts from my Ni Hao Shanghai Blog, a family blog we kept about what it was like to live in China. The fascinating Bike Culture, a visit to China’s tallest building, and Shopping at Tianzifang. China was an amazing experience for all of us and we will remember it forever.
Re-posted from Ni Hao Shanghai Blog of our adventures living in China in 2012.
GB enjoying a late night treat from the popsicle stand in Tianzifang.
One subway stop down the road from our apartment in Shanghai we have this amazing little tourist shopping stop called Tianzifang. In contrast to Shanghai’s large malls this place occupies a cluster of old style two level buildings connected by a maze of allyway streets. The building structures were built in the 1930’s for residential living and are hidden from the main city roads. Here you find a mix of tourist trinket shops, art gallery, boutiques fashion, trendy restaurants, coffee shops and bars. The place is packed by both tourists and locals both day and night. Shopping is the main focus of daytime activity, but around sunset some of the most unique looking restraints in the city open up and people pack the sidewalks along the allyway bars. We have now visited Tianzifang 4 times and only seen about half of its 200+ shops.
In the space above this little tiny store front we discovered a custom suit tailor.
A hat shop setup between two buildings and the entrance to a tea shop.
Map of Tianzifang shopping area.