Xintiandi’s tagline is a bit confusing — “where yesterday and tomorrow meet in Shanghai today,” — but don’t let cryptic catchphrases turn you off. The notorious shopping mecca, located in Shanghai’s French Quarter, is a serious melting pot of styles and architectural time periods. It’s also home to 75% of the movie theaters, restaurants, galleries, and boutiques you’ll want to visit while in the “Paris of the East.”
The real cool factor here is old and new side by side; you know, “where yesterday and tomorrow meet in Shanghai today.” Hyper-modern glass buildings rub elbows with Shanghai’s traditional Shikumen residences — all coming together in the perfect place to stroll while you snap pics, nosh on snacks, and drop serious Yuan on local goods.
First meander through the more traditional, winding tunnels of brick that take you back in time. After that head to the South Block of Xintiandi where the modern goes into overdrive thanks to an incredible 25,000 square meter mall. If time allows hit up the artists and designers in the Tianzifang area of southwest Xintiandi.
Xintiandi is like a Chinese time capsule. Peel back each layer and you’ll learn more and more about the area’s history and the culture. What better way to learn about China than while shopping and snacking; snacking and shopping. There’s really no wrong way to do Xintiandi.