Watching People in Xintiandi

xintiandi Last night we went for a nice stroll and ended up in Xintiandi. For those who don’t know what Xintiandi is here is the answer,

“what is now Xintiandi was in the early 1900s the heart of the French Concession. When French expatriates from other provinces of China and from Vietnam came to Shanghai in search of its hedonistic lifestyle, they found accommodation in Xintiandi’s unique Shikumen (“stone gate”) houses. Now, seventy years down the track, the Xintiandi precinct has been fully restored to its former glory – with the addition of upmarket cafés, shops and restaurants that make a visit a total multi-sensory experience.”(source: Globaltravelwriters)

So you know now:) Like I said, we went there and it is was one of those place you start to feel like a tourist again. It’s packed with people, from expats, local Chinese and tour groups that wander in between guided by the unavoidable small red flag. We sat down at a bar whose name I have forgotten. Their prices I will remember as it was the first time I paid 85 Kuai anywhere in the world for a Guiness. For some diversion it’s not a bad place though.

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