Xin Tian Di (Xintiandi) is a sleekly restored area of Shanghai, where the more successful of the city's young come to play. It's also a popular strolling area for tourists, who like to check out the 19th century architecture.
The district abounds in shikumen, stone houses that were a popular residential form in the late 19th century and early 20th century city. When the districts that contained these houses were being razed, developers stepped in to save and restore this area.
Today the shikumen house galleries, bookshops, antique stores, upmarket boutiques, bars and restaurants. It's particularly ironic that this Westernized playground should be cheek-by-jowl with the Site of the First Conference of the Communist Party of China.
My friend and l really enjoyed the show and never ceased to be amazed. You are so captivated by the performance that the show is over before you know it. I have been to a number of these shows before but still appreciated every moment. The motorcycle act at the end of the show had to be seen to be believed. Amazing! At the end of the show, the tour takes you for a short trip to the French Concession (Xintiandi). We had already been there so that part of the tour was a bit dull. We probably could have just booked the acrobat show ourselves and made our own way there.
This was a really good show and the tour guide was really nice and helpful. Instead of finishing up at Xintiandi, we did this first which was a little disappointing as we would have loved the opportunity to be able to try the cuisine and night life there instead of being sent back to the hotel straight after the show but the show itself was fabulous! Highly recommended.
Review by Jean F, January 2011
Doing what: Best of Shanghai Day Tour including Jade Buddha Temple and The Bund
Xin Tian Di is a pedestrianized area in the center of the city. You can reach it by taking Line 1 of the Subway to South Huangpu station.