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Lost in Translation: Beyond First Impressions

Our first steps led us to the French Concession quarter situated in the west bank of the Huangpu River. We found ourselves walking in a wide street boarded with shopping centers, luxury hotels and modern buildings with flashy signs of prestigious brands such as Cartier, Louis Vuitton or Dolce & Gabbana. Once turning on our left (heading south), we discovered few calmer streets. Streets where modern-new meets older architecture : residential houses with clearly French influence, bars & restaurants (Asian and also European cuisine) installed in historical buildings and platanes as roadside trees. And the atmosphere ? Very international. There are tourists, of course. But it seemed especially to be a meeting spot for a lot of expatriates.

When mentioning places with international atmosphere, there is a charming one not to be forgotten – Tian Zi Fang. Still in the French Concession. It is a labyrinth of narrow alleyways known for small craft stores, cafes, restaurants, bistros, art galleries and trendy design studios. We spent here a lovely evening: admiring small shops with traditional handcrafts but also contemporary furniture, local designer clothes and photo galleries, enjoying our dinner while just watching people come and go … One of those nice moments that you keep in your memory forever. I am happy we didn’t miss this special and surprising Shanghai neighborhood.


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This entry was posted on April 27, 2012 by in Asia and tagged , , , , .
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