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Friday, April 15, 2016
Shanghai Tian Zi Fang
Tian Zi Fang is a warren of alleyways that run off of Taikung in the old
French Concession of Shanghai. It is similar to Nanluoguxiang in Beijing
in that commerce is used as a basis for architectural preservation. But
the vibe is a bit different. The alleyways of Tian Zi Fang are narrower
and higher; the surrounding buildings are at least two to three stories
high. The construction of a Beijing hutong is generally lower. Tian Zi
Fang serves as a sort of creative and bohemian center of Shanghai. In
Tian Zi Fang there are artists, especially painters, doing their thing.
Thus, it has an element of Beijing's 798 Art District with an active
creative-artistic energy, but not nearly as expansive and industrial as
that famous Beijing art space. There are many small shops, cafes, and
curious stores that hold all sorts of items of interest.
This section of Shanghai is fairly well preserved, given the explosion
of property development and building that has happened in the past