Shanghai is a fantastic city with the harmony between the modern and tradition. When you stroll along the old street in the former French Concession, you will come across an interesting block in Huangpu District. It is surrounded by Sinan Rd, Taikang Rd, Ruijin 2ND Rd and Jianguo Middle Rd.
Tianzifang is a famous venue for the innovation industry in Shanghai. The small block homes to dozens of art studios, trendy stores, bars and restaurants which were renovated from the local typical Shikumen House. And visitors usually consider it as the Second Xintiandi. Compared with Xintiandi, Tianzifang is more bustling, comfortable and warmer. When you stroll along the alleys between the houses, you might be attracted by the trendy stores, themed restaurants or just the taste of coffee. You will not only experience the taste of old Shanghai, but also follow the fashion of art.
When the Shanghaiese refers to Tianzifang, people usually mention the famous artist Chen Yifei who firstly introduced Zhouzhuang and the tranquil water town in the South of Yangtze River to the world. Among all the artists in Tianzifang, Chen Yifei was one of the most famous. His art studio was the former residence of the workshop of Shanghai Food Machinery Factory. It opens from 9:30 to 17:00 pm. Basel Art Centre, with a function of exhibition, research, academic communication of art, is worthwhile for you to stop and appreciate it for a while. The exhibitions and seminars will be held at irregular period. The Teddy Theme Restaurant is one of the most popular restaurants in Tianzifang. You will feel like you are in a fairyland with the lovely Teddy Bear.
You can just sit down, have a cup of tea or coffee and experience the tranquil behind the noisy crowds and bustling world. And you may discover the real value of the block.