Best things to do in Tianzifang, Shanghai

Tianzifang is an art and cultural district transformed from the old Shikumen Residences (longtang houses). Tianzifang is known as "the most artistic town in China". In 2005, Tianzifang became one of the first 18 creative industry parks in Shanghai.

Tianzifang has always been a popular tourist attraction. The reason why Tianzifang is popular with tourists is due to its unique cultural atmosphere. In Tianzifang, tourists can not only buy creative works of art but also all kinds of cool new gadgets.

Shikumen building in Tianzifang
Shikumen building in Tianzifang | Things to do in Shanghai, China, Asia

There are more than 20 types of Shikumen architecture in Tianzifang

Tianzifang covers an area of 72,000 square meters, and its core area is about 30,000 square meters. The core area of Tianzifang includes Lane 210 Taikang Road, Lane 248 Taikang Road, and Lane 274 Taikang Road.

Taikang Road, built around 1926, is a road built after the third expansion of the former French Concession in 1914, running east-west and less than 500 meters long.

The shape of the Tianzifang block was basically formed in the 1930s of the 20th century. The architectural styles here are rich, including typical Jiangnan village houses, as well as new-style lanes, old-style Shikumen lanes, garden houses, apartments, and many small factory buildings with a long history.

Tianzifang is a representative of Haipai culture (Shanghai style)

Tianzifang is the business card of Shanghai, which has attracted tourists from home and abroad for more than 20 years.

Tian Zifang's name comes from the famous artist Huang Yongyu (1924-2023). Tianzifang used to be the center of small factories, but later artists took a fancy to it.

From the mid-to-late 1990s and the early 21st century, artists such as Chinese classic-style painter Chen Yifei (1946-2005) and Paper-cutting artist Li Shoubai (1962-) have established their own studios in Tianzifang.

A large number of old factories and old houses have gradually been built into painter's studios, design studios, photography studios, craft shops, boutiques, bars, restaurants, cafes, etc.

Best art galleries and art and craft shops in Tianzifang

Tianzifang was converted from the unique Shikumen building complex in Shanghai and is a creative work base for many artists.

Chen Yifei Art Studio

In 1998, painter Chen Yifei's studio settled in Tianzifang. His oil painting "Warm Spring" was sold at auction for RMB 150 million yuan (US$22 million). On April 10, 2005, Mr. Chen Yifei died. There are also reproductions of Chen Yifei's works in the studio.

Shoubai Art Center

On the display cases in the store, many artistic and creative works of great design are displayed.

What to eat and drink in Tianzifang?

In Tianzifang Alley, in addition to creative shops, galleries, and photo exhibitions, there are many cafes, restaurants, snacks, and bars.

Tianzifang is a "food street" for tourists. In this easily lost alley, various delicacies are hidden.

There are various food flavors at restaurants here, including Japanese cuisine, Indian cuisine, Thai cuisine, Indonesian cuisine, Italian cuisine, American cuisine, Shanghai local cuisine, and more.

Best China art galleries in Shanghai Tianzifang

Tianzifang address: Lane 210, Taikang Road, Huangpu District, Shanghai, China, Asia

There are three main entrances to Tianzifang from Taikang Road, namely Lane 210 Taikang Road, Lane 248 Taikang Road, and Lane 274 Taikang Road.

Tickets, fares, and route maps for Tianzifang in Shanghai

Shanghai Tianzifang is a free tourist attraction. You can enter this place for free and admire the unique cultural atmosphere and architectural style here.

Shanghai Tianzifang Opening hours: Open all day. The stores are open from 10:00-22:00, and the bars will close later.

How to get to and around Tianzifang in Shanghai

Visitors can choose from subway, bus, taxi and other ways to get to Tianzifang.

The nearest subway station is Dapuqiao Station of Metro Line 9. It is about a 15-minute walk from Exit 1.

Taxi, directly tell the driver to go to Shanghai Tianzifang can.

Nearby attractions and top-Rated tourist attractions in Shanghai

Visitors can choose from subway, bus, taxi and other ways to get to Tianzifang.

Xintiandi, located near Tianzifang, is another famous Shikumen building block in Shanghai.

Yu Garden is not far from Tianzifang. It is an ancient architectural complex with Shanghai characteristics.

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