Shanghai: Neighborhoods

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Xintiandi and City Center

Xintiandi is Shanghai's showpiece restoration project. Reproduction shikumen (stone gate houses) contain expensive bars, restaurants, and chic boutiques. It's at its most magical on a warm night, when locals, expats, and visitors alike pull up a chair at one of the open-air restaurants and watch the world go by.

Another good people-watching spot is the area around People's Square, which has some magnificent examples of modern and historical architecture and a smattering of museums. The adjoining People's Park is a pleasant green space where it's possible to escape the clamor of the city for a while.

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