Tian Zi Fang
You can do one of your evenings in this locality called the French Concession. It’s the older constructions of Shanghai and a little scouting can help you discover some eclectic places. As far as food is concerned, the vegetarians (not the kattar vegetarians) can find some spice on the streetside BBQ stalls, which offer Potato (toudu – for pronunciation), tofu, and some more veggies as 2-3 RMB at stick. It has a lot of garlic flavor to satiate your urge for chatpata food.Further up there are street vendors, who prepare noodles, with your choice of toppings, so ask them to go for plain water while boiling your noodles and put that extra serving of spicy red seasoning, which is found at every table of a Chinese restaurant.
It is the most talked about street in Beijing among foreigners. Well, I guess that`s why I see a lot of foreigners here. Wangfujing is famous for its food street. Along this street you will find many stall selling all kinds of food. Even some weird weird food items you don't usually find. Tips: It gets cheaper as you walk further.
West Nanjing Road
There is also the Nanjing Street, which finds its way right on top of the list of must-dos in Shanghai. The street is divided in two parts the East Nanjing and the West Nanjing Street. East Nanjing is like your walking street in pattaya, minus the fact that instead of gogo-bars there are branded shops on both the sides of this extremely lit up street. The street does not allow vehicles, so the best deal here is to take that metro, get off at People’s Square station and follow the herd (for once) to get to the East Nanjing Street. This one is an only pedestrian street, where vehicles aren’t allowed and it’s a long long walk. So put on those comfy shoes and get into the bustling, multi hued and pulsating East Nanjing Street. There is this particular mango drink which everyone buys when they enter the street, because it looks so enticing and promising, but you can totally skip that one. The walk can be extremely hectic on a Chinese Holiday, so do your research well before you go. It requires several fleets of cops to manage the crowd and act as a signal while walking in that street to prevent a stampede.There isn’t much to do except click pictures and soak in the lights of the street, unless you’re looking for some brand-buying. The street ends at the Bund, where you will find fancy hotels with amazing rooftops, where you could perch yourself to unwind after the excessive walking.The West Nanjing Street is the quieter one and has some branded stores and restaurants scattered, unlike the chock-a-block East Nanjing Street. For more shopping at the big huge malls with chic brands, get off at the Xuijahui metro station, and right outside there are 3-4 huge malls, all posing diagonally opposite each other, whereas your street shopping can happen at the Science Exhibition Center metro station.
798 Art Zone
This is one of the most famous places that has successfully attracted many artists, poets and painters over the years whether Chinese or from other parts of the world. It is also known as Dashanzi Art District and is 18 km away from the first stop. It is one of the biggest and celebrated art area in Beijing. The area has its roots in the abandoned factory buildings. The art area of 798 can trace back to 2003, when an abandoned factory was rented to a freelance painter, who opened his own art gallery. 798 refer to the name of the factory. The spacious site is a welcome for art galleries and ambitious projects. It goes without saying that 798 has become a hub of contemporary art in modern Beijing. It is a well suited area for art galleries. A walk down the area will help you see the preserved appearance of old factories, rusty steel construction or abandoned site. It is like reliving the past of 798 factory in the old city of Beijing. Today this place holds top quality exhibitions, quaint museums, cafes, cinema screening films most days. It is perfect example of upholding traditions in a modern city. The rustic charm that it endorses truly made it one of my favourite places in the city.
Songzhuang Art Community
I then went to Songzhuang art colony which is I have a complete bias for. It is located in Tongzhou District and is the most famous and biggest artist community in Beijing. Painters, sculptors, performing artists, musicians, composers, writers, photographers, name it and you will meet them all in this single colony. It is in true sense home to about thousand artists. It used to be a laid back quite town but has today managed to emerge as the most sought after centre in China’s contemporary art scene. A tranquil place where all dreamers live next to each other! If you are looking for an environment blessed for deep inner contemplation then Songzhuang is what you are looking for. It is the best place to meet the artists, learn some of their struggles and stories of great achievements. You can begin your trip with a visit to the Artists Reception Center on Xiaopu Jie at the village square or to the Songzhuang Art Museum off Xiaopu Jie in northern Songzhuang.