Shanghai neighborhoods

Shanghai today is a cosmopolitan city mixing tradition and modernity. The city is changing very fast although its neighborhoods have a historic touch attached to them.

The city consists mainly of 9 districts, including 5 which are tourist attractions:

Jing’An, 静安区


One of the most famous districts of Shanghai. Best known for its temple established in the year of 1216. Jing’an is the smallest district, but also the most densely populated. It is also the most popular neighborhood of expatriates. It is therefore difficult to rent an apartment here, unless going through specialized agencies such as

You can also visit the Jade Buddha Temple. Built not so long ago, in 1882, it houses two jade Buddha statues imported from Burma. It is still inhabited by monks today.

Useful info :

–         Jing’an Temple : 1686 Nanjing West Rd, Jing’an(南京西路1686 近华山)
–       The Jade Buddha Temple: 170 Anyuan Rd, Jing’an ,open from 8 am to 4:30 pm
–       Cozyrent Real Estate Agency : 319 Changde Road – Office 1801, Jing’an



This area is the result of the merger with the District Nanshi and former Huangpu in 2000 as well as the district of Luwan in 2011. This is the area to visit during your trip to Shanghai. You can walk on the Bund and admire the view of Pudong and its skyscrapers, of which 2 are among the highest in the world: “The Shanghai Tower” and “The Shanghai World Financial Center.” Recently you can also find old docks at a place called “The Cool Docks”, sheds and warehouses decommissioned and redeveloped into clubs, beaches, galleries …

More in the center, you can walk on the famous “Nanjing Dong lu” shopping street. This street has the reputation of Being the biggest street market in China.

The Huangpu District is also home to the famous Shanghai Museum across from City Hall. Enjoy it,  there is no entrance fee.

Finally, do not miss the famous Yuyan garden. Established in 1559, it was destroyed and rebuilt several times because of various wars and conflicts. This is the most beautiful garden in China’s economic capital.

Useful info :
–       The Bund : Zhongshan East 1st Rd, Huangpu
–       Nanjing Dong Lu : Nanjing Road Pedestrian St, Huangpu
–       Old cool dock :  653 Waima Rd, 黄浦区
–        Jardin Yuyan : 218 Anren St, Huangpu
–        Museum of Shanghai : 201 Renmin Ave, Huangpu

Hongkou, 虹口区

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIf you go through the Hongkou, you can go see the stadium. It hosted the final of the FIFA Women’s World Cup in 2007 and can accommodate up to 31,000 people.

You prefer shopping? You can also stroll through the huge mall of Hongkou Plaza.

Useful info :
–       Football Stadium : 444 E Jiangwan Rd, Hongkou
–       Hongkou Plaza : No. 388 Xi Jiang Wan Road, Hongkou District

Yangpu, 杨浦区

20090425_Shanghai_Yangpu_Bridge_4880In the district of Yangpu, you can cross the bridge that leads to Pudong. A design that will remind you of the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco.

This district is better known for its universities. The most famous there are: Fudan University, Tongji University …

Useful info :
–       The Yangpu Bridge : Inner Ring Elevated Rd, Yangpu
–       Université de Tongji : 四平路1239
–       Université de Fudan : 220 Handan Rd, Yangpu


Pudong 浦东新区 


pudongPudong is the largest business center of Shanghai. Best known is the Lujiazui district. This area has grown in just over a decade. Previously there were only rice fields and sheds on these grounds.

 Useful info :
–       The pearl of the Orient :  1 Century Ave, Pudong
–       Shanghai World Financial Center : 100 Century Ave, Pudong


Finally, if you do not have the spirit of a tourist, rather if you are really looking for experiences and adventures, you can visit other neighborhoods and try to talk with the locals:
–       Changning, 长宁区
–       Putuo, 普陀区
–       Xuhui, 徐汇区
–       Zhabei, 闸北区

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I am living in China since 2007. I am sharing my experiences for other expatriates to make their stay in Beijing more enjoyable. As I am writing this blog for SCOUT Real Estate agency, I am also computing updates about the Real Estate market in Beijing, not only on residential properties, but as well on commercial locals and offices. Hope you enjoy your reading!