Classic lane apt near Jingan & FFC

Apartment - Private room · Yuyuan Road, Shanghai, Shanghai, China
Yue
Your host, Yue
18 Reviews
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Response time: within an hour

The Space

The room:
Bright, clean and quiet room with choice of either twin beds or king-sized double bed (the beds can be joined together or separated) and with large window facing the very green roof terrace & with door leading directly to the bathroom.
The bedroom also has a table and a small cabinet.

The apartment:
This is a historic 2 bedroom lane house apartment and is about 90 Sqm. It is decorated in a mostly Shanghai/Chinese style, with art works and vintage pieces in every division, including rooms.

The apartment's divisions are: an entrance, a corridor, a kitchen, a bathroom, a living room with a classic fireplace, 2 bedrooms, a roof terrace and a veranda.
The green & lovely roof terrace was designed by an artist and is very much like a hanging garden as there are many trees and plants. It has a nice view over elegant 1920s buildings and the neighbor’s greenery. You could have your meals there if you wish.
The kitchen is well-equipped and has a gas stove, a microwave, a fridge, a small electric oven, a kettle etc.
The bathroom is spacious and has a bathtub and a hair-dryer, so you can enjoy a bath.

The apartment has fast WIFI connection.

Fresh bed sheets and bath towels are provided.

A cleaning lady comes twice weekly to keep the place clean & I also clean on a daily basis.

Guest Access

Guests have access to all areas and are welcome to use all amenities, including washing machine, iron, ironing board etc free of charge.

Interaction with Guests

You will be sharing the apartment with a sweet cat and myself, a friendly architect and artist.

I will be happy to offer advice on where to go and eat, transportation and help translate if necessary.

If I am around I pick up the guests at the subway when they first arrive (or arrange for a neighbor to open the door for them if I am not).

Upon arrival, I will also provide you with a map I designed of the neighborhood with suggestions for restaurants and nice walks nearby.
Please check my profile for more suggestions as to what to do in my neighborhood.

The Neighborhood

The apartment is situated in a quiet and lovely, historic lane (typical Shanghainese neighborhood) with lots of local color off leafy and beautiful Yuyuan road, within the former International Settlement (the former joint British-American Concession) between Jing’an Temple and Zhongshan Park.

This is a historic Shanghainese neighborhood with lots of character and feels like the former French Concession, but is not as gentrified or foreign, most residents are local Shanghainese leading a local life-style.

Yuyuan road is lined with tall plane trees and most buildings are historic lane apartments or classical villas with gardens dating back to Golden Age 20s Shanghai.
In my particular lane neighborhood famous writers and actors used to live here in the 30s.

Nearby are many excelente restaurants, both local (the best rated Shanghainese restaurant is just across the street in a historic villa) and foreign, as well as cafés and all kinds of shops, a Chinese-style teahouse, a swimming pool, massage parlours etc.

There are big department stores, big supermarkets (Carrefour) etc in nearby Zhongshan Park or Jing'an Temple (Sogo).
Zhongshan park is a big, pretty historic park nearby.

Getting around

This is a central location!
It takes less than 5 mins walking to the Jiangsu Road subway station, which is served by lines 2 and 11 (1 stop to Jing'an Temple, 3 stops to People's Square, 4 to Nanjing East Road and the Bund).
Line 2 also connects both airports, which is very convenient as you don't have to change lines.
It's about 15 mins walking either to Jing'an Temple or the Former French Concession (1 stop by subway on line 11)!
There are also trolley-buses going to the Bund area and French concession, which is nice for sight-seeing since the bus passes through interesting, historic streets.!
It's also a short stroll to pretty Zhongshan Park and Suzhou River.

Other Things to Note

Perfect for visitors who want to experience a taste of old Shanghai and the typical, authentic Shanghainese lane way of life that dates back to Golden Age Shanghai and is unique to this great city at an affordable price (renovated lane apartments are among the most expensive on the market)!
If you like to experience the local way of life, this will be a good choice.
At the same time, from the terrace you will be able to see some of the skyscrapers of Jing’an and Nanjing West Road (modern Shanghai) in the distance.

Room type: Private room
Bed type: Real Bed
Accommodates: 2
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 1
Extra people: $10 / night after the first guest
Minimum Stay: 2 nights
Weekly Price: $252 /week
Monthly Price: $950 /month
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Cancellation: Moderate
Pet Owner: Cat(s)
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  • Really enjoyed meeting Yue and learning about the history of the neighborhood. He has designed his own brochure showing points of interest, which I am keeping for future trips. Yue was a conscientious host, looking up a Turkish restaurant without being asked when we mentioned our interest. The apartment was more than suitably clean, much cleaner than most hotels I've stayed in China. I heartily recommend this host and his space.

    June 2014
    Yue
    Response from Yue:

    Thanks Kathleen for staying here and for your good review.You are welcome again anytime!

    June 2014
  • Yue's place is an oasis of calm in the hectic buzzing of Shanhai. The flat is cmall but lovely, the neighborhood is interesting for everyone who experience normal day to day Shanghai life and Yue is an unobtrusive, but very helpful host! I enjoyed the time a lot and extended my stay twice.

    May 2014
  • I had a great time at Yue's. This is my first time in China and it helped a great deal to have someone like Yue sharing his insights into everyday little things like the local markets, nice restaurants, walks, the swimming pool (which I'm yet to visit) and a lot more. The room is very nice and comfortable. You wake up to birdsong and the sounds of the people starting their days. I did make good use of the terrace, which is a treat during spring and summer.

    May 2014
  • We had a great stay at Yue's place. Communication was easy and we really appreciated all the tips he gave us regarding Shanghai and the rest of our trip. It's very helpful to stay with someone who speaks Chinese and good English. He also provided us with his self-designed map/neighbourhood guide with some good recommendations.

    As for the apartment we found it nice, clean, and well situated. It was nice to stay in an authentic neighbourhood. It was also good to have access to the lovely terrace and kitchen. The bed was big and very comfortable (which is not always the case in China). The room is however a bit on the small side for 2 people and the walls are a bit thin (just sth to consider) We definitely recommend Yue's place! thanks Yue!

    April 2014
  • Nous avons passé 4 nuits dans cet appartement, bien situé, prés de la station Jiangsu road de la ligne 2 (ligne reliant les 2 aéroports et de nombreux sites intéressants).
    Quartier traditionnel.
    Yue est un hôte très sympathique.
    Une très bonne expérience.
    I recommend this address.

    April 2014
  • Staying at Yue's apartment was like having a home in Shanghai. The house is cosy and comfortable and Yue is a great host. He even printed a map with some restaurants, cafes and interesting things to see in the apartment area.
    The location is very convenient since it´s only 10 min walking to Jing'an Temple and is very close to the subway. Near the apartment you can find nice bakeries, local chinese restaurants and two Starbucks just around the corner.
    I would definitely recommend staying here.
    Thank you for all the hospitality and help, Yue.
    Cheers
    Vitor

    April 2014
  • My partner and I stayed three nights with Yue and Catarina, and their cat Ming Ming. The apartment, while small, was comfortable and conveniently located. We were out most the time exploring, but enjoyed the nightly conversations we had with the both of them. Yue and Catarina also provided good recommendations and were super responsive to our queries and needs during, and prior to the trip. We highly recommend this place if you are looking for authenticity, and at the same time would like the pleasure of the company of well-travelled, English speaking local hosts. (Catarina's putonghua does put mine to shame.)

    March 2014
  • Yue and Catarina were great hosts, super friendly and easy going. It was my first time doing AirB&B in Shanghai and I am glad I've chosen this lovely authentic place. I loved it and next time I am in Shanghai, I will certainly try to stay there again.

    March 2014
  • It was a great stay ;) The apartment is pretty and quite in the old Longtang . It's also in a very convenient neighborhood . The host Yue , his girlfriend and the roommates are all very nice . The only thing is i think the wide angle photo makes the room looks very big , I hope there is information of the bedroom rather than only the whole (website hidden): I hope the cat hair can be cleaned more in time ,hah , although i know it's quite difficult …and it's a very shy and cute cat , got upset when the owners left .. But anyway , it is a wonderful place to stay , i recommend it ;)

    January 2014
    Yue
    Response from Yue:

    Thanks so much for staying here and I am glad you had a good experience, it was a pleasure to meet you, even though it was brief.

    The wide angle photos were taken by the airbnb photographer so we can post airbnb verified photography, they do make the room look a bit bigger, and we would like to have some new pics taken but the photographer can only come once. However, we will add some of are own to better reflect the dimension.

    The cleaning daily comes twice a week to take care of the apartment, in between we also clean but since it was Chinese New Year and she went back to her hometown and we ourselves left Shanghai to travel, cat hair may accumulate a bit since cats naturally shed hair. Sorry about that!

    Best wishes in settling down in Shanghai!

    January 2014
  • Yue is very friendly, kind and helpful during my stay. He came to meet me at the train station to help me with my luggage. His apartment is centrally located and well decorated. I love how my room is bathed in natural light in the morning and feels cosy at night. Both Yue and his cat Ming Ming made me feel very welcome. It's the perfect place to stay in Shanghai.

    January 2014
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Born in China, I later studied and worked in the US. I am an architect and also do art, mostly painting. I love art and architecture, painting, visiting galleries and museums, cooking, swimming and travelling. I am very familiar with Shanghai and can recommend nice areas, shops, restaurants, cafes, bars as well as help in translating from or to Chinese if necessary. I also have several guide books on Shanghai and China you are welcome to have a look at. Nice things to do in my neighborhood: You could start the day by having breakfast in the terrace while enjoying a view over this typical, lively Shanghainese lane neighborhood and observing the many activities of its inhabitants. Lane neighborhoods (lilong or longtang) are Shanghai’s typical architecture, usually just 3 storeys high, they were built in a hybrid style combining Chinese and foreign features, in the early 20th century. You will also hear the neighborhood sounds, like people collecting old items or selling, the neighbor’s melodic, singing parrot and so on. From the veranda, however, you may observe the messenger pigeons the neighbors raise flying in a group circling the neighborhood at regular intervals during the day. You could go for a swim at the inexpensive but nice and bright indoor swimming pool just across the street (it faces a row of bamboos) or you might want to do one of the following walks: To get to Zhongshan Park: you will walk along Yuyuan Road, which is one of the nicest streets in Shanghai and used to be one of the most fashionable place to live back in the 30s, it is lined with plane trees and historical buildings, some of them are elegant villas with gardens where political figures and the wealthy used to live. This area feels like the forrmer French concession but is not as gentrified or foreign, most people here are locals. This district used to be part of the former British Concession, which later joined with the American concession to form the International Settlement. Some parts of the International Settlement are very much like the French Concession in terms of architecture and layout, this is the case of Yuyuan Road. In Zhongshan Park, you can enjoy the typical Chinese park, some people dance or sing karaoke, others exercise, practice taichi or fly kites, you can also go boating or maybe have a picnic. If not, you can walk to Cloud 9 shopping mall where you have excellent restaurants and shops, from a very popular Korean barbecue restaurant to Japanese yakitori or all kinds of Chinese regional cuisines, such as Beijing duck. You may also want to get some groceries in Carrefour or along the way in the small shops. To Jing'an Temple: alternatively you may want to walk Yuyuan Road to Jingan Temple and Nanjing West Road (about 15 mins), again this side of the street is lined with pretty historic lane apartments. Jingan Temple is a historic temple in Shanghai, Nanjing West Road is a modern area with high towers and skyscrapers and has high end and not so high end shops, offices and malls, but also cafes, bars and a park with a small, cute Chinese garden, the back streets are filled with pretty lanes. After exploring that bustling area you can take the subway to People's Square (from here just 1 stop, where you have museums, the Barbarossa bar & park) or Nanjing East Road and the Bund. You can also walk to Suzhou River (about 10 mins away) and jog, bike or walk along the river, there is a big flower and bird market you can visit and walking along the river you can eventually get to M50, a former factory converted into an art area filled with galleries or if you are a resistant walker you could even get to the Bund by following the river. Another walk is to go to the French Concession, you will be walking Jiangsu Road to the South or can walk to Zhenning road or Urumqi Road and then walk along these streets to the South (that means turning right on those streets). In terms of restaurants and food, there is a Shanghainese restaurant that serves delicious food in a historical villa with a garden just across the street, other luxurious Shanghainese restaurants line the street (the same owner and one rates as among the best in Shanghai) or if on a budget you can try the nice vegetarian restaurant near the subway, or one of the original restaurants to try xiaolongbao or shengjian, typical Shanghainese snacks, there is also a restaurant with Xinjiang cuisine and freshly baked bread and many, many more great restaurants. You are also welcome to use the kitchen here. In the late afternoon or evening, you may want to try a massage, there are several places nearby but it's also possible for an additional fee to call the masseur to come home and give the massage here. You may also want to try one of the music clubs around here. In short, the apartment is pretty central, just within walking distance of Jing'an Temple, one of the most happening areas in Shanghai. This (email hidden) for my neighborhood, I will be happy to advise you if you have specific interests.
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