Please note there is cat in the apartment so this is unsuitable for anyone with cat allergies!
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.
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 and some deco furniture, 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 as there is a table and chairs.
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.
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 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.
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.
Public Stairs ( 1st fl - 2nd fl)
1/ This space is shared with the neighbors, please NEVER keep the stair lights on after you walk through the public stair case in the evenings. To make it simple, I will provide you a flash light for you to light up the stairs if you come back home after dark, alternatively turn on the red buttons & please DO NOT FORGET TO turn them off afterwards in the next level .
2/ Please be as quiet as possible while walking up the stairs, our neighbors sleep early and also sleep a siesta & are noise sensitive.
3/ Please make sure the cat is not following you outside of the apartment before you leave the apartment main door.
4/ at night, please make sure the cat is not locked outside on the roof terrace before you close the windows and doors opening towards the roof terrace.
Also, please do not be noisy in the roof terrace during the night.
5/ ALL toilet paper has to be thrown to the TRASH BIN in the bathroom.
6/ after you press down the flush handle to flush, please click that handle up to the normal position, otherwise the water will keep running through the tank.
6/ Feel free to prepare your own food and drinking water;
7/ Please wash the dishes and clean up the kitchen after you use it;
8/ please take your garbage to the trash collection at the front gate on Yuyuan Road.
THANKS & WISH YOU A NICE STAY!
great stay. It's a quiet and clean apt with friendly neighborhood, and the subway station Jiangsu Road is about 2mins walk away. Such a super location! The host MR.Zhao is a perfect host.he is very warm and helpful,and his cat is sooooo cute! I'd love to come back again when i visit Shanghai next time.
Best place I have ever been.The house is the reconstruction of old (website hidden) is located in the lively old street near the subway, but in the house you will feel very quite.The space in the house is very interesting.The style of the house combined old Shanghai and modern art (website hidden) Zhao is very nice and he paint a brochure and provide many choices to experience.I will choose the house again if I travel to Shanghai next time.
Great location, lovely old Shanghainese neighborhood and it's close to some really good local restaurants, massage center, cafes and park. Bus and subway stations are less than 5 minutes walk, you can also get the No.2 subway line that goes to airport or train station.
Special thanks to Mr Zhao for taking up my last minute booking. I had a bad experience with my previous host in Shanghai and was not able to book a new room due to problems with Airbnb ID verification process ( In China, Gmail and Google access are blocked, if you are a foreigner using gmail to log into your Airbnb account, you'll have trouble access to Gmail ,Google+ or Facebook when asked to provide online ID verification during booking). Mr Zhao was kind enough to take me in and let me complete the online booking with his VPN access to gmail.
The room was clean and well-lighted, decorated with fresh tulips, has a nice view to the terrace garden. The host also provide a map with detailed tips on where to eat, drink and explore in the neighborhood.
I enjoyed my stay very much and I highly recommend this place to anyone who is looking for a cozy place with 5 star hospitality.
Yue was a lovely host. He picked us up from the metro and helped us with our luggage. He provided us with a great map with lots of great food and entertainment in the area. The room is cosy, warm and private and the location is really convenient. I would be happy to recommend this for anyone who is after a great experience in Shanghai.
Yue is so friendly and his home is well located. I will definitely stay in Yue's apartment again next time!
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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 is a general guide for my neighborhood, I will be happy to advise you if you have specific interests.