Jing'an and Changing

Shanghai's glitziest malls are on or near the main street in this area, Nanjing Xi Lu. If you're into designer threads, luxury spas, or expensive brunches, you can satisfy your spending urges and max out your credit here. For those of a more spiritual bent, Jing'an Temple, which is as gilded as its surroundings, is one of Shanghai's largest temples and stands in sharp contrast to its materialistic neighbors. The small Jing'an Park across the street is popular with couples. North of the temple is an interesting network of back streets, filled with independent bars and restaurants. It's become the cheaper alternative to the Former French Concession, attracting creatives and young professionals. Sandwiched between Hongqiao, Gubei, and Jing’an is Changning District, which has a number of quiet, very local neighborhoods alongside commercial hubs. Similarly boasting cheaper rents alongside proximity and convenient transportation, East Changning District is quickly developing.

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