Modern apartment in stylish Shanghai complex

Modern apartment in stylish Shanghai complex

Sheryl

 

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1 Bedrooms
Sleeps 2
1 Bathrooms

About our home

What I like best about my apartment is that it's bright, modern, clean and is superbly located. Situated in the Jing An neighbourhood, it's a 10 minute walk to the bustling Nanjing West Road and Jing An Temple. It's south-facing which means it's cool in summer and warm in winter, and always light. It's on the 27th floor of a modern high-rise in a wonderful tree-lined area of Shanghai, in the former International Concession area.

The apartment is around 96m2, perfect for a couple or solo traveller. The reason it's not suitable for kids is because it is so high up (you'd need to watch them the whole time), but this does mean there are good views of the amazing architecture in this part of Shanghai and that it's bright and relatively quiet being so far from street level. There is one bedroom with a king-size bed. There's wifi throughout the apartment.

There's central airconditioning (which you can control) for Shanghai's hot summers and underfloor heating for the cold winters. The kitchen is fully equipped with modern appliances including a (small) dishwasher, microwave, oven, gas cooker/ stove top and combination washing machine and tumble dryer.

The modest balcony is filled with plants; two wicker chairs make this is a lovely place to sip a cup of tea in the morning or a sundowner in the evening. The living and dining areas are open-plan. The bathroom has a large shower and is located close to the main bedroom.

A cleaner comes in twice a week and will make sure that there's enough drinking water ordered in (tap water not potable in China) and will also clean and change sheets. If you'd like ironing done, you can pay her to help with this - or there is a laundry service and dry-cleaner's not far away.

The apartment itself is in a secure building with 24-hour guards at the gates downstairs. There is a mix of local Shanghainese people and expatriates living in the building.

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More about us

  1. I'm a single expatriate living and working in Shanghai. Although my career has taken me to many different places around the world, I have lived in Shanghai for many years. I'm an education professional and in my current job, I travel a lot both for work and pleasure, so I'm open to both simultaneous and non-simultaneous exchanges. I love living in Shanghai, but it's always good to have a change and I find I appreciate my life in Shanghai more if I contrast this with time spent somewhere totally different from time-to-time.
    I am a non-smoker, vegetarian and am clean and tidy. It's important for me that I leave your home the way I found it and would appreciate it if you do likewise!
    Shanghai is a super-safe city and wonderful to explore on foot or by bicycle. My apartment is perfect for a couple or solo traveller and the location is right in the middle of the city!

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Where is it?

Neighbourhood

My apartment is in the former International Concession, very close to Jing An Temple and the major shopping street of Nanjing West Road. The area has tree-lined streets and a mixture of modern high-rises and low-rise buildings from the early 1900s, some of which are heritage protected. It's a wonderful area to explore by foot - there are lovely leafy lanes and interesting alleyways where there's a mix of local people who have lived here for decades still hanging washing out of their windows on long bamboo poles and more gentrified shops and restaurants; you can find anything... Michelin star gourmet cuisine to cheap hole-in-the-wall noodle stalls and absolutely everything in between. There are lots of cafes with outdoor seating just a 15-minute walk away. I usually advise visitors to just walk with a map and my home address written in Chinese - whenever they get tired of wandering around the area, it's simple (and cheap) enough to get a taxi back.
There are lots of shared bikes around and Shanghai is a great place to cycle - flat, with bicycle lanes that are, for the most part, respected by cars (but you do need to keep your wits about you). Download Mobike or Alipay apps to access the bikes which you scan with your phone to unlock.
There are some really interesting art-deco buildings around this area and the whole of Shanghai.
Shopping in the area is plentiful, with Chinese supermarkets just around the corner, and some of Shanghai's biggest shopping malls 10 minutes' walk down the road and plenty of small shops and local markets in close proximity.
To go further afield, there are several metro stops close by (Jing An Temple Station is the closest). Shanghai is relatively easy to get around with modern, efficient and cheap public transport or relatively inexpensive taxis - all you need to do is arm yourself with the addresses of where you want to go (freely available on the internet) and it's pretty straightforward. Signposting is in Chinese as well as Romanised lettering or English. You're advised to wear head protection when cycling although most locals rarely do. Liberal use of the bicycle bell is recommended so that everyone knows you're coming, but otherwise just hop on and go with the flow.
In the direct vicinity, there's a variety of things to do that are in easy walking distance: the large sculpture park and natural history museum, jazz clubs, excellent restaurants, art, theatre, live music, swimming pools, shopping (markets, boutiques, department stores) and, most importantly, street life. Shanghai is a very safe city and it's extremely rewarding just walking around seeing how people live - especially in the summer months when life tends to spill out onto the street. The former French Concession area is about 20 minutes' walk away or a short taxi or bus ride.
It's easy to get from Shanghai to other cities in China, either by train or flight. The high-speed trains (fastest in the world) are excellent and reasonably priced, and the cities of Hangzhou and Suzhou are close by. Beijing is a mere 4 hours and 18 minutes away by high-speed train (a 2-hour flight).

Buzzy restaurants
Urbn hotel, Mr Willis, Wagas, Husk, lots of small Chinese restaurants nearby.
Cool bars
Sometimes it's enough to simpy walk around the streets of Shanghai but if you're into clubbing, fine dining, pubs, local food, live music, theatre, jazz clubs, there's plenty around the city and the neighbourhood.
Cozy cafés
Wagas on Jiaozhou Road
Retail therapy
Where not to go shopping!!! Shanghai is a mecca for shopping lovers. There are malls nearby and one of the city's main shopping streets - Nanjing West Road - is a short walk away.
Bit of culture
This used to be the International Concession, governed by the US, Britian and Russia in the early 1900s. Some of the architecture from that period has been heritage protected, so there's still a lot of history in the neighbourhood.
Walks in the park
I cycle or walk all the way down to the river. If you choose some of the small treelined streets, it's a great experience and the life of Shanghai's residents spills out onto the streets. Or, walk up to the Suzhou Creek and follow it all the way down to the Bund and the area where it meets the Huangpu River - full of art museums and high-end hotels.
Spot of exercise
I do yoga at Pure Yoga which is in Plaza 66. Fabulous yoga studio.
Day tripping
Suzhou, Hangzhou, one of the many water towns nearby

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