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Shanghai's Xintiandi is one of the city's most famous areas and is extremely popular with tourists. Xintiandi was initially built with the unique Shikumen architectural style characteristic of old Shanghai, but has now transformed into an international walking street famous for its commercial, entertainment and leisure, and cultural offerings.

6 ways Shanghai is different than the rest of China

Shikumen, Shanghai's indigenous alleyway residences, are stone buildings first built in the 1870s to accommodate the city's rapidly growing population.

Shikumen houses: Only in Shanghai. Beautiful old arched doorway homes that had European architectural influence. I saw way too many of these being knocked down weekly to make way for urban high-rise housing.