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  13. Double Concertreview: NECRONOMIDOL
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  2. Band: TwinkleStar- 闪星乐队
  3. Review: AVO J-music Festival 2018
  4. Korean Skincare; The Way To Amazing Skin?
  5. Drama: Meteor Garden
  6. Concert review: Kamijo in Amsterdam
  7. Concert Review: Music Bank in Berlin
  8. HipHop: Higher Brothers
  9. Album: Ex_Machina – CROSSFAITH
  10. Moon festival
  11. Band: LOVEBITES
  12. Chinese Traditional clothing
  13. Double Concertreview: NECRONOMIDOL
  14. Restaurant: Kimchi House – Den Haag with +20 years KPOP fans
  15. Review: Wish
  16. Toreba: a new way to play crane games!
  17. The city of sea and sake: Niigata
  18. Book: The White Book
  19. Restaurant Review: Daikan – Izakaya Bar
  20. Artist: Busters (버스터즈)
  21. Restaurant: Mr Chow – Schiedam x2
  22. Cheki: the addiction in Japan
  23. CASS Strictly Kpop #8
  24. Artist: Hanggai
  25. Crossfaith in Amsterdam
  26. The Nation´s MC: Yoo Jae Suk
  27. Produce 101 China
  28. Crossfaith (interview)
  29. Special: BTS ARMY (interview)
  30. Food: Ramen
  31. Artist: Jackson Wang
  32. Special: BTSXARMY
  33. SPECIAL: BTS
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  35. Shanghai Natural History Museum
  36. 10 years of SHINee
  37. Drama review: Erased
  38. Movie: Once Upon a Time
  39. Review: Doshirakfever Subscriptionbox
  40. Artist: Miyavi
  41. Hotel: EA Springs Nanjing
  42. 10 Korean Proverbs
  43. What you need to know about Ni no Kuni 2
  44. Restaurant: Kommune Shanghai
  45. Quality K-indie rock music: Say Sue Me
  46. Restaurant: Takumi revisited
  47. Taikang Lu – Tianzifang
  48. Movie Review: Hide and Never Seek
  49. TV: Terrace House Series: Opening new doors
  50. Restaurant Review: Oriental Express
  51. Restaurant Review: Kimchi Boulevard
  52. Religion in Japan
  53. C-Pop
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  55. CinemAsia Amsterdam
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  57. Boygroup: GOT7
  58. Artist: BABYMETAL
  59. Online shopping in China
  60. Restaurant Review: Seoul Sista
  61. Review: Doki Doki Japan Crate
  62. Jinjiang actionpark Shanghai
  63. Boygroup: Day6
  64. Drama Review: Last Friend
  65. Valentine’s day in China
  66. 12 Days of Love in Korea
  67. Valentine’s day in Korea
  68. Valentine’s day in Japan
  69. Terracotta Army
  70. Beauty in Korea
  71. Review: Sapporo – Japan’s oldest beer brand
  72. Chinese New Year
  73. UPDATED Artist: HOLLAND
  74. Review: Snackfever subscription
  75. Cat Cafe
  76. Religion in China
  77. Movie Review: A Werewolf Boy
  78. Review: Asahi Dry Beer
  79. ONE OK ROCK in Amsterdam
  80. Review: Kaomoji
  81. Chopsticks
  82. Drama Review: Save Me
  83. LGBT in Japan
  84. Artist: Zhao Lei
  85. The power of BB Cream
  86. Band: ONE OK ROCK
  87. LGBT in China
  88. Drama Review: The Sound Of Your Heart
  89. Review: Kirin Ichiban
  90. Rental bikes
  91. Drama Review: Strong Woman Do Bong Soon
  92. Movie Review: Before We Vanish
  93. Neko Neko Nii Maid Café: Halloween Pop up event
  94. The Three Sovereigns
  95. LGTB in South Korea
  96. Japanese street food
  97. Shanghai Disney Resort (Halloween)
  98. Mumun Pottery
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  100. Shanghai Comic convention 2017
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  107. 10 Creepy Korean Legends
  108. Movie Review: The house of the disappeared
  109. Halloween in Japan
  110. 10 Creepy Japanese Legends
  111. Halloween in China
  112. Halloween in Korea
  113. Social Media in China? No!
  114. G-Dragon’s World tour Act lll Motte Concert in Amsterdam
  115. Camera Japan Festival
  116. Movie Review: Noise
  117. Heungbu and Nolbu
  118. Konpeitō
  119. Yellow River Valley Civilization
  120. Chinese Street Food
  121. Restaurant Review: Takumi Dusseldorf – Rotterdam
  122. Restaurant review: Set Noodle & Hotpot – Maid cafe edition
  123. Jeulmun Pottery
  124. Boyband: NEWS
  125. Recipe: Sesame Cold noodles
  126. Wild KARD World Tour Lisbon
  127. Recipe: Noodles with a twist
  128. Movie Review: 10 Promises to my dog
  129. Review: Hite
  130. The Rising Sun Flag
  131. Movie Review: Ode to my father
  132. Drama review: Hwarang
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Located in Shanghai 420 meter long Taikang Lu has since grown to be called Tianzi Fang. A winding little neighbourhood filled with artist shops, small restaurants, gift shops and a small museum in a touristic spot for both foreigners as Chinese. Having been their on one of the busier days when I was barely shuffling to get to the next shop, I went over and over again afterwards on not so busy days and during my 2017 trip we came back and walked those so familiar streets.

The make up of Tianzi Fang is Shikumen and small factories. Shikumen literally means stone doors. Shikumen are alleys of houses architecturally built as a mix of traditionally Shanghainese and western style houses. First build in 1860 and when they reached their height of popularity almost 9000 Shikumen buildings were built in Shanghai. These days Shikumen are more rare as most Shanghainese have moved into large apartment buildings. But the same type of close knit neighbourhoods are still around in Shanghai, hidden between tall buildings usually inhabited by lesser wealthy people.

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Usually Shikumen are two or three story structures distinguished by high brick walls and build directly next to each other in straight alleys. The entrance to each house is usually marked by a stylistic stone arch. Usually there would a courtyard within house like traditional Chinese houses. Though the houses were so small.

The first houses were built out of wood since a lot of migrant laborers from surrounding provinces came to work in Shanghai. In 1853 after a rebellion more migrants and refugees came into Shanghai. Property developers had to build large numbers of residential buildings for a low price but also quick to build. Within 10 months over 800 of these buildings were build. However since they were built out of wood they tended to catch fire rather quickly they were banned by the Authorities. Using a traditional technique of a wooden frame and bricks Shikumen were created.

This caused the rent to go up and quickly caught popularity throughout Shanghai. By the 1910s they were building bigger versions of the same style buildings, more elaborate decorations and finally better sanitary equipment.

Tianzi Fang
The neighborhood centres on a block of Shikumen residential development dating from 1933. The shikumen complex was named “Zhicheng Fang”, where “Zhicheng” meant “realisation of ambition” while “Fang” meant “neighbourhood” and was a common suffix for shikumen estates. Today’s Tianzi Fang precinct covers not only the former Zhicheng Fang, but also other adjoining houses, apartments and industrial buildings of various styles. Located near the eastern end of the Zhaojiabang canal and the southern edge of the Shanghai French Concession, Zhicheng Fang remained an ordinary residential neighbourhood until the last quarter of the 20th century, when the cheap rent but convenient location attracted artists to set up studios there.

In 1998, the formerly busy wet market on Taikang Road was moved indoors. In 2001, the precinct was redesignated an artistic and creative quarter, drawing on its former popularity with artists. At the same time, the whole precinct was given the name “Tianzi Fang”, a pun on Tian Zifang, a figure from the Warring States period and often referred to as China’s earliest recorded artist. In 2006 it was slated for demolition to make way for redevelopment. Opposition among local business owners and residents, as well as a famous artist Chen Yifei who had a studio in Tianzi fang, in addition to a group submitted a proposal to the local government to preserve the Taikang Road area and its traditional architecture and ambience.

Rezoning of Tianzi Fang into a tourist precinct began in 2005/2006 with nearby art schools and studios, and later small international business owners found out about Tianzi Fang through the local grapevine. Its development began very slowly with local merchants, a New Zealand store, Japanese restaurants, and a tea house setting up in the district. From the beginning of 2007, journalists, visitors and local residents began to visit the area and spread the word about a cosy little lane district that housed some interesting and creative businesses. Additional articles in both local and foreign media such as the New York Times helped increase awareness of this older and unusual community, that stood out among the more modern and commercial shopping areas of Shanghai.

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Tianzifang has become a tourist attraction and has more than 200 diverse small businesses such as cafes, bars, restaurants, art galleries, craft stores, design houses and studios, and even French bistros. Located right across from it is one of the largest shopping malls in Shanghai and around the outside of the complex streets there are a lot of Korean food stalls and korean fashion. Located close to Dapuqiao station it is easy to access.

Despite all the businesses selling trendy craft and some foreign goods, the area does not have the look of having been overly beautified – electricity cables are still strung overhead, and air conditioning units are obvious on the outside of the buildings, in that it has managed to preserve its residential feel, adding to its appeal.

If you like hopping a couple of bars or spend some time shopping for really touristic items like fridge magnets of Shanghai this is the place to go. Everything is a little more expensive of course due to it being such a tourist place but the atmosphere is always very welcoming.

 

If you want to know more about this place; maybe check this video of DTHAI94 on YouTube!

 

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