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  2. Social Media: TikTok
  3. Concert review: GLAMS at Dolhuis Dordrecht
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  5. Busan: A City Which Offers Everything From Beaches To Temples
  6. Empress Wu
  7. Game review: Taiko no Tatsujin: Drum ‘n’ Fun!
  8. Review: Hallyucon
  9. Concert review: Crossfaith at Patronaat
  10. Concert Review: BTS at Amsterdam Ziggodome
  11. Interview: LOVEBITES
  12. Changgyeonggung: A Story Of Overcoming Disaster
  13. Band: TwinkleStar- 闪星乐队
  14. Review: AVO J-music Festival 2018
  15. Korean Skincare; The Way To Amazing Skin?
  16. Drama: Meteor Garden
  17. Concert review: Kamijo in Amsterdam
  18. Concert Review: Music Bank in Berlin
  19. HipHop: Higher Brothers
  20. Album: Ex_Machina – CROSSFAITH
  21. Moon festival
  22. Band: LOVEBITES
  23. Chinese Traditional clothing
  24. Double Concertreview: NECRONOMIDOL
  25. Restaurant: Kimchi House – Den Haag with +20 years KPOP fans
  26. Review: Wish
  27. Toreba: a new way to play crane games!
  28. The city of sea and sake: Niigata
  29. Book: The White Book
  30. Restaurant Review: Daikan – Izakaya Bar
  31. Artist: Busters (버스터즈)
  32. Restaurant: Mr Chow – Schiedam x2
  33. Cheki: the addiction in Japan
  34. CASS Strictly Kpop #8
  35. Artist: Hanggai
  36. Crossfaith in Amsterdam
  37. The Nation´s MC: Yoo Jae Suk
  38. Produce 101 China
  39. Crossfaith (interview)
  40. Special: BTS ARMY (interview)
  41. Food: Ramen
  42. Artist: Jackson Wang
  43. Special: BTSXARMY
  44. SPECIAL: BTS
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  46. Shanghai Natural History Museum
  47. 10 years of SHINee
  48. Drama review: Erased
  49. Movie: Once Upon a Time
  50. Review: Doshirakfever Subscriptionbox
  51. Artist: Miyavi
  52. Hotel: EA Springs Nanjing
  53. 10 Korean Proverbs
  54. What you need to know about Ni no Kuni 2
  55. Restaurant: Kommune Shanghai
  56. Quality K-indie rock music: Say Sue Me
  57. Restaurant: Takumi revisited
  58. Taikang Lu – Tianzifang
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  60. TV: Terrace House Series: Opening new doors
  61. Restaurant Review: Oriental Express
  62. Restaurant Review: Kimchi Boulevard
  63. Religion in Japan
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  71. Restaurant Review: Seoul Sista
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  75. Drama Review: Last Friend
  76. Valentine’s day in China
  77. 12 Days of Love in Korea
  78. Valentine’s day in Korea
  79. Valentine’s day in Japan
  80. Terracotta Army
  81. Beauty in Korea
  82. Review: Sapporo – Japan’s oldest beer brand
  83. Chinese New Year
  84. UPDATED Artist: HOLLAND
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  86. Cat Cafe
  87. Religion in China
  88. Movie Review: A Werewolf Boy
  89. Review: Asahi Dry Beer
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  91. Review: Kaomoji
  92. Chopsticks
  93. Drama Review: Save Me
  94. LGBT in Japan
  95. Artist: Zhao Lei
  96. The power of BB Cream
  97. Band: ONE OK ROCK
  98. LGBT in China
  99. Drama Review: The Sound Of Your Heart
  100. Review: Kirin Ichiban
  101. Rental bikes
  102. Drama Review: Strong Woman Do Bong Soon
  103. Movie Review: Before We Vanish
  104. Neko Neko Nii Maid Café: Halloween Pop up event
  105. The Three Sovereigns
  106. LGTB in South Korea
  107. Japanese street food
  108. Shanghai Disney Resort (Halloween)
  109. Mumun Pottery
  110. Boygroup: SF9
  111. Shanghai Comic convention 2017
  112. Izanagi & Izanami
  113. 8 Creepy Chinese Legends
  114. F.T.Island Live [X] Concert in Amsterdam
  115. Movie Review: Alice: Boy From Wonderland
  116. Movie Review: Ichi the Killer
  117. Movie Review: The Precipice Game
  118. 10 Creepy Korean Legends
  119. Movie Review: The house of the disappeared
  120. Halloween in Japan
  121. 10 Creepy Japanese Legends
  122. Halloween in China
  123. Halloween in Korea
  124. Social Media in China? No!
  125. G-Dragon’s World tour Act lll Motte Concert in Amsterdam
  126. Camera Japan Festival
  127. Movie Review: Noise
  128. Heungbu and Nolbu
  129. Konpeitō
  130. Yellow River Valley Civilization
  131. Chinese Street Food
  132. Restaurant Review: Takumi Dusseldorf – Rotterdam
  133. Restaurant review: Set Noodle & Hotpot – Maid cafe edition
  134. Jeulmun Pottery
  135. Boyband: NEWS
  136. Recipe: Sesame Cold noodles
  137. Wild KARD World Tour Lisbon
  138. Recipe: Noodles with a twist
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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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Now
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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