Exploring Tianzifang (How to go and what to expect)

My parents wanted to skip all the touristy things – The Bund, TV Tower/Pearl Tower since we already went here recently (like 2016 recent) so my mom suggested that we go somewhere “new” that’s has that “old place” feels and that’s how I stumbled upon blogs and sites that recommended Tianzifang.

Before we went to Tianzifang, we decided to have lunch at Dapuqiao station (which is the same station when you’ll go to Tianzifang) because the place is packed with small stalls and restaurants!!

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we followed the scent of beef
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so we decided to try it out!
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you’ll select the beef you want
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and they’ll cook it for you
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it comes with salad!
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my dad wanted to try yang’s dumpling so
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we got the 3 flavor variant
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OKAY LAST TIME I WAS IN SHANGHAI MY BEST FRIEND’S FIANCE TOLD US THE EGG TART IN KFC WAS THE BOMB AND IT WAS SO
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I BOUGHT EGG TARTS FOR MY PARENTS AND THEY AGREED IT WAS SOOOOOO GOOOOOD

 

How to go to Tianzifang:

Get down at Dapuqiao Station (Line 9, Exit 1)

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as soon as you head out, just walk until the end of Starbucks
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and when you look towards your left you’ll see exit 2 already!

What you can expect in Tianzifang:

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you’ll see this as soon as you enter exit 2! This is how you write Tianzifang in Chinese
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There are a lot of alleys
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and bigger streets
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that will lead you to shops and small places to eat
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you can buy from souveniers
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to tourist shirts
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and touristy things
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to fancier items like clothing
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more clothing
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but the best discovery was
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THIS MAN WHO MADE THIS PAINTING (WHICH I BOUGHT BTW) USING HIS PINKY FINGER (THIS WAS ON DISPLAY AND HE TOLD ME HE MADE THIS IN HOURS LIKE I THINK 2-4 HOURS???!!!)
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HE ALSO MADE ME A SMALLER VERSION ON THE SPOT
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THE LEFT ONE WAS THE ONE HE DID AND I TOOK A VIDEO AND I CAN’T WAIT TO SHOW YOU A GLIMPSE ON MY TRAVEL FILM
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HE SAID THAT HIS FAMILY IS THE ONLY ONE WHO COULD DO IT! (YOU CAN FIND HIM NEAR EXIT 3)
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HE WAS ALSO FEATURED ON THE NEWSPAPER
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AND THIS WAS THE ONE THAT I ACTUALLY GOT! (MY PARENTS ALSO BOUGHT QUITE A NUMBER OF HIS PAINTING! MY DAD ALSO NOTICED THAT WHENEVER I’M IN CHINA I TEND TO BUY UNIQUE ART PIECES THAT IS SO HARD TO MAKE/FROM SOMEONE WITH A SUPER RARE TALENT)
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there is also like a bigger part of Tianzifang
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where you can buy a lot of food
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and more food
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*pause food photos because the alley was too pretty!*
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THERE WAS ALSO AORI RAMEN (AKA. BIGBANG’S SEUNGRI OWNS THIS RAMEN! ANYONE WHO KNOWS ME KNOWS I AM CRAZY FOR BIGBANG)
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I wanted to try Aori in Shanghai but I felt like it would be better if I try it in Seoul!
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more shops
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THERE WAS A CAFE FOR HUSBANDS HAHAHAHAHA
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SUPER CUTE SIMPLE AND THIN JEWELRY!
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my mom spent hours inside Blan Bunny
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they specialize in tea and teacups
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Chinese people loooves tea
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and they are SO GOOD AT MAKING PORCELAIN PRODUCTS
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THERE WAS A LOT TO CHOOSE FROM
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AND THE SPOONS WERE SO CUTE
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EVERYTHING WAS HAND MADE BY THE OWNER!! DEFINITELY A MUST VISIT STORE WHILE YOU’RE IN SHANGHAI AND YOU’RE AT TIANZIFANG
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there are also bars for you to drink
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and famous street foods
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around Shanghai for you to try
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Map of the place! You’d definitely would need a whole day if you want to explore and enjoy the place

all photos taken using an iPhone

Tianzifang is also one of my MOST RECOMMENDED place to visit in Shanghai if you like locally made products ❤️️

💚, R


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