Things to do in our neighborhood – Walks, Jogging, and Shopping
While you are staying with us, don’t forget to walk around our neighborhood! This west French Concession area is one of the nicest old residential area, where houses and mansions from the early 1900′s of various styles line the streets. If you are a runner, the smaller streets also afford pleasant, tree-lined paths.
For Early Birds
Morning Tai Chi in the park – Take advantage of your jetlag and show up at the Xiang Yang Park or JingAn Park around 7am to watch and join the numerous groups practicing tai chi. Just follow what the leader does — and pay attention to your breathing!
Morning street activities – Go to corner of ChangLe Rd and XiangYang Rd and you will see a row of breakfast shops selling steamed buns, soybean milk, savory pastries, and noodles. There might not be any signs in English but you can order by pointing at what others are having. Try the steamed buns – they come in meat, vegetable, or sweet bean paste varieties. Going south on Wulumuqi M Rd past Wuyuan Rd, you can also find a row of lively fruit/veggie/seafood shops as well as many local snack shops.
Jogging or stroll- Go on the smaller streets such as Anfu Rd, Wuyuan Rd, Wukang Rd, and Hunan Rd in the south-west direction from our B&B to avoid car traffic. Try to go before 8:30am as the car traffic becomes busy after that. Weekends are pleasant all day.
XinLe Rd boutiques – On the short stretch of XinLe Rd, you can find tiny clothing shops carrying name brand knock-offs mixed in with some original designs. The prices are not as negotiable although small discounts are possible.
Home decor shops on Dong Ping Rd – Modern design items with Chinese elements can be found in the shops that cluster on Dong Ping Rd near Hengshan Rd. Some of the good places to check out are Lapis Lazuli, Simply Life, and Zen Life. You can pick up some tea cups, linens, or display pieces.
Julu Rd/Fumin Rd – You’ll find little shops selling paper lanterns, loose-leaf teas and teaware, cashmere sweaters, and ceramics. Also check out Madam Mao’s Dowry for some Mao-inspired souvenirs.
Fuxing West Rd- On Fuxin W. Rd to the west of Wulumuqi M Rd, you can also find boutique shops dotting the street all the way toward Huashan Rd. Here’s walking tour for that section of Fuxing W Rd on about.com here. Stroll along Anfu Rd, Wuyuan Rd, Yongfu Rd, and Wukang Rd, and you will find more pleasant surprises.