Add:168 Fangbang Rd M, near Guangqi Rd
The shopping complex -- in architectural harmony with its historic surroundings -- features restaurants and watering holes and shops selling apparel, handicrafts, antiques and souvenirs. Retailers are carefully selected for their tasteful Asian elements.
Architectural elements of the Ming (1368-1644) and Qing (1644-1911) dynasties are combined in the 10,000-square-meter space and plaza. At first it appears like a classic Chinese garden.
The five-story complex has three stories above ground and two below. The three-story part is about the same as that of the old buildings around it. Traditional dark red and white paint is used, though modern materials replace traditional wood framework. A imposing stone dragon bridge greets visitors. At night the lights on the bridge and man-made mist make the garden setting beguiling. East-meets-West and fresh energy are evident in the dining, shopping and entertainment. You can have a Chinese banquet, barbecue, oodles of noodles, small steamed buns, delicacies and snacks. Or you can enjoy fine Western dining. You can always grab a donut and a cup of coffee.
A European restaurant, to open soon on the third floor, will offer a view of both the City God's Temple nearby and Lujiazui area in the distance. It will also offer open-air dining.
In one Chinese restaurant, the kitchen is open and glassed-in, so you can watch snacks and other food being prepared. You also can try your hand.
Handicrafts and folk art are tastefully displayed in retail shops. Souvenirs include Chinese jewelry, antiques, ``qipao'' or ``cheongsam,'' clothing and crafts from other countries, such as kimono from Japan.