Whenever I miss seeing white people or hearing the sound of the English language I like to head on over to Xintiandi to get my fix. For those of you that don't know Xintiandi is probably one of the most popular and well known tourist areas in Shanghai and the Starbucks at the front of it is probably Shanghai's most well known Starbucks (which says a lot b/c they are EVERYWHERE).
Xintiandi translated means "New Heaven and Earth". Basically the area is composed of a bunch of restaurants, cafes and stores that are housed in restored traditional shikumen "stone gate" houses on narrow alleys. It's a quaint little area and you really feel like you're not even in the crazy city that is Shanghai anymore. And like any tourist attraction it is of course obscenely overpriced lol.
It was a really beautiful night tonight so I took some pics of the area. It's all done up in x-mas lights right now which is really pretty.
The Front Entrance
The Famous Starbucks