Last updated by david at 2014/5/2


Standing for Shanghai’s art, Tianzifang is a great place to enjoy Chinese arts in Shanghai. A lot of famous Chinese artists including Chen Yifei, Er Dongqiang, Wang Jieyin and Wang Jiajun open their studios in Tianzifang which makes its fame. Located on Taikang Road near Dapu Bridge, Tianzifang also has a lot of handcraft shops.

Most art studios in Tianzifang are changed from abandoned old factories. There is a 5-story industrial factory transformed into Chengdu Industry Building. Here artists who are from 10 different countries or national areas set down in the building. There are 10 national flags which are representing the 10 art groups floating in front of the workplace. Chinese and Western arts develop together in Tianzifang, which make more people in the world know Taikang Road.

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The industrial factories reflect different styles in arts’ hands. Artist Cheng Yifei’s Studio react a simple and dignified architectural feature. His art works has been displayed in the World Carving Exhibition in Paris. To have a cup of hot coffee or black tea near the fireplace in winter is a wonderful time to talk about arts. The monthly concert in Er Dongqiang’s studio is full of people every time. His studio has a mark of the post-industrial revolution. The studio not only keeps two well-preserved cranes, but also adopts modern architecture materials. Tianzifang is the place to make you experience western and Chinese arts.

Located in 220 Lane on the Taikang Road, Hong Kong famous potter Zheng Wei’s Le Tiantao pottery studio holds some exhibitions which attract some international pottery experts in the world. American potter Jimmy set down in Tianzifang to teach foreign travelers to make potteries in his studio.

In addition, bamboo carvings made by Free Handicraft Company is the best bamboo carvings in Shanghai. The bamboo carvings is widely love by people in Hong Kong and Taiwan. And Sinan Intersection has dozens of antique shops which are popular among numerous antique collectors.

Shopping Highlights

This road is absolutely striking because of the great finds that you can easily spot as you walk by. Being here would give you a whole new meaning to the word ‘shopping’. From clothes to home decorations, you can certainly find items which will make your heart skip a beat.


Shopping at Tianzifang is something that you most likely have not experienced before. While your eyes feast on all the things that the merchants sell, your mind will also wander amidst the traditional vibe of the place. Taikang Road has successfully combined both modern and traditional appeal. The aesthetics of the establishments are very charming since the shops are still reflective of old Shanghai style. Yet, do not underestimate what they got to offer because there are also plenty of cafes with free wi-fi, boutiques with modern facilities and other urbane stores.  

When you drop by theTianzifang, keep in mind that there are three main lanes which you can take. These lanes each go from north to south and there are several smaller alleys which intersect with each lane. If you find yourself quite lost because of all the turns that you have taken while being entertained by the various products that are being sold, just look for one of the main lanes and you can easily find where you are supposed to go next.

There are several stores in Tianzifang which you should not miss out because they got the most impressive items which might catch your attention.

The Insh store derived its name from the phrase, In Shanghai. This is the perfect store to go to if you are looking for designer clothes. They have everything that is fashion-related, from ladies’ dresses and tops to men’s coats and shirts and everything else in between.

Address: 200 Taikang Road

If you are in search for fabulous sweaters, check out the Boutique Cashmere Lover. Some of their items have Chinese-inspired pattern and style, while others are plain yet elegant. All of their products are guaranteed to feel good on your skin while keeping you warm.

Address: 200 Taikang Road, Room 409

There are lots of stores in Taikang Road which offer a wide variety of clothes. The best part is that, they got designer clothes which will satisfy your urge to splurge but there are also budget-friendly fashion items. You can change your entire wardrobe by just shopping at Taikang Road.

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Aside from clothes and fashion accessories, you will also stumble upon unique items which can be great home decorations or one-of-a-kind gifts for family and friends back home. The Deke Erh Art Culture will enthrall you because of their impressive collection of books. This place is owned by Deke Erh, who is a popular local photographer and author. He also owns the place called Old China Hand Reading Room.

Address: No. 2 Lane 10, Taikang Road

Operating Hours: 9:00 am to 10:00 pm

If you want to browse through astounding posters and photographs of Shanghai, check out Unique Hill. This is a gallery which will not only amaze you because of the creative works that are on display but also because of the showcased beauty of Shanghai.

Address: No. 10 Lane 210, Taikang Road

Spending just half a day in Taikang Road would not be enough because of all the interesting shops and establishments that you can check out. When you start to feel that your feet are already throbbing because of the walk, stay at one of the quaint cafés or restaurants so you can rest for a while and experience gastronomic pleasure too.

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210 Lane, Taikang Road, Luwan District, Shanghai(上海市卢湾区泰康路210弄)

How to Get There?

There are dozens of buses to Tianzifang including Bus 24 and 96 in Jianguo West Road, Bus 17, 41, 146,and 786 in Shaanxi South Road, and Bus 36, 786, 869, 932, 933, 986, Bridge Line 1 and Tunnel Line 8 in Chongqing South Road.

You can also take Metro Line 9, and get off at Dapu Road stop to get Tianzifang.

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Opening Hours:

A whole day

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Official website:  http://www.tianzifang.cn/

Tel: 021-3425 0265

The Surrounding Scenery: St Ignatius Cathedral, Shanghai Botanical Garden, Zhujiajiao Ancient Town and Shanghai Zoo

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