You can take a look at the number of small white stickers with new prices in the menus to know that Shanghai is an increasingly expensive city. But there is still much to do here, and free you just have to know what they are able to benefit from them.
Most of Shanghai's parks do not charge entry fees (some do not, usually 5-20rmb). Parks are a great way to observe and even participate in the Chinese culture. Folks head parks early to exercise and walk. Kids Play and Grandmothers to walk hand in hand, while taking care of children. You will usually encounter a group oldies to sing or dance, and you may even be asked to join. That's badminton set, and hit the shuttlecock back and forth, you will definitely attract some attention, and probably the challenge match – but beware, the locals are great!
Xintiandi, also written Xin Tian Di (新天地), is an area of reclaimed 1920s-era shikumen¬ houses that were ubiquitous in the area until very lately. As recently as 2005, the entire neighborhood around the current Xintiandi was made up of these old lane houses that were home to hundreds of families. Most of them have been torn down, having the same fate as Beijing’s. But Xintiandi stands out as an entertainment complex housed in rebuilt, remodeled lane houses of Shanghai. Be careful, while it’s free to walk around, there is plenty to tempt the RMB out of your wallet. Address: Huangpi Nan Road and Taicang Road Opening Hours: daily (approximately) 10am-10pm Say it in Chinese: Xintiandi (新天地) pronounced “shin tian dee”
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