Spacious, bright apartment on the edge of the former French concession, Shanghai

Spacious, bright apartment on the edge of the former French concession, Shanghai


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abril 2012

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What I like best about my apartment is that it’s bright, modern, spacious and clean. It's south-facing which means it's cool in summer and warm in winter, and always light. It’s on the third floor of a modern high-rise in a wonderful area of Shanghai facing a row of trees, which means it’s green and pleasant. Although it is located near a bustling area of Shanghai, the apartment is tucked away in a residential compound, away from the street. The apartment is around 160m2, and is perfect for a couple or small family. There are two bedrooms, one with a king-size bed and another with a queen size bed. There's wifi throughout the apartment.
There's central airconditioning (which you can control) for Shanghai's hot summers and underfloor heating for the cold winters. The kitchen is large and fully equipped with modern appliances including a dishwasher, microwave, oven, gas cooker/ stove top and combination washing machine and tumble dryer.
The modest balcony is filled with plants; two wicker chairs make this is a lovely place to sip a cup of tea in the morning or a sundowner in the evening. The living and dining areas are large and open-plan. The main bedroom has a full ensuite bathroom with a large bath and double-size shower; there are two washbasins. The second bathroom has a large shower and is located close to the second bedroom, doubling up as a guest toilet.
There’s an air-filter in the main bedroom and most taps/faucets have water filters attached. A cleaning lady comes three times a week and will make sure that there's enough drinking water ordered in (tap water not potable in China) and will also clean and change sheets.
The apartment itself is in a secure building with 24-hour guards at the gates downstairs. There is a mix of local Shanghainese people and expatriates living in the building.

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  1. I'm a single expatriate living and working in Shanghai. Although my career has taken me to many different places around the world, I have lived in Shanghai for many years. I'm an education professional and in my current job, I get generous annual holidays and I enjoy visiting other cities and countries. I love living in Shanghai, but it's always good to have a change and I find I appreciate my life in Shanghai more if I contrast this with time spent somewhere totally different from time-to-time.
    I haven't done a home exchange before, but am keen to try - I've sublet in different places and this has worked out well. I am a non-smoker, vegetarian and am clean and tidy. It's important for me that I leave your home the way I found it and would appreciate it if you do likewise!

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My apartment is on the western edge of the former French Concession. This is an area made up predominantly of tree-lined streets and low-rise buildings from the early 1900s, some of which are heritage protected. It's a wonderful area to explore by foot - there are lovely leafy lanes and interesting alleyways where there's a mix of local people who have lived here for decades still hanging washing out of their windows on long bamboo poles and more gentrified shops and restaurants; you can find anything... Michelin star gourmet cuisine to cheap hole-in-the-wall noodle stalls and absolutely everything in between. There are lots of cafes with outdoor seating just a 15-minute walk away. I usually advise visitors to just walk with a map and my home address written in Chinese - whenever they get tired of wandering around the area, it's simple (and cheap) enough to get a taxi back.
While there are a number of high-rises in my area, a lot of the architecture still harks back to 'old Shanghai' and there are some real art-deco gems around.
Shopping in the area is plentiful, with Chinese supermarkets just around the corner, one of Shanghai’s biggest shopping malls 10 minutes’ walk down the road and plenty of small shops and local markets in close proximity.
To go further afield, there's a metro stop close by (Xujiahui Station, or Yishan Road station). Shanghai is relatively easy to get around with modern, efficient and cheap public transport or relatively inexpensive taxis - all you need to do is arm yourself with the addresses of where you want to go (freely available on the internet) and it's pretty straightforward. Signposting is in Chinese as well as Romanised lettering or English. By far the best way to get around is by bicycle, if you’re willing to brave the traffic. There are two bikes available in the apartment or plenty of opportunities to rent by the day nearby. You advised to wear head protection when cycling–although most locals rarely do. Liberal use of the Bicycle bell is recommended so that everyone knows you’re coming, bus otherwise just hop on and go with the flow.
In the direct vicinity, there's a variety of things to do that are in easy walking distance – a Chinese garden, jazz clubs, excellent restaurants, art, theatre, live music, swimming pools, shopping (markets, boutiques, department stores) and, most importantly, street life. Shanghai is a very safe city and it's extremely rewarding just walking around seeing how people live - especially in the summer months when life tends to spill out onto the street. The famous Hengshan Road is a 20 minute walk away.
It's easy to get from Shanghai to other cities in China, either by train or flight. Trains are excellent and reasonably priced, and the cities of Hangzhou and Suzhou are close by.

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