Shikumen is not so much a place as a form of architecture. It is a mixture of western architectural culture and traditional Chinese residential characteristics of old-style buildings, belonging to residential houses with Chinese characteristics. Generally, the old lane hall is Shikumen architecture, which originated in the period of the Taiping Heavenly Kingdom. The war at that time forced the rich gentry, wealthy landlords and officials in Jiangsu and Zhejiang to flock to the concession to seek shelter. Foreign real estate companies took the opportunity to build a large number of houses. In the 1920s and 1930s, "enclosure" was still the main style of Shanghai's residential buildings, but instead of focusing on sculpture, they pursued simplicity and changed from multi-entry to single-entry. Shikumen Architecture, a combination of Chinese and Western architecture, came into being at the historic moment. It absorbed a large number of styles of folk houses in the south of the Yangtze River, using stones as doorframes and solid thick wood with black paint as doorfans. This kind of building was named "Shikumen" in later generations. Tianzifang's Shikumen building is very few, leaving behind a relatively complete or celebrity endorsement, the overall feeling is good, that is, the streets are somewhat crowded.
Shikumen is located in Huangpu District, Shanghai, surrounded by Xintiandi and the largest site of the Communist Party of China. Buses and subways are accessible, which is more convenient. Shikumen is now the representative of petty bourgeoisie and fashion of Shanghai people. Friends who come to Shanghai to visit here. I took the subway to the Basketball Bridge subway station.
Listen to the introduction of Shikumen is a real estate development at that time, a form of housing construction, that year may also belong to the present noble residential district. Now it is transformed into a commercial community. There are a lot of people to go shopping and take pictures. I feel that I want to take some pictures with humanistic flavor. It is not easy to take pictures alone when nobody is there. But if there is time, when the light is right, I should take pictures in the alley.
In Shanghai, Huaihailu Road, the new world, must go. In addition to the modern shopping mall buildings and the protection of the complete stone residence, we have been guided by the indigenous friends of Shanghai, from the site of the Korean government to the site of the Communist Party of China and then to the building of these Shikumen, and have gained insight into the history of the old Shanghai in the Republic of China. Shikumen must be the representative building of the old Shanghai people!
It's interesting to go through alleys and shops in Shikumen area. The distribution of Shikumen alley is interesting, like a labyrinth. We went to Tianzifang, and we could hardly walk around. It was also fun, but with map instructions, the road fools finally found their way out.
Shikumen is the most characteristic residential building in Shanghai. The old lane hall in Shanghai is generally Shikumen architecture. This kind of building is named Shikumen because it uses stone as doorframe and black paint solid thick wood as door fan. The Shikumen on Shaoxing Road 96 is one of the most complete preserved Shikumen in Shanghai. Many movies and TV dramas that express the theme of old Shanghai like to come here for exterior scenes.
Traditional houses surrounded by modern high-rise buildings. Shikumen is the symbol of old Shanghai and the most representative residential building in Shanghai. Shikumen houses are located in all districts, mainly in Zhabei District and Yangpu District. Some are purely residential buildings, with wires and clothes-drying ropes interlaced and full of the breath of life. Some have been transformed into commercial uses (like Xintiandi), which has become a new expensive shop. But anyway, as long as not all the tall buildings are knocked down, just keep them.