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Minhang is a district of Shanghai, one of the inner ring of suburbs. It is mainly a residential and factory area, but there is a bit of everything. Population is about 2.4 million. Minhang is the only district with territory on both sides of the Huangpu river, but most of both the land and the population are on the west side. The main access routes (see next section) are also west of the river.
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Points of Interest in Minhang
Minhang District includes the water town Qibao, a scenic area with many canals and old buildings. It can be reached by taking metro line 9 to Qibao station, then walking a block South. It is smaller than the better-known water town Zhujiajiao in Qingpu District but much closer to downtown and easier to reach. It tends to get a higher proportion of tourists where Zhujiajiao gets more Shanghai residents.
There are two universities near the South edge of Minhang on Dongchuan Road, East of the line 5 metro station named after the street. From the station, a taxi, a moderately long walk or the #3 bus will get you to either.
- Shanghai Jiaotong University (SJTU or "Jiaoda"), one of China's top technical schools. There is a free bus that circumnavigates the campus; the terminus is just across from the main gate. This is a large university with over 40,000 students, more than half of them PhD candidates. Jiaoda has several campuses, including one on the coast in Pudong that does mainly marine biology and the original campus in the French Concession that now does mainly continuing education courses such as Chinese-for-foreigners or MBA-for-executives; the Minhang campus is the largest.
- East China Normal University, just East of Jiaoda. Originally, China's "normal universities" were teacher's colleges but many of them, including ECNU, have now expanded to teach a far broader range of subjects.
To see both campuses, go to Jiaoda and ride the free campus bus around to the East gate — the fancy Chinese-looking one, moved from the downtown campus to save it from road-widening work there — and walk across the street to the ECNU main gate.
There are many restaurants along Hongmei Lu, and the area is popular with both tourists and expats. Take line 10, get off at Longxi Road stop, turn right as you exit the station and right again onto Hongmei Lu. Walk a block, past Yan'an elevated road, and you are in an area full of restaurants including many places with an international menu. Another block down on the left is a pedestrians-only side street with at least a dozen restaurants and bars, including an Iranian place and an all-you-can-eat Indian buffet. Alternately, a #757 bus from Lianhua Lu metro station (fairly far South on line 1) takes you along Hongmei Lu.
Opposite the main gate of Jiaotong University is an entire street of restaurants; they cater to students so most are moderately priced. In particular, there are two barbeque places that do reasonably good all-you-can-eat meals for about ¥50, excellent value if you are fairly hungry.
There are also five clusters of restaurants on the Jiaotong U campus, each of which includes a very cheap cafeteria-style place and several other restaurants. Canteen number 5 has an overpriced coffee shop, a popular Korean place, several Chinese places, and a pseudo-Italian place with reasonable pizza around ¥25 and several good rice-and-stirfry or noodle-and-topping plates around ¥15. The same Italian place has at least one other location on campus.
There is a street with a dozen restaurants across from Dongchuan Lu station. The Sichuan place, recognisable by the large red chilis on its sign, is quite good and moderately priced.
- Yingshanhong (映山红湘菜馆), 1251 Lianhua South Rd.
- Laziyu (蜀地辣子鱼), 118 Xinli Rd.
- Mamamiya (吗吗咪呀), 379 Hongsong Rd.
- Amazing Grace, 388-16 Hongzhong Rd.
- The Monk (修道士酒吧), 458 Jinfeng Rd,.
- German Corner No. 38, 38-1101 Hongquan Rd,.
- Sparks (火花酒吧), 36 Hongmei Xiuxian Pedestrian St,.
Minhang has quite a bit of shopping, mainly for the local market except in the Qibao water town which is well-provided with tourist-oriented merchandise.
There are several large malls, including at least one almost directly above Qibao metro station, a couple of enormous ones across the street from Lianhua Lu (Lotus Road) station, and one near Xinzhuang station (cross the footbridge over the railway tracks and turn right). Lianhua Lu also has a group of cheap clothing stores at the station itself, mainly for women. The malls have a lot of international brands; for example, Xinzhuang has Marks & Spencer, H&M, a Carrefour supermarket, B&Q building supplies, Dairy Queen and Burger King.
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