Now is the time families are flooding into Shanghai so we’d like to introduce a great family friendly area called Pudong District.
Pudong was developed in the past 20 years on top of old farmland and warehouses and has a number of distinct areas in it. It is most often associated with the financial district of Lujiazui, where high-end residential complexes share the skyline with imposing financial buildings.
Pudong 浦东 or Pǔdōngxīnqū 浦东新区 is located on the east side banks of the Huang Pu river. Apart from being the economic center of China, Pudong also offers a huge assortment of apartment and villa compounds that provide expat families a nice and peaceful alternative to the hustle and bustle of the Puxi area.
To get to downtown Puxi it can take from 10 to 45 minutes depending on the time of day and where you live in Pudong. New metro lines and bridges have been built linking Pudong to Puxi and has helped to rapidly speed up the development of this district.
The quickest and most convenient way in non peak hour is if you go through the Yan An Rd tunnel linking Puxi with Pudong. There are also two other tunnels, one to the north called the Waihuan Tunnel and the south called Fuxing Rd tunnel. The tunnels get very crowded during peak hour so it is best to avoid them then if you can. There are also a number of bridges connecting Pudong to Puxi. The closest to downtown are the Lupu and Nanpu bridges and there are is also the Yangpu bridge in the North and Xupu bridge in the South. Quite a few subway lines cross with No. 2 being the most central.
Roads in Pudong are wider and less busy than roads in Puxi, the air seems cleaner and it is becoming more and more popular with expats as foreign supermarkets, high end shops and malls, western restaurants and international hospitals sprouting at a fast pace. For expatriates living in Pudong they feel it is a quieter area of Shanghai with less of the frantic pace of Puxi thus providing a more comfortable family life. The wider streets bring less of the traffic jams you find in Puxi so there is easier access for the children to get to their international schools. The area was planned with a more urban feel and there are more green spaces and slightly fresher air. There are loads of parks to walk/run around and play in as well as wide streets for safer bike and scooter riding.
The Shanghai Pudong International Airport is located in the eastern part of Pudong and is approximately one hour from downtown Puxi by car.
Pudong District covers a huge area and it is best to get a Pudong Shanghai Map to work out the areas and distances. Below you will find a snapshot of each of the areas where expatriate families live in Shanghai and the family friendly compounds in Pudong which are marked by Pudong Apartments, houses and Pudong villas.
The main commercial district in Pudong is called Lujiazui (east downtown) and is on the banks of the Huangpu River opposite the famous Bund. Lujiazui is most known for its magnificent skyscrapers: Jinmao tower, Oriental Pearl Tower, Shanghai World Finance Center and the soon to be opened Shanghai Tower.
It takes just a couple of minutes by car or 15 minutes walk from Lujiazui subway station to arrive at one of the high quality apartment complexes that have great Huangpu river views and fantastic facilities. The compounds where many families stay are Tomson Riverside, Fortune Garden, Shimao Riviera, Skyline and Yanlord Garden. There are also a number of lower budget properties, where you can find large apartments for a reasonable price. These compounds will be suitable mostly for single people or for couples without children. Chrysanthemum Garden or The Summit are worth a look.
Most compounds have clubhouses and green areas for children to play in and are away from the buzz of the commercial area. There are shopping malls with local and international grocery stores as well as plenty of bars and restaurants of all types. For fine dining there are nice restaurants inside the five star hotels. If you’d prefer a pint or a wine there are a few pockets with sports/wine bars and small eateries in the local streets close to the expat compounds.
If you don’t feel comfortable living in the centre of the business capital of China, you may choose an area further out like Liao Yang (Century Park) Jinqiao, Kangqiao or Zhang Jiang.
Liao Yang (Century Park)
This area has plenty of apartment compounds surrounding the park so there are loads to choose from that are suitable for single, couples or families with low to medium end budgets up to 35k. The quality compounds of choice are Kerry Parkside, Yanlord Town, Pudong Century Garden, Pudong Central Garden, Shama Century Park and Livable. Compounds with cheaper options are Xiang Mei Garden and Water Woods. The shopping malls that service this area are Thumb Plaza and Laya Plaza. Thumb has a large Carrefour and also some really good expat friendly eateries and bars.
If you are looking for a more suburbian area with a friendly neighborhood close to International Schools, supermarkets and family friendly dining establishments look no further than here.
Green City is located in Jinqiao Export Development Zone and is perfect for a family styled expatriate lifestyle with sprawling villa compounds and deluxe apartment complexes in a very western style suburban environment. There is a large shopping area as well as a sports club and sports grounds. The close proximity of schools make the commute quick and easy for students. International Schools you will find there are Dulwich College, Concordia International School and Yew Cheung International School. You can find some of Shanghai’s best villa compounds like Green Villas, Vizcaya, Willowbrook, Regency Park and Season’s Villas. For apartment complexes and lower end villas, townhouses and duplexes try Green Court, Shimao Lakeside, Dawn Garden, The Greenhills and Eastern Villas.
The opening of the Zhang Jiang Hi Tech Park created a need for housing close by. It is a smaller more local area but it does have some better priced accommodation than Jinqiao area does and is a mere 15 mins away. Good villa compounds to look out for in the area are Buckingham and Santa Marina as well as Tomson Golf Villas, Tomson Riveria Villas and Tomson Townhouses.
This area is the furtherest from downtown Pudong and has two international schools in its region, the British International School and Shanghai Community International School. There are a few nice villa compounds that are mixed amongst the local residential, industrial and rural surrounds. A large shopping centre called Wanda Plaza and a number of supermarkets and an entertainment area cater to the many expats in the area. Good villa compounds there are The Emerald, Belle Woods, Tiziano, Trinity Villas and Luoshan Villas.
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