Located to the north of Jing’An and Huangpu districts, separated by the Suzhou Creek, Zhabei is one of the oldest districts of Shanghai. Zhabei is a residential and business district as well as a major education hub of the city. Zhabei is the location of Shanghai University which was founded by the Chinese Nationalist Party and the Chinese Communist Party in 1922. Many local schools can be found in Zhabei as well. Formerly home to many factories and the working class, Zhabei is becoming increasingly popular with city residents and foreigners, partially due to lower rent prices. The city government is also working to make the district into more of a business district. Currently, 13 multinational companies have regional headquarters in Zhabei including Vale, TESCO, and Kohler. The district serves as the location for the Shanghai Multimedia
Zhabei is also home to a wealth of cultural sites. The Shanghai Railway Station, which served as the main railway station in Shanghai before the Shanghai South Railway Station was completed, is located in Zhabei. You can also visit Hui Shen Gong Xie, the first Western-style court in China, the residence of famous Chinese artist Wu Changshuo, or pre-1937 homes on Tangjia Lane. For a leisurely afternoon, you can visit Daning Lingshi Park – the largest green space in Puxi. The park has a beach, bamboo, ponds, and sections modelled after Northern China, Southern China, and Europe. Near the park are the Zhabei Stadium and Shanghai Circus World. Although it lacks some of the Western restaurants and stores that some districts have, Zhabei is a great location for anyone who would want to live in or visit a district with lots of culture and history.