Located in Changning District, east of Hongqiao, Gubei New Area is a thriving mini-metropolis dominated by high-rise towers and interspersed with small green areas and modern conveniences. Moving to Gubei is a popular choice for families in Shanghai.
The area tends to cater to Asian expats, specifically Korean and Japanese. However the residential area is a convenient option for any expat family with offices downtown and children in Hongqiao schools.
Unlike in neighbouring Hongqiao, there are few villas in Gubei. The most common form of expat housing comes in the form of high-rise apartment complexes. Rent is cheaper in this pocket of the suburbs – expect a big range, from 4-8,000RMB, for comfortable apartment flats. The few high-end options are within larger gated complexes, usually with European-inspired names like Vienna Plaza and Marseilles Mansion. Rents there will be several times higher.
It’s a short drive to many of the international medical facilities in Hongqiao. The new Mandarine City Medical Center at 788 Hongxu Lu, run by ParkwayHealth, is a convenient option.
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Right off the Yan’an Lu Elevated Highway, Gubei is a straight shot into the city and Metro line 3 has a stop on Hongqiao Lu. The rents are cheaper than downtown, yet it has many of the shopping conveniences. The city’s largest Carrefour on 268 Shuicheng Nan Lu is the focal point of Gubei’s busy shopping area. Home supplies and speciality foods can easily be found in shops. For daytime activities, the area around Gubei Lu has yoga studios, massage parlours and spas.