Xin Tian Di resembles that of Lan Kwai Fong in Hong Kong and Clarke Quay in Singapore. It is is situated at Lane No.181 of Taicang Road Shanghai, the old Shikumen residential area near "Zhonggong yidahuizhi" (site of the 1st National Congress of the Communist Party). It occupies an area of about 30,000 square metres. It was the old town of Shikumen that has been restorated and is now a good blend between the modern and new buildings around the old area, hence the name Shikumen Xintiandi. The past and the present of the East and West makes Xintiandi very charming and makes it an ideal site for visitors home and abroad to understand the history, culture, and modern lifestyle of Shanghai.
The Shikumen buildings' exterior, such as the brick walls, roofs, and doors' supporter, are well preserved and contribute to the unique and trendy walking areas. At the sides, open-air cafes are the spots to see and be seen in Shanghai. Before the development of Xintiandi, the area had been a spread of aged lanes crowded with mid-19th century Shikumen buildings which were in pretty bad shape. Restored to their original splendor, the buildings and walkways allow visitors to Xintiandi to simply stroll around and take in the sights, eat at a number of world-class restaurants, or shop in the glass-walled shopping mall found at the end of the complex.