Night market for 'most beautiful' backstreet

Yang Jian
The Waitanyuan Night Carnival will be launched on Yuanmingyuan Road in Huangpu District on Saturday featuring graffiti art and street performances in addition to food and wine.
Yang Jian
Night market for 'most beautiful' backstreet
Ti Gong

The graffiti on these recreational vehicles was created by artists from around the world.

A night market will be unveiled on the Bund on Saturday, featuring graffiti art and street performances in addition to food and wine.

The Waitanyuan Night Carnival will be held on the 276-meter Yuanmingyuan Road in Huangpu District between 5pm and 9pm through June 14.

Waitanyuan, literally "the origin of the Bund," is studded with famous buildings such as the old British Consulate, the Union Church and the Peninsula Hotel. The road dubbed the "most beautiful backstreet on the Bund" is flanked by the city's earliest western architecture in the renaissance, neoclassicism, eclecticism, art-deco and modernism styles.

During the night market, the pedestrian-only section of the street will be adorned with a dozen recreational vehicles featuring graffiti created by artists from across the world. Visitors will be invited to paint on one of the vehicles.

Selected eateries and brands, such Starbucks Reserve and Jordan, will invite customers onto the vehicles to have a drink or choose souvenirs and jewelry.

Shanghai aims to develop a prosperous nightlife as part of its campaign to increase consumer spending and help the city economy.

"The Waitanyuan carnival will highlight innovation and art to be differentiated from other night markets popping up across the city," said Tong Huanyue, deputy general manager of Shanghai Bund Investment Group.

Night market for 'most beautiful' backstreet
Ti Gong

Yuanmingyuan Road is flanked by the city's earliest western architecture in the renaissance, neoclassicism, eclecticism, art deco and modernism styles.

Street artists will perform for visitors on weekends and artists from the Jazz at Lincoln Center Shanghai, which has been closed since the COVID-19 outbreak, will stage an outdoor concert.

Many high-tech self-service facilities will make their debut during the carnival. Visitors can make a bespoke ice-cream at an unmanned machine in 30 seconds. A robot will make cocktails and serve them to customers.

A competition for mobile phone pictures of festival activities will be held and the photos displayed on a large screen and the best work selected at the end of the event.

Brands, including many participants at the first and second China International Import Expo, will offer discounts during the carnival as part of the city's shopping festival.

"We'd like to send a message that the businesses on the Bund are recovering rapidly as COVID-19 wanes," Tong said. He said the pandemic has severely affected business operators and the nightlife events are expected to rebuild their confidence and boost consumption.

"If the nightlife carnival proves to be popular among citizens and tourists, it will become a regular event for Yuanmingyuan Road," he added.

Night market for 'most beautiful' backstreet
Ti Gong

Recreational vehicles with graffiti created by artists from across the world on Yuanmingyuan Road.


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