Shikumen 石库门

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Shikumen 石库门

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This is one of the key words you must know before you go to Shanghai. The Shikumen is a style of housing in Shanghai, which blended features of east and west. In the past up to 80% of the city's population lived in these types of houses, but today the proportion is much lower.Shikumen houses are two or three-story townhouses, with the front yard protected by a high brick wall. Each residence is connected and arranged in straight alleys which called "Lilong" in Shanghainese.

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