Inside Shanghai’s 13,000 Household Gated Community

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The mind-boggling population density of China’s major cities is unfathomable without first-hand experience. Here’s a tour of a mega gated community, Shanghai Cannes (上海康城) in that city’s south. Estimates of the population vary, I will go with the security guards that said there are about 13,000 households, some claims have the inhabitants at as many as 80,000 which seems a stretch, though average household numbers are probably high from 3-generation households and also the apartments rented by migrant lower-income professionals that can have quite a few occupants, so 40-50,000 may be possible. Located in Xinzhuang in a long stretch of massive gated communities, Shanghai Cannes is known for its extreme density. Within the confines there are all the services needed from cradle to, well, there is no cemetery. There is a network of bus stops reminiscent of an amusement park, and all the nearby supermarkets run free shuttle buses.

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Welcome to Cannes

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Long ago sold out, sales building crumbles

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Fully occupied, the management company cuts costs

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The layout

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On the move

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Handymen buzz around

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One tower of many

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A rare sunny, dry day for laundry

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Network of canals

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Park areas

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The fishing pole to end all fishing poles

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Retirement home

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Many building have small grocers

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Nearly anything bought can be delivered

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Central square

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Beauty salon

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Stuffed animal laundry

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Spa massage

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Breast enhancement and weight loss

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A world expo sculpture garden

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Here come the new neighbors

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Strolling home

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9 years ago

You had me at stuffed animal laundry…

9 years ago

Amazing! We will be in Shanghai in a few weeks…but I would never think to go to a gated community. Pictures are great!

9 years ago

Thank goodness, an interesting post not about the 75,000 bonus from AE!

Rapid Travel Chai
9 years ago
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@sw – it all unfolded while I was flying PVG-NRT-JFK…and my life is no worse for missing it.

9 years ago

Awesome post. I’m sure its sold out since they have a stuffed animal laundry.

9 years ago

It’s like Stuytown but Chinese.

9 years ago

This is a great article. I just returned from China and will be creating two Shanghai posts. Would it be OK if I referenced back to your post? I did not get a chance to visit this part of the city.

Rapid Travel Chai
9 years ago

@WanderingEntrepreneur – yes, of course.

9 years ago

Just as interesting as a conventional tourist attraction!!!