1. Violet Country Villa
4-6 Rooms, located right next to French & German school
Rental range
¥25000-55000

2. Lakeside Villa
3-7 Rooms, about 300 houses along with excellent facilities
Rental range
¥22000-65000

3. Villa Riviera
4-6 Rooms, newly available in year 2009 with Modern
Rental range
¥32000-93000

4. Rancho Santa Fe
3-6 Rooms, Luxurious Spainsh missionary style villas
Rental range
¥30000-50000

5. Forest Manor
4-6 Rooms, Classic European & Renaissance Mediterranean
Rental range
¥40000-60000

6. Westwood Green
4 Rooms, a perfect balance of nature's inspiration and human ingenuity
Rental range
¥20000-30000
 
  Living Here
→ Minghang      → Qingpu    

Minghang
        Minghang is quiet green suburb south-west of the city, composing of a cluster of villa communities surrounding the area's international school campuses. Sporting better infrastructure than nearby Qingpu, Minghang now boasts its own healthcare clinic and supermarket. City shopping and nightlife, however, requires a 25-45 minute drive downtown, depending on traffic.

Accommodation
        Minghang's housing options are almost 50% cheaper than those in adjacent Hongqiao. The up-and-coming area hosts mainly villa complexes, like Forest Manor (5226 0878), which offers pools, a gym, and tennis courts inside its green expanse. There are also large apartment complexes like Rancho Santa Fe (5226 0888), which abuts the Shanghai American school campus. The rents are the same as in Qingpu, and range from RMB 20,000 to RMB 60,000.
Shopping & Amenities
        Minghang's Shanghai Racquet Club (2201 0000) has a western Country Market on the grounds. For bigger shopping trips, Minghang also has a Carrefour on 7388 Humin Lu (6412 8056), and a Pines the Marketplace on 421 Jinfeng Lu (5226 4137). Many Minghang residents drive to the larger Gubei Carrefour for weekly shopping trips. May’s Deli (5119 1289) on Gaojing Lu in Qingpu has a good selection of western meats.
Entertainment & Leisure
        Children enjoy Minghang for its green parks and wide streets, perfect for biking, rollerblading or hosting an impromptu football game. Many families belong to the racquet club, where they can swim, play tennis and work out at the large gym.
Healthcare
        The Shanghai United Family clinic is located on the ground floor of the Shanghai Racquet club (2201 0995) and the expat-oriented TCM clinic, Body and Soul, (www. bodyandsoul.com.cn 6461 6550) is on nearby Zhongyi Lu in Qingpu.
Education
        Several international schools have their campuses in Minghang, including the Shanghai American School (6221 1445), Shanghai Singaporean School (6221 9688), and British International School (5226 3211). Qingpu's French School (ef.shanghai.online.fr 6405 9220), German school (www.ds-shanghai.org.cn 6405 9220) and the Western International School (www.wiss.com.cn 6976 6388) are 10 minutes away by car.
Transport
        Cars, taxis and bikes are the only options in far-flung Minghang. The subway should transverse the area with a new line 9 by 2010. In the meantime, there's easy access to the A9 Expressway into the city or the Jiajin Highway to Hongqiao. The area is only a 10-20 km drive away from Gubei via Yan'an Highway. Expect a 25 to 45 minutes drive into the city, depending on the time of day.
Safety & Annoyances
        Minghang is a safe place for children and parents, although the feel of community only resides within the individual housing complexes. Not many Chinese or signs of Chinese culture can be found out here, a common complaint of residents.

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Qingpu
        Qingpu is a relatively new residential development south of Minghang. The area has built up alongside the French and German School, known as the Euro Campus. An extremely quiet suburban neighborhood, Qingpu is beginning to have its own share of shopping and entertainment spots.

Accommodation
        The area is mostly expansive villa communities, like Long Beach Villa, Golf King, or Forest Rivera, which house many Europeans whose children attend the nearby Euro Campus. Housing is almost half the price compared to similar properties in Hongqiao - expect rents from RMB 20,000 and up, depending on the amenities and furnishings. Most villa complexes offer swimming pools, playing fields, community centers, and walking or biking commutes to shopping and schools.
Shopping & Amenities
        Most Qingpu residents drive to the Carrefour on Huqingping Road for larger grocery or home goods shopping (5minutes by car). Minghang's Shanghai Racquet Club also has a closer expat-oriented Country Market (2201 0000). May`s Deli (5119 1289) on Gaojin Lu has Western meats. Bank ATMs accompany the metro stop and Carrefour. There are branches of Bank of China and Construction Bank in Xujing town.
Entertainment & Leisure
        Qingpu offers wide quiet streets, plenty of green space and community pools and clubhouses to spend your leisure time. If your own compound is not enough, Qingpu residents frequent Shanghai Racquet Club's pool, tennis courts, and large gym (2201 0000). Families enjoy dinner at the Club's restaurants or Spanish fare at the cosy LaMesa (5119 1266) on Gaojin Lu. Qingqu adults stop by one of the area's few bars, The Thirsty Monk, (5988 9983) for a cool drink or take the 20-minute drive to Hongmai Lu Pedestrian Street for dinner and drinks. The Le Meriden hotel in adjacent Songjiang, 20 minutes by car, boasts a large pool and a generous weekend brunch. Next to the hotel is the Moon River Art Park, a popular destination for families with children, featuring sculptures, mazes and a lagoon, as well as plenty of green space to play.
Healthcare
        The United Family Clinic, on the grounds of Minghang's Shanghai Racquet Club (2201 0995), is 10 minutes by car. Body and Soul Clinic (www.bodyandsoul.com.cn 6461 6550) on Zhongyi Lu is a traditional Chinese medicine clinic aimed towards expats.
Education
        The French School (ef.shanghai.online.fr 6405 9220) and German school (www. ds-shanghai.org.cn 6405 9220) share facilities on the large Euro campus in Qingpu. The area also hosts the Western International School of Shanghai (www.wiss.com.cn 6976 6388) and a large Montessori Kindergarten (www.montessorisos.com 5988 6888). Children in Qingpu have an easy commute by car (some Qingpu villas are only a bike ride away) to the numerous international schools in nearby Minghang, including the Shanghai American School (6221 1445), Shanghai Singaporean School (6221 9688), and British International School (5226 3211).
Transport
        Now Xujing East Station of Metro Line 2 is start operating. Easy access to the A5 Expressway (which leads to Ya'an Elevated Highway) means a 30-45 minute drive to the city centre, depending on traffic conditions and a 20 minute drive to Hongqiao or Gubei during off-hours. Parking is plentiful in these outskirts and many communities offer personal garages and parking spaces.
Safety & Annoyances
        Qingpu is an extremely safe area, with most housing inside gated communities. Life may be a bit sleepy for some in this out-of-the-way neighborhood.
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