Zhabei, formerly romanized as Chapei, is a district of Shanghai
which a land area of 29.26 km sq.It is one of the downtown districts of Shanghai. It is the location of the Shanghai Railway Station
, which was the main railway terminal of Shanghai until the completion of Shanghai South Railway Station
Historically, the district has been highly populated with working class residents. However, due to the shift in the structure of industries and increasing number of immigrants from outside Shanghai, partly due to its reasonable real estate price (compared to its counterparts such as Putuo and Hongkou
), the district has become increasingly appealing to city residents.
Zhabei District used to be the place of agglomeration of traditional industries such as flavor factory and tires factory. In the last decade, the municipality decided to move the old industry out in order to make space for more promising ones such as the hi-tech and creative industries.