Yongkang Lu (or Yongkang street) in Shanghai is something pretty special. Go there on a sunny weekend day and you will se one of the best examples of (what I can imagine) East meets West. The streets original inhabitants are local Chinese but some years ago a few bars, cafes and trendy eateries opened. They became popular among expats in the city and as with everything else good in Shanghai: the word spread. The street got more popular among expats, more places opened and the word spread even wider.
As the streets popularity grew the local inhabitant who these day mosly resides on the top-levels of the houses in the street got more and more upset due to noises, crowds of expats and weird day-drinking on every sunny day. One story goes that some Chinese Yongkang Lu residents "ganged up" and started throwing water out their windows when the street parties got too much.. I'm not so sure about the effect of that: Day-drinking, sunshine, a bit of partying & water sounds like a perfect combination to me! Another story goes that a very upset local who reside above a fish & chips cafe in the street had too much last year and went down and placed a knife in the middle of a table!
Yongkang street has turned into a perfect spot for drinks in the sun which may turn into a liiiiittle bit of a street party depending on who you are with and what you are up to. So far I've heard the disputes and tensions among locals residents and bar owners have not caused damage to anyone. Which is good. This weekend the weather was amazing in Shanghai perhaps for the first time all year and it was a "Yongkang Lu must-go".
The atmosphere was just as amazing as I remember from last year and surely this spot will make it to the next lonely planet editions because it is definitely a must-see.