Shikumen is a type of tenement housing unique to Shanghai.
Not quite Chinese and not quite Western, it was built in the
late 19th Century and early 20th Century to house Chinese people
in the Western quarters.
The remaining shikumen buildings are badly deteriorated (as most old
things are in China), and are now being demolished block by block
and replaced with Shikumen-looking buildings that are no longer tenements
but expensive resturants, bars and boutiques, where a designer t-shirt
costs more than what the people still living in the yet-to-be-demolished
building next block would make in a month.
Here is a look at the shikumen
housing before they are all gone.