每日翻译练习[五九]

Xintiandi


 

Shanghai Xintiandi is an urban tourist attraction imbued with the city’s historical and cultural legacies. Located in downtown Shanghai, and only one block south of the prestigious Huaihai Road Middle (former Avenue Joffre in the heart of the French Concession in the early 1900s) and its Metro station, the project has a site area of 30,000 square meters and a gross floor area of 60,000 square meters. Xintiandi features a multitude of specialist F&B, retail, entertainment, cultural, recreational, commercial and residential facilities in restored "Shikumen" (meaning "stone gate") houses – a special old form of building architecture only found in Shanghai – as well as state-of-the-art new buildings, catering for both residents and visitors. With this postmodern "yesterday-meets-tomorrow" design concept, Xintiandi has won many awards.

新天地作为上海的一个城市景点,深深渗透着这个城市的历史风貌。新天地位于上海市中心,在著名的淮海中路(上世纪初法租界中心的霞飞路)向南一个街区,占地30000平米,总面积达到了60000平米,它是以上海近代建筑的标志石库门建筑旧区为基础,首次改变了石库门原有的居住功能,创新地赋予其商业经营功能,把这片反映了上海历史和文化的老房子改造成集国际水平的餐饮、购物、演艺等功能的时尚、休闲文化娱乐中心。昨天、明天,相会在今天凭借着独特的设计理念,新天地获得了多项国际大奖。

Opened in 2001, Xintiandi has become a hot meeting point for tourists and expatriates. Many nouveaux riches come to Xintiandi to blow their cash at the city’s latest luxury symbol. The area is divided into the North and South Blocks. In the North Block, antique buildings with their modern interior design, decorations and equipment play host to a dazzling array of restaurants specializing in French, American, German, British, Brazilian, Italian, Japanese, Taiwanese and Hong Kong cuisine, putting on display its full international dimension. To my surprise, this is one of the few places in Shanghai in which western faces outnumber Chinese (highly recommended for students to practice oral English). Luna, a handsome restaurant and bar in the center of the Xintiandi pedestrian area, offered pleasant catering solutions. While we enjoyed the delicacies of Mediterranean cuisine without noisy distraction, a funny waiter named Jerome impressed us most. The dividing line between the two blocks, Xingye Road, is the site of the First National Congress of the Communist Party of China. In the South Block, modern architecture is the motif while Shikumen is an accompaniment. A shopping, entertainment and leisure complex of 25,000 square meters in the South Block opened in mid-2002. Aside from a series of international restaurants representing the flavors of the world, there are classy boutiques, accessory shops, a food court, a movie cinema, a great one-stop fitness centre as well as 88 Xintiandi Executive Residence, which offers luxurious serviced apartments. There is also an underground car-park with 220 parking spaces.

自从2001年开幕以来,新天地已经成为了外国游客的必到之地。很多富人到此奢侈消费,挥霍钞票。新天地被分为南北两个街区。北里由多幢石库门老房子所组成,并结合了现代化的建筑、装潢和设备,化身成多家高级消费场所及餐厅,菜式来自法国、美国、德国、英国、巴西、意大利、日本、台湾和香港,充份展现了新天地的国际元素。令人诧异的是,这里是上海少有的几个老外比中国人多的地方(对学生来说,是练习口语的好地方)。LUNA是一个漂亮的酒吧,可以坐在那儿静静的享受地中海的美食,LUNA的侍者Jerome也是一个非常有意思的人,给我印象很深。在南里和北里的分水岭兴业路是中共一大会址的所在地,沿街的石库门建筑也将成为凝结历史文化与艺术的城市风景线。南里建成了一座总楼面面积达25,000平米的购物、娱乐、休闲中心,于二零零二年中正式开幕,除了来自世界各地的餐饮场所外,更包括了年轻人最爱的时装专门店、时尚饰品店、美食广场、电影院及极具规模的一站式健身中心,还有88个新天地套间,专门提供极尽奢华的服务,在地下还有220个停车位。

Despite its lofty name, Xintiandi – literally, New, Heaven, Earth – has more modest hopes, merely intending to revolutionize entertainment, shopping and dining in Shanghai. Its success has fuelled demands for the preservation of historic buildings across China. Similar projects are now underway in other Chinese cities.

“新”、“天”、“地”三个字构成了这个直白而谦逊的名称,比起那些晦涩怪异的名称,“新天地”的确来得恰当,很好的概括了这个全新的娱乐、购物、餐饮中心。新天地的成功开发也激发了整个中国对于老建筑的保护热潮,很多城市都开始了类似的保护计划。


今日音乐

Y.I.Y.O  《比我勇敢》 

上海城市的天上
还好有星星亮
至少我还能和你
共享同一片的星光

 

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