Editor’s note: This was produced in partnership with Start Alliance, a business network between the most vibrant startup hubs around the globe. Start Alliance supports startups to adapt business models to international requirements and accelerates corporate innovations. Partner cities are Berlin, New York, Paris, Tel Aviv, and Shanghai.

Rock music has appealed to young listeners for decades with the celebration of freedom, rebellion, exuberance and the spirit of living in the present. For China’s young generation, entrepreneurship is the new “rock n roll” with the same theme in challenging the norms and seeking the unknown. If you want to look into Shanghai’s entrepreneurial spirits, co-working spaces are the right place to go.

Yanping Attic, a factory-turned shared space that sits at Yanping Road in downtown Shanghai, is one of the regular co-working spaces in the metropolitan city. It has all the trimmings of a typical shared space, rows of tables, meeting rooms and lounge-style common areas. Although the loft space is just enough to hold a few companies, it’s a place worth visiting. As the second location of Shanghai’s first co-working space, People Squared, this is pretty much where everything about Shanghai’s co-working bonanza started.

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Emma Lee

Emma Lee is Shanghai-based tech writer, covering startups and tech happenings in China and Asia in general. We are looking for stories related to tech and China. Reach her at lixin@technode.com.