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French Concession

79 Fenyang Rd, Xuhui Qu, Shanghai Shi, China
+86 21 6415 7072
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French Concession Shanghai  China
French Concession Shanghai  China
Shanghai's Former French Concession Neighborhood Shanghai  China
French Concession Shanghai  China
French Concession Shanghai  China
Shanghai's Former French Concession Neighborhood Shanghai  China

French Concession

Shanghai has always been China’s most cosmopolitan city. After the first Opium War (1839–1842), the city was divided into foreign concessions and entered a golden age, with a thriving nightlife scene, an active film industry, and a booming economy. In the period during which  the Japanese invaded Shanghai in World War II and afterwards when the People’s Republic of China was founded, most of the concessions disappeared—the French Concession is the only one that retains its old name. Its quiet streets are still lined with imported London plane trees, and its regal houses, in architectural styles like French and Spanish Renaissance and art deco, are still intact. This is the perfect neighborhood to take in what remains of Old Shanghai.

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AFAR Local Expert
about 2 years ago

French Concession

After the first Opium War, Shanghai was divided into foreign concessions. The French Concession is the only one that retains its old name, its streets lined in imported London plane trees and its large, Western–style houses and municipal buildings still intact. Among these is the grand 1905 French Renaissance–influenced building that’s now the Shanghai Arts and Crafts Museum. Come here for an overview of Chinese folk arts and to see artisans at work carving jade and doing needlepoint.

AFAR Contributor
over 4 years ago

Shanghai's Former French Concession Neighborhood

The Former French Concession (FFC) is bursting with shops, cafés, and bars. Here are three stops: 1. At the Pottery Workshop, buy beautiful ceramic sculptures and glazed mugs. 176 Fumin Rd., potteryworkshop.org. 2. Yuan is pioneering Chinese cocktails, including one flavored with the osmanthus flower. 17-2 Xiangyang Bei Rd. 3. The Twelve at Hengshan hotel features Italian bricks and hand-embroidered silk wallpaper. 12 Hengshan Rd., luxurycollection.com. This appeared in the March/April 2013 issue.
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