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The former French concession

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- Review updated on 08 juin 2023

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The former French concession

In the southeastern part of Shanghai, stands the former French Concession.Established in 1862, it was once reserved for the French coming to settle in Shanghai, so it was called the Paris of the East.It now offers many tourist sites and remains very lively.The buildings are inspired by an art deco similar of the bourgeois pavilions of our residential suburbs. It’s more like a luxury neighborhood, where you probably meet more expatriates than Chinese people. The nightlife, from 18h00 (6pm), is very lively.

Huai Hai Lu

Huai Hai Street (Joffre Avenue) has become one of the most famous shopping streets. Lined with luxury French-style buildings, excellent restaurants with international cuisine, department stores … it delights Westerners wanting to shop.


Further east, near the old La Fayette Avenue, the new Xintiandi district is particularly alive. This pedestrian area is full of shops, restaurants, cafes and night bars, all in an atmosphere mixing Chinese and European traditions.You can relax at a café terrace or admire the area’s Shikumen (traditional Shanghainese houses of European and Chinese style).

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