Hello French Concession
The French Concession became the Former French Concession when Vichy France gave it up in 1943, but the area still looks very much the same and remains a popular place of residence for foreign nationals living in Shanghai. With its leafy, spacious avenues and a preponderance of early 20th century buildings, the Former French Concession is certainly one of the most pleasant and aesthetically pleasing neighborhoods in Shanghai; most visitors – including you, in all likelihood – will stay or spend at least some of their time here as a result. There's no better way to introduce yourself to the neighborhood than by setting off on foot: check out the boutique stores and occasional pop-up art gallery on Fuxing Lu, the bustling, outdoor cafes on Wokang Lu, and the web of streets that sit between Julu Road to the north and Huaihai Road a few blocks below it. With its stately villas and trendy restaurants and cocktail bars, the Former French Concession is certainly stylish, but there's substance too. You can visit the Former Residence of Sun Yat-sen, a Chinese revolutionary and the first president of the Republic of China; the Former Residence of Zhou Enlai, for a time the home of first Premier of the People's Republic of China; and Fuxing Park, a European-style park popular with mahjong players and locals practicing tai chi.