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While there are technical borders to the area formerly governed by the French in Shanghai, the "French Concession" of today is an amorphous neighborhood that is a favorite of the city's foreign residents. While it is mostly within the Xuhui district, residents will sometimes include parts of Jing'an and Luwan in their mental maps of the Former French Concession. The area seems frozen in time, characterized by quiet, tree-lined avenues, French-style villas, interesting boutiques, lively bars and quaint cafes that are not typical of China. All of these mix and mingle with local life as Chinese markets and lanehouse communities are peppered throughout. Denizens of the Former French Concession can spectate a mahjong game on the street or get their bike checked at a tiny bike repair store on the way to their refurbished apartment tucked away among Chinese family homes.
This is the only park in the city which is landscaped in the fashion of a French park, or so it is written on the plaque at one entrance. People were playing cards and some were singing, some were dancing. The dancers were quite good, I could see they've had some practice. All in all, people are doing as they...
I was surprised to see the former residence of Dr Sun Yat Sen so well preserved. Although he had never been a member of the Communist Party he is regarded a a hero and identified as a revolutionary, highlighting his links to the Party (and Joffe, the Russian). Sun Yat Sen died in 1925, well before the Chinese Communists took...
Just down south from Nanjing Road, another main artillery of ancient Shanghai converging with the new Shanghai is Huaihai Road. This is French town, the former French Concession. One of the only preserved concession areas remaining (apart from the Bund). Is this why Shanghai is called Paris of the East? Maybe there’s more to it.
This arts and crafts museum is in a fantastic old building. You can see many different Chinese crafts, including carved Jade, carved wood, tapestries, porcelain. And the building itself is worth the visit. This is an interesting old Shanghai neighborhood, and about a 15 minute walk from the metro station. Not far from Tianzifang, so you could swing by there...
In Shanghai - We caught the subway & walked to the Mdme Soong Ching Ling's residence. We were not able to visit it - since it is closed for a year for repairs.
Sign says - closed from Jan 1 thru Dec 31, 2018
I have a photo of the sign - but unable to download the photo on your...
₹₹ - ₹₹₹ • Italian, Pizza, Mediterranean, European
"Best italian food I’ve ever had!"
reviewed 2 weeks ago by senci p
Weird to say the best italian food I’ve ever had was in china, but it is true. This place is phenomenal, their appetizers are great and their pasta is always done to perfection. Try their truffle linguine ! It’s my favorite. The lunch usually has discounts, too. It’s a great place to get an authentic thin crispy crust pizza for...
I arrived at 4:44pm without a reservation, and they were not open yet. They were super nice and let me in, offered me a drink, and sat me down within 15 minutes. I was already loving this place! I chose the all you can eat menu which includes all you can drink draft beer. I was alone at the table...
Great restaurant! I was a little worried when I heard we were going to a French restaurant. Bad thoughts of sauces and heavy food on a HOT day in Shanghai. I was really surprised and pleased with eclectic menu and fantastic food quality that assuaged all my fears.
The owners were welcoming, attentive and very engaged throughout our dinner. Highly...
My friend in Shanghai recommended this hotel to us. We are staying in he hotel for 2 nights. It is situated on a very quiet street in Shanghai with a subway station next door.
Room is very large with a huge bathroom. Do not expect any view even on their top Floor. Everything is touch screen in the room. Very...
"Authentic place in the middle of french concession"
reviewed 1 week ago by JF P
Probably the best hotel downtown, in the middle of a huge park. Large room, very clean. Refuse to be booked in the annex as they try to do it without asking you during check in. Stay in the main building, and enjoy the place !
A very good hotel in the center of Shanghai.Excellent facilities and super kind and helpful stuff.Very good and various breakfast, also european food.Good facilities for meetings and strong internet connection.
I like the historic background of the hotel and the architecture is really nice.
The Japanese breakfast was really yummy as well.
Regarding the room, i will say it is good, tidy and clean.
However, the wifi seems not well that well.
Good location as well!
Good location close to subway and in French district. Beautiful park nearby and shopping. Excellent buffet breakfast offering Western and Asian variety. Room was standard. Staff was helpful and friendly. Nice view of city and distant view of waterfront.