Beyond China’s ever growing flashy exterior, beyond a modernising China steaming towards the future, beyond Shanghai’s Bund, beyond high rise apartments is an older, more traditional, locals China. And you don’t even have to venture very far to discover it!
This is China in the backstreets of the French Concession in Shanghai.
The French Concession (Shànghǎi Fǎ Zūjiè ) stretching across three districts: Xuhui, Luwan and Jing’An is a premier residential and commercial neighbourhood in Shanghai. Between 1846 to 1946 this neighbourhood was predominately a concession for all the French settled in Shanghai. It is the typically French influences in the architecture and the layout of the streets that makes this one of the most charming area’s of Shanghai and indeed one of the most popular area’s for expats to live and work.
But beyond the echos of Shanghai’s European past, in the backstreets of the French Concession is life that is uniquely Chinese. Once you step off the main drags and down the lanes and alleyways, despite the European architecture you will see China, old China, traditional China playing out right before your eyes. In a habitat that is somewhat foreign and unfamiliar to the locals, the Chinese have adapted what was once a mostly foreign populates area to suit their own culture and ways of life.
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