China | Shanghai

Shanghai French Concession

China Discovery Tour

Shanghai | China

13 Jan 2020 | Mon

Day 17 of 18

  • Top of Shanghai World Financial Center
  • Tianzifang Shanghai
  • Shanghai French Concession
  • Nanjing Road Shopping District Shanghai
  • Lunch at Traditional Chinese Restaurant Nanjing Road
  • Yuyuan Bazaar Shanghai
  • Huangpu River Night Cruise

Shanghai French Concession

The French Concession in Shanghai was a concession zone given to the French Empire by the Qing Dynasty in 1849. It was governed by French municipal laws from 1849 to 1946, when it was returned to China. The area is now commonly referred to as simply “French Concession”, without reference to its former governing system.

The area was well-known for its cosmopolitan atmosphere, where Western expatriates and wealthy Chinese mingled. The concession came to an end in 1943 when the Japanese occupied Shanghai during World War II.

The French Concession is located in central Shanghai, south of the Old City near The Bund.

The Shanghai French Concession was a foreign concession in Shanghai, China from 1849 until 1943, which progressively expanded in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The concession came to an end in 1943 when the French State under German pressure signed it over to the pro-Japanese Reorganized National Government of China in Nanjing. For much of the 20th century, the area covered by the former French Concession remained the premier residential and retail district of Shanghai, and was also one of the centres of Catholicism in China. Despite re-development over the last few decades, the area retains a distinct character and is a popular tourist destination.

– Wikipedia Shanghai French Concession

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