French Concession attractions

Top Choice Area in French Concession

Tiánzǐfáng

Tiánzǐfáng and Xīntiāndì are based on a similar idea – an entertainment complex housed within a warren of traditional lòngtáng (弄堂; alleyways) – but when it comes to genuine charm and vibrancy, Tiánzǐfáng is the one…
Top Choice Area in French Concession

Xīntiāndì

With its own namesake metro station, Xīntiāndì has been a Shànghǎi icon for a decade or more. An upscale entertainment and shopping complex modelled on traditional alleyway (lòngtáng) homes, this was the first devel…
Museum in French Concession

Shànghǎi Arts & Crafts Museum

Repositioned as a museum, this arts and crafts institute displays traditional crafts such as needlepoint embroidery, paper cutting, lacquer work, jade cutting and lantern making. Watch traditional crafts being perfo…
Gallery in French Concession

Propaganda Poster Art Centre

If phalanxes of red tractors, bumper harvests, muscled peasants and lantern-jawed proletariats fire you up, this small gallery in the bowels of a residential block should intoxicate. The collection of original poste…
Museum in French Concession

Liúli China Museum

Founded by Taiwanese artists Loretta Yang and Chang Yi, the Liúli China Museum is dedicated to the art of glass sculpture (pâte de verre or lost-wax casting). Peruse the collection of ancient artefacts – some of whi…
Historic Building in French Concession

Song Qingling’s Former Residence

Built in the 1920s by a Greek shipping magnate, this quiet building became home to Song Qingling, wife of Dr Sun Yatsen, from 1948 to 1963. Size up two of her black limousines (one a gift from Stalin) in the garage …
Park in French Concession

Fùxīng Park

This leafy spot with a large lawn, laid out by the French in 1909 and later used by the Japanese as a parade ground in the late 1930s, remains one of the city’s more enticing parks. There is always plenty to see her…
Museum in French Concession

Shíkùmén Open House Museum

This two-floor exhibition invites you into a typical shíkùmén (stone-gate house) household, decked out with period furniture. The ground-floor arrangement contains a courtyard, entrance hall, bedroom, study and loun…
Historic Building in French Concession

Ba Jin’s Former Residence

This charming little pebble-dash residence with a delightful garden wouldn’t look out of place in a leafy London suburb. It's where the acclaimed author Ba Jin (1904–2005) lived from 1955 to the mid-1990s. Ba was th…
Historic Building in French Concession

Sun Yatsen’s Former Residence

Sun Zhongshan predictably receives the full-on hagiographic treatment at this shrine to China’s guófù (国父; father of the nation). A capacious exhibition hall next door further pampers his memory and serves as a full…