Must-see attractions in French Concession

  • Souvenir shop in Tianzifang.

    Tianzifang

    French Concession

    Tianzifang and Xintiandi are based on a similar idea – an entertainment complex housed within a warren of lòngtáng (弄堂, alleyways). Unlike Xintiandi,…

  • Xintiandi, Shanghai, China, Asia

    Xintiandi

    French Concession

    With its own namesake metro station, Xintiandi has been a Shanghai icon for over a decade. An upmarket entertainment and shopping complex modelled on…

  • Shanghai Museum of Public Security

    French Concession

    This offbeat and macabre museum over three floors details how the Chinese authorities keep control. Display cases depict the illicit activities local cops…

  • Liuli China Museum

    French Concession

    Founded by Taiwanese artists Loretta Yang and Chang Yi, the Liuli China Museum is dedicated to the art of glass sculpture (pâte de verre or lost-wax…

  • Shanghai Arts and Crafts Museum

    French Concession

    Repositioned as a museum, this arts and crafts institute displays traditional crafts such as needlepoint embroidery, paper cutting, lacquer work, jade…

  • Soong Qingling’s Former Residence

    French Concession

    Built in the 1920s by a Greek shipping magnate, this quiet building became home to Soong Qingling, wife of Dr Sun Yatsen, from 1948 to 1963. Size up two…

  • Fuxing Park

    French Concession

    This leafy spot with a large lawn, laid out by the French in 1909 and used by the Japanese as a parade ground in the late 1930s, remains one of the city’s…

  • Shikumen Open House Museum

    French Concession

    This two-floor exhibition invites you into a typical shíkùmén (stone-gate house) household, decked out with period furniture. The ground-floor arrangement…

  • Sun Yatsen’s Former Residence

    French Concession

    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…

  • Ba Jin’s Former Residence

    French Concession

    This charming little pebble-dash residence with a delightful garden is where the acclaimed author Ba Jin (1904–2005) lived from 1955 to the mid-1990s. Ba…

  • Zhou Enlai’s Former Residence

    French Concession

    In 1946, Zhou Enlai, the much-loved (although some swear he was even more sly than Mao) first premier of the People’s Republic of China, lived briefly in…

  • Wukang Road Tourist Information Centre

    French Concession

    On one of the area’s best-preserved streets, this centre displays scale-model concession buildings, photos of historic Shanghai architecture and maps for…

  • Ferguson Lane

    French Concession

    On those rare days when Shanghai’s skies are cloud-free, the chic Ferguson Lane courtyard fills up in the blink of an eye with boutique browsers, latte…

  • Xiangyang Park

    French Concession

    This small, French-inspired park features a central avenue lined with statuesque plane trees. Come evening, this walkway regularly transforms into a stage…

  • Beaugeste

    French Concession

    One of Shanghai's top galleries, this small space is concealed high above the street-level crowds. Curator Jean Loh captures humanistic themes in…

  • Leo Gallery

    French Concession

    Spread across two buildings in the charming Ferguson Lane complex, the Leo Gallery focuses on works by young Chinese artists.

  • Moller House

    French Concession

    One of Shanghai’s most whimsical buildings, the Scandinavian-influenced Gothic peaks of the Moller House could double as the Munsters’ holiday home…

  • Shanghai Library

    French Concession

    This is China’s largest public library, with a copy of Rodin’s sculpture The Thinker plonked outside. For a postmodern white-tile building, it is actually…

  • Shanghai Camera History Museum

    French Concession

    One for diehard vintage camera fans, this museum displays cameras from the 20th century, including old folding models from the 1920s and ’30s as well as a…

  • Mass celebration inside Community Church.

    Community Church

    French Concession

    Shanghai’s largest and most popular, this nondenominational ivy-cloaked church was built in 1924. There are no cheesy Chinese Catholic frills and the…

  • St Nicholas Church

    French Concession

    A short walk west along Gaolan Rd from Fuxing Park is rewarded by the distinctive shape of the vacant and now derelict St Nicholas Church, one of Shanghai…

  • Cité Bourgogne

    French Concession

    Cité Bourgogne is an excellent example of a shíkùmén lǐlòng (traditional alleyway) neighbourhood. Built in 1930, it has been well preserved and is a great…

  • Christ the King Church

    French Concession

    The Christ the King Church, built in 1928, was originally located on Changle Rd in the French Concession. It's now situated on the corner of Julu and…

  • Russian Orthodox Mission Church

    French Concession

    Built in 1934, this lovely blue-domed church was designed for the huge influx of Russians to Shanghai in the 1930s.