Despite its vastness, it takes a lot not to be charmed by the quaint streets of the French Concession that are filled with European style villas and homes, interspersed with hip cafes, breweries, boutiques and stores, as well as avenues beautifully fringed and sheltered with trees.
While it is impossible to explore all of it in a short amount of time, many enjoy spending the day there taking leisurely strolls and falling in love with all of its European touches while taking pit stops along the way at iconic attractions and for sustenance.
With a laid-back ambiance to die for, among the must-see attractions within the French Concession is the gorgeous Fuxing Park ornamented with its perfectly manicured rose gardens, fountains and koi ponds, with locals often indulging in tai chi and chess.
Other points of interest include the charming creative hub Tianzifang, Sinan Road, home to the past abodes of historical figures Dr. Sun Yat Sen and Zhou Enlai, as well as the Shanghai Museum of Arts and Crafts which offers workshops on traditional crafts such as Chinese lanterns.
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A former industrial area for textiles in Shanghai composed of dilapidated warehouses and factories has now been transformed into the city’s top contemporary art complex housing galleries and art spaces featuring the works of many established and emerging Chinese artists.
Whether you are looking to relive your childhood dreams or have little ones alongside you in need of some fun, a trip to the happiest place on Earth – Disneyland – will never be a bad idea and luckily, Shanghai is home to one of only 6 parks in the world.
Situated 47 kilometres away from Shanghai is a well-preserved ancient water village in the Qingpu district – Zhujiajiao Water Town – that is often dubbed the Venice of Shanghai and boasts nearly 1,700 years of history.
Akin to a dreamy backdrop of a Chinese historical drama, Yu Garden or Yuyuan Garden is a verdant oasis in the middle of Shanghai’s Old City with exquisite scenery, complete with all the essential features and decorations of a classical Chinese garden.