Shanghai Old French Concession

Around 4 kilometers west from the Old Town there is Shanghai Old French Concession (上海法租界; Shànghǎi Fǎ Zūjiè; Shannxi Soth Road Metro Station, Exit 4). The French established their settlement in 1863, and this remained their official area of the city until 1946. According to censuses number of foreigners increased to the 1942, reaching 150,931. Since then, number of foreigners declined. The architecture from the period of French colonization managed to remain unchanged at the heart of this dynamic city which is an excellent place for aimless wanderings. It reflects international sophistication and style of Shanghai. The area is full of interesting buildings, restaurants and shops, and long walkways to go through and explore. The trees on both sides gives the impression of a perfect walk, which can anytime be interrupted to drink a cup of tea or coffee in some of the French style coffee houses. Here as well you don’t need to pay attention to the maps and guides, but the recommendation definitely goes for the streets Huaihai Rd, Maoming Rd, Hengshan Rd, Taojiang Rd, Dongping Rd, Xingle Rd, Changle Rd, Julli Rd., since some of the most attractive things are set here.

Sun Vat-Sen’s Former Residence (孙中山故居纪念馆; Sūnzhōngshān Gùjū Jìniànguǎn; 7 Xiangshan Rd; www.sh-sunyat-sen.org; 6437 2954; 9:00-16:00; CNY20) is the residence of Sun Yat-sen who was the founder of the Republic of China and is considered to be one of the most important figures for the development of Chinese modern history. The residence was opened to public in 1988, and its main characteristic is the statue of the owner in sitting position in front of it. Being a museum today, it is worth a visit, since through many exhibited things and photos it gives a perfect insight into the modern history of China.

Fuxing Park (复兴公园; Fùxīng Gōng Yuán; 516 Fuxing Middle Rd; 6372 0662; 6:00-20:00; free) once being the largest park in Shanghai is also worth seeing, and with its tradition dating from 1909, it has a lot to offer in terms of its beauty. Besides the things that are quite typical for parks; greenery, flowers, benches and walkways, here you may also enjoy the locals performing different activities, such as dancing, singing, playing cards, and performing other traditional hobbies.

Propaganda Poster Art Center (上海宣传画艺术中心; Shànghǎi Xuānchuánhuà Yìshù Zhōngxīn; 868 Huashan Rd; www.shanghaipropagandaart.com; 211 1845; 10:00-17:00; CNY20) offers a great number of rare posters from the period of Cultural Revolution, and in general, the period of Mao Zedong. It is such an interesting place where the ideology that affected Chinese future is presented, and the fact it is set in the basement of an apartment complex leaves even the stronger impression.