The former French Concession

In contrast to the small crowded alleys of the Old Town, the wide, green lanes of the former French Concession reflect the atmosphere of the elegant international past of this part of the city. Beautiful lane houses, impressive villas, Art Deco mansions and the many hundreds of plane trees, almost make you forget that you are in China. But behind all these glamorous facades, there are many darker stories to tell. How the French Concession was once the playground of gangsters, corrupt politicians, opium dens, gambling houses and some of the most influential people in modern history. Take a walk through the living past: the dynamic melting pot of refugees from all over the world, struggling for their place on the social ladder and scrambling for their share of the chances the former French Concession had to offer. This heritage is now completely overgrown by current Chinese life.

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