China had numerous foreign concession districts throughout its country, once Western imperial powers reached its shores. The French Concession in Shanghai is one of these former districts. Since 2000, the government has been careful to promote and maintain the architecture of the neighborhood and develop it as an entertainment and shopping district.
Tianzifang and Xintiandi are the best developed parts of the French Concession when it comes to shopping and entertainment, particularly for tourists and expats. With alleyways and roads filled with creative boutiques, cafés, and restaurants, the French Concession is a must stop destination for those looking to fill their wardrobes or have a big night out.