Day 63: The French Concession

One night we walked the dark streets of the French Concession in Shanghai. This area was a French settlement from 1849 to 1946 till the Vichy French government gave it to the Nanking government. We got lost because nobody except tour companies and hospitality calls it the French Concession.

The streets are narrow with cobblestone sidewalks perfect for sauntering and lined with flowerless trees. The roofs are rounded like French barns.

It doesn’t look like much, which is exactly why it is so wonderful. In Shanghai, any respite from the hectic city environment is welcome.


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