Shanghai: The Former French Concession Area

I have had to postpone a trip I planned to make to Beijing in May this year because of the Covid-19 pandemic.  However, I have had time during the pandemic lockdown to reflect on some of the photographs I took on trips to China in recent years.  I will start with some photos I took in the former French Concession area of Shanghai.  The former French Concession area is located in west central Shanghai, to the west of the former International Settlement area.  The French Concession was ‘administered’ by France between 1849 and 1943.  Architecture, the layout of streets and parks in the former French Concession area continue to show a very strong French influence.

IMG_0924 French style apartment building in the former French Concession area, May 2019

IMG_0927 (1)The same apartment building, side view, May 2019

IMG_0977Former home of the Chinese writer Ba Jin.  Red Guards forced their way through this door a number of times during the Cultural Revolution.  Ba Jin’s wife was forced to sweep the streets for a time. October 2018

IMG_8586Former home of Sun Yatsen and his wife Song Qingling, October 2018

IMG_2498Xiangyang Park on Huaihai Middle Road, in the former French Concession area of Shanghai. The ’70’ rosette marks the 70th Anniversary of the founding of the Chinese state. October 2019

IMG_8598Huaihai Middle Road in the former French Concession area of Shanghai (formerly ‘Avenue Joffre’), October 2018

IMG_2491The Versace store in Huaihai Middle Road, former French Concession area of Shanghai, October 2019

IMG_2503Only a short walk away from the Versace store, the building where the Chinese Communist Party held its first National Congress in 1921, October 2019

IMG_8572French style street in the former French Concession area of Shanghai, October 2018

Michael Ingle (michaelingle@btinternet.com)



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