Shanghai's French Concession. The French Concession is the area of Shanghai once designated for the French. Today, the area's central Huaihai Rd is a busy shopping street, but the tree-lined avenues and their many Tudor mansions still retain an air of the "Paris of the East". Metro Line 1 runs along Huaihai and Hengshan Roads. Most useful stop is probably the Shan Xi Nan Lu station, which is fairly central. ulu Lu to the north and Huai Hai Lu running through the center, plus Mao Ming Lu and surrounding area to the south of Huai Hai Lu. Chang Le Lu and Xin Le Lu are rapidly becoming the places to find small designer clothing shops Ruijin Erlu (????, "Ruijin 2nd Road") is a tree-lined boulevard in the heart of the French Concession, where you can experience the real Shanghai longtang (a narrow alley from house to house, which is a distinctive Shanghai architecture style). * Huaihai Road (??? Huáih?ilù) - The main commercial street, with mainly international brand stores. Xujiahui (???) - Enormous shopping malls are found here. You can get here by metro. Julu Lu, Chang Le Lu and Xin Le Lu - These two parallel east-west streets and the surrounding neighbourhood are gradually acquiring some outstanding boutiques and shops. An Fu Lu - Interesting boutiques (and bars and restaurants) both in the eastern and western ends of this street. Garden Books - near to the junction of Chang Le Lu and Shanxi Nan Lu. Good selection of Chinese travel guides, as well as aromatic coffee and flavorful ice cream. Their monthly bric-a-brac sales are a popular local social event. Torana House formerly in Shan Xi Nan Lu, now at #164 An Fu Lu (just west of Wu Lu Mu Qi Lu). Has Tibetan and Chinese carpets and Tibetan furniture in a contemporary gallery. Spin Ceramics - Designer ceramics by Chinese artists but with a Japanese flavor, in a stylish minimalist space off Julu Lu. Bit difficult to spot since it is set back off the street: it is next to Mesa restaurant (known to many expats for its excellent Sunday brunch). Silk QiPao shops - A row of shops along Chang Le Lu, between Mao Ming Lu and Shan Xi Nan Lu specializes in silk Qi Paos (traditional Shanghai-style silk dresses), which can be made to measure. The shops are especially popular with Japanese visitors staying at the nearby Okura Garden Hotel. eno, 139-23 Changle Lu (between Ruijin Lu and Chengdu Lu) . Two storey shop featuring t-shirts, sweatshirts, bags and shoes designed in conjunction with China's hottest up and coming artists. Also has a cafe with Illy coffee. Mme Mao's Dowry in Fu Min Lu. Cultural Revolution nostalgia. Ferguson Lane, in a narrow alley off Wu Kang Lu in the western end of the French Concession District. Is a '30s building filled with restaurants and boutique shops.
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