Shanghai French Concession – A Nearly Wordless Post

by torontogirlwest on January 11, 2014

Window French Concession

Wet Market Shanghai

Shanghai Street Vendor Dusters

Street Scene French Concession

Hengshan Road Shanghai

Produce Shanghai

Catfish Restaurant Tank

Man Profile Shanghai

French Concession Statue Max Engels

After the conclusion of our dumpling tour, the Husband and I spent several hours wandering through the beautiful tree-lined streets of the French Concession (so named as this part of Shanghai was an official French settlement from 1849-1946). Once again during this walk, I found myself confronted with the feeling that I had been in that part of Shanghai before. Sure, I was walking through the streets of China but everything from the markets, to the formal French gardens, and the architecture reminded me of the Paris I love.

And so I quickly came to the conclusion that if I were to live in Shanghai, I would choose to call the French Concession home.

With daydreams of expat life floating in our head, we called it an early night. The next day would see us board a train and head to the small Chinese city of Qufu; a place that would surprisingly become my favourite stop in our whole trip through China.


Question: If you were to live the expat life, where would you live? To be honest, I’m not sure I could choose! There are so many places in this world that I would love to call home!

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Sharon January 12, 2014 at 8:54 pm

Joe & I lived in Prague for a year as expats many moons ago. It was an incredible experience. If we were to do it again I think Japan would be cool or maybe even Europe again. We never made it to Paris and I would love to see Switzerland as well.

Your pics are fabulous. They really capture the culture!
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Toronto Girl West January 12, 2014 at 9:02 pm

You lived in Prague!??!?! How very cool!!! :) I never made it to Prague – I lived in Paris during the times when you needed a visa to visit the Czech Republic and I frankly didn’t bother to go through the hassle. It’s on my future must-visit list!

Also, you’d LOVE Paris! Ditto for Switzerland – but I’m sure Andrea has told you that!

And lastly, thank-you for the compliments on the pictures. It means an awful lot! :)
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