This first attempt of mine to learn street photography took place in TianZiFang/Tian zi fang (田子坊). It is on Taikang Road. There are many tea houses, Chines restaurants, outdoor cafes, galleries, and handicrafts everywhere.
Tianzifang is in the district of Shanghai known as the French Concession due to its former status of foreign settlement when the city was under British, American and French control. The first settlement to be established was the British in 1845, followed by the American in 1848 and the French in 1849. Although the foreign concessions ended during the Japanese occupation, they were officially dismantled in 1943.
Today TianZiFang is a cultural area in the heart of the trendy French Concession, populated with artists, photographers and designers, many of whom have opened their own studio. Hosting ethnic, hip style boutiques selling everything from scarves to jeweler, cozy cafes and restaurants, this cultural neighborhood is a tangle of picturesque and narrow alleys that make for a great subject for photography and an afternoon spent in a village-like atmosphere.
What to do in the French Concession area
Learn Chinese home-style cooking, it’s both useful and fun experience.
Find your favorite restaurants and bars to enjoy your morning or evening.
You can walk through the old restored residential area of Tranzifang in the French Concession, the lanes are full of arts and craft shops to do your shopping. Remember to negotiate the prices if you do shopping.
If it is possible, avoid weekends because the trendy FFC area can be too crowded.
If you are looking for a bit of quiet and relaxing time after going through Shanghai’s crowded streets, in the French Concession you can explore the beautiful Fuxing Park.
Shanghai Arts and Crafts Museums is another popular spots to visit in Former French Concession.
How to get to French Concession Shanghai, Tianzifang
Metro, Line 1 (Red) South Shaanxi Road metro station.
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