The Old French Concession
The Old French Concession of Shanghai refers to a long and narrow area located in the former Luwan and Xuhui districts, extending to Jinling East Road and Zhongshandong No.2 Road in Huangpu District in the east. It was the largest and best developed one of the four French concessions in old China (Canton Bay was not a concession, but was under the jurisdiction of French Indochina). The French Concession reached its peak in the 1930s. After that, with the Japanese army's comprehensive invasion of China, the French Concession briefly became an isolated island in the Japanese-occupied Shanghai. In 1943, the French Concession was handed over by the puppet Vichy French regime to the puppet Wang Ching-wei regime, and officially withdrew from the stage of history. For locals, especially the older generation of Shanghainese, the area of the Old French Concession is what they call the "upper corner" and a symbol of sophisticated living. In addition to the rich, there are also foreigners: "There are more foreigners in this area, and the rent is higher."