East China or Eastern China (simplified Chinese: 华东地区; traditional Chinese: 華東; pinyin: Huádōng) is an east coastal region in China, it is one of the seven major geographical regions in China divided by both physical and human characteristics. In fact, the classification is clearly stated in the Middle School textbook ‘Physical geography of China’ (see below). The East China region consists of 7 provinces (Jiangsu, Zhejiang, Anhui, Jiangxi, Shandong, Fujian and Taiwan) and 1 city (Shanghai), it is an economically more developed area in China.
Located in the East China, Shanghai is in the junction between Yangtze River and Qiantang River. With approx. 170,000 foreign residents living in the city, Shanghai is the most populated cities with foreigners in China (fzg360.com 2015). With a history of more than 700 years, Shanghai was once the financial center of the Far East. Today, Shanghai has raised again to become financial hub of China and a top tourist destination (sjtu.edu.cn 2016) as well as an international metropolis.
The Former Shanghai French Concession is one of the two former concessions in Shanghai (the other one is Shanghai International Settlement). It is located inside the current Luwan District and Xuhui District of Shanghai. Established in 1849 and ended in 1943, the Shanghai French Concession had been one of the centres of Catholicism in China as well as home to many of the Chinese revolutionaries. Today the Former Shanghai French Concession is a charming part of town to visit and during the day its quiet tree lined avenues and parks make for a wonderfully refreshing stroll (Foster 2008). Despite re-development over time, the area maintains unique features and is one of the top tourist destinations in Shanghai City.