Xuhui – Xujiahui & Expo is an offshoot of Shanghai’s French Concession. It lies west of the Huangpu River and was originally owned by a Ming-dynasty scientist. It later passed to the Roman Catholic Church and became an important residential area for expatriates in the French Concession. The focus eventually shifted to industry, but Xujiahui still has hints of historic charm.
While the main attractions in Xuhui are farther to the south, plenty of historic atmosphere lingers in Xuhui. Hotels in Xuhui – Xujiahui & Expo are still within convenient reach of popular sites like the Longhua pagoda and Shanghai Botanical Gardens. Well within the district is Xujiahui Cathedral, a Gothic structure that hosted the world’s first-ever Mandarin mass.
Xujiuhui has less heritage homes, focusing instead on modern, commercial enterprises. Several major shopping centers are in the area, connected to the rest of the city by the metro. There are stations at Changshu, Hengshan, Damuqiao and Dongan roads.
The district committed to major construction projects in anticipation of the 2010 World Expo, and onsite infrastructure is better than ever. The district also hosts the consulates of the USA, Germany, Italy, Turkey and Slovak Republic. Anyone with business at one of these consulates benefits from accommodation in Xuhui – Xujiahui & Expo.