The area also hosts many historical buildings dating back to the 1920s, in various architectural styles including Neo-Classical, Beaux-Arts and Art Deco. Many of the buildings were occupied by foreign banks and trading houses from countries such as Britain, France, Russia, Germany, Italy, United States, the Netherlands, Belgium and Japan. The Japanese invasion during the Second World War, followed by the Communist rule curtailed further development in this area. As a result, the buildings in this part of Shanghai have been embalmed in time.
was a section of the Bund that was considered to be "French Territory" between 1849 - 1943. Many influences from that time, including Art Deco buildings and French stores and clubs still exist today.