1.It was part of the External Roads area during the concession era.
2. It is 2.4-kilometer-long road which borders the former French concession. It extends east to west from Huaihai Road to Kaixuan Road.
3. It is located in what was once known as the “Columbia Circle” neighborhood of Shanghai — which took its name from the former Columbia Road (now called Panyu Road).
4. The original name was Amherst Avenue after its construction in 1925. Later it was renamed Fahwah road. This name came from the temple and village that used to stand on the side, beside the creek ( the creek was covered over in 1958 and turned into Fahuazhen Lu)
5.It hosts over 100 garden villas and heritage buildings on its both sides, many designed in traditional Dutch, Spanish, French and Chinese architectural styles.
6. Most unique historic sites on Xinhua Road are:
1)Italian style country villa is also called the “Roman Home” and was built by the Rong family in 1932, a well-known family of wealthy tycoons. Rong Desheng built the house as a dowry for his niece Rong Shuren, the sister of Rong Yiren, the late Vice President of China during 1993-1998.