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Shanghai French Concession
Shanghai French Concession

Shanghai French Concession

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2,338 Reviews
Free admission
Luwan and Xuhui Districts, Shanghai

The Basics

The former French Concession is one of the most popular areas in Shanghai, and many guided walking, bike, and coach tours feature a stop here, along with other top city attractions such as the Bund, Yuyuan Garden, and the Jade Buddha Temple. Walking tours can feature hidden gems and well-known highlights such as Xintiandi and Tianzifang or be tailored to specific interests, such as history, architecture, art, food, or nightlife. Combine a visit here with a Huangpu River cruise, an acrobatic show, or a cooking class for a more comprehensive experience.

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Private Colonial Walking Tour: Shanghai French Concession
Private Colonial Walking Tour: Shanghai French Concession
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$123.08 per adult
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Tour to the French Concession in Shanghai
We had a fantastic time visiting the French Concession in large part, because our guide, Zara was so informative and friendly. We really sharpened up on our history of Modern China and Shanghai and Zara gave us this education in a way such that we will probably remember what we learned for a long time. My wife and I do a lot of traveling and we frequently engage the services of guides. Visiting Shanghai French Concession, we looked for a very good guide and indeed we found one with Zara.
Inspire185971, Oct 2019

Recent reviews from experiences in Shanghai

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Jodi, May 2021
Private Walking Tour in the Former French Concession
It’s not very often you encounter a tour guide who feels like an old friend leading you through their favorite city - but Penny was so warm and friendly and our conversation was so easy that the time just flew by. Her knowledge of the area and thoughtful responses to my questions not only gave me insight but made me curious to experience more of the local culture. I travel a lot (12 weeks a year.). This is one of the best tours I’ve had in a very long time. Don’t miss out on your chance to see the French Concession up close!
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More than the sights!
brianagraydon, Jan 2020
Private Yu Garden, The Bund, French Concession, Pudong Half-Day Tour
Had a wonderful experience during the half-day tour with Tom! He thoughtfully planned the route so that we experienced each attraction with minimal distraction / crowds. He was able to answer all sorts of cultural and historical questions with a great sense of pride and humor. Would certainly recommend this tour for hitting all the major sites while adding color and context you wouldn't get in seeing them alone.
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Loved it! Well done!
Go257360, Nov 2019
Private Yu Garden, The Bund, French Concession, Pudong Half-Day Tour
Our guide, Jaime was excellent and open to doing what we were most interested in such as a tea ceremony and tasting local food!
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Great tour of the former French Concession!
Tourist308722, Nov 2019
Private Walking Tour in the Former French Concession
This was the first of two tours with Penny and we had a great time! Penny was extremely knowledgeable about the history and architecture of the area, along with the food and culture. We highly recommend this tour and were happy we also got some excellent food recommendations out of it, too.
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Priveate Yu Garden, The bund, French Concession, Pudong Half-Day Tour
175ginnys, Oct 2019
Private Yu Garden, The Bund, French Concession, Pudong Half-Day Tour
Tom was an excellent private tour guide. He arrived on time and provided us with a wealth of information about Shanghai and how the Shanghai Village started out as a small fishing village into what it is today. He gave us a clear understanding about how the French, British & American Concessions were established there also. Tom also answered the numerous questions my husband, son & I each had for him. He answered our questions about Hong Kong, the economics of Shanghai, the real estate, etc. about Shanghai, and so much more. We would highly recommend this half day tour to anyone interested in learning about this city of Shanghai. I have been on tours of Shanghai in the past but Tom's tour is fabulous and the best I had taken.
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A wonderful tour of a vibrant city.
Lynda A, Oct 2019
Private Yu Garden, The Bund, French Concession, Pudong Half-Day Tour
An excellent tour with a very experienced and knowledgeable tour guide. Tom met us in our hotel lobby and we started the tour in the old Chinese section of the city. Tom took us to the Chinese section before it became too crowded and explained the history of Shanghai as we walked around. We experienced a Chinese Tea Ceremony which was a highlight, and then learned about the Tao religion in the Tao Temple. Our second stop was the beautiful French Concession followed by the Bund. Tom was able to answer all of our questions and recommended places to eat. I thoroughly recommend this tour.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • The French Concession is a must for first-time visitors to Shanghai.

  • Wear comfortable shoes and plan to do a fair bit of walking.

  • It’s worth visiting during the day for the museums, galleries, and boutiques, and then again after dark for the buzzing nightlife.

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How to Get There

The French Concession is located in Puxi and covers the Luwan and Xihui districts. A number of metro lines have stops in the area, including lines 1, 2, 7, 9, 10, and 11. Many buses also stop in the area, including lines 42, 167, 320, 911, 920, and 926.

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When to Get There

The French Concession can be visited at any time. Different attractions have different opening hours, so it’s worth checking ahead to help plan your visit. Depending on your interests, you can spend anywhere from an hour to several days here.

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Shanghai French Concession Highlights

Xintiandi and Tianzifang are popular shopping and entertainment areas that also highlight the traditional Shikumen-style buildings of Shanghai. You can find the former residences of Dr. Sun Yat-sen, Premier Zhou Enlai, and Soong Ching Ling here. Museums include the Shanghai Arts and Crafts Museum, the Shikumen Open House Museum, the Propaganda Poster Arts Center, and the Site of the First National Congress of CPC. Fuxing Park, a European-style park popular with locals, features a number of restaurants, bars, and clubs throughout.

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