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Shanghai French Concession
Shanghai French Concession

Shanghai French Concession

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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Book this tour!
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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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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Great half day tour!
Ale C, Aug 2019
Private Yu Garden, The Bund, French Concession, Pudong Half-Day Tour
Hello - would highly recommend taking the tour with Tom if you have limited time (business). He is very friendly, eloquent and explains and points out pertinent details about all the sights you are seeing. He also picks you up and drops you off for convenience. His English is excellent so expect very fluid conversation. I was very happy with the outcome.
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Fantastic walking tour with Kelly
Mickie L, Jun 2019
Private Walking Tour in the Former French Concession
Kelly took us on a wonderful walking tour of the old French Concession in Shanghai....it was just the trip I was hoping for - so interesting - Kelly's English is excellent - and we had such a great time with her. I highly recommending asking for Kelly when booking a tour in Shanghai. Mickie & Doug Lloyd in Sausalito, CA
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Great Tour & Experience
Mon1203, Jun 2019
Private Yu Garden, The Bund, French Concession, Pudong Half-Day Tour
We recently completed a half day tour of Shanghai with Tom. Visiting with a friend & 2 children Tom made the tour extremely enjoyable!! He was very accommodating & knowledgeable about Shanghai & it’s history. We very much enjoyed this tour & would highly recommend.
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Mary our guide was excellent. The...
Marie L, May 2016
Private Colonial Walking Tour: Shanghai French Concession
Mary our guide was excellent. The tour was interesting and relaxing up until we reached Tianzifang. The crowds were unbelievable and you could only follow the person in front of you. Unfortunately we picked the wrong weekend to visit as it was the May Day holidays in Shanghai. Make sure you check to make sure there are no public holidays when you visit.
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Excellent overview of the city.
Janine H, May 2019
Private Yu Garden, The Bund, French Concession, Pudong Half-Day Tour
Tom did a great job of showing us the highlights of Shanghai as well as a tea ceremony. He was very knowledgeable and was able to answer all our questions about the people and their culture. We would recommend him highly.
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Wonderful! Mary was a great tour...
Rachael C, Jun 2015
Private Colonial Walking Tour: Shanghai French Concession
Wonderful! Mary was a great tour guide. She was really fun, sweet and answered all of our questions. We had a wonderful afternoon.
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Great Tour
DayTrip22353939055, Mar 2019
Private Yu Garden, The Bund, French Concession, Pudong Half-Day Tour
This tour is a great way to see some of the highlights of the city if you only have a few hours. Tom, our tour guide, spoke very good English and was extremely knowledgeable. He was friendly and personable as well. I highly recommend booking a tour with Tom!
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Exactly what I wanted!
BigIslandIsBeautiful, Oct 2018
Private Yu Garden, The Bund, French Concession, Pudong Half-Day Tour
My family and I visited Shanghai for a weekend and wanted to hit the highlights. Our guide was fabulous. Highly recommend.
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We did French Concession and Hidden...
Susan R, Oct 2017
Private Walking Tour in the Former French Concession
We did French Concession and Hidden Door tours with Penny, who was an excellent English speaking guide. Very knowledgeable, friendly and considerate of our needs. She had in depth knowledge and gave personal recommendations based on our interests. We highly recommend Penny for visitors to Shanghai.

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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