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Old French Concession

Address: Puxi Central, Huangpu District, Shanghai 200000, China
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Type: Historic Walking Areas, Sights & Landmarks
Fee: No
Owner description: A residential area of Shanghai once designated for the French, the...
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Type: Historic Walking Areas, Sights & Landmarks
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: A residential area of Shanghai once designated for the French, the French Concession is popular with tourists and expats, and appreciated for its cafes, tree-lined avenues, and tudor houses.
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Ashland, Virginia
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 NEW

This area is full of interesting shops, good restaurants, cafes, tea shops. The scale of buildings is more human scaled as it was built before the modern building boom. It's a great area just to walk around in, absorb the atmosphere and take photos.

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Brisbane, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 NEW

This area is mainly arts and crafts plus jewellery etc. The buildings were french colonial style and the lane ways were very narrow. We were told that it wasn't busy when we visited so I'd hate to see what it was like when it was crowded. Many of the items are way overprice but then again it's really a tourist... More 

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Reno, Nevada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

Good shopping area and lots of great food choices - LOVE Element Fresh. Good people watching as well.

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Colchester, United Kingdom
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

This was an interesting area but not an awful lot to see. Wandered round in about 1/2 hour. This units/homes are now used for businesses.

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Shanghai, China
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24 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

French Concession is nice with interesting architecture and many good places to go shopping or enjoy good food or drinks. If you go here can you be sure you will meet a lot of international habitants. You are in the biggest expatriate area of Shanghai when you visit French Concession. You will feel it. This part is a must visit... More 

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Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015 via mobile

There is a lot of sophisticated Shanghai in this area, and always something new to discover. The area is very large, and there is often one more little street that you may not have seen before. Restaurants, bars, coffee shops, retail, photo opportunities, hipsters, chic businesswomen, cute school kids, obnoxious old ladies and real Shanghainese. Delightful.

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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

The Old French Concession is a very posh area, with many shops, restaurants and bars (most pricey). In my opinion it is an area very westernized neighborhood and if go all the way to China to experience its culture and custom, don't waste you time going there.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

It's still a large and vivid area with loads of interesting buildings and street- night- shopping-life...

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Chester, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

Spoilt for choice +++ Shopping, food lifestyle and incredible atmosphere. Spectacularly good as a first foray into a diverse and bustling city.

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

This was such a lovely area to visit, and so easy to just walk or cycle around for the day. I was surprised at some of the prices and expat culture in the area but I had not visited China before and the major cities have undergone so much growth in recent years.

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