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Old French Concession

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Address: Puxi Central, Huangpu District, Shanghai 200000, China
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Sun - Sat 12:00 am - 12:00 am
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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A residential area of Shanghai once designated for the French, the French...

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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Old world charm

A good example of the contrasts you find in Shanghai, with a step back into old French style streetscapes and some of the charm that other parts of the increasingly materialistic... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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London, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

A good example of the contrasts you find in Shanghai, with a step back into old French style streetscapes and some of the charm that other parts of the increasingly materialistic city has lost. Good eateries, shopping and wandering to be had.

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Rotterdam, The Netherlands
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The neighborhood definitely had a French/European look, but I expected a overwhelming load of French architecture, which was not there to me. But still very nice to walk around. Expensive neighborhood though.

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Christchurch
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

You feel like you are in Paris in the middle of Shanghai. With many famous restaurants and even a Belgium beer café this is a great place to visit if you would like a western meal while in China. Very trendy and near the shopping.

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Rahway, New Jersey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Shanghai was created as an international city and is much different from other Chinese cities, especially in the former French Concession which still has a European scale to the back streets and buildings and the distinctive London plane trees. A lot of the development of the 1920s and 1930s survived wars and revolutions and there is interesting architecture on the... More 

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Denver, Colorado
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Great shops, architecture and food definitely worth a visit while in Shanghai! Lots of English language skills in the restaurants and bars which is not a given.

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Atlanta, Georgia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Each time I travel to Shanghai I visit the Old French area. They have wonderful restaurants and high end shopping. Stop at simply Thai or go to the German Place. (Closed for remodeling this visit)

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Mexico City, Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Beautiful traditional architecture, very french part of Shanghai. Here you can find several nice options for diner with friends, hace a cold drink or wine and enjoy company. Beautiful open street bars, modern restaurants with a cosmopolita ambience. Don't forget to visit this place and arrive hungry!

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Calgary, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Superb fashion, architecture and food define this section of Shanghai. We had some fantastic meals here, got a couple of suits made and really enjoyed walking around. Knowing what we know, would have stayed in hotel in the Concession. Maybe next time...

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Trieste, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I am just about moving to Shanghai and I have visited this wonderful area of the city. If my Company's office was not so far from this area I would have considered moving to this place. Definitely worth a visit, so full of charm, nice restaurants, old houses, shops and much, much more.

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Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I went a little to early in the day to appreciate this place. Going in the afternoon would have been better because nothing was really open and we just ended up walking around looking at the architecture.

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Xintiandi
The refurbishment of a block of old shikumen into a carless entertainment center called Xintiandi, filled with restaurants, shops and bars, turned this area below South Huangpi Road into one of Shanghai’s most fashionable areas. Luxe condos house people who can afford the high-end brands that fill the malls and shops along Madang Road. The pleasant Taipinghu Park provides the area with green space and is also home to Shanghai Fashion Week twice a year. It’s not all glitter and glamour, though, as the rise of Danshui Road has given the Xintiandi area a shot of toned-down character. Small bars and cafes, mostly owned by locals, have people hanging out in a formerly quiet, unassuming part of the neighborhood.