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Old French Concession

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Address: Puxi Central, Huangpu District, Shanghai 200000, China
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12:00 am - 12:00 am
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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...

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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A bit of modern Chinese History

We always make a point of visiting this area when in Shanghai. It is just that bit quieter and prettier than the usual bustle of Shanghai. Interesting shops and a great variety of... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Wollongong Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We always make a point of visiting this area when in Shanghai. It is just that bit quieter and prettier than the usual bustle of Shanghai. Interesting shops and a great variety of restaurants. We followed a walking tour suggestion and stopped in at the house of Zhou Enlai and the first meeting place of the Communist Party before stopping... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Quite a few restaurants, some old architecture and it was nice just having a coffee and relaxing and watching the world go by.

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Wollongong, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

After a 10min taxi ride from the bustling Bund this area was so peaceful and tranquil. Walk from the Propaganda Poster Museum to the Arts and Craft museum to get a taste of this leafy, quaint residential area. Lots of cafes and restaurants in the higher price range but great for a change of pace and cuisine options.

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Kalmar, Kalmar Län, Sweden
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Calm beautiful part of the city, worth a visit. Those type of old parts of huge cities are usually the nicest to spend time

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Tianjin Region, China
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This is one of my favourite areas in Shanghai. It is always busy so be prepared for a bit hustle and bustle. The architecture is great. There are so many nice cafes and restaurants to eat in and people watch from. There are lots of little shops and stalls and plenty of tourist knick knacks to be had.

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Austin, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This area has tons of restaurants, bars, hotels and shops. Although there are very high end designer shops there are also lots of small shops. This area is popular with the expats.

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The Bund is by all means stunning at night time, but the old part of Shanghai is just great to walk in and take in the sights, sounds and many shops to view. It's the true heart of Shanghai and as you walk you will meet locals and expats who have lived in Shanghai and escaped the concrete jungle New... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This was lovely but would have been lovely to see before it was dark. Although it has been rebuilt it was still lovely

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Cologne, Germany
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Nice to See. I was there at the Fashion week. So it was really crowded. The Restaurants are a Little bit expensive. But the small streets are really nice.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I have been to the old french concession a number of times. the first time was 5 years ago i walked around in the afternoon early evening. this time i walked and rode a bicycle around the area on a couple of separate occasions at all times of the day. it never ceases to amaze me that this place is... More 

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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.