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Address: Puxi Central, Huangpu District, Shanghai 200000, China
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: No
Description: 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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A taste of France

Wow, how clean, clear and trendy, with restaurants and bars as well as French shops.. So unexpected and so welcoming. A big contrast tto the local streets. You have to take a... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 31, 2015
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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015 NEW

Wow, how clean, clear and trendy, with restaurants and bars as well as French shops.. So unexpected and so welcoming. A big contrast tto the local streets. You have to take a look.... Allow at least 1 hour, so you can sit outside and soak up the atmosphere

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015 NEW

From my point of view, this was the most interesting place in Shanghai. I loved the architecture of the place and the atmosphere there.

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London, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015 NEW

The French Concession is a gorgeous neighbourhood with a European atmosphere. It was great to learn about the history of the area, enjoy the excellent shops and restaurants. It is quite pricey here though, so if you want regional foods and economical prices, then be sure to eat before entering this large neighbourhood.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015 NEW

Nice little area that has some nice shops, restaurants, and bars. Many of the Ex-PATs/Westerners living in Shanghai go here for dinner- especially on the weekends.Take 932 bus down there and back to the river/Bund area.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015 NEW

A very nice colonial place to see and worth spending an hour or so wondering around. Be prepared to pay £7 for a pint of beer.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015 NEW

Somehow this place still has a reputation for being characterful and charming. It's not. It is a good place to people-watch, get some reliably good (but expensive) food, and enjoy drinks with friends, but I wouldn't put it higher than that.

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Shanghai Region, China
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015 NEW

I'm so glad amidst all the crazy high rise development in Shanghai, there exists a section in the middle of the city, with tree lined streets, old villas, away from the crowds, the noise, the hustle and bustle of the large city. Where you are not pressured, and not rushed by the crowds around you. A place where you can... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

My husband and I couldn't believe what we had walked into. I felt like we had stumbled in the shops in Harry Potter. Narrow passage ways with trinket shops, restaurants, and little bars. We visited this place in the afternoon, but can only imagine how more magical it would appear in the evening with the lights, sounds and smells of... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015 NEW

A very nice area to walk around the cozy streets, look at small shops and eat at nice cafes! A very western dominated place - a great escape for expats!

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

If you're looking for a Yuppie, overpriced, renovated part of Shanghai then this is the place for you. personally, besides the nice buildings (European), it did nothing for me. I would rather spend time in Old Shanghai (Chinese) to REALLY take you back in time to how it was & still is only streets away from this version.

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