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“Beautiful European Architecture and Feel” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Old French Concession

Old French Concession
Puxi Central, Huangpu District, Shanghai 200000, China (Former French Concession)
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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.
Hong Kong, China
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“Beautiful European Architecture and Feel”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2013

The French Concession is an area filled with cafes and little shops that are nestled in narrow alleyways of old bricklined streets. It is a great place to spend a couple of hours and excellent location for taking photos. The cafes and restaurants offer a wide range of European cuisines.

The only down side to the restaurants is that they are a bit more on the pricey side compared to restaurants in general in Shanghai. The food however, is quite good. An average meal for two might cost anywhere between 300-500 RMB.

The feel is very relaxed and its a great place for alfresco dining whilst soaking in the blend of cultures as you sit watching people walking by.

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Sydney, Australia
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“Peaceful”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2013

This was a very quite & peaceful area with a lot of trees. It felt as though you were way from everything. There were plenty of restaurants & coffee shops to try & also upmarket stores.

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Los Angeles
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“One of the best old neighborhoods in Asia”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2013

The concession area is much larger than I imagined and even more impressive, the city seems inclined to maintain it as best they can. Very few high-rises have gone up and the streets are still very pedestrian friendly, with arches of trees and greenery keeping them shady and atmospheric. There are some new "gentrified" shopping and restaurant developments being done, but even they are trying to maintain the architectural look and feel, working to restore properties rather than change them dramatically. There are a lot of areas to visit within the old Concession - all were terrific.

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Moscow, Russia
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“Nice European place in shanghai”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2013

It is a very nice European place with a lot of French and German cafes as well as the the Chinese one. During our stay in shanghai I should say that here is the biggest concentration of stylish, modern, well dressed Chinese people:) you definitely should have a lunch there and look around the crowd... Also it is a good place for some authentic souvenirs

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“Fun walks if you like architecture”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2013

We used a walking tour from a guidebook (Frommer's) to see some of the sights in this interesting part of the city. Although we didn't visit every stop suggested, we got a good sense of the area. It was a welcome relief from some of the more crowded areas of the city.

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