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Former French Concession

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Address: Puxi Central, Huangpu District, Shanghai 200000, China
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12:00 am - 11:59 pm
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Sun - Sat 12:00 am - 11:59 pm
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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Where time stands still

The old character is very much there. But also a large number of new age cafes, bars and restaurants.

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Brisbane, Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed today NEW

Redevelopment means that there was not that much really to see. Shops, shops and restaurants is the main visuals of the area we were taken to by our guide.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

The old character is very much there. But also a large number of new age cafes, bars and restaurants.

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Shanghai, China
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

To enjoy the beauty of FFC, there is only one way... getting lost in the streets: just walk, take pictures admire the platane trees, look over the windows and the doors...

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I had a lovely meal of bangers and ash in one of the pubs here and a couple of glasses of red wine. Really nice place to come and visit and has a real European feel to it. You would not think you where in China.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

A good area to visit with attractive tree lined streets in French Colonial style and good eating places.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

As a history buff I loved this area. Safe and easy to navigate I would recommend it for any tourist. Just follow the streets and keep the river to your back and you'll be fine.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It consists of several streets small and big including some narrow alleys and poorly lit lanes. Architecture varies but someone could find (not easily) some small treasures - most of which are occupied now by boutiques (most close at 9 p.m.), eateries and residential premises. be prepared to stroll solely after 8 p.m. which could make you feel unsafe and... More 

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Golmud, China
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The former French Concession in Shanghai is a place I would really love to go back to explore. The architecture is so European and the tree lined streets give the impression of a stroll in any French city. This area has many excellent restaurants offering various cuisines but the food is quite excellent wherever you choose to eat. This is... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

You feel like you are experiencing a bit of Paris in Asia. A bit of something for everyone. Lovely boutiques and unique stores. GREAT selection of restaurants, wine bars and coffee houses. Check out the Bunker - inside and to the back of Green & Safe. You wouldn't know it's there unless someone tells you - awesome spot for drinks.... More 

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Shanghai, China
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Get lost in this area. The labyrinthine streets where you will chance upon hole in the walls cafes and restaurants. Feast yours eyes on the day to day lives of the local Shanghainese folk. Don't be shy on trying the local streets snacks. Some of the best can be sampled. Look out for locals who buying and these would be... 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.
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