Former French Concession
Former French Concession
4.5
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Monday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Tuesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Wednesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Thursday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Friday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Saturday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Sunday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
About
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.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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Address
Neighborhood: Huangpu
How to get there
  • Huangpi South Road • 1 min walk
  • South Huangpi Road • 1 min walk

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Hugary1
Sydney, Australia5,804 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
Part of our walking tour with Penny which also took in The Old Town, Yu Gardens Markets, Confucius Temple, a house were Albert Einstein stated in the 1920's and the oldest and largest house which is to be renovated.
Penny was a fantastic guide who picked us at the hotel and organised transport to a couple of the attractions.
Her English was outstanding and her knowledge was vast and extensive. We really enjoyed her commentary and general conversation. At the end of the tour she helped us get a Metro card and put enough funds to keep us going for 3 days of city travel. That gave us great freedom to explore the city and points further out and for that we are very grateful. She went above and beyond.
The walk showed us areas that will be demolished soon. Houses left and bricked up. People on the day we walked were being served with their date to leave. Then onto the last of the areas still fully populated with its quaint shops and wonderful market place. These are sites that are disappearing and we felt that we were seeing a passing of a way of life in this city.
The Temple was a place of calm and quite in a busy city and penny gave us the history behind it in a clearly articulated way.
I suggest you get to see this before it all disappears.
Written January 18, 2020
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EwaJulianP
Basel, Switzerland36 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020
Tianzifang Market In French Concession is a place full of character , shops with a silk, soaps, tea, creams and nick nacks. Lost of lovely restaurants, street food places and little bars with nice atmosphere. I will recommend Bell Bar/Restaurant and a Tibetan Restaurant where you can find unusual food, really worth to try.
Written October 15, 2020
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Stephen C
Singapore, Singapore1,082 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2022 • Friends
This attraction is best done on foot. Depending on how far and what you want to cover, it could be as long as 7 kilometers.

The main draw for me was the old architecture, which is remnants from the French concession period. The local government has done a good job of preserving the buildings so that you can still get a flavor of how locals many decades ago.

There are plenty of eateries and coffee shops along the way. There are also shops selling paintings and other creative items.
The famous Xintiadi and Tianzifang are also part of this area.
Written February 5, 2022
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PBlyth
Tampa, FL252 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
This area has examples of older French housing/building. The largest draw is the large quantity of restaurants here representing all manner of culinary styles. A guide can help explain the history of the buildings you are viewing as there are few explanatory signs.
Written March 23, 2020
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Teresalen
Singapore, Singapore38 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
The French Concession is actually quite a big area. We started our walk from Xintiandi to Tianzifang and wanted to reach Wukang Building junction. But in the end we took a cab to Wukang Buikding from Tianzifang as we realised that we will need to walk quite a distance. The Wukang Building is a signature architecture and is opposite Song Meiling’s mansion which is another site of interest.
We enjoyed both of walks between taking the cab. So I will recommend really planning the route to go around.
Written December 24, 2023
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Jenny J
Perth, Australia864 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
We only had one full day in Shanghai and this was on the recommended list of things to do when there, so we squeezed it in. It was just cafes and shops that were designed a bit more European style than the regular shops in Shanghai. We weren't impressed and didn't find much to take a photo of and could easily have given it a miss and spent more time in other areas we found much more interesting like the Yuyuan Market, The Bund etc. We did decide we would have a bubble tea while here as that was on our list of things to do so asked at a few of the places and was told the wait would be over an hour. We finally found one that could do it in half an hour so we waited for that (not my favourite taste but you have to try these things!)
Written January 14, 2020
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Matthew Y
31 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
When you are in the French Concession you can spend days walking the various lanes and never see the same things twice, sadly many things I saw when I first started coming 20 years ago have been redeveloped but for the most part the western areas beyond Chongqing are either restored or left as were. Hotels are numerous and run the gambit from hostel for cheap to the Hotel Massenet which is beyond my finances but of uncommon estate.
Love this city.
Written January 19, 2020
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taqqie
Utrecht, The Netherlands3,459 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
This is of course a very untypical Chinese quarter, but one that played a major role in Shanghai unique history. Streets and alleys resemble the south of France and there;s an overall relaxed attitude. But please read about the history of this and other concessions.
Written October 31, 2020
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Isabella W
Richmond, Canada37 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
I used to live there 30+ years ago, went to school in the neighbourhood. My home used to look like that. So this bring s back a lot of memories. It was entirely a residential area, now it becomes a tourists attraction. The old architecture resembles old French quarters.
Written July 16, 2020
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robertgatti
Shanghai, China60 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020 • Couples
I’ve lived in this area for two years now. I absolutely love it. Feels like I am walking down a street in a small French village early in the morning. Best times to enjoy the area are at early morning or late evening when all the instagramming girls are done blocking the streets :) During the day is also amazing to stroll around and visit all the cool shops.
Written October 17, 2020
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