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Former French Concession

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Xintiandi
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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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My favorite area in Shanghai

Here you can go for a sunday walk or for a dinner at one of the many restaurants to chose from. During the season when the plane trees have leaves its amazing to walk here.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
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Beijing, China
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

While some of the imperial grandeur of France's venture still remain, the majority of the architecture here is modern Communist drab. Concrete and cheap tiles have scrubbed most of the distinctions away, leaving laundry-strewn alleyways and grimy men spitting onto grimy streets. Any of the "Paris of the East" feeling has fled long ago under the bombardment of Mao's forces.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Here you can go for a sunday walk or for a dinner at one of the many restaurants to chose from. During the season when the plane trees have leaves its amazing to walk here.

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Shanghai Region, China
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The French Concession feels like an entirely different city from the bund/pudong areas. It is a lot more quiet, less crowded and more easily walkable which is nice. The neighborhood has small streets and lots of greenery between old French style buildings containing local restaurants and shops. Definitely one of the most interesting places in the world to see just... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

this is my favorite neighborhood in shanghai!!! its so charming and cozy! especially xintiandi is nice for eating, afternoon tea or having coctails.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This area of Shanghai is noted for its leafy tree-lined avenues and less modern architecture. Although there are areas which have succombed to the city building boom of recent decades, there are still plenty of areas which make for a pleasant walk, with opportunities to stop at coffee shops and boulangeries/patisseries for a drink and a snack. We passed an... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

If there's a place you must want to go to and have a great meal - this is it!!!! And don't forget to have a Godiva soft ice cream. It's to die for!!!

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

If you like upmarket and overpriced cafes/restaurants then you'll love it here. However, I would recommend you find what's known as the French Concession West which is about a 20 min walk away, you'll get lost in the maze of street markets, shops, cafes, food - everything! You'll stay for hours and won't be disappointed.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We loved walking the streets among the trees. There are gorgeous little shops and cafes that are more quirky and trendy. The French Concession has lots of students and young professionals in the area. It is nice to escape the main busy roads for a peaceful stroll.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The Former French Concession or FFC is a nice place with European architecture. Almost all the shops, restaurants, cafes or bars have some french names. It's a pleasant place.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I think this is the nicest area in Shanghai. Lots of narrow streets full of shops. Ideal place to walk for a couple of hours

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Xintiandi
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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