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Old French Concession

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Xintiandi
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Address: Puxi Central, Huangpu District, Shanghai 200000, China
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Sun - Sat 12:00 am - 12:00 am
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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A little slice of France with an oriental twist

This is probably my favourite part of Shanghai. It definitely has the feeling of olde Paris in the East with its quaint little streets, various cafes, boutique shops and art... read more

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

This is probably my favourite part of Shanghai. It definitely has the feeling of olde Paris in the East with its quaint little streets, various cafes, boutique shops and art galleries. Perfect for a Sunday morning leisurely brunch and stroll.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Nice historic area of the city, small boutiques some with unique clothing. Nice bars an restaurants all over the area. A bit spread so is better to have a idea on where you wanna go and explore from there.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

This is a beautiful well preserved part of the city. Fine dining and great shopping. Many nice hotels as well

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

A stroll round the French Concession gives an interesting view of Shanghai. There is enough of the old architecture that you can imagine the colonial period, but there is no doubt that you are in modern China

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This was probably my favourite part of Shanghai. It has a nice atmosphere with some old Chinese streets if you wander of the beaten track and it hasn't been over done. It remains quite authentic compared to other parts.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

There were few narrow old streets but very almost purely a touristical place. Surely it was pretty and cute but nothing special. I supposed to see more of french influense but atleast we did not happen to see it.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Stayed in an adequate air B and B in the French Concession and although our lodgings were fine I thought the general area was run down.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

You almost need a humane guide to cover properly. Spread out and could not find a good map or written source to assist in covering. Many important buildings but spread out.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Very nice area feels very European lovely setting lovely restaurants and a right good feel about the place without the high rise building

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Our tour just stopped here to show us some of the older style homes of the past. This area was full of hip, fun, restaurants, people enjoying food and drinks in a quaint atmosphere, rare for most of China that we saw. I would loved to have had dinner here or spend more time.

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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.