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Old French Concession

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Xintiandi
As featured in One Day in Shanghai and 2 other guides
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Address: Puxi Central, Huangpu District, Shanghai 200000, China
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12:00 am - 12:00 am
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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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It seems this is what Shanghai looked like before the boom.... It is cute quaint and confusing. Be patient, not much English is spoken, but everyone is friendly.

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

It seems this is what Shanghai looked like before the boom.... It is cute quaint and confusing. Be patient, not much English is spoken, but everyone is friendly.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Worth visiting but is very trendy and modern the old buildings have been restored and are now mostly restaurants it is worth seeing the old building where the Chinese are coming this party started very interesting

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I truly believe that you could spend a lifetime exploring the French Concession in Shanghai. In fact, if you're smart, you will try to find accommodation to your liking in it - there is everything from B&Bs to smart hotels to be found there. It is quite large and its streets are constantly changing. In the hot weather, the trees... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Lots of expats live around here. Lots of interesting residences to look at. Tree lined narrow streets up and coming areas. Good places to eat and bars.

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Shanghai, China
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We enjoyed seeing the diverse shops. We did have trouble finding a taxi to return us to our hotel. We ended up in a very unfamiliar part of town where no one spoke English. We should have gone out at the entrance to the area. It was an interesting part of town where we had never been before.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Tianzifang is a smaller neighborhood (southeast corner of the French Concession) that is great fun to explore on foot. There are lots of interesting shops, restaurants, and bars with an international flavor. My young teenagers enjoyed it as much as their parents. Easily accessible by the Shanghai Metro,

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

It is a place tourists should visit to understand the diversity and richness of this amazing city. Most people go to the Bund to see the skyscrapers presenting the new face of this China town or visit the Old City of Shanghai. The Old French Concession reveals another side of the multifaceted Shanghai. Quite unexpectedly you may feel at home.... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Always find it fascinating to walk through this neighborhood. It reminds me of what Shanghai used to be. Nice to visit some of the bars here for a drink and soak in the colonial feel and people watch.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Must visit. Take a stroll along the boulevards, houses and shops. This neighborhood oozes lots of charm and old world authenticity.

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Austin, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

This is a charming part of town away from noisy streets when you can imagine how Shanghai looked in colonial times.

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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.