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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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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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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Hereford, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 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 2 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 3 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 3 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 4 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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Payson, Arizona, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 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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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Thanks but no thanks. Very touristy and lo local flavor left at all. The outlying areas were much better but do not plan to spend more the 60 minutes there unless you want Wolfgang puck. I love Shanghai but this is not on the top ten or even close.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This might have been an old quarter with some history. But today it's only a shopping place. Not information on the history, just shopping. Skip it and go somewhere else instead.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

We stayed in this area for 5 nights and just love the place. A real charm with tree lined streets and plenty of food, bars and coffee options topped off with some great small boutique shopping. A great place to visit as well as good option to stay. Only 20Yuan in a taxi to The Bund

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This is a great historical site to go visit. For anyone interested in Shanghai's history this is a must visit location.

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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.