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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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Small-Group Colonial Walking Tour: Shanghai French Concession

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A very pretty neighbourhood

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

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Penang Island, Malaysia
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Penang Island, Malaysia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday 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 2 days 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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Guangzhou, China
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Gem in the city, nice small streets with plenty of bars and restaurants. I can recommend punjab restaurant

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Mackay, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Great place to visit, must go to Friends Bar, amazing food and must have large lychee mojito. Also fun to go to Cat Cafe, best coffee and pizza.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Artsy area for walking and shopping . . there are some very nice artist made items to see and buy. The architecture is historic and they are keeping it in the style it was constructed.

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Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

not many people are aware of this place. it is just old houses built, governed by the French and it has (still) retain the historical features, lots of large trees providing lots of much needed shade in summer. beautiful architectural.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I must admit this attraction left me a little cold, yes the architecture is interesting but a must see it is not. The most fascinating part is some of the conditions that the locals live in. If you do go to this area do not expect to be amazed.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Totally rebuilt for the tourists and occupied by coffee shops and over-priced fashion outlets. Simply not worth the effort.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

This area is just charming and very European so many boutique shops cafes and restaurants. A wonderful spot to people watch. We did some shopping had coffee and enjoyed the area. Definitely one of my suggestions while in Shanghi.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

For a moment you can almost forget you are in the bustling metropolis of Shanghai. Allow yourself that moment. You find a lot of different cool shops and restaurants here. Ranging from very local to more "international-ish". I simply love the boulevards where the trees line both sides and create a thick canopy over the middle of the road. You... More 

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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.