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  • Address: Luwan and Xuhui Districts

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Old French Concession

Shanghai’s Old French Concession, an area once leased to the French in the Luwan and Xuhui districts of the city, is a reminder of an older Shanghai. The visitor-friendly area is packed full of beautiful colonial mansions and hotels dating back to the first three decades of the twentieth century. The French took control of the area in 1849, but it wasn’t until the 1920s when the neighborhood reached its peak of popularity as one of Shanghai’s most elite neighborhoods.

When you walk through the heart of the area on the tree-lined streets between Julu Road and Huaihai Road, you’ll find a collection of nicer restaurants and boutique shops occupying the surviving historic structures alongside Shanghai locals going about their day to day life. The French Concession is a good place to grab some food as there are so many choices; you’ll find almost everything here from Indian to French, Spanish and Thai food.

A few of the French Concession’s historic buildings now house museums, including Sun Yat-sen’s Former Residence and Zhou Enlai’s Former Residence. Both are inexpensive and will give you a better understanding of the history of the neighborhood and the city.

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Shanghai Highlights Bike Tour Including the Bund and Xintiandi

See the best of Shanghai on this easy bike tour with a friendly, knowledgeable guide. Get an up-close look at local life as you explore diverse neighborhoods ...  Read more

Location: Shanghai, China
Duration: 3.5-4 hrs

From USD $57.32

Small-Group Colonial Walking Tour: Shanghai French Concession

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Journey back in time to French colonial China on this interesting small-group walking tour through the Shanghai French Concession. Learn from your expert local ...  Read more

Location: Shanghai, China
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $49.99

Shanghai Night Bike Tour

See Shanghai come alive on this nighttime bike tour with a friendly, knowledgeable guide. Navigate the city streets and explore diverse neighborhoods and sites ...  Read more

Location: Shanghai, China
Duration: 3.5-4 hrs

From USD $57.33

Experience Shanghai: Dumpling-Tasting Tour and Cooking Class

Dumpling lovers unite: Taste fried pot stickers, wontons, and Shanghai’s famous ‘xiaolongbao’ (soup dumplings) during this half-day culinary adventure that ...  Read more

Location: Shanghai, China
Duration: 4 - 4.5 hours

From USD $90.00

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