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  • Location: Shanghai, China
  • Duration:  2 hours (approx.)
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 guide how this area was once owned by the French and served as the center of Catholicism in Shanghai. See sites like where the First Conference of the Communist Party took place and stroll through narrow alleys, passing quaint apartments, villas, parks and hidden spots that still hold much of their unique French character.

Highlights

  • 2-hour walking tour of the Shanghai French Concession
  • Learn about the history of this unique part of Shanghai, once owned by the French, through the eyes of a local
  • Visit Xin Tian Di, where the First Conference of the Communist Party took place
  • Pass quaint villas and apartments from the early 1900s, admire a French-style park and explore an arts and crafts enclave
  • Your expert local guide will point out how this area retains its distinct French character
  • Small-group tour limited to 10 people ensures a more personalized experience

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What You Can Expect

Small-Group Colonial Walking Tour: Shanghai French Concession

Ancient Alleyway in Xin Tian Di

Meet your guide at a predetermined location in Shanghai to begin your small-group walking tour through the Shanghai French Concession, a historical area that marks the period of French colonialism in the 19th and 20th centuries. With its quaint architecture and cobblestone paths, this area will make you feel as though you're strolling through Paris.

Learn about the history of this area, which was owned by the French government and served as the center of Catholicism in Shanghai. Hear about the cultural, social and political transitions that took place here, and visit Xin Tian Di, the site of the First Conference of the Communist Party.

Visit a beautiful French-style park and the former residence of Zhou Enlai, the first Premier of the People's Republic of China. As you stroll through streets filled with lovely apartments and villas from the early 1900s -- homes of both locals and many expatriates -- your guide will point out how this area retains its distinct French character.

Veer off the main streets and venture along back alleys for a glimpse of small-town Shanghai life. Reach Shanghai's interesting SOHO area, where you will have the opportunity to rest and explore Tianzifang, an arts and crafts enclave full of designer stores, restaurants and coffee shops. Your tour will end here.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2013

Loved this tour. Very worthwhile with a lovely local tour guide who was not only very knowledgeable about the history of the area but also knew the best eating and shopping areas. We highly recommend this tour to any visitors to Shanghai.

2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better May 2014

Again this was my second time on this tour and I had to ask the tour guide to show us some specific things that were pointed out on the first tour. The French sports club and the place where the summit talks took place. Once again lacking knowledge

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