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Tianzifang Tours

Tianzifang
Tianzifang, in the French Concession, is a hip, artsy area of Shanghai full of art galleries, design studios, stylish boutiques, and unique shops. Many bars, cafés, and restaurants here are housed in traditional Shikumen buildings or converted factory spaces. A place for meandering, it’s popular with expats, tourists, and local youth.
 
The Basics
Tianzifang is comprised of three main lanes (210, 248, and 274), intersected by numerous small alleyways. It can be easy to get lost here, but for some visitors, that’s part of the fun. You can also get a map at the tourism center at the entrance and plot out your visit in advance. Plenty of cafés and restaurants are around to offer a break and sustenance.
 
Tianzifang is a popular destination, and a number of sightseeing tours feature a stop here. Tours can be tailored for different interests: art lovers can also stop at M50 and the Propaganda Poster Art Center; shoppers can also stop at Nanjing Road and Old Town Market; and those who want to see Shanghai’s highlights can also stop at the Bund, Yuyuan Garden, and Jade Buddha Temple.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • Tianzifang is a must-visit for foodies, shoppers, and art lovers.
  • It’s possible to find restaurants offering many different types of cuisine in the area.
  • Don’t forget to bring your camera, but be aware that certain shops forbid photos, even of their exterior.
  • Many residents still live here, often above the stores; please be respectful of their privacy.
  • Tianzifang is not wheelchair friendly, as some of the alleyways are very narrow and the ground can be uneven.
 
How to Get There
Tianzifang is located in the French Concession. By metro, take line 9 to Dapuqiao Station (exit 1). A number of buses also stop nearby, including buses 17, 24, 41, 96, 146, and 786.
 
When to Get There
Tianzifang is a popular destination and often crowded. Visit earlier in the day, during the week, for smaller crowds. Most stores and restaurants are open until 9pm or 10pm, and some bars stay open even later.
 
The Origin of Tianzifang
Huang Yongyu, a famous artist, coined the term Tianzifang. It stems from the name of one of China’s earliest artists, but with the last character changed to mean “lane” or “workshop” and thus, a gathering place for art. A stele with “Tianzifang” hangs over the entrance of Lane 210, and a statue of the ancient artist can be found within.
Address: Tianzifang, Shanghai, China
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Private Former French Concession Walking Tour

Private Former French Concession Walking Tour

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Enjoy an insider’s guide to the Former French Concession on this private walking tour. Soak up Shanghai’s rich heritage and vibrant present as you visit fashionable Xintiandi and the Shikumen Museum of traditional houses, watch locals exercising in Fuxing Park, get a masterclass in Chinese history at the Shanghai Museum of Sun Yat-sen’s Former Residence, and explore trendy Tianzifang. Tour includes hotel pickup by convenient local taxi.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$96.00
Price varies by group size
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US$96.00
Price varies by group size

Full-Day Iconic Sights of Shanghai, Yu Garden, the Bund, Huang Pu River and More

Full-Day Iconic Sights of Shanghai, Yu Garden, the Bund, Huang Pu River and More

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New visitors to Shanghai can get acquainted with the city at an easygoing pace on this full day, small group tour. Save hours spent researching what to see and where by taking this tour, which visits some of the city’s many well-known attractions. Enjoy panoramic views from Oriental Pearl Tower; see a range of ancient Chinese artifacts and relics at the Shanghai Museum; stroll around The Bund and the picturesque Yu Garden. End your tour with a late-afternoon cruise along the Huangpu River.
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  • 9 to 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$265.07
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US$265.07
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9-Day Small Group Tour to Shanghai - Beijing - Xian - Shanghai

9-Day Small Group Tour to Shanghai - Beijing - Xian - Shanghai

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Burst through the language barrier and discover China’s three signature cities—Beijing, Shanghai, and Xian—in 5-star style with a guide. Soak up world-class wonders such as the Great Wall, the Forbidden City, the Terracotta Warriors and Horses Museum, the Summer Palace, Yuyuan Garden, and more, over eight nights’ comfortable travel by train, plane, and coach. A small group ensures minimum wait times and maximum personal service.
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  • 9 days
  • Taking safety measures
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US$1,688.00
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US$1,688.00
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Private/Small-Group Best of Shanghai City Sightseeing

Private/Small-Group Best of Shanghai City Sightseeing

Enjoy seeing Shanghai on a city sightseeing tour with a knowledgeable guide. Begin by touring the old French Concession and spotting the former homes of several VIPs. Then admire the beautiful landscaping of Yu Gardens and Bazaar, and the architecture of the stately buildings along the Bund. Check out creative enterprises and traditional architecture around Tianzifang, a district that is known as a hub for design and art and see Shikumen-style buildings in the Xintiandi district.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$179.20
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US$179.20
Price varies by group size

Shanghai Private Layover Tour Including Lunch and Maglev Experience

Shanghai Private Layover Tour Including Lunch and Maglev Experience

Take a Shanghai half-day layover tour to pack in the city’s top sights in a convenient way. With an expert guide, travel the city by bus, stopping at major attractions like the Bund and Former French Concession. Get oriented as you pass through neighborhoods like Tian Zi Fang, and admire the City by the Bund. Plus, you will have a fastest experience-taking the maglev train from/to Pudong airport. 1. Tour the city highlights, including the Jade Buddha Temple, the Bund, the Former French Concession, etc. 2. Visit the Jade Buddha temple where the statue of the Buddha is carved by pure jade in real-person size 3. Learn about local insights, history, and geography from your guide
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  • 7 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$207.47
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From
US$207.47
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2-Day Private Amazing Shanghai City Highlight Tour

2-Day Private Amazing Shanghai City Highlight Tour

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Particularly for first-time visitors who don’t speak Chinese, a private guide can transform the Shanghai experience. Say no to hustlers and discover the city on this door-to-door private tour. Check off Five of Shanghai’s biggest attractions—The Bund (Wai Tan), Nanjing Lu (Nanjing Road) , Yu Garden, Jade Temple  and Shanghai Tower.—and stroll through historic Former French Concession alleys. A comprehensive package with private guide, taxi fare, entrance fees, and lunch are all inclusive.
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  • 2 days
  • Free Cancellation
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US$399.00
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US$399.00
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Private Shanghai Shopping and City Highlight Sightseeing Combo Tour with Lunch

Private Shanghai Shopping and City Highlight Sightseeing Combo Tour with Lunch

Save time and money with this private Shanghai tour that combines sightseeing with shopping. Your guide will take you on a route through the city that includes both top sights and popular shopping destinations, including Nanjing Road East Pedestrian Street and Tianzifang in the French Concession. Includes lunch.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$138.00
Price varies by group size
From
US$138.00
Price varies by group size

Shanghai Authentic Walking Tour

Shanghai Authentic Walking Tour

Few cities in the world evoke so much history, excess, glamour, mystique and exotic promise in name alone. This tour is well organized to take you visit from the architectural landmarks lining the Bund and the rickety charm of the Old Town to the leafy backstreets of the former French Concession, as Shanghai is just a city that begs for wandering. You may love that can slurp a bowl of hang-pulled noodles or bite into soupy steamed bun for next to nothing.
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  • 6 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$106.50
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From
US$106.50
Price varies by group size

3-Night Shanghai Family Tour

3-Night Shanghai Family Tour

Discover the highlights of Shanghai with a private guide during a three-night tour of the vibrant city. See modern and colonial buildings along Huangpu River and Shanghai Bund, ride a tram through the Bund Sightseeing Tunnel, check out the Skywalk at Oriental Pearl Tower, and watch an acrobatics show. Stroll through Fuxing Park, visit the Shanghai Museum, explore the Old Quarter of Shanghai and nearby Yu Garden, and have time to browse for bargains in Tianzi Fang. Includes transfers from Shanghai International Airport (PVG) and optional upgrade for accommodation.
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  • 4 days
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US$464.54
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US$464.54

2 Days Shanghai Layover Tour

2 Days Shanghai Layover Tour

Experience the combination of modern and tradition in what has created Shanghai’s unique charm on this tour as you visit the city's highlights within 2 days, such as famous Yu Garden, the Bund, Shanghai Museum and Shanghai Tower, Nanjing Road and more. With convenient airport transfer service, this tour grant traveler a hassle-free layover in Shanghai.
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  • 2 days
  • Free Cancellation
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US$396.00
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US$396.00
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A most authentic and unforgettable trip to Shanghai

A most authentic and unforgettable trip to Shanghai

You will have a local tour guide who has been living in Shanghai all the time. He is a very humorous and talkative person. He not only takes you to enjoy all the beautiful scenery of Shanghai, but also takes you to experience the most local life in Shanghai. He will tell you the most real Shanghai, which will definitely make you have a lifelong trip.
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  • 8 to 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$69.34
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US$69.34

Shanghai One Day Private Tour with The Bund and Yuayan Garden

Shanghai One Day Private Tour with The Bund and Yuayan Garden

Opt for a personalized experience of Shanghai on this private, full-day tour, a great way to orient yourself in the sprawling city. With just your party and guide, you’ll travel between top Shanghai attractions with ease and tick off The Bund (Waitan), Yuyuan Garden, and Shanghai Museum (Shanghai Bowuguan). Plus, you won’t have to waste time finding a meeting point as hotel pickup and drop-off are included.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$105.00
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US$105.00
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Private Shanghai City and Zhujiajiao Combo Tour with Boating, Tea Tasting, Lunch

Private Shanghai City and Zhujiajiao Combo Tour with Boating, Tea Tasting, Lunch

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Save time on this combination tour of Shanghai and the ancient water town of Zhujiajiao on the outskirts of the city. In the company of just your party and a private guide, travel to Zhujiajiao for a boat ride and tea tasting, before returning to Shanghai city to explore some off-the-beaten-path places missed by most visitors.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$218.00
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US$218.00
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Private Full Day Tour: Shanghai Colonial History Tour

Private Full Day Tour: Shanghai Colonial History Tour

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You can't fully appreciate Shanghai without exploring its colonial past. This unique tour explores the colonial history of Shanghai from the 1800's to today. You'll see where the English, French and Americans set up special concession areas and their changes through the Sino-Japanese and World World II, an on to today's transformation into the fabric of modern Shanghai. This tour includes an authentic local lunch and hotel pickup and dropoff for an easy and enjoyable day.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$175.00
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US$175.00
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Private: Romantic Shanghai French Concession Walking Tour

Private: Romantic Shanghai French Concession Walking Tour

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Soak up the romantic atmosphere and admire the beautiful plants and old houses while walking in the in the Former French Concession in Shanghai.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$109.34
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US$109.34
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Shanghai Private City Day Tour by Limo

Shanghai Private City Day Tour by Limo

We will design a good tour for you to enjoy Shanghai more with better route and enjoy the sightseeing.
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  • 3 days
  • Free Cancellation
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US$202.67
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US$202.67

Shanghai Private Day Tour by Limo - Modern & Traditional Experience

Shanghai Private Day Tour by Limo - Modern & Traditional Experience

We design a good tour for you to save your time and make you enjoy every min during the tour, let you have a nice sightseeing of Shanghai.
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  • 1 to 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$400.00
per group
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US$400.00
per group

2 Days Shanghai Private Tour from Cruise Port

2 Days Shanghai Private Tour from Cruise Port

Take the chance of Shanghai port layover to explore downtown Shanghai, enjoy the most highlighted sites and experience the modern and ancient part of Shanghai. Convenient Shanghai cruise port transfer is included!
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  • 2 days
  • Free Cancellation
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US$415.00
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US$415.00
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ShangHai Old City Adventure with Bike, cycling, exploring Shanghai with bicycles

ShangHai Old City Adventure with Bike, cycling, exploring Shanghai with bicycles

RideNow Cycle Club is the biggest Cycle Club in China, with immense experiences of leading cycling trips from beginner level to professional racing level. Having rooted in Shanghai for over a decade, we have the most comprehensive knowledge about riding a bicycle in the modernest city in China.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$93.87
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US$93.87

Art Galleriesin Shanghai Private tour

Art Galleriesin Shanghai Private tour

There’s nothing quite like seeing Shanghai’s legendary Golden Age architecture, up close and personal, with insights into the architects, history and characters who lived here.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$149.34
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US$149.34
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Shanghai Private Full-Day Gourmet Tour

Shanghai Private Full-Day Gourmet Tour

Few other cultures are as food oriented as the Chinese. And this seems to be as ancient as Chinese culture itself. You will have a whole new experience, taste the local specialties and learn about the origins at the same time. 1. Shows you around the classical Shanghai highlights. Tianzifang-the French concession is a perfect place for you to experience the lifestyle of the local people back in 1920's. The Yu Garden is a 500-year-old private living house with fantastic architectures, landscape, and rockeries, etc. 2. Taste the traditional and authentic local food and intake to the local community learning the local life
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  • 9 to 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$245.34
Price varies by group size
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US$245.34
Price varies by group size

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