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Private Walking Tour in the Former French Concession

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The former French Concession is always the highlight of a visit to Shanghai. It also becomes the city's hottest and hippest neighborhood, where trendy bars and clubs multiply like mushrooms after a rainstorm. The area still holds something of the alluring mix of scrappy Shanghainese street life, shopworn European colonial charm, Art Deco edifices, hidden brick courtyards and film noir intrigue that have, along with the proud stone edifices of the bund and the twisting alleys of Shanghai's Old city, long defined Shanghai in the Western popular imagination. Shanghai's idiosyncratic push-pull between new and old, development and preservation, takes a special form in the French Concession, making it an absolutely unique urban experience.
  • An informative walking tour of Shanghai's French Concession
  • Learn about the development of modern China through a historic stroll
  • Observe architectural gems and hidden art deco attractions
  • Flexible departure times for added convenience
What to Expect
Shanghai, a vibrant Chinese city, is perpetually at the crossroads of old and new, torn between development and preservation. This dynamic is apparent in the former French Concession, a hip and historic quarter once home to French consuls and expatriates that still keeps its colonial character. Go deep into the colorful Chinese port city’s history and heritage on this guided walking tour, exploring modern China’s growth through an in-depth visit to the French Concession’s trendy, tree-lined streets. Your guide points you toward hidden gems, such as art deco mansions, classical theaters, and a French-style park that’s now a nightlife hub. Learn about the city’s changes firsthand while roaming the French-built quarter. Discover how it transformed from an Old World foreign enclave to a contemporary hotspot for young Shanghainese. Flexible departure times adapt to your schedule, and your guide can arrange to meet you in your hotel lobby for added convenience.
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Important Information
Departure Point
Your centrally located hotel in Shanghai
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
  • Hotel pickup
  • Transportation to attraction
  • Excellent English-speaking guide
  • Entrance Tickets
  • Entry/Admission - Shanghai Lanxin Theater
  • Entry/Admission - Shanghai Museum of Sun Yat-sen's Former Residence
  • Personal expenses
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel drop-off
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Please wear comfortable shoes
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • A maximum of 10 people per booking
  • Please indicate morning tour or afternoon tour in special requirement area upon booking
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Reviewed 18 August 2019 via mobile

Excellent tour of the French Concession with Kelly (Ping). Kelly arrived on time and handled the transportation. On our way there, she provided a historical overview so I had a basic understanding before our walk. We started at a park, where I got a first...More

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Reviewed 15 August 2019

There were two in our group and both of us were extremely happy with our guide Penny. She was highly knowledgeable about the history of Shanghai and the French Concession in particular. We gained a lot from her insights. After our three-hour tour she recommended...More

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank LavinGnaw
Reviewed 4 August 2019 via mobile

Our guide Penny was great. We walked though Fuzhou Park enjoying the morning activities, learned a lot about Dr Sun Yat Sen and had a delicious lunch of Shanghai specialties. Highly recommended!

Date of experience: August 2019
1  Thank Kari R
Reviewed 12 May 2019 via mobile

We had a wonderful experience exploring the French concessions with the experience, informative , friendly and professional guide - Kelly. Highly recommend to someone who wants to explore Shanghai and it’s history.

Date of experience: May 2019
Thank sabrinamK4760PB
Reviewed 4 April 2019

If you are after a rich historical background, enriched with some fascinating personal family context, Penny's your guide. We found her charming and informative. She picked us up, so we didn't even need to find our way to a meeting point. Our walk took us...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Helen T
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30 April 2019|
Response from Claire G | Reviewed this property |
I believe the list price when I booked came up in the currency I requested to pay in so if you are in China then it should come up in Rmb.
14 October 2018|
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Response from LetsDoCurry | Reviewed this property |
I booked through Viator, but, if you contact Shanghai Melody Tours direct, I'm sure that can be arranged.
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