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Private Walking Tour in the Former French Concession

  • 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
Private Walking Tour in the Former French Concession
From US$ 49.00
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Morning TourMost Popular
Private walking tour. Your tour departure time is 9:00 in the morning
From US$ 49.00
Afternoon Tour
Private walking tour. Your tour departure time is 1:00 in the Afternoon
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Morning Tour with Tea Taste
Contemporary Chinese Tea Tasting will be included, you will taste the most popular tea today among the local young people in the unique tea house.
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The French Concession is one of Shanghai’s hippest and most historic neighborhoods, constructed by French consuls during the 19th and 20th centuries. During this fun and informative walking tour, you’ll be joined by a private guide on a stroll through the leafy, European-built neighborhood. Discover hidden charms, such as art deco mansions and French-style parks, as you explore the city’s unique mix of old European and classic Shanghainese.

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.

Reviews (30)
1 - 5 of 14 reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago
Information rich and surprising tour in French Concessions

I have been to Shanghai numerous times, but decided to take a tour with PENNY to have another look at French Concessions with a private guide. Luckily I ended up with a very knowledgable and flexible guide who custom tailored our tour to my interests!...More

2  Thank Mette T
Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Interesting, informative and fun.

My friend and I did the Private Walking Tour in the Former French Concessions. Our guide was Penny, an intelligent young woman with excellent English and a comprehensive knowledge of her subject. She made history come alive for us, using the street-scape and buildings as...More

3  Thank Dennis W
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile
More than just a history tour

Penny has an encyclopaedic knowledge of Shanghai history and infuses the facts and dates with backstory and color that makes the tour feel like a walk through a novel rather than a history book. Penny is outgoing, engaging, and professional. Highly recommend this tour for...More

3  Thank Lauren P
Reviewed 6 August 2018
Adding another dimension to understanding French Concession, International Settlement..

A private tour with Penny alongside a colleague in academia helped provide an additional dimension in understanding (past and present) Shanghai, within globalization and in reference to cosmopolitan multi-culturalism. Penny was informed and knowledgeable, backed by implicit intellectual curiosity and continuing interest in history, on...More

1  Thank Marion L
Reviewed 6 August 2018
An amazing tour of French Concession with Penny

A colleague and I booked a private tour of the French Concession. We are both college professors who have been visiting Shanghai every summer and decided we wanted to learn more about the history of Shanghai, particularly the French Concession. Our tour with Penny far...More

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Paul K
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.