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Former French Concession

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Xintiandi
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Address: Puxi Central, Huangpu District, Shanghai 200000, China
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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A residential area of Shanghai once designated for the French, the French...

A residential area of Shanghai once designated for the French, the French Concession is popular with tourists and expats, and appreciated for its cafes, tree-lined avenues, and tudor houses.

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Cool place to spend an afternoon wandering around.

Great neighbourhood to spend a few hours walking around, stopping by boutique shops and cafes. Nightlife is also quite good here with all kinds of restaurants and bars.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

This is quite a huge area and I only able to walk by some of it such as Wukang road, Heng Shan Road, Dong Ping Road and Tao Jiang Road. Slowly discover this area and it is full of surprise because many nice scenery and building here. Lots of cafe and old building full of western style. Love Wukang building... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Great neighbourhood to spend a few hours walking around, stopping by boutique shops and cafes. Nightlife is also quite good here with all kinds of restaurants and bars.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Tons of shops and restaurants and such a cool experience. Come hungry, thirsty, and ready to shop! I would go again.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

I love this part of Shanghai. My tour guide gave me a choice of going to another pagoda, or to this part of Shanghai she termed "The French Quarter". Otherwise known as the "Former French Concession" on the local maps, is this part of the city that I (and I'm sure most visitors) did not expect to see amidst the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

A visit to Shanghai is not complete without a visit and stroll around the French Concession. The atmosphere is very different than most of high powered modern Shanghai. Most of the French Concession dates from the 20's and 30's and has wonderful historic buildings to visit such as the Former French Club, now the Okura Hotel. Even a walk down... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

The overall experience is good Have many restaurants and cafes Defiantly a must try place when you visit shanghai .

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Buildings that belong in Europe are in Shanghai. Feels wrong, but the bustling cafes and restaurants that now occupy a lot of them are great. Interesting place to visit.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Our tour brought us here to see a piece of the past. Cobblestone streets quaint shops and restaurants and narrow lanes set the scene for this taste of France. There's a nearby shopping center. It's very clean.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

An area dedicated to cafes and restaurants of varying types - the French Quarter - is a most pleasant area to visit. We were lucky enough to visit more than once and really enjoyed the laid back ambiance and of course the variety of cuisines.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a great area to explore on foot or bicycle. Watch out for the little designer shops and the side walk sales people ("crockery man" and the lady who sells mats of all sizes and colours). Don't forget to bargain!

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Xintiandi
The refurbishment of a block of old shikumen into a carless entertainment center called Xintiandi, filled with restaurants, shops and bars, turned this area below South Huangpi Road into one of Shanghai’s most fashionable areas. Luxe condos house people who can afford the high-end brands that fill the malls and shops along Madang Road. The pleasant Taipinghu Park provides the area with green space and is also home to Shanghai Fashion Week twice a year. It’s not all glitter and glamour, though, as the rise of Danshui Road has given the Xintiandi area a shot of toned-down character. Small bars and cafes, mostly owned by locals, have people hanging out in a formerly quiet, unassuming part of the neighborhood.
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