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Former French Concession, Shanghai

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Explore the European-style, tree-lined avenues which house a variety of modern restaurants, cafes, concept bars, breweries, and art galleries at Former French Concession. Although the concession came to an abrupt end in 1943, the prominent residential and retail district still remains a popular tourist destination and one of the rare centers of Catholicism in China. Go on a walking tour to learn about the history of the charming streets and to discover cultural and religious buildings built by the British, Americans, Russians, as well as the French. In addition to visiting the high-end designer stores and high class restaurants, you can also find markets where you can bargain for cheaper prices. Make Former French Concession a centerpiece of your Shanghai vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Shanghai vacation generator.
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  • A very old colony/residential area converted to new shops/restaurants and tourist area. Could see how the old houses were and how they have been converted by the Govt. to a very happening place. Lot o...  more »
  • Had a hard time finding it because the map from trip advisor sent us to one street farther than the actually entrance to the former French concession. But once we found it we found all the little alle...  more »
  • I loved the architecture, the parks, the fancy shopping. It was beautiful, with tree lined streets and shuttered windows. ❤  more »