How to Spend a Day in Shanghai´s Old French Concession

Once designated for exclusive use by the French, this surviving relic of China’s colonial past has since transformed into one of Shanghai’s most prominent tourist attractions, with European architecture, tree-lined streets and manicured gardens at every turn. Also home to museums, shops, restaurants and more, this vibrant borough is the perfect place to spend an afternoon, whether you want to discover hidden gems on a guided walking tour or shop for one-of-a-kind finds in local boutiques.

 

Wander the Old French Concession Streets on a Shanghai Walking Tour

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Step back in time on a tour of the Old French Concession. An excellent option for travellers who want to discover history while they take in the sights, these 2-hour outings take travellers to the area’s most prominent attractions – all in the trusted company of a local guide.

 

Dig In to Local Delicacies on a French Concession Food Tour

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Rather eat your way around this historic neighbourhood? Opt for one of UnTour Shanghai’s expert-led excursions, from the Street Food Breakfast Tour to the Hands-On Dumpling Delights.

 

Learn About the Communist Revolution at Zhou Enlai’s Former Residence

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Visit the former home of Zhou Enlai – a well-loved politician and the first premier of the People’s Republic of China. The site of key events in China’s political past, this dwelling-turned-memorial now houses a museum, detailing Shanghai’s role in China’s communist revolution.

 

Find Tranquility in Fuxing Park

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A far cry from the skyscrapers Shanghai has become known for, this tranquil inner-city oasis covers more than 10-hectares of beautifully manicured gardens, including fish ponds, pavilions, sculptures and fountains. Designed in a typical European style, Fuxing Park offers a little piece of France in the heart of Shanghai.

 

Admire the Architecture on Ruijin Second Road

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Lined with trees in the classic French style, this picturesque boulevard is also one of the best places to marvel in traditional Shanghai architecture known as ‘longtang’. Literally translating to mean ‘lane’, these intricate networks of alleyways combine with villa-style terrace houses to form charming collections of micro-communities throughout the neighbourhood.

 

Browse the Boutiques Along Fuxing Lu

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An alternative experience to Shanghai’s large-scale shopping malls, the eclectic storefronts that dot this thoroughfare offer plenty of options for big spenders and bargain hunters alike. Whether you’re in the market for locally-made goods or simply want to window shop, this art-deco inspired street is guaranteed to deliver.

 

Discover Shanghai’s fascinating colonial history with a stay at Radisson Blu Shanghai New World. Complete with stylish suites, a full-service spa and a revolving restaurant, our hotel in Shanghai has everything you need to explore the Old French Concession your own way.

 

Top image © Max Talbot-Minkin

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