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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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Shanghai Lanxin Theater
Shanghai Museum of Sun Yat-sen's Former Residence
Fuxing Park
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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.

  • 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
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Reviewed 1 week ago
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

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Reviewed 1 week ago
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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Reviewed 4 weeks ago
A perfect way to see the French Concession

My business colleague and I have been traveling every year to Shanghai for a conference for the last 5 years - but all that we had seen of the French Concession was "Lost Heaven"! It was time to do something about this! Going through the...More

2  Thank Wilts_observer
Reviewed July 4, 2018
French Concession Walking Tour and Guide Penny

I had spent some time in the French Quarter many years ago but this was my wife's first trip to Shanghai. There are many tours on offer for this district but the description covered many places of interest I knew as well as being private...More

1  Thank LetsDoCurry
Reviewed June 4, 2018
Fantastic tour of French Concession

We booked this tour very last minute and Kelly was fantastic with organising everything and responding to emails quickly. Penny was an outstanding guide, perfect English and very knowledgable. She gave a very interesting tour of the French Concession and Shanghai history and was also...More

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