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French Concession

Wealthy European families created an art deco oasis in Shanghai's heart. The area is now full of modern boutiques, galleries and restaurants.

The French Concession was one of Shanghai’s major European enclaves from the mid 19th century to just before World War II. Today, the district is again a sought-after address for expats living in Shanghai, as well as being a popular tourist destination and the hub of the city’s upmarket shopping scene.

Wander along the quiet, tree-lined streets that offer a welcome respite from highly urbanized Shanghai. Admire the mix of modern apartments and neoclassical, colonial-style villas and art deco mansions. Notable buildings include the former residence of Sun Yat-sen. You can see many of the personal belongings of the “father of modern China” in this preserved house, which also has a museum.

There are many quaint shops, galleries and cafés to explore throughout the district. Head to Chang Le Lu to find a row of shops that specialize in made-to-measure, traditional Shanghai-style silk dresses. You’ll also find cheap T-shirts in a number of shops, as well as vintage clothes and handmade accessories. Head to Huaihai Road for a mix of upscale brands and chain stores. The middle section of this shopping strip is near to Fuxing Park, a great place to watch locals enjoying leisure activities such as kite flying and tai chi.

The area has plenty of options for dining. Choose from excellent French, Italian and Chinese restaurants. Follow your nose to Ferguson Lane, off Wukang Road. Here you’ll find restored buildings filled with chic restaurants and boutique stores.

Visit the French Concession in the early morning and evenings to experience the area at its most peaceful. For a deeper insight into this area’s unique social history and architecture, join a walking tour and spend an hour or two exploring lanes and courtyards.

The French Concession is within walking distance of The Bund and is close to Xujiahui Station, one of the biggest metro stations in Shanghai.

Popular Activities at Former Shanghai French Concession

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Shanghai Marriott Hotel City Centre ¥12,454
Shanghai Marriott Hotel City Centre

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555 Middle Xizang Road, (Close to Nanjing), Huangpu District, Shanghai, Shanghai
     
    5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Downtown Shanghai, this luxury hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Nanjing Road Shopping District, People's Square, and The Bund. People's Square Station is only a 5-minute walk and East Nanjing Road Station is 12 minutes.

    The Langham, Shanghai, Xintiandi
    The Langham, Shanghai, Xintiandi

    The Langham, Shanghai, Xintiandi

    No.99 Madang Road, Luwan District, Shanghai, Shanghai
       
      5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Downtown Shanghai, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Xintiandi Style Shoppping Centre, People's Square, and Shanghai Museum. Former Shanghai French Concession and Yu Garden are also within 2 mi (3 km). South Huangpi Road Station is only a 4-minute walk and Xintiandi Station is 7 minutes.

      Radisson Blu Hotel Shanghai New World ¥9,286
      Radisson Blu Hotel Shanghai New World

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        5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Downtown Shanghai, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum, Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Center, and Brilliance Shimao International Plaza. Nanjing Road Shopping District and Shanghai Museum are also within 1 mi (2 km). People's Square Station is only a 3-minute walk and Xinzha Road Station is 13 minutes.

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        Four Seasons Hotel Shanghai

        Four Seasons Hotel Shanghai

        500 Weihai Road, Shanghai, Shanghai
           
          5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Downtown Shanghai, this luxury hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Shanghai Museum, Jing'an Temple, and Former Shanghai French Concession. People's Square and Jade Buddha Temple are also within 2 mi (3 km). West Nanjing Road Station is 7 minutes by foot and South Huangpi Road Station is 15 minutes.

          Ascott Huai Hai Road Shanghai ¥15,334
          Ascott Huai Hai Road Shanghai

          Ascott Huai Hai Road Shanghai

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            4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Downtown Shanghai, this luxury aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Huai Hai Road Shopping District, People's Square, and Shanghai Museum. Xintiandi Style Shoppping Centre and Old Chinese City are also within 1 mi (2 km). South Huangpi Road Station is only a 4-minute walk and Dashijie Station is 8 minutes.

            Renaissance Shanghai Yu Garden Hotel ¥10,925
            Renaissance Shanghai Yu Garden Hotel

            Renaissance Shanghai Yu Garden Hotel

            159 South He Nan Road, Shanghai, Shanghai
               
              4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Downtown Shanghai, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of City God Temple, Yu Garden, and Shanghai Old Street. Old Chinese City and The Bund are also within 15 minutes. Yuyuan Garden Station is 10 minutes by foot and East Nanjing Road Station is 16 minutes.

              Grand Central Hotel Shanghai ¥13,399
              Grand Central Hotel Shanghai

              Grand Central Hotel Shanghai

              505 Jiujiang Road, Shanghai, Shanghai
                 
                4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Downtown Shanghai, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Nanjing Road Shopping District and Old Chinese City. Pudong Riverside Promenade and Park and The Bund are also within 15 minutes. East Nanjing Road Station is 6 minutes by foot and East Nanjing Road Station is 7 minutes.

                Pudi Boutique Hotel Fuxing Park Shanghai ¥9,762
                Pudi Boutique Hotel Fuxing Park Shanghai

                Pudi Boutique Hotel Fuxing Park Shanghai

                99 Yandang Road, Shanghai, Shanghai
                   
                  4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Downtown Shanghai, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Xintiandi Style Shoppping Centre and Former Shanghai French Concession. People's Square and Shanghai Museum are also within 1 mi (2 km). Xintiandi Station is only a 2-minute walk and South Huangpi Road Station is 10 minutes.