Increasingly elegant but undeniably scrappy, resolutely glamorous yet charming and low key –Shanghai’s former French Concession represents every aspect of the city’s short but tumultuous story. This guided walk is your chance to dip in and out of its modern boutiques and chic cafes – and witness the local bike fixers, propaganda art, street tailors and dumpling hawkers that have been there much longer. Founded in 1849, and reaching its peak in the 1920s and 1930s, the area was governed by France but was populated by a cosmopolitan mix of Russians, Brits, Americans, Chinese. Famed as the residential area of the city’s wealthy political elites (not to mention the shady gangsters associated with them), your local guide will lead you through old lanes still lined with Russian Churches, British townhouses and even French chateaus!
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How much does it cost?
1,400RMB for 1-2 people, 300RMB for additional guests (max 8 people)
How long will it take? 3 hours.
When can I do it? Morning or afternoon.
Getting there: Transport in not included, so you’ll need to get to the starting point by taxi, subway or a Bespoke vehicle.
Start Point: The Okura Garden Hotel.
End Point: Fuxing Park.
Children: Are welcome, and the route be adjusted to make it shorter route if you have really little ones.
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How far in advance should I book? Ideally 2 weeks.
What to bring: An inquiring mind, there is a lot to learn here. Also your camera – this is a seriously photogenic part of town.
Our favourite bit: Snacking on delish Shanghai shengjianbao (fried dumplings) from a hole in the wall that’s your guide’s favorite.
Is this an expert or local personality-led tour? Local Personality