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Private Walking Tour in the Former French Concession provided by Shanghai Melody

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Private Walking Tour in the Former French Concession

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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
What to Expect
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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Important Information
180–210 minutes
  • Hotel pickup
  • Transportation to attraction
  • Excellent English-speaking guide
  • Entrance Tickets
  • Entry/Admission - Shanghai Lanxin Theater
  • Entry/Admission - Shanghai Museum of Sun Yat-sen's Former Residence
  • Personal expenses
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel drop-off
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Please wear comfortable shoes
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • A maximum of 10 people per booking
  • Please indicate morning tour or afternoon tour in special requirement area upon booking
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travellers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Louise D wrote a review Jan 2020
Melbourne, Australia2 contributions1 helpful vote
This was my first trip to China and I was travelling by myself so I was feeling a little anxious. I am so glad I booked this tour. Penny arrived at the hotel on time and was extremely warm and welcoming. Penny's knowledge of Shanghai and its history was fantastic and she had
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Date of experience: January 2020
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WBen101 wrote a review Nov 2019
Glendale, California9 contributions1 helpful vote
This was our first trip to Shanghai and we are so glad that we booked this trip early on. Our guide Penny was an absolute delight. She explains the history of both Shanghai and the French Concession in a way that is both educational and fun. Walking through the park, she
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Date of experience: November 2019
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Donna2014nyc wrote a review Aug 2019
New York City, New York22 contributions7 helpful votes
Excellent tour of the French Concession with Kelly (Ping). Kelly arrived on time and handled the transportation. On our way there, she provided a historical overview so I had a basic understanding before our walk. We started at a park, where I got a first hand look at how the
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LavinGnaw wrote a review Aug 2019
Orlando, Florida3 contributions6 helpful votes
There were two in our group and both of us were extremely happy with our guide Penny. She was highly knowledgeable about the history of Shanghai and the French Concession in particular. We gained a lot from her insights. After our three-hour tour she recommended a restaurant
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Date of experience: July 2019
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Kari R wrote a review Aug 2019
3 contributions1 helpful vote
Our guide Penny was great. We walked though Fuzhou Park enjoying the morning activities, learned a lot about Dr Sun Yat Sen and had a delicious lunch of Shanghai specialties. Highly recommended!
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Date of experience: August 2019
About the operator

Don’t take it from us – here’s what people have to say about this operator.

By: Shanghai Melody
One of the best walking tours I’ve ever taken!
What an amazing gem of a tour! Do not miss out on this opportunity to see some very hidden things that you don’t s
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Great day trip in Shanghai!
I had a 9 hour layover in Shanghai, and decided to do a day trip to see as much of the city as I could. My guide S
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Great Introduction to Shanghai
Kelly organised my walking tour and very short notice and was really helpful! Kuang who was my guide was very frien
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Excellent tour guide
Kelly was very personable from the very beginning, and even helped me practice my Mandarin along the way. It was al
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Wonderful guides!
This was the only tour that we prebooked in Shanghai, and I’m glad we did! Our tour guide, Penny was very nice and
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Excellent Communication and Representation
From the offset Kelly was excellent in communication. She was very patient with my questions and adaptable to what
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Great time
Ms Kelly was lovely and the personalised tour was both insightful and exciting. P.S Would recommend the scallion no
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Lost Plate culinary tour
Had a great time and my husband was excited to get a chance to make soup dumplings with an expert at one of our sto
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Unique & fascinating experience
I first visited China in 1993 and since then the changes to the way people live, dress and work have been dramatic.
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Excellent Experience in Suzhou!
I was in Shanghai for a week of work, and it was my first time in Asia. I navigated Shanghai with ease for my busin
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Awesome Half day tour in Shanghai
We had very long stopover in Shanghai and decided to make the best of it and leave the airport for some sightseeing
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Amazing type of experience in a real home setting in a local neighborhood in Shanghai.
I live in Shanghai and took my family who was visiting on Christmas Day to learn how to make dumplings, spring roll
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Private tour with Kelly
Thank you Kelly for a fantastic tour around Shanghai. You were very informative and very knowledgeable. We would de
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Perfect day - Fengjing watertown in the morning and Shanghai in the afternoon
Fengjing is a beautiful watertown not too far from Shanghai. Not too many tourists. Our guide Anita put together a
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Experienced guide Sophie with excellent enghlish
Very good customer experience thanks to very flexible, nice and polite guide. I can recommend to all solo traveller
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Key Details
  • Fuxing Park, Former French Concession, and 3 more
  • Duration: 180–210 minutes
  • Mobile Ticket Accepted
  • Free Cancellation up to 24 hours in advance
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  • Pickup offered
  • Languages Offered: English, Chinese, Chinese
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