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

Private Walking Tour in the Former French Concession

Private Walking Tour in the Former French Concession
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from $138.11 per adult (price varies by group size)
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from $138.11 per adult (price varies by group size)
Free cancellation
About
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.
Know before you go
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
Chinese, English, Chinese
Know before you go
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
Chinese, English, Chinese
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Highlights
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.
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 30693P1
Call +1 855 275 5071
Important information
Inclusions
Hotel pickup • Transportation to attraction • Excellent English-speaking guide • Entrance Tickets
Exclusions
Personal expenses • Gratuities • Hotel drop-off
Departure details
Traveller pickup is offered.
Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Inclusions
Hotel pickup • Transportation to attraction • Excellent English-speaking guide • Entrance Tickets
Exclusions
Personal expenses • Gratuities • Hotel drop-off
Departure details
Traveller pickup is offered.
Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Additional information
Confirmation will be received at time of booking
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
Wheelchair accessible
Stroller accessible
Near public transportation
Infants must sit on laps
Transportation is wheelchair accessible
Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travellers
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Louise D
Melbourne, Australia2 contributions
Wonderful introduction to Shanghai
Jan 2020
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 wonderful communications skills. Her English was perfect! Not only did Penny given me a wonderful tour of the French concession she also showed me how to use the subway and gave me many other tips that came in handy when travelling in Shanghai. We had a wonderful lunch together and she even told me where to get the best coffee in Shanghai. I would highly recommend this tour.
Written 13 January 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

WBen101
Glendale, CA9 contributions
Absolutely Best Way to be Introduced to Shanghai
Nov 2019 • Couples
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 introduced us to people she knew, making us feel very much at home. Penny then spent extra time with us afterwards at lunch, guiding us through one of our best meals ever. Just a great experience from start to finish!
Written 12 November 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Donna2014nyc
New York City, NY23 contributions
Informative and fun!
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 locals spend a quiet Sunday. We then moved onto the neighborhood itself, strolling down some of the alleyways, as Kelly explained how many of the residents live today. We also stopped for tea (dumpling place was optional) and ended at the French Club, with a view of the city 30+ stories up. Kelly made sure to show me other suggestions to visit and offered her support during my stay. Thoroughly enjoyed the tour, I highly recommend it!
Written 18 August 2019
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LavinGnaw
Orlando, FL3 contributions
Wonderful Private Walking Tour of the French Concession
Jul 2019
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 for lunch which served wonderful dumplings and hot/sour soup (yum). We highly recommend Penny if you are thinking about a private tour of the French Concession.
Written 15 August 2019
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Kari R
3 contributions
Private walking tour in French concession
Aug 2019 • Family
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!
Written 3 August 2019
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sabrinamK4760PB
5 contributions
Wonderful experience
May 2019 • Friends
We had a wonderful experience exploring the French concessions with the experience, informative , friendly and professional guide - Kelly. Highly recommend to someone who wants to explore Shanghai and it’s history.
Written 12 May 2019
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Helen T
22 contributions
heaps of background
Mar 2019 • Couples
If you are after a rich historical background, enriched with some fascinating personal family context, Penny's your guide. We found her charming and informative. She picked us up, so we didn't even need to find our way to a meeting point. Our walk took us through key public places in the former French concession and also some intriguing out of the way back streets. When she heard about the restaurant we were planning to go to that evening, Penny helped us book the table and gave us some excellent tips on what to order.
Written 3 April 2019
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Claire G
41 contributions
French Concession Plus!!
Mar 2019 • Friends
I spent a very entertaining day with Kelly, she is an excellent Guide. Great English, personable, knowledgable and so enthusiastic. We had a planned trip but as I had time on my hands she filled it with an impromptu visit to the Old City. We nipped in and out of side streets, visited the markets, watched the world go by. It was such a contrast to the area around my hotel near to the Shanghai Tower. We then headed to the French Concession and spent a couple of hours meandering around the sites. So much to see I need to come back. We stopped for great noodles in a local restaurant. We nipped in and out of restaurants and buildings just to see what they were like. I definitely feel like I got a very good insight into the old Shanghai. Would highly recommend this lovely lady, you will not be disappointed. A truly excellent day out.
Written 25 March 2019
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Ivy A
New York City, NY8 contributions
Private Walking Tour in the Former French Concession
We had a lovely day with Kelly on the walking tour of French Concession. Kelly is very knowledgable on the locations/history/backgound info, friendly, helpful & speak very good English. She also recommended some great eating places to us. We covered a lot of grounds & she showed us some interesting spots along the way. Highly recommend this tour with Kelly.
Written 10 March 2019
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BBnE
Dublin, Ireland209 contributions
A nice way to spend a Saturday AM
Penny was one of the most engaging tour guides I’ve met on my travels; detailed, insightful and above all, pleasant. She brought us at a leisurely place through PuXing Park where we saw locals doing what they do...having fun and socially engaging...dancing, calligraphy, debate...on to Dr Sun Yat-Sen’s house, through the old French Sports Club grounds - now a Japanese hotel chain - side streets and...much, much more... Would have loved to have had a few more hours. Penny, you were a treat!!! Recommended without hesitation.
Written 9 February 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

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