French Concession Walking Tour With A Real Local

Duration: 2h and 30min
Languages: English
Guru: Bill
Quality Verified Registered on May 16, 2023

I was born and lived all my life in Shanghai, and went through the bad times and good times of China's commercial hub, I am still finding new inspirations. Traveling to multiple countries and continents, I am always looking to meet new friends from all corners of the world. Wish to share my native city and help people discover the best-kept secrets that have made me love this city myself!

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  • No minimum number of attendees
    No minimum number of attendees is required for the tour
  • Free booking and cancellation
    Free payment tour, no set price, booking and cancellation are free
  • Accepts electronic payment
    This tour allows payment by electronic means or credit card

Tour description

What better way to explore this great city than by having an indigenous inhabitant tell you stories about the history and evolution of this great city! am a local Shanghainese—born, and lived here all my life. I will meet you at Garden Hotel on South Maoming Road,The French Concession is the area of Shanghai that the French government administered from 1849 until 1946. The tree-lined avenues and the many fine old houses in the area still retain an air of the "Paris of the East". In particular, the many wrought iron fences and stair railings will look familiar to anyone who knows Paris or Montreal.

This has been a fashionable area for well over a century and is now very developed as well. There are plenty of large buildings, mainly upmarket residential and office towers, quite a few hotels and a number of enormous shopping malls. At the same time, many of the picturesque older buildings — even whole neighbourhoods — have been renovated. There are a huge number of boutiques, galleries, bars and cafes.

Highlights of the Tour:

  • Middle Huaihai Road
  • The Former French Club
  • 1920's Old Neoghborhood
  • Shanghai Culture Square
  • Communist Delegation Office
  • Sinan Mansions
  • Xintiandi

The tour will end at Xintiandi, a fashionable compoumd with plenty of shops, bars and restaurants., Last minute booking possible, bookings open until the start of tour!

Having done these tours for the better part of a decade, I can usually field any history question you may have about the nation or the city, and can also offer suggestions of the best places in the city for shopping, tea, or the most memorable dining experiences with something unique to them.

Free tours do not have a set price, instead, each person gives the guru at the end of the tour the amount that he or she considers appropriate ,the recommended tips:150-200yuan(20-25USD/Euro) per person,depending on satisfaction with the tour.

I hope to see you soon,


I also do a SHANGHAI HIGHLIGHTS free walking tour:

Customized private tours available per your request,Tours to Watertown(Zhujiajiao), Suzhou, Hangzhou are also available, please feel free to ask for details! 

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What will we visit on this tour?

  • Meeting point:
    China, Shang Hai Shi, Huang Pu Qu, 茂名...
    China, Shang Hai Shi, Huang Pu Qu, 茂名南路58号 邮政编码: 200041
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    I will meet you in fornt of Okura Garden Hotel,Taxi instruction: 花园饭店(茂名南路58号)

  • 1
    Outside visit
    Okura Garden Hotel
  • 2
    Outside visit
    Shanghai Culture Square Theatre
  • 3
    Outside visit
    Sinan Mansions
  • 4
    Outside visit
    Former Residence of Zhou'Enlai
  • 5
    Outside visit
  • 6
    Outside visit
    Jinjiang Hotel

How much does this tour cost?

Free tours do not have a set price, instead, each person gives the guru at the end of the tour the amount that he or she considers appropriate (these usually range from €10 to $50 depending on satisfaction with the tour).

Tour opinions

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Aileen 06 Jul 2024

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Travelled in couple - Jul 2024
We really appreciated the tour with Bill. The tour through The French Concession was very interesting and so were the information and details, Bill shared with us. Can definitely recommend the tour. Thanks, Bill!
Aileen 21 Jun 2024

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Travelled alone - Jun 2024
I enjoy learning about the history of this sector of Shanghai. Bill added a personal perspective and insight as to what life then may have like. Our tour group was very small an I felt asif we had our own personal your guide! I highly recommend this tour. I've done walking tour in other cities and I am always amazing at the energy and enthusiasm that the guides have!
Charito 21 Jun 2024

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Travelled in couple - Jun 2024
It was an amazing experience, thanks Bill!
Ik 10 Jun 2024

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Travelled alone - Jun 2024
Bill is incredibly knowledgeable and engaging. He is a kind and helpful guide. I joined the tours at the end of my time in Shanghai, but I would have loved to join them at the start. Bill organizes multiple tours, and I joined two of them (the French Concession tour and the evening food tour). I would definitely recommend both of them. If I had more time in Shanghai, I would have loved to join more of his tours. I also enjoyed learning about Chinese culture, traditions, healthcare, and education. Bill is a truly fantastic guide.
Dominik 03 Jun 2024
La Paz

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Travelled alone - May 2024
very good! Bill was very friendly and knowledgeable guy and also honest!!
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Who is this tour for?

Suitable for people with reduced mobility.
Accepts reservations up to 100 people.
Suitable for carrying pets.

What should you know?

Minimum of attendees
There is no minimum number of people required for the tour.
Additional costs:
The tour does not require the payment of entrance fees or additional expenses.
Free cancellation
If you will not be able to attend the tour, please cancel your booking, otherwise the guide will be waiting for you.
Payment methods
Electronic or credit card payment is accepted.
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