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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.


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The Langham, Shanghai, Xintiandi $138
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 10-minute walk of Former French Concession and K11 Art Mall. Shanghai Museum and Xintiandi Style Shoppping Centre are also within 15 minutes. South Huangpi Road Station is only a 4-minute walk and Xintiandi Station is 7 minutes.

    Andaz Xintiandi Shanghai - a concept by Hyatt $134
    Andaz Xintiandi Shanghai - a concept by Hyatt

    Andaz Xintiandi Shanghai - a concept by Hyatt

    88 Songshan Road, Shanghai, Shanghai
       
      4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Downtown Shanghai, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of K11 Art Mall, Xintiandi Style Shoppping Centre, and Former French Concession. People's Square and Nanjing Road Shopping District are also within 1 mi (2 km). Laoximen Station is only a 5-minute walk and Xintiandi Station is 10 minutes.

      Ascott Huai Hai Road Shanghai
      Ascott Huai Hai Road Shanghai

      Ascott Huai Hai Road Shanghai

      No 282,Huai Hai Road Central, Huangpu District, Shanghai, Shanghai
         
        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 Former French Concession. Nanjing Road Shopping District and Xintiandi Style Shoppping Centre are also within 1 mi (2 km). South Huangpi Road Station is only a 4-minute walk and Dashijie Station is 8 minutes.

        Shanghai Donghu Hotel $181
        Shanghai Donghu Hotel

        Shanghai Donghu Hotel

        70 Dong Hu Road, Xuhui, Shanghai
           
          4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Xuhui, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Huai Hai Road Shopping District and Former French Concession. People's Square and Jing'an Temple are also within 2 mi (3 km). South Shaanxi Road Station is 5 minutes by foot and Changshu Road Station is 13 minutes.

          Cozy Apartment Best Location 616
          Cozy Apartment Best Location 616

          Cozy Apartment Best Location 616

          7B Lane 616 (M) Fu Xing Road, Shanghai, Shanghai
             
            3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Huaihai Road Commercial Area, this apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Tianzifang, Former French Concession, and Xintiandi Style Shoppping Centre. People's Square and Jing'an Temple are also within 2 mi (3 km). Dapuqiao Road Station is 11 minutes by foot and Xintiandi Station is 12 minutes.

            Hard Candy Apartment No.3
            Hard Candy Apartment No.3

            Hard Candy Apartment No.3

            No.43, Lane 70, Ruijin 2nd Road, Huangpu, Shanghai
               
              2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Huaihai Road Commercial Area, this apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Tianzifang, Former French Concession, and Xintiandi Style Shoppping Centre. People's Square and Jing'an Temple are also within 2 mi (3 km). Dapuqiao Road Station is 12 minutes by foot and Xintiandi Station is 12 minutes.

              Cozy Apartment Best Location 115
              Cozy Apartment Best Location 115

              Cozy Apartment Best Location 115

              No. 1 Lane 115 Si Nan Road, Shanghai, Shanghai
                 
                3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Huaihai Road Commercial Area, this apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Former French Concession and Xintiandi Style Shoppping Centre. People's Square and Nanjing Road Shopping District are also within 3 mi (5 km). Madang Road Station is 8 minutes by foot and Xintiandi Station is 10 minutes.

                Green Shikumen house $72
                Green Shikumen house

                Green Shikumen house

                1F No.29 Gao Lan Road, Huang Pu Distrit, Shanghai
                   
                  2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Downtown Shanghai, this guesthouse is within a 15-minute walk of People's Square and Nanjing Road Shopping District. Xintiandi Style Shoppping Centre and Former French Concession are also within 1 mi (2 km). Yuyuan Garden Station is 14 minutes by foot and Laoximen Station is 14 minutes.