Private Tour around Shanghai French Concession

01/04/2014
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The French Concession used to be the foreign concession of France in Shanghai, and now it is one of the most popular tourist sites in Shanghai.

After the Chinese loss of the Opium Wars in 1842, Shanghai, among other cities, were forced to open themselves as international “ports of call.” The government of Shanghai conceded a large area of land to the French consulate. The area covers the whole of present-day Xuhui ( famous for Shanghai Stadium to foreign tourists ) and Luwan Districts ( home to both Xintiandi and Tianzifang ).

Tianzifang

Tianzifang

What about the French Concession in your heart?

The following typical itinerary will take you to discover this “Paris of the East”.

Typical Tour Itinerary

Okura Garden Hotel Shanghai – Cathay Theatre – Huaihai Road – Sinan Road – Gaolan Road – Fuxing Park Shanghai – Sinan Mansions – The Former Residence of Sun Yat-sen – Tianzi Fang

Tour Highlights

1. To sense the beauty of typical construction of the French Concession;

2. To feel the flourishing street of “Champs Elysees”;

3. To contact with the locals, and touch closely to their original life;

4. To know the real French Concession from our professional presentation;

5. To sip a cup of coffee, and enjoy its quiet surrounding.

The Introduction of Five Hot Stops

Stop 1: Cathay Theatre

The theatre shows both Chinese and foreign movies. Nice English-speaking staffs are available to help foreign visitors. It is one of the few historic 1930’s Art Deco style cinemas that are still opened in Shanghai.

Cathay Theatre

Cathay Theatre

Stop 2: Fuxing Park

This park serves as an outdoor living room to many residents that live in small cramped quarters. It is used for dancing, kite flying, napping, exercise, singing, political meetings, health screenings, playing chase, tree climbing , hide and seek, sitting, visiting with friends etc.

Fuxing Park

Fuxing Park

Stop 3: Sinan Mansions

Today, Sinan Mansions comprises 49 restored historical buildings and nine new buildings grouped into four functional precincts – hotel, commercial, residential and office – and the area remains one of the top addresses in Shanghai, China’s international economic, financial, trade and logistics centre.

Sinan Mansions

Sinan Mansions

Stop 4: The Former Residence of Sun Yat-sen

It was the center of Kuomintang activities during Sun’s life before turned communist base after his death by his wife Soong Qingling. The house was heavily monitored by the Kuomintang and the French until WWII, when it was sacked by the Japanese.

The Former Residence of Sun Yat-sen

The Former Residence of Sun Yat-sen

Stop 5: Tianzifang

Today, Tianzi Fang has transformed itself from legacy residential architectures and factories into an artsy area housing bars, cafes, crafts shops, design studios, galleries and boutiques.

Tianzifang

Tianzifang