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French Concession

中国上海市卢湾区, Jianguo Middle Rd,
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  • French Concession
    Danny Geeraets
    5 Jul 12, 2014

    This is one of the best neigbourhoods of Shanghai. The threes and the nice little shops and restaurants makes walking around in this area very pleasent! If you want to escape the busy tourist location, go here!

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    Matthew Crompton
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    4 Dec 20, 2013

    Shanghai's chic, leafy French Concession neighborhood straddles two worlds -- the city's era as a one-time colonial possession, and its present-day status as China's most fashionable metropolis. With tons of great cafes, restaurants, nightclubs, bars, and boutique shopping it's also one of the city's most atmospheric spots.

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  • French ConcessionPro 2014
    Harold Smith-Franzen (@smithfranzen)
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    4 Nov 06, 2013

    The French Concession struggles to hang on to a bit of Shanghai's old world charm. The combination of nice architecture and a greenery makes this one of the more attractive parts of the city. Definitely a must-see on the tourist circuit.

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  • French Concession
    Julie Levin
    5 Oct 21, 2013

    From the leafy, tree-lined streets to the bars and restaurants crowded along every avenue, the Former French Concession is undeniably one of the most desirable neighborhoods to live in Shanghai. The area is the perfect amalgamation of authentic Chinese culture and the Western elements that expats most miss about home. The only drawback is that rents tend to be a bit higher than in other parts of the city, so you might find yourself paying top dollar for an older property. The FFC, as it is known, has the highest concentration of foreigners, which may or may not be what you are looking for.

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    Frances Nguyen
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    4 Oct 17, 2013

    The French Concession has a storied history from 1849 when it was a foreign concession handed over to France up until 1946. The French left their mark in this area with colonial designed buildings and is filled with restaurants and shops, many of which are based in the new French Concession. Fortunately, the old concession remains and you'll see differences between the two based on the architecture and antiquated look of the old concession.

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    Monica Suma
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    4 Aug 21, 2013

    A former French quarter from 1847 up until 1946, it developed during the 1920s into the premier residential area of Shanghai. It is now a splendid district with well-preserved European architecture and tree-lined streets reminiscent of Paris. The quaint alleyways and trendy boutiques make the stroll delightfully charming, as if walking back in time through Shanghai’s glory days of the 1930s. Plenty of restaurants to explore as well.

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  • French Concession
    Daisy Zhou
    5 Jan 05, 2013

    This is my favorite part of Shanghai. The city once was dubbed as Oriental Paris and this is here you can still feel some legacy of that old time.

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  • French Concession
    Riccardo Benussi
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    5 Dec 31, 2012

    Spanning widely across the center of the city, the French concession reminds of Strasbourg and some small French villages of course. The idea that Chinese people not used to European urban planning or interior architecture, especially that of the Turn of The Century live there now is quite bizarre. But they blend in great. Probably just as great as the French back then, when they were so far from home and needed that flair and touch from home.

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  • French Concession
    Joachim K
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    5 Sep 28, 2012

    The French Concession is one of the best areas to have a walk in Shanghai. In contrast to the rest of the city, the buildings aren't that high and look very European (of course, because they were actually built by Europeans:) ).. There're lots of shops and boutiques, so you can combine your walk with a shopping spree.

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    Rachel Patterson
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    3 Sep 23, 2012

    Nice place to walk around, but we weren't particularly enamored with it (perhaps we didn't see the right part though).

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    Yvone Tan
    5 Jul 12, 2012

    the french concession is like paris in Shanghai, do come at night, it is very beautiful. There are many shops selling fascinating gifts and accessories as well as bars and pubs.

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  • French Concession
    Allison Yumori Nowack
    4 Jul 08, 2012

    We finally got to sit down for a little while after our long day of walking all over shanghai. It felt great! We met up with my awesome cousin Camden who had graciously offered to take us around after her work. We ate amazing spicy Chinese food and walked a bit in the French concession.

    We thought it would be safe to walk my cousin to her apt, but she told us she's never really worried about safety in shanghai. People beg at most, but there isn't a big worry of someone actually holding you up at gunpoint... Why? Not even the regular cops have guns in china.

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  • French Concession
    Daniel
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    4 Jul 04, 2012

    Shanghai is filled with more and more skyscrapers but this place still has the china charm. Many of the buildings are old relics of the past. Alot of expats called this place home.

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    Sydney & Paulo B
    5 Aug 29, 2013
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    Maria Korsak
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    4 Apr 27, 2013
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    4 Apr 18, 2013
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    3 Mar 08, 2013
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    Jenn B
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    4 Nov 19, 2012
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    Luciano Capuano
    5 Nov 11, 2012
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    Ant
    4 Jul 05, 2012

    Another great area of Shanghai with lots of interesting architecture, buildings and culture.

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The French Concession is a strip of land in Shanghai that was temporarily owned by the French until 1946. This occupation sparked a unique blending of cultural ideas and architecture that consequently led to the attractive area that is the French Concession. The French Concession is an ideal place to simply explore and experience. A mix of Chinese and French buildings dotted with small shops, tasteful restaurants and market settings make it a wonderful place to shop through as well as stroll through. Many wanderers appreciate the French Concession as a retreat from city life and a way to appreciate the past.

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4.5 out of 5
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