French Concession Tour Summary


This tour is a must for anyone that wants to understand Shanghai’s colonial legacy because it not only gives you access to colonial mansions but also explains how the foreign concessions were formed and what impact they had on those that lived there.





















During the French Concession Tour you will  learn how the Opium Wars and Taiping Rebellion determined the course of Shanghai's history; marvel at the property empire of Victor Sassoon; find out why you wouldn’t want to be treated in a 1920’s hospital; and take a tour of a drug trafficking millionaire’s mansion.


And as if all that wasn’t enough, you also have the option of joining us for a Delicious Chinese Lunch during which you will learn more about colonial gangsters, and find out about China’s ancient tea drinking traditions.

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“Newman Tours’ French Concession Tour is a perfect way to explore one of Shanghai’s most aesthetically pleasing areas.”

Alice Sharman, Shanghai Talk


“A heady mix of celebrity scandal and political intrigue, peering into the lives of the wealthy and the powerful.”

Mary Weeks, Enjoy Shanghai

“I learnt a lot of interesting facts which has inspired me to learn more about Chinese culture and history.”

Cassandra, Sydney - Australia


“I recommend this tour and any others organized by them with great enthusiasm.”

lenjohns6, Southern Pines - North Carolina

French Concession Tour Highlights


Meet outside exit 4 of South Shanxi Metro Station (lines 1 & 10), on the corner of South Maoming Road and Central Huaihai Road (陕西南路地铁站四号出口,淮海中路靠近茂名南路).


• See the Cathay Theatre and learn about China’s golden film era.


• Visit the stunning Cercle Sportif Francais, which once served as a private palace for Mao Zedong.


Visit Jinjiang Hotel, where the legendary feminist icon Dong Zhujun once presided.


Weave your way through the French Concession’s Li Long back-streets and learn about how the Opium Wars and Taiping Rebellion determined the course of Shanghai's history.


• Visit a 1920’s hospital and discover the terrible mistake they made when treating tuberculosis.


See where Shanghai’s White Russian refugees worshipped, and learn about the magical powers they attributed to the Archbishop that taught them.


Explore the building in which legendary mobster Big Eared Du used to store his opium, which has now been decorated with wonderful 1930’s artifacts.


• Guests on the Select French Concession Tour will also get the exclusive opportunity to see a statue of one of China’s greatest writers and explore the area where the white Russians lived.












Delicious Chinese Lunch Schedule


Enjoy a Chinese lunch cooked with a Shanghainese twist.


• During your meal, find out why it wasn’t a good idea for foreigners to eat with Big Eared Du and discover the unusual way in which he attempted to avoid assassination.


• Whilst enjoying your lunch, learn how Chinese tea customs were influenced by the exploits of a Qing Dynasty Emperor.



Pricing Summary (prices in Chinese Renminbi per person)








* Must provide valid identification. **  Under 14 years old.


Tour Types


- Public French Concession Tour availability can be seen by clicking here.


- Private French Concession Tours can be scheduled for your group at any time you like but require a minimum of 3 adult guests (or the financial equivalent thereof) and a non-refundable deposit worth 1/3 of the total cost of your tour.


- Select French Concession Tours are led by Senior Newman Tours’ Guides, and guarantee the provision of an iPad to enhance the content of your tour. They can start at any time you want, and feature exclusive content described in italics in the French Concession Tour Schedule below. Select Tours require a minimum of 3 adult guests (or the financial equivalent thereof) and a non-refundable deposit worth 1/3 of the total cost of your tour.


- Pick Up & Drop Off in your choice of taxi or private vehicle from a location of your choice can be arranged upon request.


- Full Terms & Conditions are listed at the bottom of this page.

Getting There


- The Standard Meeting Point for Public, Private & Select French Concession Tours is outside exit 4 of South Shanxi Metro Station (lines 1 & 10), on the corner of South Maoming Road and Central Huaihai Road (陕西南路地铁站四号出口,淮海中路靠近茂名南路).


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  1. -Pick Up & Drop Off in your

choice of taxi or private vehicle can be arranged upon request.

Terms and Conditions

• Tours should be booked and confirmed at least three hours in advance.

• Newman Tours reserves the right to cancel tours by informing confirmed attendees at least three hours in advance.

• Newman Tours reserves the right to start its tours on time, and will not wait for guests more than ten minutes after the scheduled start time of their tours.

• Guests under 18 years of age must be accompanied by a responsible adult guardian.

• Newman Tours reserves the right to request proof of student or child status in the form of valid identification.

• Proof of payment receipts available if requested in advance.

• Tour prices are not inclusive of tax invoices, which if required cost an additional 15% of the total cost of the tour.

• Public and Private Tour Payments should be made in Chinese Renminbi at the end of the tour.

• If agreed in advance, Select Tours can also be paid for via bank transfer within 10 days of the tour’s completion.

• Guests who take part in Newman Tours do so at their own risk.

• Tours do not include accommodation, transportation, food, drink and other non-tour guide related fees unless otherwise stated.

• Newman Tours reserves the right to alter the Tour Schedule listed above as a result of bad weather or location inaccessibility. In doing so it will do its upmost to ensure that equally high quality alternative content is provided.

• Newman Tours reserves the right to refuse people the right to attend and if necessary remove them from their tours if they are intoxicated, aggressive or offensive.

• Guests who take part in Newman Tours Tours must have their own health and safety insurance.

  1. Guests who take part in Newman Tours do so entirely at their own risk.














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