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 look at 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.

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).
  • 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.
  • Guests on the Select French Concession Tour will also see where one of the richest opium dealers in Shanghai once lived and discover the role his brothers played in the American drug trade.
  • 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.
  • Please click here to see the itinerary for the optional extra Delicious Chinese Lunch.

 
  • Cathay Cinema
    Cathay Cinema

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).

Price (Chinese renminbi per person)

French Concession Tour Adults Children under 14
Private (2 hr) 260 190
Select (2.5 hr) 340 270

Tour Types

Public Tour availability can be seen by clicking here.

Private Tours can be scheduled for your group at any time you like.

Select 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 Tour Schedule on this page.

Private and Select Tours require a minimum of 4 adult guests (or the financial equivalent thereof). Full terms and conditions can be viewed here.

What Our Guests Say

What the Media Says

“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