French Concession

French Concession Tour: A Stroll Through Colonial Shanghai

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 French 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.

What purpose do the French Concessions serve now?

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).
  • 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
  • Russian Orthodox Church
    See this Russian Orthodox Church where the White Russians used to pray.
  • Cercle Sportif Francais
  • 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).

Pricing

(All prices in Chinese Renminbi per guest)

  Private
(2 hours)
VIP
(2.5 hours)
1 guest 880 1150
2 guests 460 610
3 guests 320 430
4 or more guests 260 340

Tour Types

Private Tours can be scheduled for your group at any time you like.
VIP Tours are led by Newman Tours’ most experienced 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 red italics under the Tour Schedule section of this page.
Terms & Conditions can be viewed here.

Which style influenced this building?

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

French Concession Tour Follow Up

Guests on the French Concession Tour will receive a follow up email featuring informative and entertaining links including the following:

  • Insight into the role that the French Concessions play in modern Shanghai
  • Information about the architectural style that influenced the French Concessions