Small-Group Colonial Walking Tour: Shanghai French Concession

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Journey back in time to French colonial China on this interesting small-group walking tour through the Shanghai French Concession. Learn from your expert local guide how this area was once owned by the French and served as the center of Catholicism in Shanghai. See sites like where the First Conference of the Communist Party took place and stroll through narrow alleys, passing quaint apartments, villas, parks and hidden spots that still hold much of their unique French character.

Meet your guide at a predetermined location in Shanghai to begin your small-group walking tour through the Shanghai French Concession, a historical area that marks the period of French colonialism in the 19th and 20th centuries. With its quaint architecture and cobblestone paths, this area will make you feel as though you're strolling through Paris.

Learn about the history of this area, which was owned by the French government and served as the center of Catholicism in Shanghai. Hear about the cultural, social and political transitions that took place here, and visit Xin Tian Di, the site of the First Conference of the Communist Party.

Visit a beautiful French-style park and the former residence of Zhou Enlai, the first Premier of the People's Republic of China. As you stroll through streets filled with lovely apartments and villas from the early 1900s -- homes of both locals and many expatriates -- your guide will point out how this area retains its distinct French character.

Veer off the main streets and venture along back alleys for a glimpse of small-town Shanghai life. Reach Shanghai's interesting SOHO area, where you will have the opportunity to rest and explore Tianzifang, an arts and crafts enclave full of designer stores, restaurants and coffee shops. Your tour will end here.

What's included

  • Small-group walking tour
  • Local english-speaking guide
  • Entrance fees to sites listed in itinerary

What isn't included

  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Food and drinks
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off