Shanghai French Concession Walk

Explore the inner-workings of Shanghai's most charming residential district, the French Concession, on a half-day journey by foot. Weave through narrow estate alleyways, mingle with locals in public parks while they practice Tai Chi and sample scrumptious egg tarts after a wander through a buzzing wet market. This is the perfect day-in-the-life of Shanghai's warm and unassuming locals in the city's most idyllic district.

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  • Spending a day amongst locals while walking around the historic French Concession District of Shanghai
  • Watching locals practice Thai Chi at Xiangyang Park
  • Visiting the Russian Orthodox Church and Mansion Hotel -once owned by Shanghai's biggest crime boss
  • Sampling famous fried dumplings at a collection of food stalls little-known to outsiders
  • Learning about local culture while walking through charming back alleys
  • Sampling egg tarts at one Shanghai's most iconic sweet-treat shops
  • Tours as mentioned and air-conditioned transfers
  • Sightseeing and permit fees during guided times
  • Meals listed in the itinerary
  • Expert English-speaking local guide
  • Service charges and government VAT tax

Spend a day amongst the locals in Shanghai’s historic French Concession district, a charming residential enclave with the city’s most distinctive architecture. Start your tour in Xiangyang Park, one of the many public areas in the French Concession where locals gather for their morning exercise, including Tai Chi. Weave through the chattering crowds of early-risers with your guide, and learn about how parks like this one play an important role in the social lives of Shanghai’s retired population.

Then, embark on foot down Xiangyang Lu Street toward a nearby crossroads and explore a Russian Orthodox Church and the Mansion Hotel, a building which was once owned by Shanghai’s biggest crime boss in the early 20th Century. Afterwards, continue down Xiangyang Lu to sample some fried dumplings at a collection of food stalls before turning the corner into a labyrinth of narrow housing estate alleyways.

Along the way, learn about how the establishment of China’s Communist era led to the division of these estates’ floors between families, and see how these ever-growing family units have led to as many as three generations now living in a single room! Then, pass a local wet market and watch as locals bargain for their morning groceries before wrapping up your journey a local bakery’s iconic treat – lovingly known as “probably the best egg tart in Shanghai”.

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