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Free Walking Tour of Shanghai French Concession
Activities in Shanghai

Free Walking Tour of Shanghai French Concession

9.50 / 10
Viola is an amazing guide!! I would definitely go with another tour with her! So sorry we lost the group in the end!
10 Beatrix Cornally
  • Free
  • English English
  • 3 hours

Experience a new side of Shanghai, exploring the quaint streets and historical buildings of the city's French Concession and learning all about its captivating past on this free walking tour.

Free Walking Tour of Shanghai French Concession

Begin your guided walking tour of the Shanghai French Concession next to the South Shaanxi Road metro station. From here, you'll stroll down the popular shopping street of Middle Huaihai Road. Once called Avenue Joffre in honour of the French general, this iconic street is now home to many luxury boutiques, as well as the legendary Cathay Theatre. Admire its Art Deco façade while you hear all about its fascinating history.

You'll pass the former French Club, where your guide will reveal some curious facts surrounding the building, before continuing your route through this historical area of Shanghai. Your next stop will be Culture Square, near to which you'll find the former residence of Zhou Enlai, the first Prime Minister of the People's Republic of China, and the Sinan Mansions. The buildings' French-style architecture will surprise you, especially in contrast with surrounding contemporary façades.

Next to the mansions, you'll discover a building you may not have expected to see in this area of China: the Catholic St Peters Church. Your free walking tour of Shanghai's French Concession will end next to the Dapuqiao metro station in the Tianzifang district. This neighbourhood has a distinctly European feel, and its winding streets are filled with numerous shops, bars, cafes and restaurants where you can explore, buy souvenirs and renew your energy with a traditional bite to eat (not included) after your tour.

Important information

  • It is not possible to reserve this free tour of Shanghai if you are a group of more than 6 people. In this case, we recommend reserving our private historic Shanghai guided tour or modern Shanghai guided tour.
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult. There is a maximum of three children permitted per adult.
  • This tour does not enter any monuments, just visiting their exteriors.

Covid-19 Measures

All of our providers comply with local legislation and applicable health recommendations regarding protective material and safety to help avoid the spread of Covid-19.


Free tours do not have a fixed price, rather each person offers the guide the amount they consider appropriate, depending on their level of satisfaction.

More Information


3 hours.

Language English

The tour is exclusively in English.


English speaking guide with expert knowledge of Shanghai history.

Not included

Food and drinks.

When to book?

Book as soon as possible to guarantee availability, especially during public holidays and festivities.

If there are still places available, you can book until the previous day (local time in Shanghai).

Digital voucher

We will send you a voucher that you can show on your phone to take part in the activity.

Frequently asked questions

  • Q - How to book?

    A - To reserve the activity, choose the date and complete the form on this page. You will receive your confirmation immediately.

If you still have more questions, check out our section on frequently asked questions. If you need help to book an activity or have any enquiries, please contact us.





If you are not able to attend the tour, please cancel your reservation in the control panel, otherwise the guide will be waiting for you.

Meeting point

Exit 4 of the South Shaanxi Road metro station.