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 The 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.
- 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.
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.
Please check local restrictions before traveling. All of our services comply with recommendations to avoid the spread of Covid-19.
The activity takes place with a guide that speaks in English.
English speaking guide with expert knowledge of Shanghai history.
Food and drinks.
When to book?
You can book up until 10 hours before the activity as long as there are still places. Book now to guarantee your spot.
Type of voucher
Electronic. Show the voucher on your phone.
Wheelchair accessible. This must be indicated in the reservation.
All services published on Civitatis are carried out in accordance with our Sustainability Code.
No printing of documentation required.
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 have any other questions please contact us .
If you are not able to attend the tour, please cancel your reservation, otherwise the guide will be waiting for you.
Exit 4 of the South Shaanxi Road metro station.