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The French Concession is the area of Shanghai once designated for the French. The tree-lined avenues and the many fine old houses in the area still retain an air of the "Paris of the East". In particular, the many wrought iron fences and stair railings will look familiar to anyone who knows Paris or Montreal.

Shanghai in 1935, with French Concession outlined in red. The eastern part of it wraps around the Old City

This has been a fashionable area for well over a century and is now very developed as well. There are plenty of large buildings, mainly upmarket residential and office towers, quite a few hotels and a number of enormous shopping malls. At the same time, many of the picturesque older buildings — even whole neighbourhoods — have been renovated. There are a huge number of boutiques, galleries, bars and cafes scattered through the area.

For many years, the area was administered by the Chinese as two districts, Xuhui to the West and Luwan to the East. In 2011, Luwan was merged into Huangpu District for administration, but for the traveller it has more in common with the rest of the old French Concession so we cover it here rather than in our Huangpu article.

Get in[edit]

Metro Line 1 runs along Huaihai and Hengshan Roads. Stations in the French Concession are S. Huangpi Road, S. Shaanxi Road, which is fairly central, Hengshan Road and Xujiahui, which is one of the biggest metro stations in Shanghai. Further North, this line goes past People's Park and on to Zhabei. Going South, it leads into Minhang.

Line 10 runs West from Laoximen (the 'old west gate' of the old town), stopping in the French Concession at Xintiandi, S. Shaanxi Road, Shanghai Library and Jiaotong university. Further West, it goes to Changning and Hongqiao Airport. Going East, it crosses the Old Town, swings North via Nanjing Road East, and ends up in Yangpu.

Line 9 serves the South of the district, stopping at Dapuqiao (near Tianzifang), Zhaojianbang Road and Xujiahui along the way. Further West, it goes to Songjiang. Further East, it leads into the center of Pudong.

Neighborhoods[edit]

In addition to the official administrative districts Xuhui and Luwan, the French concession area has some well-known streets and neighborhoods.

Xujiahui[edit]

Cathedral. Xujiahui

Xujiahui is an enormous road intersection with a metro station (lines 1 and 9) under it and much shopping around it. There is a large underground shopping area right in the station and at least half a dozen large malls or department stores nearby. From the station, you can get to most of them without going outdoors. Among other things, Xujiahui has Shanghai's largest cluster of consumer electronics vendors; see #Buy for details. It also has a lot of high-end residential and office space, and many restaurants.

The area also has many buildings built by the Catholic Church during the French period. The most prominent of these is St. Ignatius Cathedral (exit 6 from the metro station), but there are a number of others near it.

There is a large road which starts by the cathedral and becomes an elevated road just beyond it. It leads to the Xinzhuang interchange and beyond that to Humin Road, the main route South into Minhang District for cars and buses.

Huaihai Road[edit]

When the French controlled the area, this street was Avenue Joffre. Today it is the main street of the Luwan area, and one of Shanghai's main shopping streets. In fact, Shanghai people seeking upmarket goods are at least as likely to look here as on Nanjing Road.

Many of the smaller streets nearby are also worth a look, especially when you want to get away from the busy streets. Explore the area between Julu Rd to the North, Huaihai Rd running through the center, and Maoming Rd to the South. Pleasant tree-lined streets and local Shanghainese bustle, combined with a growing number of trendy boutiques and restaurants. Changle Rd and Xinle Rd are rapidly becoming the places to find small designer clothing shops. Interesting architecture built with French and Belgian money and showing mixed Chinese-European styles.

The trendy areas Xintiandi and Tianzifang described below are both near Huaihai Road.

Metro line 1 runs under Huaihai Road through the main shopping area — stations, listed East-to-West, are South Huangpi Road, South Shaanxi Road and Changshu Road. Line 7 also comes to Changshu Road.

Further West, Huaihai Road becomes mainly residential. Line 10's Shanghai Library and Jiaotong University stations are on the street and in this area.

Hengshan Road[edit]

Hengshan Road and nearby streets have what is probably Shanghai's largest cluster of dining and nightlife spots. It is an upmarket area with few real bargains, but food and drink here are generally somewhat cheaper than in trendier and more touristy areas like Xintiandi. There are also a number of hotels and quite a bit of boutique shopping.

From Changshu Road, line 1 swings South; the next two stops are Hengshan Road and Xujiahui. Hengshan Road and the smaller streets off it have mainly older two-storey buildings, many of them now bars and restaurants, though nearby areas such as Xujiahui and Zhoajiabang Road are largely highrise.

You can reach this area on foot starting from Changshu Road station (line 1 or 7). At the cross street on the West side of the station, head South past the Starbucks. The first couple of blocks of this street are called Baoqing Road, but the name soon changes to Hengshan Road. Oscar's Pub, a block along on the left (corner of Fuxing Road), and Shanghai Brewery two short blocks further on are popular expat hangouts. Between them are shopping — several clothing stores, a DVD shop that is popular with expats on the right, and a place with lovely enamel-on-tile work on the left — and several restaurants including an excellent upmarket Sichuan place called South Beauty, visible a bit to the right as you walk South. Turning right down the street South Beauty is on will bring you to an Irish pub.

Turning right at Shanghai Brewery puts you on a short block of Dongping Lu with a mid-range hotel, an Indian restaurant and, at the end of the block, a British place called Glo London (see #Eat. The terminus for the #816 bus to Minhang is also on that street. Dongping Lu ends in a T junction; the US Consulate is across the top of the T.

Across from the brewery are Sasha's upmarket european-style restaurant and Zapata's, an odd combination of Mexican restaurant and dance bar. Beyond Sasha's along Dongping Lu are a Western bakery, Thai and Greek restaurants, another Irish pub, and a mostly-expats sports bar. Continuing beyond those leads onto the West end of Fuxing Road, and into the area of smaller streets described under #Huaihai Road above.

Near Hengshan Road metro station

Staying on Hengshan Road and walking on past Shanghai Brewery, or turning right onto Hengshan Road from Exit 1 of Hengshan Road station (the only exit with an escalator), or coming out exit 2 or 4 from that station, will get you to a whole strip of restaurants — upmarket Italian, Chinese and Arab places, a Papa John's Pizza, a Starbucks, a good Turkish kebab place, and an all-you-can-eat Brazilian barbeque that is good value at ¥139 a head provided you are feeling both hungry and carnivorous. These are all in the long white building shown in the photo. Most have patios out front which are quite pleasant except for some rather annoying beggars.

There are no bars in that strip, though most of the restaurants serve drinks. However, there are upmarket disco-style bars just beyond both ends of it and across the street. There is a cluster of half a dozen plainer and quieter bars across a side street from Exit 1, and more bars, boutiques and restaurants in either direction along Hengshan Road. Going South, there are also at least two high-class hotels within a few blocks.

Continuing several blocks South on Hengshan Road gets you to Xujiahui.

See #Eat and #Drink for details on some of these places.

Xintiandi[edit]

Xintiandi cafes

Xintiandi is an area of old shikumen houses, two-storey buildings on narrow lanes. It has been extensively redeveloped and now has new shopping malls, trendy bars and restaurants, and much tourism.

There is a Xintiandi station on metro line 10; walk North from there to reach the center of the area. Walking South from South Huangpi Road station on line 1 is roughly the same distance.

Xintiandi is sometimes considered a sanitized, touristy and upscale "Disneyland" version of the original old neighborhoods it displaced. It is certainly rather pretty, worth at least a look for any first-time visitor to Shanghai. Prices are generally on the high side, but there are some good deals to be had at off-peak times such as lunch specials in some restaurants and happy hour in bars.

Attitudes to Xintiandi among Shanghai's large expatriate community are quite mixed. The area certainly has many expat customers, and many consider some of its live music venues and dance clubs as among the best in the city. Others dismiss most or all of them as "poseurs pubs", suitable only for a more-money-than-sense crowd.

Xintiandi is supposed to expand and similarly transform a huge swatch of the French Concession later this decade.

Tianzifang[edit]

Tianzifang is another area of shikumen housing that has been redeveloped. It is newer than Xintiandi and emphasizes arts, crafts and boutique shopping where Xintiandi has more stress on brand-name goods and entertainment.

See[edit]

In general this is a pleasant area to wander about in. Explore the sylvan streets and admire Shanghai's Art Deco residential architecture, reputedly the world's largest group of such homes, although not the most well-kept. Most historic buildings have a bronze plaque that details their original use. The area sandwiched between Fuxing and Huaihai Roads is particularly interesting with a sprinkling of tucked-away shops and discreet cafes, a refreshing alternative to the city's generally manic streetscape.

  •    Fuxing Road (复兴路) (Parallel to Huaihai Road, one block South, exit 6 of the line 10 station at S Shaanxi Road). Walk along Fuxing Rd to see classical old buildings and much boutique shopping. The Shanghai Music Conservatory is near Fuxing Road some blocks West of Shaanxi Road here and there are a number of shops specialising in musical instruments, especially orchestral stringed instruments, and several shops for classical or jazz recordings.
  •    Fuxing Park (复兴公园; Fùxīnggōngyuán), 105 Fuxing Zhong Rd (卢湾区复兴中路105号; Lúwānqū Fùxīngzhōnglù) +86 21 53861069. 6AM-6PM. This European style park formerly known as French Park has gardens, open spaces and restaurants and clubs dotted throughout. Early in the morning, the park is filled with dancers (some Chinese styles, but mainly Western ballroom) players of various games (cards, mahjong, Chinese chess and Go), Tai Chi artists, and singing groups. Free.
Longhua Temple
  • Longhua Martyrs' Cemetery180 Longhua Lu (Metro: Line 3 Longcao Rd). Very few people are buried here, so it's more of a memorial garden and museum but the acreage is beautiful and large, akin to Luxun Park. During the civil war, Koumintang troops executed Communists on these grounds and the cemetery, poetry, fountains, steles, and sculptures commemorate those who were shot. Longhua Cemetery and Temple are located not in but several kilometers south of the Former French Concession, about a half hour walk or a ¥20 taxi ride from Xujiahui. Free.
  • Longhua Temple (next to Longhua Martyrs' Cemetery south gate, Metro: Line 3 Longcao Rd). One of the city's less-visited temples, but an important one. It is one of the largest ancient temples in Shanghai. It was originally built in 247 CE, but it was destroyed and rebuilt under the Song dynasty, 977 CE. It is a temple of the Ch'an sect of Buddhism, better known in the West by the Japanese name Zen.
  • Shanghai Former Provisional Government Site of the Republic of Korea302 Madang Road, Huangpu District. During the Japanese occupation of Korea, it was the site of the Korean government in exile from 1919. Now owned and preserved as a museum by South Korea. Note that everything is explained both in Mandarin and Korean, and with nothing in English.

It seems a bit ironic that various militantly anti-imperialist Chinese lived in the French Concession and the Communist Party had its first national meeting here, but there were good reasons for this. For one thing, this area has always been one of the most pleasant in Shanghai. Also, for revolutionaries — whether republicans opposing the Qing Dynasty before 1911 or Communists opposing the Kuomintang government later — an area under foreign law was considerably safer than one where Chinese law applied.

  • Sun Yat-sen's Former Residence7 Xiangshan Rd +86 21 64372954. Sun Yat-sen (Sun Zhong Shan in Mandarin) was the first leader of the Republic of China after the 1911 revolution that overthrew the Qing Dynasty. He is one of the very few political figures regarded favorably by the current governments of both China and Taiwan. The house was the Shanghai residence of Sun Yat-sen and his wife Soong Ching Ling. It was converted into a museum in 1961. ¥20.
Former Residence of Soong Ching Ling
  • Soong Ching Ling's Former Residence (上海宋庆龄故居), 1843 Huaihai Middle Rd, Xujiahui District (Walk a couple of blocks West from Shanghai Library station, line 10). Soong Ching Ling was the wife of Sun Yat Sen, and an important figure in her own right. The two-storey house was originally built by Ms. Soong's father — missionary, millionaire and revolutionary Charlie Soong; later Ching Ling inherited it. Like her father, brothers and sisters, she went to an American university (Wesleyan College in Macon, Georgia), spoke excellent English, and was deeply involved in Kuomintang politics prior to the Kuomintang defeat in 1949. Unlike the siblings, she remained in China and worked with Mao's government after that. Much state business took place at the residence. Today the house is a museum with many artifacts and photos; the items describe some interesting stories to non-Chinese and Chinese alike. The grounds are very well maintained and there's a garage with a few formerly state-used cars as well. Gift shop.
  • Zhou Enlai's Former Residence73 Sinan Rd +86 21 64730420. This was the former Shanghai Office of the Delegation of the Communist Party in China from June 1946. It is now a museum telling the story of the Communist revolution in China and particularly Shanghai. Mao's place in adjacent Jing'an District is also now a museum. Free.
  •    Site of the First National Congress of CPC76 Xingye Lu (E side of Xintiandi). A short tour where the Communist Party of China had their first national meeting. Free.

Many of the consulates of foreign governments are also in this area; see the list in the main Shanghai article.

Do[edit]

Buy[edit]

Lots of additions to this district, on a seemingly weekly basis. Check out the entire Xujiahui area and Times Square Huaihai Road for some of the larger malls. Creative boutiques can be found on Julu, Changle, Anfu and Xinle Roads throughout the French Concession, in addition to a high concentration of one-of-a-kind buys for sale in Tian Zi Fang northwest of the Luwan Stadium.

Xujiahui

If you are looking for anything electronic, Xujiahui is the place to start. The Metro station is under the intersection of five roads (see photo) and there is at least one shopping mall on each of the five corners. Pacific Digital Plaza Phase 2 (red building in lower right of photo, exit 10 of the metro station), has all sorts of consumer electronics — computers, digital cameras, game consoles, MP3 players, cell phones, memory cards, and computer accessories. There are more electronics markets nearby, such as Pacific Digital Plaza Phase 1 (exit 9) which is better for computer parts. The idea of shopping at "PDP-1" may appeal to hackers; that was the model designation of DEC's first computer. If you look like a foreigner then at quiet times you will probably find you are constantly called out to by shop owners, which makes browsing quite challenging.

Grand Gateway Mall (dome between office towers, back and left in photo, exit 12) is the most upscale of these malls, and also the best-air conditioned in the summertime. The 5th and 6th floors offer a good selection of restaurants, and there are several more at ground level behind the mall. The 5th floor also has a large bookstore with a good selection of books in English. The basement has a fairly large supermarket with a good, though pricey, selection of Western groceries. This mall is a larger than it looks in the photo; that green dome starts above the sixth floor, and everything below it plus the corresponding floors of both towers is shopping.

Ruijin Second Road is a tree-lined boulevard in the heart of the French Concession, where you can experience the real Shanghai longtang (a narrow alley from house to house, which is a distinctive Shanghai architecture style). Don't forget to walk down Taikang Lu into Tian Zi Fang and burrow your way into the in process gentrification of the back alleys here. Old men air their magpies in spotless, tiny cages next to top flight restaurants and cafes. Shanghai T is a great place to buy a high quality T-shirt with a smart logo, "What recession?" Tian Zi Fang's renovation is still evolving and interesting shops and restaurants are opening and closing every day. The trendy stores exist side by side with the rhythms of "old school" Shanghai life -- and any time you can catch a glimpse of that, you should feel lucky.

  • Diva Life Nail & Beauty LoungeRuijin Er Lu (Near Jianguoxi). A 2,700 ft² house, mixed with Chinese and European style, is located on Ruijin Er Rd. Established in 1933, this three story complex was once the home of the Jewish wine merchant H.L. Menken.
  • eno139-23 Changle Rd (Between Ruijin and Chengdu Rds). Two storey shop featuring t-shirts, sweatshirts, bags and shoes designed in conjunction with China's hottest up and coming artists. Also has a cafe with Illy coffee.
  • Ferguson Lane (In a narrow alley off Wukang Rd). A '30s building filled with restaurants and boutique shops.
  •    Garden Books (Near junction of Changle and Shanxi S Rds). Good selection of Chinese travel guides, as well as aromatic coffee and flavorful ice cream. Their monthly bric-a-brac sales are a popular local social event.
  • William the BeeKeeper (84 Fenyang and Fuxing Rd). Vintage inspired clothing and hand-made accessories from local designers.
  •    Madame Mao's DowryFu Min Lu. Cultural Revolution nostalgia. Prices are stiff enough that buying here is recommended only if cheaper places do not have what you want.
  • Silk qipao shops. A row of shops along Chang Le Lu, between Mao Ming Lu and Shan Xi Nan Lu specializes in silk Qi Paos (traditional Shanghai-style silk dresses), which can be made to measure. The shops are especially popular with Japanese visitors staying at the nearby Okura Garden Hotel.
  • Spin Ceramics360 Kangding Rd (at the corner of N. Shaanxi Rd). Designer ceramics by Chinese artists but with a Japanese flavor, in a stylish minimalist space.
  • Torana House (164 Anfu Rd (just west of Wulumuqi Rd)). Has Tibetan and Chinese carpets and Tibetan furniture in a contemporary gallery.
  • Pottery Workshop Shanghai176 Fumin Lu (Between Julu Lu and Changle Lu),  (8621) 5403 1366. 9am-5pm. Second location for this shop. ¥50-5000.

Other nearby areas:

Along Maoming South Road by the Jin Jiang Hotel there are designer shops and art galleries. Don't forget your platinum credit card.

Eat[edit]

Budget[edit]

  • Vegetarian Lifestyle77 Song Shan Rd (In an alleyway just S of Huaihai Rd),  +86 21-6384-8000. until 10PM daily. A beautifully appointed modern restaurant where everything is vegetarian. You will not find much in the way of fake meat that pervades most of the other vegetarian places. Instead, you will enjoy beautifully cooked dishes from all over the country in addition to a juice bar. Beer ¥30, ¥18 lunch special.
  •    Spicy Joint3/F, K. Wah Center, 1028 Huaihai Zhong Rd, near Donghu Rd (淮海中路1028号, 嘉华中心嘉华坊3楼, 近东湖路) 6470 2777. Ridiculously popular for their cheap stylized Sichuan food, in a young and fashionable environment. The waits for a table are notorious. ¥8-30.

Mid-range[edit]

  • AmokkaAnfu Rd (W of Wulumuqi Road). Coffee bar and restaurant good for lunch stops.
  • Cafe DanNo. 41, Lane 248 Taikang Lu, near Sinan Lu 泰康路248弄41号, 近思南路 (Leave Dapuqiao Metro Station (Line 9) by exit 1, and cross Taikang Street. Cafe Dan is at the back of the lane opposite the station exit.). Japanese style coffee house with very good tasting coffee and very nice Hokkaido Cheese Cake. Coffee starts around ¥40.
  •    Cantina Agave291 Fumin Road, corner of Changle Road (Changshu Road metro, exit 1, turn left, walk a block, right, then another block),  +86 21 6170 1310. Good Mexican food, beer and cocktails. They have another location in Pudong.
  • Di Shui Dong (滴水洞), 56 Maoming Rd (Near Changle Rd, Metro: Shaanxi S Rd),  +86 21-62532689. Fiery cuisine from Hunan, the birthplace of Mao Zedong, thus a menu full of "Mao's Shrimp", "Mao's Chicken" and such. Very popular with foreigners.
  • EnotecaAnfu Rd. Excellent wine bar specializing in Argentinean and South African wines. Food is fairly basic with cheese and meat plates and salads, but the wine is outstanding.
  • Food Central308 Anfu Rd (near Wukang Rd),  +86 21 3461 9071. A European and Asian inspired concept, offering an assorted array of selected gourmet food & drinks for everyday living.
  • Foodrepublic Food Court (Sixth floor of MetroCity). Food court of sorts housing many different restaurants. They do not accept cash (most of them, the restaurants that have their own seating area separate take both cash and cards), so you will have to add money to and put down a deposit for a stored-value card specific to the other Foodrepublics. You can see plastic models of all the dishes before you order them, so you will have a decent idea of what you are getting. Copious MSG (avoidable depending on what you're after; the CoCo Ichibanya is safe in this regard) but delicious food.
  • Hailaogui (海老亀; Hǎilǎogūi), 41 Yandang Rd (雁蕩路41号). Cafe specialising in sweet Chinese desserts claimed to have all sorts of beneficial effects for your health, particularly dishes made with turtle. No English menu. Milk pudding with ginger is ¥10.
  • Secret GardenChangle Rd (A short distance west from Garden Books). Serving Cantonese food in pleasant surroundings. The veranda-like space near to Secret Garden has been home to a succession of restaurants, the latest incarnation being a Greek restaurant.
  • Shanghai Uncle211 Tianyaoqiao Rd +86 21-64646430. A famous chain of three restaurants known for Shanghai flair with some Western accents. Known for their spare ribs, smoked fish and fatty pork with garlic.
  • Uighur Restaurant (维吾尔餐厅), 280 Yi Shan Rd. +86 21-62550843. Claims to be the "original" Xinjiang cuisine restaurant in the city, and probably the best-known. The typical main dishes are moderately spicy preparations of lamb, but the menu also features some rather adventurous items like camel feet, sheep's eyeballs, and a bull's you-know-what. Also music and dance shows with the obligatory audience participation.
  •    Glo LondonNo. 1 Wulumuqi South Road (On the corner of Dongping Road and Wulumuqi Road, opposite the United States Consulate.),  02164666565, e-mail: . An English style restaurant that does familiar (for westerners) style brunch. Rather expensive, but the food tastes pretty close to what you would get in a good restaurant in England. Coffee shop and a good bakery on the ground floor (half price on many items after 9pm), a disco-ish bar on the next floor, then a grill restaurant, and finally a rooftop barbeque. Nearby metro stops: go north along Wulumuqi for Line 10, Shanghai Library, north on Hengshan Road (a short block east) for Lines 1 or 7, Changshu Road, or south on Hengshan for the Hengshan Road Line 1 stop. ¥70.

Splurge[edit]

  • Casanovafar western end of Julu Rd. Very competent Italian fare.
  • Le Saleya长乐路570号 (Between Xiangyang Rd and Shaanxi S Rd),  +86 21-54036957. Not open between 1:00pm and 6:00pm. Neighborhood French Restaurant. Unpretentious and you can close your eyes and imagine you are on the Ile de la Cite. Prix fixe menu is 220元 per person.
  • Madison3 Fenyang Rd. Building 2 (near Huaihai Zhong Rd),  +86 21-64370136. 11:30AM to 1AM. Excellent American food with an extensive bar. Brunch on weekends is very popular - be sure to make reservations. ¥200-¥300.
  • MesaJulu Rd (W of Xiangyang Rd junction). Excellent and flavorful Western and fusion food accented by a fine wine list. The stunning view from the balcony is at its best in the spring and fall. Quite pricey.
  • Otto85 Fumin Rd. A sophisticated Italian restaurant and wine bar.
  •    Sasha'sNo.11 Dongping Road (corner of Hengshan Road),  647 46166. European-style food in a lovely old mansion. Large patio area. ¥200-400.
  • ShintoriJulu Road. Japanese design restaurant with stunning features. Serving traditional and fusion cuisine.
  •    Southern Belle433 Changle Lu. Good American food including some Tex-Mex dishes. The biscuits are disappointing, the mint juleps just fine.

Drink[edit]

Many bars, nightclubs and wine bars in and along Julu, Yongfu, Huaihai, and Hengshan Rds, and a handful of bars interspersed throughout Xintiandi and Tian Zi Fang.

  • The Apartment47 Yongfu Rd (near Fuxing Rd),  +86 21 6437 9478. Modeled on a New York loft-style lounge, The Apartment is a stylish but relaxed lounge space split into three rooms -- two large areas with DJ's and a smaller dining room with a few tables. Great place to have drinks and dinner. Starting price ¥45.
  • De Refter181 JinXian Lu (Near Maoming Lu). Located on an up and coming French Concession street. The only place in Shanghai with an extensive Belgian Beer list. The food is pretty good too.
  • The Geisha390 Shaanxi Lu (near Fuxing Lu),  +86 21 6403 0244. 5pm-late. The newest venture from Shanghai nightlife staple Collective Concepts, The Geisha is a Japanese restaurant, sake lounge, and boutique Vegas styled club featuring craft cocktails and international DJ's. starting price ¥45.
  •    Jenny's Blue Bar7 Donghu Rd (Metro: Shanxi Rd S),  +86 21-64157019. A friendly bar, run by Jenny in its present location since 2000. A wide choice of drinks, good music and sports coverage mean that it is popular both with expats and with visitors. Look out for the two cats that make themselves at home behind the bar, frequently sleeping on top of the television or the display units.
  • Judy's Too176 Maoming S Rd (Metro: Shaanxi Nan Lu),  +86 21-64731417. 6PM, but the party does not really get started until at least 10PM. A somewhat cheesy but fun favorite among expats. Locals dance it up here too, but mostly before 11PM. Some feel this place offers all that is bad about older Western men and younger Eastern girls in Asia, at times there is some pretty unpleasant scenes, unfortunately. Free.
  • Muse Two上海市淮海中路283号香港广场4F 021-62886222. huge 2 storey night club. This is the place to be on Thursdays. 50 a beer.
  •    Oscar's Pub1377 Fuxing Lu at Baoqing Lu (Metro: Changshu Road (line 1 or 7) and walk South past Starbucks). Daily, 11am to late. Mainly an expat bar, in an area with several others. Dartboard, chess on Sundays, reasonable food and a range of drinks, a Filipino band. Cheap Tiger in happy hour, 11am-8pm.
  •    Shanghai Brewery15 Dongping Lu, corner of Hengshan Road (东平路15号) (Metro: walk South from Changshu Road station or North from Hengshan Road),  21 3461 0717. A brew pub with Western food, big-screen TVs used mainly for sports, and English-speaking staff.
  • Stormy Cafe Bar229 Ln Danshui Rd +86 021-63743576. Expect a warm welcome from Biru, Stormy's dog, and Killer, the resident rabbit, before you sink into a soft chair and get absorbed in the eclectic music selection or plethora of games at this cafe. Their small menu offers Japanese curry, toasted sandwiches as well as coffee, cocktails and beer. ¥20-40.
  • Tang Yun tea house (Hengshan Road stop on Line 1, at Exit 4). Tang Yun serves many varieties of tea along with traditional Chinese delicacies. Many of the snacks at the common table are free. Serve yourself.
  •    Zapata'sHengshan Road (enter via the large patio area it shares with Sasha's). Quite popular as a dance bar. Also a Mexican restaurant, but Cantina Agave is better. Zapata's Sunday all-you-can-eat tacos are popular and surprisingly good despite having neither guacamole not cheese.

Sleep[edit]

Budget[edit]

  • Asset Hotel Shanghai590 S Wanping Rd, Xuhui District. The hotel is located close to well-known places such as Xujiahui and Zhaojiabang Rd. All rooms are air conditioned and have their own private bathroom. Services include 24-hour front desk and room services, and free shuttle bus is offered to guests who want to explore the rest of the district. It is not in the French Concession, but only a few blocks south of it.
  • Blue Mountain Youth Hostel (上海蓝山国际青年旅舍), 2F Bldg #1, 1072 Nong, Quxi Rd, Luwan District (卢湾区瞿溪路1072弄1号甲二楼) (Just opposite Luban Rd Metro Stn (Line 4)),  +86 21-63043938fax: +86 21-63043938. On the street just outside you will find several restaurants, small supermarkets, fruitshops etc. The staff is helpful and speaks good English. It is not in the French Concession, but only a few blocks south of it. Dorms 8/4-6 persons ¥40/¥50, Double/triple with bath ¥160/¥220.
  • Le Tour Traveler's Rest Youth Hostel (上海乐途静安国际青年旅舍),  +86 21-62671912. YHA bed and breakfast hostel and 10 min walk to Metro Stn Jing'an Temple/Airport City Terminal. Tucked quietly away down a lilòng lane this great and well-kept place has loads of space. It's bright and airy with attractive and gaily-painted, well-priced doubles. There's internet (free for 20 min), laundry, kitchen, bike rental (they also have electric bikes), free umbrella/hair-dryer/iron hire, train ticketing (service charge) and a TV and game room. It is not remotely in or near the former French Concession, but rather the former International Settlement, current day Jing'an. Normal season: Private double ¥200, twin ¥210, triple ¥270.
  • Shanghai Bin Guan (上海宾馆), 柳州路2号 (Across the Street from shanghai south station),  54488899. If you took a bus to shanghai south station, this is a decent hotel within walking distance, you have to go through the underpass. have massage in your room if you want. It is very far South of the French Concession: two subway stops or ¥30 taxi from Xujiahui. 200-300.

Mid-range[edit]

  • Anting Villa Hotel46 Anting Rd, Xuhui District +86 21 6433 1188. Offers guestrooms equipped with air-conditioning, cable television (with lots of English channels), and an IDD phone. It is a must-try to dine in at their very own Maple Leaves Restaurant, that serves Shanghainese and Cantonese cuisines all day. It is in a beautiful, sleepy Concession neighborhood, down the road from the popular bar Cotton's, and close to subway lines 1, 7 and 9. Hotel Design also sees it used for many special occasions such as weddings in its Gardens. $65 - $75 AUD.
  • Hua Ting Hotel1200 N Caoxi Rd. A 5-star hotel, is also not far away, you may take Metro Line 1 for one stop and get off at Shanghai Stadium, the hotel is close to the metro station. It is not in the French Concession, but one stop or ¥20 by taxi away.
  • Jianguo Hotel439 Caoxi Rd, Xuhui District +86 21-64399299. Offers 454 air-conditioned guestrooms, all of which have high-speed Internet, color TV, mini-bar, and room safe. Some of its amenities include fitness center/gym, sauna, and an indoor pool. Restaurants include the CTC Restaurant that is known for its shark's fin, abalone, and other upscale Chinese delicacies; Shanghai Restaurant that serves authentic Shanghai dishes during lunch and dinner; and Yuliu Restaurant that serves Korean fare. It is in Xujiahui but several blocks south of the actual former Concession.
  • Jin Jiang Tian Cheng Hotel585 Xujiahui Rd, The East Building, Jin Yu Lan Sq. Four-star business hotel with 148 guestrooms. Business and event facilities include a business center and event and conference venues of varying sizes. Leisure offerings include indoor swimming pool, disco and karaoke center. It is just south of the French Concession.
  • Patina CourtNo.68 Luban Road,Luwan District 8621- 63018888. All rooms equipped with Air-conditioning, cable TV and internet connection. Some of its facilities and services are Swimming pool, sauna, massage service, Room service, bar, cafe, Meeting facilities and business center. Best rates on official website start at ¥998.
  • San Want Hotel650 Yishan Rd, Xuhui District +86 21 61451111. Four-star hotel with 383 rooms with LCD TV, Japanese-style bathtub, refrigerator, and high-speed Internet access. Conference rooms, banquet hall and business center available. It is to the far southwest of the French Concession.
  • Somerset Xu Hui Shanghai (上海徐汇盛捷服务公寓), No 888 Shaanxi Nan Road, Xu Hui district +86 21 6466-0888fax: +86 21 6466-4646, e-mail: . Each of the 167 spacious residences at Somerset Xu Hui is furnished with fully-equipped kitchens, home entertainment system and broadband Internet access. Daily rates starts from ¥900.
  • Sports HotelNo 15 Nandan Rd, Xuhui District +86 21 64382222. Four-stars. Outside the hotel are nearby tourist spots such as Shanghai Museum, People’s Square, and Yu Garden. Their guestrooms are equipped with air conditioning, a 25-inch cable TV, and electronic door locks. Some of their offered facilities includes an indoor swimming pool, gymnasium, sauna, and function and business rooms. It is halfway between Shanghai Stadium and Xujiahui Metro Station. Best rates on official website start at ¥553+.

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  • Ascott Huai Hai Road Shanghai (上海雅诗阁淮海路服务公寓), No 282, Huaihai Road Central, Luwan district +86 021 2329-8888fax: +86 021 2329-8999, e-mail: . The serviced residence is located in the Luwan District near Xintiandi. It studio, one-bedroom and two-bedroom apartments, each with its own kitchen, washing machine, home entertainment system and modern furnishings. Daily rates starts from ¥1200.
  • Garden Avenue Hotel689 Old Humin Rd, Xuhui District. 5-star business hotel nowhere near Shanghai’s central business district. It has 218 rooms, fully-equipped banquet halls, and dining and recreational facilities. It is next to the South Railway Station and ¥30 taxi to away from Xujiahui.
  • Hengshan Moller VillaNo 30 Shanxi Rd S Jing. Housed in a stunning piece of 1936 architecture. Rooms are frequently booked out so be sure to try and get one of the main rooms which contain wood panelling or business rooms that are much larger and come with a huge balcony that overlooks the garden.
  • Hengshan Picardie Hotel534 Hengshan Road, Xuhui District +86 21-61226688fax: +86 21-64333443. A classic Art Deco-inspired hotel in the heart of French Concession. The hotel offers 254 rooms and dining and leisure facilities. Business amenities include a fully-equipped business center and venues such as Kaixuan Palace and Blossom Hall.
  •    Hilton Shanghai250 Huashan Lu +86 21-6248-0000fax: + 86 21-62483868. Check-in: 2PM, check-out: noon. While still popular with business travelers for its recognizable name, the Hilton Shanghai has lost some of its luster, although its still considered a top end hotel in this area. Rooms are spacious and modern, and the staff are friendly, but the Hilton needs to step up its game.
  • Jin Jiang HotelLuwan District +86-21-32189888. Offers 434 luxurious rooms, all of which have individually controlled air-conditioning, mini-bar, color TV with cable channels, DVD player, and refrigerator. Some of its amenities include fitness center, beauty salon, spa, sauna, and massage service. Best rates on official website start at ¥1,280.
  • Lanson Place Jinlin Tiandi Residences ShanghaiNo 3, Lane 168 Xingye Rd, Luwan District, Shanghai 200020, China +86 21 2306 1888. Offers 3-bedroom residences with engaging views, either over the alleyways of the Xintiandi quarter or a tranquil lake. All apartments are equipped with air-conditioning, cable TV, fully equipped kitchen, and Internet connection. Some of its amenities include a home theater system, sauna and steam rooms, and a fully equipped gymnasium. Best rates on official website start at ¥2200.
  • Mason Hotel935 Central Huaihai Rd, Luwan, French Concession +86 21-64662020. This boutique hotel is cozy and comfortable and great for quiet nights sleep. All rooms have internet access and there's a 2nd floor lounge, a rooftop beer garden, a variety of restaurants and a Starbucks on the ground floor.
  • Okura Garden Hotel58 Maoming Rd S, Luwan District +86 21-64151111fax: +86 21-64158866, e-mail: . Check-in: 2PM, check-out: noon. 5-star hotel built around the former French Club and its garden from 1926. Many art-deco decorations from that time are still visible in the hotel, especially in the Ball Room. Very central location along Huai Hai Road, with good accessibility and a subway stop (South Shaanxi Road, Line 1) next to the hotel grounds.
  • Old House InnNo 16, Lane 351, Huashan Rd +86 21-62486118. With only a dozen rooms, its advisable to book ahead to secure one of these charming rooms, furnished in traditional Chinese style. All rooms have internet access and breakfast, which is included, is served in an outdoor courtyard.
  • Royal Court Hotel ShanghaiLane 622, 7 Middle Huaihai Rd, Luwan District. A five star business hotel. Air-conditioned rooms, conference halls, restaurant and bar, gym and sauna. Easily accessible from S Shanxi Rd Stn and Nanjing Rd.
  • Rui Jin Guesthouse (上海瑞金宾馆), 118 Rui Jin 2 Rd. Villa style hotel with picturesque surroundings. All of the villas here, 5 in total, are designed in French style, some harking back to the start of the 20th Century. The main building is particularly nice with a grand colonial vista. The hotel is situated in a park-like compound with small bridges, ponds, pavilions and marble fountains.
  • Shanghai New-Westlake HotelMao Ming South Road, Luwan District. It is 5 km from the railway station. It offers 20 air-conditioned rooms, all of which have cable TV, a private toilet, and room safe.
  • Skyway Hotel Shanghai15 Dapu Rd, Luwan District. 5-star hotel with 653 rooms. Ballrooms, conference halls and a business center, plus a host of in-house restaurants, a swimming pool, spa, gym, and health club. It is just south of, not in, the French Concession, but still close to Tianzifang.
  • Langham Xintiandi99 Madang Road, Xintiandi +86 (21) 2330 2288. Luxury hotel right next to the Xintiandi old town ¥3,000.

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