Former French Concession
Tree-lined, leafy streets and big, expensive mansions, the Former French Concession presents a different side of Shanghai. Then and now, this is where the hip and rich spend their leisure time. Our walk will take us from the more central, more commercial parts out to the quiet western end. This is the part of Shanghai that gave rise to the name ‘Paris of The East’. It is now a meeting of east and west.
What you will see: Art Deco apartment buildings mixed in with big villas; fashion boutiques and nail spas; craft beers and coffee shops.
What you will learn: Find out how this part of the city came to be and who lived here. We may also look into the cost of living in today’s Shanghai.
Choose from three very different walks. Each walk is 2-3 hours at a leisurely pace.
Scheduled walks every day at 9:00 AM and 1:30 PM.
Fee: RMB 250.- per person; street snacks and drinks included where available.
Max. 8 participants
Shanghai Old Town:
The original Shanghai before western colonialists arrived in the mid-19th century, this area was extensively bombed by Japan during WW2. A few undamaged sections remain and we will visit some of them.
What you will see: This neighborhood is a tight-knit community with imprompty produce markets opening in the early mornings. The alleys are busy with locals milling about. Some people rear ducks or geese, feeding them vegetable scraps from the kitchen.
North of Suzhou Creek:
Traditionally a working class neighborhood, migrants and refugees coming into the city from other parts of China would often start out here. There used to be lots of slums, but most of that is gone now. The area is still characterized by migrants and workers today.
What you will see: There is lots to see, with old, run down housing mixed in with the new, quiet village-like neighborhood, a low-down 'fake market' and what is perhaps Shanghai's narrowest alleyway. We will also pass through an out-door fresh produce market and talk to some of the vendors.
What you will learn: We will talk about life as a migrant then and now, life for the people who struggle to keep up and to get ahead; Chinese cuisine and the produce used; and lots of other topics.