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Walking Through the Hidden Door of Shanghai Old Town

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This private 3-hour walking tour is designed for city walkers who are fond of off-the-beaten track routes. Your professional tour guide will lead you through deep alleys of old city neighborhood area, find you ancient carvings hidden behind hanging laundries, learn you the most original history and culture of Shanghai. The area you visit during the tour could be the oldest part of Shanghai, offering glimpse of ancient Chinese buildings that have survived through turbulent times and most likely will no longer exist within the next decade. If you are a history lover or want to know more about the old Shanghai memory, don't miss out this opportunity while you are in town.
  • See Shanghai’s hidden landmarks that may not be around forever
  • Visit under-the-radar sights that are closed to other tourists
  • A private guide makes for an ultra-personal experience
  • All entrance fees and hotel pickup included
What to Expect
Choose from morning, afternoon or evening departure times. Your tour begins with pickup from your hotel by your private guide. You’ll head out for an insider’s peek at off-the-beaten-track landmarks that are not likely to survive the city’s newest development projects. Visit sights that are inaccessible to other visitors, including ancient carvings and a Qing-era private garden that is closed to the public. Other rare and informative stops include some of the city’s oldest private houses, a 14th-century temple dedicated to Confucius, and the former 500-year-old residence of a famous Chinese scholar. Wander through Mahjong markets and savory food stalls as you go behind the scenes to discover the heart of the traditional city quarters. Hear commentary from your guide about each sight along the way. Finally, your guide will help you figure out transportation back to your hotel or wherever you’d like to head next.
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Important Information
Departure Point
Your centrally located hotel in Shanghai
Return Details
The Confucius Temple
  • Hotel pickup
  • Excellent English-speaking guide
  • Private transportation
  • Entrance tickets
  • Entry/Admission - Shanghai Confucian Temple
  • Personal expenses
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel drop-off
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Please wear comfortable shoes
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • A maximum of 10 people per booking
  • Please indicate morning tour or afternoon tour in special requirement area upon booking
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Popular mentions
What an amazing gem of a tour! Do not miss out on this opportunity to see some very hidden things that you don’t see every day in China. Our tour guide was amazing and knowledgeable and very friendly. We met some neighbors visited the local market and even tried some food. But
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This was the only tour that we prebooked in Shanghai, and I’m glad we did! Our tour guide, Penny was very nice and knowledgeable about the region and history. We spent quite a bit of time with her and a wonderful lady who’s home will be restored. Penny then took us around the
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I first visited China in 1993 and since then the changes to the way people live, dress and work have been dramatic. This tour brings these changes to life. Your guide, Penny, is an expert in contemporary Chinese history and walks you through real communities in the old town
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This tour was truly incredible. Penny was so informative and the off the beaten track places she took us to were enlightening. Don’t want to write too much to spoil it for you, just make sure that you put this on your list of things to do. Thanks Penny for such an amazing
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Our guide, Kelly, was enthusiastic, knowledgeable, informative and well connected with the local community. Kelly was also considerate and thoughtful in guiding us through the atmospheric Old Town of Shanghai. The laneways decorated with clothing out to dry, the shared living
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About the operator
By: Shanghai Melody
Jeri Lynch
West Hollywood, California
One of the best walking tours I’ve ever taken!
What an amazing gem of a tour! Do not miss out on this opportunity to see some very hidden things that you don’t
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Great day trip in Shanghai!
I had a 9 hour layover in Shanghai, and decided to do a day trip to see as much of the city as I could. My guide
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Greater London, United Kingdom
Great Introduction to Shanghai
Kelly organised my walking tour and very short notice and was really helpful! Kuang who was my guide was very
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Neil W
Shanghai, China
Excellent tour guide
Kelly was very personable from the very beginning, and even helped me practice my Mandarin along the way. It was
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Roella B
Wonderful guides!
This was the only tour that we prebooked in Shanghai, and I’m glad we did! Our tour guide, Penny was very nice and
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Louise D
Melbourne, Australia
Wonderful introduction to Shanghai
This was my first trip to China and I was travelling by myself so I was feeling a little anxious. I am so glad I
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London, United Kingdom
Excellent Communication and Representation
From the offset Kelly was excellent in communication. She was very patient with my questions and adaptable to what
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Khushaal Singh
Glenfield, New Zealand
Great time
Ms Kelly was lovely and the personalised tour was both insightful and exciting. P.S Would recommend the scallion
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Lost Plate culinary tour
Had a great time and my husband was excited to get a chance to make soup dumplings with an expert at one of our
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Jeremy C
London, United Kingdom
Unique & fascinating experience
I first visited China in 1993 and since then the changes to the way people live, dress and work have been
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