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Private Shanghai Gangster Tour

  • Private tour for a more personalized experience
  • Discover a lesser-known side to the history of Shanghai
  • Option to add on a visit to a local shooting range
Private Shanghai Gangster Tour
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Private Gangster Tour
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Take a tour through Shanghai with a colonial gangster and learn about the crime lords who once ruled the city. (Total duration: 2 hours)
From $41.93
Gangster Tour & Shooting
Add a Cops vs Robbers Shooting Competition after your Gangster Tour: we’ll take you to a carefully chosen shooting range and show you how get the best score possible. (Total duration: 3.5 hours)
From $82.58
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If you are looking for a guided tour with a difference, join this gangster-themed tour of Shanghai. Led by a character from the city's colonial-era criminal underworld, this private tour introduces you to the lesser-known side to Shanghai's history when powerful crime lords ruled the streets. Option to add on a visit to a shooting range.
What to Expect
  • Meet your guide from Shanghai’s colonial criminal underworld outside Changshu Road metro station. See where one of the richest opium dealers in Shanghai once lived and discover how he avoided jail time when he got caught. 
  • Learn the art of chopstick pick-pocketing, and try it out on your fellow guests.Visit the luxurious mansion presented to Shanghai’s most powerful Chinese criminal mastermind, “Big Eared” Du, and find out why he was treated with such reverence. 
  • See the clubhouse in which “Big Eared” Du stored his opium, and find out how he prevented the police from arresting him. 
  • See where the Chinese customs officer once lived, and discover why he was such a thorn in the side of “Big Eared” Du.
  • Visit the mansion that was built by a Dutch con-man who got away with daylight robbery and learn about the nasty fate of the opportunist that later took over the house. 
  • See where the White Russians used to live and work, and find out why they outnumbered the French three to one in 1930s Shanghai.Stroll past the former home of Chiang Kai Shek, and find out just how corrupt he really was.

Optional Extra: Cops vs. Robbers Shooting Competition

After the gangster tour, take a free taxi (private vehicles available upon request) to a shooting range just a short drive away from the bar in which you have been learning your gambling tricks.

  • Arrive at the shooting range, where your guide will tell you about the guns you will be firing, explain how to use them safely, and give you tips about how to get the best score possible.
  • Before the shooting begins, will be split you into two teams: the cops and the robbers.
  • Take a deep breath before squeezing those triggers. You have fifteen minutes shooting with an air pistol and fifteen minutes shooting with an air rifle, and your best five shots with each weapon will count towards your total score.
Reviews (265)
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Reviewed November 1, 2018
A lot of fun and very interesting

David was our guide for this tour, and he was really great! Not only was his British accent better than mine, but he had so much passion and enthusiasm for the history of Shanghai, and knowledge about China. It was great running into another American...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank ronnabrody
Reviewed June 18, 2018
Fall in Love With Shanghai

Luke led me and two new expat friends on a private Gangster Tour through part of the old French Concession. From the beginning to the end he enthralled us with stories of times gone by that will stay with us as we roam the area...More

Date of experience: June 2018
1  Thank Michaelwix
Reviewed February 27, 2018
Gangster tour

As we walked through the downtown area Daniel showed us historical households, hotels, monuments and areas of town. He was very enthusiastic, knowledgeable and he is a talented story teller! I loved it so much, I signed up for another tour!

Date of experience: January 2018
Thank Natalie B
Reviewed February 2, 2018
The walls have ears... Big Ears...

Even though I'm a scholar of all things crime my knowledge of 1930s Shanghai (which was pretty much like Al Capone-era Chicago) was pretty much based on the opening scene of Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom. So I was very pleasantly surprised by...More

Date of experience: January 2018
1  Thank Nikolai V
Newmantours, Manager at Newman Tours, responded to this reviewResponded February 6, 2018

Thank you for coming on our Gangster Tour and we're glad to hear you enjoyed it so much! It's always best to join in and become part of Shanghai's shady history. Thanks again, hopefully we can take you on a tour soon. Newman Tours

Reviewed January 22, 2018
Shanghai tour (old city and the Bund)

I did the Shanghai tour (old city, Yuyuan Garden and Bund) and I loved every minute. Our tour guide Daniel was full of interesting stories and info (ask him about Mr Mills the monkey). It was cold, so Daniel made sure we stopped off for...More

Date of experience: January 2018
Thank Nick S
Newmantours, Manager at Newman Tours, responded to this reviewResponded January 25, 2018

Hi there, Thank you so much for your lovely review. We are incredibly glad to hear you enjoyed the tour and especially hearing about Mr Mills. We hope to take you on another tour soon. Thanks, Newman Tours

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