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Walking Through the Hidden Door of Shanghai Old Time

  • Private walking tour of Shanghai lets you go at your own pace
  • Tour highlights lesser-known historical attractions that provide insight into city’s past
  • Visit the Catalpa Garden, Nine-Rooms-Building, Secluded Library, and more
Walking Through the Hidden Door of Shanghai Old Time
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Private walking tour. Your tour departure time is at 10:00AM
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Private walking tour. Your tour departure time is at 1:00PM
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Your tour departure time is 5:00PM

Shanghai is a vibrant port city in China, one of the world’s most fashionable, cutting-edge cities. But the history-filled hub is also home to countless architectural relics that are under threat from modern development. During this unique walking tour of Old Shanghai, you’ll bypass the tourist track and get an insider’s view of the city’s hidden landmarks that are fast disappearing, from secret gardens to authentic local markets.

What to Expect

Shanghai is perhaps best known for its sleek towers, cutting-edge waterfront, and fashionable shops. But the innovative city is also home to a picturesque Old Town that is in danger of disappearing.

During this unique guided stroll through Old Shanghai’s hidden historical attractions, you’ll get an insider’s peek at off-the-beaten-track landmarks that are not likely to survive the city’s newest development projects. Take a walk through Shanghai’s turbulent history as your guide leads you deep into the lanes and back alleys that still thrive in the shadow of skyscrapers.

You’ll see under-the-radar 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.

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A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile
An inside perspective on old Shanghai

My 15 year old son and I very much enjoyed this private tour through the old town of Shanghai. It was impressive to see the old roots of this ultra modern city including a visit to a private home. The walking tour was very well...More

1  Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed July 9, 2018
A different kind of history - highly recommended

I booked this as a solo traveller, and I got a personal tour with Fei Fei as a result. It was fantastic! Fei Fei was a wonderful guide, telling me stories of the places we went, and discussing the history and life of Shanghai through...More

3  Thank Kate J
Reviewed July 5, 2018 via mobile
A ‘slice’ of life with Penny

Absolutely recommended: take this tour and ask for Penny! The whole idea of this tour is different from all the commercial tours: it presents the real life of rich and of poor people in Shanghai old times and nowadays; plenty of history and sociology interesting...More

3  Thank Alma R
Reviewed July 4, 2018
Old Shanghai Perfect Guide and Tour

I had spent some time in Shanghai many years ago but I wanted my wife who was on her visit there to experience old rather than the new Shanghai so I booked the Hidden Doors tour. Our guide, Fei Fei was in the lobby at...More

1  Thank LetsDoCurry
Reviewed July 4, 2018

Our guide Fei Fei, speacks very good English,(for china standards) she is relaxed,patient, and smilling. The tour was on time with a nice car to the old Shanhai.Very interesting to see the evolution of the housing and the everyday life of ordinary people. Reccomended.

2  Thank NIONIOSAthens
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Curt M
July 6, 2018|
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Response from kelly J | Property representative |
This is a private tour, if you book for one people, it is just one people. The price gets cheaper the more people that book together. Since our guide is local historical expert, very professional and informative, it’s a very... More
Alexandra C
June 5, 2018|
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Response from kelly J | Property representative |
Hi Alexandra, we do offer tour in Russian, if you need any help, feel free to let us know!
Julie E
April 8, 2018|
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Response from Linda S | Reviewed this property |
3 hours. But it flies by.