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Walking Through the Hidden Door of Shanghai Old Town provided by Shanghai Melody

Walking Through the Hidden Door of Shanghai Old Town

Walking Through the Hidden Door of Shanghai Old Town
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Tour snapshot
See Shanghai’s hidden landmarks that may not be around forever
Duration:
180–210 minutes
Hotel pickup offered
Near public transportation
Ticket type:
Mobile
Free cancellation
  • Duration:
    180–210 minutes
  • Hotel pickup offered
  • Near public transportation
  • Ticket type:
    Mobile
  • Free cancellation
About
One of the world’s most cutting-edge cities, Shanghai is also home to countless architectural relics that are under threat from modern development. On this Old Shanghai walking tour you’ll get an insider’s view of hidden landmarks many visitors miss, from secret gardens to authentic local markets. Hotel pickup and included entrance fees make for a hassle-free experience, and because it’s a private tour, you’ll have plenty of time for questions.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 180-210 minutes
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
Chinese, English, Chinese
Highlights
  • 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.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 180-210 minutes
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
Chinese, English, Chinese
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Highlights
  • 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.
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 30693P3
Important information
Inclusions
  • Hotel pickup
  • Excellent English-speaking guide
  • Private transportation
  • Entrance tickets
Exclusions
  • Personal expenses
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel drop-off
Duration
180–210 minutes
Departure details
  • Traveler pickup is offered.
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • 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
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Inclusions
  • Hotel pickup
  • Excellent English-speaking guide
  • Private transportation
  • Entrance tickets
Exclusions
  • Personal expenses
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel drop-off
Departure details
  • Traveler pickup is offered.
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Duration
180–210 minutes
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • 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
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Detailed Reviews: Reviews order informed by descriptiveness of user-identified themes such as cleanliness, atmosphere, general tips and location information.

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Jeremy C
London, UK1 contribution
Jan 2020
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 where you can see with your eyes the changes as they're explained to you. This innovative tour also invites you into the homes of families and places of worship where you can openly discuss modern life. Be the end your understanding of Shanghai will be taken to the next level.
Written January 4, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Jeri Lynch
West Hollywood, CA3 contributions
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 the real highlight was visiting the hidden doors. When I returned home I bought a book about the history of that place. One of the best walking tours I’ve ever taken. Worth every penny!
Written February 18, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Roella B
25 contributions
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 neighborhood, to the market, then to Confucius’ temple. It was a wonderful way to see Old Shanghai.
Written January 14, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Linda S
5 contributions
We had an absolutely fabulous time. Penny is intelligent, knowledgeable and funny. Shanghai is a massive version of all cosmopolitan cities, but this tour let's you see an intimate side of it. Thank you so much Penny.
Written April 5, 2018
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Stephen S
1 contribution
Mar 2018 • Business
Our guide Fei Fei was clearly well researched and an inspiring source of knowledge in relation to old Shanghai. Although we were picked up and dropped off by car, the majority of the tour is on foot, which is not demanding at all as it is paced to your own needs and served as a great way to experience the culture. I could have spent the whole day discovering more treasures.
Written April 9, 2018
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
We are so gald that you enjoyed our tour. Feifei is very happy to be your local guide in Shanghai and we hope to see you again in the future. We will make all efforts to bring you the most unique experience in Shanghai.
Written April 10, 2018
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

BramStoker
Miami, FL154 contributions
Mar 2018 • Solo
I had a private tour with Penny, who is very nice, speaks English well, and is very knowledgeable about Shanghai. She picked me up at my hotel and the time flew by.

The "Hidden Door of Shanghai" tour focuses on neighborhoods in the old town where tourists typically do not go. It was informative and included many streets with old houses (including an old house with carvings and features from the 17th century), a fascinating food market, and a peaceful Confucian temple with gorgeous gardens. We also ate delicious buns and scallion/sesame pancakes.

I enjoyed it a lot and learned a lot about China. This tour is perfect if like me you have already seen the sights. Highly recommended.
Written March 25, 2018
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Ellen B
Pleasanton, CA34 contributions
Penny was very informed, personable and kind. We enjoyed our tour very much and learned a lot. She took the time to explain history and how ancient customs carry on into today.
Written March 17, 2018
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Thank you very much Ellen for your wonderful remarks, Penny as well as other guides in our company go all out to offer the best service to our guests. When you come back to Shanghai, we are more than happy to offer you different tours, such as " Shanghai local community and wet market visit with family lunch", " Shanghai Bund Jazz Night with VIP Class River Cruise Experience " or other historical tours, hope to see you again!
Written March 18, 2018
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Yenny W
Singapore, Singapore1 contribution
My Husband and I went for a trip 2 weeks ago and decided we wanted to know more about the history and culture of Shanghai. We did 2 tours, French Concession with Penny and Hidden Door with Kelly and we absolutely enjoyed both very much. Without these, Shanghai would have been just a modern day commercialised city to us but these 2 tours combined unveiled the true journey Shanghai took to become today, joining parts of history from 400 to 60 years ago. The richness of the culture, architecture, landscape and arts comes to one. I highly recommend you to take both if you have time, because each is only half a day so that leaves you another good half a day to bask in the awe of what you’ve learnt prior.

Great work!
Written December 30, 2017
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Lisa G
Victoria, Canada6 contributions
Oct 2017 • Solo
This tour was the most interesting thing that I experienced during my week in Shanghai. Penny is a wonderful guide - friendly and knowledgable with impeccable English. She explained the history of old town, and took me into many corners that I would never have found on my own, including a private home with many original features. We visited the Confucian Temple where Penny gave me a crash course on philosophy. We even went through a traditional market, and Penny identified many of the ingredients, and explained how they are used. As it was just the two of us I had a chance to ask many questions about life in China, and this alone was worth the price of admission. I came away with a much improved understanding of Chinese life and culture from both a modern and historical perspective. I would highly recommend this tour.
Written October 24, 2017
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Cberry903
Delaware, OH2 contributions
Jun 2018 • Couples
Our walking tour through the oldest neighborhood in Shanghai with our guide, Penny, was fascinating and well worth the money. Her English is excellent, her knowledge of Chinese history deep, and her manner gracious. She took time to answer questions. We saw literally behind doors into the life of the Chinese people who don't live in pricey apartments and shop at the designer stores that abound. Highly recommend this private tour.
Written June 11, 2018
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

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