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JSW223 wrote a review Apr 2018
Rehovot, Israel6 contributions1 helpful vote
I purposely sought out a guide who could offer a Westerner's perspective of life in Shanghai, and China, and very much enjoyed walking through the old Shanghai neighborhoods with Peter. Having lived in the city for over 20 years, Peter speaks and reads Chinese, and was able to offer us a unique look at the city that went far beyond a "names and dates" explanation. Highly recommended.
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Date of experience: April 2018
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Pink_n_Fluffy_NOT wrote a review Apr 2018
London, United Kingdom65 contributions34 helpful votes
Our tour guide Peter Jacobson has lived in Shanghai for many years has travelled a lot around China and speaks perfect English. He is a superb guide. He took us North of Souzhou Creek into some very poor areas which opened our eyes quite a bit, I hope not in a way that was too voyeuristic. Peter had a lot of very interesting observations and gave us an account - which seemed seemed pretty balanced - of the lot and lives of ordinary Chinese people, including the kinds of backgrounds of his ex language students. He explained to us us the rituals surrounding the Chinese festival of Ancestors' Day. Sadly this particular tour might not continue as the authorities are re-housing people from these slums but I would recommend any of Peter's Walkology tours.
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Date of experience: April 2018
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brett r wrote a review Jan 2018
New York City, New York155 contributions34 helpful votes
HIGHLY recommended for anyone who wants a unique and authentic experience in Shanghai. Peter is an excellent guide, and a very interesting person. We did a morning walk, mostly in the area just north of Suzhou River. This is not a place that many tourists visit. Its a perfectly safe place to be, but there are no particular "tourist" sites there so it is a very interesting place to walk around and explore, and interact with the locals and the shops, etc....we could never do this with out the guidance of Peter, who speaks fluent Chinese and is very comfortable navigating the back alley's and streets, and striking up conversations with curious locals who always seemed surprised that we were passing through! Peter is originally from Copenhagen, but has been living in China for the last 20+ years. He's a very intelligent man, and was great at explaining the history of the neighborhoods, and had first hand knowledge and experience with how things have changed so rapidly in Shanghai over the past 20-30 years. It felt like walking around Shanghai with an old college professor! We entered people's homes, and spoke to them, and we walked through some pretty old, and rundown neighborhoods, where many of the residents were preparing to be relocated bay the Chinese gov't to new homes and much better living conditions. Thanks Peter for a very unique experience.
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Date of experience: January 2018
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Audreychooi wrote a review May 2017
Singapore, Singapore2 contributions1 helpful vote
It was a last minute decision when I contacted Peter as I had a few hours to kill before my flight out from Shanghai. We did the Old Town walk and went round to all the old houses. Peter's knowledge about the area is really impressive and some of the people living the neighbourhood even knows him!
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Date of experience: May 2017
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Suzanne H wrote a review Apr 2017
17 contributions5 helpful votes
I had the pleasure of taking the Old Town Shanghai walk with Peter, and it was a wonderful, eye-opening, and very enlightening experience. As we walked through narrow residential and market streets, Peter would stop and explain fascinating details about things that would have otherwise escaped me and I suspect most people who do not have his extensive knowledge of Shanghai. This tour was well-paced and provided a contrasting, and more complete, view of modern Shanghai. My words cannot do it justice. Suffice it to say, I loved this experience and would do it again in a heartbeat! When I return to Shanghai, I will be the first to contact Peter to go on another walk.
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Date of experience: April 2017
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