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Walking Through the Hidden Door of Shanghai Old 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
Walking Through the Hidden Door of Shanghai Old Town
From US$50.00
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Morning TourMost Popular
Private walking tour. Your tour departure time is at 10:00AM
Afternoon Tour
Private walking tour. Your tour departure time is at 1:00PM

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.

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.

Reviews (47)
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Reviewed 1 week ago
Fantastic way to spend a morning while in Shangahi

I go to Shanghai regularly so I am looking for something out of the usual. This tour was fantatic and I would definitely recommend it. Penny taught me so much about the lives of people who live in Shanghai, about Chinese culture and pointed out...More

1  Thank Christine T
Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Let Penny guide you through the "Hidden Door of Shanghai"

Penny was a our excellent guide to the secrets of old Shanghai. Highly recommended to see a part of Shanghai you would not normally see on your own. Penny is very knowledgeable about the history of the old city and we spent several hours getting...More

1  Thank Linda R
Reviewed 20 August 2018 via mobile
Walking Through the Hidden Door of Old Shanghai

This tour was an eye opener. Our guide Fei Fei rendered an unexpected and most enlightening view of old Shanghai. The private garden we visited will likely be spectacular after planned restoration is completed. A taste of Shanghai life would most aptly describe this tour....More

2  Thank Cris F
Reviewed 19 August 2018
Loved it

Our guide was on time, very knowledgeable and enthusiastic. The sites were interesting and we learned a lot. Definitely recommend it.

2  Thank jenkinssm
Reviewed 25 July 2018 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

2  Thank Guide439997
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Curt M
7 July 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
5 June 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
8 April 2018|
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Response from LindaS9458 | Reviewed this property |
3 hours. But it flies by.