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Walking Through the Hidden Door of Shanghai Old Town

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This private 3-hour walking tour is designed for city walkers who are fond of off-the-beaten track routes. Your professional tour guide will lead you through deep alleys of old city neighborhood area, find you ancient carvings hidden behind hanging laundries, learn you the most original history and culture of Shanghai. The area you visit during the tour could be the oldest part of Shanghai, offering glimpse of ancient Chinese buildings that have survived through turbulent times and most likely will no longer exist within the next decade. If you are a history lover or want to know more about the old Shanghai memory, don't miss out this opportunity while you are in 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
  • 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.
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Our guide Penny met us promptly in our hotel lobby and arranged transportation to Old Town. The best part of this tour was the private look into an 1800's property scheduled to be restored as the rest of the area is torn down and residents...More

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank ntashma1
Reviewed 14 June 2019

This turned out be be a fantastic walking tour. First, you get a good understanding of what daily life has been like in the older parts of the city. in addition, our guide Penny had great knowledge of the history of Shanghai, and clearly had...More

Date of experience: June 2019
Thank cwintersplatt
Reviewed 30 May 2019

I went on 2 different tours with penny as my tour guide and both were fantastic! She was so knowledgeable about Shanghai, it's history, culture and the people! She made both tours unique to us and helped us decide what we wanted to learn. I...More

Date of experience: May 2019
Thank zzlinda
Reviewed 26 May 2019

The day of the tour was beset by heavy rains. First we moved the tour from morning to afternoon, and when the rain didn't stop, I was offered the option to cancel. I opted not to (good decision), Kelly drove me to several locations including...More

Date of experience: May 2019
Thank erdostom
Reviewed 24 May 2019

We were expecting a lot when we booked this tour and we were not disappointed. We spent a fantastic afternoon with Penny wandering through the little nooks and crannies of Old Shanghai. We learned so much about the history, culture and habits of the people...More

Date of experience: May 2019
Thank Lauri R
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25 December 2018|
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Response from LetsDoCurry | Reviewed this property |
I agree. Company is very accommodating and I'm sure they will tag you into a group if you're flexible with date.
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!
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