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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
From US$50.00
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Private walking tour. Your tour departure time is at 1:00PM
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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 (51)
1 - 5 of 34 reviews
Reviewed 4 days ago
Over and beyond

Kelly met me at the old fire tower and was a wealth of information through out the tour. We walked through the old part of town and I really enjoyed seeing a part of Shanghai that many tourists might not see. Kelly bought a couple...More

Thank Annelea
Reviewed 1 week ago

My partner and I took this tour with Penny recently and loved every minute of it! Penny is the consummate professional and gave us an amazing amount of information in a short time. Our visit to an old Shanghai mansion from the late 1700's, including...More

1  Thank Robert C
Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Exploring Shanghai with Penny

My friend and I combined two tours, Walking Through the Hidden Door of Shanghai Old Town and the Former French Concession. Penny was our guide for both. She’s very knowledgeable and gave us a good insight into the history of the city and taking us...More

4  Thank Sunshine16896869856
Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Our guide Fei Fei was amazing

As a result of this tour, my group of 5 felt like we got to know Shanghai over the course of a morning in a way that may have taken us months by ourselves. Our guide Fei Fei (whose English is excellent) kept the walk...More

1  Thank David K
Reviewed 7 October 2018
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

3  Thank Christine T
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Curt M
6 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.