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

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Walking Through the Hidden Door of Shanghai Old Town

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Overview
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.
Highlights
  • 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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Important Information
Duration
180–210 minutes
Inclusions
  • Hotel pickup
  • Excellent English-speaking guide
  • Private transportation
  • Entrance tickets
  • Entry/Admission - Shanghai Confucian Temple
Exclusions
  • Personal expenses
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel drop-off
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • 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
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Jeri Lynch wrote a review Feb 2020
West Hollywood, California3 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
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Roella B wrote a review Jan 2020
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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
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Jeremy C wrote a review Jan 2020
London, United Kingdom1 contribution1 helpful vote
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
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Date of experience: January 2020
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DebV20 wrote a review Dec 2019
Dallas, Texas110 contributions4 helpful votes
This tour was truly incredible. Penny was so informative and the off the beaten track places she took us to were enlightening. Don’t want to write too much to spoil it for you, just make sure that you put this on your list of things to do. Thanks Penny for such an amazing
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Date of experience: November 2019
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GaryM wrote a review Nov 2019
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Our guide, Kelly, was enthusiastic, knowledgeable, informative and well connected with the local community. Kelly was also considerate and thoughtful in guiding us through the atmospheric Old Town of Shanghai. The laneways decorated with clothing out to dry, the shared living
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About the operator

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By: Shanghai Melody
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Great day trip in Shanghai!
I had a 9 hour layover in Shanghai, and decided to do a day trip to see as much of the city as I could. My guide S
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Justin39Edwards
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Great Introduction to Shanghai
Kelly organised my walking tour and very short notice and was really helpful! Kuang who was my guide was very frien
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variableresistor
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Excellent tour guide
Kelly was very personable from the very beginning, and even helped me practice my Mandarin along the way. It was al
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Louise D
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Wonderful introduction to Shanghai
This was my first trip to China and I was travelling by myself so I was feeling a little anxious. I am so glad I bo
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The_Travelling_Heels
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Excellent Communication and Representation
From the offset Kelly was excellent in communication. She was very patient with my questions and adaptable to what
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poobs12
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Great time
Ms Kelly was lovely and the personalised tour was both insightful and exciting. P.S Would recommend the scallion no
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Expedition827538
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Lost Plate culinary tour
Had a great time and my husband was excited to get a chance to make soup dumplings with an expert at one of our sto
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appleaustintx
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Excellent Experience in Suzhou!
I was in Shanghai for a week of work, and it was my first time in Asia. I navigated Shanghai with ease for my busin
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jsberlin
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Awesome Half day tour in Shanghai
We had very long stopover in Shanghai and decided to make the best of it and leave the airport for some sightseeing
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TheCiciland
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Amazing type of experience in a real home setting in a local neighborhood in Shanghai.
I live in Shanghai and took my family who was visiting on Christmas Day to learn how to make dumplings, spring roll
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simonpollins
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Private tour with Kelly
Thank you Kelly for a fantastic tour around Shanghai. You were very informative and very knowledgeable. We would de
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MAXEL0710
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Perfect day - Fengjing watertown in the morning and Shanghai in the afternoon
Fengjing is a beautiful watertown not too far from Shanghai. Not too many tourists. Our guide Anita put together a
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Resort164491
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Experienced guide Sophie with excellent enghlish
Very good customer experience thanks to very flexible, nice and polite guide. I can recommend to all solo traveller
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902markus54321
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Shanghai in 4 hours
Nice tour with private driver. We see all the hotspots and make nice pictures. Thanks a lot for show us your Shangh
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YallahHabibi
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A serendipitious pleasant tour
The company was very flexible as I reserved an afternoon tour same day (a.m). Penny arrived promptly to my door t
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Key Details
  • Old Town (Nanshi), Xu Guangqi Memorial Hall, and 2 more
  • Duration: 180–210 minutes
  • Mobile Ticket Accepted
  • Free Cancellation up to 24 hours in advance
  • Instant Confirmation
  • Hotel Pickup
  • Languages Offered: English, Chinese, Chinese
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