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Walking Through the Hidden Door of Shanghai Old Town

Shanghai, China
Walking Through the Hidden Door of Shanghai Old Town

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icon3 hours to 3 hours 30 minutes  (Approx.)
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From ancient carvings located behind laundries to the 300-year-old Secluded Library (not open to the public), learn what lies behind the modern glamour of one of China’s largest and most cosmopolitan cities on this private walking tour of Old Shanghai. With just your group and private guide, head to a number of off-the-beaten-track attractions and quirky historical sites that create a fuller understanding of Shanghai’s history and contemporary culture alike.
  • Private walking tour of Shanghai lets you go at your own pace
  • Tour highlights lesser-known historical attractions that provide insight into city’s past
  • Visit the Catalpa Garden, Nine-Rooms-Building, Secluded Library, and more
  • Hear fascinating stories of Shanghai’s past from your guide
  • Tour includes all entrance fees as per itinerary
  • Hotel pickup included
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  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • 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
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • OPERATED BY Shanghai Melody Tours
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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  • "We recommend if you are visiting Shanghai in the next year make sure you visit here and do the tour because it will be gone forever." See review


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A great alternative option for seeing Shanghai
, Jan 2020
I opted to do this tour because the typical Shanghai day tours didn't really appeal to me. Kelly was terrific, great local knowledge, flawless English and very patient and generous with her time. Wondering through the tiny alleyways of the old town, I feel I saw and learned things I would never have been able to otherwise. Very happy to recommend it.
Great way to spend a morning.
, Oct 2019
Fei Fei was a great guide who showed us a few different areas of Shanghai not usually visited by tourists. She was passionate and had a lot of enthusiasm. The tour was great and more so because of a great guide.
Walking through the hidden door of shanghai old town
, Oct 2019
My adult son and I took this tour. Penny was a very knowledgeable guide and answered all of our questions. We learned things about the old shanghai town, which we had never seen before, while on previous trips to Shanghai. Just a friendly suggestion though: when picking up customers for this private tour I would suggest that the tour guide announce our name(s) when she enters the lobby of the hotel to pick us up. We waited for 25 minutes in the lobby not realizing that the guide was in the lobby too. Instead she texted me (I only left my home phone number and did not include my cell no.) therefore she was not able to reach me. Announce our names first or show our names on a piece of paper, than have the hotel call up to our room, and lastly if still unable to reach the customer, than contact the customer on the cell phone through text or by calling. Other than that the tour was very informative. Thank you.
Interesting historic perspective of Shanghai from the mid 1800's-mid 1900's
, Oct 2019
Ms. Penny was knowledgeable in her history knowledge of old Shanghai and the political eras that Shanghai went through. There were 2 bonuses 1.Visiting a historic home in old Shanghai and meeting Mrs Gao 2. Visiting the Jade Budha Temple- the architecture is stunning. This tour is definitely off the beaten path! Thank you Ms Penny.
Great experience!
, Sep 2019
This was a fantastic tour. Kelly (our guide) took us through little nooks and crannies of the city we would never have explored by ourselves..It was fantastic to see the old houses and the old way of life co-existing side by side with the new. We also got a taste of the local supermarket and street food! I was very happy to be able to able to experience this side of Shanghai, after having visited the fancy bars and clubs the previous night:) Special mention to Kelly for being so knowledgeable and helpful:) I would highly recommend this tour to anyone- especially if you enjoy doing the "non touristy" stuff!
Exciting Insights about historical side of Shanghai!
, Sep 2019
The tour was absolutely the right choice! Penny is a very knowledgeable and competent guide and a beautiful woman too!  I really enjoyed the tour, learned a lot about the historical side of Shanghai and for sure saw some exciting corners and places of old Shanghai, which are not accessible for an usual tourist. Absolutely recommendable and I will for sure book the next tour on my future trip to Shanghai! Thank you.
Walking Tour Shanghai Old Town
, Jun 2019
Ms. Kelly was very professional and knowledgeable. The pace of the tour was just right and all sights informative and interesting. Would highly recommend. Thank you!!
Amazing look into Shanghai's history
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, Jun 2019
We had Kelly as our guide. She met us at our hotel at 9am and took us on an amazing journey through Shanghai history. Kelly has such a great knowledge of Chinese history. It is a shame to find out that much of the Old Town is set to be demolished with the residents being moved out. Hopefully there will be a museum established to allow this history to be passed on to visitors of this area. We recommend if you are visiting Shanghai in the next year make sure you visit here and do the tour because it will be gone forever. So glad we did the tour and thank you Kelly you were amazing.
FeiFei was a wonderful guide. We spent...
, Sep 2018
FeiFei was a wonderful guide. We spent a substantial afternoon seeing around old Shanghai. We started at the Water Tower and progressed through some very old heritage buildings, due to be restored over time, then on to to large house which had its yard converted into a metal smelting works during the Cultural Revolution with a large Red Army star in middle of gates. Beside this was house where Einstein and his wife had visited and stayed with a Chinese scholar. Next we visited a very old stately walled home in the old town. This was truly fascinating and we met the daughter of the original owner - who has extremely lovingly minded the original contents and features of the house. This is an amazing place to visit and Auntie Gou was so welcoming and generous with her time and knowledge. We walked thorough the old town, viewing lots of friendly local people and small vendors whilst heading to the Confucius temple just as it was closing. FeiFei insisted on bringing us back the following day, at no extra cost, when we had the added advantage of viewing a second hand book sale with so many interesting and important artefacts from Chinese recent history. FeiFei was an incredible guide who went way over and above her job to give us a wonderful and memorable experience of Shanghai, even taking us into a local restaurant to sample lots of delicious local cuisine. Thankyou FeiFei we will definitely do this tour again and couldnt recommend it highly enough!!!
Fascinating glimpse into old Shanghai
, Jun 2018
Our Guide Fei Fei was extremely knowledgeable and enthusiastic. Fascinating to visit a home in Old Shanghai to see what life was like before the high rise apartments. Also saw the Jade Buddha and Confucius temple, which were not crowded like the other tourist sites. Our guide was always conscious of our comfort level, as it was pouring rain that day and it is a walking tour. Would recommend this tour.

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