Shanghai Old Town (Nanshi)
At first glance the Old Town of Shanghai might seem like just another tourist trap, but Nanshi, as it used to be called (or Southern Town as most of the residents of the city call it) has a genuinely fascinating history.
This part of town predates the colonial presence in Shanghai. It's bordered by Renmin Lu and Zhonghua Lu, roads that echo the line of walls built in the 15th century to keep out Japanese pirates and since demolished.
You'll get a feel for a brand of Chinese urban living that's fast disappearing - and you might just find a bargain in the process.
Tourists generally come to Old Street and the Yuyuan Garden and Bazaar, all shined up and filled with dubious antiques for just that market. But stay a while. Explore the maze of streets and curiosity shops and teahouses that radiate outwards from this area.
The Old Town is located southwest of the Bund. You can reach it by taking the subway to Henan Zhonglu.
Tours & Tickets
Long before the foreign concessions and skyscrapers, Shanghai was a prosperous Chinese town surrounded by protective walls. This 2-hour guided walking tour of ... Read more
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)
On this private guided tour of Shanghai, explore the quaint river town of Zhujiajiao and its historical streets and bridges. Return to the city to visit the ... Read more
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)