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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.

Practical Info

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

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Shanghai Old Town Walking Tour Including Yuyuan Garden

4.5 star rating: Recommended 2 Reviews

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

Location: Shanghai, China
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $58.99

Private Tour: Zhujiajiao, Oriental Pearl Tower and Shanghai History Museum

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

Location: Shanghai, China
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $114.99

Small-Group Walking Tour of Old Shanghai

4 star rating: Recommended 6 Reviews

Experience the life of a local Shanghainese as you take to the streets of Old Shanghai. This walking tour combines residential districts, historical buildings ...  Read more

Location: Shanghai, China
Duration: 5-6 hours

From USD $48.00

Eat Like A Local: Shanghai Street Food Night Tour

Taste Shanghai's most authentic cuisine as you eat your way through two of the city’s liveliest night markets. This small-group Shanghai street food tour, ...  Read more

Location: Shanghai, China
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $64.99

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