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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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Small-Group Shanghai Sightseeing Tour, River Cruise and Wonton-Making Lesson

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Reviews

Combine a sightseeing tour of Shanghai highlights with a more authentic city experience at the home of a local family on this full-day tour limited to just six ...  Read more

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

From USD $158.66

Eat Like A Local: Shanghai Street Food Night Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 19 Reviews

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

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

From USD $73.00

Shanghai Old Town Walking Tour Including Yuyuan Garden

4.5 star rating: Recommended 4 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

Shanghai City Sightseeing Walking Tour

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 2 Reviews

Get an insider’s perspective of China’s superstar city — from bustling bazaars to chic boutiques — as you witness Shanghai's imperial opulence and avant-garde ...  Read more

Location: Shanghai, China
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $139.99

Yuyuan Gardens and Zhujiajiao Water Town Day Trip with Foot Massage

This tour will take you around Shanghai by visiting the top two tourist sites:Yuyuan Garden and Zhujiajiao. Then, to ensure that your feet aren’t exhausted ...  Read more

Location: Shanghai, China
Duration: 1 day (approx.)

From USD $188.00

Experience Ancient Shanghai Day Tour of Jade Buddha Temple and Shanghai Old Town

3 star rating: Worth doing 1 Reviews

Although Shanghai is one of China’s most developed cities, its history as a water village and later on as a major coastal town and port is still evident ...  Read more

Location: Shanghai, China
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $175.00

Cultural Shanghai Day Tour: Shanghai Museum, Yu Garden, the Old Town Bazaars and Huangpu River Cruise

This city tour will take you through some of Shanghai’s most famous cultural sights including the Shanghai museum, the Bund, the Yu Garden, and a cruise down ...  Read more

Location: Shanghai, China
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $200.00

Ancient and Modern Tour of Shanghai: The Bund, Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Hall and Huangpu River Cruise

Today’s city tour will show you Shanghai by bus, by foot and by boat. You will visit the most famous streets in Shanghai, the beautiful Yu Garden in the Old ...  Read more

Location: Shanghai, China
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $197.00

Private Half-Day Tour of Old Shanghai

There are so many sites you need to visit to know the ancient Shanghai, enjoying the visit to Yu Garden and Jade Buddha Temple will let you know more about ...  Read more

Location: Shanghai Region, China
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $91.25

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