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  • Location: Shanghai, China
  • Duration:  2 hours (approx.)
See Shanghai through the eyes of a local on this 2-hour guided tour of the city’s areas where normal tours don’t go. Follow your knowledgeable local guide as you wander through Shanghai’s 'nongtangs' -- old districts, lanes and alleyways dating back from the 1920s featuring age-old architecture, unique designs and artwork. With your guide, make a home visit to interact with long-time elderly residents of these 'nongtangs' and gain a deeper understanding of local Shanghai life. Then, explore a local food market and try some Chinese street food (own expense). With your small-group of no more than 10 people, you will have an authentic Shanghai experience that can't be beat.


  • 2-hour walking tour of the Shanghai's nongtangs - historic backstreets and alleyways
  • Explore the old lanes and districts of the city for an authentic, exclusive Shanghai experience
  • Visit the home of long-time local residents and hear their interesting stories
  • Discover small, hidden markets and stores owned by locals
  • Expert and knowledgeable local guide ensures an informative and entertaining tour
  • Small-group tour limited to 10 people ensures a personalized experience

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What You Can Expect

Small-Group Shanghai Lanes and Alleyways Walking Tour

Children Playing in the Old Lanes of Shanghai

Have you already made visits to Shanghai’s Bund, Yuyuan Garden and City God Temple, but wish to explore beyond the popular tourist spots? Gain a deeper insight into local Shanghai life as your expert guide takes you on an exclusive tour of the city’s mysterious lanes, hidden alleys and old districts. On this small-group tour, find out what makes Shanghai so unique as you discover the city’s lesser-known areas and fascinating off-the-beaten paths. Hear interesting anecdotes and cultural stories and get an unforgettable experience through the eyes of a true local.

Shanghai's courtyard alleyways, known as nongtangs, are back passageways that combine traditional architectural design with modern Western architecture, offering a unique urban atmosphere you will find in very few other places. These nongtangs have been around since the 1920s, and many of their original inhabitants still live there.

Your local Shanghai tour guide, who has over five years of experience in leading tours all over the city, will take you to meet and socialize with these local elderly residents in their homes. Their accounts of the past will give you vivid images of historical times, and their stories of everyday life will show you the influence of Shanghai’s development on their lifestyle.

Local residents also often own small food markets located along these pathways. Visit these hidden stores and wet markets, where true locals shop, and learn how some of the owners make their living. While enjoying this unique Shanghai market experience, taste some local street eats like tea eggs which are eggs boiled with tea and marinade (own expense).

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

excellent tour we loved every thing about it, our guide Zoe was the best she explained everything so clear.
loved it so much and would use your company again if we come to Shanghai again.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2014

Excellent tour from start to finish. Thoroughly enjoyed seeing and hearing about the lives of the Shanghai residents. Tour guides pitched it right and kept me and my husband enthralled. It's a must to get off the tourist route and experience the real city.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2013

A personal tour around the alleyways with someone who has lived there, very informative although we felt intrusive to the people who lived there at times

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2013

A really great opportunity to see part of Shanghai life that isn't usually accessible.Janny is an excellent guide.



5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2012

It was a great tour to experience the local Shanghai life. We are glad you took this tour - very off the beaten track and a must do!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2012

Of all the tours we took this really explained the life and living conditions of the local people. We were right in the lanes and alleyways talking to the local residents. We did not want the tour to end. Don'T miss this tour.

4 star rating: Recommended May 2014

Great tour very informative and guide was the best , I just wished they would pick up at Hotel.

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