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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.

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Essence of Shanghai One Day Private Tour, Shanghai, null
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 3

Essence of Shanghai One Day Private Tour

This Shanghai one day tour shows you the essence of Shanghai attractions: the Bund, Shanghai Museum, Yuyuan Bazaar, and Tian Zi Fang Bazaar. Not only you will ...  Read more

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

From USD $59.00
3-Hour Walking Tour: Old Town Morning With Authentic Shanghainese Breakfast, Shanghai, Private ... 
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 3

3-Hour Walking Tour: Old Town Morning With Authentic Shanghainese Breakfast

A 3-hour walking tour in the old town area to feel the hustle and bustle life in Shanghai. Your local expert will show you many choices of local breakfast in ...  Read more

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

From USD $68.00
Eat Like A Local: Shanghai Street Food Night Tour, Shanghai, Food Tours
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 5

Eat Like A Local: Shanghai Street Food Night Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 64 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 tour, ...  Read more

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

From USD $69.00
Private Customized One Day Best of Shanghai City Tour, Shanghai, Food Tours
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 5

Private Customized One Day Best of Shanghai City Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 4 Reviews

Discover the great changes this giant metropolis is undergoing! Experience the contrast of Shanghai's Past and Present by taking this private customized trip. ...  Read more

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

From USD $68.00
Small-Group Shanghai Sightseeing Tour, River Cruise and Wonton-Making Lesson, Shanghai, Custom ... 
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 5

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

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 2 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
Private Custom Tour: One Day Shanghai Historic Walking Tour, Shanghai, Day Trips
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Private Custom Tour: One Day Shanghai Historic Walking Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 4 Reviews

Shanghai, regarded as the Oriental Paris, is the best place to see Eastern-meets-Western Culture. Walking in the traditional Chinese garden - Yuyuan Garden ...  Read more

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

From USD $30.99
Private Shanghai Classic City Tour With Huangpu River Cruise, Shanghai, Private Sightseeing Tours
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 5

Private Shanghai Classic City Tour With Huangpu River Cruise

For this full day Shanghai classic tour, the private guide and driver will take you to discover the major sites in Shanghai and experience a cruise trip on the ...  Read more

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

From USD $115.00
Shanghai Old Town Walking Tour Including Yuyuan Garden, Shanghai, Full-day Tours
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Shanghai Old Town Walking Tour Including Yuyuan Garden

4.5 star rating: Recommended 12 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 Day Trip from Beijing by Air including Jade Buddha Temple Yu Garden and Tea Ceremony, ... 
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 5

Shanghai Day Trip from Beijing by Air including Jade Buddha Temple Yu Garden and Tea Ceremony

2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better 2 Reviews

Although Shanghai is one of China’s most advanced cities, its history as a water village, now as a major coastal town and port is still evident throughout the ...  Read more

Location: Beijing, China
Duration: 14 hours (approx.)

From USD $644.00
Shanghai City Sightseeing Walking Tour, Shanghai, Day Trips
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 5

Shanghai City Sightseeing Walking Tour

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 4 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

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