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Old Shanghai Food and Walking Tour

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Shanghai, China
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icon3 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English and 2 more
Good for avoiding crowds

Overview

Dive deep into Shanghai's culture during this 3-hour food tour. Stroll through the off-the-beaten-path areas of the city to taste local favorite dishes during eight tastings. Visit street vendors and traditional restaurants to taste dishes such as frog stir-fry, crab shell pastry and 'sheng jian bao' (pan-fried dumplings). Learn about the fast-paced Chinese city's culinary history and culture through your guide's informative commentary. All tastings included.
  • 3-hour culinary walking tour through Old Shanghai
  • See some of the last remaining shikumen, or collective housing
  • Learn about traditional Shanghainese culinary culture
  • Taste local specialties at street vendors and local restaurants
  • Eight tastings add up to a full meal
Meet up with your tour guide and group of fellow food-lovers near People's Square to embark on your 3-hour food walking tour. Set off through the back streets of Old Shanghai, learning about the culinary culture and history of the bustling city as you stroll. Stop at traditional restaurants and street vendors alike over the course of eight tastings. Pass some of the last remaining collective housing, or shikumen, in the city and see where vendors from the Gansu and Xinjiang provinces sell their traditional foods. 

Your tastings will include some of the following (menu subject to change):
• Xinjiang (stone-oven naan)
• Chang shou mian (longevity noodles)
• Xie ke huang (crab shell pastry)
• Sheng jian bao (pan-fried dumplings)
• Xiao long bao (baked dumplings)
• Deep-fried wontons
• Stir-fried bullfrog
• Traditional Chinese yellow wine
• Popular Shanghainese dessertsAll tastings are included, and add up to a full meal.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
People's Square (Renmin Guang Chang)
Travel off-the-beaten-path with your guide when you set off from People's Square on your 3-hour food walking tour.
Admission Ticket Free
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Immerse in local Shanghainese culture and cuisine while you weave through the backstreets of Old Shanghai and eat at a mixture of traditional restaurants and street food stands. Along the way, pass by some of Shanghai's last remaining laneway houses, or shikumen. Experience vibrant streets where vendors from Xinjiang and Gansu provinces sell traditional foods. Eight tastings are included, and add up to a full meal. Sample tasting menu, subject to change:  • Xiao long bao: A classic Shanghai specialty, these dumplings are made with a thin skin of dough and stuffed with a seasoned minced pork. • Sheng jian bao: Another famous Shanghainese snack food, these dumplings are pan-fried with a doughy exterior and a meat and soup filling.  • Xie ke huang: Crab shell pastry is another Shanghai specialty; the crust is meant to look like a crab shell. Fillings include green onions, pork, crab meat, shrimp, mashed beans, and sugar. • Chang shou mian: Traditional, handmade Shanghainese wheat noodles served in a meat-based soup. The recipe for these extra long noodles was passed down from a former royal chef. • Xinjiang (stone-oven naan): Originally from Kashgar in Xingjiang province, these vendors make traditional bread in a stone oven. • Stir-fried bullfrog: Cooked with green pepper, it's an exceptionally popular local meal. • Deep-fried wontons: These pork dumplings are served with vinegar: surprisingly delicious. • Yellow wine: Traditional Chinese wine made from fermented rice. • Popular Shanghainese desserts
Admission Ticket Free
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What is the maximum group size during Old Shanghai Food and Walking Tour?
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This activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers.

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Had a great time walking around in...
Wayne F
, Apr 2017
Had a great time walking around in the rain with Sisly. She was friendly and informative and we experienced a wide range of traditional food that we probably would not have chosen by ourselves. We had a great time.
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This is the second time I have done...
e3canada
, Mar 2017
This is the second time I have done the Old Shanghai Food and Walking Tour. In terms of experience and value for your dollar, this tour is second to none. Our wonderful guide Lily was absolutely delightful and we had a blast with her. At first you may think that you will not get full from the samples be ing provided but trust me, you will be full by the end after stopping at 10 locations for authentic Shanghinese cuisine. 10/10 rating for sure!
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Our guide spoke excellent English...
mhdelpilar
, Jan 2017
Our guide spoke excellent English and knew many things about local food history and how these were cooked. She is jolly and kept the tour interesting and happy at all times. She made sure we were having fun and eating a lot.
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Places we would not have usually gone...
Sonia O
, Jan 2017
Places we would not have usually gone to. Interesting food - my husband had a ball!
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This tour involves about three hours...
Hartman S
, Oct 2016
This tour involves about three hours of walking and LOTS of food! Lily was a great tour guide - enthusiastic, happy, cheerful and had a good command of English. There was almost too much food and perhaps a bit too long for crowded street walking.
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It was great to try new restaurants...
Mayuko I P
, Oct 2016
It was great to try new restaurants we didn't know about in Shanghai, but it was a little frustrating that we had to wait for a while and fight over seating at every place we visited. Our guide was also not the easiest to understand in English. I'd recommend this tour for first timers to Shanghai.
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We very much enjoyed our walking...
Allen M
, Oct 2016
We very much enjoyed our walking tour of the Jewish ghetto in Shanghai China. Mason, our tour guide was very personable and informative about the history of the ghetto and the wave of Jewish people coming to shanghai during the early 1900's and again 1930-1940. We also toured a house in the ghetto.
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Our guide Sisly was amazing her...
Michael D
, Sep 2016
Our guide Sisly was amazing her English was perfect and her knowledge of the China and its food traditions was outstanding! We thoroughly enjoyed it as it wrapped up our last night in China after a 12 day holiday. Highly recommend this tour and ask for Sisly She is WONDERFUL !
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Excellent tour with 9 stops sampling...
Jill F
, Sep 2016
Excellent tour with 9 stops sampling local foods and drinks - Great way to learn about Chinese cuisine, culture and local sights. Tour guide had excellent English, and was very friendly and engaging. Would highly recommend this tour - Best tour that we did on our 2-week holiday in China.
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This tour was absolutely GREAT! Our...
e3canada
, Jun 2016
This tour was absolutely GREAT! Our guide arrived exactly on time at the location stated and toured us around all the little shops that make Shanghai incredible. At first, it seemed the little sample we tried was small and we were hungry, but my the end we were rejecting food as we were stuffed! Gotta say, stir fried bullfrog was fantastic! Thanks Viator!

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