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Shanghai Old City (Nanshi) Tours

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Shanghai Old City (Nanshi)
Nanshi is the collection of narrow streets and alleys once enclosed within the walls of old Shanghai. During the city’s period of foreign concessions, it was the main Chinese district, rarely entered by foreigners. Today, the neighborhood captures the essence of old China, complete with several temples, food vendors, and a crowded bazaar.

The Basics
Most visitors to the old city head for Old Street and Yuyuan Garden, a classical garden also known for its bazaar with antiques and tea shops. The streets and alleys radiating out from this center teem with restaurants, curiosity shops, street food vendors, and temples, including the worthwhile Temple of the Town God. 

Many Shanghai tours include a stop in Shanghai Old City, as well as the Bund and the Shanghai Museum. You might choose to explore Nanshi on a leisurely private walking tour, or combine a sightseeing tour that includes Nanshi with lunch and a river cruise.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Shanghai Old City is a must-see for first-time visitors, history buffs, and bargain hunters.
  • Wear comfortable shoes suitable for walking over uneven surfaces. 
  • If you’re visiting independently, give yourself two to four hours to explore the area.

How to Get There
Shanghai Old City is located southwest of the Bund. The easiest way to get to the neighborhood is to take the subway, line 10 to Yuyuan Garden or line 8 to Dashijie.

When to Get There
The best time to visit Shanghai Old City is on a weekday morning. Weekends tend to be crowded with tourists and shoppers, so plan to arrive early if you’re visiting on a Saturday or Sunday. Garden enthusiasts should aim to visit in early spring, when the trees are budding and the gardens are perhaps at their loveliest.

What to Eat in Nanshi
There are several famous Chinese foods associated with the Old City area, most notably soup dumplings, or xiaolongbao. Be prepared to line up for this street food favorite. After getting your fill, spend some time sipping tea at Huxinting, one of China’s oldest and most famous tea houses, just outside Yuyuan Garden.
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Walking Through the Hidden Door of Shanghai Old TownPrivate Sightseeing Tours

Walking Through the Hidden Door of Shanghai Old Town

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From ancient carvings located behind laundries to the 300-year-old Secluded Library (not open to the public), learn what lies behind the modern glamour of one of China’s largest and most cosmopolitan cities on this private walking tour of Old Shanghai. With just your group and private guide, head to a number of off-the-beaten-track attractions and quirky historical sites that create a fuller understanding of Shanghai’s history and contemporary culture alike.
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China’s biggest city might not seem like the place for a relaxing bike ride, but the narrow lanes of Shanghai’s atmospheric Old Town are ideal for a cycling tour. On this bike tour, explore the Former French Concession, pedal around Fuxing Park, and hop off to visit a Buddhist temple, stroll around a traditional wet market, and re-fuel with coffee and pastries.
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To experience the authentic Shanghai, it pays to have a local guide. On this private walking tour, discover a less-visible side of the city as you explore local markets, hidden alleyways, and secret food streets. Visit a bird and flower market, an antique market, a wholesale retail market, and a fabric market, and soak up the spirit of Shanghai Old Town.
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Burst through the language barrier and discover historic Shanghai on a private half-day door-to-door tour that adapts to suit your timings. If you start your tour before 2pm, experience the classical Yuyuan Garden, Old Shanghai, and the Confucius Temple; if you start later, enjoy the Bund followed by a Huangpu River cruise. Whichever option works for you, savor a tea ceremony and soup dumpling feast along the way.
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Make the most of a short time in Shanghai on this private two-hour walking tour. You'll visit some of the oldest areas of the city, which are under threat from modern development. See how Shanghai residents used to live and admire the ancient wood carvings and traditional architecture. Both first-time and repeat visitors to Shanghai will appreciate this tour, which is off the beaten tourist trail.
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2-Hour Shanghai Yu Garden and Old Town Private Walking Tour

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Explore one of Shanghai’s most evocative neighborhoods when you book a private walking tour of the Old City. Pick between morning and afternoon tour times, and meet your guide directly at your centrally located hotel. Once in the Old City, visit the classical Yuyuan Garden, admire the area’s Qing Dynasty–era architecture, stroll through a bustling bazaar, and otherwise follow in locals’ footsteps as you discover the historical area’s highlights.
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Journey back to old Shanghai on this 2-hour private walking tour of historic Nan Shi, Shanghai’s oldest district. Learn about China’s notorious Ming Dynasty, Taoist beliefs and spiritual traditions as you explore the walled Old Town and sample typical delicacies like local dumplings (own expense). See the landmark Chenghuangmiaof (Temple of the Town God), stroll through the pretty Yuyuan Garden and wander through the lively ‘lilongs’ (residential streets). This is a private tour just for you and your party.
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Discover some of the Shanghai's must-see highlights and tick off your must do shopping lists with a fully guided tour by your local guide expert. Explore top attractions like The Bund, Ming-Dynasty Yu Garden, and Jade Buddha Temple, and visit the observation deck at one of Shanghai’s highest skyscrapers etc. Customize your shopping itinerary to suit your special shopping requests and enjoy the convenience of getting around the city with your own private car and driver.
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2-Day Shanghai Highlight Tour Combo Package

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Explore Shanghai Old Town and Former French Concession catching a glimpse of the historical Shanghai. See the new and old Shanghai travelling by convertible jeep!
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Away from the soaring skyscrapers and neon lights, discover another side of Shanghai when you explore its Old City. Meet your guide at your hotel in the morning and travel to the Nanshi district, famed for its history and traditional architecture. Follow in locals’ footsteps when you browse a bustling wet market, and sample breakfast items from local vendors, ranging from wonton soup and congee to Chinese-style pizza. You’ll also learn more about the neighborhood’s history as you explore.
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Discover another side of Shanghai when you embark on a private, religion-themed walking tour of the city. Pick between morning and afternoon tour times, and meet your guide directly at your hotel. Then, transfer to the Shanghai Old City. You’ll discover more about the three religious traditions that helped shape the city: visit a Buddhist monastery, discover a Taoist temple, and see a Confucian temple. As you go, learn more about about Shanghai’s history, too.
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