FeiFei was a wonderful guide. We spent a substantial afternoon seeing around old Shanghai. We started at the Water Tower and progressed through some very old heritage buildings, due to be restored over time, then on to to large house which had its yard converted into a metal smelting works during the Cultural Revolution with a large Red Army star in middle of gates. Beside this was house where Einstein and his wife had visited and stayed with a Chinese scholar. Next we
visited a very old stately walled home in the old town. This was truly fascinating and we met the daughter of the original owner - who has extremely lovingly minded the original contents and features of the house. This is an amazing place to visit and Auntie Gou was so welcoming and generous with her time and knowledge.
We walked thorough the old town, viewing lots of friendly local people and small vendors whilst heading to the Confucius temple just as it was closing. FeiFei insisted on bringing us back the following day, at no extra cost, when we had the added advantage of viewing a second hand book sale with so many interesting and important artefacts from Chinese recent history.
FeiFei was an incredible guide who went way over and above her job to give us a wonderful and memorable experience of Shanghai, even taking us into a local restaurant to sample lots of delicious local cuisine.
Thankyou FeiFei we will definitely do this tour again and couldnt recommend it highly enough!!!
My family and I loved this tour!
Our tour guide Fei Fei had a keen in-depth knowledge on the history of this walled-off historical treasure. She had the perfect balance of patience and fluidity in moving us along, all with a perpetual smile and warm heart. This tour navigated a path some places that we would have NEVER seen on our own. The old-style cluster of houses with generational family inhabitants highlighted communal living, exotic to most Americans. Once upon a time they were grand living quarters, but as the revolution took hold, the affluent were targeted and families uprooted. I highly recommend this specific walking tour for its historical perspective. Amongst the towering modern high-rises of Shanghai lay slivers of its ancient past. Ask for Fei Fei to lead your group and you won't be disappointed!
Penny is awesome! She is so knowledgeable when it comes to Chinese history and will take you places you will never find on your own, all the while bringing it to life with her stories. At the end of the tour, she gave us her cell phone and told us to call her if we needed anything at all while in Shanghai. Well I sure did! I found myself quite lost one day while touring on my own so I texted her and she sorted me out straight away. I felt I had a real friend in the city. Take this tour, it will not disappoint!
This was an amazing walking tour. Our tour guide was Penny, who spoke perfect English and seemed to have an endless amount of information to share. You know how sometimes on tours there are awkward periods of silence? Don't expect this from Penny, who seems to know random facts about every street you pass by and ties it into China's colorful history. I also loved how this tour was a bit off the beaten path for tourists - we did plenty of walking tours in Shanghai, but this one felt perhaps the most authentic. Thanks again Penny!
Wow, everyone should take this tour and take it with Penny. It was absolutely amazing. Penny took us places where we did not see any other tourists and I am not sure that many tourists go to the real old city. She had an amazing breadth of historical knowledge but clearly also has gotten to know people in the area. Penny was also just an extremely kind and warm person. My daughter and I got very cold. The day before had been very hot, and it was hot in the morning, but then the temperature dropped and the wind kicked up and we were very cold. Penny took extra time -- her time -- to take us to a shop to buy warmer clothes because she knew we were going on a night walking tour and the night cruise. And she took us to a quite affordable place. It probably added at least an hour to her time. She also then stayed with us until we met our next tour -- all in all, I think Penny spent more than two hours extra with us. We so enjoyed our time with her, seeing things that were stunning in so many ways and learning things it would be hard to have learn anywhere else. We highly recommend this tour.