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Journey back to old Shanghai on this 2-hour 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 small-group tour has a maximum of 10 people for a personalized experience.


  • 2-hour walking tour of Old Shanghai
  • Visit the Ming-era classical Yuyuan Garden
  • Learn about Chinese Taoist beliefs at the Temple of the Town God
  • Meander through lilong neighborhoods to see traditional Chinese courtyard homes
  • Hear stories of Old Shanghai from your knowledgeable guide
  • Small-group class limited to 10 people ensures a more personalized experience

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What You Can Expect

Shanghai Old Town Walking Tour Including Yuyuan Garden

Shanghai Old Town Walking Tour Including Yuyuan Garden

Step into the pages of history and discover the stories of Old Shanghai! Meet your guide and small group at a central location for your 2-hour walking tour of the old walled city called Nan Shi, or Old Town. At its center are the Yuyuan Garden, dating back to the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644 AD).

Follow your guide through the exquisite imperial gardens — renowned for the classical landscape architecture — before walking to Chenghuangmiao, translated as Temple of the Town God. Here, you’ll learn about local tradition and the different gods of Chinese Taoist beliefs. Dating back to 1403, the temple's main courtyard is still active with worshippers and a central shrine offers solace from the bustle of the city.

Finally, wander through Old Town’s lilong neighborhoods, where Western-style row houses and old Chinese courtyard homes line the narrow alleyways. These lanes, where laundry hangs from bamboo poles and neighbors share gossip, are rapidly disappearing along with an essential piece of Shanghai’s history. You’ll get a sense of traditional Chinese architecture and lifestyle as you meander past and view the first grand family's compound.

At the end of your tour, learn about different types of local dumplings, with the opportunity to purchase some for a taste of delicious Chinese food.

Customer Reviews


5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Mason was awesome

Michael W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

I highly recommend this tour, as it takes you to some of the oldest, most important sights in Shanghai's history -- and offers some shopping as well. A good first look at what makes the city special. Be warned, it's a heavy tourist area, expect crowds. My guide Zoe was excellent. Really, the best I have had around the world. She was professional, intelligent, well informed and passionate about China and the places we visited. She brought details to life during that really helped me understand and appreciate Shanghai and its sights. She was also flexible, changing our plans on the fly to suit my interests. And just a wonderful person to spend time with in a foreign city. China can be daunting, so having a guide made my visit smooth and fulfilling.

Phillip C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2015

This tour was really fun. We met at the meeting point and walked around the old town, including Yuyuan garden, Susie our guide was excellent. She was very relaxed and made the tour feel like we were walking around with a friend. She showed us many interesting places. We asked her about buying a Marjong set in Shanghai, so at the end she took us to a market and helped us purchase two for our sons at a really good price. We really enjoyed our morning with Susie.


4 star rating: Recommended November 2015

Highly recommended. My tour guide Mary provided a fun and interactive tour giving me information about the history of the gardens that you wouldn't get just walking around. Mary was very friendly and excellent guide.


4 star rating: Recommended September 2015

Diferent and magic experience.Very Nice!!

Jamey F

4 star rating: Recommended May 2015

Our tour guide Mary was great! She gave us a wonderful tour, was forthcoming with great details about the history and what we were seeing, and also had a great time posing for pictures with our travel companion, sock puppet. A tour definitely worth the cost!

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