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Experience the real Shanghai on a 2-hour tour that shares two quintessential parts of Shanghai life: fresh seafood markets and Buddhist temples. Your experienced local guide takes you to Tongchuan Lu market, one of Shanghai’s largest fish markets, followed by the centuries-old Zhenru Temple. Your guide can help you to shop for the perfect fish and have a nearby restaurant cook it for you. Afterward, learn about Chinese Buddhism at Zhenru Temple. This small-group tour has a maximum of 10 people, which ensures a more customized experience.


  • Small-group fish market and Buddhist temple tour in Shanghai
  • Navigate through Tongchuan Lu market and interact with vendors with the help of your friendly local guide
  • Feel free to purchase any fish product from the market (own expense) and have one of the nearby restaurants cook it for you!
  • Learn about time-honored Buddhist rituals and practices on a visit to the Zhenru Temple
  • Small-group tour limited to 10 people ensures a more personalized experience

What You Can Expect

Small-Group Shanghai Tour: Fish Market and Buddhist Temple

Buddhist Temple in Shanghai

In the morning or afternoon, meet your guide at the designated central Shanghai location, then set off for Tongchuan Lu market.

Seafood dishes are a perennial favorite in Shanghai, and Tongchuan Lu market supplies many of the city's restaurants with their daily catch. As you stroll through the market, take in numerous vendors who display an array of fresh fish and other seafood, learning from your guide about the different varieties on offer. Your guide helps you to chat with the vendors to understand their livelihood and, if you wish, bargain like a local for any fish that appeals to you (own expense). After making your purchase, you can take it to one of the adjacent restaurant stalls to have it expertly prepared for you.

Once you have finished at the market, walk for about 10 minutes to reach Zhenru Temple for another classic Shanghai experience. One of the oldest temples in Shanghai, Zhenru Temple mostly sees local visitors and remains far off the usual tourist's path. Enjoy the elegant gardens that surround this peaceful oasis, then step inside to learn about Buddhist prayer rituals and see antique Buddhist artifacts. Parts of the temple date back to the Yuan Dynasty, established in the 13th century, making this temple one of the oldest in Shanghai.

Have time to soak up the atmosphere of the temple and admire its many treasures, before winding down your tour by returning to your starting point.

If you have already seen Shanghai’s popular tourist attractions, this tour is an ideal way to get another perspective on this multilayered city.

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