Walking Through the Hidden Door of Shanghai Old Town

Shanghai, China

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180 to 210 minutes (Approx.)
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Offered in: English and 1 more


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.
  • Private walking tour of Shanghai lets you go at your own pace
  • Tour highlights lesser-known historical attractions that provide insight into city’s past
  • Visit the Catalpa Garden, Nine-Rooms-Building, Secluded Library, and more
  • Hear fascinating stories of Shanghai’s past from your guide
  • Tour includes all entrance fees as per itinerary
  • Hotel pickup included

Inclusions & Exclusions


  • Hotel pickup
  • Excellent English-speaking guide
  • Private transportation
  • Entrance tickets
  • Entry/Admission - Shanghai Confucian Temple


  • Personal expenses
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel drop-off
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Departure & Return

Departure Point

Your centrally located hotel in Shanghai

Return Details

The Confucius Temple
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Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Please wear comfortable shoes
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • A maximum of 10 people per booking
  • Please indicate morning tour or afternoon tour in special requirement area upon booking
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
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Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

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Viator Traveler's Reviews

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Madlyn I
, Mar 2019
This was a hidden gem of a tour and our tour guide Penny did a great job explaining about the history of the old section of Shanghai which is soon going through some changes. We also had great famous shanghai noodles at authentic restaurant where the locals eat. I recommend this half day tour to anyone visiting Shanghai
, Sep 2018

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!!!

, Jun 2018

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!

Bryan M
, Jun 2018

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!

Johnson L
, May 2018

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!

Susan b
, May 2018

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.

Maureen B
, Apr 2018

This went to a part of Shanghai that I would not have felt comfortable entering without a local guide. Penny showed us the real Shanghai. She was an amazing tour guide. I highly recommended asking for Penny!

Tara B
, Apr 2018

This was definitely an off the beaten path tour, and so worth it! Our guide, Penny, was fantastic! She was very energetic and knowledgeable of the local history. The old library was the highlight.

, Mar 2018

We took several tours while in Shanghai and this was by far my favorite tour. I wish I could remember the guide's name, but she took us to an old house, which was absolutely amazing and a great surprise. Highly recommend the tour!

Karen L
, Feb 2018

This tour was amazing!


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