Private 2-Hour Shanghai Lanes And Alleyways Walking Tour

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Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 2 Hrs
  • Language:
  • Departure Time :
    10am or 2pm
  • Departure Details :
    After booking, please email local service provider regarding departure location, the detailed direction in both Chinese and English will be sent to you with location pictures.
  • Return Details :
    Returns to original departure point
  • Cancellation Policy :
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.


See Shanghai through the eyes of a local on this 2-hour private guided tour of the citys areas where normal tours dont go. Follow your knowledgeable local guide as you wander through Shanghais 'nongtangs' -- old districts, lanes and alleyways dating back from the 1920s featuring age-old architecture, unique designs and artwork. With your guide, make a home visit to interact with long-time elderly residents of these 'nongtangs' and gain a deeper understanding of local Shanghai life. Then, explore a local food market and try some Chinese street food (own expense). This is a private tour just for you and your party.


  • Choice of several departures throughout the day
  • Explore the local streets on a walking tour of the city
  • Family friendly
  • Get inside tips from a local
  • Fully narrated tour
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
  • Led by a local guide
  • Soak up the atmosphere on a walking tour
  • Small group ensures personal service

Know More about this tour

Have you already made visits to Shanghais Bund, Yuyuan garden and City God Temple, but wish to explore beyond the popular tourist spots? Gain a deeper insight into local Shanghai life as your expert guide takes you on an exclusive tour of the citys mysterious lanes, hidden alleys and old districts.

On this private tour, find out what makes Shanghai so unique as you discover the citys lesser-known areas and fascinating off-the-beaten paths. Hear interesting anecdotes and cultural stories and get an unforgettable experience through the eyes of a true local.

Shanghai's courtyard alleyways, known as nongtangs, are back passageways that combine traditional architectural design with modern Western architecture, offering a unique urban atmosphere you will find in very few other places. These nongtangs have been around since the 1920s, and many of their original inhabitants still live there.

Your local Shanghai tour guide, who has over five years of experience in leading tours all over the city, will take you to meet and socialize with these local elderly residents in their homes. Their accounts of the past will give you vivid images of historical times, and their stories of everyday life will show you the influence of Shanghais development on their lifestyle.

Local residents also often own small food markets located along these pathways. Visit these hidden stores and wet markets, where true locals shop, and learn how some of the owners make their living. While enjoying this unique Shanghai market experience, taste some local street eats like tea eggs which are eggs boiled with tea and marinade (own expense).


Private walking tour

Local English-speaking guide



Food and drinks

Hotel pickup and drop-off

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Traveler Reviews

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  • 14-Nov-2017

    Great tour, very interesting to see Shanghai local life, Mason is an awesome tour guide.

  • 21-Jul-2016

    Fascinating and interestin tour. Guide was delightful

  • 08-Jun-2016

    We loved this tour and Mary, our guide. She was excellent and did a great job of just giving us a great look at life in one of the older areas of Shanghai. We slowly strolled through some commercial and residential areas, she guided us through some of the shops, did local things like stopping to pick up a bag of local candy, etc.

  • 04-Jun-2016

    The weather had a huge effect on our experience as it rained steadily and I got soaked and cold. The focus was on three different types of residential housing It was interesting to go into the alleyways that we would never have dared to venture into on our own. I waylaid the guide to see food outlets that took my attention. We were never invited into a private house so that was misleading.

  • 16-Apr-2016

    The tour was educational. The guide was knowledgeable. It too difficult trying to confirm the details as to where and when to meet. In other countries, it was much easier to communicate and know the details well in advance.
    Since gmail is blocked in China, it was difficult to contact or receive communications.

  • 21-Mar-2016

    We loved this tour and Mary, our guide. She was excellent--very well prepared, very familiar with the area we toured, and a very friendly and charming personality. This is a very interesting view of every day life in Shanghai.

  • 13-Nov-2015

    The tour was excellent and very informative we enjoyed it very much.
    Would highly recommend your company to friends and family
    Thank you

  • 07-Sep-2015

    Our tour guide, Zoe, was great! I've spent a lot of time in Shanghai on business and even took time to 'tour' during previous visits. BUT, this was the first tour where I felt I learned, in detail, about how those who live and work in Shanghai actually live. We walked the communities different income levels, visited a realtor to learn about prices/space/location for apartments and homes, visited a variety of food stores to learn about the different types of food locals eat, learned about eastern medicine herbs and other sources for healing and health and even learned about how different people come to live in Shanghai school, work, government-incentives. Zoe not only explained everything that we were seeing, she was also able to answer any questions we presented. I took two 17 year olds on this tour with me and Zoe kept their attention. If you can request a tour guide for the morning tour, request Zoe!

  • 02-Jun-2015

    excellent tour we loved every thing about it, our guide Zoe was the best she explained everything so clear.
    loved it so much and would use your company again if we come to Shanghai again.

  • 07-May-2014

    Great tour very informative and guide was the best , I just wished they would pick up at Hotel.

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