Walking Through The Hidden Door Of Shanghai Old Town

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Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Hotel pickup Available
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  • Duration: 3 Hrs 30 Mins
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  • Departure Time :
    9am, 1pm Hotel pickups commence approximately 30 - 60 minutes prior to this time, exact pickup time will be advised on reconfirmation.
  • Departure Details :
    Traveler pickup is offered
  • Return Details :
    The Confucius Temple
  • Cancellation Policy :
    This activity is non-refundable Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.


This private 3-hour walking tour is designed for city walkers who are fond of off-the-beaten track routes. Your professional tour guide will lead you through deep alleys of old city neighborhood area, find you ancient carvings hidden behind hanging laundries, learn you the most original history and culture of Shanghai. The area you visit during the tour could be the oldest part of Shanghai, offering glimpse of ancient Chinese buildings that have survived through turbulent times and most likely will no longer exist within the next decade. If you are a history lover or want to know more about the old Shanghai memory, don't miss out this opportunity while you are in town.

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Shanghai is not just about colonial architectures. There are some rarely areas of old city behind the modern skyscrapers. This interesting walking tour will take you to visit the non-tourist sites where you might run into a street that full of "shanghai style pajamas" and an exiting Majiang game. The highlight of tour includes visits to one of the oldest private local houses and following places:

  • The historical Fire Tower in old city, built in 1910.
  • The Qiao Jia Street that used to be lived with all celebrities in town during Ming and Qing dynasty.
  • The Catalpa Garden, built by a Chinese industrialist and artist in the early 20th century, the buildings inside are the combination of Chinese, Gothic, Greek and Japanese architecture, this garden was used to entertain Albert Einstein in 1922.
  • The Secluded Library ( not opened to public but to you), it is the garden of a ship owner in past and home of one resident at present, inside the houses are dated back to Qing dynasty more than 300 years ago with fascinating original carvings still on windows, gates, column and ceiling.
  • The Nine-Rooms-Buildings, former residence of Xu Guangqi, a remarkable Chinese scholar officials 500 years ago. He is the first translator to introduce Catholic religion, western mathematics and astronomy into China.
  • Home quarter lanes, food market and Mahjong room, where you could discover the daily fun of Shanghainese through street cooking, laundry, shopping, preparing fish and crabs at market and real seriousness in Mahjong games.
  • The Confucius Temple, built in 1368-1398, dedicated to worship Confucius (BC551-479) who was a great thinker, educator, and founder of theConfucianismin China, is the only ancient architectural complex in Central Shanghai and had been the top learning institution of Shanghai over a long time.
After your tour is finished, your guide will assist you to arrange a taxi or utilize public transportation back to your hotel. Or you can choose to spend more time browsing around in the city.


Hotel pickup

Excellent English-speaking guide

Private transportation

Entrance tickets

Entry/Admission - Shanghai Confucian Temple


Personal expenses


Hotel drop-off

Additional Info

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

Not wheelchair accessible

Near public transportation

Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level

This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

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  • 18-Feb-2020

    What an amazing gem of a tour! Do not miss out on this opportunity to see some very hidden things that you don’t see every day in China. Our tour guide was amazing and knowledgeable and very friendly. We met some neighbors visited the local market and even tried some food. But the real highlight was visiting the hidden doors. When I returned home I bought a book about the history of that place. One of the best walking tours I’ve ever taken. Worth every penny!

  • 15-Jan-2020

    I opted to do this tour because the typical Shanghai day tours didn't really appeal to me. Kelly was terrific, great local knowledge, flawless English and very patient and generous with her time. Wondering through the tiny alleyways of the old town, I feel I saw and learned things I would never have been able to otherwise. Very happy to recommend it.

  • 14-Jan-2020

    I opted to do this tour because the typical Shanghai day tours didn't really appeal to me. Kelly was terrific, great local knowledge, flawless English and very patient and generous with her time. Wondering through the tiny alleyways of the old town, I feel I saw and learned things I would never have been able to otherwise. Very happy to recommend it.

  • 14-Jan-2020

    This was the only tour that we prebooked in Shanghai, and I’m glad we did! Our tour guide, Penny was very nice and knowledgeable about the region and history. We spent quite a bit of time with her and a wonderful lady who’s home will be restored. Penny then took us around the neighborhood, to the market, then to Confucius’ temple. It was a wonderful way to see Old Shanghai.

  • 04-Jan-2020

    I first visited China in 1993 and since then the changes to the way people live, dress and work have been dramatic. This tour brings these changes to life. Your guide, Penny, is an expert in contemporary Chinese history and walks you through real communities in the old town where you can see with your eyes the changes as they're explained to you. This innovative tour also invites you into the homes of families and places of worship where you can openly discuss modern life. Be the end your understanding of Shanghai will be taken to the next level.

  • 01-Dec-2019

    This tour was truly incredible. Penny was so informative and the off the beaten track places she took us to were enlightening. Don’t want to write too much to spoil it for you, just make sure that you put this on your list of things to do. Thanks Penny for such an amazing experience!

  • 11-Nov-2019

    Our guide Penny was outstanding, she will take you to a part of Shanghai where you will get to see how the average Chinese citizens live.

  • 11-Nov-2019

    Our guide, Kelly, was enthusiastic, knowledgeable, informative and well connected with the local community. Kelly was also considerate and thoughtful in guiding us through the atmospheric Old Town of Shanghai. The laneways decorated with clothing out to dry, the shared living areas and friendly residents were everything we hoped the tour would provide. The history of Shanghai was a bonus, but even better was the freshly made steamed bun with vegetable filling. The local supermarket was full of the aromas from spices. The peace and calm of the Confusious Temple was so unexpected in such a bustling city. This tour is unmissable when visiting Shanghai.

  • 10-Nov-2019

    Onze gids Kelly kwam ons ophalen in het hotel en nam ons mee naar Old Town Shanghai. De logistiek was perfect geregeld, haar kennis over de geschiedenis, de architectuur en de omgeving uitstekend. Genoeg ruimte voor flexibiliteit om even een kop koffie tussendoor te drinken. Mijn vrouw was die dag jarig en ik had van te voren gevraagd of er wat specials geregeld kon worden: dat kon en hoe! Een geweldige ervaring voor mijn vrouw, één om nooit te vergeten en een dankbare echtgenoot (ik). Absolute aanrader en wees er snel bij: de oude stad wordt snel omgeturnd in een museum door het huidige stadsbestuur: het zal helaas niet lang meer duren en dan is dit inkijkje er niet meer.......

  • 06-Nov-2019

    PLEASE if ever in Shanghai sign up, ask for Penny as your tour guide and take this tour! My husband and I did this tour and LOVED it - we learned all about Shanghai and China. Penny is so knowledgeable, kind and made our tour super special. We got to see where the locals live and hear all about the relocation process. My son is still in Shanghai and we are encouraging him to take this tour - you’ll regret it if you don’t. Ask for Penny!

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