Hidden Door of Shanghai Old Town – Walking Tour

Hidden Door of Shanghai Old Town – Walking Tour

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Taking guided tours in Shanghai into different parts of the city is fun but for some people, the real mystery lies in things too small to notice on the move. Prepare yourself for a guided tumble down the rabbit hole that is the old streets of Shanghai.

You will find yourself coursing through the very veins of this city, the oldest of them all. See the places that brought this city to life and have now become a hidden secret as the modern-day city rises high above them. From ancient Chinese architecture that stood the test of time and yet seems to be fading away with every passing moment. Be one of the lucky people to have witnessed the side of Shanghai that birthed the modern-day cosmopolitan it has now become.

You will get to visit The Qiao Jia Street, The Catalpa Garden, The Secluded Library, The Nine-Rooms-Buildings, Home quarter lanes, food market, and Mahjong room and The Confucius Temple.

In roughly 3 hours you will learn more about this city’s history that you ever could while scouring the internet for days. You can also opt for a private tour where you get to indulge yourself a lot more with a personalized journey.

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Duration: 3~4 hours

Departure Point: Your centrally located hotel in Shanghai
Return Details: The Confucius Temple

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 the Confucianism in China, is the only ancient architectural complex in Central Shanghai and had been the top learning institution of Shanghai over a long time.Please note: The Confucius Temple is available for morning and afternoon tour. For the evening tour, you will pay a visit to Classical Shanghai House Museum.

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.


From USD 99.00

  • Hotel pickup
  • Excellent English-speaking guide
  • Private transportation
  • Entrance tickets
  • Entry/Admission – Shanghai Confucian Temple
  • Personal expenses
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel drop-off
  • 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
Cancellation Policy

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


From USD 99.00
Hidden Door of Shanghai Old Town – Walking TourFrom USD 99.00