See how Shanghai’s colonial kingpins displayed their wealth in their great mansions

Public Gangster Tour: 2 hour Shanghai Walking Tour

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Key Details
2 hours
Mobile Voucher Accepted
Live Guide
Wheelchair Accessible

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What You'll Do
  • Explore the gangster underworld of Shanghai on this unique and exhilarating tour
  • See where one of the richest opium dealers in Shanghai once lived and discover how he avoided jail time when he got caught
  • Admire the house where one of Shanghai’s wealthiest banking families lived and find out how dog food brought a bloody end to it’s empire
  • Visit the luxurious mansion presented to Shanghai's most powerful criminal mastermind and find out why he was treated with such reverence
  • See the clubhouse in which “Big Eared” Du stored his opium and find out how he prevented the police from arresting him
  • See where the Chinese customs officer once lived, and discover why he was such a thorn in the side of “Big Eared” Du
  • Visit the mansion that was built by a Dutch con-man who got away with daylight robbery
  • See where the White Russians used to live and work, and find out why they outnumbered the French three to one in 1930s Shanghai
  • Stroll past the former home of Chiang Kai Shek and find out just how corrupt he really was
  • Enjoy a complimentary drink and learn how to cheat when playing Craps and Black Jack
Explore Shanghai’s colonial underworld with an English-speaking gangster guide on this tour through the city's most famous streets. Learn the art of chopstick pickpocketing, find out how to cheat at black jack, and learn to shoot like a criminal kingpin.
What to Expect
Take a tour through Shanghai with a gangster guide and learn about the crime lords who once ruled the city like kings. From “Big Eared” Du with his lucky monkey heads to “Pockmarked” Huang and his police car drug distribution, get to know some of the early 20th century’s most powerful gangsters, and find out why you wouldn’t want to cross them.

Meet your guide to Shanghai’s colonial criminal underworld outside exit 3 of Changshu Road Metro Station (lines 7 & 1) at 18:00 to start the tour. From there, you will be taken around the French Concession at twilight as it was in the 1930s, being told the darkest tales and deepest secrets behind the lives of Shanghai's most powerful gangsters and leading criminal families at the time.

Visit all of these famous spots, haunts and hidden corners, and enjoy a complimentary drink in a property that once belonged to one of the world’s most influential families. Whilst there we will show you how to cheat when playing Black Jack and Craps and explain how colonial Shanghai’s casinos ensured they always came out on top.

And if hanging round criminal estates and learning how to cheat at Black Jack still hasn’t got your heart pumping fast enough then how about shooting some guns!?! That’s right, if you’re game for this optional extra, we’ll take you to a carefully chosen shooting range and let you participate in a Cops vs. Robbers Shooting Competition (archery is available as an alternative option upon request).

The shooting competition must be booked in advance at an additional cost and will typically add an hour and a half onto the tour time: from 20:00-21:30. They are inclusive of taxis to the shooting gallery and a 30 minute air gun shooting competition. Please note guests will need to bring their passports or photocopies thereof in order to be able to shoot.
What's Included
  • English native speaking tour guide
  • A complimentary drink (up to the value of 25RMB; guests but can choose to select a more expensive drink and pay the difference)
  • All admission fees
What's Not Included
  • Transportation to and from start and end point of tour (this can be arranged as an additional service in your choice of taxi or private vehicle upon request)
  • Tax invoices (available for an additional 15% of the total cost of the tour)
  • Additional fees
Meeting Point

Outside exit 3 of Changshu Road Metro Station (lines 7 & 1) near the junction between Huaihai Road and Changshu Road.

What to Remember
•We reserves the right to cancel tours by informing confirmed attendees at least three hours in advance.

•We reserve the right to start our tours on time and will not wait for guests more than ten minutes after the scheduled start time of their tours. Children under 16 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

•We reserve the right to request proof of student or child status in the form of valid identification.

•Guests who take part in our tours do so at their own risk.

•We reserve the right to refuse people the right to attend and if necessary remove them from their tours if they are intoxicated, aggressive or offensive.

•We reserves the right to alter the listed content of tours as a result of bad weather or location inaccessibility; in doing so, we will try to ensure that equally high quality alternative content is provided.

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