Shanghai Half-Day Insider’s Walking Tour

Shanghai Half-Day Insider’s Walking Tour

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What You'll Do
  • Get an insider's view of all sides of Shanghai, from local bazaars to chic boutiques
  • Learn the history of the city, including the effects of the Taiping Rebellion, the colonial concessions and more
  • Enjoy lunch at a family-run noodle bar
  • Hear about the Opium War and the motivations of the British East India Company
  • Wander intricate alleys and gardens in Old Shikumen
  • Stroll along the Bund to see examples of Shanghai's bright future, and the deco buildings of the decadent '20s
Get an insider’s view of the main sites of Shanghai on a 5-hour tour and discover noodle bars, local bazaars and more. Wander the French Concession, see historic monuments, such as the Imperial Gardens, and learn about the Shanghai of the future.
What to Expect
Explore local and cosmopolitan Shanghai and get an Insider's perspective of Asia's new super city! Your guide will take you to see the imperial opulence and architecture of the historic city, meet irreverent and colorful characters, and discover local bazaars, as well as the hub of the future city.

Along the way, learn about the Opium Wars, the motivation of the British East India Company, the concessions to the colonial powers, and the setting of China's “century of humiliation.”

Start in Yuyuan Garden, one of the finest imperial gardens in China, known for its classic landscape architecture. Browse through the various crafts at the bazaar of Old Shanghai. Hear how up to 20 million died during the Taiping Rebellion, and the cost to the Qing Dynasty, with French and British support in bringing the Heavenly Armies to heal. Learn about the inspiration Mao took from the uprising.

Explore the French Concession, founded as a result of the Treaty of Nanking. Walk the pleasant mix of wide tree-lined streets and European style architecture. Dive into the narrow streets and courtyard residences of the Old Shikumen area.

Then, explore Xintiandi, where the antique charm of Shikumen has been gentrified to international levels of chic, reminiscent of Shanghai’s decadent 1920s. To balance the bustle of the modern city, seek out some quiet in Chenghuangmiao, the central Daoist shrine of China. Finally, stroll the Bund for beautiful views of China's new prosperity, and end with an afternoon drink at one of the best vantage points in the city.
What's Included
  • Local guide
  • Museum and heritage building entrances
What's Not Included
  • Lunch in a family-run noodle bar, which the local guide can happily take you to

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