Old Shanghai

    • 3 - 4 hours
    • CNUI
    • Total price tool tip
      AUD $55
    • *Approx package price

Escape Shanghai's futuristic streetscapes to waltz around the nostalgic Old Town area for a few hours. Join sprightly locals in group ballroom dancing or tai chi sessions in the park, try some old-school dumpling soup, pick through antiques, and watch a black and white film at an old movie house. 


* Explore the backstreets and nongtang of Old Shanghai

* Slurp on some soupy Shanghai snacks

* Explore a street market, church, and antique shop along restored Duolun Road

* Try out some traditional Tai Chi or ballroom dancing with locals in a Shanghai park 

* Ride the expansive and efficient Shanghai metro

What's included in this trip

  • Start:

    Nanjing Hotel lobby, 200 Shanxi Road South +86 21 6322 2888
    Chinese: 南京饭店地址:山西南路200号 (山西南路近南京东路口)
    Directions: turn right from Exit 1 of Metro Line 2, walk to the first intersection (Shanxi Nanlu) then turn right, walk for about 50 meters and Nanjing Hotel is on your right (opposite a convenience store).
  • Finish:

    Old Film Café, Duolun Road.
  • Group size:

    Min 1 , Max 12
  • Inclusions:

    Local English speaking guide, transportation, entrance to Lu Xun Former Residence and Lu Xun Park, snack.
  • Exclusions:

    Items of a personal nature, food or drinks toher than indicated in itinerary, tips / gratuities for guides. 

Additional information

Carbon Offset:Voucher exchange details

Please present your voucher to the local guide at the beginning of the tour.

Confirmation of booking

If you have your voucher, your booking is confirmed. We'll see you at the start point. <br /> Get in touch if you have any concerns or require more information via the email address or phone number (business hours only) on your voucher.

Dress standard

We will be on our feet for a number of hours so please make sure you wear comfortable walking shoes.

Child policy

Children must be 6 years of age to 11 years inclusively.  Children below the age of 6 are not permitted on this tour.



Tipping Info

If you are happy with the services provided by your local guides, a tip - though not compulsory - is appropriate. While it may not be customary to you, it is of great significance to the people who will take care of you during your travels, inspires excellent service, and is an entrenched feature of the tourism industry across many Intrepid Urban Adventures destinations. Please consider this when budgeting for your extra expenses on this tour.


On this Shanghai tour, leave modern Shanghai behind (after a trip on the city's extensive and efficient metro system, of course) and dive deep into the heart of Old Shanghai. A short walk takes us to Lu Xun Park, which at any time of the day is a hub for meeting, walking, relaxing, and enjoying traditional pastimes. Join in one of the many ballroom dancing groups or test your Tai Chi skills with the locals.
Moving on, our Shanghai walking tour explores one of the city's nongtang districts, the old residential alleyways of the city. This style of housing blends Western and Chinese architecture, and is unique to Shanghai. As evidence of the city's internationally influenced past, it's a fascinating neighbourhood to visit. We'll also have the chance to see inside one building, with a visit to the former residence of Lu Xun - one of China's most beloved and prominent writers of the 20th century. We'll also wander through a typical street market to give you a true dose of local Shanghai culture.
From there, we'll stop off at a popular street café to sample some of Shanghai's famous xiaolong bao, or soup dumplings, before hitting up Duolun Road, where we'll see some magnificently restored mansions dating back to the early 1900s. Peek inside a little antique shop displaying all kinds of bric-a-brac from that time, from old advertising signs, to telephones and toys (unique Shanghai souvenir alert!). Further along the road we'll step inside the Hongde Tang Church, which was built in the style of a Chinese temple, but is a Christian church (which still has regular Christian services).
Our Shanghai Old Town tour concludes here on Duolun Road at the Old Film Café, where we can watch a screening of a black and white film from the golden age of Chinese cinema (such as 'Street Angel'). Your guide can help you plan the rest of your time in the city while you sit and sip a coffee or tea in the sumptuous 1930s style surroundings. The rest of the day is free to explore more of Shanghai's sights on your own.

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