Old Shanghai

    • 5-6 hours
    • CNUI
    • Total price tool tip
      AUD $73
    • *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, ride on the efficient metro system, and picture the future of Shanghai at the Urban Planning Museum.


* 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

* Get an insider look into the funky future of Shanghai at the Urban Planning Museum

What's included in this trip

  • Start:

    Outside Hongkou Football Stadium Exit 1 on Line 8
    Directions: Hongkou Football Stadium is an exchange station. Make sure you go out from Exit 1 of Line 8 (near Luxun Park)
    (In Chinese) 地铁8号线虹口足球场地铁站1号出口(近鲁迅公园)
  • Finish:

    Shanghai Urban Planning Musuem (near People’s park)
  • Group size:

    Min 1 , Max 12
  • Inclusions:

    Local English speaking guide, transportation, entrance to Lu Xun Former Residence and Lu Xun Park, snack, entrance to Shanghai Urban Planning Museum.
  • 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 restaurant 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 have the chance to step inside the Hongde Tang Church (depending on availability), which was built in the style of a Chinese temple, but is a Christian church (which still has regular Christian services).
We conclude our Shanghai Old Town tour with a dose of modernity on a visit to the Urban Planning Museum – a fantastic opportunity to see what the future holds for the city. From there you will have easy access to the metro to continue your exploration of Shanghai. If you’re a foodie and wish to sample some popular local snacks, feel free to join us for our afternoon Shanghai foodie tour. Your local guide will be able to give you more information.

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