Shanghai Walking tours

Our most recommended Shanghai Walking tours

Shanghai: 3.5-Hour Old Shanghai City Tour

1. Shanghai: 3.5-Hour Old Shanghai City Tour

Get an inside perspective of the changing scenes of Shanghai on a 3.5-hour tour that discovers old city sights, and the trendy entertainment area of Xintiandi. The tour begins with a visit to Yuyuan Garden, one of the finest imperial gardens in China, known for its classic landscape architecture. Stop at a market that sells birds and crickets, as well as an antique market, where you can rummage for bargain items. Wander down lively streets filled with local residents, sometimes still dressed in their pajamas. See tiny family-owned shops, and elderly folk playing cards on the streets. Once you reach Xintiandi, the scenery will change, and Old Shanghai gives way to its new cosmopolitan face. The stylish nightlife district is crammed with boutique stores, busy pubs and bars, and chic restaurants. Once known as the Old Shikumen area, the antique charm has been gentrified to international levels of sophistication.

Shanghai: 3-Hour Local Food Tasting Tour

2. Shanghai: 3-Hour Local Food Tasting Tour

Explore the local restaurant scene of Shanghai on a 3-hour food tasting tour of the city center. Start in the Xintiandi area to taste one of the best dumpling soups in the city. Then, go to the Huaihai Road to sit down at 3 different restaurants and a dessert shop. Marvel at the change in architecture as you move from the French Concession to the shikumen-style buildings that combine western and Chinese elements. Sample authentic dishes such as parched chicken, red-braised pork, scallion oil noodles, candied lotus rice and moon cakes. Try a cup of Longjing green tea or Fujian black tea and get a local insight into life in Shanghai.

Shanghai: Private Tour of the Shanghai Museum

3. Shanghai: Private Tour of the Shanghai Museum

Explore one of the best museums in Shanghai on a 3-hour guided tour of the Shanghai Museum. Learn about the ancient stories of Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans while taking in the stunning atmosphere.  Meet your guide and enter the museum before exploring the long history of China with thousands of masterpieces of ancient Chinese artworks. Some were even made 3000 years ago.  Witness the creativeness of the ancient Chinese and find all different shapes of wine cups here, whether shaped like a dog or a human being.  See the ceramics, calligraphy, bronze objects, and many other elements together with your guide. Whether you are an archaeology and history fan, or not, you can have a lot of fun on this tour.

Su Zhou and Zhou Zhuang Water Village Day Tour

4. Su Zhou and Zhou Zhuang Water Village Day Tour

Depart from your downtown Shanghai hotel in a comfortable, air-conditioned minivan and begin the scenic journey to Suzhou, an ancient town famed for the beauty of its verdant gardens. Listen as your guide offers informative narration on the town hailed as the Venice of the east, and then disembark your coach to explore the Master of Nets Garden. Marvel at the town’s exquisite example of Ming Dynasty landscaping, and admire the harmonious style of Chinese garden construction. Continue to the town’s ancient city wall, reputed to date back to 600 BC, and stroll parallel to the picturesque Grand Canal. Conclude your tour of Suzhou with a visit to its 14th century silk factory, then revitalize with a delicious Chinese lunch in a local restaurant.  Afterwards, return to your vehicle to travel to Zhouzhuang, a quaint town thronged with winding waterways and charming structures. Admire the simple, perfectly preserved houses, and hear of how the town’s history dates back to the 11th century as you sail the canals in a Chinese sampan.  Relax during the journey back to your Shanghai hotel and bid farewell to your guide and group upon your return. 

Shanghai: Like a Local Customized Guided Tour

5. Shanghai: Like a Local Customized Guided Tour

Explore the city with a friendly local who is passionate about his/ her city and eager to share all the tips and tricks that will help you make the most of your trip. Meet where you're staying to get familiar with the neighborhood, find out about the best places to eat and buy groceries, the easiest ways to get around and the top things to see and do. By the end of the tour, you'll feel more comfortable in navigating the city and confident that you have all the information you need to make the most of your stay. During the walking tour, you will have the option of taking public transportation or a taxi to get around the city. Please contact the local tour operator if you’d like a private car included in the tour.

Shanghai: Xintiandi, CCP Museum and French Concession Tour

6. Shanghai: Xintiandi, CCP Museum and French Concession Tour

After meeting your guide at the meeting point or being picked up from your hotel, start this private tour that explores the most important sites in Shanghai. The first stop will be Tianzifang, a cozy neighborhood housing some of Shanghai's most interesting and creative businesses. Your guide will then walk you to the Former French Concession, also known as the FFC, and bring you to the Shanghai Associated House Common Pleas. Listen to the interesting stories about how the UK, US and France ran their courts in Shanghai. Next, head to the Sinan Mansions, an area where only Western villas were allowed to be built. Visit the former residence of general Zhou Enlai, housed in a beautiful French-style building, which was also used as the Shanghai Office of the Delegates of the Communist Party of China. Then marvel at Dr Sun Yat-Sen’s former residence, where most of the elements remain untouched. Learn about how he influenced the revolution in China and how he is still one of the most renowned figures in Chinese society.  Finally, visit the Xintiandi, where the CCP was formed. Visit the site of the first National Congress of the CCP to learn how they came into power in China. Your tour will conclude here. You can get advice from your local guide about eateries or bars in the surrounding area.

Shanghai 3-Hour Afternoon Tea Tasting and Dessert Tour

7. Shanghai 3-Hour Afternoon Tea Tasting and Dessert Tour

Meet your guide at 02:00 PM and begin a relaxing 3-hour afternoon tour along Huaihua Road. Try out some of the tasty mooncakes at 2 local pastry shops. These special pastries are given as gifts during the Mid-Autumn Festival, symbolizing the reunion of the entire family. Stop at a nearby teahouse to experience a traditional Chinese tea ceremony. Taste green tea from Hangzhou and black tea from Fujian. Afterwards, head to a Cantonese dessert restaurant to enjoy a range of sweet flavors. Sample various icy deserts, such as milk pudding with purple sticky rice, papaya, sago or mango puree and amazing almond tofu.

Shanghai: Yu Garden and City God Temple Private Walking Tour

8. Shanghai: Yu Garden and City God Temple Private Walking Tour

Get an insider's perspective of the changing scene of Shanghai on a 3-hour guided walking tour that discovers old city sights as well as delicious street food. The tour begins with a visit to Yuyuan Garden, one of the finest private gardens in China, known for its classic landscape architecture. Wander down lively streets filled with local residents, sometimes still dressed in their pajamas. See tiny family-owned shops where you can rummage for bargain items. Then you'll visit the City God Temple, where local residents go to pray for good fortune and peace. The popularity of the temple led to many businesses being set up in the area, turning the surrounding streets into a busy traditional marketplace. Your guide can also take you on a stroll along the Yu Garden Old Street and to learn about the porcelain art, wooden crafts, and jewelry crafts in the bazaar. If you want to buy some souvenirs, feel free to ask your guide to bargain the best price for you.  Take the optional snack option so you will have a chance to try some Shanghai street food. Taste the famous Soup Dumplings (Xiaolongbao) and learn from the local guide about the flavor and consistency of the broth, the quality of the meat filling, and the texture of the dumplings' skin.

Gangster Tour: 2.5 hour Shanghai Walking Tour

9. Gangster Tour: 2.5 hour Shanghai Walking Tour

This 2-hour tour of Shanghai takes you on a journey into its notorious gangster underbelly. You will 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. Guests on the Gangster Tour will have exclusive access to a set of colonial costumes and accessories provided by Newman Tours to get them in the mood. After meeting your guide, you will be taken around the French Concession as it was in the 1930s and be told the darkest tales and deepest secrets behind the lives of Shanghai's most powerful gangsters and leading criminal families. Visit famous haunts and hidden corners, including a property that once belonged to one of the world’s most influential families. Find out how to cheat at Black Jack and Craps and learn how colonial Shanghai’s casinos ensured that they always came out on top. If hanging round criminal estates and learning how to cheat still hasn’t got your heart pumping, then how about shooting some guns? If you are game, as an optional extra, you can be taken to a shooting range where you can participate in a “Cops and Robbers” shooting competition.

Private Gangster Tour: 2-Hour Shanghai Walking Tour

10. Private Gangster Tour: 2-Hour Shanghai Walking Tour

This private 2-hour tour of Shanghai takes you on a journey into its notorious gangster underbelly. You will 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. Guests on the Gangster Tour will have exclusive access to a set of colonial costumes and accessories provided by Newman Tours to get them in the mood. After meeting your guide, you will be taken around the French Concession as it was in the 1930s and told the darkest tales and deepest secrets behind the lives of Shanghai's most powerful gangsters and leading criminal families. Visit famous haunts and hidden corners, including a property that once belonged to one of the world’s most influential families. Find out how to cheat at Black Jack and Craps and learn how colonial Shanghai’s casinos ensured that they always came out on top. If hanging round criminal estates and learning how to cheat still hasn’t got your heart pumping, then how about shooting some guns? If you are game, as an optional extra, you will be taken to a shooting range to participate in a “Cops and Robbers” shooting competition.

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What people are saying about Shanghai

What a great evening. Between jet lag and all day sightseeing, it can be a little hard to stay motivated for evening tours. Jim made us completely forget about our tiredness as we were completely absorbed in his descriptions and stories of local neighborhood food, culture, and history. The amount of food and portions were great for us, so we didn’t feel guilty for not eating all that was presented, and we didn’t leave feeling hungry. Everything was so tasty and fresh. Highly recommended!!!!

Did the 3 hour Shanghai food tour and it wasn't what I expected - it was more. From local crafted beers to a small out of the way noodle house and finished with amazing dumplings. Helped that the guide was very knowledgeable and approachable and his ability to converse in English with the others on the tour certainly helped enhance the experience. T cap off the experience he even ordered a ride back to our ship when we were pushed for time

What a great afternoon experience with my guide! Given the covid influence, I wasn't sure whether tours still exist or not. It turned out to be one of my favorite day since moved to this city last year. A perfect balance between tea& dessert and walking through old concession neigbourhood. Different from my western taste, it surprised me a lot about locals' flavor. Highly recommend if you're into culture, food and local life.

We had an amazing tour with our guide Jim! He picked us up on time and showed us many different small restaurants and places were we get the chance to taste dumplings, noodles, bbq, tea,... The food was excellent and Jim told us a lot about the Chinese culture, people and mentality. We really recommend doing this tour!

Tom was an amazing guide and he incredibly informative!