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Shanghai Old City (Nanshi) Tours

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Shanghai Old City (Nanshi)
Nanshi is the collection of narrow streets and alleys once enclosed within the walls of old Shanghai. During the city’s period of foreign concessions, it was the main Chinese district, rarely entered by foreigners. Today, the neighborhood captures the essence of old China, complete with several temples, food vendors, and a crowded bazaar.

The Basics
Most visitors to the old city head for Old Street and Yuyuan Garden, a classical garden also known for its bazaar with antiques and tea shops. The streets and alleys radiating out from this center teem with restaurants, curiosity shops, street food vendors, and temples, including the worthwhile Temple of the Town God. 

Many Shanghai tours include a stop in Shanghai Old City, as well as the Bund and the Shanghai Museum. You might choose to explore Nanshi on a leisurely private walking tour, or combine a sightseeing tour that includes Nanshi with lunch and a river cruise.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Shanghai Old City is a must-see for first-time visitors, history buffs, and bargain hunters.
  • Wear comfortable shoes suitable for walking over uneven surfaces. 
  • If you’re visiting independently, give yourself two to four hours to explore the area.

How to Get There
Shanghai Old City is located southwest of the Bund. The easiest way to get to the neighborhood is to take the subway, line 10 to Yuyuan Garden or line 8 to Dashijie.

When to Get There
The best time to visit Shanghai Old City is on a weekday morning. Weekends tend to be crowded with tourists and shoppers, so plan to arrive early if you’re visiting on a Saturday or Sunday. Garden enthusiasts should aim to visit in early spring, when the trees are budding and the gardens are perhaps at their loveliest.

What to Eat in Nanshi
There are several famous Chinese foods associated with the Old City area, most notably soup dumplings, or xiaolongbao. Be prepared to line up for this street food favorite. After getting your fill, spend some time sipping tea at Huxinting, one of China’s oldest and most famous tea houses, just outside Yuyuan Garden.
Address: Shanghai, Shanghai Region, China
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Peking Duck Dining Experience with Amazing Shanghai Night Lights

Peking Duck Dining Experience with Amazing Shanghai Night Lights

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Enjoy Shanghai’s evening lights and a Peking Duck dinner on this private 4-hour night tour. Savor a traditional Beijing-style feast of roast duck with pancakes at a restaurant before a walking tour to admire the city lights. Stroll around the Yu Garden Bazaar, cross the ‘Nine Zigzag’ bridge, and walk along The Bund to see its floodlit colonial-era buildings and Pudong’s illuminated skyscrapers. Includes dinner with select drinks, plus central Shanghai hotel pickup and drop-off.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
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$141.87
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$141.87
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3 hours bike trip experience Shanghai morning and local breakfast

3 hours bike trip experience Shanghai morning and local breakfast

This is a morning tour combined the folk culture, history,daily life and neighbour experience together. Jump in the fascinating depths of a local culture and its people. Avoid the crowed tourist group. But don’t you just look quietly! Taste,experience, touch,speak... At the begin of this tour, we will enjoy the picturesque scenery from both side of Huangpu river under the sunrise. Except take some nice photo as the regular tourist , background story share will as one of the necessary part of this trip. The old neighour located Nanshi is a best place experience the authentic Shanghai life, taste local food and take daily life picture before it disappear by the rapidly modern urbanization Imitate the local people do some morning exercise and share the history of Shanghai at ancient city park will as the end of this trip. As a optional program (extra cost), acrobatic show in the evening is one of the most fantastic choice as evening activity.
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  • 3 hours
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$40.80
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$40.80

Half-Day Private Customized Shanghai Shore Excursion of City Highlights

Half-Day Private Customized Shanghai Shore Excursion of City Highlights

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No matter you are the first time visitor or veterans, this fully customizable, private Shanghai shore excursion provides you a tailor-made itinerary-designed with your unique interests in mind. Spend a quality time with your local guide expert to enjoy the amazing sites and sounds that the city has to offer. Choose between lunch and dinner options at time of booking. Return travelers who have already ticked off the main sights can opt for lesser-known locations, like Confucius Temple, Tianzifang Creative Park, or the Shanghai Propaganda Art Poster Center. Enjoy the flexible departure time along the day and convenient door to door tranfer during the tour. 
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  • 4 to 5 hours
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$135.00
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$135.00
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4-Hour Shanghai Private Flexible Highlight Tour with Lunch or Dinner Option

4-Hour Shanghai Private Flexible Highlight Tour with Lunch or Dinner Option

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During this fully customizable, private Shanghai tour, you get to call the shots. Enjoy a tailor-made itinerary—designed with your unique interests in mind—and choose between lunch and dinner options. Return travelers who have already ticked off the main sights can opt for lesser-known locations, like Jade Buddha Temple, Tianzifang Creative Park, or the Shanghai Propaganda Art Poster Center.
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  • 4 to 5 hours
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Private Customized Airport Layover Tour of Shanghai City Highlights

Private Customized Airport Layover Tour of Shanghai City Highlights

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Turn your long layover in Shanghai into a full tour of the city with this private 8-hour tour, which includes round-trip transportation from the airport. Visit top attractions like Yu Garden, Nanjing Road, and more alongside a guide with extensive knowledge about Shanghai; or, work with your guide to create a customized itinerary that suits your interests.
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  • 6 to 8 hours
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$163.20
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Walking Through the Hidden Door of Shanghai Old Town

Walking Through the Hidden Door of Shanghai Old Town

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From ancient carvings located behind laundries to the 300-year-old Secluded Library (not open to the public), learn what lies behind the modern glamour of one of China’s largest and most cosmopolitan cities on this private walking tour of Old Shanghai. With just your group and private guide, head to a number of off-the-beaten-track attractions and quirky historical sites that create a fuller understanding of Shanghai’s history and contemporary culture alike.
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  • 3 hours to 3 hours 30 minutes
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$99.00
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Half-Day Bike Tour of Shanghai Old Town with Food Tasting

Half-Day Bike Tour of Shanghai Old Town with Food Tasting

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China’s biggest city might not seem like the place for a relaxing bike ride, but the narrow lanes of Shanghai’s atmospheric Old Town are ideal for a cycling tour. On this bike tour, explore the Former French Concession, pedal around Fuxing Park, and hop off to visit a Buddhist temple, stroll around a traditional wet market, and re-fuel with coffee and pastries.
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  • 4 hours
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$75.79
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2-Day Shanghai Highlight Tour Combo Package

2-Day Shanghai Highlight Tour Combo Package

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The perfect mix between independent and all-inclusive, this two-day Shanghai sightseeing tour leaves you free to make hotel bookings on your own. Enjoy front-door VIP pick-up each day as you embark on a whirlwind tour of the cutting-edge city, covering highlights like the Bund and Yuyuan Garden. Savory, Chinese lunches and entrance fees are all included, so you can focus on taking in the sights.
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  • 2 days
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$335.00
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$335.00
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Shanghai All-you-need-to-see 1 Day Private Tour

Shanghai All-you-need-to-see 1 Day Private Tour

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You don't have much time on your hand, but still want to see all the most popular highlights in Shanghai, then this is your tour. Your private guide will show you everything you need to see and tell you the stories and histories about this dynamic city and its people. You also can modify this itinerary to match your interest and preference. If you want to travel comfortably with professional guide and make best use of your precious time ,then join us and explore this exciting city ! Tour available in English, Spanish, French, German, Italian and Russian
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  • 8 to 9 hours
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$189.00
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Mini Group Shanghai Day Tour to Zhujiajiao Water Town, Yu Garden, Bazaar, Bund

Mini Group Shanghai Day Tour to Zhujiajiao Water Town, Yu Garden, Bazaar, Bund

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Explore dynamic Shanghai and charming Zhujiajiao Water Town on this private full-day tour that includes Yu Gardens and Bazaar, and the Bund. Swap the bustle of the city for the calm and quiet of Zhujiajiao Water Town as you discover this ancient village. In the afternoon enjoy the splendid Yu Gardens, browse the goods at the traditionally styled Yu Bazaar and check out the colonial architecture on the Bund. Your knowledgeable guide shares stories throughout the day for a comprehensive look at Shanghai.
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  • 10 hours
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$159.00
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Old Shanghai Breakfast Food Tour

Old Shanghai Breakfast Food Tour

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Get to know Old Shanghai through this morning food and walking tour, including breakfast and a visit to the Xiahai Temple. Follow your guide through the ancient neighborhood's longing, or courtyard communities, visit six street stalls and eateries to taste 10 traditional foods that make up a hearty breakfast. End up at the Xiahai Temple, where entrance fees are included. A small group of just 10 people ensures your guide's personalized attention.
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  • 2 hours
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Flexible Airport Layover Tour of Shanghai City Highlights with Spa Option

Flexible Airport Layover Tour of Shanghai City Highlights with Spa Option

If you are transit in Shanghai and want to make use of this short stay, this flexible airport layover tour will be the best way to discover Shanghai and learn the local culture, history ,life and sites .You will be greeted by your private driver at the airport and your wonderful day tour begins.The tour covers the top Shanghai city highlights such as Yu Garden, Old Town, The Bund, Nanjing Road, French concession at Xintiandi, Tianzifang, Jade Buddha temple, Sky scrapers in Lujiazui Financial area etc. Except seeing the wonderful city attractions, you could also upgrade your tour with the relaxing Spa experience.
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  • 6 to 8 hours
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$158.00
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Private Shanghai city day tour: Ride a time-machine to see Shanghai

Private Shanghai city day tour: Ride a time-machine to see Shanghai

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This private Shanghai city day tour is the perfect way to learn about Shanghai’s ancient and modern sites in one day. Save hours researching attractions and navigating public transport by having a driver to take you to Shanghai's best sites. Highlights include The Yuyuan Garden, taking part in a tea ceremony, a dim sum lunch, visiting the French Concession, and The Bund.
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  • 8 hours
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$180.27
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$180.27
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4 or 6 Hours Private Customized Shanghai City Night Tour (or Layover)

4 or 6 Hours Private Customized Shanghai City Night Tour (or Layover)

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Shanghai truly is the city that never sleeps—and it changes so fast that even if you’ve visited before it can be hard to keep track. Get on top of this buzzing metropolis on a door-to-door night tour with a private guide and driver. Feel free to customize the tour to suit your interests, or follow a classic route: Old Town, a night food street, Nanjing Lu, and the Bund.
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  • 4 to 6 hours
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$120.00
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$120.00
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Private Flexible Shanghai City Highlights and Shopping Combo Tour

Private Flexible Shanghai City Highlights and Shopping Combo Tour

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Discover some of the Shanghai's must-see highlights and tick off your must do shopping lists with a fully guided tour by your local guide expert. Explore top attractions like The Bund, Ming-Dynasty Yu Garden, and Jade Buddha Temple, and visit the observation deck at one of Shanghai’s highest skyscrapers etc. Customize your shopping itinerary to suit your special shopping requests and enjoy the convenience of getting around the city with your own private car and driver.
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  • 7 to 8 hours
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$160.00
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$160.00
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Private Half-Day Tour: Amazing Highlights of Old Shanghai

Private Half-Day Tour: Amazing Highlights of Old Shanghai

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Burst through the language barrier and discover historic Shanghai on a private half-day door-to-door tour that adapts to suit your timings. If you start your tour before 2pm, experience the classical Yuyuan Garden, Old Shanghai, and the Confucius Temple; if you start later, enjoy the Bund followed by a Huangpu River cruise. Whichever option works for you, savor a tea ceremony and soup dumpling feast along the way.
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  • 4 hours
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$89.00
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$89.00
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2-Hour Shanghai Yu Garden and Old Town Private Walking Tour

2-Hour Shanghai Yu Garden and Old Town Private Walking Tour

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Explore one of Shanghai’s most evocative neighborhoods when you book a private walking tour of the Old City. Pick between morning and afternoon tour times, and meet your guide directly at your centrally located hotel. Once in the Old City, visit the classical Yuyuan Garden, admire the area’s Qing Dynasty–era architecture, stroll through a bustling bazaar, and otherwise follow in locals’ footsteps as you discover the historical area’s highlights.
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  • 2 hours to 2 hours 30 minutes
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$69.00
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$69.00
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Private Shanghai City Highlight and Hidden Gems with Culinary Experience

Private Shanghai City Highlight and Hidden Gems with Culinary Experience

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Get a comprehensive overview of Shanghai on a private full-day tour. See the city’s main highlights like The Bund, Yu Gardens, the Old City Walls and much more as you listen to engaging commentary about Shanghai’s history and culture from your guide. Enjoy the flexibility to customize your day to your interests and the convenience of round-trip transportation from your Shanghai hotel.
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  • 8 hours
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$126.94
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$126.94
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Private Customized Shanghai Shore Excursion Tour of City Highlights with Lunch

Private Customized Shanghai Shore Excursion Tour of City Highlights with Lunch

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When your cruise ship docks at Shanghai, explore the city as you wish on a full-day private shore excursion. Customize your itinerary around your personal interests, and visit attractions such as The Bund and People’s Square. Perhaps discover the colonial-era French Concession, visit Shanghai Museum (own expense), or shop for souvenirs at the Old Town bazaar — the choice is yours. Your tour includes private air-conditioned transport and port pickup, plus port or hotel drop-off.
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  • 7 to 8 hours
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$183.00
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$183.00
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Shanghai Private Customized Day Tour

Shanghai Private Customized Day Tour

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Shanghai is an international metropolis with a rich history and diversified cultures.There are so much to see and to do.With our service,you can learn about this beautiful city the most out of your limited time .Whether you want to see all the popular highlights or get to know the authentic local lives ,we will make sure you have the best possible local experiences.We also provide multiple options for food tasting ,shopping and all kinds of museums and galleries visit .The itinerary is completely flexible ,you can fully enjoy the flexibility of customizing the itinerary to your own preference and you’ll have plenty of time to ask questions and explore this city at your own pace. Our guides are more than happy to help you if you’d like to visit other attractions as well. Tour available in English, Spanish, French, German, Italian and Russian
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  • 6 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$159.00
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$159.00
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Private Shanghai Layover Tour to Zhaojialou Water Town with City Highlights

Private Shanghai Layover Tour to Zhaojialou Water Town with City Highlights

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Utilize your limited layover time in Shanghai to tick off some of the top attractions based on your personal interests, such as The Bund, French Concession, Xintiandi, Yu Garden Old Street, city skyscraper etc. In addition, visit the five-century old ancient water town Zhaojialuo (Zhao Jia Tower), located in Minghai District. One way or round-trip airport transfer option is available to choose based on your own needs.
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  • 7 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$171.50
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$171.50
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4-Hour Shanghai City Private Flexible Tour plus Acrobatic Show and Dinner

4-Hour Shanghai City Private Flexible Tour plus Acrobatic Show and Dinner

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Maximize your experience of Shanghai visit regardless of the time constraints on a fully customized 4-hour private city tour, visit the city’s best attractions with your local guide expert from the ancient elegant Yu garden to historical Bund; from charming and fashion French concession to exquisite Jade Buddha Temple or grand modern skyscrapers etc. Except the wonderful city tour, you will also enjoy a delightful dinner and an amazing acrobatic show at night. Flexible morning and afternoon departure catering your own schedule.
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  • 6 to 7 hours
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$200.00
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$200.00
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Half-Day Shanghai Old Town Market Private Walking Tour

Half-Day Shanghai Old Town Market Private Walking Tour

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To experience the authentic Shanghai, it pays to have a local guide. On this private walking tour, discover a less-visible side of the city as you explore local markets, hidden alleyways, and secret food streets. Visit a bird and flower market, an antique market, a wholesale retail market, and a fabric market, and soak up the spirit of Shanghai Old Town.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$65.00
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$65.00
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Shanghai day tour customized:Bund,YuGarden,Shanghai Tower,HuangpuRiver,Nanjinglu

Shanghai day tour customized:Bund,YuGarden,Shanghai Tower,HuangpuRiver,Nanjinglu

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This is your customized trip in Shanghai city center. The tour guide will provide many choice to you ,or you can tell us your intrests .The travel time is 8 hours,if overtime, it's 200yuan per hour.
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  • 8 hours
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$161.07
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$161.07
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