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Explore the old city and taste authentic snacks

Shanghai, China

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Experience hosted by Henry

2 hours
Includes food, equipment
Up to 10 people
Hosted in English, Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Traditional)

What you'll do

The old city of Shanghai has a history of more than 700 years. You will see alleys made of bluestones. On the bamboo poles criss-crossed above your head, the national flag of 10,000 is flying. Spittoons, benches, and cat fans are placed at the door; you hear noisy Mahjong Sounds, noises, and the Subei dialect that will never be understood...With the transformation of the old district, here is quietly changing its appearance, strolling during the dimness, you can still feel the glory of the past: the Ming and Qing style carved beams and painted buildings, Antique old streets and narrow Danjie roads, dormer windows, 72 tenants...

Like archeology, we will travel together in this area of the old city that is about to disappear in the center of Shanghai and is known as the "root of Shanghai". I will share with you the historical stories behind the lanes, old buildings, historical sites, etc. along the way. What kind of influence Shanghai has had, to understand the living posture and cultural atmosphere of the alley residents, so that each other can further understand the other side of Shanghai.

During the period, we will go to the century-old historical relics endowed with old-style Shanghai communication missions and revolutionary missions; cross the ancient ginkgo trees to a private garden built during the Kangxi period; not far from here, we will be able to appreciate the only Ming Dynasty house in the area First... Most people here rarely know the history behind them, let me uncover their mystery for you.

We will taste the authentic delicacies with old Shanghai characteristics in a Chinese time-honored restaurant in the city: Xiaozhuan, soup dumplings, hemp balls, tiaotou cakes, etc. We eat and chat, and talk about the wonderful stories you encountered during your trip in Shanghai , Talk about the things they are interested in recently.

Strolling in the corner of the city, this is a retrospect of returning to the historical scene and an attempt to urban archaeology. If you love Shanghai’s only remaining city fireworks outside of the bustling city, and love to walk into the alleys like us, and feel the most interesting and primitive living atmosphere here, then let us travel together in this century-old old city , Feel the unique charm of Shanghai's modern and retro style.

★ Other matters needing attention
1. This is the only experience in Shanghai that truly explores Shanghai’s 700-year-old old city, which includes exploring the history of Shanghai’s old city + tasting of the authentic food of old Shanghai. This is a non-commercial in-depth route, not a traditional tourist attraction. Although it is hidden in the bustling city, it is always "isolated" from the hustle and bustle of the city.
2. This time-honored Chinese restaurant is the oldest and most famous restaurant in Shanghai. It is also a restaurant frequented by locals every day. So when you arrive at the meal, you will see the scene of queuing up and out. It may take a while. Hope You can understand.
3. The experience can be held every morning and afternoon. If there is no time slot suitable for you on the calendar, please feel free to send a message to contact me or specify a time slot.
4. In order not to affect the experience, please arrive at the meeting place on time; in case of force majeure, the experience may be partially adjusted, and I will contact you in advance.
The old city of Shanghai has a history of more than 700 years. You will see alleys made of bluestones. On the bamboo poles criss-crossed above your head, the national flag of 10,000 is flying. Spittoons, benches, and cat fans are placed at the door; you hear noisy Mahjong Sounds, noises, and the Subei dialect that will never be understood...With the transformation of the old district, here is quietly changing its appearance, strolling during the…

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What's included

  • Food
    Authentic snacks in Shanghai's time-honored restaurants: soup dumplings, sm...
  • Equipment
    2-4 pictures for souvenirs (contact in advance if necessary)
From $36
/ person
Mon, Nov 30
7:30 AM - 9:30 AM
$44 per person
$44 per person
Mon, Nov 30
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
$44 per person
$44 per person
Tue, Dec 1
7:30 AM - 9:30 AM
$44 per person
$44 per person

Meet your host, Henry

Host on Airbnb since 2017
  • 26 Reviews
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I'm Henry, a multi-disciplinary freelancer living in Shanghai. I have focused on travel experience, lifestyle and portrait photography for 9 years. I am a certified photographer of IC photo and Quanjing. Many of my photographic works have been purchased and used by travel agencies and magazines. At the same time, I am also a certified travel experience expert on the travel OTA platform (Qunar, Fliggy, Tuniu).

Yvonne engages in private English tutoring, is also a fashionista and a travel addict, traveling throughout Asia, Africa, Europe and North America. Yijing is an art expert who likes to play cross-industry, but he always pays attention to history and art in the medical industry. Belle is a travel blogger. He has lived in France and Denmark, played most of Europe, and volunteered in Kenya and South Africa. We usually use our free time to travel around the world and learn about the local history, culture and urban culture. Now, I am doing this with Yvonne, Yijing and Belle. We will explore with you one of us according to your language and other needs, but no matter which one will bring you the best in Shanghai Wonderful city exploration trip.

What we appreciate most is that living in Shanghai can have the opportunity to meet you from all over the world and create beautiful images and beautiful friendships. In this experience, we will travel to Shanghai like an archeology, explore alleys and lanes, and explore historical sites. In addition to eating, we will also introduce you to the anecdotes and market culture here, and experience the change of the era in Shanghai's old style. We rarely meet each other during the trip, we will cherish this fate, and hope that this period of time with us can become your best memories in Shanghai.
I'm Henry, a multi-disciplinary freelancer living in Shanghai. I have focused on travel experience, lifestyle and portrait photography for 9 years. I am a certified photographer of IC photo and Quanjing. Many of my photographic works have been purchased and used by travel agencies and magazines. At the same time, I am also a certified travel experience expert on the travel OTA platform (Qunar, Fliggy, Tuniu).

Yvonne engages in private English tutoring, is also a fashionista and a trav…
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Where you'll be

We will meet at one of the "City Gates" of the ten city gates in the old city of Shanghai, go to a Chinese time-honored snack bar, and taste old Shanghai specialties, which will pass through a century-old historical relic that was given the mission of old Shanghai communication and revolution ; Cross over the 700-year-old ancient ginkgo tree to a private garden built during the Kangxi period; not far from here, and appreciate the only Ming Dynasty mansion in the area... This experience will allow you to discover another side of Shanghai.

Rated 5.0 out of 5 from 26 reviews.

雅静
November 2020
是一个幽默风趣的小哥哥,很细心,带着体验到上海不一样的地方,满满的烟火气息,跟大爷大妈聊一聊,看一些几百年的建筑,吃正宗的上海小吃,很棒的一次体验!
Yao
November 2020
跟随着文化职人走访大街小巷,可以发现上海不同的一面。在体验学习胶片拍摄的同时探索城市背后的烟火气息,极佳体验!
月娟
September 2020
Henry很友好,给我们介绍了很多关于上海的情况。这是一段美好的旅程,我和我先生都很开心。
阿伟
January 2020
一起逛了老县城许多老建筑,其实3年前来过这儿,但当时不知道要拆迁,还以为是特地保留的文化象征地,这次加上Henry 的讲解对老县城又有了很深入的了解
郁倫
December 2019
Henry是一為細膩的路上觀察家,在這場體驗中,Henry會以生活的視角來詮釋這座城市的美,並且和你分享他對這座城市的所見所聞。若想多了解上海的庶民文化,Henry的散步路線你絕對別錯過。
Mandy Jhih - Yun
December 2019
活動內容深入當地居民生活,感受真實人文風貌和上海老城建築與生活故事,有內涵、有特色!(=゚ω゚)ノ 行走時間較長,多為重複的街景樣貌,可多觀察居民生活會讓行程感覺更有趣~ Henry為人親切健談,像朋友一樣交流,拍照也很好看!^o^ 導覽過程中也會分享一些歷史典故和知識!

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Cancellation policy

Any experience can be canceled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Guest requirements

Up to 10 guests ages 12 and up can attend.

What to bring

Remember to wear comfortable shoes.

Bring drinking water and cold protection items, etc.