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Film Photography Tour of the Old Town

Rated 5.0 out of 5 from 21 reviews.Shanghai, China

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Experience hosted by Henry

2 hours
Includes food, tickets, equipment
Up to 4 people
Hosted in English, Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Traditional)

What you'll do

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If you need to discover Shanghai from another perspective with a local friend, you are welcome to join! I will provide you with a film camera (Canon Eos1V or Eos5 or AE-1 or Phenix 205a) and film, even if you have never been in contact with a film camera before, let us leave an unforgettable experience when shooting the first film!

First taste the snacks at the Chinese time-honored restaurant in Laochengxiang. I will teach you how to use automatic and manual film cameras, from loading and unloading film, shooting modes, exposure metering, depth of field, composition, how to capture wonderful moments, humanistic documentary, landscape architecture and other photography skill. Then, take a film camera into this old city that is about to disappear in the center of Shanghai, known as the "root of Shanghai". We can integrate into this big environment through photography, and take pictures of the architecture, humanities, and small animals we see. Wait, freeze the culture and environment in your eyes. I will take interesting travel photos for you, share with you the history behind the lanes, old buildings, historical sites, etc. along the way, and how they have affected Shanghai. I will understand the life attitude of the residents of lanes, and hope that you will further experience and Discover Shanghai's infinite noodles.

After the experience is over, I will take away the film, which will be developed and scanned into an electronic version within a week and sent to you via the network disk/email. If you need the film, I will keep it and send it to you.

★ Special attention:
1. This is the only experience in Shanghai that truly explores Shanghai's 700-year-old county town in the true sense, including exploring the history of the old city + film photography class + travel photo shooting + tasting Chinese time-honored snacks, etc. 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. We will eat in a Chinese time-honored restaurant. This is the oldest and most famous restaurant in Shanghai. So when you arrive at the meal, you will see the line of food inside and out. It may take a while. Hope You can understand.
3. Strolling in the corner of the city, this is a review 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 like me to walk into the alley with a film camera and record the most interesting and primitive life here, then let us travel through this century of history. Experience the modern and retro charm of Shanghai in the precipitating old city.
Recently, many friends have reported that the system cannot pay. If you also encounter problems during the booking process, please add WeChat: ( henrycphoto ) to assist in processing~

If you need to discover Shanghai from another perspective with a local friend, you are welcome to join! I will provide you with a film camera (Canon Eos1V or Eos5 or AE-1 or Phenix 205a) and film, even if you have never been in contact with a film camera…

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What's included

  • Food
    Chinese time-honored restaurant to taste the authentic snacks of alleys: so...
  • Tickets
    Take 2-4 beautiful photos of your trip and 24/36 films and all negatives
  • Equipment
    On-site theoretical explanation & outdoor practical shooting; a film camera...
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Wed, Oct 21
7:30 AM - 9:30 AM
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Wed, Oct 21
10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
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Thu, Oct 22
7:30 AM - 9:30 AM
$54 per person
$54 per person

Meet your host, Henry

Host on Airbnb since 2014
  • 21 Reviews
  • Identity verified
I am Henry, a multidisciplinary freelancer and slash youth living in Shanghai. I focus on travel experience, rural planning, lifestyle and portrait photography. I am a photographer certified by IC photo and Panorama.com. Many of my photographs are purchased and used by travel agencies and magazines. Many years ago, I rediscovered film photography! When you still need to buy 36 pieces of film to make every lens worthwhile, there, use the secret formula of chemical substances to wash it, and look forward to seeing the effect in the end, there is a kind of magic that releases Shanghai's charming and romantic Atmosphere! I am happy to share this forgotten magic with you, making you feel like a star in an old Shanghai movie!

I am also a certified travel experiencer on the travel OTA platform (Qunar, Fliggy, Tuniu), and I have been focusing on recording the bits and pieces of life that are worthy of collection: the yellowed old days in the Shanghai lanes, and the concentration under the Jerusalem Wailing Wall The readers, the proud Amman citizens of the ancient Roman theater, the barefoot girl on the beach of Galle Fort, the grandmother in the new North Jingtong grass ice shop, the Bedouin living in the cave in the ancient city of Petra, Luang Prabang early morning The devotees, the old Jewish men waiting for the sunset on the seaside walls of the old city of Jaffa, the young couple waiting for the train at the Alpine station in Nuwara Eliya, the Tibetan compatriots herding sheep by the Nam Lake, and the Arab nomads in the Wadi Rum desert. , The shepherd in the field of Bethlehem Beth Saho village, the big fat cat with the face of the old house in Yuyuan... If you like, I am willing to share these cute and interesting stories with you.

What I admire 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. We are a rare encounter during the trip. I will cherish this fate and hope to bring you the best film shooting experience in Shanghai. I also hope that this time with me will become your best memory in Shanghai.
I am Henry, a multidisciplinary freelancer and slash youth living in Shanghai. I focus on travel experience, rural planning, lifestyle and portrait photography. I am a photographer certified by IC photo and Panorama.com. Many of my photographs are purchased and used by travel agencies and magazines. Many years ago, I rediscovered film photography! When you still need to buy 36 pieces of film to make every lens worthwhile, there, use the secret formula of chemical substances to wash it, and look…
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Where you'll be

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 ten thousand 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 in the middle, in the dim, you can still feel the glory of the past: the Ming and Qing style carved beams and painted buildings, The quaint old streets and narrow Danjie roads, tiger stoves, dormer windows, 72 tenants... this experience will give you another perspective of Shanghai.

Rated 5.0 out of 5 from 21 reviews.

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October 2020
非常不错的摄影人文体验,不论对于摄影知识/器材,还是对建筑特色/人文的讲解都很到位。Henry本人也非常耐心和有趣,即使是摄影小白也完全不用担心。如果你也是喜欢老建筑老上海,喜欢胶片摄影的话,一定不要错。
Bell
August 2020
虽然天气原因导致改期 Henry是个耐心的小伙 课程内容比较详细 基本上什么都不用带 器材都会帮你准备好 是一次很不错的体验!集合地点的咖啡很好喝尤其是dirty
彦力
August 2020
这是一段很有趣的行程,首先是前期沟通顺畅有效;其次是行程线路规划很恰当、贴合老城主题;再次Henry的专业度值得认可,也很有耐心。总的来说是很值得推荐的体验。
Ao
August 2020
很棒的体验,小哥哥辛苦了
Kyle
June 2020
非常感谢Henry的带领与讲解,学到了很多关于胶片摄影以及上海老城区的知识,同时各方面也感谢Henry的热情帮助。如果你看到了他的项目,请一定尝试,这将会是特别棒的体验!!!
Kai-Hsin
January 2020
Henry非常細心,我們一見面他就把準備好的飲料給我,一路除了拍照,更跟我解說老城的歷史和居民的生活型態,是一趟有趣又有深度的體驗。他也很熱心的介紹我上海其他可以去的地方,包含上海小吃及咖啡店。非常推薦!

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Things to know

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 4 guests ages 10 and up can attend.

More tips

1. Please contact me before booking for families/teams and other groups; the experience can be converted to film portrait travel, if necessary, please send me a private message before booking.

What to bring

If you have a film camera, you can also bring communication

Keep curiosity and observation