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Shanghai Walking Tour

Shanghai's Jewish Ghetto

For one hundred years, from 1850 to 1950, waves of Jewish immigrants-from India, Russia and Germany-had a significant impact on the economy and development of Shanghai. The source of numerous books and documentaries, the Shanghai ghetto was an area of approximately one square mile in the Hongkou District of Japanese-occupied Shanghai and home to about twenty thousand Jewish refugees from Europe before and after WWII.

Morning Park & Tea Market

We will start our walk at the entrance of one of the oldest local Chinese park (built in 1914). Every day, performers, artists, and martial arts performers descend on the park. Each area bustles with different types of activities such as Tai Chi, ballroom dancing, calisthenics, and music performances. After our walk in the park, we will go to a 4-storey wholesale tea market which targets area resellers, so the prices are very good. Here, we will have a brief discussion of tea’s history and health benefits.

Contemporary Art Walk

Within the past decade, contemporary Chinese art has exploded onto the global arena. We will tour Moganshan Lu M50 - the center of Shanghai's modern art scene - and its trendy art colony. Once a small lane filled with vacant warehouses along Suzhou Creek, it's now home to a thriving contemporary artist community...about 100 artists in residence in the former factories and warehouses on the banks of Suzhou Creek. As we tour the area, we will meet the artists, gallery owners and discuss the major styles seen in today's Chinese art, with a focus on new trends.

Price: RMB300 per person

Birds, Crickets and Antiques

At the birds and crickets market, there are cages and cages of birds and animals. There are many different types of birds, including multilingual parrots that like to entice customers with their skills. There are tanks brimming full of fish, turtles, and frogs, They also sell insects such as cricket. The small streets are crowded with people and toys and accessories for your pet. There are also cats and dogs in some of the stores and you need to be careful, otherwise you will end up walking out of the market with a few cute new pets.

Amazing Farmers Market

It is historically one of the first wet markets and currently the largest open air market in Shanghai which has survived till today against the trend of air conditioned supermarkets. If you want to experience the sights and smells of a wet market which hasn't really changed much over the years this is a must visit site. Here you will find fresh vegetables from local farms, homemade sticky To Fu, live chickens, birds, eggs, live fishes, and an array of spices which gives Chinese food its distinctive taste. See whether you can spot any century eggs while walking around the market.

Fish Market & Progoda Temple

We take you into the biggest fish and seafood market in Shanghai - walk into an impressive array of fish and seafood, talk with the local vendors to know the best seasonal picks. The street is filled with vendors selling all kinds of fish and sea creatures, many of which you don't see in supermarkets. Most of the city's restaurants source their seafood here and it's possible to pick up crab, lobsters, and abalone cheaper than anywhere else in town. Once you buy your seafood, you can bring it to one of the restaurants near the vendors' stalls and they will prepare and cook it for you.

Classic French Concession

The French Concession was where the Good Life was to be found, along with the lovely old villas and modern apartment houses of those who lived it. We will focus on the life transitions that took place here, visit Xintiandi - site of the First Conference of the Communist Party, French Park, Premier Zhou Enlai's Former Residence, lilongs, apartments and villas from 1915 through 1930s that were home to both local Shanghainese and to many expatriate Shanghailanders. The walk also goes off the main streets and into the back lanes for a glimpse of small-town Shanghai life.

Shanghai Old Town Classic

Step into the pages of history and discover the secrets and story of the first grand family's compound in Shanghai. Long before the foreign concessions and the skyscrapers, Shanghai was a prosperous Chinese town surrounded with protective walls and bustling with trade and commerce. This tour takes you back in time to see Shanghai’s ancient past, including the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644AD) Yu Yuan Garden and Taoist City God Temple.

Lost and Forgotten Shanghai

Discover Shanghai's sometimes colorful, sometimes nightmarish past that's hidden in the city's small streets and old neighborhoods with this special walking tour to the historic part of Shanghai. At the oldest Shanghai city corner, you will explore an ancient area, known as the Family Qiao's Road which dated back to this amazing city's origin. It was the heart and soul of Shanghai where temples for the Medicine God and the first local gov. was located, now you could still find some century old family houses located there.

Hongkou - Leftwing Revolution

Hidden in Shanghai’s old lanes and streets are numerous historic revolutionary sites, which are often unnoticeable to careless tourists. However, close contact with those old houses can ignite images of Chinese revolutionary history. Inside a nondescript historic lane, there is a three-story villa. Only a wooden board with faded inscriptions informs passersby of the villa’s prestigious identity: the birthplace of the League of Chinese Left-Wing Writers.

History in Shanghai Archives

Shanghai Archives Museum has only recently been made accessible to the public and offers a unique way in which to learn about this city's fascinating history. The museum houses a large number of important historical documents concerning the city's development from a small fishing village into the modern city we now know. The Archives Museum has a record of Shanghai's most notable citizens and companies.

Experience China Art Palace

The China Pavilion which was one of the highlights of the 2010 Shanghai Expo and now it is turned into a super sized new 160,000-square-meter museum called the China Art Palace to showcase Chinese modern art with exhibition space divided into 27 halls. The 600 pieces in “Shanghai Brightness” trace the origins of China’s modern art. “Congratulations from the World” features 100 pieces from seven countries. “Splendid China” features 250 works of 21st-century Chinese art, while “Historical Shanghai Contexts”includes 64 pieces.