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Old Town (Nanshi)

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Address: Huangpu District, Shanghai 200000, China
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US$ 68.00*
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3-Hour Walking Tour: Old Town Morning With Authentic Shanghainese Breakfast
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Eat Like A Local: Shanghai Street Food Night Tour
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Private Shanghai Old Town Walking Tour Including Yuyuan Garden

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Very Touristy But Quite Scenic

It almost seems that Old Town Nanshi is a tourist trap but who cares, so is the Eiffel Tower in Paris! Shanghai is considered to be one of the most modern cities in China... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Richmond, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

It almost seems that Old Town Nanshi is a tourist trap but who cares, so is the Eiffel Tower in Paris! Shanghai is considered to be one of the most modern cities in China therefore it's nice & unique to visit the Old Town area. Be aware though that it's a popular spot to visit for the Chinese as well... More 

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Muscat, Oman
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Well maintained history and a perfect touristic venue. The visitors are not only foreigners but many Chinese from other towns & cities too.

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Jonesborough, Tennessee
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Many interesting displays, stores and displays. Area was readying for New Year, Year of the Rooster. Very colorful.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Sure, it's touristy, but you have a lot of options to shop and can get some terrific deals. Even if you want to eat, you'll have plenty of options.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Although very touristy with expensive gift shops it's worth a visit to see the exteriors of the buildings and soak up the atmosphere. Make sure you visit the temple and ya gardens whilst you're here.

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Douglassville, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I recently visited the Old Town area in Shanghai and was fortunate enough to see it both during the day and at night. The fact that it was leading up to Chinese New Year made it even better due to the decorations. It is quite spectacular at night as all the buildings are illuminated. There is a cool walkway across... More 

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New Delhi, India
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

There is more to this be place than what the crowd let's you take in. Thus, it is better to go there early morning. You can do some souvenir shopping or try some local delicacies as you admire the old Chinese architecture

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Great place to visit if you're in town and looking to do a little shopping for some souvenirs to bring back home for friends and family. Be warned, you will spend a lot of your money here. So many interesting things here that you'll probably spend half of your day here so plan accordingly. Has a lot of old historic... More 

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Denver, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We took a tour of Old Town and found it to not only be interesting, but it gave us insight into what Shanghai used to be like. If you visit Shanghai it is worth visiting.

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Mumbai, India
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The old town is a must visit place. However, there are too many tourists like us leading to too much crowd and hence too many touristy shops have also cropped up. Go in early please.

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Shanghai’s original walls live on in the curve of the streets that serve as the border to the old city. An aerial view shows a clear circular outline and parts of the original wall are preserved as monuments to the ancient past. The main tourist attraction of Yuyuan (which means Yu garden, though it is often redundantly referred to as Yuyuan Garden) draws hordes of tourists every day, but wandering the streets around the complex reveals more exciting attractions such as food and antique markets. There are also streets lined with shops peddling everyday wares such as Chinese dining ware and craft notions that can be even more enticing to visitors uninterested in the usual tourist fare.
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