Hidden Treasures of the Old Town

    0730 jiangyinjiepanorama 01
    30 Jul 2015
    Clock 40min      Length1mi
    7 ratings

    Tourdescription About the audio tour

    The old town has the most vibrant street life and historically rich lanes in all of Shanghai, yet it is largely undiscovered by visitors. This walk takes you through lesser-known, unrestored parts of the old town – a labyrinth that harbors archaic watchtowers, merchant palaces and Ming-era gardens.

    IMPORTANT: There is a GPS offset in China, and as a result your position on Google and Apple maps will be incorrect. This issue doesn't affect the offline map, so after you've downloaded all the audio files, but before you hit start, turn off WiFi and data and you'll be able to track your position on the route.

    Majorlandmarks Major Landmarks

    Confucian Temple, Catalpa Garden, Watchtower

    Startingpoint Directions to starting point

    The walk starts at the Exit 7 of Laoximen subway station (Lines 10 and 8). To get here by taxi, direct the driver to the intersection of East Fuxing Rd and Zhonghua Rd ("fuxing dong lu zhonghua lu" in Chinese). The subway exit is at the southwest corner of the intersection.

    Tips Tips

    Places to stop along the way:

    Confucian Temple, Old West Gate Hostel

    Best time to walk:

    It is best to explore the old town during the daylight hours, before 6 pm. Part of the walk goes through a wet market that is most crowded (and most spectacular) around 11 am and around 5 pm.


    The old town is a friendly and safe place but, like everywhere in Shanghai, you should keep an eye on your bags and pockets. On hot summer days you might want to avoid being outdoors between 12 and 3 pm.


    Plus Write a comment


    Very well narrated and easy to follow. Enjoyed very much.


    This is FANTASTIC. I highly encourage you to do it at 10:30 or 4:30 so that you can see the market as she suggests. Katya's clearly loves the city and her detailed knowledge is fascinating. Great job, Katya!!

    Posted by /users/1543-45b8a3e6-6e64-47bb-80b5-a912af25268a , almost 2 years ago

    Great walk and wonderful insightful commentary. Thanks!


    Very good

    Posted by Lụm Bình Xịt , over 2 years ago
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    Hi Katya, thanks for the great walk, all the details & descriptions. I've walked many path and lanes in Shanghai before, but this was all new to me :)! Two things which could be improved: You continue rather fast with the next description/section - I had often not yet found the place/house. So, I had to rewind... And the end is very aprupt. For the end, I wished to hear a kind of conclusion. Thanks for this great expedition ;)!! Nora

    Posted by Nora Grau , over 3 years ago

    Can't wait to try this one when I'm there at the end of this month...

    Posted by Kathleen Dixon , over 3 years ago