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Free Walking Tour of Shanghai Propaganda
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Free Walking Tour of Shanghai Propaganda

  • English English
  • 3 hours

Discovering Chinese Communist propaganda in Shanghai gives incredible insight into the country's culture and history. Learn all about it on this free walking tour!

Shanghai Propaganda Free Walking Tour Itinerary

Meet your local English-speaking guide at the Changshu Road metro station, near Shanghai's most contemporary district, which is curiously home to the Site of the First National Congress of the Chinese Communist Party, now a museum.

Throughout your free walking tour, you'll delve deep into the history of propaganda in Shanghai, a reflection of the politics of the country considered the most powerful Communist nation in the world. You'll see examples of state-issued posters, billboards and statues throughout the streets, which your expert guide will point out to you, while explaining their significance and the deep-rooted impact they have on daily life.

Wandering through Shanghai, you'll discover some of the city's most emblematic places of interest, including the Shanghai Old Camera Museum, the Propaganda Poster Art Centre, the Shanghai Theatre Academy and the Jing'an Temple. It may be hard to believe from looking at it, but this building - a Buddhist sanctuary since the year 247 AD - was converted into a plastic factory during the Cultural Revolution! Since 1983, it has been returned to its former use as a place of worship.

Following your three-hour free tour of Shanghai's fascinating Communist history, your tour will come to an end by the Jing'an Temple where you can continue to explore the city at your own pace.

You decide the price!

Our guides work exclusively for tips received from visitors. At the end of the tour, you'll be invited to pay them the price you think the service deserves.

Important information

  • It is not possible to reserve this free walking tour if you're a group of more than 6 people. If this is the case, we recommend booking our Private Historic Shanghai Guided Tour or our Private Modern Shanghai Guided Tour.
  • Entrance to the museums is not included. You will have to pay for the ticket to the Propaganda Poster Museum (25 RMB - about 3.30 EUR or 3.80 USD) on the tour.


Per person
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3 hours.

Language English

The tour is exclusively in English.


English speaking guide with expert knowledge of Shanghai history.

Not included

Entrance fees.

When to book?

Book as soon as possible to guarantee availability, especially during public holidays and festivities.

If there are still places available, you can book until the previous day (local time in Shanghai).


Once your booking has been confirmed, you will receive an email containing your booking voucher. Please print it out or download on your smartphone/tablet to show on the day of the activity.

Frequently asked questions

  • Q - How to book?

    A - To reserve the activity, choose the date and complete the form on this page. You will receive your confirmation immediately.

If you still have more questions, check out our section on frequently asked questions. If you need help to book an activity or have any enquiries, please contact us.


No (not suitable for people with reduced mobility).


Meeting point

Exit 6 of the Changshu Road metro station.


If you are not able to attend the tour, please cancel your reservation in the control panel, otherwise the guide will be waiting for you.

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