Shanghai is home to incredible cultural contrasts. Discover places where traditional meets contemporary; East meets West, and ancient temples neighbour meets busy shopping districts on this free walking tour.
Free Walking Tour of Shanghai
Meet your guide next to the People's Square metro station exit, ready to begin your free walking tour of Shanghai. Gaze up at the different buildings that surround the large square, which is considered the very heart of the city centre.
Next to the square, you'll find the People's Park. Amongst other curiosities, this park is home to the Shanghai marriage market, whose Chinese name translates literally as "blind date corner". Parents with single children gather here every weekend, perusing the 'adverts' attached to umbrellas in the hope of finding a suitable match for their unlucky-in-love offspring.
Continue your route over to the old red light district, whose fame was renowned throughout Asia for decades. Follow your English-speaking guide down East Nanjing Road, Shanghai's famous pedestrianised shopping street. Learn how many shops are crammed along the road, which is the world's longest shopping district.
You'll also explore The Bund, a beautiful pedestrian-only waterfront area, from which the avant-garde skyline of this incredible city stands out on the opposite bank of the Huangpu river. The soaring skyscrapers have earned the nickname of the "New York of Asia". Did you know that Shanghai also has its very own Wall Street?
Take a break in this district to recharge your batteries with some delicious local food (not included). With renewed energy, you'll continue your exploration of the city, finishing your tour in Yuyuan Park.
You decide the price!
Our guides work exclusively for tips from visitors. At the end of the tour, you'll be invited to pay them the price you think the tour deserves.
- It is not possible to reserve this free tour of Shanghai if you are a group of more than 6 people. In this case, we recommend reserving our private historic Shanghai guided tour.
- Children must be accompanied by an adult. There is a maximum of three children permitted per adult.
- This tour does not enter any monuments, just visiting their exteriors.
The tour is exclusively in English.
English speaking guide with expert knowledge of Shanghai history.
Food and drinks.
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.
Exit 3 of the People's Square 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.