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.
Free tours do not have a fixed price, rather each person offers the guide the amount they consider appropriate, depending on their level of satisfaction.
Please check local restrictions before traveling. All of our services comply with recommendations to avoid the spread of Covid-19.
4 hours 30 minutes.
The activity takes place with a guide that speaks in English.
English speaking guide with expert knowledge of Shanghai history.
Food and drinks.
When to book?
You can book up until 10 hours before the activity as long as there are still places. Book now to guarantee your spot.
Type of voucher
Electronic. Show the voucher on your phone.
Wheelchair accessible. This must be indicated in the reservation.
All services published on Civitatis are carried out in accordance with our Sustainability Code.
No printing of documentation required.
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 have any other questions please contact us.
If you are not able to attend the tour, please cancel your reservation, otherwise the guide will be waiting for you.
Exit 3 of the People's Square metro station.