My family and I loved this tour!
Our tour guide Fei Fei had a keen in-depth knowledge on the history of this walled-off historical treasure. She had the perfect balance of patience and fluidity in moving us along, all with a perpetual smile and warm heart. This tour navigated a path some places that we would have NEVER seen on our own. The old-style cluster of houses with generational family inhabitants highlighted communal living, exotic to most Americans. Once upon a time they were grand living quarters, but as the revolution took hold, the affluent were targeted and families uprooted. I highly recommend this specific walking tour for its historical perspective. Amongst the towering modern high-rises of Shanghai lay slivers of its ancient past. Ask for Fei Fei to lead your group and you won't be disappointed!
This was an amazing walking tour. Our tour guide was Penny, who spoke perfect English and seemed to have an endless amount of information to share. You know how sometimes on tours there are awkward periods of silence? Don't expect this from Penny, who seems to know random facts about every street you pass by and ties it into China's colorful history. I also loved how this tour was a bit off the beaten path for tourists - we did plenty of walking tours in Shanghai, but this one felt perhaps the most authentic. Thanks again Penny!
I would highly recommend this tour. Our guide FeiFei was delightful a and a wonderful hostess. This tour definitely took you off the regular path and to some places that you would NEVER see on your own. From old style houses that will probably not be there much longer as they were surrounded by high rises to smaller museums that were quaint interesting and uncrowded. It was a great job lead by a very knowledgeable tour guide. I really enjoyed all aspects of this tour the places that were selected and the guide. It was outstanding !!
We really enjoyed our tour with Penny. She met us at our hotel and spoke excellent English. She gave us a wonderful insight into Shanghai's Old Town. She is very knowledgeable and friendly and we saw and learned a lot about Shanghai's culture, food and history.
I would definitely recommend this tour.
This was one of the most fascinating tours I took that really made me feel as though I went beyond the touristy veneer of Shanghai and finally got a glimpse of Shanghai's history and how ordinary people lived. My tour guide Penny is absolutely wonderful and I can't recommend her highly enough. She is a fount of information about all sorts of things: history of the old Chinese town, stories of the major families who lived here during the Ming and Qing dynasties, shikumen architecture, literature, etc. If she doesn't know something, she takes the trouble to find out for you. I really enjoyed her guiding and learned so much about historical Shanghai from her. I was thrilled that she was guiding me on my next tour of the French Concession. I enjoyed the French Concession tour very much, but I think this tour of the old city was my favourite because I would never have found these places by myself, let alone make sense of them and appreciate their intrinsic hidden beauty although masked by much bamboo scaffolding!. I loved finding out so much about the daily lives of Shanghainese people in the past and present. Penny makes it all come alive!