Shanghai’s Haipai Cultural Tour
Shanghai developed from the influx of foreign influence flowing into its port, so the city’s blend of east meets west culture, unique in China, is called haipai , or ocean style, by the locals. On this full day experience with our cultural expert, you’ll experience the various dimensions of the city, from its quickly disappearing old lanes and alleyways to the hidden gems of the tree-lined former French Concession. Based on your preference, we’ll utilize the convenient subways or taxis to navigate the city, which is also part of the immersive urban experience. Perfect for first time visitors, our cultural expert will balance your day between the must-see highlights and the off-the-beaten paths where only intrepid wanderers tread. You’ll observe the real Shanghai unfold beyond the polished tourism attractions, and engage with locals when the opportunity arises. View stunning villas and the city’s unique shikumen homes, or photograph some of the city’s oldest houses, protected but shabby, still whispering stories of years gone by. Finally, discover the classic Chinese garden estate of Yu Yuan, and hear of the privileged life of a retired government official who lived during the 1500s.
Explore other aspects of Chinese culture within the city of Shanghai. Meals and public transport are additional but minimal cost, or contact us to arrange a private car and driver.
8:45 am meet and depart from the lobby of your Shanghai city center hotel
5:00 pm arrive back at your hotel
Cost: includes culture expert
Excludes: tickets, transport, and meals, which are minimal and will be customized based on your needs
2 guests, US $180.00 per person
Each additional guest, add US $50.00 per person
Children 12 and under, add US$35.00 per person
Your culture specialist will discuss how to integrate these into your itinerary, if desired.
Confucius School with Incense Ceremony
Shanghai’s only former Confucius school is surprisingly serene and free from tour groups due to its hidden location. It provides an insightful and entertaining study into how Confucius single-handedly changed China’s ruling class system that led to the collapse of the last dynasty. Participate in an incense-burning ceremony to wish for academic or career success. Great fun for the kiddos! US $5 per person.
Bird & Cricket Market
Visit Shanghai’s oldest bird & cricket market to learn about the ancient practice of grasshopper collection and cricket fighting. We’ll discuss the middle class pastime of bainong culture, and discover how walnut collecting can improve your health.
Propaganda Poster Museum
Hidden away in the basement of a residential apartment complex lies the city’s best-kept secret: a private collection of propaganda art from 1949 until the 1970’s. Let this powerful and insightful art form offer a glimpse into China’s political history-its surprising successes and regrettable failures. Dominating the theme is criticism of ‘imperialist’ countries such as the USA and Great Britain. US $5 per person
Shanghai’s well-known riverfront promenade embodies both the city’s humiliation by ‘foreign imperialists’ and it’s dramatic rise to the financial capital of China. This walk will feature stories about the Bund’s most iconic buildings and how its development changed over the past 150 years. Visit the Peace Hotel, known for it’s dramatic art deco interior and the colorful stories of its 1920’s developer.
Xintiandi / Site of the First Congress of the Communist Party
An urban attraction that embodies the historical legacy of the city infused with international boutiques, restaurants, and galleries, it also contains the site of the founding of the Communist party. The vision of the developer has proven so successful that the word “Xintiandi” has become an adjective describing other similarly developed areas throughout China, and has become the place for the post 80s generation to see and be seen. Visit the Shikumen Open House museum to experience the flavor of a middle class, well-educated family of the 1930s. US $5 per person
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