Old & New Shanghai Photo Walk

Old & New Shanghai Photo Walk

Saturdays at 1:30pm

Duration 3.5 hours

$35 USD per person

Approx. 40 minutes walking

The Essentials:

Shanghai has been a symbol of globalization since it opened up to the world 200 years ago. Each neighborhood is a snapshot into time, telling a unique story about the world when the bricks were laid onto each other. Walk through this living gallery and pose or shoot your way through 11 locations with a guide who has all the angles. In addition to your own photos, our guide will help you take photos and provide 9 professionally edited photos after each tour.


11 distinct locations with multiple shots & angles at each destination, plus photos during the walk along the way.

Group Size

Small groups of 2-10 people per tour.

Start & End Location

This tour starts at Hailun Road Subway Station. An email will be sent with detailed meeting location details immediately after booking. The tour ends on Liyang Road, near the International Cruise Terminal Subway Station.

Equipment Needed

No special equipment is needed for this tour. Most guests use their mobile phones to take pictures. Cameras of any kind are also welcome and your guide can help you take photos.

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This tour is no longer offered, but we do have other tours in Shanghai available.

About This Tour:

The modern history of Shanghai is fixed into the cityscape and can be seen on foot on our chronological Shanghai photo walk. After the First Opium War in 1842, China conceded Shanghai to the British as an international port, building the foundations of modern Shanghai in a sleepy fishing town. In 1850, refugees fleeing the Taiping revolution fought to live in the safety of foreign concessions and adapted Western-style terrace houses, creating the unique architectural style that opens this tour.

Then immerse yourself in unique French and Chinese inspired modernist architecture from the 1930s in a slaughterhouse built to accommodate the rising urban population and their expensive taste for meat. All while seeing Pudong’s iconic skyline, from many angles and foregrounds.

Shoot smoky desserts at our sit-down stop. Get a glimpse of the future of Shanghai’s architecture, and see why it’s become the iconic city of cyberpunk aesthetic. End the tour at an urban farm with Shanghai’s modern skyline as the backdrop, and try your hand at harvesting, or enjoy a cold drink before the sunset.

Old New Shanghai Photo Walk Laneway Photo
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What You'll Get:

Old New Shanghai Photo Walk Phone Photo

Your local guide is also your personal photographer, who is experienced with the best angles, poses, and framing at each location.

Old New Shanghai Photo Walk Factory Edit

Get 9 professionally edited pics of yourself after the tour to supplement your own snaps - most guests rack up about 50-100 photos on their own.

Old New Shanghai Photo Walk Dessert Smoke

Try a special dessert that tastes as good as it looks. This is optional, cost not included in tour, and huge in portions - feel free to share!

Old New Shanghai Photo Walk Rooftop Urban Garden

Finish at a rooftop urban farm with a drink and pick a few veggies - included in the price of the tour, all while snapping some shots of Shanghai's amazing skyline.

Photos You'll Take:

Old New Shanghai Photo Walk Street View
Old New Shanghai Photo Walk Pudong Skyline
Old New Shanghai Photo Walk Factory Concrete
Old New Shanghai Photo Walk Dessert Hotpot
Old New Shanghai Photo Walk Alley Guest
Old New Shanghai Photo Walk Wall Art
Old New Shanghai Photo Walk Skyline View Garden
Old New Shanghai Photo Walk Factory Guest
Old New Shanghai Photo Walk Friends Cafe
Old New Shanghai Photo Walk Alley Windows
Old New Shanghai Photo Walk Pudong View Garden
Old New Shanghai Photo Walk Tuktuk Alley

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Customer Reviews:


“What can I say? It was a fantastic day out with my friends and fiancé and we will have those pictures forever now. The tour guide was awesome! She spoke perfect English and had a great sense of humour. Spending 5 hours taking pictures of others must of been hard work but she has so much energy. All I can say is if you want to have an awesome experience of seeing the old and new and cherish the memories for a lifetime, this is the tour for you.”

Joshua H

May 2020


“What a fun afternoon!! I did this tour together with my husband and friends and we had an amazing time! I have been on multiple tours with Lost Plate and it’s always a great experience. Our guide was knowledgable and took us to places we hadn’t been yet (I’ve been in BJ for 7 years). Ruixi took the time to take wonderful photos and really knew how to get the best shots. Definitely recommend this tour!”


May 2020

COVID Travel & Safety in China:

  • China is Open for Tourism: Effective March 2023, Chinese embassies around the world began re-issuing tourist visas for entry into China. Existing, valid, and unexpired visas, regardless of issue date, are also valid – as is visa-free transit in select cities. There are no quarantine or vaccination requirements in China.
  • Flexible Cancellation Policy: We have always offered one of the most flexible cancellation policies in the industry and that hasn’t changed. You are able to reschedule your tour or receive a 100% refund for all cancellations made at least 24 hours before the tour start time. Your reservations with Lost Plate are worry-free.
  • Symptom-Free: We ask that any guide or guest showing symptoms such as fever, cough, or shortness of breath, not join the tour out of respect for other guests and our vendors.
  • Masks: Masks are not required during the tour, but you will occasionally see locals wearing one in public. Free free to wear a mask if you prefer.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Nope! Most guests just bring their phones and are able to take great photos. If you have a favorite camera or device, you are more than welcome to bring those as well. A tripod is not necessary as the lighting is strong and your guide will be able to help you take photographs.

This is a walking tour; let’s just get that out of the way. This tour covers about 3 km/ 1.8 miles by foot, so we recommend leaving the heels at home. This distance is split up between 4 destinations, but you will be on your feet for the duration of the tour. Dress comfortably for the weather and get ready to explore Beijing!

Since capacity is limited, adults and children pay the same price for this tour. Children 3 and under are free.

The tour starts at 1:30pm at the Hailun Road Subway Station. You’ll get the exact address, directions, and transportation details immediately after booking.

The tour ends on Liyang Road, near the International Cruise Terminal Subway Station. Your guide will point you in the right direction for wherever you need to go next, or you are welcome to stay at the park as long as you like!

Our minimum is 2 and maximum is 10. There’s no flag to follow, or megaphone, or tacky uniforms. This is a small, intimate group where you’ll get plenty of face time in front of the camera and with your local guide.

This tour lasts about 3.5 hours, but this can depend on the size of the group.

All of our tours are rain-or-shine, so we suggest you dress for the weather. In rare cases of extreme weather, your guide will cancel the tour and provide a full refund.

Yes we do! If you would like to book a special tour for your organization, group or a special occasion, just contact us and we’ll take care of you.

We have many happy customers who do more than one of our tours in Beijing and across China! We have designed our tours to focus only on destinations and food from each city. This means that each tour, story, and vibe is unique to each tour and there aren’t any repeats.

We encourage you to pick the tours that best fit your itinerary and we offer a 10% discount if booking more than one tour.

We sure do! If you decide to do more than one tour with us we are happy to offer you a 10% discount off your total amount. It doesn’t matter if the tour is in the same city or a different city, we want to keep feeding you as long as you let us. Our online booking system will automatically deduct the discount from your total if booking online at the same time. If you decide to add more tours later, your original confirmation email will include a promo code to use on those bookings.

Bookings cancelled 2 days (48 hours) or more before your tour are fully refundable (100% refund). Bookings cancelled within 48 hours notice are not refundable. Cancellations must be communicated by email to info@lostplate.com or by phone. If you would like to reschedule your tour with less than 48 hours notice, we will need to charge 50% of your total since we are unable to fill your spots at short notice.

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Old & New Shanghai Photo Walk


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