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THE BUND TOUR
ANCIENT SHANGHAI

Getting There


- The Standard Meeting Point for Public, Private & Select Ancient Shanghai Tours is outside exit one of Yuyuan Metro station (Line 10) next to the junction between Renmin Road and South Henan Road 豫园地铁站一号出口


  1. -Meeting Point Directions

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both English and Chinese

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It provided us with loads of information that we never would have picked up on had it not been for the tour. It was also presented in an amusing style and the interactive elements worked well.”

Utterinertia - Aberdeen, Scotland

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Ancient Shanghai Tour Summary


Long before the foreign concessions and the skyscrapers, Shanghai was a prosperous Chinese town surrounded with protective walls and bustling with trade and commerce. The Ancient Shanghai Tour takes you back in time to see what remains of Shanghai’s ancient past, including the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644AD) Yu Yuan Gardens and Taoist City God Temple.


And after the tour then why not try your hand at a spot of archery? That’s right, as an optional extra we offer you the chance to practice an art that played a central role in the life of ancient China’s literati, and was once taught by the great philosopher Confucius.

Pricing Summary

(prices in Chinese Renminbi per person)





*14 years old or younger.


Tour Types


  1. Private Ancient Shanghai Tours (2 hours) can be scheduled for your private group at any time you like but require a minimum of 3 adult guests (or the financial equivalent thereof). They are inclusive of entrance to Yuyuan Gardens and the City God Temple.


  1. Private Archery Shooting Competitions (1.5 hours) are an optional extra. They are inclusive of taxis to the shooting gallery and 36 arrows. Please note guests must be aged 10 or above to participate and must bring their passports or photocopies thereof in order to be able to compete.


























  1. Select Archery Shooting Competitions (1.5 hours) are an optional extra. They are inclusive of taxis to the shooting gallery and 36 arrows. Please note guests must be aged 10 or above to participate and must bring their passports or photocopies thereof in order to be able to compete.


  1. For full terms and conditions please see the bottom of this page.

Media Comments


“The tour is a highly engaging experience, offering historical and factual information told in an imaginative and informative way. From the fascinating insights into the carefully crafted art of Chinese garden design to the fun interactive bits, there’s something to keep everyone entertained.”

Jesamine Murray, Shanghai Talk

  1. Select Ancient Shanghai Tours (2.5 hours) are led by Newman Tours’ senior guides, and guarantee the provision of an iPad to enhance the content of your tour. They can start at any time you want, and feature exclusive content described in italics in the Tour Schedule. They require a minimum of 3 adult guests (or the financial equivalent thereof). They are inclusive of entrance to Yuyuan Gardens, a traditional Chinese peepshow, and entrance to the City God Temple

Select Tours are led by

Newman Tours’ Managing Director.

Ancient Shanghai Tour Schedule


Meet outside exit 1 of Yu Yuan Metro Station (line 10).


• Walk through the bustling Yu Yuan Market and find out what people would have traded there in imperial times.


Enter the stunning Yu Yuan Gardens, learn about the paradoxical aspirations of the man that commissioned it, and discover why it was not finished in time.


• Feed the beautiful carp of Yu Yuan Gardens with our fish food and hear the Chinese legend that explains the strange markings on their foreheads.


Learn how to appreciate the sophisticated art of Ancient Chinese Gardens including their use of “feng shui”, “borrowing” and “representation”.


• Make a wish as we hand out lucky coins to throw into a wishing well that is said to have extraordinarily good feng shui.


• Admire the legendary Exquisite Jade Rock, and discover how it ended up in Yu Yuan Gardens despite being intended for an Emperor.


• Guests on the Select Ancient Shanghai Tour will also get to enjoy a traditional Chinese peepshow on the way from Yu Yuan Gardens to the City God Temple.


• Explore the bustling City God Temple, meet your personal Taoist protector, and learn how you yourself can become a god in China.















Learn the way of the Tao in Shanghai’s City God Temple


• Meet the leading figures in the Taoist pantheon including a god that used to cut peoples heads off with his Green Dragon Crescent Blade and a goddess that used to be a man.






The Yu Garden of Shanghai was built by the Ming Dynasty official, Pan Yunduan.
Explore the Yu Garden on our Ancient Shanghai Tour
Newman Tours' Select Ancient Shanghai Tours are led by Daniel Newman, the founder of Newman Tours.
After the Ancient Shanghai Tour guests have the option of joining us for an archery competition.
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The Ancient Shanghai Tour

Archery Competition Schedule


• Take taxis to archery venue (private vehicles available upon request).


• Listen to an introduction about the cultural significance of archery in ancient Chinese culture, and find out why the great philosopher Confucius once taught it.


• Learn how to fire a bow and arrow accurately and safely.


• Its time to let the arrows fly! Fire your first twenty-four shots, and your professional instructor will adjust your technique as you go along.

















Learn how to shoot like a true Confucian scholar


• Now its competition time. Take careful aim with your last 12 arrows because your best five shots will determine whether or not you take victory.


• Count your score and get your guide to verify and add it to the all important scoreboard.

• Drumroll please... it’s time to find who has won the competition.

• All guests on the Select Ancient Shanghai Tour will be awarded prizes for the archery competition.

  1. No matter what Confucius might have thought about your archery, you can still take your target home with you to remember your unique Ancient Shanghai experience.

Pricing Summary

(prices in Chinese Renminbi per person)






*14 years old or younger.