Shanghai, China

Lost and Forgotten Shanghai

with Janny C.

Janny C.

Discover Shanghai's sometimes colorful, sometimes nightmarish past that's hidden in the city's small streets and old neighborhoods with this special walking tour to the historic part of Shanghai. At the oldest Shanghai city corner, you will explore an ancient area, known as the Family Qiao's Road which dated back to this amazing city's origin. It was the heart and soul of Shanghai where temples for the Medicine God and the first local gov. was located, now you could still find some century old family houses located there. We will discover some amazing stories of the richest trading family in Shanghai, the well respected Qiao Family, and a rich artist who befriended with Japanese but later on became a monk. Then you will walk into the heavenly light lane – the very first street where Shanghai set up the public electronic light, locals regarded the light as sent from the heaven and guided people safely home. Over there, you will discover the Grey Gardens in Shanghai, known as the Secluded Library, it is the remnant of a lavish garden complex built in the 16th century by a famous scholar who was living alone in his vast mansion surrounded by literary treasures. The house covering 2,272 square metres, with 99 rooms. During the Cultural Revolution, a toy factory and workers’ dormitory came to occupy this once regal courtyard. Now a woman aged 57, the descendants of this rich family stay at a single room in the center of the sprawling, decrepit compound. Sadly the exquisite sculptures in the brick and roof beams are broken, the colour is fading, and some walls have even toppled over and need to be supported by posts but you can still sense the rich history which can be find nowhere else.

Tour is 2hrs, Meeting Point: Direction's in both Chinese and English will be provided for you to arrive at our starting point.

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Janny C.

We take you behind the scenes of a destination to reveal it's hidden gems and appreciate the Chinese culture. The owner of Shanghai Pathway – a Shanghai based tour agency that offers Unique Day Trips, Walking Tours and Chinese Culture Experiences. Janny Chyn has been featured in media outlets including the Courier, CNNgo, Tripadvisor and TimeOut. Living in Shanghai, she realized how difficult it was for visitors to experience and discover the real Shanghai. This ultimately compelled her to establish her tour company as a platform to engage learning and understanding through culture activities such as day trip, walking tour, cooking classes, food tours, and lectures. In addition to designing and hosting various tours and events, Janny also provided travel planning, logistical support, and full-service concierge services to large client groups and corporate clients. She is a business consultant, artist, tea master and student of Traditional Chinese Medicine. She has extensively traveled around the world and spends time researching Chinese history and heritage traditions. Janny has also successfully worked with corporate clients: Google, JP Morgan, The Macmillan Group, Henkel, World Fuel Services, Rabobank, Shanghai Centre, Spirax Sarco, Slow Food, The Travel Yogi, Saint Mary's College of California, Ctrip, Malosa Medical, Ranpak, Concordia International School, SEA, AWCS, etc. Full profile Leave a Review

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