Old City is the area inside the the ancient walled city of Shanghai, the city walls ringed the city around what is today Remin & Zhonghua streets. During the era of foreign concessions, the old city remained exclusively Chinese, and foreigners seldom ventured there. These days there are more foreigners, and while the attractions here, touted as the old Shanghai is rather touristy, they are undeniably picturesque. Neither is the "Old Town" exclusively old, tall modern buildings have - like in the rest of the city - started shooting up around the two main streets intersecting the district, but you still have a chance to take in the atmosphere if you wonder into the quaint side streets.
Temple of the Town Gods (城隍廟 Chénghuángmiào), 249 Bangzhong Road, . A well-known Taoist temple not far from Yuyuan, the biggest example of traditional Chinese architecture in Shanghai. You can find local snacks and food, as well as other traditional Chinese decorations.
Dajing Tower, Dajing Lu 269.
Old City Wall, Dajingge Lu 269. The small surviving part of the city wall
Jiu Qu Qiao Bridge.
In the Yuyuan Garden
Yuyuan Garden (Garden of Contentment) (豫园), Chenxiangge Lu 29, ☎ 021-63282465, 021-63260830, . A traditional Chinese Ming style private garden, originally built in 1559 but ransacked and restored several times since then. Entry to the garden is an expensive Y30, but worth it for the many exquisite Chinese pavilions, seemingly never-ending paths, and sculpted gardens within. Near the garden, the famous zigzag bridge and its teahouse (see Drink) can be visited. The bazaar near the garden is always crowded with both Chinese and Western tourists.¥40.
Chenxiang Ge Temple.
Baiyun Guan Temple, Baiyun Guan Lu.
Xiaotayuan Mosque, Xiaotaoyuan Jie 52.
Wenmiao Temple, Wenmiao Lu 215.
Laocheng (Old Town) Huang Miao. Take photos of the old style buildings in the Laocheng (Old Town) Huang Miao shopping district. Come back at night after 6.30 pm when the lights are on for an experience. Eat upstairs at one of the restaurants overlooking the square on Yu Yuan Lu (a pond criss-crossed by a zig-zag bridge and tea room) and see the reflections of the night lights. (The entrance to Yu Yuan Gardens can be found in the centre of this interesting area).
XiLiuPu fabric market is a warren of tailor shops offering custom made clothes from tuxedoes to men's shirts and suits to knock of Chanel jackets and qipao as well as business attire for women. The choices and stands were overwhelming. The prices are rock bottom cheap but also expect a lot tinkering afterwards as your tailor will not be able to remake something as you like unless you tell her exactly what you want. That said, I had two wool suit jackets for 250 RMB. I took them home to my tailor to have it re-adjusted, so if you are frustrated, get the rough cut and go home to some one who knows what you want. The tailoring itself is average, but the prices are not to be beat. I wish I had gotten more tailored feminine shirts for work. Next to an old City Market where you will see badgers, bear claws and interspecies intimacies.
Fuyou Antique Market.
HMid-Lake Pavilion Teahouse (湖心亭 Húxīntíng). In the Yuyuan Gardens and reached by a 9-legged zigzag path to stop evil spirits. One of the most famous tea houses in all of China. A glass (not a pot) of your tea of choice is ¥20-25 downstairs and ¥40-55 upstairs — upstairs you'll get nice views, respite from the crowds, free snacks and even a souvenir or two. Pressure-free.