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 Lu, . 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, 269 Dajing Lu.
Old City Wall, 269 Dajingge Lu 269. The small surviving part of the city wall
Jiu Qu Qiao Bridge.
Yuyuan Garden (Garden of Contentment) (豫园), 29 Chenxiangge Lu, ☎ +86 021-63282465, . A traditional Chinese Ming-style private garden, originally built in 1559 but ransacked and restored several times since then. Entrance price is 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 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 this heavily popular shopping and eating area. Come after 6:30PM when the lights show off the beauty of the buildings in a new way. Eat upstairs at one of the restaurants overlooking the square on Yu Yuan Lu (a pond criss-crossed by a zigzag bridge and tea room) and see the reflections of the lights. (The entrance to Yu Yuan Gardens can be found in the centre of this interesting area).
Fuyou Antique Market.
Xiliupu Fabric Market, (Next to an Old Town market where you will see badgers, bear claws and interspecies intimacies). A warren of tailor shops offering custom made clothes, from tuxedoes to dress shirts to fake designer jackets and qipao. The prices are cheap but expect a lot tinkering afterward as your tailor will not be able to remake something as you like unless you tell her exactly what you want. The tailoring itself is average.
Xiaolongbao. The ever-popular xiaolongbao ("steamed dumpling") restaurant is popular for take-away and sit-down, but if you stay, be prepared to sit elbow-to-elbow with other patrons. The line for take-away is quite long and takes 90 min or more before soaking your teeth in some of the best (and cheapest) xiaolongbao in Shanghai.¥20.
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.