Small-Group Shanghai Tour: Community Center Visit and Dumpling Making

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Get an in-depth look at culture in Shanghai with visits to both a community center and a local family’s home. With your local English-speaking guide, join retired inhabitants of a Shanghai community center in entertaining activities like singing, dancing and ping-pong. Learn about the unique lifestyles of Shanghai locals on a walking tour of a neighborhood market. Then, discover the secret to making traditional wonton dumplings in the home of a local family. Enjoy an illuminating experience of Shanghai and its residents with your passionate and knowledgeable guide.


This small-group tour is limited to 10 people, ensuring a more personalized experience.

Take a break from Shanghai’s large-scale attractions and instead get an authentic experience of Shanghai through the eyes of a local on this small-group tour to the city’s less-traveled areas.

After pickup from your Shanghai hotel, head to Caoyang New Village, Shanghai’s first community center established in the Putuo district in the 1950s. You and your guide will be welcomed by the friendly neighborhood committee who will act as your ambassadors during your visit.

Explore the community center and learn about its history and the significant contributions it has made in community building and creating affordable collective housing. You’ll be introduced to many elderly folks residing in this area and stroll down memory lane with them as they recount memorable events from their life. Join them in a variety of activities like dancing and singing -- you’ll be surprised by how much energy they have during a game of ping-pong!

After these fun-filled activities, board your air-conditione vehicle once more to head to a local neighborhood wet market. Stroll the winding aisles with your guide and discover Shanghai's market culture while speaking with some of the market's vendors. Then, follow your guide to the home of a local family. Experience the warmth of customary Shanghai hospitality as you are welcomed into the home of these longtime residents. Here, learn how to make delectable local cuisine ofwonton dumplings and wonton soup. Then, share stories with your newfound friends over a pot of fresh, homemade wonton soup.

What's included

  • Small-group tour
  • Local english-speaking guide
  • Dumpling-making demonstration
  • Lunch or dinner (depending on departure time)
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Transport by air-conditioned vehicle

What isn't included

  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Food and drinks, unless specified