Guided tour

Gangster Tour: 2.5 hour Shanghai Walking Tour

Activity provider: Newman Tours
Guided tour

Gangster Tour: 2.5 hour Shanghai Walking Tour

Activity provider: Newman Tours

From US$ 73.31 per person

Explore Shanghai’s colonial underworld on a gangster tour through the most famous streets. Learn the art of chopstick pickpocketing, how to cheat at blackjack, and how to shoot like a criminal kingpin!

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Duration 2 hours
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Wheelchair accessible


  • Explore the gangster underworld of Shanghai
  • See where one of the richest opium dealers in Shanghai once lived
  • Admire the house where one of Shanghai’s wealthiest banking families lived and find out how dog food brought a bloody end to it’s empire
  • Visit the luxurious mansion presented to Shanghai's most powerful criminal mastermind
  • See the clubhouse in which “Big Eared” Du stored his opium and find out how he avoided arrest
  • See where the Chinese customs officer once lived, and discover why he was such a thorn in the side of “Big Eared” Du
  • Visit the mansion that was built by a Dutch con-man who got away with daylight robbery
  • See where the White Russians used to live and work
  • Stroll past the former home of Chiang Kai Shek and find out just how corrupt he really was
Full description
This 2-hour tour of Shanghai takes you on a journey into its notorious gangster underbelly. You will learn about the crime lords who once ruled the city like kings, from “Big Eared” Du with his lucky monkey heads, to “Pockmarked” Huang and his police car drug distribution. Guests on the Gangster Tour will have exclusive access to a set of colonial costumes and accessories provided by Newman Tours to get them in the mood. After meeting your guide, you will be taken around the French Concession as it was in the 1930s and be told the darkest tales and deepest secrets behind the lives of Shanghai's most powerful gangsters and leading criminal families. Visit famous haunts and hidden corners, including a property that once belonged to one of the world’s most influential families. Find out how to cheat at Black Jack and Craps and learn how colonial Shanghai’s casinos ensured that they always came out on top. If hanging round criminal estates and learning how to cheat still hasn’t got your heart pumping, then how about shooting some guns? If you are game, as an optional extra, you can be taken to a shooting range where you can participate in a “Cops and Robbers” shooting competition.
  • English native speaking tour guide
  • All admission fees
  • Transportation to and from start and end point of tour (this can be arranged as an additional service in your choice of taxi or private vehicle upon request)
  • Tax invoices (available for an additional 15% of the total cost of the tour)
  • Additional fees

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Meeting point

Outside exit 3 of Changshu Road Metro Station (lines 7 & 1) near the junction between Huaihai Road and Changshu Road.

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Important information

Not allowed

  • Intoxication
  • Unaccompanied minors

Know before you go

  • Newman Tours reserves the right to cancel tours by informing confirmed attendees at least 3 hours in advance
  • The guide will not wait for guests more than 10 minutes after the scheduled start time of the tour
  • Children under 16 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
  • Please provide proof of student or child status in the form of valid identification
  • Guests who take part in Newman Tours do so at their own risk
  • The tour supplier reserves the right to refuse people the right to attend and if necessary remove them from their tours if they are intoxicated, aggressive or offensive
  • The tour supplier reserves the right to alter the listed content of tours as a result of bad weather or location inaccessibility; in doing so, the supplier will try to ensure that equally high quality alternative content is provided
Customer reviews

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Great tour guide

Great tour guide but far too long for understanding after 2h 30min at 37 degrees we were completely kao. Actually, there should have been a break from drinking. But the tour was very exciting and informative.

August 1, 2019

Product ID: 21873