Shanghai is a very walkable city and with these walking tours, you'll be able to pass a very nice afternoon and feel proud of yourself for navigating so well through a foreign land. All you need is a map (ask for a free one at your hotel), and you're off!
Here are some Shanghai walking tours to choose from.
Puxi Bund Building Tour
There are a number of great walks to do around Shanghai's Historic Bund.
This Building Tour walk gives you a quick introduction to the famous buildings along the Puxi side of Shanghai's Bund. This is a pleasant walk to do during the daytime or at night and can be combined with meals and drinks as many of the buildings have fantastic (but high-end) restaurants with terraces and bars.
Fuxing Road Walking and Shopping Tour
This leisurely walk takes you on a stroll down the western part of Fuxing Road within the former French Concession. The tour highlights the shopping along the street but there are also lots of restaurants, cafes, wine bars and even a micro-brewery that are worth a stop if you're hungry or thirsty.
Shaoxing Road — Taikang Road (Tianzifang) Walking Tour
This tour is nice, especially if you have kids with you, as there's a park stop on Shaoxing Road and plenty of gelato on Taikang Road (in the alleys between Taikang Road and Jian Guo Road called "Tianzifang" or 田子坊) to help them along. Shaoxing Road is one of my favorites in the former French Concession and Taikang Road is full of alleys to wander through.
Honkou Neighborhood Jewish Quarter Walking Tour
Shanghai's Honkou district was home to a thriving Jewish community pre-WWII as thousands escaped Nazi Germany to come to Shanghai where no visas or passports were required at the time. After the Japanese invaded Shanghai, under pressure from Germany, the Jews were interned in the ghetto until Allied Liberation. This walking tour lets you see some of Shanghai's fascinating — but quickly vanishing — history as old buildings get demolished to make way for high-rise residential and office buildings.
West Bund Recreation and Museum Walk
The area now referred to as the West Bund is a great place to walk, especially with kids. It's a big open space with big areas to run and climb. And you can guide your walk toward the contemporary art museums located on the riverside making it fun for parents and kids.
This tour gets you across the river into Pudong on a walking tour that can be as horizontal — or vertical — as you want it to be. With all those skyscrapers, you can visit the top of every single one adding a new dimension to the traditional walking tour. There's plenty here for the kids as well with a lot of different museums and recreational facilities aimed at families.
Eating and Walking — A Street Food Tour
Add another dimension to your walking tour by eating your way along it. Shanghai's UnTour Company has a number of tours that you can join where you walk and eat your way through Shanghai. I've done a noodle tour and a night market with UnTour and I find it absolutely one of the most fun ways to explore the city.