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Shanghai: Full-Day Sightseeing Tour with Lunch

1. Shanghai: Full-Day Sightseeing Tour with Lunch

Your tour guide and driver will pick you up at your Shanghai hotel at around 8:30 AM. The full-day tour begins with a drive to Shanghai Old Street, a business thoroughfare that today boasts a number of tourist attractions, shops, entertainment venues and cultural exhibits. Continue on to Yuyuan Garden, the largest of Shanghai's ancient gardens, featuring Ming and Qing architectural styles. Enjoy the experience of Yu Garden typical Shanghai tea. Next on the itinerary is a stop at The Bund, which for years was the symbol of Shanghai. New financial and commercial houses as well as grand buildings built in the 1930s in the European architectural styles cluster along the Bund. Stop at a local restaurant for a Chinese lunch and later visit the Shanghai Old Wax Figure Museum. Get a sense of the city throughout history through the museum’s scenes of everyday life in Shanghai. After a shopping stop at the Pearl City, you’ll head to a typical alley at Tianzifang. The legacy residential buildings and factories have been transformed into bars, cafes, crafts shops, design studios, galleries and boutiques. Take a walk around the Old French Concession, which is a perfect opportunity for a trip back in time to experience what the French colonial quarter was like. At the end of the tour, you’ll be transferred back to your hotel, arriving by 18:00.

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Shanghai: 8-Hour Private City Tour

2. Shanghai: 8-Hour Private City Tour

With complete flexibility, follow this itinerary or create your own for a unique Shanghai experience. After meeting your guide at your downtown location, start this 8-hour private tour at the Yu Yuan Garden. Explore the Shanghai Old Street before taking a break in an ancient Chinese tea house. Following tea, head to the People Square to see the City Hall and its surrounding buildings. Stroll along the Xintiandi in the charming former French Concession before enjoying lunch on your own. In the afternoon, marvel at the sacred 19th-century Jade Buddha Temple. Then, head to Bund, which is Shanghai's picturesque waterfront. Admire its soaring skyline and views of the Huangpu River. Drive to Pudong Business and Financial Center where all of the main skyscrapers are located. See the tallest building, Shanghai Tower, as well as the Bottle Opener and Jinmao Tower before being transferred back to your hotel or chosen downtown location.

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Shanghai: Private and Personalized Guided Tour

3. Shanghai: Private and Personalized Guided Tour

Book a private tour for 4 or 8 hours and inform the local partner of your preferences so that you can be assigned a like-minded guide to take you around the city. With complete flexibility, follow this itinerary or create your own for a unique Shanghai experience. After meeting your guide at your downtown location, start this 8-hour private tour at the Yu Yuan Garden. Explore the Shanghai Old Street before taking a break in an ancient Chinese tea house. Following tea, head to the People Square to see the City Hall and its surrounding buildings. Stroll along the Xintiandi in the charming former French Concession before enjoying lunch on your own. In the afternoon, marvel at the sacred 19th-century Jade Buddha Temple. Then, head to Bund, which is Shanghai's picturesque waterfront. Admire its soaring skyline and views of the Huangpu River. The last stop is the Pudong Business and Financial Center where all of the main skyscrapers are located. See the tallest building, Shanghai Tower, as well as the Shanghai World Finacial Center, and Jinmao Tower before being helped transfer back to your hotel or chosen downtown location.

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Shanghai: Herb Market, Taoist Temple and Tai Chi Bike Tour

4. Shanghai: Herb Market, Taoist Temple and Tai Chi Bike Tour

Explore traditional sites of Chinese medicine and religion on a 4-hour bike tour in Shanghai. Pass by many scenic spots, and practice Tai Chi in a famous park. Begin your tour at the meeting point with your local, English-speaking guide. Visit a centuries-old Taoist Temple that has been in existence since the time of the Ming Dynasty, and gain insight into ancient Chinese philosophy and native religion. Then, follow your guide to the largest traditional Chinese herbal medicine market in the country. Explore the theory and application of Chinese medicine, discover how the herbs are prescribed, and come to understand that the goal of treatment is to bring the body back into balance. Finally, take the chance to practice Tai Chi in an ancient park with a master of this martial art. Work on developing your inner power and harmony through the concentration, coordination, and relaxation of your mind, energy, and body. Throughout your tour, your guide will point out well-known, scenic sites, such as antique markets and the White Cloud Temple, as well as a street popular with foodies.

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Shanghai: Yu Garden and City God Temple Private Walking Tour

5. Shanghai: Yu Garden and City God Temple Private Walking Tour

Get an insider's perspective of the changing scene of Shanghai on a 3-hour guided walking tour that discovers old city sights as well as delicious street food. The tour begins with a visit to Yuyuan Garden, one of the finest private gardens in China, known for its classic landscape architecture. Wander down lively streets filled with local residents, sometimes still dressed in their pajamas. See tiny family-owned shops where you can rummage for bargain items. Then you'll visit the City God Temple, where local residents go to pray for good fortune and peace. The popularity of the temple led to many businesses being set up in the area, turning the surrounding streets into a busy traditional marketplace. Your guide can also take you on a stroll along the Yu Garden Old Street and to learn about the porcelain art, wooden crafts, and jewelry crafts in the bazaar. If you want to buy some souvenirs, feel free to ask your guide to bargain the best price for you.  Take the optional snack option so you will have a chance to try some Shanghai street food. Taste the famous Soup Dumplings (Xiaolongbao) and learn from the local guide about the flavor and consistency of the broth, the quality of the meat filling, and the texture of the dumplings' skin.

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Shanghai: Guided Bicycle Tour

6. Shanghai: Guided Bicycle Tour

Pedal your way to a new perspective in Shanghai. Explore the Shikumen architectural style that blends design characteristics of eastern and western cultures reflecting — the history of this great Chinese metropolis. Ride through Shanghai's narrow alleyways surrounded by stone houses and buildings on both sides, and catch a glimpse of the unique local lifestyle. Cycle along the picturesque Lu Xun Park and continue towards Yu Garden, an extensive Chinese garden located beside the City God Temple. Make stops at bustling street food stalls and antique stores along your journey, and listen to fascinating stories behind the building and sites you pass from your local guide.

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Shanghai: 2-Hour Family Walking Tour

7. Shanghai: 2-Hour Family Walking Tour

Enjoy a fun family stroll around Shanghai's city center, and see its cultural and architectural sights. Meet your guide and get ready for a relaxed tour of a bustling city. Discover a place of sites and historic buildings like the China Pavilion and City God Temple. Learn about the Yu Garden, as well as the second tallest building in the world. Experience a tour which is fun for the whole family, with a guide who is experienced with both children and adults alike. Learn what Shanghai is famous for, and what makes the city unique. Your guide will show you famous sites, as well taking you off the beaten track.

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What people are saying about Shanghai

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 2 reviews

I had one of the best sightseeing tours. I left all the planning to Tom and he came up trumps. During these Covid times he had planned ahead to ensure we could enter all the attractions I wanted to see. He was knowledgeable, relaxed and easy to talk to. I look forward to my next trip to Shanghai when I will book Tom again. I will also recommend him to friends and colleagues who visit Shanghai too.

Tom was an amazing tour guide who was flexible and wonderfully knowledgeable. He communicates so well both before and during the tour I learned so much from him about the local history and even the plans for the city in the future. Would definitely recommend you book his tour! (I travel extensively and he is one of the best most knowledgeable guides I’ve ever had!)

Our guide Tom was so informative. We learnt so much about Shanghai and their culture and history. We had some requirements which got sorted to make it a great experience. We got so much out of it in such a short time

Tom is a great guide. Vast knowledge about history, but also gives interesting facts about Chinese lifestyle. I enjoyed every moment. Definitely will recommend.

Tom was an amazing guide and he incredibly informative!