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Shanghai: 3-Hour Local Food Tasting Tour

1. Shanghai: 3-Hour Local Food Tasting Tour

Explore the local restaurant scene of Shanghai on a 3-hour food tasting tour of the city center. Start in the Xintiandi area to taste one of the best dumpling soups in the city. Then, go to the Yunnan Road to sit down at 3 different restaurants and a dessert shop. Marvel at the change in architecture as you move from the French Concession to the shikumen-style buildings that combine western and Chinese elements. Sample authentic dishes such as parched chicken, red-braised pork, scallion oil noodles, candied lotus rice and moon cakes. Try a cup of Longjing green tea or Fujian black tea and get a local insight into life in Shanghai.

Shanghai: Xintiandi, CCP Museum and French Concession Tour

2. Shanghai: Xintiandi, CCP Museum and French Concession Tour

After meeting your guide at the meeting point or being picked up from your hotel, start this private tour that explores the most important sites in Shanghai. The first stop will be Tianzifang, a cozy neighborhood housing some of Shanghai's most interesting and creative businesses. Your guide will then walk you to the Former French Concession, also known as the FFC, and bring you to the Shanghai Associated House Common Pleas. Listen to the interesting stories about how the UK, US and France ran their courts in Shanghai. Next, head to the Sinan Mansions, an area where only Western villas were allowed to be built. Visit the former residence of general Zhou Enlai, housed in a beautiful French-style building, which was also used as the Shanghai Office of the Delegates of the Communist Party of China. Then marvel at Dr Sun Yat-Sen’s former residence, where most of the elements remain untouched. Learn about how he influenced the revolution in China and how he is still one of the most renowned figures in Chinese society.  Finally, visit the Xintiandi, where the CCP was formed. Visit the site of the first National Congress of the CCP to learn how they came into power in China. Your tour will conclude here. You can get advice from your local guide about eateries or bars in the surrounding area.

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.

Shanghai: Craft Beer Tasting in Former French Concession

4. Shanghai: Craft Beer Tasting in Former French Concession

Take a 3-hour craft beer tasting tour around the former French Concession area in Shanghai. Discover 3 of the best breweries Shanghai has to offer and savor 6 glasses of beer. Greet your local guide at the front gate of Langham hotel. Start off your evening by sampling local wheat beer, pale ale, or dark stout at The Brewer, a gastropub in the Xintiandi area. Next, stroll through Shanghai’s Old City and get an intimate glimpse of the residences and alleyways in this most traditional of neighborhoods. Enjoy a delicious treat of Shanghai-style dumplings, such as potstickers or wontons, and receive an introduction to local rice wine in a traditional liquor store with your guide. A 15-minute walk through other historic neighborhoods brings you to Sinan Mansions, a set of private villas dating back to the 1920s that have been renovated into an upscale lifestyle destination. Here, find the award-winning Boxing Cat Brewery, and try unique craft pilsners, lagers, stouts, and rotating specials on tap. The tour ends at Shanghai Brewery near Fuxing Park to taste even more craft beers. At the end of the night, your tour guide will help you hail a taxi back to your hotel.

Private Gangster Tour: 2-Hour Shanghai Walking Tour

5. Private Gangster Tour: 2-Hour Shanghai Walking Tour

This private 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 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 will be taken to a shooting range to participate in a “Cops and Robbers” shooting competition.

Gangster Tour: 2.5 hour Shanghai Walking Tour

6. Gangster Tour: 2.5 hour Shanghai Walking Tour

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.

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What people are saying about Shanghai French Concession

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 75 reviews

What a great evening. Between jet lag and all day sightseeing, it can be a little hard to stay motivated for evening tours. Jim made us completely forget about our tiredness as we were completely absorbed in his descriptions and stories of local neighborhood food, culture, and history. The amount of food and portions were great for us, so we didn’t feel guilty for not eating all that was presented, and we didn’t leave feeling hungry. Everything was so tasty and fresh. Highly recommended!!!!

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!)

We had an amazing tour with our guide Jim! He picked us up on time and showed us many different small restaurants and places were we get the chance to taste dumplings, noodles, bbq, tea,... The food was excellent and Jim told us a lot about the Chinese culture, people and mentality. We really recommend doing this tour!

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