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Shanghai: Private Tour of the Shanghai Museum

1. Shanghai: Private Tour of the Shanghai Museum

Explore one of the best museums in Shanghai on a 3-hour guided tour of the Shanghai Museum. Learn about the ancient stories of Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans while taking in the stunning atmosphere.  Meet your guide and enter the museum before exploring the long history of China with thousands of masterpieces of ancient Chinese artworks. Some were even made 3000 years ago.  Witness the creativeness of the ancient Chinese and find all different shapes of wine cups here, whether shaped like a dog or a human being.  See the ceramics, calligraphy, bronze objects, and many other elements together with your guide. Whether you are an archaeology and history fan, or not, you can have a lot of fun on this tour.

Shanghai: Yu Garden and City God Temple Private Walking Tour

2. 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.

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: Xintiandi, CCP Museum and French Concession Tour

4. 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.

Real Shanghai: Zhujiajiao and Downtown 3-Day Tour

5. Real Shanghai: Zhujiajiao and Downtown 3-Day Tour

Day 1  From Shanghai airport or railway station, you will be greeted by your driver and transported to hotel for a short break. After a light lunch chosen on your own preference, head out beyond downtown Shanghai for Zhujiajiao Water Town. In this well preserved town, you will have chance to wander under shady trees, sampling various bridges. One remarkable experience in the town would be the silk making in the Silk Museum.   As the evening closes in, back to downtown Shanghai, hop on a night cruise. As the cruise slides over Huangpu River, enjoy dinner while appreciating the dazzling skyline of vibrant Shanghai. Once you land ashore, you will be transported back to your hotel for a sound night rest. Day 2  Today you will spend a full day exploring the past and modern Shanghai. At 8:00 AM, meet your guide at your hotel and make way to part of old Shanghai. You will visit Shanghai Old Street. Historical structures and delicate handcraft shops are well worth browsing. Afterward, in Yuyuan Garden, spectacles are never short of, from pavilions, bridges, ponds, to a cup of Chinese tea at a traditional teahouse. Then you will be on the Bund, a waterfront with colonial characteristics long Huangpu River. Stories behind modern roaming Shanghai can be found from every corner here.   Refreshed over a Chinese lunch, head into Lujiazui where you will get an overview of Shanghai’s history in the Shanghai Museum. Later in old French Concession, enthusiasts of history or shopping will both have chance to search and enjoy. At 5:00 PM, the day tour will end and you will be transferred back to your hotel.

Shanghai: Private Tour of The Bund with Jewish Ghetto

6. Shanghai: Private Tour of The Bund with Jewish Ghetto

After meeting your guide at the fixed meeting point or being picked up at the hotel, start this 4-hour private tour with the first stop - Huoshan Park. It was the cemetery for the Jewish refugees during WWII, where former Israeli PM Yitzhak Rabin parents were buried. Now you can find monuments to memorize the history and locals using it for civic purposes. then, your guide will walk you to the former JDC office. During the War, the Committee helped thousands of Jewish survive from the Nazi persecution and now the building becomes residence for locals. Passing through the back lanes where you can see the real-life of Shanghainese, you'll then reach the Jewish Refugees Museum. Here, you will see various documents, photographs, films, and personal items documenting the lives of some of the more than 30,000 Jewish residents of the Restricted Sector for Stateless Refugees, better known as the Hongkou Ghetto, during the Japanese occupation of Shanghai. Your guide will tell you the forgotten stories of Jewish migration to China. At last, you will visit the Bund where you will pay a visit to the well-known Peace hotel, the former Cathy hotel, once were the tallest and most luxurious building in the Far East. Then, stroll along the famous Bund riverside to enjoy the splendid view of the old and New Shanghai while learning the history from your knowledgeable guide for the different buildings along the Old Shanghai side. You can find the legendary Jardine Matheson Building and HSBC Building here. Your tour will conclude here.

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If I could I'd give 6/5 stars! Our guide May was very cool and made this bike ride an amazing experience. She showed us all the great, hidden, special gems of the city and we talked so much about life and stuff. We highly recommend this tour as this is the perfect way to learn everything about this fascinating city. Give this girl a good tip as she will make you fall in love with the city! Lots of love from Nelly and Michael :)

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!)

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!