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Our most recommended Shanghai Museums & exhibitions

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: Private and Personalized Guided Tour

2. 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

3. 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: 4-Hour Nightlife Adventure & Tasting Bike Tour

4. Shanghai: 4-Hour Nightlife Adventure & Tasting Bike Tour

When the night falls, Shanghai is even dreamier with all the lights intertwining with the moon and the stars. The spectacular skyline in Pudong is well worth a look, with the Shanghai World Financial Center, the Shanghai Tower sitting in the clouds, the spaceship-like pink Oriental Pearl Tower and the video projections on the Aurora Plaza. Meanwhile, on the other side of the Huangpu River, you can view a lot of antique and graceful buildings along the Bund. See pointed Gothic roofs, arches from ancient Greece, Baroque columns, and Spanish balconies, displaying the rich flavor of foreign lands, so unique and majestic. During the tour, you also have a chance to visit the world's most famous jazz bar. From there, cycle to one of the biggest night flea-markets. Then head to Xintiandi and discover its colorful nightlife, wine, cuisines and bands intermingled with western and eastern flavors. You will also bike to a well-known street selling barbecue food. Here you have a chance to taste traditional street food and snacks. Finally, head back to the starting point. 

From Shanghai: Zhouzhuang Water Town Private Day Tour

5. From Shanghai: Zhouzhuang Water Town Private Day Tour

Start the day with pickup at your hotel. Then sit back and relax for 1.5 hours in the comfortable car while heading to the "Venice of the East" - Zhouzhuang Water Town. It is famous for its unique water system, Chinese styled bridges, and traditional buildings.  First, stop at an ancient theater where the locals used to enjoy the Kunming styled Opera, then walk over the famous Double Bridge to visit a 600-year-old Chinese mansion - Zhang Residence. The residence has more than 70 rooms and the Zhujing River flowing through the property. The next stop will be Shen Residence. The museum portrays Shen Watson and how he became a rich merchant. If you are hungry, your guide can help you find a local restaurant where you can try out the most authentic local food. Before heading back to Shanghai, enjoy some free time to explore or shop around by yourself. Book the optional Gondola ride to explore the canals of Zhouzhuang.

Shanghai Day Tour: Yu Yuan Gardens and the Shanghai Museum

6. Shanghai Day Tour: Yu Yuan Gardens and the Shanghai Museum

Begin with a visit to the Yuyuan Garden, a classic creation of the Ming Dynasty, before exploring the old streets of Shanghai dating back to the Qing Dynasty. Immerse yourself in the Shanghai Museum of Ancient Chinese Art, where a collection of more than 120,000 precious and rare works dazzles visitors, making it the most remarkable cultural institution in the city. Before lunch, visit the famous Silk Museum. After sampling local cuisine at lunchtime, enter the hallowed Jade Buddha Temple and marvel at priceless jade statues from Burma. Next up, enjoy a tour of the famous Bund, also known as the International Architecture Exhibition. Pause at one of the world's best pearl stores on route to Xin Tian Di, a stylish nightlife district with many boutiques, pubs and restaurants. Please note that Yuyuan Garden is closed on Mondays, so you will visit Confucius Temple instead. You will still visit the surrounding area of Yuyuan Garden, such as Shanghai Old Street and the Nine-Zigzag Bridge. Shanghai Museum is also closed on Mondays, so you will visit Shikumen Wulixiang Museum instead.

Shanghai: Private Tour of The Bund with Jewish Ghetto

7. 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.

Full Day Shanghai Jewish Refugee Museum & Heritage Bike Tour

8. Full Day Shanghai Jewish Refugee Museum & Heritage Bike Tour

Enhance your visit to Shanghai with a tour that illustrates the invaluable influence Jews had on shaping Shanghai's culture and economy. Jews played an important role in the city's development from the 1850s to the 1950s, and this excursion immerses you in this period of history. Delve into the Jewish heritage of Shanghai as you explore the city via bicycle with an expert guide. Explore in the open air and get active while scoping out sites such as Huoshan Park, the Jewish Refugees Museum, the Jewish Ghetto, and the former Jewish Club. After meeting up at the office located at Japanese Concession, pedal out into the city with your guide leading the way. Uncover the story of Judaism in Shanghai as you stop at a series of landmarks that offer insights into Jewish life and culture. Stop at the small but quaint Huoshan Park, home to the sole memorial plaque to Shanghai's Jewish community. Then, pay a visit to the Jewish Refugees Museum, founded on the site of the former Ohel Moshe Synagogue. Here, peruse an array of artifacts documenting the lives of the refugees who fled to the city during WWII to escape the horror of the Holocaust. To learn more about how Jewish families spent their leisure time, tour the former Jewish Club, which offered music performances among other activities. Along the way, your guide offers their insights, giving you in-depth knowledge about each site. Spend the day exploring the city from this fascinating perspective, and then conclude your tour back at the starting point with a greater appreciation for Shanghai's Jewish history.

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What people are saying about Shanghai

Mr. Wang and Ms. Jessie are the team of top professionals. Great tour!

Both guide and a chauffeur were very mindful about what each group member wants, were very customer oriented while on duty, which is a pleasure to see. On top of that, they were both interesting interlocutors and were genuinely invested into every conversation with us. If every team of guides had been like that at any destination I was travelling to, I would have been the happiest tourist. The route was planned and adjusted (when needed) extremely well. Mr. Wang was driving safely and comfortably. Jessie was answering all our questions professionally and coherently in cheerful manner, and could elaborate on everything that we were encountering during our tour around Shanghai. If I didn’t praise some aspect of the tour, it’s not because it wasn’t on par with everything aforementioned, it is because I am running out of characters capacity here. I believe I have outlined the key factors that every tourist wants to find on their journey abroad in a guided tour. Firmly recommend this tour.

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!)

Jesse was an excellent guide with great English. We got to see a lot throughout the day in Shanghai. She also had a great knowledge at all the stops we had and answered all our questions. She has been the best guide we have had so far in China and we have been on a number of tours. I would give Jesse the highest recommendation.

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