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Things to do in Shanghai

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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 Huaihai 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 Seven Treasure Town & Zhujiajiao Water Town Tour

2. Shanghai Seven Treasure Town & Zhujiajiao Water Town Tour

In the morning at 8:30 AM, our driver, and guide will pick you up at your Shanghai downtown hotel. The guide will contact you to reconfirm the pickup time again one day ahead of your travel date. Drive to Zhujiajiao Ancient Town, a water town with a history that can be traced back to the Three Kingdoms Period and best known for its bridges, old streets, and gardens built during the Ming and Qing Dynasties. See the Fangsheng Bridge, Baoguo Temple, Town God's Temple, and Zhuxi Garden. Enjoy the option to take a boat ride along the river and appreciate the special view of this old water town. After lunch, head to Seven Treasure Town, located in the Shanghai suburbs. Built in Ming and Qing dynasties, this old town had been a local famous market place for trading goods like cloth, yarn, and vegetables. Learn about the town's rich commercial history and experience the cultural atmosphere. Transfer back to your downtown Shanghai hotel at around 5 PM.

Shanghai: City Lights and Huangpu River Cruise Night Tour

3. Shanghai: City Lights and Huangpu River Cruise Night Tour

First, you will stop at the Nanjing Road, where you will take a quick stroll. After that, you will take the evening cruise on the Huangpu River. On the cruise, you can see both sides of the river, Pu Dong and Pu Xi, which means “East River” and “West River”. Then, you will have the chance to walk along the Bund, which is known for its international architecture. Here, there are a lot of chic pubs and restaurants in old historic buildings. Afterwards, you will transfer to the Pudong side to enjoy the wonderful view of the newly developed commercial part of Shanghai city. Here, you can spend time on your own or continue back to your starting point.

Shanghai: Zhujiajiao UNESCO Water Town Afternoon Tour

4. Shanghai: Zhujiajiao UNESCO Water Town Afternoon Tour

You can either make your own way to the meeting point or be collected at your accommodation. Board the bus and leave Shanghai. Head to the oldest and most well-protected water village in China.  Located 16 miles west of downtown Shanghai, Zhujiajiao water village is 400 years old and is one of the city’s best-kept secrets. Discover the picturesque canals and rivers and admire the large Dian Shan Lake. Take the opportunity to go shopping, take a stroll, and explore this beautiful village. Try some local street food and be amazed by the tastes. You can even practice your bargaining skills at the local shops. After spending three hours taking in the local culture, you will return to downtown Shanghai for approximately 6:30 PM.

Shanghai: Private Tour of the Shanghai Museum

5. 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: Like a Local Customized Guided Tour

6. Shanghai: Like a Local Customized Guided Tour

Explore the city with a friendly local who is passionate about his/ her city and eager to share all the tips and tricks that will help you make the most of your trip. Meet where you're staying to get familiar with the neighborhood, find out about the best places to eat and buy groceries, the easiest ways to get around and the top things to see and do. By the end of the tour, you'll feel more comfortable in navigating the city and confident that you have all the information you need to make the most of your stay. During the walking tour, you will have the option of taking public transportation or a taxi to get around the city. Please contact the local tour operator if you’d like a private car included in the tour.

Shanghai: Yu Garden and City God Temple Private Walking Tour

7. 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 Must-See and Foodie Bike Tour

8. Shanghai Must-See and Foodie Bike Tour

This is one of the most classic routes for visitors to experience Shanghai in a short period of time. You will cycle along the old Nongtang in the Former Concession area, an area which holds the most famous landmarks. Pass through the ancient garden bridge, then head to The Bund to view the most amazing skyline in the world. It’s well-known as the Shanghai epitome for the 19th century. From there, cross one of the busiest commercial roads - Nanjing Road. Afterward, head off to Yu Garden Area and hang around in its labyrinthine back alleyways and find a lot of interesting hidden gems. Get a taste of local life and see a city with its past and future. Join this unique bike tour and expereince the culture of Shanghai. 

Shanghai: Private and Personalized Guided Tour

9. 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: Full Day Classic Bike Tour With an Authentic Lunch

10. Shanghai: Full Day Classic Bike Tour With an Authentic Lunch

Explore the diversity of culture, history, customs, and local lifestyle in Shanghai on this fantastic, one-of-a-kind full-day biking and food tasting adventure. You will appreciate, understand and enjoy Shanghai in a different way after this revealing experience. Your expert guide will lead you along the diverse heritage buildings in the Former French Concession area, then through a Shikumen of Nongtang communities before stopping to refuel with an authentic local lunch. Visit one of the most popular history blocks, an art gallery, Tianzifang, a local and western blended lifestyle hub with a bar, an outdoor cafe, boutique shops, a studio, and antique shops.  Then discover the pedestrian lanes of the Xintiandi area, well-known for its fashion. Ride past the colonial architecture of the Bund, and pedal to Shanghai Old Street, the People's Square, Shanghai Museum, Shanghai Grand Theater and Nanjing Road. During the tour, your guide will share informative commentary and interesting stories.

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What people are saying about Shanghai

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based on 918 reviews

What a great afternoon experience with my guide! Given the covid influence, I wasn't sure whether tours still exist or not. It turned out to be one of my favorite day since moved to this city last year. A perfect balance between tea& dessert and walking through old concession neigbourhood. Different from my western taste, it surprised me a lot about locals' flavor. Highly recommend if you're into culture, food and local life.

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!