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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: Zhujiajiao UNESCO Water Town Afternoon Tour

2. 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: 3.5-Hour Old Shanghai City Tour

3. Shanghai: 3.5-Hour Old Shanghai City Tour

Get an inside perspective of the changing scenes of Shanghai on a 3.5-hour tour that discovers old city sights, and the trendy entertainment area of Xintiandi. The tour begins with a visit to Yuyuan Garden, one of the finest imperial gardens in China, known for its classic landscape architecture. Stop at a market that sells birds and crickets, as well as an antique market, where you can rummage for bargain items. Wander down lively streets filled with local residents, sometimes still dressed in their pajamas. See tiny family-owned shops, and elderly folk playing cards on the streets. Once you reach Xintiandi, the scenery will change, and Old Shanghai gives way to its new cosmopolitan face. The stylish nightlife district is crammed with boutique stores, busy pubs and bars, and chic restaurants. Once known as the Old Shikumen area, the antique charm has been gentrified to international levels of sophistication.

Shanghai: Private and Personalized Guided Tour

4. 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.

Zhujiajiao Water Village: Private Tour from Shanghai

5. Zhujiajiao Water Village: Private Tour from Shanghai

Following pick-up from your hotel or the port in Shanghai at 10:00, journey for approximately 1-hour to the 400-year old water village of Zhujiajiao on the city's outskirts. Experience the "Venice of the Orient" up close with the help of your personal driver/guide. Climb aboard a boat to ride the waterways much like the residents would have done in years gone by. Take photographs of the village as you drift past historic buildings and houses. Then, take a walk along the old alleyways for even closer looks at the buildings and bridges, such as the 300-year old, Ming-era Fangsheng Bridge. Get recommendation on local restaurants to enjoy lunch at your own expense, or feel free to bring your own snacks to eat in a picturesque area.  Continue after lunch with a visit to some of the local shops in the afternoon. Bargain for good deals if you want to find souvenirs, experience everyday life or just have some fun! Then, journey back to Shanghai and get dropped off at your hotel or at the port.

Su Zhou and Zhou Zhuang Water Village Day Tour

6. Su Zhou and Zhou Zhuang Water Village Day Tour

Depart from your downtown Shanghai hotel in a comfortable, air-conditioned minivan and begin the scenic journey to Suzhou, an ancient town famed for the beauty of its verdant gardens. Listen as your guide offers informative narration on the town hailed as the Venice of the east, and then disembark your coach to explore the Master of Nets Garden. Marvel at the town’s exquisite example of Ming Dynasty landscaping, and admire the harmonious style of Chinese garden construction. Continue to the town’s ancient city wall, reputed to date back to 600 BC, and stroll parallel to the picturesque Grand Canal. Conclude your tour of Suzhou with a visit to its 14th century silk factory, then revitalize with a delicious Chinese lunch in a local restaurant.  Afterwards, return to your vehicle to travel to Zhouzhuang, a quaint town thronged with winding waterways and charming structures. Admire the simple, perfectly preserved houses, and hear of how the town’s history dates back to the 11th century as you sail the canals in a Chinese sampan.  Relax during the journey back to your Shanghai hotel and bid farewell to your guide and group upon your return. 

From Shanghai: Suzhou Private Full-Day Trip by Fast Train

7. From Shanghai: Suzhou Private Full-Day Trip by Fast Train

Suzhou was the capital of Wu culture 800 years ago and is one of China's leading historic cities. Developing around the Grand Canal that forged much of China's traditional north-south commerce Suzhou is built around a series of canals. Now a modern thriving city, Suzhou maintains a traditional core surrounded by a moat and is world-famous as a UNESCO world heritage site for its traditional Chinese gardens. Upon arrival, you will be met by your local guide in Suzhou and transferred to visit one of China's most exquisite gardens, The Humble Administrator's Garden, a Cultural Heritage site including both a residential quarter and a delicately landscaped garden. You will learn the beauty of the well-known Suzhou Garden while wandering around the pavilions, bridges, houses, etc. in the garden. After lunch at a local restaurant, you will be transferred to Shantang Street which is a good example of a water town in Southern China with well-preserved traditional architecture. You can wander around the old street to view the Opera Stage, Boat Museum, etc. Then you will take a boat on the Grand Canal for about 40 minutes to view the scenery. Then you will be moved to the Suzhou Silk Museum which exhibits the history of Chinese Silk from ancient times to modern times. Afterward, you will be transferred to Suzhou Railway Station to catch a bullet train back to Shanghai.

Shanghai: Like a Local Customized Guided Tour

8. 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

9. 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: Food and Drink Tour By Bike

10. Shanghai: Food and Drink Tour By Bike

Go on a six-hour food and drink tour of Shanghai and get around by bike to work off the calories and get a feel for the city between stops. Get to know the characteristic Shanghai cuisine known for its use of heavy, flavorful sauces. Eat (and drink) your way around China via the diverse regional cuisines you encounter while admiring the city's unique, historical architecture.  Start by trying JianBing, a popular Chinese breakfast dish similar to crepes. Then let your guide teach you how to eat ShenJianBao step by step. One of the most popular homegrown delicacies of Shanghai, ShenJianBao is a type of fried dumpling filled with pork and delicious, savory juices. While it's insanely hot and notoriously difficult to eat, your guide will ensure that you know how to eat ShenJianBao like a local.  Delve deeper into Shanghai's food culture by cycling through the backyards of traditional stone-gate houses (Shikumen), which soon will be demolished due to ongoing urban renewal projects. Try the most typical Shanghai meals and snacks such as Nanxiang Xiaolongbao, scallion oil noodles with different toppings. Don't worry if you don't eat meat – there are plenty of vegetarian options at every stop. Wash it all down with Baijiu, the famed local spirit that is much better than its reputation. Plus, try a variety of local beers, including rare Chinese black beer and hefeweizens, in addition to the region's famous huangjiu (yellow wine). After the tour, you will have a good idea of what makes the cuisine of Shanghai stand out.

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What people are saying about Shanghai

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 121 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!)

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!