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Shanghai: Full Day Classic Bike Tour With an Authentic Lunch

1. 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.

Shanghai: Shanghai & Zhujiajiao Water Town Private Day Tour

2. Shanghai: Shanghai & Zhujiajiao Water Town Private Day Tour

Embark on a fascinating journey with your knowledgeable guide, starting at your hotel lobby. After a scenic one-hour drive, your adventure begins in the enchanting Zhujiajiao water town. With a history spanning over 1,700 years, it boasts remarkable preserved features. Marvel at the antiquated architecture, traverse old bridges, and follow the bubbling streams. Meander along the picturesque canals, wander through ancient lanes, and explore houses with stunning gardens. Capture the beauty with your camera as you enjoy a leisurely boat ride through the serene waterways. As hunger calls, delight in a delectable lunch at a local restaurant, savoring a variety of mouthwatering dishes that showcase the flavors of the region. In the afternoon, return to Shanghai and embark on the next leg of your adventure. Visit the renowned Yuyuan Garden, a pristine oasis that has stood for over 400 years, with its elegant Chinese pavilions and authentic architectural treasures. Alternatively, opt to explore the famous Jade Buddha Temple, a revered spiritual sanctuary (please note that Yuyuan Garden is closed on Mondays). Next, venture to the iconic Bund, where you will be treated to breathtaking vistas of the city's skyline, encompassing architectural marvels like the Oriental Pearl TV Tower, Shanghai World Financial Center, and the awe-inspiring Shanghai Tower. Allow the vibrant cityscape to captivate your senses and leave an indelible mark on your Shanghai experience. Conclude your tour with a visit to the magnificent Shanghai Tower, soaring 632 meters into the sky. Ascend to the observatory and be rewarded with a panoramic 360-degree view that showcases the city in all its glory. If you have already explored the aforementioned sites, fear not! There are alternative attractions and activities to choose from, such as the Pearl TV Tower, World Financial Center, Jinmao Tower, or the esteemed Shanghai Museum. At the end of your captivating journey, your guide will ensure a comfortable return to your hotel, cruise port, or airport, leaving you with cherished memories of your time spent exploring the wonders of Shanghai.

Shanghai: Private Tour of the Shanghai Museum

3. 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: All-Inclusive Private Sightseeing Tour

4. Shanghai: All-Inclusive Private Sightseeing Tour

Begin your day of exploration as you meet your knowledgeable guide in the morning and customize your tour itinerary to suit your preferences. Your guide will offer expert suggestions based on your interests and desires, ensuring a personalized experience. Embark on a journey through Shanghai's captivating landmarks, starting with a visit to the renowned Yuyuan Garden. Wander through its ancient pavilions, meandering corridors, serene ponds, and picturesque walkways, immersing yourself in its timeless beauty and rich history. Next, venture into the historic French Concession, an area steeped in colonial heritage. Admire the elegant French-style architecture, stroll along tree-lined boulevards, and soak up the vibrant atmosphere. Explore a French-style park, where you can witness locals engaging in activities such as dancing, singing, and practicing Tai Chi, offering a glimpse into the city's vibrant culture. Recharge with a delightful lunch at a local restaurant, savoring the flavors of authentic Shanghai cuisine. In the afternoon, ascend to the soaring heights of Shanghai Tower, China's tallest building. Marvel at the panoramic city views from the observatory, taking in the vast urban landscape and iconic landmarks that dot the skyline. Continue your cultural immersion with a visit to the revered Jade Buddha Temple, a sanctuary of tranquility adorned with magnificent statues. Explore its ornate chambers, observe devout worshippers, and gain insight into the profound religious traditions of Buddhism. Conclude your day at the famous Bund, Shanghai's waterfront promenade that offers a mesmerizing view of the city's architectural wonders. Admire the iconic Oriental Pearl TV Tower, the majestic Shanghai World Financial Center, and the towering Shanghai Tower that define the city's skyline. Stay to witness the enchanting light show if you desire. For those seeking a unique experience, choose from a selection of optional attractions and activities, such as the exhilarating Maglev Train Experience, a visit to the Shanghai Museum to delve into Chinese art and history, or an exploration of the fascinating Propaganda Poster Art Center. If you opt for the tour with dinner, indulge in a sumptuous Halal meal, savoring the flavors of Shanghai's diverse culinary scene. After a fulfilling day of discovery, your guide will ensure a comfortable return to your hotel, leaving you with cherished memories of Shanghai's old and new charms.

Flexible Layover Tour: Experience Shanghai on Your Schedule

5. Flexible Layover Tour: Experience Shanghai on Your Schedule

Upon arrival at Shanghai Pudong or Hongqiao Airport or Wusongkou Cruise Terminal, your professional guide will warmly greet you with a personalized name sign. Enjoy a comfortable private transfer to the city center, where you'll have the opportunity to discuss your interests and create a customized itinerary tailored to your layover time. While the itinerary is flexible, here is a sample suggestion: Start your tour at Lujiazui financial center, where you'll be captivated by the iconic city landmarks such as the Pearl TV Tower, Shanghai Tower, and World Financial Center. Marvel at the breathtaking skyline and gain insights into China's economic development. Next, explore the enchanting Yuyuan Garden, a 400-year-old well-preserved garden featuring elegant Chinese pavilions and authentic ancient architecture. (Please note that Yuyuan Garden is closed on Mondays; in this case, you can visit Yuyuan Bazaar, a lively market with Ming and Qing dynasty-style buildings, offering various souvenir shops and restaurants). Head to the historic French Concession, once the center of colonial life, and admire its impressive French-style architecture. Take a leisurely stroll along the tree-lined streets, immersing yourself in the rich history of 19th-century Shanghai. Continue your tour with a visit to the renowned Bund, where you'll be awe-struck by the magnificent views of both the old and new Shanghai. Capture stunning photos of the city skyline against the backdrop of the Huangpu River. If time permits, consider a visit to the Jade Buddha Temple. Explore the beautiful temple complex with its intricate chambers and remarkable Buddha statues. Witness the rituals and practices of local worshipers, and delve into the fascinating world of Chinese religious culture. (Please note that the Jade Buddha Temple closes at 4:30 pm). Depending on your preferences, you can also choose to visit other attractions such as Tianzifang, an artistic enclave with charming alleyways and small shops, the Shanghai Museum showcasing ancient bronze, furniture, and paintings, the Shanghai Tower (the second tallest building in the world), or experience the high-speed Maglev train, the fastest train in the world, which can transport you back to the airport. Conclude your private layover tour with a comfortable transfer back to Shanghai Pudong or Hongqiao Airport, Wusongkou Cruise Terminal, or your Shanghai city hotel, ensuring a seamless and memorable experience.

Shanghai: Old and New City Exploration Private Guided Tour

6. Shanghai: Old and New City Exploration Private Guided Tour

Embark on an Unforgettable Shanghai City Exploration: Begin your day by meeting your knowledgeable guide and driver at your hotel lobby, where you'll have the opportunity to discuss your customized Shanghai itinerary. Your guide will offer expert suggestions based on your interests and preferences, ensuring a personalized experience. Start your sightseeing adventure at the magnificent Yuyuan Garden, a breathtaking oasis that showcases exquisite pavilions, tranquil ponds, and stunning rockeries. Stroll through the ancient house, immersing yourself in its rich history and picturesque landscapes. Next, delve into the spiritual realm at the revered Jade Buddha Temple, where you can witness the devotion of local prayers and admire the intricate Buddha statues. Continue your exploration to the former French Concession, a charming district renowned for its French-style architecture and tree-lined walkways. Immerse yourself in its elegant ambiance as you discover hidden gems along its narrow alleyways, from trendy shops and quaint cafés to vibrant food stores and lively bars. Conclude your day at the iconic Bund, an iconic waterfront promenade that offers sweeping views of the city's majestic skyline. Marvel at the towering Pearl TV Tower, the architectural masterpiece of the World Financial Center, and the awe-inspiring Shanghai Tower.As the sun sets, experience the magic of the Bund's splendid view, where the city's colonial architecture and modern marvels come alive in a symphony of colors. After an unforgettable day of exploration, your guide will ensure a comfortable return to your hotel. Please note that this is a private tour and can be further customized to include optional activities such as visits to the AP Plaza and shanghai Museum. Let your guide know your preferences during the booking process for a truly tailored experience.

Shanghai: Ultimate All-Inclusive Customized Layover Tour

7. Shanghai: Ultimate All-Inclusive Customized Layover Tour

Your professional tour guide awaits your arrival at Pudong International Airport or the cruise terminal, ready to kick off an unforgettable layover tour of Shanghai. Start by exploring the captivating Yuyuan Garden, an ancient oasis of pavilions, ponds, and walkways. Indulge in the vibrant atmosphere of Yuyuan Bazaar, savoring local street food and shopping for unique souvenirs. Alternatively, immerse yourself in the serenity of the Jade Buddha Temple, admiring its intricate statues and observing worshippers in prayer. Next, ascend the soaring Shanghai Tower, the pinnacle of Chinese architecture. From its observatory, be mesmerized by the panoramic vistas of the city, a breathtaking 360-degree experience. Refuel with a delectable lunch at a local restaurant, relishing the famed Xiao Long Bao and other tantalizing dishes. Continue your journey to the iconic Bund, where the historic waterfront comes alive with a mix of colonial architecture and modern landmarks. Capture Instagram-worthy shots of the Oriental Pearl TV Tower, Shanghai World Financial Center, and Shanghai Tower, forming an impressive skyline. Venture into the former French Concession, a charming district boasting well-preserved French-style buildings, tree-lined streets, and cozy cafes. Take a leisurely stroll, sipping coffee or beer, and basking in the area's unique ambiance. Customize your itinerary further, choosing from enticing options like Tianzifang's quaint alleyways, the ancient artifacts of Shanghai Museum, the thrilling Maglev train, or the intriguing exhibits at the Propaganda Poster Art Center, offering a glimpse into China's history. Conclude your all-inclusive layover tour with seamless transport back to the airport, cruise terminal, or your Shanghai city hotel, carrying cherished memories of your Shanghai adventure.

Full-Day Best of Shanghai Guided Tour

8. Full-Day Best of Shanghai Guided Tour

Begin your full-day tour of Shanghai with a visit to the lush and beautiful Yuyuan Garden, a classic creation of the Ming dynasty. Travel on to explore Shanghai Old Street, which originated during the Qing dynasty. Shanghai's waterfront, otherwise known as the Bund on the scenic Huangpu River, offers local culture, sights, and sounds, as well as soaring skyline views at the International Architecture Exhibition. Next stop is People's Square, a spectacular green space in the heart of the city. Then immerse yourself in the rich history of the ancient Chinese and the significant works of art displayed at Shanghai´s incredible Museum of Ancient Chinese Art. Home to a collection of over 120,000 precious and rare works in 21 categories, this is the most remarkable cultural institution in the city. After a delicious lunch, enjoy the view as you drive along the former French Concession to browse the Shanghai Arts and Crafts Store. A tour of Shanghai would not be complete without the next stop, the Jade Buddha Temple with its priceless and extraordinary Burmese jade statues. We then head to Xin Tian Di, a stylish and exciting nightlife district boasting many boutiques, pubs, and restaurants. Our final stop will be Tianzifang, where small craft stores, coffee shops and art studios line labyrinthine alleyways. Choose to stay and enjoy this vibrant area on your own, or take a return trip to your hotel.

Real Shanghai: Zhujiajiao and Downtown 3-Day Tour

9. 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.

Private Full-Day Shanghai Classic Bike Tour

10. Private Full-Day Shanghai Classic Bike Tour

This one-day bike tour aims to show you the classic sights of Shanghai at a leisurely pace. You will casually pedal through a number of "must-see" attractions and other locations you may miss on your own. The tour runs rain or shine and will be in the company of a local guide who will take you along streets such as the Taikang Road and to the antique market of Dongtai Road. Discover China’s electric city as it wakes from its revolutionary doldrums and sets the world on fire. You will cycle the city, taking in attractions such as the magnificent Shanghai Museum, where you can uncover 5,000 years of Chinese history, and the Taikang Road, set in a series of traditional longtang alleyways. You will explore old and new streets, stopping to enjoy a typical Chinese lunch and allowing some time to explore the shops. You will pause at People’s Square and visit Cite Bourgogne to see the stone houses of the Shi Ku Men style. Discover why Shanghai used to be called the “Paris of the Orient” and learn about its exotic past of opium dens and cotton production. You will be witness to a city coming alive in the 21st-Century with an energetic building program and streets that teem with life. But you will take it all at a human pace, and on that classic mode of Chinese transport, the humble bicycle.

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