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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.

From Shanghai: Suzhou & Zhouzhuang Water Town with Boat Ride

2. From Shanghai: Suzhou & Zhouzhuang Water Town with Boat Ride

Discover two picturesque Chinese towns, Suzhou and Zhouzhuang, each with its own unique characteristics. Founded in around 600 BC, Suzhou is one of the oldest settlements in the Yangtze basin. Its neighborhoods and interconnected waterways are truly a masterpiece. Suzhou was one of the few cities in China to escape the ravages of the Cultural Revolution, its celebrated gardens miraculously surviving largely intact. Visit the Master of Nets Garden, the Silk Embroidery Research Institute, the Grand Canal and a silk factory while in Suzhou. After a traditional Chinese lunch, you'll travel to Zhouzhuang. Well known for its beautiful natural environment and simple architecture, this city has remained remarkably well-preserved for over 900 years. The majority of the town's residences were built during the Ming and Qing dynasties, with nearly 100 classic courtyards and 60 carved-brick archways from those periods still in use. Travel by boat through the city’s waterways and past classic Zhouzhuang dwellings before returning to Shanghai. Immerse yourself in the history of Shanghai with the assistance of your own personal guide.

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

3. 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 Eat Like A Local Night Food Tour

4. Shanghai Eat Like A Local Night Food Tour

Greet your English-speaking guide in central Shanghai, and set off on foot to explore the city’s evening food scene. Learn about how Shanghai attracts millions of migrants from all over China who bring their local culinary traditions and ingredients. Stroll through alleyways to find family-owned restaurants that offer the best dishes from their hometowns. Visit 4 seated food stops, plus the city’s best street food stall. Learn about the neighborhood's shocking history set amongst art deco era villas. Taste spicy rabbit head or roasted meats which are a feast for the eyes and the mouth. Start the night by sampling the world's oldest sandwich, a pork belly and freshly-baked pita combination that has been perfected by chefs in Xi'an for over 2,000 years. Taste southern China’s impressive roast meats and fried noodle dishes. Sample specialty seafood and bamboo dishes from the Shanghai’s surrounding region, paired with a Shanghainese dessert that was poached from the French. Get your taste buds tingling with Sichuan's famous mouth-numbing peppercorn, before finishing the tour with some of Shanghai's best soup dumplings. Wash it all down with locals beers and the spirits huangjiu, and baijiu.

Shanghai Day Tour: Yu Yuan Gardens and the Shanghai Museum

5. 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.

From Shanghai: Private Full-Day Suzhou Gardens

6. From Shanghai: Private Full-Day Suzhou Gardens

At 08:00, your English-speaking guide will await you in your Shanghai hotel lobby while holding a sign with your name on it. Hop in the vehicle and embark on the 2-hour drive to Suzhou. Once you arrive, you will begin your tour with a visit to the incredible Humble Administrator's Garden. It is renowned as the largest classical garden in Suzhou and is typically referred to as on of the most impressive one in southern China. Head to the Liu Lingering Garden, yet another famously beautiful garden. Afterwards, take a much needed break for lunch at a local Chinese restaurant. Once you are satiated, go for a short visit at the Suzhou Silk Museum, where your guide will tell you the history of the traditional Chinese silks, including the techniques which are used to produce such a fine material. After your tour of the Silk Museum, begin your transport back to Shanghai for a 17:00 arrival. Your tour will end by dropping you off at your hotel.

Shanghai 3-Hour Afternoon Tea Tasting and Dessert Tour

7. Shanghai 3-Hour Afternoon Tea Tasting and Dessert Tour

Meet your guide at 02:00 PM and begin a relaxing 3-hour afternoon tour along Huaihua Road. Try out some of the tasty mooncakes at 2 local pastry shops. These special pastries are given as gifts during the Mid-Autumn Festival, symbolizing the reunion of the entire family. Stop at a nearby teahouse to experience a traditional Chinese tea ceremony. Taste green tea from Hangzhou and black tea from Fujian. Afterwards, head to a Cantonese dessert restaurant to enjoy a range of sweet flavors. Sample various icy deserts, such as milk pudding with purple sticky rice, papaya, sago or mango puree and amazing almond tofu.

Shanghai: Craft Beer Tasting in Former French Concession

8. Shanghai: Craft Beer Tasting in Former French Concession

Take a 3-hour craft beer tasting tour around the former French Concession area in Shanghai. Discover 3 of the best breweries Shanghai has to offer and savor 6 glasses of beer. Greet your local guide at the front gate of Langham hotel. Start off your evening by sampling local wheat beer, pale ale, or dark stout at The Brewer, a gastropub in the Xintiandi area. Next, stroll through Shanghai’s Old City and get an intimate glimpse of the residences and alleyways in this most traditional of neighborhoods. Enjoy a delicious treat of Shanghai-style dumplings, such as potstickers or wontons, and receive an introduction to local rice wine in a traditional liquor store with your guide. A 15-minute walk through other historic neighborhoods brings you to Sinan Mansions, a set of private villas dating back to the 1920s that have been renovated into an upscale lifestyle destination. Here, find the award-winning Boxing Cat Brewery, and try unique craft pilsners, lagers, stouts, and rotating specials on tap. The tour ends at Shanghai Brewery near Fuxing Park to taste even more craft beers. At the end of the night, your tour guide will help you hail a taxi back to your hotel.

Shanghai: Food and Drink Tour By Bike

9. 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.

From Shanghai: Full-Day Private Hangzhou Tour

10. From Shanghai: Full-Day Private Hangzhou Tour

At approximately 08:00, your English-speaking guide will arrive at your Shanghai hotel lobby to pick you up. Climb into a comfortable air-conditioned vehicle and begin your 2.5-hour journey to Hangzhou. Upon arrival, start your first activity, a cruise on the West Lake. From the cruise, you will have the best view of the West Lake and town of Hangzhou. After your cruise tour, head to the famed Lingyin Temple, also known as the Temple of the Soul's Retreat. There, your guide will tell you the history of the temple. Afterwards, make a brief stop at a local Chinese restaurant for a traditional Chinese lunch. Next, head to Meijiawu Tea Village located on a hill in the western part of Hangzhou. Inhabited by more than 500 households, Meijiawu Tea Culture Village is picturesque surrounded by mountains and waters. It is a main production base and protected area of the fragrant West Lake Dragon Well Tea. As a leisure tourist spot, it features tea culture in a farm style. This is truly the best way to get an insider look into China's tea culture. After your tour of the Meijiawu Tea Village, board the vehicle and make your way back to your Shanghai accommodation.

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What people are saying about Shanghai

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 44 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!!!!

We had an amazing tour with our guide Jim! He picked us up on time and showed us many different small restaurants and places were we get the chance to taste dumplings, noodles, bbq, tea,... The food was excellent and Jim told us a lot about the Chinese culture, people and mentality. We really recommend doing this tour!

We had a great day with our guide Bruce and 2 other people. Being such a small group was very convenient. We had lots of free time to explore Zhouzhuang also on our own which was great. Bruce knows a lot about Chinese history, it was fun to spend the day with him. Definitely recommend doing this tour!

Very knowledgeable and kind guide. Excellent English. Very well organised. No wasted time but no rush either. Variety of activities and price included set lunch, which was nice to share with all the other people in the group. Very sociable way to spend the day.

The guide, Grace, its been very much well informed and gave us all the stories about the Suzhou and Watertown and the history about the silk factory. The 3 places we visit is very nice. Although we are walking a little bit far, but its fun though.