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Shanghai: Hop-on Hop-off Bus Ticket and Optional Attractions

1. Shanghai: Hop-on Hop-off Bus Ticket and Optional Attractions

Experience Shanghai’s highlights on a hop-on, hop-off sightseeing bus tour. Pass attractions including the People’s Plaza, Nanpu Bridge, the Bund and the Jing’an Temple on a double-decker bus. Use your ticket on 3 routes to visit the city’s must-see monuments, and hop off whenever you like to explore further. Choose one of the premium options to enjoy access to selected attractions. Enjoy a 360-degree bird’s-eye view from Jin Mao Tower, marvel at the city skyline from Huangpu River on a cruise, explore inside the Jing’an Temple, or ride a train through a tunnel under the river connecting the Bund and the Oriental Pearl Tower. Red Route (Shanghai City Tour)  1. People’s Square 2. People's Park 3. Shanghai Art Museum 4. Nanjing Road 5. The Bund 6. River Cruise, Pier 16 7. Yuyuan Garden 8. Xin Tian Di Blue Route (Pudong Tour)  1. The Bund 2. Oriental Pearl Tower 3. World Financial Center and Jin Mao Tower 4. Cool Docks 5. River Cruise, Pier 16 Green Route (Temple Tour)  1. Nanjing Road (New World City) 2. Shanghai Museum 3. Huaihai Road 4. Jing’an Temple (on Nanjing West Road) 5. Portman Ritz Carlton Hotel (on Nanjing West Road) 6. Shanghai Art Museum 7. People’s Square 8. People's Park

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: 8-Hour Private City Tour

3. Shanghai: 8-Hour Private City Tour

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. Drive to Pudong Business and Financial Center where all of the main skyscrapers are located. See the tallest building, Shanghai Tower, as well as the Bottle Opener and Jinmao Tower before being transferred back to your hotel or chosen downtown location.

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. 

Shanghai Highlights and Zhujiajiao Water Town Private Tour

5. Shanghai Highlights and Zhujiajiao Water Town Private Tour

Benefit from pick-up at your hotel or the cruise port, and then explore Shanghai with a private guide and driver. Marvel at the historic buildings of The Bund along the banks of the Huangpu River. Get sweeping views of both sides of the river before making your way to Yu Yuan Garden. Located by the City God Temple in the Old City, the traditional garden was built during the Ming Dynasty and features dozens of monuments, pagoda temples and water features. See an old Shanghai street from the Qing Dynasty and more. Continue to the former French Concession and explore the charming neighborhood established when the city was a French settlement. Next, visit the 400-year-old Zhujiajiao Water Town to see why its' often referred to as the Venice of the Orient. Enjoy lunch in a famous Chinese restaurant, and then take a boat ride to get a sense of traditional life in southern China. Stroll the old alleyways to see more buildings and bridges, and get some time to shop before the drive back to Shanghai.

Shanghai: 3-Hour Old Shanghai City Tour

6. Shanghai: 3-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 which is in the former French Concession. 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 the old town bazzar and lively streets filled with local residents. 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: Yu Garden and City God Temple Walking Tour

7. Shanghai: Yu Garden and City God Temple 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 tell you how to bargain the best price. And there is an opportunity to taste various high-end Chinese teas in the local tea shop.  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: Shanghai & Zhujiajiao Water Town Private Day Tour

8. 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: All-Inclusive Private Sightseeing Tour

9. 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.

Shanghai: Guided Bicycle Tour

10. Shanghai: Guided Bicycle Tour

Pedal your way to a new perspective in Shanghai. Explore the Shikumen architectural style that blends design characteristics of eastern and western cultures reflecting — the history of this great Chinese metropolis. Ride through Shanghai's narrow alleyways surrounded by stone houses and buildings on both sides, and catch a glimpse of the unique local lifestyle. Cycle along the picturesque Lu Xun Park and continue towards Yu Garden, an extensive Chinese garden located beside the City God Temple. Make stops at bustling street food stalls and antique stores along your journey, and listen to fascinating stories behind the building and sites you pass from your local guide.

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Excellent tour with Jane and Mr. Qi who was a great driver. Jane was knowledgeable about the city and was such a great guide who listened to my request and was super flexible. A terrific experience a mix of new and old Shanghai with dumplings for lunch and a beer at the local brewery to end the day. I would throughly recommend! Thanks Alana for organising and to Jane and Mr. Qi for a great day.

We had a wonderful day on this private tour, which gave us wonderful insights into this fascinating city and also the lives of the people behind it! We couldn't have experienced a fraction of that ourselves! Thank you!

Peter was great he’s very knowledgeable and extremely well informed. We had a really lovely tour with him

Perfect trip with Sunny and she was best show me around many nice pics highly recommeded

Phantastic tour and great guide Alyssa! Did a great job!!!