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  • Shanghai: Craft Beer Tasting in Former French Concession

    1. 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 ...

    This was such a unique way to see different parts of the city and to learn about new trends and changes in Chinese society. We had a blast!

  • 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.

    the trip was value for money . notice that it is outside of the city if you plan to be close to the city. the trip with the boat is short just to take some good pictures. our guide Roy was very well educated friendly and spoke the English language pretty well .also he helped us for general info except the standard trip schedule infos such us providing us infoa for the nightlife etc..our day was a holiday day so consider that for the heavy traffic

  • From Shanghai: Hangzhou, West Lake Cruise and Tea Plantation

    3. From Shanghai: Hangzhou, West Lake Cruise and Tea Plantation

    With its inviting views and outstanding scenery, Hangzhou is one of the leading tourist destinations in all of China. It is a city rich with history and was once the capital of China in the 12th Century. After a 3-hour drive, you will first cruise across the West Lake to view unforgettable scenery such as the Three Pools Mirroring the Moon, the Bai Causeway and Solitary Hill. After a traditional Chinese lunch, you will visit Guo’s Villa, one of the best traditional private gardens in the city. Hangzhou is also famous for its Dragon Well tea and you can discover the history of Chinese tea and the traditional tea ceremony on a visit to the Meijiawu Tea Village. Before returning to Shanghai, you will enjoy a drive along the Qiantang River where you can view the Liuhe Pagoda, also known as the Six Harmonies Pagoda. On this tour, you can immerse yourself in the history of Shanghai with the a...

    We had a great time. It was my 3rd trip to Hangzhou from Shanghai and I learned more from Grace, our Grayline guide, then I did with the other two trips combined!

  • Shanghai: Oriental Pearl Tower Skip-the-Line Ticket

    4. Shanghai: Oriental Pearl Tower Skip-the-Line Ticket

    Check out this famous Shanghai landmark in the Pudong district. Explore a multifunctional site offering sightseeing, catering, shopping, and amusement. Marvel at panoramic views of the city of Shanghai from 263 meters (863 feet). Enjoy hassle-free entry to the Oriental Pearl Tower with your skip-the-line ticket. At 468 meters (1,535 feet) high, the Oriental Pearl is the 4th tallest tower in Asia and the 6th tallest tower in the world. The tower features 11 big and small spheres with a central elevator and giant columns fixed underground. Once inside, first access the 263-meter Sightseeing Floor to admire the views of Shanghai and the perfect landscape of the Bund. Then, feel your feet flying 259 meters (850 feet) off the ground from the glass-bottomed corridor in the Transparent Observatory. After soaking up the best panoramic views, enjoy other activities inside the tower, such as th...

  • Shanghai: Taichi and Kunfu Tea Experience

    5. Shanghai: Taichi and Kunfu Tea Experience

    This Chinese culture experience class starts from 9:30 AM to 12:00 PM every day, with your experience beginning with pickup directly from your hotel. The 3-hour class will begin with a Kunfu tea tasting in which you will learn what is the best temperature for different types of tea. You can also review the source of the tea, learning the difference and development of tea culture in different countries. You will appreciate 2-5 types of tea, learning how to check the tea quality as you go. Following that, you will begin your taichi exercise in which you will learn some of the basic and simple movements from the beginning. You'll learn how to breathe when practicing, as your teacher shows you and corrects your movement face to face. You will then appreciate a teacher's taichi performance, before your class ends with you learning how to preserve your health with further taichi practice.

  • Shanghai: Private Tour of the Shanghai Museum

    6. 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 Day Tour: Yu Yuan Gardens and the Shanghai Museum

    7. 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 v...

    Jesse was an excellent guide with great English. We got to see a lot throughout the day in Shanghai. She also had a great knowledge at all the stops we had and answered all our questions. She has been the best guide we have had so far in China and we have been on a number of tours. I would give Jesse the highest recommendation.

  • From Shanghai: Suzhou & Zhouzhuang Water Town with Boat Ride

    8. 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...

    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.

  • 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...

  • 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 ...

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What people are saying about Shanghai

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 272 reviews

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!)

Our guide Tom was so informative. We learnt so much about Shanghai and their culture and history. We had some requirements which got sorted to make it a great experience. We got so much out of it in such a short time

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!