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

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

    2. 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: Day Trip to Hangzhou in a High-Speed Train

    3. From Shanghai: Day Trip to Hangzhou in a High-Speed Train

    Take the train from Hongqiao Railway Station and relax for 1 hour until you arrive at Hangzhou. Enjoy this fast inter-city transport between the 2 cities on a comfortable first-class seat. Your guide waits for you outside the South Exit of the Hangzhou East Station. Then, its time to enjoy the private car ride to reach the first stop, Leifeng Pagoda which is located on the shore of Xizhao Mountain.  Visit the scenic West Lake and marvel at the ancient Chinese poet’s favorite spot. Board a boat, cruise for 35-minute over West Lake, and admire the breathtaking views.  Head to the Flower Harbor, a scenic garden that includes a peaceful pond and peony garden. Find the words left by ancient emperors here. Enjoy a break for lunch at your own expense, or select the option with lunch included at a local restaurant booked for you. After lunch, visit the Qiantang River Bridge and admire the l...

  • 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 Financia...

    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!)

  • Suzhou & Zhouzhuang Water Village Private Tour from Shanghai

    5. Suzhou & Zhouzhuang Water Village Private Tour from Shanghai

    After meeting your guide in your hotel lobby, you will start your exciting tour to Suzhou and Zhouzhuang. First you'll go to Suzhou, one of the oldest towns in the Yangtze basin. It is world-renowned for its beautiful gardens, and often referred to as the Venice of the East. Upon arrival in Suzhou, your first stop is the Lingering Garden, covering an area of about 30 acres, with several gardens, whitewashed walls, buildings, lovely halls and corridors, rockeries, ponds, flower. Its impressive layout fully embodies the ancient skill of gardeners and their outstanding wisdom, and the southern landscape architecture artistic style and characteristics. After that, you will have a traditional Chinese-style lunch. After lunch, it's time to visit the water village of Zhouzhuang, located 30 kilometers southeast of Suzhou. It is well-known for its preserved ancient residential houses, and the e...

  • Shanghai: Private Tour including River Cruise

    6. Shanghai: Private Tour including River Cruise

    Benefit from pickup at your hotel in Shanghai city center, and then make your way to Yuyuan Garden to admire the 400-year-old classical gardens, built during the Ming Dynasty with beautiful architecture and water features. Marvel at the different kinds of local snacks in the bazaar area, and then go to a silk factory to explore how it is made. Travel back in time to the days of French administration in the French Concession district and discover a pleasant mix of wide tree-lined avenues, interesting European-style architecture, and gorgeous Art Deco mansions. Stroll past boutique shops, charming cafes, and exceptional restaurants. Then, cruise down the Huangpu River and see the elegant Bund and skyscrapers of Pudong from the water. Explore Shanghai's rich history from a fresh perspective before getting dropped off at your hotel.

  • Shanghai: Yu Garden and City God Temple Private Walking Tour

    7. 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 sou...

  • From Shanghai: Private Full-Day Suzhou Gardens

    8. 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. You...

  • Shanghai Half Day Tour: Yu Yuan Gardens and Bund Waterway

    9. Shanghai Half Day Tour: Yu Yuan Gardens and Bund Waterway

    Discover the highlights of Shanghai on this half-day tour. Begin with a visit to the Bund, Shanghai’s picturesque waterfront, well known for its spectacular soaring skyline. From here, enjoy sweeping views of both sides of the Huangpu River. Traveling on, visit the intricately designed Yu Yuan Garden, a classic creation of the Ming dynasty, and the ancient Shanghai Old Street, which originated in the Qing dynasty. Enjoy more of Shanghai's history as you drive along the Former French Concession, a charming neighborhood established while Shanghai was a French settlement. Take time to browse and shop at the souvenir shop before the last stop at Xin Tian Di, a stylish nightlife district with a variety of boutiques, pubs and restaurants. Take advantage of the entertainment here on your own or choose to return to the start point. 

    Frank was an amazing guide! He was extremely knowledgeable and very funny. He has a wonderful personality and his English is very clear.

  • Su Zhou and Zhou Zhuang Water Village Day Tour

    10. 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 sim...

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What people are saying about Shanghai

Overall rating

4.1 / 5

based on 15 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.

We were really lucky because we had a private tour with our amazing guide Grace to Hangzhou. Although the weather wasn't that good Grace made our tour a great experience for us. The West Lake where we had a 45 minute boat ride was beautiful. The lunch at a local restaurant was the best we had in and around Shanghai. It is a long drive to Hangzhou but totally worth it!

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!