Shanghai
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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: Taichi and Kunfu Tea Experience

    2. 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: Food and Drink Tour By Bike

    3. 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...

  • Shanghai: 2-Hour Family Walking Tour

    4. Shanghai: 2-Hour Family Walking Tour

    Enjoy a fun family stroll around Shanghai's city center, and see its cultural and architectural sights. Meet your guide and get ready for a relaxed tour of a bustling city. Discover a place of sites and historic buildings like the China Pavilion and City God Temple. Learn about the Yu Garden, as well as the second tallest building in the world. Experience a tour which is fun for the whole family, with a guide who is experienced with both children and adults alike. Learn what Shanghai is famous for, and what makes the city unique. Your guide will show you famous sites, as well taking you off the beaten track.

  • From Shanghai: Zhouzhuang Water Town Private Day Tour

    5. From Shanghai: Zhouzhuang Water Town Private Day Tour

    Start the day with pickup at your hotel. Then sit back and relax for 1.5 hours in the comfortable car while heading to the "Venice of the East" - Zhouzhuang Water Town. It is famous for its unique water system, Chinese styled bridges, and traditional buildings.  First, stop at an ancient theater where the locals used to enjoy the Kunming styled Opera, then walk over the famous Double Bridge to visit a 600-year-old Chinese mansion - Zhang Residence. The residence has more than 70 rooms and the Zhujing River flowing through the property. The next stop will be Shen Residence. The museum portrays Shen Watson and how he became a rich merchant. If you are hungry, your guide can help you find a local restaurant where you can try out the most authentic local food. Before heading back to Shanghai, enjoy some free time to explore or shop around by yourself. Book the optional Gondola ride to expl...

  • Shanghai: 8-Hour Private City Tour

    6. 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...

    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

  • Shanghai: Private and Personalized Guided Tour

    7. 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!)

  • Shanghai: Like a Local Customized Guided Tour

    8. Shanghai: Like a Local Customized Guided Tour

    Explore the city with a friendly local who is passionate about his/ her city and eager to share all the tips and tricks that will help you make the most of your trip. Meet where you're staying to get familiar with the neighborhood, find out about the best places to eat and buy groceries, the easiest ways to get around and the top things to see and do. By the end of the tour, you'll feel more comfortable in navigating the city and confident that you have all the information you need to make the most of your stay. During the walking tour, you will have the option of taking public transportation or a taxi to get around the city. Please contact the local tour operator if you’d like a private car included in the tour.

  • Shanghai: Herb Market, Taoist Temple and Tai Chi Bike Tour

    9. Shanghai: Herb Market, Taoist Temple and Tai Chi Bike Tour

    Explore traditional sites of Chinese medicine and religion on a 4-hour bike tour in Shanghai. Pass by many scenic spots, and practice Tai Chi in a famous park. Begin your tour at the meeting point with your local, English-speaking guide. Visit a centuries-old Taoist Temple that has been in existence since the time of the Ming Dynasty, and gain insight into ancient Chinese philosophy and native religion. Then, follow your guide to the largest traditional Chinese herbal medicine market in the country. Explore the theory and application of Chinese medicine, discover how the herbs are prescribed, and come to understand that the goal of treatment is to bring the body back into balance. Finally, take the chance to practice Tai Chi in an ancient park with a master of this martial art. Work on developing your inner power and harmony through the concentration, coordination, and relaxation of y...

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What people are saying about Shanghai

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 13 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.

What a great way to see a lot of the major Shanghai sights (in a day!). Tom was a fantastic guide and spoke perfect English. I have been to many temples throughout Asia, but learned more about Buddhist temples and Chinese Buddha statues through Tom than all previous temple tours combine. He’s extremely knowledgable, not just on Buddhism, but all of Shanghai and it’s culture and history.

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.