What To Expect
Shanghai is a city known for style, elegance and decadence. A mix of East and West, ancient and modern - it's hip and definitely oozes excitement. The commercial hub was developed by far-seeing European traders 160 years and it remains the destination for people who can't wait to experience tomorrow today.
On this insider tour, we'll take you on a stroll through the city's imperial opulence and architecture. Meet irreverent and colorful characters and explore the local bazaars as well as the stunning and futuristic hub of this Global metropolis.
We'll begin the tour by taking in the delightful Yu Garden (Yuyuan Garden), one of the finest imperial gardens in China, known for its attention to minute detail and classic landscape architecture. Then, browse through the various crafted goods at the bazaar of Old Shanghai for a charming insight into tradition and a chance to chat and bargain with the local merchants.
We continue on with a visit to the Municipal and Town Planning Offices of Shanghai which need to be seen to be believed. The scale and speed of construction is unprecedented in modern history, and our architecture expert's insights cover the approach to the future motivations in the formation of China's 'weltstadt' or global city.
Then, shifting gears, we head on to the famous French Concession. Founded in 1862 in southwest Shanghai as a result of the Treaty of Nanking, the Concession is a pleasant mix of wide tree-lined streets and European-styled architecture. Enjoy a walk about the Old Shikumen area. "Shikumen", meaning "stone gate", is a special 'old form' of courtyard residence in Shanghai. In many ways, it is indeed a gateway to the past amid the strikingly modern facade of this fascinating coastal city.
Next, we approach the unique Xintiandi Area. It is a place retaining the antique charms of the Shikumen area of old Shanghai and has been gentrified to international levels of chic with an impressive number of galleries, bars and cafes, boutiques and restaurants. It's an area that is reminiscent of a decadent Shanghai of the 1920's and the 'sonic' present lifestyle of its resident local urbanites.
To balance the bustle of the modern city we'll seek quiet in the Chenghuangmiao, the central shrine for Daoist worship in China. Dating from 1403 the temple's main courtyard is still active with worshippers. Lastly our stroll along the Bund provides an awe inspiring view of China's commercial prosperity with Shanghai lending it's own brand of character to every aspect its architecture and character.
At the end of the tour, we'll take in an afternoon drink (at your own expense) with style at one of the best vantage points in the city! Soak up Shanghai's up-and-coming wine and bar scene, and along the way we'll sample street fare that is a culinary delight and adventure worthy - you'll surely be telling your friends all about it!
Pick-up from inner city hotels in Shanghai
Transportation by air-conditioned coach
Entrance to museum and heritage buildings
Tour insurance cover
Meals and drinks
Tips and gratuities
Pick-up times may vary due to traffic and hotel location.
Children below 2 years old are free of charge, provided they do not occupy a seat.
Tours run rain or shine, unless conditions prove to be too adverse.
Please dress appropriately. Comfortable shoes are advisable.
Gloves are available to borrow on cold days, and rain ponchos are for sale should you need one.
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