Shanghai Insider Tour

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Yuyaan Garden
Yuyaan Garden
Yuyaan Garden
Yuyaan Garden
French Concession area
French Concession area
Xintiandi
Xintiandi
City God Temple of Shanghai (Chenghuangmiao)
City God Temple of Shanghai (Chenghuangmiao)
City God Temple of Shanghai (Chenghuangmiao)
City God Temple of Shanghai (Chenghuangmiao)
The Bund
The Bund
The Bund historical buildings
The Bund historical buildings
Shanghai modern city skyline view from the Bund
Shanghai modern city skyline view from the Bund
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What To Expect

Get insider perspectives of Asia's new, super-stylish and futuristic "it" city - Shanghai. Enjoy incredible interiors and intriguing stories of colonial times in the less touristy parts of the city. See the Imperial Gardens, local bazaars, the French Concession, and more.

Highlights

  • Insider view of Shanghai, from local bazaars to chic boutiques

  • Local architects, political scientists, designers, and historians as guides

  • A stroll through the intricate alleys of Shikumen toward the famous Xintiandi Area

  • Cocktails with views of Shanghai's amazing and increasingly popular skyline

Specifications

Type:
Tours in Shanghai
Departs From:
Shanghai
Meeting Point:
Hotel pick-up
Duration:
5 hours
Availability:
daily at 8:30 AM
Product Code:
10888
Voucher info:
Paper voucher printout not required for this activity. You may show e-voucher from your mobile device.
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Description

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!

Includes

  • Pick-up from inner city hotels in Shanghai

  • Expert guide

  • Transportation by air-conditioned coach

  • Entrance to museum and heritage buildings

  • Tour insurance cover

  • Taxes

Excludes

  • Meals and drinks

  • Tips and gratuities

  • Personal expenses

  • Optional activity costs

Please Note

  • 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.

  • This tour has a 2 passenger minimum requirement for operation and is subject to cancellation if this minimum is not met. Please call at least 24 hours prior to departure to confirm schedule.

Cancellation Policy

  • Free cancellation: 8 days or more prior to start date of activity.
  • 50% Cancellation Fee (50% reimbursement): between 6 to 7 days prior to date of activity.
  • 100% Cancellation Fee (no reimbursement): 5 days or less prior to date of activity.

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