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Private Full-Day Tour: Shanghai Past and Present

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icon8 hours  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
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iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

Overview

Experience the many faces of past and present Shanghai with your own personal guide to provide context and history on this 8-hour private tour. Discover the city's classical charms at the Ming-era Yuyan Gardens, and visit the Jade Buddha Temple, and a silk reeling factory. Plus, compare the colonial grandeur of the Bund with Shanghai’s modern side on the Nanjing Road. Includes entrance fees, lunch, and private transport with hotel pickup and drop-off.
  • 8-hour private sightseeing tour of Shanghai past and present
  • Stroll through the 400-year-old Yuyan Gardens, with their pagodas and ponds
  • Visit the Jade Buddha Temple and a silk reeling factory
  • See the colonial-era Bund waterfront, and stroll and shop on the Nanjing Road
  • Learn about Shanghai’s history from ancient to modern times
  • Includes entrance fees, plus lunch at a Chinese restaurant
  • Private transport and hotel pickup and drop-off included
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All admission tickets as listed in the itinerary
Hotel pickup and drop off services are available within the middle ring zone of Shanghai.
Professional English-speaking tour guide
Comfortable vehicle with A/C
Lunch
Gratuities
Hotel accommodations
Personal expenses

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
1. Hotel pickup and drop-off services are available within the Middle Ring Zone of Shanghai City. Please tell us your hotel/accommodation name, address and phone number at the time of booking.

2. If you want to be picked up from airport or cruise port, please specify in the booking form. We need to charge extra transfer fee according to your location.

Departure Time

8:30 AM
Start your private tour with a hotel pickup, and set off with your guide by air-conditioned vehicle.

On route, listen as your guide shares the history of this dynamic city. Sitting on the River Yangtze delta, Shanghai began life as a fishing village before the British named it a treaty port in 1842. The British, French, and Americans then established enclaves here, turning the city into the ‘Paris of the East’ during the early 20th century. Today, Shanghai is China’s economic hub, offering a heady mix of high rises, colonial architecture, and traditional Chinese charm.

Stop at the Yuyan Garden, in Shanghai Old Town. Believed to date back 400 years, this classical Chinese garden is composed of exquisite pavilions, ponds, bridges and sculptures. Wander through the decorative and calming landscapes, camera in hand, and learn about the garden’s history.

From here, visit the Jade Buddha Temple, a working Buddhist temple and one of Shanghai’s richest. Explore the halls and see the two revered Buddha images — one carved from pale green jade, and the other sculpted from white jade.

Break for lunch at a local Chinese restaurant, and then continue to a silk reeling mill. Watch the process of reeling, where raw silk is produced from silkworm cocoons and teased into threads, and listen to tales of China’s ancient silk industry.

Next, travel to the Bund, the famous waterfront of imposing 19th-century buildings constructed by the colonial powers. Admire the grandiose architecture here and absorb the views across the Huangpu River to the skyscraper-filled Pudong district before heading for the Nanjing Road, Shanghai’s main shopping street.

Soak in the bustle of this pedestrianized street, a microcosm of modern China, and take a stroll to peruse the stores and purchase souvenirs.

After eight hours, your tour ends with a hotel drop-off.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Yu Garden (Yuyuan)
Yuyuan Garden is located in the center of Shanghai old quarters. It was a private garden built in 1559 during the Ming Dynasty, with typical Chinese classic architecture and style. The complex covers an area of 2 hectares, with rockeries, pavilions, ponds and corridors. Wander through the decorative and calming landscapes, camera in hand, and learn about the garden’s history.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Jade Buddha Temple
Built in 1918, Jade Buddha Temple is a very popular Buddhist temple among local people. The main treasures are two statues of Buddha imported from Burma by sea. They were carved from rare single blocks of white jade adorned with precious stones. The temple is a hive of activities with monks, worshipers and visitors.
Duration: 40 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Shikumen Museum, Shanghai
Shikumen also called "stone gate", is a style of housing, where 80% of Shanghainese was born and grow up before 1990s. Now with the economy developing, Shikumen has changed a lot, turns into a gathering place with bars, tea houses and entertainment centers. However, you still could take a glance at Wu Li Xiang, which is a small exhibition of the old Shanghainese' home furnishings.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
The Bund (Wai Tan)
This 1.5-kilometer-long embankment runs along the western bank of Huangpu River. On its west side it is the "architecture gallery" with 52 well-preserved old European style buildings. Once the major trading and commercial center of old Shanghai, the Bund has now taken on new vitality, with futuristic developments, chic restaurants, top end shops and bars offer plenty to see and do-and by night it's magic!
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Nanjing Lu (Nanjing Road)
Nanjing Road is the most famous and busiest shopping street in Shanghai. From time-honored traditional Chinese brand stores to international designer boutiques, Nanjing Road is a shopping paradise where you can find everything. There are also many hotels, restaurants, theaters and shopping malls. It's a fascinating glimpse of modern, commercial China.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Vegetarian or gluten-free option is available, please advise at time of booking if required.
  • You will receive details about the tour guide and pickup in your voucher the day before. And the tour guide will also call you via hotel or leave a message for you about pickup time the night before tour.
  • Hotel pickup and drop off services are available within the Middle Ring Zone of Shanghai.
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • OPERATED BY Trippest Mini Group Tours
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Private Full-Day Tour: Shanghai Past and Present?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
See all safety measures taken by Private Full-Day Tour: Shanghai Past and Present.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Private Full-Day Tour: Shanghai Past and Present?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Private Full-Day Tour: Shanghai Past and Present.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Private Full-Day Tour: Shanghai Past and Present?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Private Full-Day Tour: Shanghai Past and Present.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Private Full-Day Tour: Shanghai Past and Present?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
See all safety measures taken by Private Full-Day Tour: Shanghai Past and Present.

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Very good tour, very good guide (Jack...
MariaAnna Z
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Very good tour, very good guide (Jack). Recommended.

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