Private Full-Day Tour: Shanghai Old and New Highlights

Private & Custom Tours in Shanghai

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This great 8-hour Shanghai city tour takes you to discover the must see sites in Shanghai from its old and modern perspectives, from its colonial Bund riverside to the modern skyscrapers Oriental Pearl TV Tower, Shanghai Tower, from the elegant Ming Dynasty Yu Garden and old town Bazaar to the charming French Concession, from the exquisite Jade Buddha Temple to China's No.1 famous shopping street Nanjing Road and more! Experience the local culture, history and life with your local guide. Enjoy the flexibility of the exclusive private tour and explore the city at your desired way and pace! You can either choose to experience the city with the tour option by public transit such as metro, taxi, or you can choose the option with your own private vehicle. No matter if you are a solo traveler or travel with friends or family, you won't want to miss such an amazing and memorable day!
Meet your private guide at your central Shanghai hotel at 9am or your preferred start time as stated in the Special Requests field on booking. Tell your guide if there’s anything you want to see more of on your tour: your itinerary is flexible and can be customized around you.When you book, choose to travel by private vehicle with lunch and Yu Garden and Jade Buddha Temple admission included, or opt to explore by public transport or private vehicle with lunch and entrance fees at your own expense.Start at Shanghai’s French Concession, once the center of colonial life and now a hip area. Visit the ‘French Park,’ to see locals enjoying activities like ballroom dancing, Tai-chi, singing, and water calligraphy, and stroll around the Concession with its charming avenues of ‘French trees’ and traditional houses.Next, visit one of Shanghai’s most active temples: Jade Buddha. Admire its two exquisite Jade Buddha statues from Myanmar and enjoy the tranquil atmosphere as you hear about local Buddhist culture and history.Visit People’s Square, a garden-like square great for watching locals go about their daily life. View the striking modern architecture of buildings like the Shanghai Museum and Urban Planning Hall, and if it’s the weekend and the weather is dry, see the interesting ‘Marriage Market’.Have an authentic Shanghai lunch of select dumplings, noodles, meat, and vegetables, or ask your guide to recommend another restaurant if you have special dietary needs.Afterward, visit the 500-year old classic Chinese Yu Garden, and view the traditional Qing-Dynasty architecture of the Old Town Bazaar. See the Huxingting Tea House near the ‘Nine Zigzag’ bridge and enjoy free time to shop for tea, antiques, jade, pearls, silk, and other wares. If you wish, experience a tea ceremony (own expense) and sample some high quality local tea.Next, travel to The Bund, the colonial-era promenade along the Huangpu River. Admire the stunning views of old and new Shanghai, including buildings such as the Bund's Old Customs House and iconic skyscrapers like the Oriental Pearl TV Tower, Shanghai Financial Tower, Jinmao Tower, and Shanghai Tower.If it’s a clear day, visit one of the towers' observation decks for bird’s-eye views, and then walk along Riverside Promenade (Binjiang Da Dao). Afterwards, explore the trendy Xintiandi quarter, where traditional shikumen houses, homes to the middle classes in the 1920s and 1930s, testify to Shanghai’s one-time European glamor.Aside from the above itinerary, talk to your guide about experiencing other attractions such as Shanghai Museum, Tianzifang Art area, the Jewish Ghetto, Nanjing Road, and the Shanghai Propaganda Poster Art Center, or riding the city’s magnetic-levitation Maglev Train or other activities.Your tour ends with a drop-off at your central hotel or other downtown area of your choice.

What’s included

  • Professional and knowledgeable English-speaking guide
  • Private tour services
  • Hotel pick up and drop-off (Only for hotels located in downtown area. Pick up does not include hotels in the outskirts such as Jiading, Songjiang ,Qingpu ,Jinqiao, Chuansha in Pudong areas etc. If your hotel is not in the downtown area your guide will give you instructions to the meeting point downtown)
  • Local Lunch and entrance fees (if option is selected upon booking)

What’s not included

  • Gratuities
  • Personal expenses
  • Lunch, and entrance fees (if option is not selected)
  • Entrance fee to observation deck of the top tower
  • Optional tea tasting /ceremony
  • Please note: The tour is for upto 8hours, it can be extended at USD 25.00 per hour after 8hours.


  • Instant Confirmation
  • Great overview and orientation of the city
  • Perfect introduction for first-time visitors
  • Flexibility to customize your itinerary to your own preferences
  • Private guide for a more personalized experience
  • Free hotel pickup and drop-off included