Private Full-Day Tour: Shanghai Old and New Highlights

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From $121.50

399 reviews   (4.98)

Price varies by group size

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Pricing Info: Per Person


Departs: Shanghai, Shanghai

Ticket Type: Mobile or paper ticket accepted

Free cancellation

Up to 24 hours in advance.

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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!

What's Included

Entrance fee to Yu garden and Jade Buddha Temple( If "All Inclusive Tour" is booked)

Experienced driver with air-conditioned car (Only if related tour option is booked)

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 giv

Local Tasty Lunch (If " All Inlcusive Tour" is booked)

Private tour services

Professional and knowledgeable local guide

What's Not Included

Entrance fee to observation deck of the top tower


Lunch, and entrance fees (if " All Inclusive Tour " is not booked)

Optional tea tasting /ceremony

Please note: The tour is for upto 8hours, it can be extended at USD 25.00 per hour after 8hours.

Traveler Information

  • INFANT: Age: 0 - 2
  • CHILD: Age: 3 - 7
  • ADULT: Age: 8 - 88

Additional Info

  • Face masks provided for travellers
  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • If your hotel is not located in downtown Shanghai, an arrangement can be made to meet near the downtown area
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
  • Suitable for all physical fitness levels
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Please wear comfortable walking shoes
  • This tour is NOT wheelchair friendly

Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours before the scheduled departure time.

  • 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.

What To Expect

The Bund (Wai Tan)
Meet your private guide at your central Shanghai hotel at your prefered time.Tell your guide if there’s anything you want to see more of on your tour: your itinerary is flexible and can be 100% customized around you. Following is the sample itinetary and you are welcome to discuss with your guide if you want to customize your own tour. Typically, you will visit 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.

30 minutes • Admission Ticket Free

Yu Garden (Yuyuan)
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 fun time to shop for souvenirs such as tea, antiques, jade, pearls, silk, and other wares. If you wish, experience a tea ceremony (own expense) and sample some high quality local tea.

1 hours • Admission Ticket Not Included

Former French Concession
Then, visit 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.

60 minutes • Admission Ticket Free

Pudong New Area
After the wonderful morning activities, you will take a break and savor a local delightful lunch in the nice restaurant. Your expert guide will help you order the dishes based on your own dietary requests.

60 minutes • Admission Ticket Free

Shanghai Tower
After lunch head to Lujiazui area ,take a leisure walk along the skybridge among the futuristic mordern skyscrappers. Marvel at the fast development of city. If nice clear day, choose to visit one of the top obervation deck in the Oriental Pearl TV Tower, Shanghai Financial Tower, Jinmao Tower, or Shanghai Tower based on your own preferences. Enjoy the spectacular birdeye view of the mega Shanghai city.

60 minutes • Admission Ticket Not Included

Jade Buddha Temple
Continue the tour to visit one of the most beautiful and famous buddhist temple -Jade buddha temple. Admire the exquisite Jade Buddha Status from Burma,explore different chambers of the temple and learn the fasinating religiouns culture ,wisdom from your knowledgable guide.

As the exclusive flexible tour , if you have been to the above mentioned attrations , you could also have alternative options to visit Nanjing Road Shopping street, Tianzifang, Shanghai Museum, Urban Planning Hall, Shanghai poster art museum, AP Plaza market etc based on the time and your own interests.

After the wonderful day you will be dropped off back to your downtown hotel or other downtown area as per your request.

1 hours • Admission Ticket Not Included


An amazing customised tour with Sunny!
JinanGJL, 16-08-2020
Our family enjoyed every minute of this wonderful, amazing trip! Sunny is knowledgeable, thoughtful, careful and friendly. Our van was cool and comfortable and the driver was excellent and everything went to schedule. Sunny expertly navigated us through all of the required reservations and health checks at our stops. We began in charming Old Shanghai on the way into Yu Gardens that was so much better with Sunny's interpretive knowledge which revealed details and stories that really brought each site we visited alive. We stopped for a delicious lunch at a lovely resurant where Sunny helped us order a fabulous Chinese meal. After lunch we toured the impressive Jade Buddha Temple and went to the French Concession for coffee in a cafe and did a little shopping :) We later went to the Oriental Pearl Tower which gave us amazing views of Pudong, the river and the Bund just as the sun was starting to cast long shadows. What a memorable, beautiful day! Sunny is the best! We loved this customised tour so much that we booked Sunny again for a Zhujiajiou Water Town tour later in our week, and we think you should too!!
Private full day tour old and new
mcmoggles, 23-07-2020
What can I say? A perfect day, well spent with Sunny who is an amazing, knowledgeable, friendly, accommodating and more, guide with a sense of humour! The entire day was planned and customized to what we wanted, professionally managed and executed. I can highly recommend Sunny to anyone who wants to have a stress free guide of the best Shanghai has to offer.

Shanghai is an amazing city with so much history, stunning architecture old and new. The day started with a pickup at our hotel, then a walk to Yu Gardens. We Visited people's Square, The Jade Buddha Temple, and were dropped off at the Shanghai Tower, in between a most divine lunch.

Sunny, from my wife, Eloise, and I, thank you! Xie Xie!
Family history
Lynn C, 19-05-2020
My friend had many ancestors who lived in the Shanghai area. We did not know if the addresses remained or if the land marks were the same. Sonny was wonderful and helped us locate most of the areas we wanted to visit. She was a delight to talk to regarding her knowledge and interest in a variety of subjects. I hope to visit Shanghai again and look forward to touring and dining with Sonny.
Fantastic job very well English speaking guides Lily and FeiFei
Chandra_A_Texas_USA, 18-04-2020
We were a group of 10 in the first part of the 2-day tour of Old and New Shanghai. Lily was our personal guide for this. We were delighted that she picked us up at the Shanghai Kang Koi train station when we arrived from Tianjin. She was excellent in managing time and we went and did a very nice boat tour in the evening and when the buildings lit up after dark it was beautiful.
The next morning she promptly picked us up at our hotel at 8 a.m. in Pudong area and then we started out quickly in the morning with the trip up the Shanghai Tower and then to Yue Garden, and some other places.
We loved this tour that my sister organized in consultation with Sunny, the owner of the company.
Fei Fei took us on a separate tour to River Town.
All three, Sunny, Lily, and FeiFei were absolutely fantastic. The best part is that they were very flexible which is the best part of have a private tour organized.
I will highly recommend them. Of over 100+ cities that I have toured around the world over the past decade, I can easily state that dealing with Sunny and the tour organized by her company as well as the guides was among the best experiences I have had in a foreign country.
Great way to see the best of Shanghai
Stuart E, 11-04-2020
We would highly recommend this tour. We found the pace of the tour excellent for seeing all the key areas with enough time to explore and understand the significance and history of the location. Our guide, Rita, was a lot of fun to explore the city with and very knowledgeable. We only had a short time travelling through Shanghai on a longer trip so this was an ideal way to get a first experience of a city. We would certainly look at other tours when we return to Shanghai in the future.

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