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Exploring Old and New Shanghai

Exploring Old and New Shanghai

As one of the world’s most dynamic, fast-paced metropolises, Shanghai is a city of startling juxtapositions between East and West, modern and traditional. If you want to truly experience Shanghai, you’ll have to embrace its many faces. Here’s what you need to know to experience the city, old and new.

Old Shanghai Despite its ultramodern skyline, pockets of Old Shanghai remain throughout the city. Learn about the city’s rich Chinese heritage on a walking tour of the historic walled town, wander the maze of backstreetnongtangs (traditional neighborhoods), soak up the classic architecture of Yuyuan Garden, and pay your respects at the Temple of the Town God. Stop for some traditional Chinese tea before heading to the French Concession to learn about Shanghai’s European influences.

New Shanghai You’d be hard pressed to find a more futuristic skyline than the one along the Huangpu River in Shanghai. Snap some pictures of the soaring skyscrapers of Pudong from the Bund across the river, or ride an elevator to the top of Oriental Pearl Tower or Shanghai World Financial Center for sweeping views across the city. The Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Center and Shanghai Expo 2010 Park are great places to learn about the city’s modern development. No exploration of modern Shanghai would be complete without a ride on the high-speed Maglev train.

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Private Full-Day Tour: Shanghai Old and New Highlights

Private Full-Day Tour: Shanghai Old and New Highlights

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Discover old and modern Shanghai as you wish on a full-day private tour. With a personal guide, explore attractions like The Bund, Ming-Dynasty Yu Garden, Jade Buddha Temple, and visit the observation deck of one of Shanghai’s highest skyscrapers. Customize your itinerary to suit you and opt to explore by private vehicle with lunch and select entrance fees included, or by private vehicle or public transit with lunch and entrance fees at own expense.
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  • 7 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$121.50
Price varies by group size
From
$121.50
Price varies by group size
Taking safety measures

Shanghai Night River Cruise Tour with Xinjiang Style Dining Experience

Shanghai Night River Cruise Tour with Xinjiang Style Dining Experience

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Get the most out of your Shanghai trip by experiencing the combination of a Huangpu River cruise and a Xinjiang food experience. Take the stress out of navigating the metro, and instead travel in a private, air-conditioned vehicle. See multiple famous Shanghai landmarks from your river cruise such as Oriental Pearl TV Tower and World Financial Center, and have a guide to translate the menu during your Xinjiang feast.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
From
$138.00
Price varies by group size
From
$138.00
Price varies by group size
Taking safety measures

Private Walking Tour in the Former French Concession

Private Walking Tour in the Former French Concession

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Stroll through the Shangai's trendy French Concession neighborhood with a private guide on this walking tour. Follow your guide's lead to unearth hidden courtyards, Art Deco buildings, and typical Shanghai street scenes. Highlights include the Lanxin Theater, the Cathay Mansion, the former residence of Dr. Sun-Yat Sen, Fuxing Park, and others. Choice of departure times to fit your schedule.
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  • 3 hours to 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$95.00
Price varies by group size
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$95.00
Price varies by group size

Shanghai Authentic Dinner and Night River Cruise with Rooftop Bar Hopping Option

Shanghai Authentic Dinner and Night River Cruise with Rooftop Bar Hopping Option

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Enjoy a romantic night out on the town during this exclusive combo package, which includes both a tasty restaurant dinner and a moonlit cruise along the Huangpu River. Spot landmarks both old and new from as you glide along Shangai’s glittering skyline. Upgrade to include an optional bar hopping add-on after the tour, which includes a complimentary bottle of beer or house wine.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
From
$139.00
Price varies by group size
From
$139.00
Price varies by group size
Taking safety measures

Private 2-Hour Shanghai Lanes and Alleyways Walking Tour

Private 2-Hour Shanghai Lanes and Alleyways Walking Tour

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Gain a deeper insight into local Shanghai life on a 2-hour tour with an expert guide who shows you the city’s hidden alleyways and older districts known as 'nontangs.' Learn about the distinctive design and architecture in the nontangs; meet some long-time residents who invite you into their homes; then explore a local food market and sample some tasty street food (own expense). This is a private tour just for you and your party.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$123.08
Price varies by group size
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$123.08
Price varies by group size

3-Hour Small Group Tour: Shanghai Old Town Discovery with Street Food Tasting

3-Hour Small Group Tour: Shanghai Old Town Discovery with Street Food Tasting

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Step back in time to old Shanghai and discover the city’s history and cuisine during this 3-hour tour. See famous landmarks such as the Old City Wall, a birds market, a 700-year old Confucius temple, the last remaining shantytown, and more. Stop along the way to sample some of the city’s most delicious foods such as egg pancakes, sticky rice rolls, wonton soup, fried dumplings and much more.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$68.27
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$68.27

2-Hour Shanghai Yu Garden and Old Town Private Walking Tour

2-Hour Shanghai Yu Garden and Old Town Private Walking Tour

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Explore one of Shanghai’s most evocative neighborhoods when you book a private walking tour of the Old City. Pick between morning and afternoon tour times, and meet your guide directly at your centrally located hotel. Once in the Old City, visit the classical Yuyuan Garden, admire the area’s Qing Dynasty–era architecture, stroll through a bustling bazaar, and otherwise follow in locals’ footsteps as you discover the historical area’s highlights.
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  • 2 hours to 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$69.00
Price varies by group size
From
$69.00
Price varies by group size
Taking safety measures

Private Contemporary Art Walking Tour in Shanghai

Private Contemporary Art Walking Tour in Shanghai

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Delve into Shanghai's thriving underground art scene with a private guide during a walking tour of 50 Moganshan Road, aka M50. This renovated warehouse contains Shanghai's hottest art district, with resident avant-garde artists such as Liu Dao, who makes interactive installations about technology, and Zhou Tiehai, who creates modern work with a satirical twist. Your guide takes you to top galleries and studios where you can find cutting-edge art and gain insight into China's internationally renowned contemporary arts movement.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$123.08
Price varies by group size
From
$123.08
Price varies by group size

Half-Day Shanghai Old Town Market Private Walking Tour

Half-Day Shanghai Old Town Market Private Walking Tour

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To experience the authentic Shanghai, it pays to have a local guide. On this private walking tour, discover a less-visible side of the city as you explore local markets, hidden alleyways, and secret food streets. Visit a bird and flower market, an antique market, a wholesale retail market, and a fabric market, and soak up the spirit of Shanghai Old Town.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$65.00
Price varies by group size
From
$65.00
Price varies by group size

Classic and Modern Shanghai Full-view Sightseeing Group Day Tour

Classic and Modern Shanghai Full-view Sightseeing Group Day Tour

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If you’re short on time but want to experience the best of Shanghai, take a full-day group tour with all-inclusive transportation. Shared end-to-end transportation allows you to comfortably see more of the city in less time. Join your guide at Yuyuan Garden, the Bund, Shanghai Old Wax Figure Museum, and more.  Enjoy included entrance to all attractions, along with complimentary lunch at a local restaurant.
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  • 7 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
From
$92.00
From
$92.00
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Shanghai Jinmao Tower Observation Desk Admission Ticket

Shanghai Jinmao Tower Observation Desk Admission Ticket

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Celebrated in movies such as Skyfall, the Shanghai skyline is one of the world’s don’t-miss views—and it’s particularly stunning when it’s lit up for the night. Discover Shanghai from the 88th floor of the Jin Mao Tower, a landmark skyscraper in the heart of Pudong, with these easy-to-redeem pre-booked tickets.
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  • 1 to 2 hours
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$18.00
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$18.00

4-Hour Private Shanghai Old and New Market Tour

4-Hour Private Shanghai Old and New Market Tour

This unique half day tour takes you to experience the old and new grocery shopping style in Shanghai. Visit both local wet market and the Hema Supermarket by the famous Alibaba Group. See how locals make a bargain with wet market vendors and also get to the "new retail" in the self-service Hema Supermarket. During the tour, experience a grocery and seafood shopping at Hema Fresh just like locals do, and then enjoy a fresh-made meal there if you like.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
From
$99.00
Price varies by group size
From
$99.00
Price varies by group size
Taking safety measures