Private Full-Day Tour: Shanghai Old And New Highlights

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Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Hotel pickup Available
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 8 Hrs
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  • Departure Time :
    9:00 AM
  • Departure Details :
    Traveler pickup is offered
    Pick up and dropp off is provided for anywhere in downtown Shanghai. Please advise your hotel information at time of booking if you do not find the the hotel info in the .. read more
  • Return Details :
    Returns to original departure point
  • Cancellation Policy :
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.


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 toChina's No.1 famous shopping street Nanjing road and more! Experience the local culture, history and life withyourlocal 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!


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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

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Meet your private guide at your central Shanghai hotel at 9amor your preferred start time as stated in the Special Requests field on booking. Tell yourguide if theres anything you want to see more of onyour tour: youritinerary 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 Shanghais 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 Shanghais most active temples: Jade Buddha. Admire its two exquisite Jade Buddha statues from Myanmar and enjoythe tranquil atmosphere as you hear about local Buddhist culture and history.

Visit Peoples 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 its 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 andiconic skyscrapers like the Oriental pearl tv tower, Shanghai Financial Tower, Jinmao Tower, and Shanghai tower.

If its a clear day, visit one of the towers'observation decks for birds-eye views, and then walk along Riverside Promenade (Binjiang da dao). Afterwards, explorethe trendy Xintiandi quarter, where traditional shikumen houses,homes to themiddle classes in the 1920s and 1930s, testify toShanghais 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 citys magnetic-levitation Maglev Train or other activities.

Your tour endswith a drop-off at your Central hotel or other downtown area of your choice.


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)

Experienced driver with air-conditioned car (If related option is booked)



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.

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

This tour is NOT wheelchair friendly

Children must be accompanied by an adult

If your hotel is not located in downtown Shanghai, an arrangement can be made to meet near the downtown area

Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately

Please wear comfortable walking shoes

Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking

This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

Traveler Reviews

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  • 24-Feb-2020

    Rita was our tour guide and she was excellent. She was so knowledgable and catered the tour to us. We loved having our own car and they were so accommodating. We only had one day in the city but we felt like we saw everything and we learned so so much. I learned more in the hours spent with Rita than I had in all my research. Highly Highly recommend.

  • 02-Dec-2019

    This full day tour provided the perfect overview to Shanghai. We had limited time in the city and this tour gave us the highlights and allowed us get a feel for this beautiful, impressive city. We were traveling as a family of four (mom, three daughers ages 12, 8, and 4) and we all really enjoyed the day. Our tour guide, Lily, was fantastic! She was very friendly, knowledgable and very patient with the kids. The highlight of the tour was the amazing lunch Lily arranged (we booked the tour that included this option, and it did not disappoint!). The driver was also very courteous and the vehicle was clean and comfortable - for a reasonable cost the company provided round trip transportation from our Disneyland Hotel (which was outside the standard pick up Zoe). Overall I highly recommend this tour and Lily as tour guide!

  • 02-Dec-2019

    Our Guide, the lovely Freya, picked us up at our Hotel on time. She took us all over Shanghai to see the main sights. She willingly answered all our questions, although, I would have liked her to be more proactive and provide information on her own. Regardless, we tremendously enjoyed the day, and the delicious dumplings lunch.
    Thank You Freya and Sunny Tours!

  • 25-Nov-2019

    Collecting us right on time Lily structured the day quickly to ensure we saw everything we wanted to but to avoid being held-up in the holiday traffic. The driver was amazingly good at being just a few minutes away whenever we were ready to move on. We learnt a lot about Shanghai and the Chinese way of life in the day we spent with Lily. As this was our first time in China this was a brilliant way to experience such a wonderful city and country. Thank you Sunny and Lily!!

  • 18-Nov-2019

    I do not like writing reviews. But this young lady was sooo good it made are trip an excellent experience. Only high fives to Lilly.

  • 21-Oct-2019

    We booked a private tour for three people. Our guide Rita picked us up at our hotel and we spent a whole day together. The itinerary was flexible and we were able to decide what we wanted to do as the day wore on. Rita had so much knowledge and was lots of fun. I could not think of one negative thing to say about Rita or the experience.

  • 15-Oct-2019

    Lilly our tour guide was amazing and really made the tour. She was very knowledgeable and interesting to spend the day with touring the best parts of the old and new city. If you do this tour ask for Lilly.

  • 19-Aug-2019

    A great way to tour the city and learn so much about its history and current events from an expert. Highly recommend to groups, families and those traveling solo.

  • 29-Jul-2019

    Service was very good. From contacting us in email to personally meeting the our tour guide Lily. She was amazing. Knows and understand Shanghai very well. All of our questions was answered. Also, didnt have a hard time during the tour because she knows English well. We are very thankful that we booked this tour!

  • 08-Jul-2019

    We booked the full day tour with Sunny Tours. They were great and very communicative throughout the process. Our tour guide was Lily and she was the amazing! She made sure we saw all of the best things in Shanghai that we could and just had a truly great experience! We would definitely book with Sunny Tours again...and request Lily!

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