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Private Customized Shanghai City Day Tour with Local Expert
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Private Customized Shanghai City Day Tour with Local Expert

By Shanghai Melody
Recommended by 100% of travellers
100% of reviewers gave this product a bubble rating of 4 or higher.
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Duration: 6–8 hours
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Live guide: Chinese, Russian, English
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  • Professional guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Private transportation ( If tour w/ guide & private car option is selected )
What's not included
  • Entrance ticket
  • Lunch
  • Private transportation ( If Tour with Guide Only option is selected )
  • Gratuities
  • Entry/Admission - Yu Garden (Yuyuan)
  • Entry/Admission - Jade Buddha Temple
  • Entry/Admission - Shanghai Tower
  • Entry/Admission - Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Hall


Start:Multiple pickup locations offered.
    Hotel pickup offered
    During checkout you will be able to select from the list of included hotels.
      End:This activity ends back at the meeting point.

        • Not wheelchair accessible
        If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 30693P32

        • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
        • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
        • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
        • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
        • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

        • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

        If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 30693P32

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        • Shanghai Melody
          260
          China
          Joined in February 2016
        • j0sinm
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Amazing historic and cultural experience
          We had an incredible tour of Shanghai with our guide, Penny. She was exceptionally thorough and knowledgeable, making our visit to the city both educational and enjoyable. Our first stop was the stunning Yu Garden, where Penny shared fascinating insights into its history and architecture. She then took us to the serene Jade Temple, providing detailed explanations of its significance and the intricacies of its design. For lunch, Penny recommended a delightful spot in the French Concession, where we savored delicious local cuisine in a charming setting. Her suggestions and expertise truly enhanced our experience, making it a memorable day in Shanghai. We highly recommend Penny for anyone looking to explore the city's rich culture and history.
          Written June 27, 2024
        • RahulJagtiani
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          An awesome half day experience
          We had an amazing time with our guide Penny who took us around Shanghai. She was extremely professional, knowledgeable and had a very good itinerary planned out for us. Definitely recommend doing this tour if you have time in Shanghai!
          Written June 1, 2024
        • lawrencec797
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Open Your Eyes and See Old and New Shanghai
          Ms. Penny met me at my hotel, she helped me craft an agenda, and then we were off on a fantastic, informative, and fun tour of Shanghai. Riding the Metro and walking, I not only saw highlights of Shanghai but learned a lot of very interesting history along the way. Ms. Penny is the definition of a professional guide: knowledgeable, fun, engaging, and she taught me about using Alipay for payments and using taxis in China. I wanted to see an out-of-the-way propaganda poster museum and she not only got me there but she fully explained the nuances of the posters from pre-Maoist times until the present. This was a master class by a true, highly talented professional guide. I absolutely recommend this tour whether you know what you want to see or are looking for tips and suggestions. Ms. Penny is amazing.
          Written May 17, 2024
        • V5677NTalext
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Great communication with the company even on Sunday night for next day trip!
          We had 2 different guides from this company during our brief business trip to Shanghai. I booked my trip less than 24 hours before our arrival, for a tour on Sunday night. Kelly did a phenomenal job communicating and setting up our guides that met us at our hotel and traveled the city with us. The guides were both very personable, sophisticated, and knowledgeable and were able to show us the innermost parts of the city and culture. Money well spent!
          Written May 13, 2024
        • p_r_lk2015
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Elevate Shanghai experience with JUDY!
          Huge thank you Judy! My lovely guide Judy gave me a great taste of beautiful Shanghai in 4-hours with a great combination of old & new sights of the city, explaining all the highlights with her great energy & best tips to make my short business trip a great experience throughout. Highly recommended if you want to explore the city as per your interest but without language barrier and saving time while seeing the top spots. I would recommend Judy to anyone visiting Shanghai, actually China as she has great know-how about the entire country. Many thanks Judy, was my pleasure
          Written May 12, 2024
        • R7611CStonyb
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Excellent
          Penny was extremely informative,her English exceptionally good.Very friendly and interested in her area. Would def recommend
          Written April 15, 2024
        • L5476FReileenr
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Great learning experience about the French Concession!
          Penny was remarkably knowledgeable about the history if the French Concessiion and made the history come to life as we strolled through. We saw where Nicon signed the Shanghai Communique, the view from 33rd floor of Hotel Okura, other historical landmarks, and the Shikumen residential buildings. Highly recommend this tour!
          Written April 9, 2024
        • Laura K
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Outstanding opportunity to learn about the history of Shanghai and China!
          I had an excellent tour and history lesson of the French Concession today. Penny was such a knowledgeable and enjoyable guide and presented a vast amount of information clearly and in a highly digestible story. My understanding of China and Shanghai is exponential. I highly recommend spending a few hours with Penny!
          Written February 29, 2024
        • leapyear68
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          If you want to learn about the history and culture of Shanghai, take this tour!
          Penny picked me up from the hotel and took me on a phenomenal tour! She spoke perfect English and taught me so much about the history and culture of the area. We saw a varied cityscape including the fancy hotels, the shopping district, and the housing complexes. We ended at a trendy tea shop with craft tea concoctions. An absolutely amazing day!
          Written January 15, 2024
        • M9808DTmaximed
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Great discovery of the colonial past of Shanghai
          Excellent tour with Penny, she was an EXCEPTIONAL guide! She made history super interesting, gave us a new view of the city, and was lovely to chat to. Highly recommanded
          Written December 30, 2023
        • C3210JBdougl
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Short of time in Shanghai? This tour is a must!
          The tour with Penny, our guide, was amazing! She showed up a few minutes' early at our designated meeting spot near our hotel and took us on a 4-hour+ walking & taxi tour of the Yu Gardens and the Bund area. We spent a lot more time at the Yu Gardens, exploring everything that it had to offer including sampling the delirious Xiao Long Bao (soup dumplings). Penny was a walking encyclopedia, giving us facts about China, the Gardens and Chinese culture in general. She was super patient, allowing us to meander at our own pace, and explaining everything around wherever we were. This tour a a definite "must" if you have a limited time in Shanghai and want to see specific things. It is a custom-designed tour, so read up a bit about Shanghai so that you can decide where you want Penny to take you. If we had more time, we would have hired her again to see the other parts of Shanghai we missed. 5 stars for thsi one!
          Written December 28, 2023
        • AiLoonY
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Most Enlightening Tour!
          We had an excellent tour with Penny from Shanghai Melody. Penny was very knowledgeable about the history of Shanghai and was able to provide a good overview within the few hours of our tour. We were able to get a better perspective of Shanghai and indirectly the Chinese culture through snippets shared by Penny. We will definitely recommend this tour as an excellent introduction to Shanghai.
          Written October 27, 2023
        • Curiosity428987
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Lights and History of Shanghai
          Excellent tour made special by the historical information supplied by our tour guide Penny. We enjoyed a boat trip seeing the spectacular light display illuminate the old and new sights of Shanghai and walked around Yu Gardens trying some of the local cuisine while learning of the history of the city. We chose to have our tour start at 18.30 but would recommend an earlier start to enjoy some of the sights in daylight. Overall a very good experience.
          Written September 13, 2023
        • 777carolineo
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Highly recommended
          I booked this as an activity for my team to spend time together and have fun. We were not disappointed and it exceeded my expectations. We started with a market visit including buying vegetables for our meal, followed learning how to prepare and drink green tea. Seeing our meal being prepared was followed by dumpling making from scratch. There was much laughter, cooking tips shared, good food and great company. Thankyou Kelly, feifei, Shanghai mama and everyone who made it such a memorable experience
          Written July 9, 2023
        • Sundaytj
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Strongly recommend
          Unexpected fantastic tour giving deep history of the French concession area especially on architecture. I spent most my childhood time here but surprisingly still plenty new things to me. And thanks for Penny's perfect English guide and Kelly's kind arrangement. Wish them good success on the business and thanks for make this tour realive!
          Written May 8, 2023
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        Andrew B
        4 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Jun 2023
        We had a terrific day. Kelly drew our attention to all sorts of details at YuYuan Gardens that we would have completely missed had we been on our own. She then found us some gorgeous local dumplings to sample, and later a brilliant restaurant with very local specialties we hadn't seen before, for lunch. Kelly also took us down back streets and lanes where we could engage with everything Shangai: from upmarket shops to neighbourhoods that gave us a feel for the city's workings. Along the way, we learned lots about local history and culture, and we finished at the Marriage Market, which was fascinating and buzzing. We had a great time and learned a lot about Shanghai and its people.
        Written July 4, 2023
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        orthreenaks
        Portland, OR27 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Nov 2019
        Kelly provided our family with the ultimate Shanghai tour experience, from beginning to end! Upon arrival, Kelly met us and helped to get us settled into our Air B&B accommodations. She shared her knowledge of Shanghai's history as we walked along the Bund area and visited Yuyuan Gardens. We had some time to walk through different exhibits in the Shanghai Museum and also visited the French Concession. During our time together, Kelly was very genuine and attentive ... and always available to answer any questions we had along the way.
        Written December 1, 2019
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        DRSProjectsPtyLtd
        Brisbane, Australia7 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Aug 2018 • Solo
        This was my second trip to China and my third tour with Kelly (Ping Ping). Kelly will take you anywhere you want to go and knows everything you ever wanted to know about Shanghai and its history. Her tours are tailor made and flexible. Shopping, site seeing, eating... You can just tell her what you want to do and she will make it happen. She is fun, clever and great to hang out with especially if your travelling alone and need a friend for shopping. If you run out of money she always has plenty of cash to tie you over till you reach the bank. Perfect!
        Written February 24, 2019
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        Justin39Edwards
        Greater London, UK8 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Kelly organised my walking tour and very short notice and was really helpful! Kuang who was my guide was very friendly, helpful and informative. A great introduction to Shanghai, thanks!!
        Written January 25, 2020
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        ShlomiRonit
        1 contribution
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        May 2019 • Friends
        Penny was amazing! She took us to all the good places… historic places, good places to eat, to shop, a lot of very interesting buildings of old and new. Penny was kind, very punctual, she is just perfect! We suggest all the people who come to Shanghai make sure you ask for Penny. We love her very much.  Shlomi & Ronit from SDEROT, ISREAL.
        Written June 27, 2019
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        Lena
        1 contribution
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Jun 2019 • Couples
        Thank you Kelly for excellent service and great knowledge about places and history! Will absolutely recommend friends and colleagues to contact you if visiting Shanghai. All the best from me and Dan, Goslowtravel
        Written June 19, 2019
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        Jessica@suzhou
        Suzhou, China2 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        May 2019 • Couples
        My husband and I had an Awesome experience while in Shanghai. Pingping was highly knowledgeable and super efficient. Pingping made our experience in Shanghai all the more memorable. She had great knowledge about the history. She took care of so many other requests that we made from her. Taking us shopping, getting us to try beautiful restaurants. Going to hidden corners of the city and off the trail places that were truly enjoyable. Pingping became more a friend than a guide for us. It is because of her that we cherished every moment in of our stay in Shanghai. Pingping we brought back great memories of You and Shanghai. It was so lovely for You to greet us at the airport with your awesome Smile.
        Your country took us by suprise and we would love to come back again. You had a great sense of humour and lot of laughter and time just flew.
        Written May 4, 2019
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        Jack P
        2 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Mar 2019 • Friends
        My wife, adult son and brother-in-law only had one day in Shanghai to take in the experience on our private tour. Kelly and Lily (our tour guide) met us at our hotel on time and off we went. Lily was fantastic - excellent English-speech, extremely knowledgeable about the city, experienced world traveler, great sense of humor. Lily had no problem when we switched around the itinerary on the fly to take advantage of a clear mid-day to go to the top of the Shanghai Tower. A lot of laughs all day and no issues or regrets.
        Thanks Lily and Kelly - we'll be back.
        Written May 1, 2019
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        Robert C
        1 contribution
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Apr 2019 • Solo
        I have traveled the world on both personal and business trips and I often take a city tour when I arrive to gain a better understanding of a new town. However out of all the tours that I have taken, the tour I took of Shanghai was not only good but actually the best that I have experienced. The reason for the success of the tour was my guide Penny who truly went above and beyond to make sure that my experience was exceptional. Penny met me promptly at my hotel and proceeded to ask me questions about my interests, the result was a tour that went far beyond any expectation I had. Penny designed a day that visited not only the highlights of Shanghai such as the Jade Buddha and the ancient Yu Gardens but also included less known but truly interesting attractions such as the Museum of Propaganda and the back streets of the "Old" town. Penny's thorough knowledge of the history of Shanghai but also the centuries of Chinese history was truly amazing. Penny's English was perfect and her ability to customize the day based on my interests made my trip. If you are in Shanghai and looking for a private tour, this is a perfect 10 out of 10. If you are fortunate to get Penny as your guide, that is simply the icing on the cake. Thank you Penny!!
        Written April 18, 2019
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        pekwj
        3 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Had a great experience. Penny arrived early at the hotel to wait for us. She was a highly knowledgeable guide, very proficient in English and constantly providing interesting titbits about Shanghai's history. There wasn't a question she couldn't answer. Penny's food recommendations were also perfectly on point, and she helped us book dinner at her favourite restaurant (which proved delicious). Would recommend to anyone who wants to learn more about Shanghai.
        Written April 7, 2019
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