Get an insider’s perspective of China’s superstar city — from bustling bazaars to chic boutiques — as you witness Shanghai's imperial opulence and avant-garde architecture. Meet local residents while you stroll with your expert guide through the city, a modern mega-metropolis with unique historical surprises at every turn. You’ll wander along intricate alleys past shikumen
-style buildings toward the famous Xintiandi entertainment district, ending with a vista over Shanghai's world-famous skyline. Numbers are limited to 10 people, ensuring an intimate experience with a small group.
After morning pickup from your Shanghai hotel, head to the delightful Yuyuan Gardens to begin your small-group walking tour. After exploring one of China’s finest imperial gardens, known for its attention to minute detail and classic landscape architecture, browse for various crafted goods at the bazaar of Old Shanghai. Here, your guide offers insight on Chinese traditions while you have the opportunity to chat and bargain with local merchants in this coastal city.
Continue on to the Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Center, whose scale and speed of construction are unprecedented in modern history. Listen to an architecture expert’s commentary on China’s approach to future development in the global metropolis.
Then, switch gears with a visit to the historical French Concession. Founded in 1862 in southwest Shanghai as a result of the Treaty of Nanking, the Concession is a pleasant mix of wide tree-lined streets and European-styled architecture. Discover a gateway to the past as you follow your guide on a walk past the old shikumen-style townhouses, noted for their courtyard residences.
Next, take a unique approach to the Xintiandi district, which retains the antique charms of Old Shanghai while gentrified to international levels of chic with an impressive number of galleries, bars, cafes, boutiques and restaurants. Reminiscent of the decadent Shanghai of the 1920s, this area reflects the present-day lifestyle of its resident urbanites.
To balance the bustle of the modern city, your small group will seek solace in the Chenghuangmiao (Temple of the town God), the central shrine for Taoist worship in China. Dating back to 1403, the temple's main courtyard is still active with worshippers.
Finally, stroll along The Bund for an awe-inspiring view of China's commercial prosperity and then sample culinary delights with some delectable street food (own expense). Enjoy a touch of style as you soak up Shanghai’s up-and-coming wine and bar scene from one of the city’s best vantage points (cocktail at own expense), completing your small-group tour in the city center.