Insider's Shanghai Private Walking Tour

Insider's Shanghai Private Walking Tour

Leave the tourists behind and enjoy an Insider's guide to Shanghai's nightlife on this private walking tour!

You will see incredible interiors, Imperial Gardens, local bazaars, the French Concession, noodle bars to die for, insider perspectives of Asia's new, super stylish & futuristic "it" city and hear stories of intriguing colonial excesses.

Finish your tour with a cocktail and vistas over the metropolis.

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5 hours


8:30 am daily

48 Hours Minimum Advance Booking Required.Maximum 6 persons per tour. Tour includes hotel pick-up from Shanghai hotels. Rates are per person in US Dollars. Please order online or call to order or for more information.


Shanghai is a city known for style, elegance and decadence, this is a tour to an Insider's perspective of each of these facets of Asia's new superstar city! Your guide will take you on a local's stroll through Shanghai's imperial opulence and architecture, meet the irreverent and colourful resident characters and explore its bazaars as well as the stunning and futuristic hub of this Global metropolis. Shanghai is a mix of Oriental and Occidental, past, present and future, it oozes excitement and what's happening. The commercial hub was developed by far-sighted European traders 160 years ago and it remains the destination for people who can’t wait to experience tomorrow today.

Historical backdrop...find out about the cause of the Opium Wars, the motivation of the British East India Company, the 'concessions' to the colonial powers & setting of China's 'century of humiliation'

You'll begin the tour by taking in the delightful Yuyuan Garden, one of the finest imperial gardens in China, known for its attention to minute detail and classic landscape architecture. Then browse through the various crafted goods at the bazaar of Old Shanghai for a charming insight into tradition and a chance to chat and bargain with the local merchants.

Struggles for power...find out about the Taiping Rebellion, the first instance of Total War in China which saw the death of 20 million over the course of its campaign, and the cost to the Qing Dynasty with French and British support in bringing the "Heavenly Armies" to heal and the inspiration Mao took from the uprising.

Continuing, you'll go on to visit the Municipal and Town Planning Offices of Shanghai which need to be seen to be believed. The scale and speed of construction is unprecedented in modern history and your architecture expert's insights cover the approach to the future motivations in the formation of China's 'weltstadt' or global city.

Then, a different gear, with the famous 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. Enjoy a walk about the Old Shikumen area; "Shikumen", meaning "stone gate”, is a special old form of courtyard residence in Shanghai. In many ways, it is indeed a gateway to the past amidst the strikingly modern of this fascinating coastal city.

Next on your discovery of Shanghai is a unique approach to the Xintiandi Area. It is a place retaining the antique charms of the Shikumen area of old Shanghai and has been gentrified to international levels of chic with an impressive number of galleries, bars and cafes, boutiques and restaurants. It's an area that is reminiscent of a decadent Shanghai of the 1920s and the "sonic" present lifestyle of its resident local urbanites.

To balance the bustle of the modern city you'll seek quiet in the Chenghuangmiao, the central shrine for Daoist worship in China. Dating from 1403, the temple's main courtyard is still active with worshippers. Lastly your stroll along the Bund provides an awe inspiring view of China's commercial prosperity with Shanghai lending it's own brand of character to every aspect its architecture and character.

At tours end you'll take in an afternoon drink at one of the best vantage points in the city with a touch of style. Soak up Shanghai's up-and-coming wine and bar scene, along the way you'll sample street fare that is a culinary delight and adventure worthy - you'll be telling your friends all about it! - your Insider's Shanghai tour will surprise even the most seasoned traveler.

This "Insider Experience" Shanghai Tour takes you through intricate gardens and alleyways, amidst bustling bazaars and noodle bars through to unique urban sights of this sophisticated modern metropolis. Expert guides deliver a narrative of history and modern day life in the commercial center of Communist China - fascinating!


  • Get an insider's view of all sides of Shanghai, from local bazaars to chic boutiques
  • Expert guides from architects, political scientists, designers, historians, and all locals
  • Intriguing history, the rise and fall of the Taiping Rebellion, creation of the colonial concessions and more
  • Check out the town plans for the future of this new mega metropolis
  • Former Opium Dens and the War and motivations of the British East India Company
  • Meet the new fashion designers and labels you'll want to take home
  • Wander the intricate alleys of the Shikumen on toward the famous Xintiandi Area
  • Cocktails with vistas over the Shanghai's amazing and increasingly world famous skyline


  • Transport by air-conditioned coach
  • Hotel pickup (selected hotels only)
  • Expert guide
  • Museum & Heritage Buildings' Entrances


  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Food and Drink

Good to Know:

  • Infants aged 2 years and under travel free of charge, providing they are not occupying a seat.
  • Tours run rain or shine, but not in severe weather.
  • Please dress appropriately in comfortable shoes.
  • Gloves are available to borrow on cold days, and rain ponchos are for sale should you desire one.

48 Hours Minimum Advance Booking Required.Maximum 6 persons per tour. Tour includes hotel pick-up from Shanghai hotels. Rates are per person in US Dollars. Please order online or call to order or for more information.

Cancellation Policy

There are no refunds. All sales are final.

Change policy

If changes are allowed on a tour or activity, a $20.00 per reservation change fee will be applied for any change to a reservation. Please note that some tours and activities do not allow any changes. Date changes can only be made only if we can confirm availability on the new date. While we cannot guarantee any changes can be made, all change requests must be submitted a minimum of 24 hours prior to the tour departure and must be handled on an individual basis through our Reservations Center.

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Event Date:

March 24, 2018

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08:30 AM