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Beyond Tourist Trails: Your Passport to Authentic Shanghai In A Day

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Beyond Tourist Trails: Your Passport to Authentic Shanghai In A Day
  • Beyond Tourist Trails: Your Passport to Authentic Shanghai In A Day
  • Beyond Tourist Trails: Your Passport to Authentic Shanghai In A Day
  • Beyond Tourist Trails: Your Passport to Authentic Shanghai In A Day
  • Beyond Tourist Trails: Your Passport to Authentic Shanghai In A Day
  • Beyond Tourist Trails: Your Passport to Authentic Shanghai In A Day

Tour Style:
Embark on a local's journey through the heart of the city, delving into its vibrant culture and hidden gems. With "Local Explorer," experience the city's depth, discover unique neighborhoods, savor authentic cuisine, and immerse yourself in the local way of life. Travel like a local, uncovering the essence of the city through personalized insights and memorable encounters.

Duration: 6-8 hours

Local Park, Marriage Market, Wet & Food Market, Shanghai Bird and Insect Market, Old French Concession, Tianzifang Area

Pick-up point:
Your hotel in Shanghai or Shanghai train station (based on your requirement)

Finishing point:
Your hotel in Shanghai or Shanghai train station (based on your requirement)

Tour Customizable:
Absolutely! (Tell us your specific requirements in the inquiry)

Payment Types:
Cash, Wire, Paypal, WesternUnion, Wechat, Alipay

Available: Daily


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Tour Itinerary

  • Place&Transport: Shanghai
  • Today's Activities: Local Park, Marriage Market, Wet & Food Market, Shanghai Bird and Insect Market, Old French Concession, Tianzifang Area
  • Accommondation: N/A
  • Meal: N/A

Commence your Shanghai exploration with a warm welcome from our guide at your hotel or the Shanghai train station, where the distinctive "Your Way Holiday" sign ensures a seamless start to your journey. 

Your Way Holiday In Shanghai

Begin your day in the morning at a local park, where you'll spend a delightful half-hour exploring the picturesque green space. Witness the graceful movements of tai chi masters and the artistic expressions of water calligraphers, as your guide shares insights into these fascinating practices. If your visit falls on a weekend, you'll have the unique opportunity to explore the Marriage Market, gaining a glimpse into this cultural phenomenon.


As you navigate the park's vibrant atmosphere, your guide will provide insights into the history and significance of the Marriage Market (Weekend). Families, armed with detailed resumes and photographs of their unmarried children, gather here with the hope of finding suitable matches. It's a nuanced blend of tradition and modernity, where parents play an active role in the pursuit of lifelong companionship for their children.


Transitioning to the vibrant local scene, head to a nearby wet market, where an array of vendors showcases fresh produce, fish, and meat. Maintain your appetite as the culinary adventure unfolds, offering a chance to savor xiaolongbao, Shanghai's renowned soup dumpling. Watch these delectable dumplings steam in bamboo baskets, and then, under your guide's expert guidance, savor the experience of piercing the delicate skin, slurping the flavorful soup, and relishing the tasty filling inside.


Explore the fascinating Shanghai Bird and Insect Market, Upon entering the market, your senses are immediately captivated by the symphony of birdcalls and the kaleidoscope of colors from a myriad of exotic birds. From melodious songbirds to strikingly vibrant parrots, the market showcases a diverse array of feathered companions. Your guide will illuminate the significance of bird-keeping in Chinese culture, emphasizing the longstanding tradition of avian companionship.

As you stroll through the market, immerse yourself in the lively atmosphere and witness the passion of bird and insect aficionados. Marvel at intricately designed cages, each crafted to provide comfort and style for the cherished pets. Engage with vendors who are eager to share their knowledge about various bird species, their care, and the cultural importance attached to these winged companions.


For lunch, relish an exquisite culinary adventure at a thoughtfully chosen local restaurant. Indulge in a variety of Shanghai's signature dishes, each meticulously crafted to showcase the city's diverse and delectable flavors. Your expert guide will provide insights into the history and cultural significance of each dish, making it a memorable and flavorful experience.

In the afternoon, delve into the captivating world of the charming Shikumen-style 'nontang' or laneway houses nestled within the historic French Concession area. Allow yourself to be transported back in time as you wander through these narrow lanes. Marvel at the intricate details and architectural beauty of these unique structures, each bearing witness to the city's transformation over the years. Your guide, a knowledgeable companion on this cultural journey, will regale you with captivating stories that breathe life into the brick and stone facades. Learn about the individuals and families who once called these houses home, and gain insights into the daily lives and cultural nuances of the past.


Conclude your day in the lively Tianzifang area, known for its vibrant art scene and bustling lanes filled with shops, galleries, and cafes. Wander through the narrow alleyways, absorbing the artistic atmosphere and perhaps picking up a unique souvenir.


As the day comes to an end, your guide will ensure a seamless return to your accommodation, leaving you with cherished memories of a day filled with cultural exploration, culinary delights, and the personalized touch of "Your Way Holiday."

Optional Activities

Shanghai, celebrated for its diverse cultural atmosphere, is home to well-known attractions such as the Bund, Yuyuan Garden, and Nanjing Road Pedestrian Street. Yet, these locations often face crowding in peak seasons. With our Shanghai Private Tour, we present exceptional flexibility and customization, empowering you to tailor your experience entirely. Feel free to interchange or combine destinations and activities as you desire. Explore the following unconventional options that exemplify the robust flexibility and customization our tour delivers, providing a unique and in-depth immersion into Shanghai's rich culture:

Jewish Culture in Shanghai-Jewish Refugees Museum (Free for charge)
Jewish Refugees Museum witnessed the vicissitudes of Shanghai and Jewish residents during World War II. You can took half an hour to visit the museum, talk to history and listen to their past stories. Witness the vicissitudes of Shanghai and the origin of Jewish culture.

Art appreciation in 1933 Creative Hub (Free for charge)
If you want to get to know more about the history and culture of Shanghai, why not ask your guide to bring you to the 1933 Creative Hub. It was a slaughterhouse, but now one of the most famous historical buildings in Shanghai. You will be amazed by the complex structure and the architecture with the essence of eastern and Western culture.

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Price Includes

1. Cozy Ride: Enjoy the comfort and spaciousness of our air-conditioned car, offering scenic views.
2. Bilingual Expert Guide: Benefit from a personalized experience with a guide fluent in your language, catering to your needs.
3. Entrance Fees: Access to all attractions and activities mentioned in the itinerary.
4. Seamless Transfer: Enhance your experience with convenient hotel or train station pickup and drop-off service.
5. Connect Seamlessly: Stay connected with complimentary onboard WiFi, allowing you to share your experiences in real-time.
6. Complimentary Water: Receive a bottle of water for each person.

Price Excludes

1. Personal Expenses: This includes phone bills, laundry, additional tours, postage, and any entertainment fees not covered in the itinerary.
2. Meals: While meals are not included, our guide will recommend the best local food spots, giving you the chance to explore and choose based on your preferences. (Average cost per person for a regular meal at local eateries: 40RMB/6USD-80RMB/12USD)
3. Tips: Tips are not mandatory but are recommended for excellent service. If you feel satisfied with the service, you may consider leaving a tip.
4. Insurance: Insurance coverage for personal loss, illness, or damages incurred during your trip is not included.
5. Optional Activities: Any optional activities listed in the itinerary are not covered by the tour fees.

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Drina Jones
Reviewed on 16 December 2019

My husband and I were in Shanghai in last week. We booked the trip with Shanghai Private Tour to get an overview of the city and thoroughly enjoyed our day with our guide Alex. He was outstanding as a tour guide with just the right amount of fun and knowledge to make the day fly by. We were intrigued with the marriage proposal area and loved watching many citizens dancing in the park. The views of the Bund were stunning and gave us a plan for the rest of the week. Alex speaks excellent English and found no question insignificant to answer whether about Shanghai's past or present.

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