United States of America
Excellent whirlwind intro to Shanghai. Joy was an informative and delightful guide. The only downside was the lunch restaurant. To quote one of my travel companions, I would far rather have paid for my own lunch and enjoyed something much better to eat on the Bund.
Excellent tour - we also covered a Pearl factory and had a tea ceremony, as well as the Bund, Jade Template and the Yu Garden. Lunch was one of the better quality set lunches. Would recommend this tour!
We went on this tour our first full day (out of 8) in Shanghai, after coming from Beijing on the very fast train (this is highly recommended!!!) It was an excellent tour of Shanghai which took in the main highlights and gave us a great idea of what was available in that very busy city. The Jade Buddha Temple was fascinating and the museum well worth a look. The Jade Buddha himself is quite reasonably kept a long way from the people, so a little underwhelming. But there are many other buddhas and statues that are very striking. The Yuyuan Gardens were certainly a highlight of the tour and a treasure trove of photographic opportunities. Even though we were there at the end of winter it is still an amazing place and i am sure in late spring it is even more beautiful. The Old town, Bund and Museum were also great and gave us a clear idea of where we could go and what we could return to spend more time at over the next few days (especially with a BigBus hop on hop off bus 48 pass which we also purchased, also very highly recommended). Our guide Jennifer was excellent and informative and as it was not high season there were only three of us in our big car, so very pleasant. There are, of course the ubiquitous silk factories, pearl factories etc that they take you on during every tour, but if you have not yet been to them then they are very interesting (in our two weeks in China we saw 4 silk factories, 3 tea houses, 2 pearl factories and 1 jade factory... I must admit that this becomes very repetitive after a while). However, researching and booking this tour with Viator was easy and painless and I would thoroughly recommend the tour,
Great value. It's an excellent way to acclimate yourself to the city and get your bearings. 48 hours to see all of Shanghai, plus admission to the Jin Mao tower ($20US per person on its own) plus the 90 minute river cruise which we did at night to see the lights along the Bund ($30 US per person on its own). That right there pays for itself! It's pretty much the best deal you can get in Shanghai. I would totally do it again and recommend to first timers to Shanghai.
Doing what: Big Bus Shanghai Hop-On Hop-Off Tour
I was travelling on my own to Shanghai and what better way to become orientated and see the beautiful sights and lights from the Bund. Chris our guide was very informative and provided lots of information about the local area and the Peace Hotel and Nanjing Road. Thoroughly recommend the Tour.
Great tour! A must! We saw 4 more sites on this tour than sticking with the offer from our larger tour group...lunch by the bund was tasty!
Excellent tour, provided insight to old Shanghai mixed with 1930's European buildings on the Bund. The traditional entertainment at the restaurant during lunch was a surprise.Our guide, Fenny, was enthusiastic and knowledgeable which made the tour thoroughly enjoyable.
This is a wonderful way to see the lights of the Bund in the evening and walk the mall. The tour guide a young female, was excelent, good knowledge and good english. Most helpful directing us to all our needs.
This is one of the most convenient ways to get a feel for Shanghai, we were there for 7 days we did this tour on our first two days which allowed us to get the lay of the land, the next five days we then explored on our own using the metro. Shanghai is a beautiful and very modern city and I found the people are mostly very helpful. I am black and English speaking, and at no time did I feel uncomfortable , even when was pack tightly in the train during rush hour. This tour will give you a snap shot of key land marks - the Bund, Pearl TV tower, Jade Buddha temple, Hungpu river and Peoples Square to mention a few. This allowed us to revisit the sites we were most interested in a spend more time.
I would highly recommend this for the first time visitor.
Doing what: Big Bus Shanghai Hop-On Hop-Off Tour
The tour stared with a pick-up from the Hotel Holiday Inn Express in Zhabei for four of us at the right time given. the tour guide was knowledgeable courteous and answered all questions that we had. He was also good in English and could communicate well and explain the details of the places we visited. The lunch in a restaurant around the Bund area was also very good as the tour guide took care of ordering dishes we wanted to have. Enough time was spent at each of the venue listed and it attended in time with a drop-off at the hotel. I would strongly recommend the use of Vitaor.com website for booking the tours as it is safe and secure as well as prompt in providing services.
The tour was really good. We received a boat ride on the Hungo River and the lights at night were fantastic. We then went to the Bund. We rode on a train down the Bund and watched the lights. The only issue I had was I thought it was a little unprofessional that the tour guide left the tour before we were dropped off at our hotel. Other than that it was a fun tour.
All in all a good tour, I found the museum a little dull but I am not a big fan of them anyway. Jackie our tour guide was very knowledgeable but sometimes he spoke too quickly and it was hard to follow what he was saying. The river front overlooking the bund was amazing and I loved the French concession area. I would certainly recommend this tour for an overview of shanghai.
Good tour, though there seems to be a lot of driving around the city that isn't necessary. I think I'd recommend just doing a half-day tour, seeing the Jade Buddha Temple, maybe the museum, and the oyster pearl factory. Things like the Bund, Yu Gardens, and the French Concession are easy enough to see on your own on your trip if you've got time to sight-see.
The tour guide was quite charming and knowledgeable and the tour itself was fine, the Jade Buddha Temple, the Bund, the Gardens, even the pearl and silk stores I didn't mind. Starting at the Shanghai Museum was also good - even if racing through it in an hour hardly did it justice, but a good intro nonetheless.
HOWEVER, the lunch was worse than Chinese food in America, just touristy and nothing particularly good, interesting or special. After hearing from the local guide about the yummy breakfast items he savored at street stands, it would've been lovely to have some really good Shanghai treats. The young couple in our small group opted to lunch at a nearby Haagen Dazs. They made a wise choice.
highly recommended within a day of arrival so the traveler can orient him/herself on the sites of the city--then afterwards one can pick out the favorite areas and visit/explore independently-- the lunch food was ok... visit to the shanghai museum and the bund were the highlights of this tour
This is a great tour and the size of the group was small (total of 6) in air condition van. Got a lot of history from tour guide and saw many sites in Shanghai. Had a great tasty Shanghai lunch ordered by the guide. Loved the museum, learning about pearls, silk, and jade, history and sites of the Bund, beautiful Jade Buddha Temple, and the beauty of Yuyaun Garden. Tour was timely and didn't feel rushed.
Enjoyed visiting the French Quarter and the Bund
guide once again was great, brilliant command of English, only thing was we felt a little rushed from one place to the next. jade buddha temple is amazing, fantastic sites to see. lunch was great, good food in a clean restaurant. we visited a silk factory which was interesting to see how silk is made and there's tons of things to buy. the weather wasn't great on our trip so we had to cut short the walk through the xintandi area and i wished we'd had gone lower down on the bund and seen the historic buildings versus focusing on the waterfront. but great day trip to see a lot of key sights and find your bearings for the next day.
Tour guide was very informative. We had a private guide as there were no other people on he tour due to the time of year. We were taken for our lunch, & I must say this was the only bad meal we had during our nineteen day trip. Very little choice, & what there was to eat was not very good. We were unable to walk along the Bund area due to the construction work which was going on for Expo 2010.
The Bund area and former French Concession area were the highlights.
There were some great things and not so great things about this tour. Thomas and the tour driver picked me up promptly from my hotel. I was the only person on the tour so had the mini bus to myself. We started at a Pearl factory which was really a shop who provided me with a very basic description of how pearls are formed and then I was shown their many pearl jewellery displays with a view to buy. We then went to the Jade Buddah Temple which was stunning and Thomas as a practicing Buddhist was very knowledgeable, describing all the figures and their role within his faith.
After the temple was the Shanghai Museum where I was given half an hour to look around. Not much time to cover four floors of antiquities. Lunch which was a solitary affair with a set menu delivered in a restaurant that is obviously a tour group favourite. The food was basic and tasty but I would have preferred to order for myself and paid any extra cost. It was followed by a walk on the Bund where I took photos of the skyline opposite. We also visited the beautiful Peace Hotel.
The next stop was the silk factory where I was given a good description of the silk making process and an opportunity to see how the silk is extracted. This was followed by a tour of their 'shops' with a view to buy duvets, pillows, bedcovers, etc. As I was at the start of a six week trip I really didn't want to buy big items that needed to be carried around and ended up wasting alot of time here that could have been best spent elsewhere.
Following the Silk Factory we went to a beautiful private garden that was in a much more interesting area of Shanghai. Very crowded and vibrant. Thomas whisked me through the garden getting impatient when I wanted to stop to take photos. To me this was the most interesting part of the tour and like the museum I didn't get enough time to explore this or the area which incidentally would have been great to have lunch in.
United States of America
This was an average tour, more of sales gimmick. We really didn't see much except for a museum, which was excellent. Other places visited were more for the commission. Unfortunately due to heavy rain, we couldn't do the Bund.
Lunch was very poor quality. I am shocked that Viator selected such mediocre restaurant.
I took two tours with Viator, The Best of Shanghai day tour and The Chinese Acrobats and Shanghai Evening tour. Both were very poorly managed and a huge disappointment. I will not recommend either.
It was just ok I would not recommend it you are better off just walking on the Bund and doing the French Concession at your leisure much of the time was wasted going shopping to the pearl and silk market which was a sales pitch and spent far too much time there
The river crusie was interesting, we did not get to experience the eveining walk along the Bund.
The river cruise was short (45 min), the stop at the Peace hotel to see the lobby was un-necessary. The "Bund City Lights Evening Tour of Shanghai" turned out to be 15 minute Nanjin Road trolley trip one way that didn't even make it to The Bund. Then our tour guide took us through a mall to exit to another street to get in the van for the ride back to the hotel. Not really good value for the money.
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