The trip was perfect for my needs. I only had a day, and I didn't want to leave China without seeing the Great Wall. Transportation was convenient: A driver picked me up from the hotel, had my printed plane ticket, then the tour guide and driver for the day picked me up from the airport, and the same driver picked me up at the airport at the end of the day. The tour guide was very nice and easy to understand. I enjoyed the Forbidden City and the Great Wall the most. I was also shown a tea shop, jade shop, and silk shop which were good to see, but also encouraged buying and haggling a bit... I didn't mind much, but by the end of the day, I was tired and just wanted to go back to the airport (I was the only person on the tour). I recommend this tour if you're on a tight schedule, but it would be more fun with someone else too.
I was very disappointed in my tour of Shanghai!! I felt I should of did the hop on hop off bus and got a better experience than I did. I have done many of private tours and this was my first on that did not come with car service. You have to take a taxi, subway or bus and you must pay for the guide ticket as well. I decided to do the subway. We went to the Bund, Old Town and the Oriental Pearl Tower. Our guide Chris rushed us thought the whole tour and when we asked questions, he could not answer them. When we went to each place, he just took us there said the name of the place and sat on the outside and waited for us to come out. Nothing was explained or told to us at any of the places. We had to read for ourselves when we got back to the hotel and internet. It was by far the worst tour I have ever been on. And our guide left us in Old Town to get back to the hotel on our own after only being with us for four hours. He told us, we went to all the places and now I must go after we told him we wanted to walk around old Shanghai for awhile and see what they had to offer and shop. Needless to say, I did not have a great time with him and felt it was a waste of my money!
Doing what: Private Custom Tour: Shanghai in One Day
The tour was very good, we highly recommend the water village day trip. Customer service was excellent as was the guide.
I had an awesome time on this trip, Frank our tour guide was superb- very knowledgable (not just about the tour but you can ask him anything about Shanghai!) and great to chat to. There were 7 of us on the tour and Frank somehow managed to pace the tour to suit all our needs, including toilet breaks etc. We had an unfortunate mishap when our minibus broke down on the highway- it was clearly a one off and no one's fault and the driver and Frank were really apologetic. By the time we had got out of the minibus, Frank turned round to us and said he has already spoken to the tour company and another minibus was on its way. Really impressed with the service, and even though we arrived late, we still did the whole trip fully and it did not spoil the tour in the slightest. West Lake was beautiful and I enjoyed the tea ceremony. Although it was quite a hard sale on the green tea, which I succumbed too, I now actually wish I bought more: when I got back, I spoke to my Shanghainese friends about the tea and whether it was worth it, and they said the superior grade Longjing tea from Hangzhou is renowned and the best. Great tour and tour company.
Chris our guide was very friendly and easy going - the set out of the day was not hurried or overly packed but included a good amount of history, culture and site seeing. This is definitely a tour you should take to see chinese water villages.
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: Shanghai Hop-On Hop-Off Tour
Our tour guide for the day was Frank. A very interesting and comical guy. Very knowledgeable as well. Got to know very interesting people doing this tour. Love the tour even though our tour van broke down just outside the toll gate. We had to wait for another mini van to pick us up and the guys had to help push the broken down vehicle to the side of the highway. But none of us mind for the people on this tour were just wonderful. Full of life! Can't remember much of Hangzhou though but I really enjoyed the trip.
The tour sites are excellent; the tour guide needed more energy; we had to continue to ask "where are we now questions" as guide was not so active. The two stops at local companies for pearls and silk were too long, and they make you feel stressed if we did not purchase anything. But, the sites and length of tour was perfect! Beautiful Shanghai!
Traveled back in time! Beautiful chinese gardens and village.
Our guide has such enthusiasm about shanghai and its culture. She not only shared the Shanghainese culinary style but also other beautiful places in china. I totally love this tour and thank you Annie!
Doing what: Shanghai Food and Markets Walking Tour
Thoroughly enjoyed and would recommend this tour especially if you have limited time to see the city. Our tour guide Chris was excellent. A must do if in Shanghai
Loved Frank learnt so much about china the day went very quickly
It was a great tour again Frank told us so much about China's history.When we return in the spring we will be looking for Frank to do our tours.
Beautiful place especially the water town and the lady who rowed our boat has a good voice and sang us a couple of songs.Our guide Chris is knowledgeable and efficient. Very well versed in the history of Suzhou and Chris took very good care of us. He gave us enough time to take photos, sufficient time to do some souvenir shopping and to take in the scenery. Good job.
The performances were spectacular! This is a must see for anyone in shanghai but I have to say our guide was not so good for the tour after the show. Maybe just book the show and forget the guided tour after the show.
Doing what: Chinese Acrobats and Shanghai Evening Tour
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