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I thought the tour was excellent and it was great to take my family around Shanghai. The tour guides were fantastic and really enthusiastic about their city. They had also been on a separate trip to Hangzhou that day but despite the long day they were still geared up to show us Shanghai at night.
Great nite-time activity. However, the ferry or boat we were on was very crowded and no services and the tour operator doesn't accompany you-- so a bit of confusion. There was nothing else to this tour but a ride around picking up people and dropping off people at hotels and even though I thought the river and sights themselves were awesome, I was a bit disappointed in the tour group stuff. Think it should have included a free drink or a stop somewhere for something else other than people's hotels. Just my opinion, but I was in Shanghai for a week and found other tours were more inclusive. This also was not very much money-- so you get what you pay for
Tour was great. They picked us up and dropped us off at the hotel. We were the only one on the tour. It was pretty short duration for the amount of money. The guide dropped us off at the boat. We would have liked her to travel on the boat with us to talk with us about the sites we were seeing which were amazing at night!
Nice way to spend an evening. Ship was a bit too crowded, otherwise overall a good experience.
The view was fantastic, however we chose the wrong day .It was a a festival in Shanghai so our schedule was delayed and the trip was late.the guide could not accompany us on the boat and all the ticket booths busy with so many people we had to go to so many entrances before we could board the boat.
I was expecting the tickets to have been purchased in advance, so not a good start.
Local guide was courteous and helpful. A better description on the website would be helpful. Indicate that there are only snacks on board and the length of the cruise. Indicate that being outside is likely. A bit expensive for what it was.
An evening cruise on a Mississippi style paddle steamer. The views were impressive - the loud music accompanying them not so. Cruise lasted about 75 minutes - the last 20 minutes enduring an interminable announcement on a loop from a lady telling me the tour was about to end.
Our guide remained on the shore for this part and then accompanied us to the Peace Hotel for a quick look at the impressive ground floor interior and then a ride in a trolley bus thing on the main shopping street.
I felt that the river cruise was very short. I thought it was 2 hours. But the cruise itself was less than one hour. The last hour was random things like touring a hotel lobby and riding a trolley on Nangjing Road. I could have lived without the last hour. I did like that the service included hotel pick up and drop off. Our tour guide was very nice and friendly too.
This tour is ok. It's nothing you couldn't do yourself it just saves you the time of having to organise it. The trip down Nanjing Road (the main shopping street) on the siteseeing train is good fun. Its good to see all of the neon signs lit up at night. A night time Huangpu river cruise is a must for anyone visiting Shanghai. The view on both sides of the river is very different, with the colonial buildings on one side and the flashing lights of the financial center on the other. If you like being shuttled around this is a great tour to do. If you are a bit more of an independant traveller easy to do this yourself.
It was great to be able to get out and see the city lights on the boats, it was raining quite a lot but we did at least see the skyscrapers occasionally until the mist descended, our guide was good, he was informative and spoke very good English, so we had no worries at all. Thank you.
We were on this tour Nov. 05,2010. Nice way to see Shanghai, enjoyed the river cruise, but again the other items included in the tour package were eliminated by the tour guide or simply rushed through them just so that he could finish and get home.
We enjoyed the evening. The guide seemed to be in a hurry however, this was probably due to the weather, as it was quite cold. Very crowded conditions.
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.
The tour guide picked us up for this walking tour around shanghai. She wasn't very informative and uncooperative. We chose to climb the tv tower, (the one with then circular centre sections) we made our way across the river. The tour leader was too interested in her phone than the tour. When we arrived she was less than enthused and tried to tell us that the tickets were sold out, a fact that I wasn't willing to accept as there was no queue at all. I approached the desk and got the tickets myself. I was not impressed. The river cruise was long and uneventful. With spectacular views....... Hence the two stars.
Seeing the boats lit up on the river was nice but the boat was just crammed with people. Our tour had only a total of 5 people but combining many, many other tour groups made it a bit overwhelming. Riding the little tram going down the Nanjing center is pretty pathetic. Price is way too high for this tour.
We enjoyed the evening cruise although you can get the tickets on your own for a much cheaper price. The second part of the tour was pretty lame. We took a trolley up the pedestrian street of The Bund. It took about 5 minutes and that constituted our "Bund City Lights Evening Tour". That part of the tour was a huge rip-off.
Rather disappointing. Duration of the tour was also much shorter than expected. I have been on other Viator tours, e.g. in Washington DC, where the standard of your guide was much higher.