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4 star rating: Recommended
April 2014

We had a good day and our guide Jackie was very good.

Kenneth H

4 star rating: Recommended
November 2013

Had a great day and the tour guide Frank was nice and friendly, he made me feel welcome and answered any questions. Frank had a hugh amount of knowledge that he shares along with some wisdome.
Should sign up for this tour it's fun and interesting.

Laura B

4 star rating: Recommended
October 2013

The Shanghai Museum is really worth the trip - very well arranged and a beautiful collection. Chris was a pleasant and knowledgeable guide. HIs commentary on the Jade Buddha Temple made for a richer experience. The Pearl Gallery is just a store and lunch was so so but overall the tour was definitely a good value and we all enjoyed ourselves.

Marion S

4 star rating: Recommended
July 2013

Transport and driver excellent. Enjoyed seeing the selected sites and especially the museum. Our Guide's English was quite good, but she tended to talk to the driver when on the road, and then lecture us when at a location.

Jacqueline G

4 star rating: Recommended
September 2012

This was a nice tour, the guide was great as he spoke English and provided a lot of information. Spent a little time at a pearl demostration which wasn't really worth it. I got a couple of items but I could have done without it. When I booked with Viator for my Italy tours these type of stops weren't a part of the trip which is why I booked via Viator again.

John T

4 star rating: Recommended
September 2012

Excellent guide and driver. Would use again when in Shanghai

Nathaniel T

4 star rating: Recommended
February 2012

I enjoyed my trip. My tour guide - Fenny - was very knowledgeable the place she has taken me to. She had both historical and contemporary knowledge of areas visited! It was worth every cent!.

Ismael J B

4 star rating: Recommended
April 2011

Good tour but we could have done without going to the pearl market.

Nantaporn S

4 star rating: Recommended
January 2011

I'll give 5 stars if the program was not change. One of the reason that I bought this trip is because I am interested in Fresh Water Pearl . But I had to go to Silk Factory. Anyway the Guide is polite and sweet.

Kevin D United Kingdom

4 star rating: Recommended
January 2010

It was very good to see different parts of the city, and with a friendly guide!

Chris S Australia

4 star rating: Recommended
October 2008

Great experience. Tour guide and transportation was great--really enjoyed it.

Keith G Singapore

4 star rating: Recommended
August 2007

The half-day tour was the ideal length. We wandered through the French Concession, toured the elaborate garden mentioned, and strolled the Bund. If you're shopping for silk, you'll love the Silk Factory stop, but it was a bit out of the way from the other sites and time-consuming. Our Chinese guide spoke very good English and stayed cheerful, despite the hundred-degree heat. The tour size, seven people, was perfect. Note that the order of sites listed on the Viator description doesn't necessarily correlate to reality if you're making plans following the tour.

David C New Zealand

4 star rating: Recommended
July 2007

This tour was relaxed. I was a sole tourist and the tour guide was helpful, informative and friendly. This tour is so worth doing if you are strapped for time and can't do the full day tour!

PATRICIA R United Kingdom

4 star rating: Recommended
November 2006

Tour guides were friendly, knowledgeable and on time - in fact too early in one case. As a lone tourist I felt very comfortable in the group.

randy c

3 star rating: Worth doing
August 2015

did not really need to stop in various shops and be pressured in to shop and the shop at the bund

Hiran T

3 star rating: Worth doing
April 2014

Organized tour guide, but limited selection of venues on half day tour.


3 star rating: Worth doing
September 2013

Tour was personal and gave us better appreciation of shanghai.
Be prepared for up sell at each location.
Lots of pressure to buy.

Matthew Francis K

3 star rating: Worth doing
June 2013

This tour takes you to some great places. The Shanghai museum has some very interesting exhibits. We had 1.5 hours in there, which was fine for me, but if you are a bit more of a musuem buff then this maybe too short. I would recommend you go there yourself outside of this tour. The rest of this places are interesting but watch out for the hard sell. At the Pearl Museum and the Jade Budda Temple charity shop they will follow you around and push hard for sales. The tour guide will probably offer to take you to the silk factory too. Again, very interesting demonstration, but then its straight in to the hard sell.

Eril A. M

3 star rating: Worth doing
September 2012

the Guide was quite helpful and knew a lot about the sites. Even though we were a group of two she was not flexible (eg more time where we wanted), we had to go to the shops etc. And we only had 1 hour at the Museum not 1 1/2 as advertised, and we could have had half a day there happily. But it is a good way to get around easily if you are short of time.

Steve F New Zealand

3 star rating: Worth doing
June 2012

Good tour o fill in your morning, The temple was awesome not so fussed on the Jade factory but a good tour thanks

Werner S Australia

3 star rating: Worth doing
August 2011

good tour

Michael P United Kingdom

3 star rating: Worth doing
November 2010

Half day - too short - should have booked a full day

Patricia C United Kingdom

3 star rating: Worth doing
June 2010

Good tour guide and the tour was as described, bit disappointed that we were taken to a Silk Factory which was obviously a ploy to get us to buy something, but on the whole good.

Daniel M

2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better
May 2016

Our guide was very good and professional and informative. The downside was the sales pressure at the pearl place and silk place. We were not expecting that and did not want it. It was not clear from the information that it would be that way. Again, our guide was very good and this should not reflect badly on him.

China Trip

2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better
March 2016

Won't rate this tour as we decided to leave it when we arrived at The Bund. Our guide was very professional and called us the day before to confirm pick up time. He was very quietly spoken.

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