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Private Full-Day Tour: Incredible Shanghai Highlights

Shanghai, China
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icon8 hours  (Approx.)
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Get to know Shanghai with your own guide on this full-day private tour. Admire bird’s-eye views from a Shanghai Tower, stroll along the Bund, and visit the Yuyuan Garden and bazaar. Plus, explore the Confucius Temple and Former French Concession area, and enjoy a traditional tea ceremony. Choose to travel by public transport (own expense) if you're in a group of four or fewer, or upgrade to get around by private vehicle.
  • Visit top Shanghai attractions including the Confucius Temple and Yuyuan Garden
  • Admire aerial views from your chosen Pudong tower, such as the Oriental Pearl or Shanghai Tower
  • Stroll along the Bund and visit the Yuyuan bazaar and Concession area
  • Flexible itinerary with personalized attention from a private guide
Personal tour guide services
Guide will meet you at your centrally located hotel and return you to your hotel
Private car or metro/taxis (if option selected)
Authentic dumpling lunch (if option selected)
Entrance fees (if option selected)
Flexible start time (choose when booking)
Observation decks in Lujiazui area (allows you to choose based on conditions)

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
Guide will meet you at your centrally located hotel and return you to your hotel (included).
Drop off and pickup outside of central Shanghai, such as the airport, cruise terminals, railway station, Shanghai Disney Area, Qinpu, Jiading, Chuansha, or Songjiang will incur extra USD40 for whole group include pickup and dropoff. You can pay in cash (USD or RMB) directly to your guide when meeting.


  • Pu Dong Airport, Shanghai China
  • Hongqiao Airport, 2550 Hong Qiao Lu, Changning, Shanghai China


  • Shanghai Port International Cruise Terminal, 500 Dongdaming Rd, Hongkou Qu, Shanghai Shi, China
  • Wusongkou Wharf International Youlun Gangfazhan Co., Ltd. (South Gate), 1 Baoyang Rd, Baoshan Qu, Shanghai Shi, China

Departure Time

9:30 AM
Book your desired tour option, and depart your downtown Shanghai hotel or another chosen central location by private vehicle or public transport (depending on option selected). Tell your guide if there’s anything you want to see more of during your tour: your itinerary is flexible.

Head into the Pudong financial district and visit the observatory of a tower of your choice, selecting from the Oriental Pearl Tower, World Financial Center, or Shanghai Tower, China’s highest building (own expense).

After admiring the views, stroll along the Bund, Shanghai’s colonial-era waterfront beside the Huangpu River. View the European architecture dating from the late 1800s and early 1900s, and then visit the 13th-century Confucius Temple (own expense), dedicated to the Chinese philosopher.

Savor a dumpling lunch (own expense) at a centuries-old restaurant, and afterward, explore the Yuyuan Garden (own expense), a Ming-era masterpiece of ponds and pavilions. Then, visit Yuyuan bazaar and enjoy a Tang-dynasty tea ceremony, tasting local teas as you learn about tea-drinking etiquette.

Finally, stroll through Shanghai’s Former French Concession area, where pretty streets blend with colonial-era buildings converted into shops and restaurants.  After absorbing the east-meets-west atmosphere here, your tour concludes at the start point.
Stop At:  
Shanghai Tower
The Shanghai Tower is a 632-metre, 128-story megatall skyscraper in Lujiazui (second-tallest behind Dubai's Burj Khalifa.) It has the world's highest observation deck and the world's fastest elevators at a top speed of 74 km/hr. It is the world's A truly amazing view and experience.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Oriental Pearl Tower (Dongfang Mingzhu)
This iconic symbol of Shanghai, at 468 m (1,535 feet) high, was the tallest structure in China from 1994 to 2007. It is classified a AAAAA scenic area by the China National Tourism Administration. An observation deck is in the highest sphere with glass floor 360-degree view.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Shanghai World Financial Center
This iconic structure looks like a bottle opener and is the 2nd tallest building in Shanghai. Three observation decks offer different experiences at the 94th, 97th, and 100th floors. The 100th floor is the highest observatory in the world, with transparent glass-walled walkways.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Yu Garden (Yuyuan)
This garden dates back to 1559 during the Ming Dynasty. A classic Chinese Garden rich in history, you'll see a wide range of halls, statues, rock structures, water features as well as the famous Grand Rockery and Exquisite Jade Rocks.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Yuyuan Old Street
Once called Miaoqian Dajie, is an old business street that has a combination of tourist attractions, shops, entertainment and cultural exhibits as well as the earliest bank, gold shop, jeweler's store, wine shop and tea house of the city were all to be found here.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Shanghai Confucian Temple
The Confucius Temple was founded during the Yuan Dynasty, when Shanghai was just a small fishing village. It was also the most prestigious learning institution, combining a spiritual temple with a top-rated school. A beautiful and serene site of gardens, halls, statues and an amazing complimentary tea ceremony.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Former French Concession
Enjoy the atmosphere of east meets west or one of the new popular places. This area is rich in the history of China when colonial powers had a significant presence in Shanghai. It has unique architecture while bustling with people along tree-lined streets.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
The Bund (Wai Tan)
The Shanghai Bund has dozens of historical buildings, lining the Huangpu River, that once housed numerous banks, trading houses and consulates from all over Europe, Asia and the United States. The area highlights Shanghai's western influence in architecture and culture and today offers a beautiful walkway along the Huangpu River while learning about Shanghai's history.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Dress comfortably and for the season
  • Please wear comfortable shoes
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • OPERATED BY Jennys Shanghai Tours

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What is the maximum group size during Private Full-Day Tour: Incredible Shanghai Highlights?
This activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers.

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Traveler Tips

  • "I would also recommend getting the private car, definitely worth it." See review
  • "Just be aware that you will need additional Chinese currency which is something we didn't think about since the tour was prepaid." See review
  • "We were in Shanghai during the Chinese New Year, so we knew it might be a bit complictaed to find a guide or even open attractions." See review


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Fantastic Day in Shanghai
, Jan 2020
Fantastic day with Celine. She picked us up at the hotel and we visited the Bund, visited a garden that parents try to find a march for their child, went to Yu Garden, Confucius Temple, a silk factory, and a tea house fo a tea ceremony. We also ate at a local dumpling restaurant and walked around the very upscale French Concession. At the end of our tour, Celine instructed the driver to drive us around pointing out other architecture of the city on the way to the airport. Celine helped us get checked in and made sure everything was handled before she left us. We had so much fun and she was very personable. The driver was nice too. I would recommend this tour to anyone visiting Shanghai! Thanks Celine!
Wonderful Shanghai
, Sep 2019
Thanks to our Guide Peggy we had a wonderful day exploring this beautiful city. We saw so many different parts of Shanghai and enjoyed every minute of the day. Peggy's English was so very easy to understand. Loved her humour. Thanks so much Peggy for making our tour of Shanghai one we will remember. 4 very grateful Aussies.
Amazing city tour.
, Apr 2019
We amazing experience in shanghai with our very good tour guide. She guide us and she was able to explain in details the place weve visited like Yu Garden, Confucius temple,xiantindi,French concessions,Shanghai Financial Tower and even help us to watch the movie avenger end game .
, Nov 2018
We had a full day tour with Apple and it could not have been better! Apple was so knowledge and so kind. We were able to see so much of Shanghai in a short amount of time, book this tour today! I would also recommend getting the private car, definitely worth it.
The tour was perfectly paced. Peggy was...
Dr R S J
, May 2018
The tour was perfectly paced. Peggy was a charming and insightful host. Highly recommended.
We had a business group of 12, Our...
Philip H
, Apr 2018
We had a business group of 12, Our guide did an excellent job. Flexible and willing to adjust to our group, we saw Shanghai! We covered, the Bund, a temple, a very local restaurant, high view of the city, the Peace Hotel, the cricket/fish market, the umbrella/peoples park and I'm sure several other things. Our group spent the evening in the hotel lobby bar talking about what a great guide Kim was and all the things we saw.
Celine was an incredible guide, very...
Stephen S
, Apr 2018
Celine was an incredible guide, very knowledgeable and provided us with a great deal of information and history. Incredibly flexible and willing to tailor the day to us given we had already seen some of the sites she had initially planned.
Celine was a great tour guide. We...
Rita F
, Apr 2018
Celine was a great tour guide. We had a great driver too. They took us to five different places and to a restaurant where the locals go. Just be aware that you will need additional Chinese currency which is something we didn't think about since the tour was prepaid.
It was an exciting experience. We...
, Mar 2018
It was an exciting experience. We were so delivhted to have Peggy as our tour guide. We were travelling with our two young children and she was very flexible with the itinerary. We visited all the places of importance as listed. The lunch was great and we enjoyed the experience thoroughly. TY Peggy!
Peggy was a great and very...
, Feb 2018
Peggy was a great and very knowledgeable guide during our full-day tour in Shanghai. She picked us up at the hotel, we discussed the intinerary for the day and how to get fom A to B to C taxi, public transport, walk. We visited Shanghai Old Street, Yuyuan, the Bund and the beautiful HSBC building there, had lunch in a local restaurant near People's Square, visited the Confucian temple and, at the end of this beautiful sunny day, we even watched the sunset from the viewing plattform of the Bottle Opener. We were in Shanghai during the Chinese New Year, so we knew it might be a bit complictaed to find a guide or even open attractions. We felt very lucky to have Peggy guide us and even letting us know what options might be available i.e. open during the following days. We would highly recommend this tour and felt it was a perfect start for our stay in Shanghai.

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