Depart your central Shanghai hotel with your guide and separate driver, and travel by private, air-conditioned vehicle into Shanghai Old Town.
See the traditional shops along Old Street, learning how it’s part of the protected Shanghai Historical Cultural Scenery Area, and visit the City God Temple, the city’s main original temple. Admire the decorative halls dating from the 15th century, and view the surrounding souvenir and food markets.
Stroll around the Ming-era Yuyuan Garden, seeing its exquisite pavilions and ponds as you discover its rich and varied history. Then, continue to Xintiandi, a fashionable shopping quarter created from Shanghai’s old shikumen houses and alleyways.
Learn how they housed Chinese migrants working in the European concessions during the 1800s, and browse the upscale shops. Stop at the First Congress of the Communist Party of China building, and dip into the Wulixiang Shikumen Museum to uncover bygone life in these historic dwellings.
Finally, visit The Bund, the promenade along the River Huangpu lined with colonial-era buildings formerly occupied by European, US, and Russian banks. Admire the elegant architecture and views across the river to Pudong, Shanghai’s skyscraper-filled commercial district.
Your tour includes lunch at a local restaurant, and ends with a hotel drop-off.