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Discover the temples, gardens and markets of old Shanghai on this private full-day tour, including hotel pick-up and drop-off.  Marvel over the magnificent Jade Buddha Temple, admire the ancient Chenghuangmiao Temple and stroll around the idyllic Yuyuan Garden, which dates back to the Ming Dynasty.  After tucking into a typical Chinese lunch (included) practice your haggling skills as you browse the Taobao City Market.

Highlights

  • Full-day private tour of traditional Shanghai
  • Explore Yuyuan Garden, a beautiful classical Chinese garden
  • Visit the Jade Buddha Temple and Chenghuangmiao Temple
  • Browse and bargain for unique goods at Taobao City Market
  • English-speaking private guide
  • Includes hotel pickup and drop-off

What You Can Expect

Private Tour: Yuyuan Garden, Chenghuangmiao Temple and Taobao City Market

Dongtailu Antique Market

Begin your tour at Yuyuan Garden, built during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644 AD). Enjoy a respite from bustling city life as you stroll through the garden, admiring the pavilions, ponds and dragon-lined walls. Yuyuan Garden translates to the ‘Garden of Contentment’ in English, and you will experience tranquility as you explore this 400-year-old classical Chinese garden. Inside of Yuyuan Garden, you will see Huxinting Teahouse, the oldest tea house in Shanghai.

Visit the Jade Buddha Temple to see the intricately carved jade Buddhas and ancient paintings. The temple was built in the architectural style of the Song Dynasty (960-1279 AD), characterized by symmetrical halls and courtyards, upturned eaves, and clay-tiled roofs. Enjoy lunch at a local Chinese restaurant.

Next, stop by the Chenghuangmiao Temple – the ‘Temple of the Town Deity.’ Back in ancient China, every city had its own temple to worship its local deity, who was believed to protect the townspeople. Today, the temple’s main courtyard is filled with local people worshiping the statues of a local military hero and the town god.

Finish your day shopping for mementos, vintage trinkets and gifts at Taobao City Market. Keep your eyes out for revolution-era porcelain statues, Chinese dishes, vases and old cameras. With 125 stalls to browse, the market offers a not-to-be-missed experience.

Customer Reviews

jconway950 United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

This tour was a wonderful overview of Hong Kong. The views , VIP transpiration and knowledge of the friendly guide made our experience wonderful. We highly recommend the sampan addition for some unique views of Hong Kong. Plenty of time at Stanley Market for shopping too!

W R H

3 star rating: Worth doing April 2013

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