Private Full-Day Tour: Incredible Shanghai Highlights

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Private Full-Day Tour: Incredible Shanghai Highlights
from USD $108.90
If you have very limited time in Shanghai, and want to go home with a great understanding of Shanghai, its people, history and culture, then this private day tour is perfect for you! You will visit both the east and west sides of Shanghai and also discover Shanghai's fascinating mix of modern and classic character. The major attractions in this tour includes: Shanghai Tower, The Oriental Pearl Tower, Shanghai World Financial Center, The Bund, Riverside Promenade (Binjiang Da Dao), Yu Yuan Garden, French Concession area and much more!

Note that observation decks in Lujiazui area are optional so you can choose based on conditions.
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In Brief

Shanghai, China
8 hours
Important InfoInfo
This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: Shanghai Tower, No479 Lujiazui Ring Road, Pudong New Area, Shanghai China

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

Stop At: Oriental Pearl Tower (Dongfang Mingzhu), No. 1 Century Avenue, Pudong New Area, Shanghai 200120 China

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

Stop At: Shanghai World Financial Center, Building 1, No.100 Century Ave, Pudong New Area, Shanghai China

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

Stop At: Yu Garden (Yuyuan), No.218 Anren Street, Huangpu District, Shanghai 200010 China

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

Stop At: Yuyuan Old Street, Houjia Road, Fangbang Middle Road, Huangpu District, Shanghai 200001 China

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

Stop At: Shanghai Confucian Temple, No.215 Wenmiao Road Huangpu District, Shanghai 200010 China

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

Stop At: Former French Concession, Puxi Central, Huangpu District, Shanghai 200000 China

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

Stop At: The Bund (Wai Tan), Zhongshan East 1st Road, Shanghai China

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


  • 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)
  • Entry/Admission - Yu Garden (Yuyuan)
  • Entry/Admission - Shanghai Confucian Temple


  • Tips-recommended
  • Observation decks in Lujiazui area (allows you to choose based on conditions)

Departure Time

9:30 AM

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

Additional Information

  • 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

Booking Information

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

Cancellation Terms

This trip is fully refundable up to 96 hours prior to the commencement of your trip.

Booking Terms and Conditions

When you book this trip, you need to read and accept the terms and conditions for booking our day trips in excursions.

Hotel Pickup

When you book, we will ask you to select a hotel to be picked up from. Once your booking is confirmed, we'll send you a confirmation voucher with full contact information (phone number, email address) for our local operator in case you need to update or change your hotel pick-up details.

Here are answers to some commonly asked questions about hotel pickup:

What if my hotel is not listed?
That's okay. When you book you can select an hotel from our list and make your way there on the day of departure; or you can contact our local operator directly to make alternate pick-up arrangements.

What if I have not yet booked a hotel?
Once your hotel arrangements are finalised, you can contact our local operator directly with your hotel details.

What if I live locally, am staying with friends or relatives, and/or don't require pick-up?
Once your booking is confirmed, we'll send you complete details and directions to the tour/activity departure point.

Scoring an average traveller rating of 5 out of 5 based on the last 24 recent reviews

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!
• Submitted 23 Jan 2020
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.
• Submitted 19 Sep 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 .
• Submitted 30 Apr 2019
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.
• Submitted 27 Nov 2018
The tour was perfectly paced. Peggy was a charming and insightful host. Highly recommended.
• Submitted 15 May 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.
• Submitted 12 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.
• Submitted 09 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.
• Submitted 04 Apr 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!
• Submitted 25 Mar 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.
• Submitted 25 Feb 2018
Portia organized a very exciting tour. She was always concerned with my interests and my reactions. It was a good day and I woul recomend Portia as a guide to all my friends visiting Shanghai.
• Submitted 29 Jan 2018
This tour provides great insight into the Shanghai skyline and important locations on their busy streets. We had fun interacting with the residents as we walked along the streets and visited one of the tallest buildings in the City. Our guide was excellent and I recommend having a guide here!
• Submitted 19 Jan 2018
Celine was such a great tour guide. It was my last day in Shanghai and I requested some shopping time and she incorporated that in the itinerary. I was transported by a comfortable and clean car with a good driver. Seeing all the sights without the effort of taking public transport was great. She also took me to a local place for lunch where I tried hairy crab dumplings which were delicious. I checked out at the hotel in the morning and loaded my baggage into the car and the car dropped me off at the airport which was so convenient. Celine has incredible knowledge and told me about the background of all sights. I highly recommend this tour to anyone visiting Shanghai!
• Submitted 07 Dec 2017
What a phenomenal experience! This was a full day, customized tour spending time in a local park, walking through the Yuyuan Garden, Confuscious Temple, a delicious local dumpling lunch, official tea tasting, and incredible views nearly 100 floors up of the entire city. My guide was knowledgeable, friendly, conversational and our driver was on point as well. Would absolutely recommend it!
• Submitted 30 Nov 2017
Just the tour guide and me so a very personal experience. Enjoyed the tour.
• Submitted 26 Nov 2017
I was in Shanghai as a stopover to my final destination in India. I had a 16-hour stopover and decided to take a tour with Jenny's Shanghai Tours. Kim was my tour guide and he was excellent. He had a lot of patience in taking me around and explaining different areas of Shanghai. He was very thorough and overall it was a great experience. Jenny also helped guide me on how to get around Shanghai's metro and wrote out things in Chinese so that I can ask for help when needed. I would highly recommend this tour, and definitely request Kim as your guide!
• Submitted 20 Nov 2017
Absolutely recommended! I had a great day with Kim who showed me the best things in Shanghai and helped me enjoy the city like locals do.
• Submitted 19 Nov 2017
I had only one day to tour Shanghai. Booking this tour was the right choice. Jenny was in touch to make sure all the arrangement were clear. I arrived to my hotel lobby to find Portia already waiting with a sign with my name on it. She was was very knowledgeable of her city and was able to make adjustments on the fly to accommodate the low visibility and rearranged our stops. I even got to ride a bike around a portion of town like a local and visit the Marriage Market. This is in addition to the planned stops. We were able to fit in all the things I wanted to see and I did not once feel rushed. Portia was very aware of timing to make sure I arrive with ample time to head to the airport for my flight. All in all it was a great day and I would highly recommend this tour to everyone.
• Submitted 20 Nov 2017
I strongly recommend this type of sightseeing to Shanghai. My guide Kim was very well prepared, he showed me all the most important places in Shanghai, I was able to feel the city like a local person moving by metro and bicycle. Lunch at local restaurant was delicious. Kim knew how to get into the most important places in the best way, where to buy tickets, where the queue is the smallest. I had little time to see the most important things in the city and it was the best I could do to not miss anything.
• Submitted 28 Oct 2017
We had a fantastic experience with our tour in Shanghai. We only had one full day in town, so we though that taking a tour would be the most efficient way to spend our day. The tour surpassed our expectations, our guide was charming and funny, she took out to all the right places, and what difference it makes to be with a local. Would highly recommend this tour to anybody trying to maximize their time and experience in Shanghai. Thanks for great day.
• Submitted 23 Oct 2017
Susie was great, she gave us loads of information and answered all our questions. Her English was very good and she had good knowledge of the different areas we visited. She also changed the tour slightly as we were ahead of schedule and she added an extra stop which was a real bonus. If you can specify a guide I can thoroughly recommend her.
• Submitted 07 Oct 2017
Tour guide Portia is a consummate professional. I've had dealings with other reps from this company and they are similarly skilled. After completing the daylong tour with Portia I had knowledge and appreciation of Shanghai history, how to navigate the city. I found her to be resourceful. No metro station or taxi immediately available- no problem. Portia rented Mobikes for us. The sights were interesting but the tour was fun because the tour guide was interested!
• Submitted 23 Sep 2017
Portia is my guide for this tour, she is knowledgeable and have provided a lot of info on the local culture and historical background. She takes good care of me and would recommend this tour if you do not have a lot of time.
• Submitted 22 Sep 2017
Our guide - I think her name was Apple? -was fantastic. She managed to fit everything we wanted to see into our day and a few extras. It was a custom trip start to finish. Our driver was safe and the car comfortable.
• Submitted 10 Sep 2017