I had heard that these tours were great, so took my family of adults on the Gangster tours as we wanted some more information about the history of Shanghai. The price was a little high, but we thought it must be worth it. We joined other adults, so there were 7 adults on the tour which started out like a bad child's play (poor acting and awkward guides). We had 2 guides who had recently moved to Shanghai and seemed to have limited knowledge of the topic of the tour. One of the guides often lead us the wrong way and used the excuse that she was bad at directions. This is no excuse you are a tour guide. We walked the streets stopping briefly at the important sites, where only minimal information was given. When asked for more information or questiona the guides didnt seem to know and would make something up. We were not given any real idea of the histroy and the information was given unorganised, so it was hard to follow. At the end the tour concludes with a drink (35RMB max) and some old gambling games. Both the guides were not 100% sure of the games or the rules and this was the worst part of the tour. If you are a guide you must have knowledge of the topic, you cannot just fob it off as "I not sure". All participants ended the tour with a feeling of being overcharged for a tour that gave us no real information and finished with an anti-climax. For $50 NZD you would have expected more. The best part of the tour was that the group (who didnt know each other previously) decided to share how bad the tour was over a dinner together at a local restaurant. If you are going to charge that much you need to make sure your guides are knowledgeable. Some other tours might be better and I know some of the other guides may be more informed, but the tour for us was a big let down! I dont think I would be recommending this tour to anyone.
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