I took the Context Old Shanghai and the Bund tour in September and am very pleased with the tour and Context. This was a small group tour with 3 people on it, most tours are under 6 people. When the tour director Ines met with the group, she wanted to know what we were interested in, so she could modify the tour for us. The tour lasted 3 hours and started in the Bund and ended in the Yu'an gardens. While walking down the Bund, we saw many couples posing for wedding pictures. Ines provided information on the culture behind Chinese weddings and pointed out various area's where couples would have their pictures, something the guidebooks don't tell you. One building that we wanted to go into was closed, due to it being a Saturday, Ines had a book available to show the frescos that were on the ceiling. At the end of the tour there was a little time left, so we went through a street market and got to see the various foods available in Shanghai. Ines also provided suggestions for other area's to see and restaurants to go to while in Shanghai. She also waited until we were all in taxi's, headed to our next destinations, before leaving. Given the limited time I had in Shanghai, this was the perfect length of time to get a flavor of the city. I look forward to the next tour I can take.
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