I have been to Shanghai a few times for work, but had never had the time to appreciate the city as the stays were extremely short. I took the opportunity this time round as I had 2 days in the city, and decided to engage a private guide as I wanted to optimise my time and get the most out of the experience. However, I sort of decided on this at the very last minute, so it was fortunate that Melody was available on the afternoon that I decided to have the tour (I called and confirmed her service only 1.5hr before the start of the tour!).
She met me at my hotel in Hongqiao and I did not give her much to work with except that I wanted to see the bund and most of the standard stuff, and a bit more if possible. She gladly obliged, and away we went on a whirlwind tour around Shanghai. We visited the main attractions, as well as City God Temple of Shanghai, Museum of the First National Congress of the Chinese Communist Party, Xintiandi, Tianzifang, etc. All these within 8 hours on foot, taxi, metro and ferry.
She navigated expertly and efficiently, and I was glad that she was there to keep the time and usher me along to the next location. The commentary was comprehensive and she was able to share the historical facts and details in both English and Mandarin.
The weather was not perfect towards the end of the day, but we had covered most of what I wanted to by then. We ended the trip at the financial district with a nice picture of the 3 tallest skyscrapers in the city extending into the misty sky before she dropped me off at my hotel.
All in all, it was an enjoyable afternoon and great value for money! I would definitely engage her again the next time I am in town. Thanks for the experience, Melody!
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