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4-Hour Private Customized Shanghai City Tour
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4-Hour Private Customized Shanghai City Tour

By Shanghai Melody
Recommended by 100% of travelers
100% of reviewers gave this product a bubble rating of 4 or higher.
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Skip the run-of-the-mill group sightseeing tours and explore Shanghai the way you want with this private tour. Enjoy the flexibility of customizing the itinerary to your own preferences and pick which sites you want to see, such as The Bund, Jade Buddha Temple, and French Concession.
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Duration: 4h
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Live guide: Chinese, English
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Highlights
  • Private tour, exclusively for your party: Ensures a personalized experience
  • Flexibility to create your own itinerary and explore at your pace
  • Choose a morning, afternoon, or evening tour to suit your schedule
  • Hassle-free pickup and drop-off from your Shanghai hotel

  • Private professional guide
  • Private transfer (only if Tour with Private Car Tour Option is selected)
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
What's not included
  • All Entrance fees
  • Transportation (if Tour Only Option is selected)
  • Personal expense
  • Food and drinks
  • Airport pickup and drop-off service
  • Gratuities
  • Entry/Admission - Yu Garden (Yuyuan)
  • Entry/Admission - Jade Buddha Temple
  • Entry/Admission - Shanghai Tower


Start:Multiple pickup locations offered.
    Hotel pickup offered
    During checkout you will be able to select from the list of included hotels.
      End:This activity ends back at the meeting point.

        • Wheelchair accessible
        • Near public transportation
        • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
        • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
        If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 30693P18

        • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
        • Please wear comfortable walking shoes
        • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
        • For the Pudong airport layover travelers, please meet up either at Maglev Train Longyang Rd Station ( You can easily take Maglev train from Pudong airport to Longyang Rd Station in 7 minutes ), Or Pudong airport with extra pick-up charges applied.
        • If hotel is located at outskirt of Shanghai, please meet up either at Fairmont Peace Hotel ( the concierge area ) or your hotel with extra pick-up charges applied.
        • Most travelers can participate
        • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

        • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

        Which attractions will I visit with 4-Hour Private Customized Shanghai City Tour?
        How much is 4-Hour Private Customized Shanghai City Tour?
        4-Hour Private Customized Shanghai City Tour price starts from $79.50. Discover and book 4-Hour Private Customized Shanghai City Tour on Tripadvisor
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        4-Hour Private Customized Shanghai City Tour is hosted by Shanghai Melody. Read reviews, discover additonal experiences or contact Shanghai Melody on Tripadvisor. Discover and book 4-Hour Private Customized Shanghai City Tour on Tripadvisor

        If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 30693P18

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        Itinerary
        • You'll get picked up
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        • 1
          The Bund (Wai Tan)
          Stop: 30 minutes
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        • 2
          Yu Garden (Yuyuan)
          Stop: 60 minutes - Admission excluded
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        • 3
          Jade Buddha Temple
          Stop: 60 minutes - Admission excluded
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        • 4
          Former French Concession
          Stop: 60 minutes
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        • 5
          Shanghai Tower
          Stop: 60 minutes - Admission excluded
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        • You'll return to the starting point
        About the operator
        Don’t take it from us – here’s what people have to say about this operator:
        • Shanghai Melody
          255
          China
          Joined in February 2016
        • R7611CStonyb
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Excellent
          Penny was extremely informative,her English exceptionally good.Very friendly and interested in her area. Would def recommend
          Written April 15, 2024
        • L5476FReileenr
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Great learning experience about the French Concession!
          Penny was remarkably knowledgeable about the history if the French Concessiion and made the history come to life as we strolled through. We saw where Nicon signed the Shanghai Communique, the view from 33rd floor of Hotel Okura, other historical landmarks, and the Shikumen residential buildings. Highly recommend this tour!
          Written April 9, 2024
        • Laura K
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Outstanding opportunity to learn about the history of Shanghai and China!
          I had an excellent tour and history lesson of the French Concession today. Penny was such a knowledgeable and enjoyable guide and presented a vast amount of information clearly and in a highly digestible story. My understanding of China and Shanghai is exponential. I highly recommend spending a few hours with Penny!
          Written February 29, 2024
        • leapyear68
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          If you want to learn about the history and culture of Shanghai, take this tour!
          Penny picked me up from the hotel and took me on a phenomenal tour! She spoke perfect English and taught me so much about the history and culture of the area. We saw a varied cityscape including the fancy hotels, the shopping district, and the housing complexes. We ended at a trendy tea shop with craft tea concoctions. An absolutely amazing day!
          Written January 15, 2024
        • M9808DTmaximed
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Great discovery of the colonial past of Shanghai
          Excellent tour with Penny, she was an EXCEPTIONAL guide! She made history super interesting, gave us a new view of the city, and was lovely to chat to. Highly recommanded
          Written December 30, 2023
        • 777carolineo
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Highly recommended
          I booked this as an activity for my team to spend time together and have fun. We were not disappointed and it exceeded my expectations. We started with a market visit including buying vegetables for our meal, followed learning how to prepare and drink green tea. Seeing our meal being prepared was followed by dumpling making from scratch. There was much laughter, cooking tips shared, good food and great company. Thankyou Kelly, feifei, Shanghai mama and everyone who made it such a memorable experience
          Written July 9, 2023
        • V8494SDandrewb
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          A great day full of interesting Shanghai
          We had a terrific day. Kelly drew our attention to all sorts of details at YuYuan Gardens that we would have completely missed had we been on our own. She then found us some gorgeous local dumplings to sample, and later a brilliant restaurant with very local specialties we hadn't seen before, for lunch. Kelly also took us down back streets and lanes where we could engage with everything Shangai: from upmarket shops to neighbourhoods that gave us a feel for the city's workings. Along the way, we learned lots about local history and culture, and we finished at the Marriage Market, which was fascinating and buzzing. We had a great time and learned a lot about Shanghai and its people.
          Written July 3, 2023
        • Sundaytj
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Strongly recommend
          Unexpected fantastic tour giving deep history of the French concession area especially on architecture. I spent most my childhood time here but surprisingly still plenty new things to me. And thanks for Penny's perfect English guide and Kelly's kind arrangement. Wish them good success on the business and thanks for make this tour realive!
          Written May 8, 2023
        • Menepois
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          The Bund
          The tour was great. I learned a lot of interesting things about the Bund. Penny was great and friendly. She was also well informed.
          Written April 3, 2021
        • dye2tri
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          One of the best walking tours I’ve ever taken!
          What an amazing gem of a tour! Do not miss out on this opportunity to see some very hidden things that you don’t see every day in China. Our tour guide was amazing and knowledgeable and very friendly. We met some neighbors visited the local market and even tried some food. But the real highlight was visiting the hidden doors. When I returned home I bought a book about the history of that place. One of the best walking tours I’ve ever taken. Worth every penny!
          Written February 18, 2020
        • Justin39Edwards
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Great Introduction to Shanghai
          Kelly organised my walking tour and very short notice and was really helpful! Kuang who was my guide was very friendly, helpful and informative. A great introduction to Shanghai, thanks!!
          Written January 25, 2020
        • variableresistor
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Excellent tour guide
          Kelly was very personable from the very beginning, and even helped me practice my Mandarin along the way. It was also nice to be able to schedule her on such short notice. It was a Monday night the week after New Year's, so there wasn't much going on in terms of nightlife. That's okay though. We hung out at a couple local places and I still got a feel for how things are on a normal weekend.
          Written January 14, 2020
        • roellab
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Wonderful guides!
          This was the only tour that we prebooked in Shanghai, and I’m glad we did! Our tour guide, Penny was very nice and knowledgeable about the region and history. We spent quite a bit of time with her and a wonderful lady who’s home will be restored. Penny then took us around the neighborhood, to the market, then to Confucius’ temple. It was a wonderful way to see Old Shanghai.
          Written January 14, 2020
        • Louise D
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Wonderful introduction to Shanghai
          This was my first trip to China and I was travelling by myself so I was feeling a little anxious. I am so glad I booked this tour. Penny arrived at the hotel on time and was extremely warm and welcoming. Penny's knowledge of Shanghai and its history was fantastic and she had wonderful communications skills. Her English was perfect! Not only did Penny given me a wonderful tour of the French concession she also showed me how to use the subway and gave me many other tips that came in handy when travelling in Shanghai. We had a wonderful lunch together and she even told me where to get the best coffee in Shanghai. I would highly recommend this tour.
          Written January 13, 2020
        • jeremyfromlondon
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Unique & fascinating experience
          I first visited China in 1993 and since then the changes to the way people live, dress and work have been dramatic. This tour brings these changes to life. Your guide, Penny, is an expert in contemporary Chinese history and walks you through real communities in the old town where you can see with your eyes the changes as they're explained to you. This innovative tour also invites you into the homes of families and places of worship where you can openly discuss modern life. Be the end your understanding of Shanghai will be taken to the next level.
          Written January 4, 2020
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        Ai Loon Y
        Singapore, Singapore24 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Oct 2023 • Couples
        We had an excellent tour with Penny from Shanghai Melody. Penny was very knowledgeable about the history of Shanghai and was able to provide a good overview within the few hours of our tour. We were able to get a better perspective of Shanghai and indirectly the Chinese culture through snippets shared by Penny. We will definitely recommend this tour as an excellent introduction to Shanghai.
        Written October 27, 2023
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        The_Travelling_Heels
        London, UK26 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        From the offset Kelly was excellent in communication. She was very patient with my questions and adaptable to what I needed to arrange.
        On the day Penny was the guide and she was amazing. She was professional, knew the local area and was also adaptable.
        The company went the extra mile and I highly recommend them. I will be using them again.
        Written January 9, 2020
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        AP3D
        2 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Jan 2020 • Solo
        I had a 9 hour layover in Shanghai, and decided to do a day trip to see as much of the city as I could. My guide Sophie Lee was great! I asked to see what the locals do on a Sunday. Sophie took me to various parks where the locals dance, Tai Chi, gather for gossip, and even match making. Of course I got to see the Shanghai Tower and checked out the view from the second tallest building in the world. I had a great time and look forward to visiting Shanghai again, but for more than just a day.
        Written January 25, 2020
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        ATLWorthy
        27 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Dec 2018 • Business
        Penny was an amazing tour guide. Very personable, very knowledgeable, very flexible and very organized. She coordinated with her driver perfectly which maximized sight-seeing and minimized idle driving time. She even took me to a tailor to get a custom suit made for me. I saw key attractions and enjoyed it with the 4 hours I had. Highly recommend her.
        Written December 20, 2018
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        David A
        2 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Mar 2019 • Family
        We booked a tour for an afternoon in Shanghai. Penny, our expert tour guide (was awesome by the way), customized the tour based on our preference on what to experience, see and eat! So much history, so little time! We ended up booking another tour the next morning before leaving Shanghai. If you need to experience Shanghai, look no further! This company will get you the most out of Shanghai.
        Written March 11, 2019
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        Alex-John S
        5 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        First, i want to thank my very knowledgeable, smart, funny and beautiful tour guide Penny. Penny during the whole of the tour and the different areas like we visited, french concession, confucius temple and the bund and even when we where in a taxi or walking gave great historical value that made the tour special, giving me a true insight to Shanghai past and present history.

        Shanghai is truely a magical city to explore so contact shanghai melody to find out that Shanghai is much more than a city.

        Thank you Alex

        Written November 5, 2018
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        davidyV9728CS
        Torrance, United States5 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Jun 2019
        My wife and I took this tour in June. Our tour guide was Ms. Lily. We were very lucky to have Lily as our tour guide. She was very knowledgeable and very patient took us to the places that we wanted to see...no rush. We had a great time. Thank you so much. Sorry for submit this review late.
        Written September 12, 2019
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        Ranjitha J
        1 contribution
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Jan 2019 • Solo
        Kelly and Penny were excellent company throughout the tour. They ensured i get to see everything i desired per my plan in this short trip. I would recommend this trip for anyone who wants to go on an immediate short trip but have no idea where to go. I enjoyed their company, they shared the history of the places visited- Confucian temple, helped me get to the shopping area for the items i planned to buy- bags, watches (AP Plaza), clayart (one of the best at Tianzifan). The evening cruise is the best with the glittering lights of Shanghai.
        Written January 21, 2019
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        Adventure287931
        1 contribution
        4.0 of 5 bubbles
        Dec 2018 • Solo
        I was in Shanghai and suddenly found myself with a free afternoon. I texted Shanghai Melody and they had something organized in an hour. Penny's English is very good, and she's a sweet person. She was very responsive and made sure that the tour covered things I hadn't already seen or didn't know. Admittedly, they are a little pricey. My Chinese hosts were aghast at the price, but I think overall it is worth it if you can afford it. I recommend scheduling your tour toward the end of your trip. If you are an observant inquisitive type, and have been accumulating questions that your other tour guides didn't understand or couldn't answer, Penny will likely be able to give you the explanation. It was a pleasure spending an afternoon with her.
        Written January 1, 2019
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        Dear Adventure287931, Happy New Year, wish all the best wishes for you and your family. Thanks for your wonderful review, we are so happy to hear that you enjoyed your private tour with Penny. Since you have some concerns about the price, I want to explain to you about it, this is a private customized tour for a personal experience, which is very flexible and totally different from a group tour. Your private guide only served you, so far it is the best money value we can offer. Thanks for your booking, we are looking forward to meeting you again in the near future!
        Written January 2, 2019
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        Ebony L
        Chicago, IL2 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Dec 2018 • Solo
        Making the most of my very extended layover in Shanghai I decided to schedule a tour of the city. Due to time constraints I chose the private half day tour so that I could customize to my liking yet complete it all in a timely manner. Penny was my guide and she was great. She arrived at my hotel lobby on time. We briefly discussed my interests and she shared her recommendations and we quickly made our itinerary for the day...half day. I chose the tour with car which essentially is a series of chinese uber rides to each destination. My advice is to only bring what you plan to carry as you will not be able to leave any items in your "car" like you can on other tours you may be used to. We visited Yu Gardens, The famous Fairmont Peace Hotel, The Bund (just a quick photo op of the skyline),Museum of Sun Yat-sen's former residence, a park in the former French concession, and a nice hotel with great birds eye view of the city. Penny was very knowledgeable about the city's history and a very engaging and personable guide. This was a succinct but amazing tour of Shanghai and I highly recommend it for the traveler with limited time looking to explore on your own terms.
        Written December 21, 2018
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