Shanghai Pathways-Private One-day and Walking Tours

Shanghai Pathways-Private One-day and Walking Tours

Shanghai Pathways-Private One-day and Walking Tours
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If you want unique & authentic tours to see the real Shanghai, come join us! We take you behind the scenes of a destination to reveal it's hidden gems and appreciate the Chinese culture. We believe this is the perfect style of travel experience for those who want to get off the beaten path and really connect with the destination. With English speaking Chinese guides who lives in Shanghai, you are assured a real local experience. The experience can be as short as a couple of hours, or a whole day, but in every case we will take you to interesting places to meet locals, and really see what makes the place tick.
Shanghai, Shanghai Region, China

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EncinoJason
Encino90 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2011
My wife and I wanted to see Shanghai in its purest form and Shanghai Pathways showed us the city's heart and soul. In addition to taking us to sites that are off the beaten path such as South Shanghai and the Old District, Janny gave us a glimpse of popular destinations from the perspective of a lifelong resident. We will never forget going to People's Park and seeing the Chinese "mating ritual" and meandering through Tai Kang Road to visit Shanghai's most charming stores. We ate dumplings from the most popular local restaurants, rode the subway during rush hour and visited the local buddhist temple. We felt like we were locals because we were the only non-Chinese in most of the places that we visited. We left Shanghai feeling that we truly experienced the city and have Janny to thank. If you are visiting Shanghai, you must spend at least one day with Janny who provides a completely different experience than any other standard tour. The tour was so good that we spent a second day with Janny who showed us Yu Garden, the Bund and some of Shanghai's most popular museums. She was able to provide an additional dimension that made the experience far more interesting. We cannot recommend Shanghai Pathways more enthusiastically.
Written April 11, 2011
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Thank you so much for the great review!!!! We are so glad to show you the part of Shanghai which is never touched by tourist and some of the very interesting Chinese culture scene in Shanghai. Not to mentioned that I totally enjoyed shopping with your wife, trying blind massage and it was great fun for me to guide you during the last 2 days. Many thanks again for your suggestion and interesting ideas. - Janny
Written April 12, 2011
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b0yfr0m0z
sydney305 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2011
My wife and I, late 40's from Oz was visiting Shanghai for a second time and wanted to use our limited time to have a more in depth look at Shanghai. We noticed Shanghai Pathways had good reviews and contacted Janny via email and made all selections and bookings with her.
She has quite a few different tours, we chose two half day tours to combine it into one day.
Our first tour was the back alley tour which gave us a great insight into how the locals live, we experienced the locals preparing their food for the next meal, even tortoises being washed and shelled which is something we dont see every day!
The afternoon we visited a local produce, pet and livestock market...BRILLIANT..we were the only westerners there and we saw some wonderful sights...not a fake handbag in sight!
The locals seemed happy that we had an interest in their day to day lives and were happy for photo opportunities.
Janny is young and has a great understanding of what we wanted to see and do, her english is spot on and the $200 or so we spent was well worth it, we paid for all meals which we gave her the green light to select for us, this was also something that would have been hard for us to do as she really knew the places and meals to eat.
A great experience and we couldn't recommend her highly enough.
Written August 1, 2011
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hkgnd
Hong Kong, China34 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2011
as an expat living in shanghai i had seen the major touristics attractions already but with Janny and Shanghai pathways we could customize a great tour of shanghai to take visitors around. We got a chance to go through lanes and neighborhoods i would never have visited otherwise and with local and genuine insight. Everything was smooth, communication was great, we had just enough explainations/background to enjoy it without being overwhelmed or fed up and she was extremely patient and good at adjusting the pace to suit us. I would DEFINITELY highly recommend the experience...
Written May 13, 2011
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Thanks a lot for your feedbacks! Looking forward to see you and your family again soon.
Written June 15, 2011
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BizTravellerToronto
Toronto111 contributions
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Jun 2011 • Couples
This is a review of the cooking tour conducted by Mr. Wang, which we booked based on the glowing reviews of Janny's tours here. I did not see any reviews of the chef's tour so here is the first one.

Chef met us at our hotel 15 minutes before the appointed time. While his English was not great it was passable and he was very enthusiastic and friendly. We proceeded to his low-rise flat on the outskirts of the city and shopped for food in a small suburban market on the way. The small flat seemed a bit grimy by western standards but I reminded myself of all the great meals I have enjoyed in less than spotless Chinese restaurants. We met his shy smiling wife and cute little girl and were served cool water in plastic cups, the only drink we received, although Chef did offer me a beer late in the session that I did not want after eating. I felt like a cup of tea but decided to stick to the program offered.

Chef prepared 4 basic dishes on his dining room table using a wok and hotplate. He invited participation but there was not much to do. There were not enough bowls and chopsticks for the whole demo so some of these were washed and returned, wet, to complete the demo. He provided 2 printed pages showing the main ingredients, but no measurements or instructions were included. He drew heavily on an array of commercially bottled sauces that were not all documented.

We generally like Chinese food and ate a lot of it in Shanghai. My wife knows her way around the basic chinese sauces and cooks a bit of chinese food as well. From this perspective, the food just did not seem very good to us, especially when the expectation was for a 5 star experience. The shrimp tasted old and was overcooked, the fish was oddly mushy, and the Shanghai noodles were unappetizing. In contrast we had really enjoyed the Shanghai noodles from our hotel buffet during the previous week. Was Chef having an off-day or were our expectations too high?

We were glad to get on with the rest of the day. On leaving the apartment Chef pressed an evaluation form on us which had to be returned to him immediately. To save face all around I checked off the "excellent" boxes and "would recommend" boxes so that this would not cloud the rest of the day with him.

We paid $150 for this tour for 2 people plus transportation. The current price is shown at $170 and if you take a taxi your cost will exceed $200. I do not find this to be good value at all. There are much better ways to spend $200 on food experiences in Shanghai, such as a few memorable restaurant meals.
Written June 13, 2011
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Honest Jane
Norwich, UK20 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2015 • Family
We had been to Beijing and visited the Great Wall and seen the Terracotta Warriors in Xian however we wanted to do something most visitors don't see in China. Shanghai Pathways offers you the unique chance to do and see things most tourists do see when they visit China. We went on a visit to the Foot Binding Museum. Our guide Melody took us to the Museum and was as enthusiastic as us at learning the history of this ancient practice. We would never have seen or heard of this tour if it had not been for Shanghai Pathways as I am not sure if it is offered by any other company. The Professor who owned the museum was keen to show his collection of tiny shoes and inform us of the history of foot binding as part of Ancient Chinese Culture. We went with our two teenage children who also found the whole thing incredibly interesting. I would certainly recommend this tour to see a unique part of Chinese history which we would not have been able to see anywhere else.
Written August 9, 2015
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HHCBOSTON
Boston, MA3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2015 • Solo
I had 2 great tours with Shanghai Pathways. I had limited time in Shanghai, so I really wanted to get the most out of my time there. I did a half day tour with Mary where we did the major sights, like The Bund. However, the real highlight was the private, customized day tour with Janny. We did mostly off the beaten path things, like the Cricket Market, hidden private gardens, street markets, and local restaurants. It wasn't the cheapest, but it was well worth the cost. One of the best parts of my trip to Shanghai.
Written May 24, 2015
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ada395
Santa Monica, CA65 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2014 • Couples
I recently had the pleasure of being guided by Janny, the owner of the company. She has tons of energy, speaks excellent English and understands exactly what you want and will deliver. I also went to great restaurants which she selected based on my preferences. While I didn't want a real dive, I did want to experience a high end Chinese place where locals go. She found two excellent places. The ambience was extraordinary.

She is smart, easy going, and sweet. You can't go wrong.
Written May 10, 2014
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Rui_Silva1965
Porto, Portugal6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2013 • Couples
Yes Janny, the logistics with you were fine but the nice and genuine Mary was really the star of the day (Shanghai highlights). She did an excellent job, even offered herself to buy me the tickets for the show the day after and took them to the hotel. She really deserves merit (and even a raise, probably..).
Written September 21, 2013
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M S
Australia18 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2012 • Business
It was my first visit to Shanghai, and after five days I still could not put my finger on the city's pulse. That is when I called Janny - not only she customized the tour to my specific interests but she also showed me glimpses of how real people in Shanghai live. I felt that I was walking around the city with a knowledgeable local who understands the western world. We looked at new developments and old neighborhoods, she explained to me the ancient philosophy applied to gardens and temples, talked about the changing way of life, showed me the curiosities, such as antique and cricket markets. We tasted great food, shopped for bargains, had a laugh when a sudden rain soaked us to the bone, and talked like two old friends over a drink in a charming little cafe. Thank you Janny - I will be back!

I visited off-season when the rates are probably lower. One-day indvidual tour around Shanghai cost RMB1000 and you pay all taxi and/or transportation rides, lunch and entry tickets for you and the guide. In my case, it came to about RMB1700. My recommendation to Janny would be to build this into the total price so that the client does not feel that he/she needs to pay so many times during the day. The guide picks you up at the hotel and brings you back or leaves you at your last location if you want to continue exploring on your own. She also gives you great tips where to eat and/or shop during the rest of your stay.
Written September 10, 2012
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muuji
Beijing6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2012
we did a full-day personalised tour with Janny. FANTASTIC! We've lived in China for 9 years and so usually organise our own travelling and sightseeing, but on this occasion we decided to go with a tour guide because we wanted to see the 'real' Shanghai - the old and relatively untouched streets, regions and historical sites, and we wanted to eat typical, ordinary Shanghai food - street food and local restaurants. And see it and eat it we did! Janny took us to some places that even many locals would probably not know exist, and it was a real eye-opener for us. We had a really remarkable day and I recommend it thoroughly.
make sure you start your tour early enough to take in some street food for breakfast, and don't be tempted to go to fancy and expensive restaurants for lunch. the local food is immeasurably better and a fraction of the cost.
All the places we went to were very readily accessible by public transport, so you don't need to spend extra on private cars or taxis. In fact, in a city as traffic-congested as Shanghai, the subway is by far the best option. A tip: buy a travel card so you don't have to buy tickets at each station. And make sure you buy one for each person and one for the tour guide because you can't use just one multiple times. They're cheap, in fact cheaper than buying tickets because you get a 20%(?) discount on fares.
Janny is highly organised, professional and knowledgable; fluent English and a cheeky sense of humour. Not a glitch during our long day, and she's a veritable expert on all things Shanghai (and a delightful person into the bargain!)
Another tip: communicate with Janny extensively before your itinerary is finalised. Make sure she completely understands what you want to see and do. Our party numbered 5 plus Janny and in the two or three weeks before the day Janny and I exchanged no less than 20 emails fine-tuning the itinerary. If she makes a suggestion that doesn't appeal to you, then say so! Of course, she won't be offended; she's just trying to get a feel for what you're looking for.
If you want to see modern, cosmopolitan, glitzy Shanghai then she'll arrange it. If, like us, you want to see Shanghai through the ages then she'll arrange it. Culinary workshop? No problem. Anything you want. Shanghai Pathways website describes all the options very well, so what you read there will give you a very good idea of what to expect.
Cost? To be frank, it's comparatively expensive - but, as they say, you get what you pay for. I can't comment on other tour providers because I haven't had any experience with them, but before we decided on who to organise it with I read many reviews and did a significant amount of research, and everything lead me to Shanghai Pathways. But I say COMPARATIVELY expensive. Really, when you look at value for money, it's little to pay for such a great day. As you have to pay for all costs along the way - entry to various venues, food, transport, you need to factor that into your budget. rmb1500 for the first 2 people and rmb500 per person thereafter. As I said, we specifically targetted street food and local restaurants, so our food costs were low. All up, including all expenses, ours worked out at rmb780 per person, and in fact, on a beautiful day (it was a little cold and drizzling with rain) we could have cut that down by around rmb40 each - you see, we went to a restaurant for lunch - cheap enough (rmb50 per head) because we wanted respite from the weather, but we otherwise would have continued sampling street food at between rmb1 and rmb3 per item. We also got taxis for one leg of the tour because of the rain.
so ......... if you were to ask Janny to more or less duplicate our tour, it would cost something less than rmb750 per person - $US120 - a bargain!
Now, I know this review is so good some people might wonder whether it's a set-up, perhaps written by Janny's best friend! It's entirely genuine. If anyone wants to talk more about it, feel free to phone or email me - my name is Lin Jie, I live in Wuxi (Jiangsu Province, China), I've lived in China for almost a decade. My phone number is 1862-633-1831, email linjie _ 52 @ yahoo. com. au (delete the spaces)
Written March 4, 2012
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