We had a great day visiting Zhijiajiao water town, Yu Garden, a nice Xiao Long Bao (soup dumplings) lunch, and a stroll through the French Concession. Our tour guide, Apple, met us in the lobby of our hotel and had a van waiting outside with a car seat for our 2 year old. We visited Shanghai in January and the day we choose for our tour was the coldest of the year. The driver thoughtfully provided blankets that we could take with us if needed but having the heated van as a mobile base made a huge difference.
Apple obviously loves her city and was excited to show us all there was to see at every stop. The fact that we visited in January, and tight pandemic-related travel restrictions, meant that there were no crowds anywhere. This allowed us to take our time and get some great photos and detailed explanations from Apple, without having to wait in any lines. We attempted the full-day tour with a toddler who had to miss his nap and venture out in the cold, with a limited understanding of why he had to keep his gloves on. At times it was a struggle but Apple was great at coordinating the trip so that we could try and get him a short nap or two in the warm van, and she was flexible in our need to alter the itinerary with stops in tea houses to warm little hands.
I fun tour that only scratched the surface of shanghai but allowed us to better understand what we did see in much much greater detail.