My husband, 8 year old son and I had 3 days to see Shanghai -- and we spent them all with wonderful, knowledgeable and friendly guides from Shanghai Pathways. We spent a lot of time researching tours before our trip, and we are so glad we found Shanghai Pathways. We were able to get some really memorable and unique experiences, thanks to our terrific guides. Chef Wang took us to a wet market in his home neighborhood and then invited us into his home to prepare a delicious home-cooked Shanghai meal for us. He was so warm, as was his smiling wife and adorable daughter and we thoroughly enjoyed the experience of being guests in a real home. Ashaki, who took us to magical West Lake in Hangzhou, was very friendly and had a great rapport with our son. We visited West Lake during a holiday weekend, so there were many other tourists -- but we viewed that as part of the experience. It was great to people watch all the other visitors from all parts of China come to West Lake to enjoy its natural beauty just as we did -- and to pray at the nearby ancient temple. We loved being among the Chinese families bicycling, couples strolling, people flying kites -- all in the most beautiful setting ever. Finally, on our last day, we had a full day tour with Janny, who is truly expert in her field. She was so knowledgeable, efficient and professional (and yet friendly and personable) and really showed us some special places in Shanghai, especially the glimpses into Old Shanghai, which may not be there in a few years given development. And of course, knowing our love of food, we enjoyed some delicious local delicacies with Janny;s guidance -- from dining at Jardin de Jade to snacking on sesame balls being made and fried right before us in a street stall to lining up with the locals for dumplings from Yang's! Thank you Janny and Shanghai Pathyways for helping to make our trip to Shanghai so special and memorable!. Yvonne L. and family from New York City
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