We found Shanghai- Lander on trip advisor and had the pleasure of several months correspondence with Jean Liu to plan our trip.
We spent two weeks in Shanghai and 4 full days with Annie Guo as our personal guide. Our days with Annie were interspersed throughout the 2 weeks and included a day trip to Suzhou by train and a day trip to Zouzhuang by car. We stayed in both a private apartment and hotel and Annie met us wherever we were that day. We can not say enough great things about Annie. She is great! Extremely professional, very enthusiastic about her city and showing her clients an excellent time. Her English is outstanding and she has a very good sense of humor :) She helped us buy a Metro card we used the entire time, taught us how to use the train system so we were able to travel to Hangzhou on our own without a glitch, bought our train tickets for us, e- mailed us the times of the day the Maglev train was at it's fastest speed so we could ride it for fun, met us at the ERA Acrobat show with our tickets and showed us to our seats and took us to the neighborhood eating places per our request.
Our itinerary included all the usual places to visit but we also walked through traditional neighborhoods, the fish/flower/pet market, old town etc... The Bund is not to be missed during the day and night. We love museums so the Shanghai museum is not to be missed. Annie gave us a wonderful tour of the entire museum hitting the highlights as well as the Urban planning Center. On my own I went to MOCA ( museum of contemporary art ) and Liuli China Museum. The Suzhou Museum by IM PEI is also impressive and beautiful. The Silk Factory in Suzhou was fun to visit.
Jean Liu was never more than a text/email away. She arranged our trip to Hangzhou and our guide there Jane Huang with driver Mr. Ping! We will have to return as there was so much more to see in Hangzhou than we allotted time for. The Wyndham Grand Plaza Royale she arranged for us was a 10 star hotel for sure.
Jean also arranged for us last minute to spend our last 4 nights in Shanghai City Center at Le Royal Meriden Hotel and secured tickets for the acrobat show which we thoroughly enjoyed.
I highly recommend Shanghai Lander, Jean and Annie. They have created a superior service and you will not be disappointed. We are anxious to return one day soon!
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