Private Half-Day Tour: Amazing Highlights of Old Shanghai | La Vacanza Travel

Private Half-Day Tour: Amazing Highlights of Old Shanghai

Duration: 4 hours
Destination: China, Shanghai Region, Shanghai

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  • 4 hours
  • Shanghai
  • E-Voucher
  • Lowest Price
  • Not-Cancellable


This half-day tour is perfect for travelers with limited time to get a quick, but comprehensive view of Shanghai's history, culture, tastes and sounds.

The major attractions in this tour include: The Yuyuan Garden, historic backstreets of Old Shanghai, Confucius Temple local dumpling tasting and much more, as well you'll enjoy the special Confucian's tea ceremony. All in just 3 and 1/2 hours!

This tour uses the metro and taxis, and comes with an optional private car and driver. Please select when booking.

This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: Yu Garden (Yuyuan), No.218 Anren Street, Huangpu District, Shanghai 200010 China

Your tour guide will meet you at your desired starting point in the city center, typically your hotel lobby, at your desired time. The start time is flexible, but note that itinerary will change if you desired to start your tour after 2:00PM since the Confucius Temple and Yuyuan Garden will close at 4:00. After your guide meets you, your 3 1/2 Amazing Highlights of Old Shanghai tour begins as you take a taxi or public transportation to the first stop.

First, you will visit Yuyuan Garden, a famous classical garden in southern China which is over 400 years old built in Ming Dynasty, the area around the garden has been the downtown of the city for several hundred years. Walking around this area will also introduce you to traditional Chinese shops and homes. If you need some souvenirs, nearby you also find unique items such as pearls, jade, tea and silk as well as inexpensive Chinese ornamental items.

Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

Stop At: Old Town (Nanshi), Huangpu District, Shanghai 200000 China

From here you'll take a short walk to the historic district of Old Shanghai. You'll see traditional homes that are over 100 years old including seeing homes that are boarded up and marked for destruction as Shanghai races to modernity. This is a must see unique area in this modern city! You can even talk to the locals with your tour guide as translator and peer inside homes.

Along your walk we'll stop for delicious soup dumplings a favorite delicacy of both locals and foreigners. They overflow with juices as you bite into the specially seasoned filling of meats and vegetables.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Shanghai Confucian Temple, No.215 Wenmiao Road Huangpu District, Shanghai 200010 China

Next, you'll visit the Confucius Temple, the top university in the history of Shanghai. It was built in 1291 and the only place to pay respects to Confucius in the city. Here you'll enjoy a relaxing Confucian Tea ceremony where you'll sample a variety of local tea flavors and learn the many benefits of various teas.

Note that if your tour starts after 2:00, instead of visiting the Confucius Temple, you will visit the Bund Area where we will enjoy 100-year old architecture and enjoy exciting views of both east and west Shanghai while taking a cruise down the Huangpu Rivers. This area was controlled by the British during the concessions period.

After your 3 1/2 hour tour, your guide will be send back to your hotel or somewhere in the city center you prefer.

Duration: 45 minutes

  • Personal tour guide services
  • Metro fees from hotel to first site and return
  • Authentic soup dumplings
  • Confucian Tea Ceremony
  • Guide will meet you at your centrally located hotel and return.
  • Optional Private Car w/driver (select when booking)
  • Entry/Admission - Shanghai Confucian Temple
  • Entry/Admission - Yu Garden (Yuyuan)

  • Personal expenses
  • Gratuities
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Dress comfortably and for the season
  • Please wear comfortable shoes
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • If you choose a departure time after 2:00PM, note the change in itinerary (but equally awesome tour!
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • To secure your Yuyuan Garden Ticket and bypass queues, please provide your full name along with your passport number.
  • Face masks provided for travelers
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
  • As our tours include public sites. We are as careful as possible, but we can't control all conditions. China overall is very safe for traveling and we'll inform all customers with any updates. Our goal is make you are safe and have a worry-free experience.
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
Drop off and pickup outside of central Shanghai, such as the airport, cruise terminals, railway station, Shanghai Disney Area, Qinpu, Jiading, Chuansha, or Songjiang will incur extra USD40 for whole group include pickup and dropoff. You can pay in cash (USD or RMB) directly to your guide when meeting.


  • Wusongkou Wharf International Youlun Gangfazhan Co., Ltd. (South Gate), 1 Bao Yang Lu, Bao Shan Qu, Shang Hai Shi, China, 200940
  • Shanghai Port International Cruise Terminal, 500 Dong Da Ming Lu, Hong Kou Qu, Shang Hai Shi, China, 200086

Voucher info

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User's Reviews


09 Nov, 2023

We had a great tour of Old Shanghai with Grace who was warm and knowledgeable. She took us to see the Gods, had a tea ceremony and a lovely vegetarian dim sum lunch! We highly recommend!


20 Jan, 2020

Great 1/2 day tour. Seriously you have to ask for Peggy. She took us to the Yu Garden and Bazzar which was beautiful. Then followed by the Confucius Temple and tea ceremony. Topped of by the amazing dumplings. When finished driven back to our hotel in an air condition new vehicle. Thank you Peggy and Jenny

Dominic W

28 Dec, 2019

We were a family of 5 with 2 older young adults and a teenage son. We spent a lovely 1/2 day with Peggy- her knowledge, experience and humour made for a really engaging time! The Temple and tea ceremony were fascinating, the dumplings delicious and her inside knowledge of the places on The Bund second to none. I would highly recommend this tour for anyone wanting the personal touch and flexibility.

Rachel K

03 Dec, 2019

I recently went on Jenny's Old Shanghai Half day tour as well as the evening tour and had a great time. We were picked up in a private car at our hotel (which was near the airport) for a small fee and taken directly to the city center to meet our tour guide, Alice, who was great! She was very knowledgeable and friendly and took us to see all the places we wanted to see, including the Shanghai Tower, and took us to get DELICIOUS local food! She was also super helpful in translating for us with our hotel to help coordinator the shuttle back to the airport after our layover. She showed us around all the areas of Shanghai and we had a great time. Then for our final layover day, we met with Marco who picked us up with the driver from our hotel as well (so glad we didn't have to figure out how to get to downtown!) and it is so worth it to order the car. Shanghai at night is so beautiful and I definitely recommend doing both day and night tours if you have the time, because it looks VERY different at night. We took the river cruise and that was a great view of all the lit up buildings. Marco was also very nice and took us to a lot of great spots. We wanted to do some shopping because we didn't have time our first day, and he took us to a great souvenir store that had AMAZINGLY low prices and we were able to buy everything we wanted for a great price! He also took us to a local place to get some dinner prior to going on the river cruise. I really love Jenny's tours because they are a great way to get a lot in in a little bit of time and she is VERY accommodating to your needs! The times are flexible based on your schedule and I was very happy we chose Jenny's Tours! Plus, the tour is a private tour and guides are great!


03 Dec, 2019

We spent a wonderful half day with Portia. We really enjoyed the time with her. Thanks for taking care for us!

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