Shanghai Private Tour: Yuyuan Gardens, City God Temple, Xintiandi and French Concession

Explore cultural Shanghai treasures like Yuyuan Gardens and the old bazaar, and check out future urban design plans for this mega-metropolis


Get an insider’s perspective of China’s superstar city — from bustling bazaars to chic boutiques — as you witness Shanghai's imperial opulence and avant-garde architecture. Meet local residents while you stroll with your expert guide through the city, a modern mega-metropolis with unique historical surprises at every turn. You’ll wander along intricate alleys past shikumen-style buildings toward the famous Xintiandi entertainment district, ending with a vista over Shanghai's world-famous skyline.


After morning pickup from your Shanghai hotel, start this walking tour visiting the delightful Yuyuan Gardens. Explore one of China’s finest imperial gardens, known for its attention to minute detail and classic landscape architecture.

Then browse for various crafted goods at the bazaar of Old Shanghai. Here, your guide offers insight on Chinese traditions while you have the opportunity to chat and bargain with local merchants in this coastal city.

To balance the bustle of the modern city, you will seek solace in the Chenghuangmiao (Temple of the town God), the central shrine for Taoist worship in China. Dating back to 1403, the temple's main courtyard is still active with worshippers.

Next, take a unique approach to the Xintiandi district, which retains the antique charms of Old Shanghai while gentrified to international levels of chic with an impressive number of galleries, bars, cafes, boutiques and restaurants. Reminiscent of the decadent Shanghai of the 1920s, this area reflects the present-day lifestyle of its resident urbanites.

Then, switch gears with a visit to the historical French Concession. Founded in 1862 in southwest Shanghai as a result of the Treaty of Nanking, the Concession is a pleasant mix of wide tree-lined streets and European-styled architecture. Discover a gateway to the past as you follow your guide on a walk past the old shikumen-style townhouses, noted for their courtyard residences.

Continue on to the Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Center, whose scale and speed of construction are unprecedented in modern history. Listen to an architecture expert’s commentary on China’s approach to future development in the global metropolis.

Finally, stroll along The Bund for an awe-inspiring view of China's commercial prosperity and then sample culinary delights with some delectable street food (own expense). Enjoy a touch of style as you soak up Shanghai’s up-and-coming wine and bar scene from one of the city’s best vantage points (cocktail at own expense), completing your tour in the city center.

Find your way back to your hotel on your own.


  • Explore cultural Shanghai treasures like Yuyuan Gardens and the old bazaar, and check out future urban design plans for this mega-metropolis
  • Learn lessons from an expert local guide on Shanghai’s history and architecture
  • Wander the French Concession's historic streets, discover the famous Xintiandi area and enjoy the Shanghai's skyline's picturesque vistas
  • Gain insight into Chinese culture by learning about the Taiping Rebellion's rise and fall, Opium Wars, the creation of the Colonial Concessions and more!


48 Hours
6 Hours
Hotel Pick-up
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Operating Hours

Tour Starts at 09:00am, Ends at 03:00pm

What You Get


  • Hotel Pick Up
  • Main entrance tickets to the tour sites as per the itinerary
  • Professional & friendly English-speaking tour guide


  • Hotel Drop Off
  • Food and Drinks
  • Gratuities (optional)

Additional Information 

  • Hotel Pick-up is within Shanghai City Centre 
  • Kindly be at the hotel lobby at least 10 minutes before the pick-up time 
  • This is a private tour. Only your group will participate
  • Recommended to dress in comfortable shoes
How To Use
  • Present either a printed or mobile voucher to the guide to verify before boarding the vehicle
  • This tour is valid on the date and time specified 
How To Buy
  • After purchase, kindly email the following details to attractions@changirecommends.com.sg:
    • Name of Hotel 

Terms and Conditions

  • Changi Recommends and the appointed operator will not be responsible for any accidents, loss of property or damaged caused by individual negligence
  • The e-ticket/e-voucher cannot be exchanged for cash or used on more than one occasion
  • Any alteration(s) on the e-ticket/e-voucher will not be accepted by Changi Recommends and the appointed merchant
  • In the event of unforeseen circumstances that affects tour departure or ticket/voucher invalidity, customers will be notified and be advised accordingly

Cancellation Policy:

  • Tours/Experiences subject to cancellation without prior notice due to unforeseen circumstances, and (or) when there is an official request from the authorities
  • Refunds will be given to customers under these circumstances:
    • No refunds will be entertained for cancellation made 6 days or less prior the departure date
  • There will be no refunds even if included items are not utilised by the visitor
  • In the event of late comers/no show, it would be considered as cancellation and no refund will be given

Amendment Policy:

  • All amendments are subject to availability
  • Additional charges may apply for amendments

Upon purchase of the ticket, you will receive an email confirmation with e-ticket/e-voucher within two days. Tours and tickets are subjected to availability and are not confirmed until a second confirmation email is received.

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After purchase, kindly refer to "How To Buy" and email the necessary details to attractions@changirecommends.com.sg