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Shanghai Private Tours and Shanghai Small Group Tours

Shanghai Private and Small Group Guided Tours

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China's piece de resistance, vibrant and glamorous Shanghai stands as a perfect microcosm of the country's explosive growth.
Shanghai, with an estimated 25 million inhabitants, is China's largest city. Historically a port town, Shanghai flourished in the 19th century when it was opened to foreign trade by the British. In the decades following, up until the 1930s, Shanghai rose to become the so-called Paris of the Orient, a center of culture, art, and liberal thought, in what is considered the city's Golden Age. Its famous waterfront embankment or "bund" formed the epicenter of the international settlement in Shanghai during this time, and became the site of the city's cultural, economic, and political fervor. The Second Sino-Japanese War and subsequent Communist rule dampened this ardor until the 1990s, when economic reforms led Shanghai into its current pace of breakneck development. Today, this cosmopolitan city is famous for its unique gastronomic delights and dynamic contemporary art scene. Discover Shanghai's charm with Context's private and small group guided tours.

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Shanghai Private Tours and Shanghai Small Group Tours

Our most popular tour in Shanghai is our Historic Shanghai tour with a local historian, which visits the "Bund," epicenter of 1920s Shanghai. A close second is our French Concession Tour. Foodies will fall in love with our "Crossroads of Cuisine" Shanghai Food Tour, while newshounds may find that our Shanghai Growth Tour explains the headlines. Explore China's booming art scene with us on our Shanghai Art Galleries Tour, which visits the contemporary art zone M50. Perhaps our most unique tour in Shanghai is the Shanghai Growth Tour, which looks at the economics, politics, and social upheaval behind China's meteoric rise. We can also customize any Private Tour of Shanghai around your interests and needs.
What Context Shanghai Travelers Say
95 Reviews (4.76)

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Crystyl was friendly, relaxed, very well informed and informative. The tour was a complete delight.
We learned so much from Nicolas ! He was extremely knowledgable and we would have loved to book him again!
Of the Context guides we've encountered over the years, this one was not one of the strongest. Do not want to throw him under the bus as he was very pleasant, but we didn't really cover what we expected. For instance, we went into two people's homes to see how the regular people live which was fine, but spent about ten minutes at the end of the tour looking at the French Concession, which was not what we had expected. Our tour of the Shanghai Art Museum was disappointing as we had to do much of it on our own so don't feel as though we learned as much as we had, say with our other guide in Beijing. We recognize that our guide was teaching a class in the mornings, and that Context went out of their way to arrange these afternoon tours. He did do a good job taking us through the Bund and the many fascinating buildings and architecture.