Begin with pickup from your downtown Shanghai hotel, or alternatively, meet your coach at a central location.
Then, set off to discover traditional and modern Shanghai, starting at Old Street, once its foremost business street. See the Ming and Qing dynasty-era buildings with their upswept eaves and black roofs, and view the handicraft shops and stalls.
Next, meander around the 16th-century Yuyuan Garden, admiring its pavilions, ponds, and bridges before enjoying a Chinese tea at a traditional teahouse. Then, drive to The Bund, Shanghai’s colonial-era waterfront along the Huangpu River, and take a guided stroll past its grandiose 1920s buildings.
After a Chinese lunch, head into skyscraper-filled Lujiazui and enter the Shanghai History Museum, beneath the Oriental Pearl Tower. Trace Shanghai’s history here before visiting the Pearl City Market, famous for selling sea pearls. Stock up with these marine treasures (own expense) if you wish, and then stop in Tianzifang, an arty shopping enclave in Shanghai’s restored French Concession district.
Stroll and window-shop along the charming alleyways, and learn from your guide how the Concession was a base for European traders in colonial times.
Your tour finishes back at the original start point in the early evening.