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Private Customized Shanghai City Tour with Zhijiaojiao Water Town

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What to Expect
Your private guide and driver will meet you in your hotel lobby around 8:30am or your request time in the morning. Discuss and confirm the attraction list with your guide first and then start your wonderful day tour, take the morning half day city tour and then explore to Zhujiaojiao Water Town in the afternoon. 

See city attractions options as below, and pick 1 to 2 as your target list (depend on the distance to Zhujiajiao village):
• Bund area
• Jade Buddha Temple 
• Yu Garden 
• City God Temple 
• Local park / old alley in the Former French Concession Area
• Little White House 
• Nanjing Road 
• Shanghai Jewish Refugees Museum
• Shanghai Museum
• Shanghai global financial center 
• People Square and Pedestrian Street
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Important Information
Departure Point
Pick up at the hotel lobby located in the city center
Departure Time
8:30 AM
Return Details
Drop off at the hotel lobby located in the city center
  • Professional English speaking tour guide
  • Private transportation service
  • Meals
  • Entrance ticket fees
  • Gratitude (Recommended)
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Infant (1-3 years old) are free providing they do not occupy a seat
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Comfortable walking shoes are recommended
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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By: Catherine Lu Tours Shanghai
25 Reviews
One day private tour Shanghai
Ruby was the best! She really showed us a flavor for the city, it's history and surroundings...Great English, fun and entertaining, we would definitely ask for her again!
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Tor N
Oslo, Norway
Shanghai and Zhujiajiao Water Village
I just wish to comment that I had two very pleasant days with your guide David in Shanghai and Zhujiajiao Water Village. He was very skilled, with good knowledge about the past and present Shanghai and China. And the driver took us around in a safe way!
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Allison C
Atlanta, Georgia
Great tour of Shanghai with Ruby
My family of 4 spent 3 days in Shanghai. We arranged a 2 day private tour through Catherine Lu tours and Ruby was our guide. She was great! So knowledgeable about the city and its history. She is also really sweet and bubbly. Jenna, at Catherine Lu arranged 2 great days of touring for us, adapting everything to our interests. She is incredibly responsive and truly cares that a great time is had by all. We also used Catherine Lu for 3 days of touring in Beijing as well as for all of our airport and train transfers. Everything was arranged perfectly, there were no problems at all. Highly recommend Catherine Lu tours and Ruby if you are in Shanghai!
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Ahmedabad, India
Great tour
I came to know catherine lu tours from trip advisor and decided to get our whole 7 day trip in China from shanghai, xian and Beijing planned by them.got some emails exchanged and done our package. Right from airport pick up,city tours,bullet train tickets, transfers everything well planned. Our guide RUBY in shanghai and Kim in beijing were good .they had good English command and good knowledge of china history. We enjoyed our trip
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Fantastic 2-day tour of Shanghai and Zhujiajiao with Ruby and Lily
We just completed a 2-day tour of Shanghai and Zhujiajiao with Catherine Lu Tours. Our guide the first day was Ruby who was fun, funny, and energetic. We were picked up at our hotel in a comfortable, clean van and provided water. Both Ruby and Lily were flexible on the start time to help us avoid some of the rain which was in the morning on the first day and the afternoon of the second day. Since we only had 2 full days in Shanghai, we felt that this tour really helped us to maximize what we were able to see. Plus, having an English-speaking guide to tell us about the significance of what we were seeing and tell us about the local culture was invaluable. Both Ruby and Lily were helpful in ordering lunch. And Lily helped us with shopping in Zhujiajiao to communicate and negotiate with the store-owners (although the prices there were super-reasonable! Our lunch at a local dumpling place was about $2 per person!). We were leaving by bullet-train for Hangzhou the next day and Lily was nice enough to write down directions for us (in English and Chinese) to the subway stops we'd need to take in Shanghai as well as Hangzhou. And she told us to text her on WeChat the next day if we had any problems or questions. It really felt like you had a local friend that was there to take you around town. Overall we give them 5 stars and would highly recommend both Ruby and Lily of Catherine Lu Tours!
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Chely C
San Antonio, Texas
Great Shanghai tour with Ruby and Catherine Lu tours
This was our first trip to China and we decided to use Catherine Lu tours to arrange our tours and transportation between the four areas we visited - Beijing, Xi'an. Guilin/Yangshuo, and Shanghai. From the beginning of our communications through to the completion of our trip, the preparations for and execution of the details of our trip were handled professionally and smoothly by Catherine and Jenna in the office. They even went well beyond the call of duty to help us arrange for transportation of some of our luggage between Beijing and Shanghai, so we could travel lighter on the domestic trains and planes. This was also our first experience using only private tours in a country and we left convinced that this was the best choice we could have possibly made to maximize the value of our experience and minimize the hassles. In Shanghai, we combined a mix of modern Shanghai with what is available from the past. Our guide Ruby was enthusiastic and flexible in adapting our itinerary at our request. We enjoyed the night time boat ride down the river to see all of the flashy building lights and had a brief stroll down the Bund before moving to some of the latest modern shopping and restaurant areas. Although some additional time had been allocated the next day to other modern parts of Shanghai, we felt there were other options of greater interest, so Ruby shifted that itinerary to include visits to old Chinatown and some other areas. Our visit to the water town was interesting and we had a chance to buy some different hand-made crafts and souvenirs, as well as sample local foods. Ruby was very helpful in pointing us to the right shops to find what we were looking for and also helped us pick up on the debate that the lunch waitresses were having as they tried to guess our ages, so we could help them out and make more of a game of it. On return to Shanghai, we had a chance to visit the Little White House and view the work of artisans who have space to work there. We also walked through a park and had the pleasure to see the many (generally) older citizens who go there daily to sing, dance and play instruments. . Having such an excellent guide and a comfortable vehicle to take us from place to place helped provide an amazing and full experience for us.
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Fabulous 2-day tour of Shanghai and Zhujiajiao Water Village!!
My Husband and I just returned from Shanghai and Beijing where we booked Catherine Lu Tours in both cities. All we can say is WOW!! Our tour guide in Shanghai, Cathy, was one of the most charming, knowledgeable and fun tour guides we could have hoped for. After two days of seeing all the wonderful highlights with her, we found it hard to say good-bye. If we could give a rating higher than 5, we would absolutely do so. Our tour days in Beijing were equally remarkable!
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Glen Mills, Pennsylvania
Two day tour of Shanghai with Catherine Lu Tours
In October 2018 we were on a Viking cruise along the coast of China, starting at Beijing and ending at Hong Kong. We hired Catherine Lu tours for a two day tour of Shanghai since we had already arranged for a two day tour of Beijing with her company (reviewed in TripAdvisor for Beijing). We had two different tour guides for the first and second day, Kathy and Cecelia. The car and driver were the same. The first day we visited a Shanghai city park and a water village at Zhouzhang with Kathy. The city park (Fuxing Park) was fun since many retirees congregate there and dance, practice tai chi, etc. My wife danced with one of the retirees who may have been a retired dance instructor (he was that good). We then saw the French concession area, including a walk past the Communist Party of China birthplace in 1921. Next we visited the Little White House and spent maybe an hour wandering around its rooms and looking at some beautiful carvings made of various materials, including ivory, jade and wood. Then we drove to the water village and strolled around its narrow streets full of shops selling a variety of things, including food, artwork, handicrafts, etc. After a nice lunch overlooking a canal, we explored more of the village and shopped a bit. We had a very nice first day, and Kathy was an excellent guide, providing clear and interesting descriptions of the places we were visiting, helping select dishes for lunch, and answering our questions. The second day in Shanghai our guide was Cecelia. In the morning we visited the Longhua Temple, the largest Buddhist temple in Shanghai, followed by a visit to Shanghai Tower, with beautiful views of the city and the waterfront (riverfront) area. In the afternoon we visited Yuyuan Garden and strolled around for an hour or two before returning to our ship for a 3 PM departure from Shanghai. Cecelia was very knowledgeable and explained the sites we were visiting very clearly. For a quick lunch Cecelia selected a very small restaurant/food stand that had excellent dumplings and also provided an experience of working people in Shanghai having lunch. All in all, I highly recommend Catherine Lu Tours, both in Shanghai and Beijing. The guides were uniformly excellent (all spoke English extremely well), the drivers were also very good, the itineraries are as varied as you wish and flexible, and the convenience and comfort of visiting sites in a private car/van is well worth the reasonable cost of the tours.
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Jon C
Shanghai Tour with Ruby
Our trip plans suddnely changed (nothing to do with Catherine Lu tours), so we ended up with a day and a half for sightseeing in Shanghai. We booked this all day tour, but were able to expand it to another half day plus airport transfers without any trouble. Ruby and the team at Catherine Lu tours were friendly, flexible, and spoke excellent english. Our guide, Ruby, knew all kinds of great information about Shanghai. We were picked up promptly after each stop, and Ruby knew just the right amount of time for us to be at each place. She is also a bit of a foodie, which made the meals she took us to extra special. She also was happy to take some photos of our group and promptly email them after the tour. I highly recommend Catherine Lu tours, especially if you get Ruby in Shanghai (or Steven in Beijing). We had never done a guided tour like this before, but it was definitely well worth it.
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Awesome tour of Shanghai/Zhujiajiao Water Town
We spent a wonderful day on Oct. 30th with David as our tour guide. He and the courteous driver arrived at our cruise port at promptly at 7 am and we were off on an amazing day! First, we went to the beautiful Zhujiajiao Water Town and walked through the town, market and temple. It was at our pace and we managed to avoid the large crowds. David was an interesting guide adding both historical and current information throughout the day. We then traveled back to Shanghai and toured the French Concession area (including the Little White House) and ate a delicious lunch. David was very mindful of the time to ensure that we would arrive back at our port in time for the departure. At the end of the day, we felt like David was a friend who had shown us around his hometown! We had been to Shanghai about ten years ago but that was on a bus tour---this experience is so much better! We went with this company because they had received great reviews from other travelers. We weren't disappointed with the level of service or ease of booking the transaction. We also used Catherine Lu Tours in Beijing and that was great too. If we are lucky to return to China, we hope to use them again (and maybe try other locations they serve as well).
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Kelowna, Canada
Super Shanghai!
We spent two full days with Ruby touring Shanghai and wish it could have been longer! She is a great guide for many reasons! She has a great upbeat, enthusiastic personality and is full of information, history and great stories! Ruby was sure to customize each day to suit the interest of our group of 6 and recommended fabulous stops for shopping eating and going out. She treated us like VIP's and we HIGHLY recommend Ruby for a wonderful visit to this super city Shanghai!
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Victoria, Australia
Shanghai Tour With Ruby.
We had a 3 day private tour with Ruby.She was professional,enthusiastic,knowledgable and helpful. Ruby was more than a tour guide-she was good company,good fun and took us to some great local places for lunch.Thanks Ruby And Catherine Lu Tours for a great experience in China! Joy and Paul.
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Sydney, Australia
Private tour with Ruby
We thoroughly enjoyed our tour of Tongli water village and Suzhou gardens. This was our groups second tour with Catherine Lu Tours. Our first was a 3 day private tour in beijing with Peter was tour guide. Ruby our guide and the driver met us at the hotel on time. Ruby was funny and engaging and chatted to us all throughout the tour. We moved through the tour at a comfortable pace and was never rushed. We managed to get many memorable photos. Lunch was delicious. Ruby selected a great restaurant for lunch and ordered for us. It was very reasonably priced. I would recommend Ruby and this tour group to anyone considering a private tour. The van was clean. We were given water. We all had a great time. There wasn't anything we would change.
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Anne C
Stoke on Trent, United Kingdom
Thank you to Catherine lu Tours
Thank you Catherine Lu Tours for making our trip to China so wonderful. Your drivers were so helpful in our touring of Beijing and Shanghai and taking and picking us up from Airports,taking us to the railway station platform in Shanghai and transfers to and from our hotels. The English speaking guides were so knowledgeable and even took us to their favorite restaurants for lunch, making the tours all the more interesting and enlightening. We would have no hesitation in recommending this tour company for touring mainland China. Thank you again.
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Hamilton, Canada
Shanghai David
Just back form a fabulous 1 day tour with David. I have travelled the world but the guide k vows his stuff. He s polite, professional, knowledgeable and complete
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  • Catherine Lu Tours Shanghai
  • Duration: 8h
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  • Hotel Pickup
  • Languages Offered: English
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