There are so many ways to see Shanghai. In my research, I have come across various tours that will give you a glimpse into local life. Different companies focus on different aspects of the culture and it really comes down to your interests. My most recent tour was with Shanghai Insiders. This was their two hour motorcycle sidecar tour and it gives you a great overview of what this fine city has to offer!
Conveniently, Insider Tours will pick you up at your hotel. Once we met the guide, they present a beautiful map and design your tour. This is completely customized by your interests. The tour guides are professionals and know about all the different areas of the city. Therefore, there is no problem suggesting any location that you’d like to see.
I had already been in Shanghai for a couple weeks so I saw everything I thought I needed to see. Little did I know that I actually missed a few stops along the way. Shanghai has so many different nooks and crannies to explore that I feel you could take years just exploring the ins and outs.
We started in the French concession and worked our way through old and new Shanghai. We got to see where the wealthy resided historically and what has come of the properties today.
We explored classic markets which are quickly disappearing and being replaced by skyscrapers and new developments. The city is changing so quickly that I feel very fortunate to have the chance to see the old version of Shanghai before it disappears forever!
Just riding on one of these motorcycles is an experience in itself. It adds an exciting flair to the tour that will be stuck in my fond memories of Shanghai.
I could tell that our tour guide was very adventurous and knew so many details, which gave us an information rich tour. Two hours was just the right amount of time. In the end, I really felt that this glimpse into local culture was very thrilling and insightful. The fact that you don’t have to get exhausted by walking around is fantastic. It’s a great and convenient way to see the city and I would highly recommend you to take a tour with Shanghai Insiders!
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