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Context Shanghai Tours

South Bund
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Address: No.505 South Zhongshan Road, Shanghai, China
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Small-Group Walking Tour: Shanghai Food Culture with a Culinary Expert
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Can't rate Context Tours highly enough. I've booked them many times in the past and they never disappoint. My friend and I booked a 3 hour walking tour of The Bund on this trip... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Sydney, Australia

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Sydney, Australia
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18 reviews
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Can't rate Context Tours highly enough. I've booked them many times in the past and they never disappoint. My friend and I booked a 3 hour walking tour of The Bund on this trip to Shanghai. Bert, our docent, is an architect, writer, academic and all round great guy. He brought the history, the people and the geography to life... More 

Thank GibsonGirlsOnTour
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Reviewed 23 January 2017

Did a private food tour in Shanghai since I only had a day in the city. It was a great 4 hours to get to eat some good food and learn a little about the culture. Our guide was really knowledgeable and that was great.

Thank Meredith B
ContextTravel, Manager at Context Shanghai Tours, responded to this review

Hi Meredith B, Thanks for your kind review about your Shanghai experience. We are happy to read that your 4 hours were well spent tasting Chinese treats in the company of a local expert. Thanks for using Context for your 1 and only day in Shanghai. We look forward to having you again in one of our 38 cities again... More 

New York City, New York
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12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 15 December 2016

A Context tour always offers something unique. I've taken Context tours in Italy, Argentina, and now in China. I always appreciate the way their tours go deep into their subjects and offer illuminating perspectives on the cities or topics they cover. A Context Tour is not the run-of-the mill city tour. I took the "Accelerated City" tour with Bert. He... More 

Thank Kathryn P
ContextTravel, Manager at Context Shanghai Tours, responded to this review

Dear Kathryn P, Thanks for joining us on the tour, and for taking the time to share your impressions. It's great to have you again in one of our 38 cities. We're so glad you enjoy the specialized approach of Context tours and the off-beat sites you saw on your 'Accelerated City' walk. Bert's a great example of the docents... More 

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Reviewed 23 August 2016 via mobile

Graham was a fantastic tour guide! Absolutely loved every second of this! Highlight of our Shanghai trip! He was so knowledgeable, and we learned so much. He really did make visiting Shanghai so much more interesting. Graham took us into a lot of the buildings along the bund, and he even took us into a lot of the room areas... More 

Thank David S
ContextTravel, Manager at Context Shanghai Tours, responded to this review

Dear David S - Thank you for your kind words! It's wonderful to learn that you found Graham to be a fantastic guide when exploring the Bund on our 1920s Shanghai walk. As a historian and China expert, he is a perfect example of the types of guides with whom we prefer to work! It's great to hear that his... More 

Tyler, Texas
1 review
Reviewed 8 May 2016

My wife and I visited Shanghai because of a professional meeting. We had only superficial knowledge of the area and really didn't know what to expect. We arrived on a particularly smoggy day and had a remarkably unpleasant cab ride from the airport to the hotel so our expectations were rather low. On the morning after our arrival and with... More 

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Houston, Texas
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3 reviews
3 attraction reviews
Reviewed 28 July 2015

We signed up for this "Art District Tour" of Shanghai, not really knowing anything about contemporary art or Shanghai. Our docent , ShaSha, had just completed a US fellowship at an Art Museum in Minneapolis, and was amazingly able to handle all questions about Shanghai, Chinese culture, relationship to the government, and travel in general, while at the same time... More 

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San Francisco
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8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 1 December 2014

Walking us through old neighborhoods being torn down to make way for new luxury developments, then along the preserved old architecture along the Suzhou River, through the Bund, Bert then took us on the Ferry across the Huangpu River to the amazing new skyscrapers of Pudong, where we went to the top of the highest completed building. Bert has a... More 

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Los Angeles
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Reviewed 10 December 2013

This tour proposes to take you from the past to the future in three hours, and it delivered in spades. We began with a walk through the narrow streets, alleys, and markets of the Old City, then rounded a corner and came abruptly to blocks of rubble -- a traditional neighborhood that had just been bulldozed to make room for... More 

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Chateaurenard, France
2 reviews
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Reviewed 20 October 2013

I had two fantastic tours, or walks, with Context travel and both left me feeling excited about what I learned, excited about being in Shanghai and 100% sold on the value of Context Tours for any city (known or unknown by me) that I visit in the future. I did the M50-Art in China Today tour that was so exciting,... More 

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Pinecrest, Florida, United States
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4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 26 June 2013

We had a very pleasant and informative tour with Bert. He was very knowledgeable, and put everything in proper context. Rather than the typical "flag" tour, this was more intimate and, thus, more memorable. I would not hesitate to use Context Travel once again in China and, certainly, elsewhere where they are present!!!

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South Bund
This waterfront area below the most famous section of the Huangpu River has undergone multiple phases of development that started when the Waterhouse Hotel opened its doors. Though it’s been slower to catch on than people expected, every year something new and exciting opens up and gives people a reason to keep calling the South Bund the "Next Big Thing." There are a couple of landmark hotels and restaurants of excellent quality that serve as anchors, and multiple annual events such as beer festivals, art and fashion fairs and music shows take advantage of the wide spaces, waterfront location and the tiny man-made beach to host huge crowds of people. Wandering about the newness, one can stumble upon authentic Chinese life in the stone gates of people’s residences or the street markets.
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