Private Tour of the Bund and Shanghai in the 20s
- Waterfront area experience: Gain a unique insight into The Bund. Known as “Outer Beach”, this symbol of Shanghai is one of the city’s most recognizable.
- Chinese historian guidance: You won’t be alone on this tour, because a Chinese historian will take you around the city for a deeper understanding of its past.
- Key historic buildings: Walk along streets that were formerly a hub for commercial/missionary activity. Sights include Suzhou Creek, Huangpu River, and the International Settlement.
About This Shanghai Tour
Your expectations are sure to be exceeded with this one-of-a-kind tour, which will give you a glimpse into Shanghai’s fascinating history. Slip on some comfortable footwear, because you will be embarking on a leisurely stroll from one of China’s most famous hotels, Astor House Hotel. An expert on Chinese history will teach you about modern life, help you to plan your trip in the “Paris of the Orient”, as well as enlighten you on the area’s international settlement during the 19th and 20th centuries.
From the hotel, you will step back in time to the 1840s, when the area was under British control, although nominally controlled by the Chinese. Now an art, liberal and cultural hub, Shanghai’s rise to fame was driven by events following the Opium War. In central Shanghai, you will find The Bund, which was established after the city was incorporated as a trading port in 1846. Snaking for 1,500 meters from Waibaidu Bridge to Nanpu Bridge, the waterway is an attractive sight, overlooking a medley of grandiose buildings that exhibit Classicism, Baroque, Gothic, Renaissance and Romanesque architecture.
Before you immerse yourself in more solitary surroundings like the ‘Headstream of the Bund,’ better known as the Waitanyuan, a Chinese historian will lead you to the Cathay Peace Hotel and old HSBC premises - two buildings that served as the backdrop for Shanghai’s multicultural beginnings. If you’re lucky, you will be able to step foot inside the former home of English ballerina, Margot Fonteyn. Conclude the day admiring the Yuyuan Garden next to City God Temple.
The Pride of Shanghai
Instantly recognizable, “The Bund” actually means “ the embankment of a muddy waterfront”. The name was inspired by an Anglo-Indian term and the area was owned by Baghdadi Jews back in the 1930s. In the colonial era, the Chinese were not allowed to access Shanghai Bund, which exhibits classical eclectic and neo-renaissance styles.
Please make your way to the Astor House Hotel, located at 15 Huangpu Road near Dongdaming Lu, along the Suzhou Creek, at the north end of the Bund. Please meet your guide in the lobby. If coming by taxi, show this to the driver.
As in many cities, keep your wallet or purse secured and leave the bling behind. In need of retail therapy after your tour? Your guide can advise you where to go in search of that "must have" souvenir to take home. Be sure to have some local currency and a backpack for all your great buys.
Plan to walk for approximately 2 miles at a gentle pace. This itinerary can be modified for your private group to accommodate wheelchairs and those with limited mobility. Let us know ahead of time at Hello@GoBe.com.
Walking Tour, Cultural, Scenic, Family Friendly, Private Tour
Public transportation may be used from time to time. Have local currency available for tickets. Your tour may involve walking only.
Ph.D. or MA-level scholar guide
Tour Participation Requirements
This experience is rated moderate. Full participation may require extended periods of walking over even and uneven surfaces, steep terrain and/or water activity in a slight current. There may be steps, inclines, cobblestone surfaces, and extended periods of standing. Participants with physical limitations should take this into account.
Travelers must be 13 years of age and older to participate.
Special Medical Restriction
If you use a folding wheelchair, we'll do our best to accommodate you with at least 7 days of advanced notice, providing you have someone along to assist you. Email us at Hello@GoBe.com. Accessibility at all venues cannot be guaranteed.
Walks are held rain or shine with some variations to accommodate the weather. If you are running late for your meeting with our guide, we ask that you call to alert us so that we can relay the message to the guide.
You cannot participate in this tour if you have not sent your passport number and name beforehand. Context walks can be cancelled up to 48 hours prior to the walk with an 85% refund. Within 48 hours all reservations are final and cannot be refunded. Walks are held rain or shine with some variations to accommodate the weather. If you are running late for your meeting with our guide, we ask that you call to alert us so that we can relay the message to the guide. No shows are treated as last-minute cancelations and are non-refundable. Cancellations within two business days need to be made directly with our local offices by calling them directly (or on the emergency number provided). Cancellations made via email or by calling our U.S. 800 number may not be honored.
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