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Shanghai, China City Tour
     
  Get An Excellent Tour Of This Exciting City with SAT    
     
No visit to a city like Shanghai would be complete without a city tour. We continue to be amazed at the number of people who fly into a city to embark on a cruise and never plan two or three days to explore the city of embarkation. We made this mistake once in Shanghai back in 2005 at the end of a Yangtze River cruise. We were not going to make the same mistake twice.

As soon as we learned we would be sailing out of Shanghai with Silversea's Silver Shadow, we immediately made plans to fly in two days early. A luxury cruise with Silversea demands a luxury hotel, so we wisely selected the Fairmont Peace Hotel located right on The Bund.

We would only have one full day to see Shanghai since our flight did not arrive until after 8pm in the evening. We chose SAT China (Shanghai Assisted Tours) based on some information we found on the Internet. All arrangements were made in advance with Min Min, the founder of SAT China, via email and through her website (www.shanghaipersonaltourguide.com) In addition to a full day city tour, we arranged to have SAT provide us with a transfer from the Shanghai Pudong International Airport to the Fairmont Peace Hotel. Our driver was waiting for us, with sign in hand, as soon as we cleared Chinese Customs. Having someone waiting to pick you up at an airport, especially in an unfamiliar city, is no longer a luxury, it is a necessity! We were delivered to the hotel as promised.

After a welcome night's sleep, we met our tour guide, David, in the lobby of the Fairmont Peace Hotel at 9am as scheduled. Our ride for the day would be a dark blue Buick mini-van. The van was clean, comfortable and they even provided bottled water for us. Our driver dealt with Shanghai traffic while David pointed out various points of interest along the way. Our first stop was a walk through Fuxing Park where we were able to experience Shangaiese's ritual morning customs of exercise, singing, dancing, Tai Chi, and various other activities. The beautiful park is filled each morning with thousands of locals engaged in a variety of interesting and colorful activities.

From there, we visited the Old City, local Shanghai neighborhoods being renovated and restored to preserve their heritage in the French Concession. We walked through local markets, toured Yu Yuan (Yu Garden), a bazaar and visited the People's Square built on the location of a former horse race track. We even took a quick tour of a museum built on the site of the first National Communist Party Congress.

Our guide treated us to lunch at a local Chinese restaurant which was a cultural experience. Certainly, not like any Chinese restaurant you will find in Texas! After a drive through the tunnel to the Pudong side of the city where gleaming towers rise out of the ground almost effortlessly, we rode an elevator to the 91st floor of the Park Hyatt hotel (photo at right) where we enjoyed a drink at the highest bar on Earth! The views of the city from this height are amazing.

Our day ended with a short ferry ride back to The Bund and a walk to our hotel. It was a day well spent and one that we will not soon forget. Travel is all about making memories. A Shanghai tour booked with SAT is sure to provide you with memories of Shanghai that will last a lifetime. Our guide, David, was excellent, spoke near-perfect English and was very knowledgeable and informative. We can highly recommend this excellent company to all of our CruiseReport.com readers.

For more information on SAT China, go to www.shanghaipersonaltourguide.com
     
     
     
 
 
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