A Sustainable Journey through Shanghai

A Sustainable Journey
through Shanghai

Dare to be sustainably different when Shanghai is marked on your itinerary. Charming districts
and traditional wet markets pass revue when following our cycling trails. Using vintage
bicycles, more novel means to explore this city have yet to be invented.

WHY THIS TOUR?

Lauded as an exemplary means to see, feel and contribute to bustling Shanghai, bicycles may not be the first means of transportation to think of. Knowing that one of China’s largest cities is a beehive of activity, a never-ending stream of movement, the changes to see locals navigating the frantic traffic on two human-powered wheels may even sound a tad on the wild side.

One of our surprise explorations with a sustainable touch brings forward that element of surprise when following in the tire tracks of locals who have explored every nook and cranny in just adding a non-CO2 emission version to our Shanghai portfolio. This morning-only tour delivers charming streets and districts and green parks, with the impressive skyline of thriving Shanghai merely a stone’s throw away.

TRAIL ITINERARY

A Sustainable Journey through Shanghai

09:00 - 13:00

Transfer from your booked accommodation to a central meeting point in the Xintiandi district is on own arrangement. Upon arrival at the meeting place, you are welcomed by your guide; a local expert with an insurmountable knowledge of the alleyways and hidden roads, unbeknownst by many.

Once your vintage bicycle is fitted according to your length, it’s pedalling time! Via the famous French Concession, a former residential area has now become popular thanks to its tree-lined avenues, café culture and French-style architecture blended with Chinese buildings, and charming Fuxing Park, a local snack stop perfectly breaks up the first part of the morning. Explanations and stories aplenty will flow through the morning as the cycling guide explains the ins and outs of his home.

Leaving the facades of modern Shanghai far behind, the remainder of the morning is spent in Old Town. This is one of the best districts where the traditional wet market concept remains a daily sight to behold and stops to see a kaleidoscope of colours, sounds and smells fill the air. From here, going deeper into the Lilongs (lanes) of Shanghai of a bygone era is just logical progression. Admire a way of living that has changed little since the city’s heyday days as a quaint fishing village. Turning back towards the more modern side of Shanghai, and our meeting point, one stop at a local Buddhist temple along Ji’an Road complements all our visits on this day. Within the temple’s yellow-brick walls, hues of spirituality and traditions still reign supreme.

Our final pedal-powered movements lead us back to the meeting point at Xintiandi district before returning to your Shanghai hotel on own arrangement.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

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INCLUSIONS

  • A half-day tour with a professional English-speaking guide.
  • Use of a well-maintained bicycle during the tour, complete with helmet
  • All entrance fees for visits as mentioned in the description.
  • All applicable taxes and service charges
  • Snacks, drinks and /or refreshments during the tour

EXCLUSIONS

  • Return transfers from / to your booked accommodation from / to the indicated meeting point.
  • Tours, inclusions of any kind and other services that are not outlined in the tour description
  • Personal expenses such as meals, drinks, tips and gratuities, shopping, portage fees and optional tours, unless otherwise stated
  • Hotel accommodation in the destination of commencement.
  • Compulsory Christmas, country-specific festival and/or New Year dinner at included hotels
  • Single supplement charges for single travelers, where applicable
  • Any airline tickets, visa fees, additional transportation cost from and to the general meeting point
  • Supplements for transfers for customers arriving or departing from any airport or resorts located outside the general pick-up and drop-off locations
  • Hotel expenses of a personal nature, should an overnight be included: this includes mini-bar consumption, laundry, room service, any telephone or other communication cost not mentioned in the program
  • Travel insurance coverage for customers (highly recommendable)

GOOD TO KNOW

  • This tour is operated both on private basis as well as on joint / Seat-In-Coach basis. Joint tours are operated with an English-speaking guide only.
  • Customers who book for the Joint / Seat-in-Coach option are required to transfer on own arrangement to the start of the experience; no transfers are included.
  • Customers are advised that during the Lunar Festival celebrations (celebration of Chinese New Year), excursions and tours may be subject to supplementary charges and/or may see longer waiting times than normal.
  • We will do all possible to comply with any dietary requirements during this excursion; it may not always be possible to confirm your wishes in advance based on the choice of local snacks en route.
  • Customers booking this leisurely bicycle tour may expect some unequal terrain and/or some bike carrying along the way.
  • A minimal degree of fitness may be needed to enjoy this excursion to the fullest.
  • This bicycle tour is a recreational one and covers approximately 20 kilometres of cycling with various stops made en route
  • As we enter a religious site, please follow the guide’s instructions by only going inside clearly-marked areas. These are set up for visitors and not to disturb locals when praying.
  • Natural elements of any kind have a destructive effect on electronic equipment. It is the customer’s own responsibility to ensure that any camera, mobile telephone or other device is properly wrapped and protected against these elements. We cannot be held responsible in any way for negligence and/or not following suggestions for any damage related to this.
  • Please ensure that you bring sunglasses, a hat /cap and sunblock with a high SPF factor when traveling with us on this tour – even when it is cloudy, the sunrays still have an immense power.
  • We reserve the right to make necessary changes to the excursion in case of unfavourable weather conditions or situations where we are forced to make alterations to guarantee the safety of our guests.
  • It is the responsibility of the customer to reach the meeting point for this excursion at least 30 minutes prior to the commencement of this excursion. Failure to do so may result in missing the guide and the other participants.
  • We recommend wearing light, comfortable cotton clothing and comfortable shoes.

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