Private Custom Tour

Private tours are ideal for those with special requirements or limited time. This custom tour provides you with your own guide who will tailor your itinerary and ensure that you come home with your shopping bags full.
This tour is designed to inspire even the most reluctant of shoppers!

Starting from 235US$ / 1600CN¥

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Private Custom Tour

Exquisite fabricsIf you only have a few hours to devote to shopping, or if you would prefer a private excursion rather a group tour, then our custom tour is ideal for you.

Want to take advantage of Shanghai’s excellent shopping but are unsure of where to start? Tell us what you are interested in buying, and we will design the day to make the most of your Shanghai shopping experience. This is one of our most popular tours and our success rate for fulfilling your shopping requirements is second to none!

Our private tours are available any day of the week and we’ll meet in your hotel lobby to begin your shopping excursion.

All custom tours are for a minimum of 4 hours.

    Basic cost:
  • One person: 60 USD / 400 CNY per hour.
  • Two people: 75 USD / 500 CNY per hour.
  • Three people: 115 USD / 750 CNY per hour.
  • Please contact us if your group is larger than three people.

  • Transport can be arranged if you prefer a private vehicle (cost starts at 150 Chinese Yuan per hour); this can be very useful if you have lots of shopping to carry around, or if the weather isn’t ideal.
  • Alternatively, we can jump in any available taxi, which is a cheaper but less reliable option.
  • Lunch can also be organized if required. Just let us know what you would like to try – street food, local dumplings or a Shanghainese dining experience.
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What does my tour fee include?

  • Shopping Tours Shanghai shopping bag.
  • Private tour designed to meet your personal shopping requirements.
  • A friendly local Expat guide with years of experience of living in Shanghai.
  • The choice if you want your personal guide to do the bargaining for you or, if you want some training so you can do it yourself.
  • Fascinating commentary and discussion about Shanghai, China, the culture, the people and the history as well as interesting insights into living in Shanghai as an expat – as much or as little as you want to hear.
  • Invaluable information about where to eat, what to see, what to do and where to go while in Shanghai – this information can really make your trip!
  • The assurance that your guide isn’t collecting commission behind your back!
  • Post-Tour follow-up service.
  • The option to have your goodies shipped by trustworthy couriers if your purchases exceed your baggage allowance.
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Our Fequently Asked Questions. Click on the question to view the answer.

Can I take a tour in the afternoon?

The Half Day Best of Everything Tour is only in the morning and includes lunch. We can accomodate a Private Custom Tour in the afternoon, please contact us to arrange this.

My partner isn’t much of a shopper – will they enjoy this tour?

Although they may not enjoy shopping, this is more than just a shopping tour! Everyone really does enjoy this tour, we have a lot of interesting facts and information to impart, we talk about the history, the people, Shanghai, the culture and can answer questions about daily life and living in Shanghai. Our guides are all very friendly and approachable and they are there to ensure everyone has a great day out. Customers really enjoy this added aspect of the tour and it’s great being able to sit down with a beer at the delicious banquet lunch! If your partner isn’t enjoying the day, we are happy to help them get a taxi back to their hotel at any stage (we haven’t had anyone take us up on this yet!). At the last stop of the day, we can show them where the nearby boutique Shanghai Brewery is and they can have a drink whilst waiting for the tour to finish.

What if I don’t have time for a full day tour?

If you don’t have time for a full day of shopping, you can book the Half Day Best of Everything Tour which is the morning portion of the full day Best of Everything Tour. Alternatively, check out our Private Custom Tour which can be tailored to your full or half day requirements. You are also welcome to reserve for the half day tour and upgrade to the full day when you discover what a fabulous day out it is!

Can I do a tour on the weekend?

Absolutely! Shopping in Shanghai is available seven days a week.

What if I have a large group of people?

Great! We can definitely tailor a fun shopping excursion to meet your groups’ needs. Take a look at our Group Tour page for examples of what we’ve done in the past, and then please contact us with your group’s information.

I have limited mobility – how will this affect my tour?

As is common in China, many of the places we visit during the tour are not wheelchair accessible. However, we can cater for wheelchair customers with our custom tours, please ensure we are aware of all requirements when sending your enquiry.

What if I have a special dietary requirement?

The lunch provided caters well for vegetarians and can be adjusted for gluten free. If you have other meal requirements, we can organise special meals at a nominal extra cost, please contact us three days in advance to ensure this is catered for.

Can you take the group tour to a specific place I want to go?

Our Best of Everything tour covers the widest possible array of shopping opportunities. If you have specific requirements, our Private Custom tour may be more suitable for you. Please contact us with your wish list and we will advise how we can best achieve this for you.

I want to get suits made, but I don’t have time to do a tour – can you help?

Yes, we can organize a tailor to come to your hotel and take your measurements before creating a bespoke suit for you. Please see our Custom Tailoring. There is a fixed price to organize this for you and you will receive our preferred pricing and delivery, as well as any follow up required (eg. if you need the items posted).

Do I have to buy in the shops you take me to?

Absolutely not! You are welcome to just browse and see what is available; there is no pressure to purchase at ANY of our stops! We have hand picked our favorite shopping spots though so it could be hard not to find something fabulous to buy!

Do I need Chinese RMB cash for the tour, or can I pay by credit card, USD or Euros?

Shanghai is mainly a cash society, while you can use your credit card at some destinations on our Best of Everything tour, most vendors will only accept Chinese Yuan or US Dollars. ATM machines are available during the tour if you need to withdraw more money. Please ensure your bank back home is pre-informed of your intention to use your cards and withdraw cash in China, otherwise they are likely to put a stop on your card. There will not be any opportunity to change foreign cash or travelers cheques during the tour.

I'm ready to take the Tour. Any tips?

  • Wear comfortable shoes.
  • Bring plenty of cash and your bankcard.
  • Bring along your (or your friend’s/husband’s/partner’s) favorite suit, shirt, jacket or skirt to have copied at the tailors.
  • Print out a detailed picture to get full advantage of your tailoring experience.
  • If you’re interested in having prescription glasses made, bring along your lenses or current prescription.
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