Harris Gu Private tour guide in Shanghai, Hangzhou, Suzhou - China

Harris Gu

Guide profile:

Hi there, Welcome to Shanghai, China!

Having worked in top-class hotels and travel service company with awards, Harris is simply the right guy to be with in your Shanghai tour. Knowing the city from various sides, I am committed to making tour experience exceed your expectation.

Aside from regular tours that cover all the popular tourist's spots, I am specially focused on suggesting and showing off-the-beaten-road attractions based on your personal interest. The bunch of hidden gems of Shanghai are there for you to unfold.

Last but not least, I'm also adept at bringing you in-depth perspectives by organizing featured activities, which involve you in a close touch with local life. Programs include practising Taichi, learning cooking, learning calligraphy, watching attired opera, viewing tea ceremony, watching acrobatics, with more to come...

Explore Shanghai, Enjoy China ! ---- :-))


Recent reviews of this tour guide:

5 stars Susan C.

Harris is dependable, knowledgeable and a very competent guide. I thoroughly enjoyed meeting him and having him show me around.

Tour guide services/sample itinerary:


- The Bund

- Yu Garden (aka City God Temple) in Old Town Market

- Xintiandi (in French Concession)

- Urban Planning Exhibition Center (in People’s Square)

- Observatory of Oriental Pearl TV Tower / Shanghai Tower

- River Cruise (after dusk)


- Zhujiajiao Water Village

- Longhua Buddhist Temple

- Tianzifang (in French Concession)

- Fuxing Park (in French Concession)

- Acrobatic Show


Please refer to the TWO-DAY REGULAR above


- Hangzhou (45-mins by high-speed train) or Suzhou + Zhouzhuang (or Tongli) Water Town (private car/van needed)

Transportation by tour guide:

* Public Transport (advised as Shanghai is a walkable city with well-knitted metro system)

* Private Car (3 pax below)

* Private Van (4 pax above)

Tour guide interests:

* Sports

* Reading

* Travel

* Cultural matters

Reviews of this tour – by clients who booked!

5 stars Susan C. 07 Apr 2019

Harris is dependable, knowledgeable and a very competent guide. I thoroughly enjoyed meeting him and having him show me around.

5 stars David D. 14 Mar 2019

Harris was great. My wife and I and our three children (6-12 yo) loved having Harris as our guide. We did the TV tower in the financial district first thing in the morning which was great and beat the crowds, then off to see many other things, finishing at the Bund. He also helped arrange a van when we got back to Shanghai after going to Beijing. Highly recommend!

5 stars Namita C. 17 Feb 2019

We had a great time with Harris in Shanghai, Suzhou and Tongli. He is very knowledgeable about his work and a thorough professional. He even organized delicious vegetarian meals as I have dietary restrictions. Really enjoyed getting his perspective on the places we saw and got a very good understanding of the local cultures and their history. Everything was flawlessly planned and we couldn't have asked for more. I would highly recommend him as a guide.

5 stars Louise C. 21 Oct 2018

Hi! A first experience with Viator. While I had a 9-hour lay-over at Pu-Dong airport, Harris picked me up on time and we took the Maglev and metro to get downtown Shanghai and back to the airport. He provided very interesting comments on history and architecture as we walked and visited in the for city for a 3 hour period of time. It was a no-stress visit for me even if I didn't had much time and had to go back to the airport. Thank you so much Harris! Louise

5 stars richard H. 03 Sep 2018

I am late sending this review in. I apologize.

Harris was excellent.

His knowledge of the buildings and the history behind them was what i was wanting .

He took me to an ancient town also. The restaurants that he chose to eat and the shop of an older painter were worth the drive alone.

I would recommend to anyone , use him as he is punctual, accommodates your interest and answers your questions easily.

5 stars Ardyth E. 13 Jun 2018

One of the best guides we've ever had.

5 stars Tanya B. 07 Apr 2018

Harris was amazing and I would recommend him to everyone! He has fantastic English so he was really easy to understand. He showed us all around town and took care of everything so we could just enjoy ourselves. He taught us history and culture and about the language and writing system. He was funny, polite, and adapted easily to requests we had. He met us at the airport at 7am so we could use the small amount of time we had in Shanghai. We loved being with him!

5 stars Dianne S. 25 Mar 2018

Wow - my tour was last Sunday and I still have vivid memories of great tour with Harris!

To have memorable tour experience, be honest to share what your expectations / preferences are. In addition to customizing my food tour with non touristy attractions, Harris provided personalized help with money exchange, going to pharmacy and assisting with airport transfer. I enjoyed learning about Harris's experience and family. Looking forward to a future tour with Harris! You're the best Harris!

5 stars Benjamin S. 23 Mar 2018

My partner and I had an amazing day. Harris was very knowledgeable and attentive. We would recommend to book Harris. Highlight of our stay in Shanghai. Thanks :)

5 stars Cinzia M. 15 Mar 2018

The tour with Harris Gu was a real pleasure from A - Z!! The organisation always was perfect & we discovered thanks to Harris wonderful spots in and around Shanghai. Especially impressive is his knowledge about every aspect of Shanghai, China & its history, culture and life in general!

We enjoyed the time.very much & would HIGHLY recommend Harris Gu! He is a very kind, funny & intelligent and open-minded guide who can really tell hundreds of fascinating stories! THANKS A LOT HARRIS GU :-)

5 stars JOSEPH K. 29 Dec 2017

Knowledgeable, easy to understand and friendly, Harris is one of the best guides we have engaged from Viator. Prompt in replying to our inquiries about arrangements, Harris helped us really get to know Shanghai. Top notch!

5 stars Simon H. 01 Dec 2017

We had an absolutely amazing day with Harris wandering around Shanghai. What a wonderful human being he is. He has so much knowledge about old and new Shanghai, was so helpful with the thousands of questions we had about the city, its people, the customs etc.

We had some idea of the things we wanted to see and he added a few extra stops as we covered the ground fairly quickly.

We really enjoyed the entire day. He even escorted us back to the hotel so we didn't get lost.

5 stars David C. Y. P. 24 Sep 2017

Harris is an excellent tour guide and speaks good English. THank you for a wonderful day

in Suzhou!

5 stars Tony P. 09 Apr 2017

Harris was everything we hoped for & more. From our first contact with Harris he suggested an itinerary to suit our needs. We had time to research these places prior to the tour & agreed they would be great. We arrived in Shanghai on a cruise ship & Harris was there waiting with his smiling happy face even though we could only give him an approximate disembarking time. I would have no hesitation in recommending Harris to any other traveler visiting Shanghai.A great experience was enjoyed by all.

5 stars Martin S. M. S. 01 Apr 2017

Hi all

My family and I enjoyed a wonderful day and introduction to Shanghai with Harris. He has an extraordinary breadth of knowledge about the city and shares this in an entertaining and clear manner. He was particularly kind to my 13 yo very shy daughter and ensured she enjoyed the day too.

I thoroughly recommend using a private guide in Shanghai - and Harris must be on of the best.


5 stars Anne C. 03 Nov 2016

Harris was excellent! He was our guide for Suzhou, as well as for an afternoon in Shanghai. We followed his recommendations for places to see, and we were very glad we did. We were traveling with two boys (ages 15 and 12), and he was comfortable interacting with our entire family. I appreciated his ability to anticipate our needs and provide additional support during our trip.

5 stars raghu G. 09 Oct 2016

5 stars Corbett C. 07 Oct 2016

5 stars Robert H. 05 Oct 2016

Picked up at 2.00am delivered to our Bund hotel, and 3 days later delivered to our cruise ship. In between Harris guided us around Shanghai and Suzhou in hired vehicle. He was extremely interesting , knowledgeable, and inquistive of our own country customs. A good quality for a guide. Harris speaks very good english, and the 3 different drivers used were all competent. Tip pay the extra for the car, worth it. Would highly recommend Harris to anyone looking to have a hassle free stay in Shanghai

5 stars Karen K. 04 Oct 2016

Harris was a lovely guide for our group of four ladies. We visited the Yu Gardens (very busy due to National Day holidays), the Jade Buddha temple, the Xintiandi area in the French concession (with an interesting peek in the older alleyways behind the glossy refurbished fronts), and a beautiful green Fuxing park. A highlight was a fabulous lunch at a lovely restaurant that obviously was popular with locals. Harris also helped us with car transfers from the airport. His English is great!

5 stars Pat K. 22 Sep 2016

Harris is a wonderful guide. He is a Shanghai native, and is so knowledgeable about this city, it's architecture, history and culture. Harris was there to greet us when we got off of the train from Taizhou. He took us to so many places in one day that I almost lost count. We explored The Bund, Yu Gardens, French Concession, Pudong and the Oriental Pearl Tower and Nanjing Road. We also had great food and found a way to visit the insect market! Thank you Harris.

5 stars Douglas B. 17 Sep 2016

Harris was great. He took us to see all of the highlights in Shanghai as well as a few places we never would've known to go. He helped create a custom tour to meet our schedule and see everything we wanted to. It was a great mix of tourist highlights and local favorites.

5 stars Smith A. 24 Apr 2016

Harris was a great guide, english was top notch as well as his knowledge of the history and city.

5 stars Gregory W. 18 Apr 2016

We had a great time with Harris. He showed us around Shanghai and took us to small local restaurant. With his in depth knowledge of Shanghai and its history, we learned a lot about this amazing city. Thanks again.

5 stars Richard K. 25 Mar 2016

Excellent tour of Water Village. He spoke English well and was very accommodating. The tour was very interesting and he had a lot of knowledge of the area. He is a really good person and I highly recommend him

5 stars Margaret S. 20 Mar 2016

We thoroughly recommend Harris Gu to everybody. Our ship berthed late so we had to alter our original plan but he was so cooperative. He was so informative, friendly and witty it was like having a friend with us not somebody that we had just met. He took us to places that other big tours would not have experiences. His english was superb but the main thing for me was that he was so friendly whilst being informative as well. I would rate him the highest rating possible. Go Harris you're the best!

5 stars Bonnie B. 19 Mar 2016

Harris is superb! His English is outstanding, down to the subtleties of our language few non-Americans get. His explanations of what we saw were in-depth and most interesting. He has a joy about his city and his life that made us feel so welcome. He is very bright and extremely knowledgeable. Our days in Shanghai were wonderful with him, and we look forward to returning to tour more of the city with Harris. He really looked after us in every way. Thank you, Harris!

5 stars Dennis W. 07 Mar 2016

Harris was awesome! I has in Shanghai on business and he basically escorted my kid safely around town while I was at work. He took great care of my kid and I really appreciated his attention to detail. I'd highly recommend Harris to anyone.

5 stars Lisa B. 03 Mar 2016

Harris is an excellent guide. He is prompt, knowledgeable and flexible. When we asked for his help in purchasing tickets to the Shanghai Circus he met us at the theater, tickets in hand and showed us to our seats. He arranged safe and comfortable van for our visit and transport back to the airport. One highlight was a tea tasting at a local shop. With Harris' help we were able to see and learn about Shanghai and its history in a very short period of time.

5 stars Benjamin S. 20 Feb 2016

Wonderful guide - hugely flexible and interested in learning about others. Harris's English was impeccable.

5 stars Michelle S. 31 Jan 2016

Harris was a great tour guide. He went out of his way to work around our schedule and needs. If you want a guide that's helpful and easy to get along with, Harris is the man.

He went out of his way to help us with picking up other members of our party from 2 different locations and also with acquiring a SIM card. Highly recommend Harris

5 stars Collin C. 20 Jan 2016

Cannot say enough good things about Harris. His English is excellent, his attitude perfect. He was there when our plane landed at 06:30 and he was with us until we checked in late that afternoon. Our tour of Shanghai was everything we wanted. Book him if you can.

Thank you Harris for a memorable day.

5 stars NIKOLAOS M. 15 Nov 2015

As we only had one day free in Shanghai, Harris helped us to see as much as possible. He adapted the tour to our needs, and answered all our questions showing great knowledge of local and even global history. The local restaurants that he showed us were interesting, and the whole experience amazing. Harris has all we needed from a local guide and more! Wish you all the best Harris. Nikolas@Lefki

5 stars Allen P. 06 Nov 2015

Harris provided guide service for us for two and half days. We asked him to take us to a few out of the way places and to walk, ride the bus and take the subway system with us as much as possible. He did as we requested and made the trip great! He's punctual, communicated promptly, and even helped us with our subsequent logistics in Beijing. As we were thinking back on all the places we visited we concluded that there was no possible way we could have seen as much without him.

5 stars susan K. 15 Oct 2015

wonderful guide

5 stars Marcello S. 05 Oct 2015

Harris is the man! Super nice, helpful and did a great job helping us with all sightseeings. Strongly recommended.

5 stars Elly B. 02 Oct 2015

We have the best tour guide in Shanghai. Harris is very informative..and fulfill our every wish on what we wanted to see in China. Our families had a great time in Shanghai. Many thanks to our wonderful guide Harris Gu.

5 stars Keith R. 28 Sep 2015

I would highly recommend Harris as your guide in Shanghai and surrounding area. We were a group of 8 and Harris was able to customize our wants and needs on the fly. He was very receptive to our requests and went out of his way to make our visit memorable, We had Harris as our guide for two full days, one in Shanghai and the following day in one of the many water villages, Tongli! Harris took us off the "touristy" areas and showed us a glimpse of the real Shanghai as well. Many thanks!

5 stars Lynn S. 27 Sep 2015

Harris Gu provide excellent service in picking us up at the cruise terminal and taking us to the hotel and then provided a great tour.

Lynn Struthers

5 stars ron F. 26 Sep 2015

Harris was a terrific guide. He was articulate, intelligent and very friendly. His English was excellent. He recommended driving out of Shanghai to an old city on a canal which was a great experience.

5 stars Gerd M. 08 Aug 2015

We have a good tour with Harris. He told and showed us a lot of beautiful things in shanghai and he organized our trip to other towns very good and professional.

By the way he is a very nice and correctly guide.

I will book him next time, when i´m coming back to shanghai.

Harris, thank you for time you spend with us.

Best regards


5 stars Christinr B. 31 Jul 2015

Harris is a superb guide. His English is perfect and he is flexible and smart. Zeroed in on our interests and customized a tour for us that we just loved. I highly, highly, highly recommend him.

5 stars elizabeth F. 10 Jul 2015

Harris was great, we did as much as possible to help us, he had a perfect English and he knew a lot about history, the right places to go, we highly recommend!

5 stars Ariel M. 24 Jun 2015

Harris was an INCREDIBLE tour guide! I would recommend him to anyone visiting the Shanghai area! Our tour of Zhujiajiao water village was beautiful and Harris was amazingly informative. He went above and beyond to make sure our visit to the village was memorable and educational, as well as giving us additional tips for other places to see and eat in Shanghai. I cannot recommend Harris enough and would love to tour with him again if I am ever able to go back to Shanghai!

5 stars Michele S. 26 Apr 2015

Treat guide and experience. We communicated via many emails before the tour for several months and all questions answered promptly -- tour customized and all expectations met! Highly recommended.

5 stars Neil M. 11 Jan 2015

Harris was absolutely fabulous as a tour guide. He exceeded all my expectations. I was quite nervous about spending 8 hours with an absolute stranger, and he made me feel at ease while offering knowledgeable comments about the history of Shanghai and answering my many, many, many questions. I had some ideas of where to go and Harris filled in with some more to make it a full day. I would definitely highly recommend Harris as a tour guide.

5 stars Veronica L. 01 Jan 2015

Harris was exceptional! He planned out our schedule according to many things like traffic and tourist numbers so we did everything we wanted to do and comfortably. After the tour he gave us excellent places to eat at and Harris we went to some and they were the best restaurants we have been to, thank you! He told us historical stories and many facts. We are very happy and pleased to have had such a wonderful tour guide.

5 stars Jean M. 13 Oct 2014

Harris is a exceptional and personable tour guide. I would not hesitate to book another tour with him. He speaks excellent English and gave us a wonderful tour of Tongli. We came away from the tour feeling like we had learned quite a lot about China in just a day touring with Harris.

5 stars Orit H. 08 Oct 2014

I would like to thank Harris for a very good tour. Very professional, with lots of knowledge. Everything was perfect. Very recommended.

5 stars Daniel E. 03 Aug 2014

Harris is the best tour guide you can hire!!!!!!

We (Two families) hired Harris for a couple of days to visit Shanghai.

With his perfect English, mass knowledge he enrich us in the most present way.

Harris was not trying to force us for pre schedule he had in mind but he listen to our request and matched them perfectly.

Harris knew to take us to the restaurant we wanted, get the best show tickets take us to the desire shopping area etc.


5 stars Lynne H. 30 Jul 2014

Excellent. Harris speaks fluent English. He is prompt and has great suggestions for touring. He arranged for driver and van both of which were great. We traveled on the bullet train for a day trip with him and he helped us maneuver the station, got our tickets, etc. He helped us order lunch at a wonderful traditional restaurant. He is very knowledgeable about the history. He is most courteous as we'll. My email correspondence with him before the tour helped us also. We like him a lot.

5 stars George G. 01 Jul 2014

Harris guided us for our two day trip in Shanghai. He was flexible to our needs, and had great knowledge of the city and it's history. After our day touring, he helped with good suggestions for exploring on our own.

We very much enjoyed the lunch choices he helped with, great food both local and of other regions.

Communication was excellent.

5 stars Irina U. D. 14 Jun 2014

Harris Gu became our tour guide in June 2014. We were a group of three with focus on taking our son to Shanghai's architectural wonder. It was our first visit to Shanghai. Harris Gu is adaptable to our request and made our family trip enjoyable. On our last day, he does not mind helping us to reach train station where we took one of the world's fastest train to our next destination, Beijing. Harris Gu is highly recommended!!!

5 stars Kate V. 13 Jun 2014

Harris was wonderful! He English was excellent and he was a walking encyclopedia of Shanghai and the surrounding areas. We challenged Harris to come up with an itinerary that maximized our time - and he delivered! I would highly recommend Harris to anyone visiting Shanghai or any of the extended areas around Shanghai.

5 stars john K. 08 May 2014

Harris custom-guided my family in May, 2014. He has extensive knowledges of local interests and their histories. His private drivers were reliable and safe. The lunch spots he picked were particularly enjoyable: local places that he would enjoy himself when eating out. Initially, he impressed us with his mild manner, punctuality, and command of English, and, towards the end, his professionalism. A highly recommended guide.

John Kwan

Prince George, BC.

5 stars Melanie D. 29 Mar 2014

Harris did a wonderful job showing us around Hangzhou, Suzhou and Wuzhen. We highly recommend him.

5 stars morris C. 14 Mar 2014

We really luck out with Harris as our guide. He is both knowledgeable and great to be with. We would use him again and recommend him to others

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5 stars Kevin W. 07 Jan 2014

Had a great day out with Harris. He made excellent recommendations and the day panned out perfectly. He went the extra mile to help with my lost credit card. Highly recommended.

5 stars Donnie S. 29 Oct 2013

Harris is your go-to guide for Shanghai. He is trustworthy, reliable, has a wealth of knowledge about the area, a great sense of humor and very conscientious about his visitor, making sure they have the best experience while in his company. Should I go back to Shanghai, I would absolutely sign on with him

5 stars Mila T. 24 Oct 2013

We really enjoyed a day tour in Shanghai with Harris. Harris is a Shanghai's native and a very intelligent person who has a variety of interests and knowledge of history, literature and arts. His English is very good and he was very helpful in addressing all of our questions and needs in Shanghai .

5 stars Matias T. 10 Oct 2013

Harris was recommended by two completely unrelated sources. He has an excellent command of the English language, knows the area perfectly, knows its history and anecdotes and went above and beyond his obligations. I doubt that you can find someone better suited than him as a Shanghai guide. My wife and myself recommend him with no hesitations.

5 stars ludmilla S. 29 Sep 2013

Wonderful experience !!

HARRIS is a very nice and friendly person….

He speaks a fluent English and has a good historical and cultural knowledge … he was open to changes in our schedule and studied a special tour based on what I like and my requests….

He made me feel comfortable and tour with him , for me , was like touring with an old friend !!


5 stars Jamie P. 24 Sep 2013

During our stay in Shanghai, we asked Harris Gu to be our private guide for a day.

Harris was a delight. He arranged safe, comfortable transportation. He communicated well with us.

He made sure that we were able to do everything that we wanted to do, in an organized way.

He never rushed us and always made sure that all of our needs were met.

Harris Gu is professional, organized, and a pleasure to be around.

Thank You,

Jamie ,Melanie, Eddie, Heather

5 stars Stephanie P. 28 Jul 2013

We highly recommend Harris as a tour guide in Shanghai. He is knowledge, accommodating and flexible with an excellent command of the English language. We appreciated his flexibility and calm demeanour. He truly has a passion for his home-town of Shanghai, from major tourist sites to off-the-beaten path treasures. We especially thank Harris for introducing us to the best xiao long bao and potstickers EVER! We'd book a tour with Harris again in a heartbeat. Xie-xie, Harris!

5 stars Allen L. 06 Apr 2013

Unfortunately, due to severe winds, our ship was unable to dock in Shanghai, therefore we did not take the tour with Harris.

5 stars Kenneth C. 29 Mar 2013

Highly recommended. We organised a tour for 10 from Diamond Princess cruise ship whilst berthed in Shanghai on 29th March 2013. We had a wonderful day with Harris Gu as our passionate, knowledgeable and friendly guide with excellent English capabilities. He planned an exciting 7 hour extravaganza of activities which gave us all a strong introduction to Beijing. A pleasure to deal with an open conversationalist and a good listener. Just a great day ion this wonderful new city.

5 stars Valentina L. 13 Mar 2013

We had a wonderful experience with Harris despite rainy and cold weather. He has a very good knowledge of the area, which makes touring with him interesting and entertaining. He cares about client's interests and needs making your day with him easy going and not exausting. You won't be bored or disappointed while taking tour with Harris.

5 stars Strahinja V. 23 Feb 2013

Harris Gu help to make my trip to Shanghai such a memorable one. That 2 days in Shanghai with him was a dream for me because of that fantastic guide. He is very honest, committed and caring with a deep knowledge of the culture and history of Shanghai. I highly recommend him and I will attest to his honesty, trustworthiness and professionalism. He is excellent representative of his country. Thank you Harris!!!

5 stars Harold M. 21 Feb 2013

Thankyou Harris for the wonderful day we spent in Shanghai. You new Shanghai backwards explaining the customs & sights of your country and your speaking and expertise of english language was outstanding. We enjoyed our time with you.

Harold Mayo.

5 stars Jeffrey D. 30 Dec 2012

My family had the pleasure of having Harris show us the beautiful city of Hangzhou over our two week trip to China during the 2012 winter holidays. We could not of been more fortunate to have Harris as our guide. He could not of been more pleasant, spoke wonderful English, was very punctual and helped make our stay in Hangzhou wonderful.

We highly recommend Harris and feel a better choice cannot be make

5 stars Barry G. 03 Dec 2012

Harris is a very well rounded tour guide and our experience with him was a perfect one!! What makes a tour guide really good is not only their knowledge of the city, county and their ability to deliver the information (without it being too much to digest) but their maturity and ability to adjust on the spot and mold into the needs of their client and i must say Harris is this person. I am anal retentive and i give Harris a Perfect score and wont hesitate to recommend him to my closest friends!

5 stars ninfa G. 15 Nov 2012

Harris was exellent, we have a great expierence. Will highly recommended

5 stars Rossella G. 11 Nov 2012

Harris was more than a simple guide for us, he managed to change our schedule to enjoy better weather conditions during tours; helped us extensively in choosing the best spots to visit both in Hangzhou and Suzhou/Tongli Village; brought us to real local places where we had authentic chinese food and last but not least, managed to haggle prices for us when we shopped in non-touristy locations. Before leaving, i had the pleasure to get some great Guanyin tea thanks to him. We will meet again!

5 stars Susanne H. 30 Oct 2012

Harris listened to our needs both in our email before arriving & on our day with him that needed to be modified pbecause of rain.He chose things we enjoyed & answered many questions so well. A true professional who taught us much yet did not overwhelm us.It was a most helpful introduction to a very friendly civilized city where we feel at home. We had a busy but relaxed day with so many fond memories. We very highly recommend Harris.

5 stars Glenda C. P. 27 Sep 2012

Harris was a great guide. During the organization of the tour, He gave us many suggestions for a beautiful day in Shanghai. We started the tour with a fantastic traditional breakfast, it would be really hard to take from us alone. Then took us to the most beautiful places in Shanghai. We talked a lot about Chinese culture and he 's been very helpful in answering our questions, which were many! Harris recommend to anyone who wants to see the real Shanghai.

5 stars Jim O. 24 Sep 2012

Great job! - I would highly recommend Harris as a guide.

5 stars Linda N. 05 Jul 2012

Harris is awesome! He is very responsive & goes out of his way to be helpful. He responded to my emails, very quickly, in the months leading up to my trip. During the tour, he made great suggestions, & introduced many Chinese snacks (something that I love). Even in the 100F heat & extensive walking, Harris was a trooper. I gained a lot of insight to Chinese culture. Perhaps even more invaluable, he helped me book my train ticket & offered help if needed in the future. Thanks Harris!

5 stars melissa V. 18 Jun 2012

Harris was a fantastic, knowledgable guide in Shanghai! Our family would highly recommend him to anyone planning a trip to Shanghai. Along with the must-see spots in the city, we were also able to catch a glimpse of parts of Shanghai that you would never be able to see on a big tour group. We were able to try fabulous, local food. We were travelling with our three children and Harris was able to keep them engaged and provide educational information to them as well. Also, his English great!

5 stars mutlu Z. D. 12 Jun 2012

wonderful guy . thanks for everything.

5 stars Ralf P. 28 Apr 2012

Harris is a very good tour guide.

I can recommend him highly. He speaks very good English and gives a lot of information.

Thank you for the nice day.

Best regards


5 stars Zachary D. 21 Apr 2012

It was a great tour and Harris was very knowledgeable about the city. In addition he was very engaging in terms of general conversation and additional information about Shanghai.

5 stars michele G. 19 Apr 2012

Harris was very informative and flexible with 3 generations of women, my Mom, daughter and I. We saw things only a local can show you! It was great!

5 stars Tony R. 20 Mar 2012

Harris was an outstanding guide and gave us two wonderful days. I would highly recomend him.

5 stars gerald C. 10 Mar 2012

My daughter and I went with a tour group to China but hired Harris our first day in Shanghai because we wanted to go to the museum and view a tea ceremony (things the group weren't doing). We had a wonderful time with Harris as our guide. He was so pleasant and friendly. He responded to all my e-mails promptly and met us in the lobby of our hotel with no problems. He made sure we saw the things that interested us and provided us with plenty of interesting facts on what we saw. He was great!

5 stars Helen H. 24 Feb 2012

Harris is a wonderful guide, he knows Shanghai and its history very well. We really enjoyed our day, he showed us so much of the city, I still cannot believe we managed to fit it all in and not feel exhausted. I highly recommend Harris if you are looking for a good, friendly guide.

5 stars EVERETT K. 31 Dec 2011

5 stars Arne S. 07 Dec 2011

We had nothing less than a perfect day with Harris. He knew a lot about the history of Shanghai and China and was also very interested in the European culture. We spent a lot of time talking about the past and the future of China and got way more than just an expression of a city.

5 stars Liz M. 01 Aug 2011

We are indebted to Harris for all of his efforts on our behalf. He went way beyond our expectations. He was hired to give my pre-college son a tour, as he was traveling alone. Harris helped us ahead of time by finding him a hotel, made train recommendations and even helped him check-in. He emailed me many times before the tour and even afterwards to let me know my son caught his plane, even though it was the day after the tour. Harris was worth many times more the $$ paid. Highly Recommended!

5 stars seena A. 05 Jun 2011

Harris was more than a guide.He became our good friend.We would defintely recommend Harris to anyone visiting Shanghai.He understands your needs & is very proffessional, patient, informative and manages time well to cover most important tourist spots & fluent in English.He recommends top tourist spots & leaves it to us to decide depend'n on the time & transport. He took us to the local streets, shopping areas to get the local flavor of the city. With Harris being around U'l never waste ur time.

4 stars Collin A. 22 Mar 2019

Our guide was Mark Zou. Excellent tour for one day around Shanghai. Vehicle and driver that was prompt, well maintained vehicle. Trip included drop at the airport. Good value for the cost.

4 stars Anne T. 24 Nov 2018

Harris did a great job! he picked us up at the Disneyland Toy Story Hotel at 0800 and took us on a tour of Shanghai. The city was pretty but very very busy. We could never have completed what we did without him in one day. It was well worth the money to have him and his driver take us from location to location. We have a 6 year old son and Harris did a good job of attempting to keep him interested in things kids would mostly not care about. Thank you Harris for showing us around your city.

4 stars Hannah B. Z. 01 Apr 2018

Harris is very knowledgeable, pleasant, speaks good English. Enjoyed touring Shanghai with him

4 stars ANDRES J. 28 Jun 2017

First let me mention that Harris was of the people that he publicities his services and he attends the people that he commits to. I mention this as in Viator you have people that you select and never get nor meet.

Now Harris fulfilled his obligation of his services his knowledge of Shanghai was extensive and he is fluent in English.

4 stars Yves G. 02 Oct 2016

I realy enjouée my tour with Harris, he was on time, his car was great and his explantaions clear. He was allo able to adjust the program to adapt himself to our pace and to suggest

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4 stars Rochelle S. 07 Apr 2016

Harris was good and interesting, however he took us away from Shanghai and as we were driving didn't tell us anything about the city. The sites we saw were interesting but I think he would have been more informative

4 stars Donna N. 06 Jul 2012

Our group of 8 had Harris as our tour guide in Shanghai. Harris met us with a car at the railway station as we arrived from Beijing. Harris was informative and accommodating and we had a great time with him!

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The word “Shanghai” first appeared in the Song Dynasty (960–1279). In order to discharge the floods of Wusong River that emptied into the sea near then-Shanghai, 18 canals were dug out of the river. Each canal was called a “pu” in regional dialect. Among these, two canals near the sea were named “Shang Hai Pu” and “Xia Hai Pu” as the former was theoretically closer to the upstream of the Wusong River.

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A city is much the same as a living organism. When overlooking the city from high above, one finds that it is closely linked by crisscrossed roads like numerous blood vessels. Those roads are variously addressed in different times and areas. In Shanghai, these back-alley ways are called "Longtang".

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In the late 19th century and early 20th century, Shikumen Houses came into being in the foreign concessions of Shanghai. In the European architectural style of closely connected townhouses and with the advantage of occupying less and low costs, the Shikumen Houses were massively built.

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