Scarlett Mao Private tour guide in Shanghai, Hangzhou, Suzhou - China

Scarlett Mao

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Nǐ hǎo (Hello there)! My name is Scarlett Mao; I’m an experienced certified Chinese tour guide, specialising in the Shanghai metropolitan area, and surrounding cities like Hangzhou, Suzhou and Nanjing.

When you visit a new city, have you ever wondered if you should spend your time visiting the so-called “Top 10” local attractions or if there is a better way to experience this new environment? What highlights are really worth visiting, and which ones are suitable for you? How to make most of your time and money? Where can you find local food and restaurants that appeal to your tastes? To address these natural questions, I prefer to share with you my personal opinion and provide you genuine, detailed information about attractions, rather than follow pre-defined itineraries.

Most people have heard of Shanghai’s famous attractions, like The Bund, People’s Square and Yu Garden, and I am well acquainted with all of them. However, what many tourists miss out on is the city’s vibrant local culture, which in modern times is often pushed away from view, into side roads, small parks and squares. It is here where you can get a true feel for the city; marvel at locals gathering to play Majiang and practicing Tai Chi in a springtime park, enjoy a pleasant cycle through historic tree-lined streets, or savour the city’s incredible cuisine: in small street stalls, side streets and small markets, hidden from view. On my tour, I hope to combine these neglected, traditional elements of Shanghai with the bustling, modern metropolis and world-class attractions that entice many travellers.

To add some personal experience, when I visit other counties, I expect my guides to be honest, provide me with genuine information, care about me, and make me feel comfortable. And that is what I offer to my guests. I regard myself not only as a professional tour guide, but also as a host with whom you can trust and feel comfortable.

Please visit my website and YouTube channel for more information. I am looking forward to hearing from you. Xiè Xiè (Thank you)!

Recent reviews of this tour guide:

5 stars Brian B.

Had a great time being guided by Scarlett. Scarlett is a very helpful and informative guide on and off duty. From they day I booked Scarlett to the day I flew back home Scarlett was attentive to provide great service. Me and my partner felt so comfortable on tour with Scarlett that it felt like hanging out with a long time friend, yet very professional in demeanor. I highly recommend Scarlett for anyone looking into a tour in Shanghai.

Tour guide services/sample itinerary:

Most tourists have heard of Shanghai’s famous attractions (The Bund, Yu Garden), but many miss out on the city’s vibrant local culture, which in modern times is pushed away from view. My tours combine these neglected elements with the more familiar modern attractions. And if you also want to visit some cities around Shanghai, I would be happy to do that for you. As a tour guide, I hope my guests will like me and I can bring them good memories. That is the main reason I want to be a private tour guide. So no cheating, no shopping (I WON'T make money from it, but I can help you to buy what you really want), no lies.

Transportation by tour guide:

metro, taxi, private car, van, foot

Private sightseeing & group tours offered by this guide:

A Foodie's Tasting Tour of Shanghai Price Per Person 120.00 USD
Cultural and Historical Tour of Suzhou Price Per Person 120.00 USD
Insider's Eye to Shanghai Tour Price Per Person 120.00 USD
Make a special itinerary just for you! Price Per Person 120.00 USD
Secrets of Hangzhou Tour Price Per Person 120.00 USD
Walking tour of Shanghai - the past to modernity Price Per Person 120.00 USD

Tour guide interests:

I like various films, such as The Bridges of Maddison County, To Kill a Mockingbird, Hotel Rwanda, The Shining, The Legend of 1900, The Shawshank Redemption, Life is Beautiful, Dead Poets Society, Das Leben der Anderen and many more.

Some of my favourite Chinese films are Farewell My Concubine (霸王别姬), Yi Yi (一 一)and Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress.

My musical tastes include Oasis, the Beatles, Beyond (Hong Kong band), Neil Young, Chopin and 许巍, 张国荣 (two great Chinese singers). If you are interested in Chinese film or music, I can make some recommendations for you.

I love to read. My favourites include: Ordinary World (平凡的世界), Don Quijote de la Mancha, the works of Franz Kafka, Hemmingway, Jack London, Virginia Woolf, Oscar Wilde, San Mao (三毛).

My favourite poets are Shizhi(食指),GuCheng(顾城),仓央嘉措,Robert Browning, Kahlil Gibran, Pablo Neruda, William Butler Yeats.

I love food from all over the world, travelling, hiking, writing poetry...

You can contact me for advice. Here are MY EMAIL ADDRESSES : or

Reviews of this tour – by clients who booked!

5 stars Brian B. 10 Feb 2018

Had a great time being guided by Scarlett. Scarlett is a very helpful and informative guide on and off duty. From they day I booked Scarlett to the day I flew back home Scarlett was attentive to provide great service. Me and my partner felt so comfortable on tour with Scarlett that it felt like hanging out with a long time friend, yet very professional in demeanor. I highly recommend Scarlett for anyone looking into a tour in Shanghai.

5 stars C G. 09 Feb 2018

Scarlett transformed my mundane business trip to Shanghai into something truly unforgettable! We enjoyed a wonderful day exploring the city's big sites and as well as some places off the beaten track that she enthusiastically recommended.

The tour was excellently organised and catered to my needs. Scarlett was fantastic company: energetic, funny, knowledgeable and caring. I would've booked a week with her if time permitted and I now can't wait for my next trip to Shanghai! Thank you Scarlett!

5 stars Rainer K. 20 Oct 2017

With Scarlett you feel like a friend show you his city. She show me interesting things i don´t know before and explan to me. We had also some nice talk about our work and some private things, really like friends.

See you soon for another tour or just hangout as friends. And i also not forget that i will cook some nice food for you :)

5 stars eugene V. D. W. 26 Sep 2017

I have had 2 wonderful days with Scarlett showing me around Shanghai. She is a knowledgeable and resourceful guide, is energetic and open minded, and has a great personality. She will make your time in Shanghai memorable. In just 2 days she has shown me both the hyper modern face of Shanghai as well as the more common one, from trendy spots at the Bund to cozy neighborhood dinners. I highly recommend her if you are looking for a great time while discovering Shanghai.

5 stars Sebastien P. 21 May 2017

150% satisfaction, professional, open minded. I recommend Scarlett to anybody visiting Shanghai. I did appreciated her approach that let you be guided and at the same time, open your mind to any aspect of the city, listening to your own intuition and your willingness. I would rate a 10 stars if I could.

Tour Guide Comment: Dear Sebastien, thank you for your lovely review. I hope to see you again!

5 stars Paula V. 05 May 2017

We cannot recommend a more personal experience than to spend a day with Scarlett. Our relationship began through several emails, prior to even leaving home. We always received a prompt response to all of our questions, and Scarlett always arranged our tour around what would be most interesting to us. It is clear that she genuinely cares about the guest receiving the best care possible and was always offering her help even after our tour ended. We began as customers but left as friends.

Tour Guide Comment: Dear Paula, thank you for all your compliments and looking forward to being a guide for your son!

5 stars Mika R. 05 Mar 2017

I had a business trip to Shanghai. My work is related to food & restaurants, so I needed good guide for 2 days. I send message for 5 different guide who could help me with my job. Scarlett was the only who responded quickly. She speaks good english and is very sunny and open character. She found me very good selection of local food & restaurant specialities, just what I needed to do my job. I had very goof time with Scarlett just talking about life. Scarlett has very good sense of humor also.

Tour Guide Comment: Mika, the most interesting food writer I have ever met until so far. Thank you for sharing and heip. Waitting for you and your wife to visit Shanghai.

5 stars kevin 23 Jan 2017

Scarlett is a hidden gem in Shanghai. We have used Scarlett as our guide in Shanghai before, but each time we see her, she uncovers and leads us to see and experience things that we never would have known about without her. She is a wealth of knowledge- great personality- very vibrant, full of educational information, great company, and very competent. She has great attention to detail. If you have hungry stomach, she will take you to a tasting adventure that connects you with Shanghai !

Tour Guide Comment: Hello, Kevin. i appreciate all your words annd those beautiful moments you brought to me too. Thank you so much.

5 stars Christophe B. 30 Oct 2016

Scarlett is one of the most amazing tour guides I've ever encountered in my numerous trips. Nice and kind, she has always a smile on her face - at the same time, she is very reliable and a true expert guide not only from a logistics perspective (she organises whatever you want in a couple of minutes), but also when it comes to explain the context, history or hidden secret of a place. It is a pity that my trip was so short - I would have loved staying longer and hope that I can catch up soon.

Tour Guide Comment: Hey,Christophe. It was a great experience to be your tour guide in Shanghai,Suzhou,Hangzhou and Tongli .I am happy to share beautiful memories with you. Thank you for your compliments and review.

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