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See the true essence of Shanghai with AtYourSide

Shanghai is the fastest-developing city in the fastest-developing nation, and boasts dramatic modern architecture and cutting-edge facilities. But within this rapidly changing city are hidden hints of its rich history with temples tucked down back-alleys and traditional street markets secreted amongst state-of-the-art shopping malls. Whilst the city’s charm is evident for everyone to see, the juxtaposition of the modern and the traditional makes for a difficult landscape to navigate; and new company AtYourSide aims to make this task more manageable. The idea of the company is that one only really gets to see the true essence of a city through a native’s eyes. Each client is assigned a personal assistant, who acts as an interpreter as well as a tour guide, steering you across this fascinating city. AtYourSide Shanghai has created a number of specialist tours to cater for a variety of different requirements: whether your interests lie in the history, culture or the retail aspects of the city there is a package which supplies a different perspective of Shanghai. The day-long Shopping Experience, for example, starts at a ‘replica’ market where you’ll be able to find imitations of designer clothes and accessories; then the tour will travel to a tailor market where you’ll be able to commission your own design; next stop is The Shanghai French Concession, whose tree-lines avenues and Tudor mansions still retain a Parisian air from its life as a foreign concession between 1849 and 1946. The tour ends with a relaxing Chinese foot massage. This is a perfect example of where AtYourSide excels; putting the historical, cultural, leisure and entertainment features of Shanghai life alongside one-another and, in doing so, uncovering the very essence of a what is quickly becoming one of the planet’s most diverse and interesting cities.

Paul Johnson

Paul Johnson is Editor of A Luxury Travel Blog and has worked in the travel industry for more than 30 years. He is Winner of the Innovations in Travel ‘Best Travel Influencer’ Award from WIRED magazine. In addition to other awards, the blog has also been voted “one of the world’s best travel blogs” and “best for luxury” by The Telegraph.

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