Shanghai Tour Guide Interview

By April 9, 2018 April 16th, 2020 576 Comments

Here’s our latest interview with a tour guide or certified local as we seek to learn from some of the top experts from the places we love.

If you are a certified tour guide and would like to be considered for an interview, drop me a note at: and we can chat about specifics.

My questions are in bold and the responses follow below.  Please excuse us if you see a mistake in grammar, we are travel bloggers not English writers.  😉


Let’s get started…What’s your name and how old are you?
Answer: My name is Harris, I’m 33 years old.

Do you have kids? If so, how old are they?
Answer: Yes, I have a five-year-old son and a two-year-old daughter

Where are you originally from and what city do you currently live?
Answer: I’m from Shanghai and have always lived there.

How long have you been a tour guide?
Answer: About 7 years.

Why did you want to become a tour guide?
Answer: This job has more freedom, allows me to meet people from all over the world and use English as it’s my interest.

Are you a licensed tour guide?  What cities?  If so, from which organization?
Answer: I’m a senior licensed tour guide registered in Shanghai Tourism Personnel Service Center of China General Bureau of Travel

How many tours have you provided?
Answer: More than a dozen hundred tours but not sure about the exact number.

Lets get to the exciting stuff, why anyone should visit the city on the subject?
Answer: Shanghai is a vibrant city with possibly the most development than any other mega city in the world.

Is the city safe?  What areas are not safe?
Answer: Quite safe. There is no unsafe area in particular.

What’s the average temperature in the city?
Answer: About 28 degrees Celsius in the hottest month and 4 degrees in the coldest, both on average through a month.

What languages are spoken?  English spoken?
Answer: Mandarin. English is getting more common but limited still in general.

Is US Dollar widely accepted?
Answer: No. People prefer the CNY. Actually, e-wallet is highly common now.

What are the best areas or districts to stay in the city?
Answer: I suggest the areas of Nanjing Road, People’s Square, French Concession and the Bund.

What’re your Top 3 hotels and why?
Answer: Peninsula Shanghai and Shanghai Shangri-la based on guests’ feedback and Portman Ritz as my personal pick for its aura and ambience. Perhaps Fairmont Peace is another one for its classical Art Deco style and stories in the past.

How does one get around the city?  Taxi, Uber, similar apps, ATVs?
Answer: Subway, bus, car, electric scooters, car-hailing apps, etc.

Can you highlight the MUST sightseeings?  Minimum of 5, feel free to share as many as you would like.
Answer: The Bund, Yu Garden in Old Town Market, Xintiandi in French Concession, Oriental Pearl TV Tower, People’s Square and East Nanjing Road Pedestrian Street

What’s the best place to take a photo?
Answer: The Bund

What about the Top 3 restaurants?
Answer: Mr & Mrs. Bund, Tang Court, Ultraviolet by Paul Pairet

Any rooftop bars or restaurants that you recommend?
Answer: Flair

Can you recommend best shopping areas?  Best shopping mall?
Answer: the Old Town for authentic experience because there are many local markets. The most recommended mall is perhaps the Joy City?

What about food markets?
Answer: There are numerous wet markets all over the city. It’s where people buy their fresh food on s daily basis.

Do you recommend any tour outside the city?  Islands? Boat Tours?
Answer: Zhujiajiao Water Village Tour, Suzhou Ancient City Trip and Hangzhou Trip.

Where does one should go at night?  Any bar/nightlife areas or district you recommend?
Answer: the Bund area

Are Casinos allowed?  Blackjack tables?
Answer: No casino, no blatant gambling in China.

Any last advice for people visiting your city?
Answer: Summer is hot so avoid June, July and August

Thanks for your time!  How can people learn more about you?
Feel free to share your phone, email and contact info below.

My email is:
my cellphone number is: (+86)15021517161

Thanks again!  Your insights will help the next traveler.


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