One of the most important things to do when visiting a new city is to do a Day Tour. I've written earlier about our Day Tour of Shanghai which took us around the city to places like the Shanghai Museum, The Bund, Old Shanghai, Xintiandi, Nanjing St, the Pearl Markets, etc. It was a great day and we met a couple from New Zealand on their way to the UK.
That is one of the bonuses of this sort of tour - meeting other travellers.
What I like about such a tour is that one gets one's bearings. You can choose where to return to as there is only a short time at each venue.
Some of the places I had been to before, but learning more about them with a tour guide is most helpful.
There are many tour companies to choose from - and there is not much difference between the companies I suspect.
We were very happy with our tour company and tour guides - although on a couple of times they were late to pick us up. However, I think the traffice had a lot to do with it.
A city of some 21 million, with lots of road works does make for challenges for the tour companies.
We did on our own go back to Nanjing Road, Old China Town, Xintiandi and the Bund. More confidant because of our early tour.