FAQs

General Questions

What type of payment you accept?

We use Paypal, which accepts all major credit cards. All UnTours must be prepaid.

Is my credit card safe?

PayPal is the industry-standard, safest way to pay online without exposing your credit card information. Please visit www.paypal.com for additional information.

What languages are available for the tours?

We offer English, Spanish, French & Dutch for our private tours, but please check with us if you have a specific request. All of our public weekly tours are held in English.

What is your cancellation policy?

If a booking is canceled 72 hours prior to the UnTour, we will refund the booking less 20%. Refunds will not be given for cancellations less than 72 hours in advance. However, we will issue a refund les 20% within 72 hours only in the event of an emergency or due to severe weather (i.e. typhoon. Rain is not severe weather. Trust us, we have a meteorological parent). In case of severe weather we will make every effort to reschedule your UnTour for another day if possible. If we are unable to do so then we will refund your booking in full.

Do you offer customized tours?

Bespoke UnTours are our specialty! We’ve spent years finding the best places to visit in Shanghai to become the foremost authority on this town. Just send us an email at info@untourshanghai.com and we’ll send you back a customized UnTour itinerary based on your needs.

How many people are generally on your UnTours?

Our maximum capacity is 8 people for most of our UnTours. If your group is larger, fill out the contact form here and we’ll work to accommodate your whole party.

Are children welcome? Do you offer a discount?

Children of all ages are welcome to our culinary tours. Babies are free (of course), and children under the age of 12 eat free on our public weekly tours.

Is photography or video at the restaurants allowed?

Yes, but please be courteous. It’s often nice to “ask” locals first. We’ve found a big smile and a bit of sign language can go a long way, or your guide is happy to interpret!

Can you help me with travel plans before or after our time with you?

We are happy to help! When our guests book a tour with us, we often help them with their other travel plans as well. We can help you with hotel, flight and train booking, as well as restaurant recommendations and shopping tips around the city.

Culinary UnTours

Can vegetarians UnTour Shanghai?

Most of our weekly culinary tours can be made vegetarian-friendly (although you will have to skip out on a few dishes), and we offer a private Vegetarian Voyage tour designed specifically for our meat-free guests.

Does UnTour Shanghai cater to people with food allergies?

At UnTour Shanghai, we take food allergies very seriously and deal with them on a case-by-case basis. Please email us with your dietary restrictions at info(at)untourshanghai.com so we can try to customize a culinary UnTour based on your needs. At the end of the day, it is the sole responsibility of the participant to take care of his or her own dietary needs.

Does the UnTour price include food?

Yes. You pay one fee before your food tour and we take care of the rest. All you have to do is work up an appetite!

Can we tip our UnTour Guide?

Of course you may! UnTour Guides gotta eat too!

Is eating in Shanghai safe? I’m concerned about chowing down on street food.

All of the street food stalls and night markets on our UnTours are places we eat regularly, and we’ve developed a personal relationship with the vendor, so we know we can trust them.

Running UnTours

What if I can’t keep up with the pace?

Don’t worry, we customize the run at your pace, so there should be no cause for concern. Bathroom, water, picture, and rest breaks are all possible at virtually any time as well.

Do we have to run the whole time?

Our UnTours are completely based on your preferences. There is plenty to stop and gawk at, so feel free to let your guide know what interests you. There are designated stops as well, and if you need a breather, it’s no problem.

Will somebody be able carry my wallet and keys or other small items?

Your guide will carry a small backpack, so wallet, phone, keys, digital camera, etc. are no problem. Leave the telescopic lenses at home though, please.

What happens in the case of inclement weather?

Shanghai weather can be rather unpredictable. We want your run to be fun, so we are certainly more than willing to slog through a little rain and wind. It may just end up enhancing your experience. In the case of severe weather, please see our cancellation/refund policy in the General UnTour FAQ.

Can we tip our running Untour guide?

Of course you may! Have you seen marathon entry fees lately?

Our Philosophy

At UnTour Shanghai, we are firmly committed to minimizing our company and guests’ impact on the local environment and surroundings. We take pride in bringing best practices to share with our Chinese partners and guests, which enhances our guests’ experiences and the sustainability of Shanghai in general. To this end, we have designed our UnTours to use as much “human power” as possible. Our eating tours are predominantly on foot or use public transportation whenever feasible. Of course, our running tours will have very little impact on the surroundings as well. Good business practices don’t stop with the environment. We are committed to supporting traditional, locally-owned businesses in every UnTour. While we can’t do much to slow China’s fast-paced ascent into the realm of glitzy and modern, we show our appreciation for small business owners who offer quality, locally produced goods and services.