Context Travel, a tour company for small-groups that offers scholar-led “walking seminars” in cities including Rome, Paris and New York, now offers tours in Beijing and Shanghai as well.
To accommodate its curious clients, Context works with local experts in each destination including university professors, architects and curators to create in-depth, informative tours. “Travelers look for Context walking seminars when they visit complicated, dense, and extremely foreign-feeling cities,” says Paul Bennett, co-founder.
Current walking tours available in China for 2012 last 3 hours and include seminars of Tiananmen Square and the 798 Art District in Beijing, as well as the Bund and Shanghai Museum in Shanghai. Additionally, other focused and thematic walks will be available, such as Pure Land, Buddhism and China, which will give guests a view of the history of Buddhism in China.
Walks are available privately on request or as regularly scheduled group walks; prices start from $87 pp. For more information, visit contexttravel.com.