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This tour covers the highlights of Shanghai where old and new combine to impress. Begin with the ancient and peaceful Yuyuan Gardens then marvel at some of the world’s tallest buildings.


Yuyuan Gardens, City God Temple, Xiantiandi, Evening Cruise on the Huangpu River, The Bund, Shanghai World Financial Center, Shanghai Municipal History Museum, Tianzifang, Maglev Train


Itinerary Day By Day

Day 1 – Arrival in Shanghai

Our guide will meet you outside the baggage claim area at Shanghai Airport and transfer you to your hotel. The rest of the day is at your leisure.

Meals: No meals provided.

Day 2 – Shanghai

Attractions: Yuyuan Gardens, City God Temple, Xintiandi, Evening Cruise on the Huangpu River

Today’s tour will begin at the classical Yuyuan Gardens located in the center of old Shanghai. It was built in 1559 and features rockeries, pavilions, ponds and corridors. Just outside the gardens is the City God Temple and its surrounding markets. Originally there was just a temple but as the number of pilgrims rose so did the number of merchants who opened shops in the area to sell to them. Now it is a thriving market where you can find excellent souvenirs and sample some of the local snack foods.

Afterwards you will visit Xintiandi, a trendy area of bars, restaurants and boutique shops. Here old Shanghai style lane houses or shikumen have been renovated in a mixture of Chinese and Western designs.

You will finish the day in a spectacular fashion as you take in the lights of the city during a cruise on the Huangpu River.

Meals: Breakfast at your hotel

Day 3 – Shanghai

Attractions: The Bund, Shanghai World Financial Center, Shanghai Municipal History Museum, Tianzifang

Today’s tour starts with a stroll along the Bund, the most famous part of Shanghai. It is like a summary of Shanghai’s history with colonial buildings mixed in with other architectural styles. From there you can gaze across at the tall, modern buildings which represent Shanghai’s prosperity. Next you will cross the river to Lijiazui to see these buildings from a different perspective.

Here you will find the Shanghai Stock Exchange as well as the city’s three most famous structures – the Pearl Tower, the Jin Mao Tower and the newest and highest Shanghai World Financial Center. When it was completed in 2007 the Shanghai World Financial Center was the second tallest building in the world. The observation deck is at 474 metres offering amazing views of Shanghai.

Nearby in the basement of the Oriental Pearl TV Tower is the Shanghai Municipal History Museum. With lots of models and dioramas it is much more interesting than it sounds!
Tianzifang is an arts and crafts enclave in the French Concession which has also been developed in the shikumen style buildings. It is well known for its small craft stores, art studios, coffee shops and restaurants located in the narrow alleyways off Taikang Road.

Meals: Breakfast at your hotel

Day 4 – Depart Shanghai

Attractions: Maglev Train

Today you will transfer to the Shanghai Pudong Airport for your flight to your next destination. On the way you can catch the Maglev, the world’s only commercial magnetically levitated train. At 430kph it is also the fastest train in the world in commercial operation.

Meals: Breakfast at your hotel