3 Days in Shanghai: Suggested Itineraries
By Viator, December 2014
Day 1: Modern City
What better way to see Shanghai’s ever-changing commercial region by looking out from the Oriental TV Tower? The outstanding panoramic view will help you appreciate the thriving metropolis that Shanghai is, as well as give you a great view of the banks of the Huangpu River. This tour continues with a cruise down the Huang River to see the cultural district, taking in buildings in Gothic, Baroque and Romanesque styles, also taking in the Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Hall, with its exciting vision for the future of the city. The final stop is Nanjing Road, a pedestrianized street that is full of locals, business people and tourists.
Day 2: Water Villages and Rural Life
Before Shanghai’s explosion, the surrounding area was peaceful port town. You can reconnect with these roots by taking a day trip to the water villages of Suzhou and Zhouzhuang. Suzhou was one of the few places in China to escape the ravages of Mao Zedong’s Cultural Revolution and the Net Master Garden has been preserved as a model example of a harmonious Ming Dynasty garden. After lunch, the tour takes you to the water village of Zhouzhuang via gondola. This village is like a time capsule, with 900 year-old buildings and locals still living their daily lives by the rivers.
Day 3: History and Culture
China is rich with history, and the Best of Shanghai tour is a great chance to see some of the city’s history. The tour begins at the Jade Buddha Temple, which was built between 1875 and 1909. It contains a priceless collection of jade statues from Burma and is currently home to the Shanghai Buddhist Institute. This tour also takes in the Fresh Water Pearl Gallery, the Shanghai Museum, the Bund and the Shanghai silk factory.
Tours & Tickets
Visit two picturesque Chinese towns, Suzhou and Zhouzhuang on a day trip from Shanghai. You'll see how daily life has remained unchanged over the centuries in ... Read more
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)
See all the main sites of Shanghai, 'Paris of the Orient'. Your fully guided coach tour includes lunch as well as entry into the Jade Buddha Temple, Shanghai ... Read more
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)
Take a gondola ride through the elegant waterways of Zhouzhuang, the 'Venice of the East.’ You’ll step into the old residences of Zhang House and Shen House, ... Read more
Duration: 5 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
If you’re spending time in Shanghai, take a day trip to Beijing by air to make your visit to China complete. While you’re in China’s ancient capital, visit the ... Read more
Duration: 14 hours (approx.)
Discover Shanghai’s thriving art community on this 2-hour tour of 50 Moganshan Road, or M50 -- the premier art district of the city. While you won't see any ... Read more
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)