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3 Days in Shanghai: Suggested Itineraries

By Viator, August 2014

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Since 1990 Shanghai has grown at a startling rate, to become the largest center of commerce and business in central China and largest cargo port in the world. The city is a huge draw for tourists, who have the chance to connect with more traditional Chinese culture, at places like the Jade Buddha Temple, and also see the ever growing and ever developing Pudong skyline. Undoubtedly one of the world’s most modern and exciting cities, Shanghai’s skyline changes from one year to the next.

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

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Suzhou and Zhouzhuang Water Village Day Trip from Shanghai

4 star rating: Recommended 222 Reviews

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

Location: Shanghai, China
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $134.99

Best of Shanghai Day Tour including Jade Buddha Temple and The Bund

4 star rating: Recommended 146 Reviews

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

Location: Shanghai, China
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $78.99

Hangzhou - Heaven on Earth Day Trip from Shanghai

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 91 Reviews

Travel to Hangzhou, a city rich in history and spectacular scenery on this day trip from Shanghai. Cruise on Hangzhou's famous West Lake and take in the ...  Read more

Location: Shanghai, China
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $168.99

Big Bus Shanghai Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 36 Reviews

See Shanghai’s highlights on this hop-on hop-off tour! Visit Jade Buddha Temple, Nanpu Bridge, the Bund, Jing’an Temple, Xintiandi, the People’s Plaza and ...  Read more

Location: Shanghai, China
Duration: 2 days (approx.)

From USD $48.00

Beijing in One Day: Day Trip from Shanghai by Air

4.5 star rating: Recommended 8 Reviews

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

Location: Shanghai, China
Duration: 14 hours (approx.)

From USD $810.00

Private Custom Tour: Shanghai in One Day

4 star rating: Recommended 17 Reviews

During your time in Shanghai, design your own itinerary to experience all of Shanghai, according to your own interests. Your local guide will take you to all ...  Read more

Location: Shanghai, China
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $19.99

Xi'an in One Day: Day Trip from Shanghai by Air

4 star rating: Recommended 7 Reviews

While you’re in Shanghai, take a day trip to Xi’an, famous as one of the birthplaces of ancient Chinese civilization. You’ll learn about the history of the ...  Read more

Location: Shanghai, China
Duration: 14 hours (approx.)

From USD $809.99

Shanghai Nightlife Insider Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 3 Reviews

Gain entry into Shanghai’s coolest nightclubs with a local insider! You’ll visit a variety of bars and clubs in Old Shanghai, from popular haunts to stylish ...  Read more

Location: Shanghai, China
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $119.99

Chinese Acrobats and Shanghai Evening Tour

4 star rating: Recommended 48 Reviews

Your evening tour of Shanghai begins by attending an astounding performance by the Shanghai Acrobatics School&Troupe. They have won hundreds of gold medals in ...  Read more

Location: Shanghai, China
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $78.99

Zhouzhuang Water Village Tour from Shanghai

4 star rating: Recommended 15 Reviews

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

Location: Shanghai, China
Duration: 5 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $110.00

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