Shanghai Tower Tours

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One of the tallest buildings in the world, the Shanghai Towe has a twisting silhouette that dominates the skyline. Standing 137 stories and 2,073 feet (632 meters) high, the building features some of the world’s fastest elevators, which race to a viewing platform 1,841 feet (561 meters) above the city. On a clear day, the views are spectacular.

The Basics
Shanghai Tower tours typically focus on the observation deck, which can be very popular; it’s well worth securing tickets in advance. Particularly at night, the panoramic views across Shanghai’s surrealist skyline are epic, making the Shanghai Tower observation deck a popular stop on private and custom Shanghai tours. 

As there is only so long one can spend looking at the view, any Shanghai Tower observation deck visit is typically just one component of a more comprehensive exploration of the city. Tours that pair a historic water town with the hyper-modern tower offer a lovely sense of the region’s dualities.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Although enclosed, the Shanghai Tower Observation Deck features a lot of glass—acrophobes, this probably isn’t for you. 
  • Built at a cost of over $2 billion, the Shanghai Tower boasts more than 100 lifts. 
  • The Shanghai Tower is an eco-friendly building with 270 wind turbines and built-in rainwater- and wastewater-recycling systems. 
 
How to Get There
A landmark that’s visible for miles around, the Shanghai Tower is hard to miss. To get there on public transit, take metro Line 2 to Lujiazui station and walk 15 minutes. You might also choose to cross the river from the Bund by ferry, or simply join a tour that provides transport to the Shanghai Tower and other key sights.

When to Get There
From the bubble-gum pink spaceship of the Oriental Pearl Tower to the glistening lights of river cruises, Shanghai’s skyline comes into its own at night. While the observation deck doesn’t stay open as late as some American tower viewing decks, going after sunset is hugely rewarding. Needless to say, look for a clear day for maximum viewing potential.

The Race to the Top
Construction on the Shanghai Tower began in 2008. After several false starts, it finally opened to the public in 2017. Designed by American architectural firm Gensler, the tower makes a 120-degree rotation to help minimize wind loads. When it opened, it became the world’s second tallest tower after Dubai’s Burj Khalifa and the highest building in China. A project underway in Shenzhen may take its crown in the next decade.
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Address: 501 Yincheng Middle Rd, Shanghai, Eastern China, China
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Shanghai Tower Observation Deck Admission Ticket

It’s wise to book in advance for the 2,070-foot (632-meter) Shanghai Tower, one of the world’s highest buildings and one of China’s top attractions. With these tickets, you can race up in the elevators and soak up views over one of the world’s great skylines from the 118th-floor observation deck.
  • Duration: 1 to 12 hours
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US$27.00
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  • Duration: 1 to 12 hours
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Fengjing Water Town and Shanghai City Highlights Private Day Tour

Explore Shanghai's most incredible city attractions and beautiful Fengjing Water Town during this amazing private day tour. Accompanied by local professional guide, stroll around the old lanes with antiquated architecture, wander along the canal with old bridges and take the boat on tranquil canals in Fengjing ancient water town for a half day. Followed by another half day tour to see the Shanghai city top attractions, such as Yu Garden, the spectacular skyline on the Bund as well as the panoramic view from the top of Shanghai Tower. An authentic Chinese lunch, boat ride ticket, entrance fee to one of the city skyscrapers, private guide and driver service are all inclusive.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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US$113.80
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  • Duration: 8 hours
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Private Full-Day Tour: Shanghai Old and New Highlights

Discover old and modern Shanghai as you wish on a private 8-hour tour. With a personal guide, explore attractions like The Bund, Ming-Dynasty Yu Garden, and Jade Buddha Temple, and visit the observation deck of one of Shanghai’s highest skyscrapers. Customize your itinerary to suit your and opt to explore by private vehicle with lunch and select entrance fees included, or by private vehicle or public transit with lunch and entrance fees at own expense.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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US$66.00
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  • Duration: 8 hours
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Zhujiajiao Water Town and Shanghai City Private Day Tour

Save time without compromising on experience on this door-to-door private guided tour that covers Zhujiajiao Ancient Town and key Shanghai highlights. First, explore the ancient water town of Zhujiajiao by boat and foot, and savor a local lunch. Then, spend the afternoon discovering Shanghai: the 16th-century Yu Garden, the Bund, and the Shanghai Tower. Upgrade to include a Shanghai dinner.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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US$96.00
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Shanghai Bus Tour Hop-on Hop-off Premium Ticket including City Top Attraction Admissions

Experience all of Shanghai’s historical highlights and impressive landmarks on a hop-on, hop-off sightseeing bus tour. Sail past alluring attractions like the People’s Plaza, the Nanpu Bridge, The Bund and the Jade Buddha Temple on a distinctive double-decker bus, and disembark whenever you wish to explore further. Use your pass to discover three distinct routes, all of which visit must-see monuments sure to capture your attention.
  • Duration: 2 days
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US$30.80
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  • Duration: 2 days
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Flexible Private Shanghai Layover Tour

Don’t spend your Shanghai stopover inside the airport; maximize your time in China and opt for a private and customizable sightseeing tour instead. This personalized layover tour is tailored to your needs and allows you to tick off The Bund (Waitan), French Concession, and Yuyuan Garden in limited time. Airport or hotel pickup and drop-off are included for added convenience.
  • Duration: 6 to 8 hrs
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US$59.00
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  • Duration: 6 to 8 hrs
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Private Full Day Shanghai City Tour including Face-Changing Opera Dinner

Ideal for travelers short on time, this private 11-hour tour allows you to tick off all of Shanghai’s top sites in only one day. Visit The Bund (Waitan), the UNESCO-listed Confucius Temple, Yuyuan Garden, and the Shanghai Tower, the tallest building in China. Plus, enjoy a traditional Sichuan dinner, see a face-changing opera show, and take a dazzling evening cruise on the Huangpu River. Hotel pickup and drop-off in Shanghai are included.
  • Duration: 11 hours
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US$195.00
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  • Duration: 11 hours
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Private Yu Garden, The Bund, French Concession, Pudong Half-Day Tour

Enjoy personalized attention and a flexible itinerary on this half-day private tour of Shanghai. Hit all the major attractions, including the Bund, the French Concession, Yu Garden, Old Town, and the Pudong Financial District. Stop in a local tea house for a sample of traditional Chinese tea. Round-trip transportation from the cruise port or your hotel provided.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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  • Duration: 4 hours
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Shanghai Private Tour with River Cruise, Shanghai Tower, and Lunch or Dinner

Get a taste of Shanghai’s highlights and famous cuisine on this flexible private tour, with a choice of morning or afternoon departure. Settle inside a private, air-conditioned vehicle and tailor the itinerary around your interests and guide’s recommendations. Explore the Yuyuan Bazaar, admire bird’s-eye views from the Shanghai Tower, take a River Huangpu cruise, savor a classic Shanghai lunch or dinner, and more. Cruise, Shanghai Tower admission, meal, and hotel pickup and drop-off included.
  • Duration: 5 hours
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US$86.00
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Private Shanghai Evening Street Food Walking and Cruise Tour

Discover a side of Shanghai it takes a local to know on this private foodie walking tour. Explore main streets and back lanes as you snack and slurp on delicacies like soup dumplings, roast duck, and mango pudding—enough for a full meal. Finally, enjoy a Shanghai classic: a Huangpu river cruise.
  • Duration: 3 to 4 hours
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US$68.00
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  • Duration: 3 to 4 hours
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Private Half-Day Shanghai Tour with Din Tai Fung Dining

Get personalized attention on this 5-hour private tour of Shanghai. Visit the Yuyuan Garden, stroll along the Bund or Riverside Promenade (Binjiang Da Dao), and learn about the history of the French Quarter. Wrap up with a meal at the top-rated Din Tai Fung, famous for their soup dumplings. Round-trip private transportation included; morning or afternoon tour times available to fit your schedule.
  • Duration: 5 hours
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US$90.90
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Private Shanghai at Night Walking Tour with Shanghai Tower

Shanghai is known for its eclectic skyline; watch it light up in color on this private 3-hour walking tour of Shanghai at night. This tour includes entrance to the Shanghai Tower, the tallest skyscraper in Asia, for spectacular views of the city.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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US$66.00
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  • Duration: 3 hours
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Private Day Trip to Zhujiajiao Ancient Water Town plus Shanghai Scenic Highlights

Experience ancient and new China in one day on this 9-hour Shanghai and Zhujiajiao water village tour from Shanghai. Travel to centuries-old Zhujiajiao, and tour its decorative bridges, pretty canals, and stone architecture by foot and hand-poled boat. Back in Shanghai, savor a classic lunch and tea-tasting, and visit highlights including the Confucius Temple and Shanghai Tower. Includes a flexible itinerary, minivan transport and and central pickup and drop-off at your chosen Shanghai location. Open to upgrade the tour to all inclusive package upon booking.
  • Duration: 9 hours
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US$55.00
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  • Duration: 9 hours
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3-Hour Shanghai Bund Swift Tour with River Cruise or Skyscraper

Even if your Shanghai schedule doesn’t leave much time for touring, get an overview of the city’s famous Bund on a private adventure that’s perfect for the time-poor traveler. After transfer from your hotel, your personal guide will introduce you to the Bund’s signature sights. Then either enjoy a relaxing river cruise or scale a skyscraper observation deck for views across the megalopolis before you return to base.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Private Shanghai Night Tour with Lost Heaven Dinner and Bar Experience

Shanghai’s nightlife scene changes so fast it’s hard for even regular visitors to keep up. Discover the city’s classic locations by night with a private guide and driver on this 100% flexible dinner tour. Experience the converted “shikumen” houses of Xintiandi, the colonial charm of the Old French Concession, and the majesty of the Bund. Along the way, enjoy dinner and a drink at the stylish Lost Heaven Silk Road.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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  • Duration: 4 hours
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Shanghai Sense 8 Dinner with Various City Night Tour Options

Discover Shanghai by night with authentic fine Chinese dinner at Sense 8 restaurant followed by a city night tour in your way! Sense 8 (Yu Ba Xian ) serves quintessentially Cantonese food - Exquisite and Delicious! The restaurant has a great interior, with replicas of antique furniture and decorations from Beijing Imperial Palace. If you are looking for an atmospheric and tasty meal, it's definitely worth a try. This 3-hour private tour is not only feast for your stomach but also for your eyes. You will able see the most beautiful city lights via taking River Cruise (VIP seating), having a bird-eye view from Shanghai Tower Observation Desk or walking along the Bund (choose one upon booking).
  • Duration: 3 hours
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2-Day Amazing Shanghai and Suzhou Private Tour including Water Town

Discover amazing Shanghai city and Suzhou plus one famous water village (Tongli, Zhouzhuang or Zhujiajiao) in this 2-day private sightseeing tour. Accompanied by your profession private guide, and visit the top attractions based on your interests, such as Yu Garden, Jade Buddha Temple, Master Net Garden, historical Pingjiang Road, a relax boat ride in the water village and more! The itinerary can be 100% customized based on your interests. This tour offers a booking option to upgrade your package to see famous Shanghai acrobatic show.
  • Duration: 2 days
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US$160.65
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  • Duration: 2 days
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Private Shanghai City Highlights and Shopping Combo Tour

Discover some of the Shanghai's must-see highlights and tick off your must do shopping lists with a fully guided tour by your local guide expert. Explore top attractions like The Bund, Ming-Dynasty Yu Garden, and Jade Buddha Temple, and visit the observation deck at one of Shanghai’s highest skyscrapers etc. Customize your shopping itinerary to suit your special shopping requests and enjoy the convenience of getting around the city with your own private car and driver.
  • Duration: 6 to 8 hrs
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US$52.00
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  • Duration: 6 to 8 hrs
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LGBT Friendly Private Shanghai City Highlight Day Tour

This private Shanghai city tour is specially designed for LBGT travelers to enjoy the ultimate joy of traveling accompanied by a professional LGBT friendly guide and driver. Discover the most fascinating historical highlights and must-see attractions in Shanghai, including The Bund, Peace Hotel, Yu Garden, Old Town, Xin Tian Di and Fuxing Park in the Former French Concession and Shanghai Tower in the Pudong new area. Learn about the glorious past of the Sephardic Jewish merchants in Shanghai. This tour is flexible and can be 100% customized base on your interests. It offers you from guide service only to all inclusive package (see tour option details upon booking).
  • Duration: 6 to 8 hrs
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US$48.00
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  • Duration: 6 to 8 hrs
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Half-Day Shanghai Must Sees Private Tour with Optional Lunch or Dinner

During this fully customizable, private Shanghai tour, you get to call the shots. Enjoy a tailor-made itinerary—designed with your unique interests in mind—and choose between lunch and dinner options. Return travelers who have already ticked off the main sights can opt for lesser-known locations, like Jade Buddha Temple, Tianzifang Creative Park, or the Shanghai Propaganda Art Poster Center.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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US$56.00
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