3 Days in Shanghai: Suggested Itineraries

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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.
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Suzhou and Zhouzhuang Water Village Day Trip from Shanghai

Appreciate China’s provincial delights during a full-day tour of two charming traditional towns from Shanghai. Escape the metropolitan mayhem of the city and see how daily life has remained unchanged in these quaint and ancient enclaves. With an accomplished guide, stroll amid the botanical beauty of Suzhou’s gorgeous gardens; cruise along the winding waterways of Zhozhuang on a Chinese-style gondola; and appease an appetite for authenticity with a delicious Chinese lunch in a rustic restaurant. Enjoy convenient round-trip transportation from your shanghai hotel on this enriching tour.
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Best of Shanghai Day Tour, Including Jade Buddha Temple and The Bund

Enhance your sightseeing experience of Shanghai on an enriching full-day excursion around the city. See all of the city’s spectacular sights with a knowledgeable guide as you tour a selection of historical highlights; absorb the sacred majesty of the Jade Buddha Temple; immerse yourself in the city’s rich heritage at the Shanghai Museum; and stroll amid the botanical beauty of the Yuyuan Garden. Learn about the process of pearl cultivation in the Fresh Water Pearl Gallery and enjoy a traditional Chinese lunch on your enriching tour.
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Eat Like A Local: Shanghai Night Food Tour

Avoid the hassle of trying to find out where to grab a good meal while in Shanghai. This Shanghai food tour takes you off the beaten path as the sun starts to set so you can taste some of the most authentic regional dishes of the city. Pop into family-run eateries, and sample food, beer, and spirits well liked by locals. You’ll travel in a small group for a more intimate experience as you try up to 15 tastings with a guide who also tells you about the city’s history and culture as you go.
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Hangzhou: Heaven on Earth Day Trip from Shanghai

Discover the rich cultural tapestry of Hangzhou, a city shrouded in history and natural splendor, on a full-day tour from Shanghai. Accompanied by an accomplished guide, gain fascinating insight into China’s most esteemed tea at Meijiawu Tea Village; cruise on the idyllic and inspirational West Lake; and marvel at the alluring architecture of the Six Harmonies Pagoda. Explore the historical highlights and cultural delights of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed city on this all-inclusive tour, during which lunch, round-trip transportation and entrance fees are complimentary.  
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Chinese Acrobats and Shanghai Evening Tour

Immerse yourself in the captivating choreography and dazzling color of a performance by the Shanghai Acrobatics School and Troupe on this 4-hour tour. Marvel at the graceful agility and immense skill of the performers as they demonstrate how they have won hundreds of international competitions. After the show, see some of Shanghai’s most alluring landmarks by night as you embark on an evening tour with a knowledgeable guide. Enjoy the convenience of round-trip transportation from your Shanghai hotel on this tour. 
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Shanghai Nightlife Insider Tour

Immerse yourself in the electric atmosphere of Shanghai’s renowned nightlife on a 4-hour nightlife tour of the city. With a knowledgeable guide, visit a vibrant variety of bars in Old Shanghai and sip cosmopolitan cocktails and refreshing beers. Relish the artistic flair of Tianzifang, Shanghai’s art district, and experience the impeccably chic Xintiandi enclave for a holistic view of Shanghai’s thriving night scene. On this nightlife tour, enjoy an intimate atmosphere, hotel pick-up and two complimentary beverages.
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Private 2-Hour Shanghai Lanes and Alleyways Walking Tour

Gain a deeper insight into local Shanghai life on a 2-hour tour with an expert guide who shows you the city’s hidden alleyways and older districts known as 'nontangs.' Learn about the distinctive design and architecture in the nontangs; meet some long-time residents who invite you into their homes; then explore a local food market and sample some tasty street food (own expense). This is a private tour just for you and your party.
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Private Chinese Dim Sum Cooking Class in Shanghai

Feast your senses on the enticing aromas and delicate flavors of traditional Dim Sum during a private cooking class in Shanghai. Under the guidance of an expert chef, learn traditional techniques and prepare flavorsome fillings in order to create ‘xiaolongbao’ (steamed soup with dumplings). Take a 2-hour lesson in a modern cooking studio then feast upon the fruits of your labor after the delectable dishes are completed. Enjoy the undivided attention of your chef during this private tour.
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Private Contemporary Art Walking Tour in Shanghai

Delve into Shanghai's thriving underground art scene with a knowledgeable guide during a 2-hour walking tour of 50 Moganshan Road, aka M50. This renovated warehouse contains Shanghai's hottest art district, with resident avant-garde artists such as Liu Dao, who makes interactive installations about technology, and Zhou Tiehai, who creates modern work with a satirical twist. Your guide takes you to top galleries and studios where you can find cutting-edge art and gain insight into China's internationally renowned contemporary arts movement. This is a private tour just for you and your party.
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Experience Shanghai: Dumpling Cooking Class and Tasting Tour

Immerse yourself in the rich culinary culture of Shanghai on a 3-hour tour that includes a 1-hour comprehensive cookery class. Pleasure your palate with local specialties like wontons, fried pot stickers and the city’s renowned ‘xiaolongbao’ (soup dumplings) as you discover enticing food stands with a knowledgeable guide. Uncover the secrets of Chinese cookery in a cooking class after your tour and learn to make delicious 'har gow’ (steamed dim sum shrimp dumplings), feasting on the fruits of your labor on completion. Receive personalized attention from your guide on this small-group tour, where numbers are limited to just 10 people.
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Private Custom Tour: Shanghai in One Day

Enhance your sightseeing experience of Shanghai by designing your own itinerary on this private, full-day tour. Accompanied by a knowledgeable guide, customize your day according to your interests and see only the Shanghai sights that you wish to see. Choose to visit some of the city’s historical highlights; ask your guide to take you to the most popular shopping locations; or delve into the rich historical heritage of the area by visiting intriguing museums. However you wish to spend your time in Shanghai, the undivided attention of your guide is guaranteed on this private custom tour. 
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Shanghai Highlights Bike Tour Including the Bund and Xintiandi

Get a new perspective on the many neighborhoods of Shanghai during this easy 3.5- to 4-hour guided bicycle tour. Cycle past city districts and famous attractions including Nanjing Road, Xintiandi, the Bund and the French Concession, gaining new insight into Chinese daily life and customs as you ride. This small-group cycling ride, also includes a bike and helmet plus bottled water.
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Eat Like a Local: Street Breakfast Tour in Shanghai

Get a taste for Shanghai’s startlingly diverse food culture as savor some of the city’s many culinary specialties on this 3-hour, small-group food tour. Follow your local guide as you sample Shanghai’s selection of pulled noodles, breakfast pancakes and its famous ‘xiaolongbao’ (soup dumplings). Along the way you’ll also have a chance to check out tai chi practitioners and water calligraphers in Xiangyang Park, and wander an array of street stalls and a wet market, where you’ll see fresh Chinese dishes prepared before your eyes. This small-group food excursion, limited to just 8 guests, is also great for kids.
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Private Shanghai Old Town Walking Tour Including Yuyuan Garden

Journey back to old Shanghai on this 2-hour private walking tour of historic Nan Shi, Shanghai’s oldest district. Learn about China’s notorious Ming Dynasty, Taoist beliefs and spiritual traditions as you explore the walled Old Town and sample typical delicacies like local dumplings (own expense). See the landmark Chenghuangmiaof (Temple of the Town God), stroll through the pretty Yuyuan Garden and wander through the lively ‘lilongs’ (residential streets). This is a private tour just for you and your party.
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Private Chinese Wok Cooking Class in Shanghai

Learn the basics of three iconic Chinese stir-fry dishes during this 2-hour private cooking class in Shanghai. Join an expert chef at a cooking studio in the city, where you’ll be provided ingredients along simple-to-follow instructions easy enough for even beginners. Prepare famous home-style favorites including sweet and sour pork, kung pao chicken and Shanghai stir-fried noodles, then enjoy your session’s hard work for lunch. Your private cooking session also includes all necessary equipment.
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Private Tour: The Face of Modern Shanghai

Explore Shanghai, China’s cosmopolitan center of commerce, during this 9-hour private guided tour of the city’s history and the innovations of its future. Check out Shanghai’s past, present and future at the Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Center. You’ll then take a ride aboard the city’s high-speed Magnetic Levitation (Maglev) train to Pudong to see Shanghai’s financial district and the Shanghai Expo 2010. You’ll also enjoy a traditional Chinese lunch and visit the top of the 1,555-foot tall (474m) Shanghai World Financial Center. Your private city tour also includes round-trip hotel transport by private vehicle and admission to the Urban Planning Center.
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Experience Shanghai: Private Tea Ceremony Tour

Enjoy an authentic cultural experience during a private tea ceremony in Shanghai. Alongside a respected master of tea, succumb to serenity as you relax with melodious music, fragrant incense and soothing tea made from rare tealeaves. Learn about the cultural significance of the beverage with your English-speaking guide and educate your palate to the delicate and distinctive flavors of different tea types. Sample varieties of black, oolong, Pu-erh and green tea then perform the tea ritual to cement your newly acquired skills.
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Private Tour: Zhujiajiao, Oriental Pearl Tower and Shanghai History Museum

Explore the remarkable river town of Zhujiajiao and the historical highlights of Shanghai on a full-day private tour from Shanghai. Immerse yourself in the captivating culture of the region with an accomplished and knowledgeable guide, visiting iconic landmarks like the Oriental Pearl Tower and the Huangpu River. Delve into Shanghai’s rich historical heritage at the Shanghai History Museum, where entrancing exhibits speak eloquently of the city’s past. Enjoy convenient round-trip transportation from your Shanghai hotel with this tour.
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Private 2-Hour Farmers’ Market Tour in Shanghai

Immerse yourself in the weird and wonderful world of Shanghai’s local markets on this 2-hour farmers market walking tour. Mingle with the locals and vendors as you learn about typical Chinese cuisine and customs at an authentic open-air market. Sample unique delicacies like ‘century egg’ (not included); gawp at the live snakes, eel and frogs on display; or practice your haggling skills as you purchase pungent spices, herbal teas or snacks. This is a private tour just for you and your party.
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Private 2-Hour Shanghai Tour: The Evolution of Chinese Textiles and Fashion

Uncover the secrets of China’s textile-making heritage and trace the evolution of Shanghai fashion on this unique private 2-hour tour of the Shanghai Museum of Textile and Costume. Admire rich silks, velvets and embroidery; see textiles dating from as early as 221 BC and learn about ancient production methods as you follow your guide around the interactive exhibitions. This is a private tour just for you and your party.
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Private 2-Hour Shanghai Hidden Sites Walking Tour

Lose yourself in the maze-like streets of old Shanghai on this 2-hour walking tour of secret Shanghai. Follow your local guide to hidden sites and little-known neighborhoods, and listen to stories about the ancient Guo clan and the wealthy Qiao Family. Meet long-time residents and mingle with the locals as you explore sites like Qiao Family Road and Shu Yin Lou (the Secluded Library). This is a private tour just for you and your party.
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