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Top Shanghai Day Trips & Excursions

While Shanghai represents ultramodern metropolitan China, the surrounding countryside offers a glimpse into the nation’s ancient heritage and historical roots. If you’re ready to escape the big city for a while, here are some of the best day trips, from quiet water towns to the silk-making city of Suzhou.

Zhujiajiao – 29 miles (46 km) away
A day trip to Zhujiajiao often means a boat ride along the town’s peaceful canals past landmarks like the five-arch bridge spanning the Cao Gang River. For history buffs, this ancient water town offers insight into China’s industrialization, particularly the art of silk production. As one of the closest water villages to Shanghai, you can visit Zhujiajiao in as little as half a day.

Zhouzhuang – 53 miles (85 km) away
This 900-year-old water town in Jiangsu is one of China’s best-known canal towns. Highlights of Zhouzhuang include its 14 stone bridges, many dating back to the Yuan, Ming, and Qing dynasties. Due to its proximity to Suzhou, you can visit both cities in a single day trip from Shanghai.

Suzhou – 66 miles (107 km) away
The city of Suzhou, known for its meticulous traditional Chinese gardens and rich silk history, makes a pleasant escape from the bustle of Shanghai. A day tour to the Venice of the East might include visits to some of the city’s UNESCO World Heritage–listed gardens, a cruise along the picturesque Grand Canal to admire the Ming and Qing dynasty architecture, and a visit to a 14th-century silk factory to see how the luxe fabric is produced.

Hangzhou – 109 miles (176 km) away
The UNESCO-recognized city of Hangzhou ranks among China’s most popular destinations, thanks in large part to the stunning scenery of West Lake. Depending on the option you choose, a guided tour to this city might include a visit to Meijiawu Tea Village, a boat ride on West Lake, and a visit to Six Harmonies Pagoda.

Day Trips by Flight
The best way to understand China’s rich culture, long history, and vast geography it is to visit destinations that are spread across the country. Even the most time-pressed travelers can see the must-see sights of destinations like Guilin, Xian, or Beijing on a day trip by air from Shanghai.
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Half Day Private Tour to Zhujiajiao Water Town with Boat Ride from ShanghaiDay Trips

Half Day Private Tour to Zhujiajiao Water Town with Boat Ride from Shanghai

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Escape the hustle and bustle of Shanghai with a getaway to Zhujiajiao Water Town. Explore traditional architecture and take a relaxing boat ride through the waterways. This private half-day tour takes care of all transfers and entrance fees, and you can upgrade to include lunch or dinner.
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Zhujiajiao Water Town and Shanghai City Private Day TourDay Trips

Zhujiajiao Water Town and Shanghai City Private Day Tour

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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.
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Flexible Half Day Tour to Zhujiajiao Water Town with Boat Ride from Shanghai Day Trips

Flexible Half Day Tour to Zhujiajiao Water Town with Boat Ride from Shanghai

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Enjoy a relaxing half day tour to the remarkable ancient water town Zhujiajiao with your local lovely guide. Experience the charming "Oriental Venice "and explore the ancient water alley streets ;appreciate the traditional Ming and Qing Dynasty architecture. Visit the classic Kezhi garden and enjoy a fun boat ride in the ancient waterways. Private tour insures a more flexible and personalized experience.
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Suzhou and Zhouzhuang Water Village Day Trip from ShanghaiDay Trips

Suzhou and Zhouzhuang Water Village Day Trip from Shanghai

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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 waterways of Zhozhuang on a Chinese-style gondola; and appease your appetite with a delicious Chinese lunch in a rustic restaurant. Enjoy convenient round-trip transportation from your Shanghai hotel.
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Private Full-Day Tour: Shanghai Old and New HighlightsDay Trips

Private Full-Day Tour: Shanghai Old and New Highlights

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Discover old and modern Shanghai as you wish on a full-day private 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.
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Private Suzhou Day Trip from Shanghai by Bullet Train with All Inclusive OptionDay Trips

Private Suzhou Day Trip from Shanghai by Bullet Train with All Inclusive Option

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Escape the bustle of modern Shanghai and enjoy a relaxing day in small-town China during this all-inclusive day trip to Suzhou, a picturesque riverside city famed for its centuries-old heritage. The Trip include a round-trip bullet train ticket. Upgrade your tour with all-inclusive package which offers a complimentary traditional Chinese lunch, a scenic boat ride along the Grand Canal, and a private rickshaw ride through history-packed Pingjiang Road.
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Suzhou & Zhouzhuang Water Village Full Day Coach Tour from ShanghaiDay Trips

Suzhou & Zhouzhuang Water Village Full Day Coach Tour from Shanghai

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Spend the day exploring beyond Shanghai’s city limits—and discover two of the region’s most beautiful destinations—on this full-day tour of Suzhou and the Zhouzhuang Water Town. Following pickup from one of several central locations, travel via comfortable, air-conditioned coach to Suzhou, where you’ll visit the UNESCO-listed Master of Nets Garden, will see the Grand Canal, and more. Then, transfer to the Zhouzhuang Water Town, where you’ll explore the centuries-old buildings and waterways by boat.
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Half-Day Shanghai Private Flexible Highlight Tour with Lunch or Dinner OptionDay Trips

Half-Day Shanghai Private Flexible Highlight Tour with Lunch or Dinner Option

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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.
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Shanghai Shore Excursion: Suzhou and Zhouzhuang Water Village Private Day TripDay Trips

Shanghai Shore Excursion: Suzhou and Zhouzhuang Water Village Private Day Trip

Swap the neon lights of Shanghai for the tranquil waterways and old-world charms of Suzhou and Zhouzhuang on this private full-day shore excursion. Explore Suzhou’s ancient city wall, Grand Canal and beautiful gardens, then enjoy a silk-spinning demonstration at a local silk factory. After a delicious Chinese-style lunch (included), enjoy a gondola cruise around the water village of Zhouzhuang and experience life in a traditional Chinese town. This tour includes port pick-up and is covered by Viator’s worry-free policy, ensuring on-time return to your ship.
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All Inclusive Amazing Shanghai City Highlights Private Day TourDay Trips

All Inclusive Amazing Shanghai City Highlights Private Day Tour

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Hit all the highlights of Shanghai on this private full-day tour with a dedicated guide. Stops include Fuxing Park, the Shanghai Museum, a stroll down the Bund, a river cruise on the Huangpu, and a Shanghai-style lunch. Upgrade your tour with a Sichuan dinner accompanied by a face-changing show. Private pickup and drop-off at your Shanghai hotel included.
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Private Full-Day Tour: Incredible Shanghai HighlightsDay Trips

Private Full-Day Tour: Incredible Shanghai Highlights

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Get to know Shanghai with your own guide on this full-day private tour. Admire bird’s-eye views from a Shanghai Tower, stroll along the Bund, and visit the Yuyuan Garden and bazaar. Plus, explore the Confucius Temple and Former French Concession area, and enjoy a traditional tea ceremony. Choose to travel by public transport (own expense) if you're in a group of four or fewer, or upgrade to get around by private vehicle.
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Wuzhen and Xitang Water Town Private Full Day Trip from Shanghai with Lunch and DinnerDay Trips

Wuzhen and Xitang Water Town Private Full Day Trip from Shanghai with Lunch and Dinner

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Say goodbye to language hassles and hello to two of southern China’s most beautiful ancient water towns on this door-to-door private full-day trip from Shanghai. Spend the day in 1,300-year-old Wuzhen: stroll cobbled paths and ancient bridges, enjoy a leisurely cruise, and feast on a local lunch. Then transfer to historic Xitang for a spectacular sunset, a riverside dinner, and a walk through timeless streets by moonlight.
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Private Tour: One-Day Xian Trip from Shanghai by AirDay Trips

Private Tour: One-Day Xian Trip from Shanghai by Air

Experience Xi’an’s top attractions on this all-day guided excursion. After a flight from Shanghai and a convenient hotel pickup—they’re included in the tour price—see the ancient sculptures of the Terracotta Warriors and Horses Museum and explore sites like the 600-year-old city wall and Muslim Quarter. Finish the adventure with a return flight to Shanghai.
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Flexible Hangzhou Private Tour from Shanghai by Bullet TrainDay Trips

Flexible Hangzhou Private Tour from Shanghai by Bullet Train

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You can choose the attractions you visit and the places you see on this private full-day tour of Hangzhou. Work with your guide to customize your itinerary, and see famous spots, such as Meijiawu Tea Village, Leifeng Pagoda, Yuewang Temple, Liuhe Pagoda, and Longjing Village. Go on a boat ride on West Lake, see Chinese monks at Lingyin Temple, or even taste snakes on Hefang Street. This tour includes round-trip bullet-train tickets.
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Hangzhou Private Customized Day Trip from Shanghai by Bullet TrainDay Trips

Hangzhou Private Customized Day Trip from Shanghai by Bullet Train

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The dream-like beauty of West Lake led to Hangzhou's nickname as the "Heavenly City." Tour Hangzhou's top attractions, including the West Lake area and the Meijiawu Tea Farm, alongside a private guide on this day trip from Shanghai, which includes transportation and optional tour upgrades for lunch and entrance fees.
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Suzhou Private Day Trip from Shanghai with Bullet Train OptionDay Trips

Suzhou Private Day Trip from Shanghai with Bullet Train Option

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The winding canals, historical buildings, and classic gardens of Suzhou earned the city its nickname as the "Venice of the East." Tour Suzhou's must-see sites and hidden enclaves from Shanghai on this private full-day tour, which includes transportation on a bullet train (or opt for private car and driver,) a customizable itinerary, and optional upgrades to include lunch and entrance fees.
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Day Trip to Beijing from Shanghai including Great Wall and Forbidden CityDay Trips

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Day Trip to Beijing from Shanghai including Great Wall and Forbidden City

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Travel round-trip by air to Beijing from Shanghai for a full-day tour of two UNESCO World Heritage-listed sites, the Great Wall of China and the Forbidden City, along with Tiananmen Square. Upon arrival in Beijing, your guide takes you to the Mutianyu section of the Great Wall of China to see a masterpiece of ancient architecture. After lunch, walk through Tiananmen Square, which contains important monuments such as Chairman Mao's Mausoleum, then explore the immense Forbidden City complex and hear about the world of the Chinese emperors.
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Beijing in One Day: Day Trip from Shanghai by AirDay Trips

Beijing in One Day: Day Trip from Shanghai by Air

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Experience the historical highlights of Beijing during a fascinating full-day trip from Shanghai by air. Disregard time constraints with this convenient sightseeing experience, that allows you to see all of Beijing’s incredible landmarks in just one day. Accompanied by a knowledgeable guide, uncover the ancient mysteries of the Forbidden City and visit the ancient wonder of the Great Wall of China. Revitalize with a delicious Chinese lunch and enjoy convenient round-trip transportation from your Shanghai hotel on this time-efficient and enriching tour. Note: Forbidden City is closed on every Monday, and if your travel day is on Monday, you will be offered an alternative Beijing attraction option
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Suzhou and Zhouzhuang Water Village Private Tour from ShanghaiDay Trips

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Suzhou and Zhouzhuang Water Village Private Tour from Shanghai

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Travel to the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Classical Gardens of Suzhou and the water village of Zhouzhuang on a full-day private tour from Shanghai. Visit the gardens of Suzhou (Humble Administrator’s Garden), created from the 11th to 19th centuries and considered masterpieces of classical Chinese garden design. After lunch, cruise the canals of Zhouzhuang aboard a traditional Chinese gondola and admire the Ming- and Qing-era architecture that lines the waterways of the ‘Venice of the East.’ Includes private guide and vehicle, lunch, silk factory stop, and all transportation.
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Private Hangzhou Day Trip from Shanghai by Bullet TrainDay Trips

Private Hangzhou Day Trip from Shanghai by Bullet Train

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Take in the highlights of beautiful Hangzhou on a private full-day tour from Shanghai. After hotel pickup and transfer by high-speed train to Hangzhou, your private guide takes you to see some city attractions, such as Faxi temple. Moreover, enjoy a tasty lunch at a local restaurant before heading to Longjing village. There, learn about the process of farming and producing dragonwell tea, the region’s most famous product. Finally, enjoy a scenic boat cruise on UNESCO World Heritage-listed West Lake before returning to Shanghai. Note: This tour also offers small group option with minimum 2 people per booking.
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Shanghai Private Tour with River Cruise, Shanghai Tower, and Lunch or DinnerDay Trips

Shanghai Private Tour with River Cruise, Shanghai Tower, and Lunch or Dinner

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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.
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Hangzhou: Heaven on Earth Day Trip from ShanghaiDay Trips

Hangzhou: Heaven on Earth Day Trip from Shanghai

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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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Private Suzhou and Zhouzhuang or Tongli Tour from ShanghaiDay Trips

Private Suzhou and Zhouzhuang or Tongli Tour from Shanghai

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Visit two of south China’s most celebrated water towns on a private trip from Shanghai. Travel to Suzhou to explore its historical canals and bridges, and visit its Humble Administrator’s Garden and one of its silk factories. After lunch (own expense), choose to visit Zhouzhuang or Tongli, two ancient water towns famous for their stone bridges, tranquil canals, and Ming- and Qing-era houses. Enjoy a flexible itinerary, with central hotel pickup and drop-off included.
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Xi'an in One Day: Day Trip from Shanghai by AirDay Trips

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

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Discover the ancient attractions of Xi’an, a city considered the birthplace of Chinese civilizations, on a full-day tour from Shanghai by air. Disregard time constraints and travel to the captivating region on a plane; gain fascinating insight into the rich heritage of Xi’an with a knowledgeable guide and visit historical highlights guaranteed to impress. See the 2,000-year old Army of Terracotta Warriors in their regal mausoleum and stroll beside the impressive city walls of Xi’an, built during the Ming Dynasty. Enjoy a delicious Chinese lunch and convenient round-trip transportation from your Shanghai hotel on this enriching and time-efficient tour.   
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