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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.

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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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Suzhou and Zhouzhuang Water Village Day Trip from Shanghai

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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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$135.00
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Suzhou and Zhouzhuang Water Village Full Day Coach Tour from Shanghai

Suzhou and 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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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$135.00
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Zhujiajiao Water Town and Shanghai City Private Day Tour

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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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$208.00
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Private Suzhou Day Trip from Shanghai by Bullet Train with All Inclusive Option

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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  • 8 to 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$198.00
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Group Day Tour in Suzhou and Zhouzhuang from Shanghai

Group Day Tour in Suzhou and Zhouzhuang from Shanghai

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Spare yourself the time and hassle of Chinese public transport with this convenient guided tour that covers two picturesque water towns: Suzhou and Zhouzhuang. In Suzhou, discover the Master-of-Nets Garden, the old city wall at Panmen Gate, and a silk mill. In Zhouzhuang, admire attractions like the celebrated Double Bridges. Tour includes a local restaurant lunch.
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  • 9 to 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$144.00
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US$144.00

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

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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  • 4 to 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$134.50
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Private Full-Day Tour: Incredible Shanghai Highlights

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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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$99.00
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Private Full-Day Tour: Shanghai Old and New Highlights

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, Jade Buddha Temple, and visit the observation deck of one of Shanghai’s highest skyscrapers. Customize your itinerary to suit you 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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  • 7 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$121.50
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Hangzhou: Heaven on Earth Day Trip from Shanghai including West Lake Cruise

Hangzhou: Heaven on Earth Day Trip from Shanghai including West Lake Cruise

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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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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$169.00
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Flexible Half Day Tour to Zhujiajiao Water Town with Boat Ride from Shanghai

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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  • 4 to 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$133.90
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US$133.90
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Suzhou Private Day Trip from Shanghai with Bullet Train Option

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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  • 8 to 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$180.00
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US$180.00
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Beijing in One Day: Day Trip from Shanghai by Air - Great Wall & Forbidden City

Beijing in One Day: Day Trip from Shanghai by Air - Great Wall & Forbidden City

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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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  • 14 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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US$950.00
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Zhouzhuang Water Village Tour from Shanghai

Zhouzhuang Water Village Tour from Shanghai

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Visit the water town of Zhouzhuang — known as the 'Venice of the East’ — and admire its Ming and Qing dynasty architecture on visits to two grand historic residences and a scenic gondola cruise along its waterways. On this 5-hour tour, your guide takes you through the vast old Zhang House and Shen House. Admire the picturesque courtyards, arcades and rooms in the stately homes. The town combines other-worldly landscapes and stunning architecture, making it one of China’s top destinations and an easy trip from Shanghai.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$117.34
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Zhujiajiao Water Village Half Day Tour

Zhujiajiao Water Village Half Day Tour

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Witness the winding waterways of Zhujiajiao, an ancient and alluring water village, on a 4-hour tour from Shanghai. Accompanied by a knowledgeable guide, see legendary landmarks like the five-arch bridge that spans the Cao Gang River and gain fascinating insight into the pivotal role Zhujiajiao played in China’s industrial surge. Learn the complex art of silk making during a demonstrative workshop; meander the quaint canals of the town on a boat; and visit two sacred temples during your enriching exploration from Shanghai.       
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$99.00
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Private Suzhou and Zhouzhuang or Tongli Tour from Shanghai

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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  • 8 to 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$280.00
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Best of Shanghai Day Tour, including Jade Buddha Temple & Bund & Yuyuan Garden

Best of Shanghai Day Tour, including Jade Buddha Temple & Bund & Yuyuan Garden

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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. Walk along the Bund and the former French Concession and enjoy a traditional Chinese lunch.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$79.00
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US$79.00
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Hangzhou Private Customized Day Trip from Shanghai by Bullet Train

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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  • 10 to 12 hours
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US$275.00
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US$275.00
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Hot Pot Dining Experience with Hot Spring Bathing or River Cruise in Shanghai

Hot Pot Dining Experience with Hot Spring Bathing or River Cruise in Shanghai

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Ensure a memorable evening out in Shanghai on this 5-hour tour, with a choice of two itineraries. Choose to soak in the Gokurakuyu hot springs or admire Shanghai’s glittering skyline on an evening Huangpu River Cruise, then tuck into a delicious hot pot, one of China’s most famous dishes. Hotel pickup and private round-trip transport is included.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$135.00
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US$135.00
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