Depart from your Shanghai hotel in a comfortable, air-conditioned minivan and venture to the ancient water village of Zhujiajiao. With an origin that dates back to the 5th century, the town is replete with antique architecture and impressive historical monuments. Discover all of the highlights on a guided walking tour of the town, seeing constructions from the Ming and Qing dynasties as well as quaint shops and pretty riverside spots.
Revitalize with lunch at a local restaurant then return to the minivan for the journey back to Shanghai, where the legendary Oriental Pearl Tower awaits. Disembark and gaze at the spectacular structure, noting the 11 different spheres that comprise the construction. Appreciate the pearl-like sheen of the spheres then soar to a vertiginous observatory level to absorb panoramic vistas of the city.
Next, satisfy cultural cravings at the Shanghai History Museum in the basement of the picturesque Pearl Tower. Peruse exhibits that articulate the rich history of the city and see miniature models of significant buildings before returning to your hotel in the comfortable vehicle.