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Get to know Shanghai, the buzzing metropolis famed as China’s biggest city, on this private full-day shore excursion and make the most of your time in port. Visit the magnificent Jade Buddha Temple, explore the Xin Tian Di entertainment district and tour Shanghai Museum. After a typical Chinese lunch (included), admire the traditional architecture along Shanghai Old Street, stroll around Yuyuan Garden and take in the city’s modern skyline from the Shanghai Waterfront. This tour includes port transfers and is covered by Viator’s worry-free policy, ensuring on-time return to your ship.


  • Full-day private shore excursion of Shanghai with an expert guide
  • Enter the Jade Buddha Temple, Shanghai Museum and silk factory
  • Learn how pearls are cultivated at the Fresh Water Pearl Gallery
  • Visit Shanghai’s waterfront, Yuyuan Garden and Shanghai Old Street
  • Enjoy a Chinese-style lunch at a local restaurant
  • Cruise port pickup and drop-off by private vehicle included
  • Covered by Viator’s worry-free policy: guaranteed on-time return to your ship

What You Can Expect

Shanghai Shore Excursion: Private Full-Day City Sightseeing Tour Including Jade Buddha Temple

Jade Buddha Temple in Shanghai

Meet your friendly guide at the Shanghai port after your cruise ship docks, and hop in your comfortable private vehicle for your full-day sightseeing tour of the city. First, head to the Jade Buddha Temple, built during the Guangxu period of the Qing Dynasty (1875-1909 AD), for a guided tour. Admire the large collection of Burmese jade statues as your guide tells you about the temple’s Shanghai Buddhist Institute and the monks who reside there.

Then, enjoy a visit to the Fresh Water Pearl Gallery for a fascinating lesson on pearl cultivation. You might be one of the lucky recipients of a complimentary gift – a beautiful freshwater pearl.

When you reach People’s Square in the city center, stroll around the large park, which occupies the site of a former horseracing course. Admire the greenery and the surrounding buildings, such as the Shanghai Grand Theatre and Shanghai Art Museum.

Then, walk to the Shanghai Museum to view the bronze ware, ceramics, paintings, calligraphy, sculpture, coins and furniture on exhibit. Your guide will point out the museum’s permanent collection, which houses more than 120,000 objects spanning 5,000 years of history in China.

Your guide will accompany you to a local restaurant for a delicious Chinese lunch. Afterward, visit Shanghai Old Street and the charming Yuyuan Garden, enjoying classic sights from the Ming and Qing dynasties. Then, head to the Shanghai waterfront to walk along the Bund, a 2-mile-long (4-km) row of buildings that showcases pre-1949 architecture and site of the city’s financial and commercial center of the 1930s.

Next, enter the silk factory and learn how Chinese silk has been produced since the 14th century. Your guide can help you purchase some silk at bargain prices.

Finally, enjoy a drive to Xin Tian Di, Shanghai's latest entertainment district, passing lovely tree-lined streets and weathered European architecture in the former French Concession District. Stretch your legs along the two square blocks, where well-preserved brick buildings have been transformed into fashionable clubs, restaurants and boutiques, before your guide returns you to the Shanghai cruise port.

Worry-free Shore Excursion
We will ensure your timely return to your cruise port in Shanghai for this activity. In the event your ship has departed, we will arrange for transportation to the next port-of-call. If your ship is delayed and you are unable to attend this activity, your money will be refunded. See our terms and conditions for full details.

Customer Reviews


5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

We felt we saw all the cultural sides of Shanghai from the excellent museum to the open market which was selling what I wanted at a price I could afford. Of the three tours we took with Viator this was our favorite.

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