Capture the essence of new and old China and experience the centuries of culture and history as we explore Shanghai.
Whichever nickname you prefer, "Paris of the Orient" or "Pearl of China", Shanghai captures the essence of new China, as well as its centuries of history and culture.
Your tour begins with Jade Buddha Temple. It was built during the Guangxu period of the Qing Dynasty (A.D. 1875-1909) with its priceless collection of jade statues from Burma. The construction of the temple is in the magnificent architectural style of the Song Dynasty. There are monks currently living in the Temple and the Temple houses the Shanghai Buddhist Institute.
Next stop is Fresh Water Pearl Gallery. We may see the process of pearl cultivation. One lucky participant will be presented with a single pearl from a mussel.
People Square is a spectacular space in the heart of the city. It is a vast green area including plants and trees, and surrounded by great buildings on all sides, where you may feed the lovely doves to pray for the world peace.
The visit to Shanghai Museum will take you to the climax in the morning. The museum design is in keeping with Feng Shui principles. It houses a great permanent collection and hosts various exhibitions with over 120,000 pieces including bronze ware, ceramics, paintings, calligraphy, sculpture, ancient Chinese coins, jade carving, ancient furniture, and western art, which shows you 5000 years history of China. We recommend you to rent an audio phone (USD 5) to make 1.5 Hours' visit more splendid.
After lunch, classic sights from the Ming and Qing dynasties, when you visit the enchanting Yu Garden (Yuyuan Garden) and Shanghai Old Street. The garden covers a significant space and includes many halls, springs and other buildings of interest. The visit brings you back to Ming Dynasty (A.D. 1368-1644)
Then, the tour stops at the Bund on Shanghai's waterfront, a showcase of pre-1949 architecture. The symbol of old and new Shanghai, Bund is Shanghai's most famous landmark. Four kilometers long, the Bund has long been one of the most important areas in Shanghai, and a must to visit to every visitor. In the 1930s, the row of buildings was host to the city's financial and commercial centers and the world's greatest banks and trading empires established a base here.
The silk factory in Shanghai is not only an interesting place to see how Chinese silk has been produced since the 14th century, but also a desirable site to purchase in low price.
After a drive along the former French Concession District, characterized by beautiful, tree-lined streets and weathered European architecture, you will be able to stretch your legs in Shanghai's hottest new entertainment district, Xin Tian Di. The brick buildings on these two-square blocks have been preserved and transformed into trendy clubs, restaurants and boutiques. You will have time on your own here, or can go back to your hotel with the group.
The schedule of this tour allows you to take other available tours in the evening (these tours are purchased separately):
Jade Buddha Temple
Fresh Water Pearl Gallery
Shanghai Old Street
A very good tour, guide is passionate about Shanghai, very knowledgeable, customers are picked up from designated hotel. Everything is included in the price including lunch. Good visit of the Jade Buddah Temple along with some other stops at a Jade factory, pearl factory and silk
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Jade Buddha Temple
The Jade Buddha Temple houses a collection of jade statues from Burma. Marvel at the gorgeous carvings, designs, statues, and explosion of colors inside the temple. Take pictures of the massive sitting and reclining buddhas.
Fresh Water Pearl Gallery
Watch and learn about the meticulous process of pearl cultivation at Fresh Water Pearl Gallery. Also, you may get a chance to be presented with a single pearl from a mussel.
Located in the heart of Shanghai is the People's Square. It is a beautifully landscaped enormous area of plants and trees at the center, surrounded by dominating buildings. You may also feed some doves in the area.
Shanghai Museum (Closed on Mondays)
The Shanghai Museum houses a huge collection of ancient Chinese art and hosts massive exhibits of bronze ware, ceramics, paintings, calligraphy, sculpture, jade carving, ancient furniture and western art.
On Mondays, the museum is closed and the tour visits the M50 Art Zone instead.
Yuyuan Garden and Shanghai Old Street
After lunch, head to Yuyuan Garden and Shanghai Old Street, where you can feel the ancient vibe of Ming Dynasty (A.D. 1368-1644). Take photos and admire the structures in the area.
The Bund is one of Shanghai's most popular landmarks. It is Shanghai's waterfront area, with gorgeous architectural designs stretching at around four kilometers along the street.
Visit the silk factory in Shanghai for some of the lowest-priced authentic silk you can buy (at yourown expense). Also, watch and learn how this Chinese silk is produced.
French Concession and Xin Tian Di
See the beautifull streets of the French Concession, aligned with well-tended trees and Tudor mansions. Then, relax and stroll around the streets of Xin Tian Di, Shanghai's new entertainment district.
Spend your own time at Xin Tian Di or go back to your hotel with the group.
End of Shanghai City Tour
Price & Options
Infants 2 and below are free of charge as long as they do not require a seat.
The tour guide will be carrying a sign board with your name on it. Please be ready at least 10 minutes prior to the departure time.
A local representative will call you or leave a message at your hotel room at about 21:00 one night prior to your tour date to confirm the exact pick-up details.
Should there be no messages left for you, please contact the tour operator 24 hours before the service. Your voucher has the necessary contact information listed.
Please note that on Mondays, the Shanghai Museum is closed and the tour will visit M50 Art Zone instead.
Frequently Asked Questions
A very good tour, guide is passionate about Shanghai, very knowledgeable, customers are picked up from designated hotel. Everythi...ng is included in the price including lunch. Good visit of the Jade Buddah Temple along with some other stops at a Jade factory, pearl factory and silk more
Tour was great. Tom, our guide was very knowledgeable. Would definitely do this tour again.
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Any cancellations made within 2 business days of your activity (after 22:59:00 local time) will be subject to a charge of 100% of the total amount.
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