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About Shanghai

Shanghai is the most populous city proper in the world, as well as China’s largest city by population. It has been an important trading city for centuries, and in the 19th century it entered the international trading community after the European recognition of its status as a favorable port location. A symbol of the booming Chinese economy, it is a cultural bonanza as well as a curious mix of the old and the new, featuring a modern landscape co-existing with elements of the old city. Spice up your 2015 city hopping schedule with our Shanghai tours and activities.

Set on a Best of Shanghai day tour to witness both the old and the new of China, going through centuries of culture on a single tour. Start at the Jade Buddha Temple with its collection of jade artifacts from Burma, and its Song Dynasty architectural style. This Temple is the site of the Shanghai Buddhist Institute, and many monks live within its interior. Move on to the Fresh Water Pearl Gallery, where you may learn about how pearls are cultivated, and you may even get a chance to get a pearl from a mussel. Proceed to even more sights like the Shanghai Museum, designed under Feng Shui principles, and containing over 120,000 pieces of Chinese history, including ancient Chinese coins, carvings, furniture, and Western art collected from that place and time.

Shanghai’s food is one of its greatest stars, and no tour would be complete without a food walk. Sample various dishes and delicacies at restaurants, markets, and even food stalls on the street. Satisfy your belly cravings at one of the most renowned vegetarian restaurants in the city, buy traditional ingredients with your guide at a typical food store, and finally close the walk with a trip to a traditional restaurant famous for its bakery. When you’re done with the tour, take a Chinese cooking class to learn how to make the delicious food that you had. Visit a wet market to purchase ingredients, then go to a kitchen and listen to a teacher explain the basics of Chinese cuisine.

End any tour’s day by venturing into the Shanghai nightlife. Sample beers from microbreweries, shop at Tianzifang, the art district of Shanghai, and delve into luxury bars and breathtaking views from the top of the skyline. Do all of this along with the services of a local guide, who will explain the history of this eclectic city as you explore together.

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