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With a whopping 23 million people calling China’s industrial hub home, Shanghai is known for being the busier, brusquer sibling to smaller, friendlier Beijing. However, the cosmopolitan element of Shanghai has travellers flocking to see how traditional Chinese housing sits alongside art-deco, Parisian and Tudor architecture. The unexpected level of ‘East meets West&... Read More

96 Trips in Shanghai with 38 Reviews

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  • Former French Concession.
  • Old Town.
  • The Bund.
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Wheely Bike Tours
  • Starts Shanghai, China
  • Ends Shanghai, China

Shanghai Highlight Tour

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Cruise the dynamic streets of China's most vibrant city by bicycle and experience the energy ... Read More
  • Operator Wheely Bike Tours
  • Activities Bicycle tours
  • Accommodation No Accommodation
  • Age Range 5 to 79 years old
From US$ 56 3.5 hours View Tour
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Jun 20
Jun 21
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  • Visit to the oldest Chinese park.
  • Enjoy Tai Chi, Ballroom dancing, Calisthenics, and Music performances.
  • Find about the various types of tea.
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Shanghai Pathways
  • Starts Shanghai, China
  • Ends Shanghai, China

Morning Park & Tea Market Tour

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We will start our walk at the entrance of one of the oldest local Chinese ... Read More
  • Operator Shanghai Pathways
  • Activities Walking tours
  • Accommodation No Accommodation
  • Age Range 5 to 79 years old
From US$ 48 2 hours View Tour
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Today
Jun 19
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  • Former French Concession.
  • Propaganda Museum.
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Wheely Bike Tours
  • Starts Shanghai, China
  • Ends Shanghai, China

French Concession Tour

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The former French Concession is the most visited part of Shanghai, which is not difficult ... Read More
  • Operator Wheely Bike Tours
  • Activities Bicycle tours
  • Accommodation No Accommodation
  • Age Range 5 to 79 years old
From US$ 56 3 hours View Tour
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Jun 20
Jun 21
Highlights
  • Different Lilongs.
  • Jiashan Market.
  • Mansion Hotel.
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Wheely Bike Tours
  • Starts Shanghai, China
  • Ends Shanghai, China

Lilong & Shikumen Tour

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A short tour, that shows you the beautiful architecture that is so typical for Shanghai ... Read More
  • Operator Wheely Bike Tours
  • Activities Bicycle tours
  • Accommodation No Accommodation
  • Age Range 5 to 79 years old
From US$ 45 2 hours View Tour
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Jun 20
Jun 21
Highlights
  • Learn the philosophy and practice of Chinese medicine.
  • Visit to the largest open air food market in Shanghai.
  • Experience Chinese food at its distinctive taste.
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Shanghai Pathways
  • Starts Shanghai, China
  • Ends Shanghai, China

Food Market & Chinese Diet Tour

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Chinese medicine recognized the connection between food and health many years before the first frozen ... Read More
  • Operator Shanghai Pathways
  • Activities Food tours
  • Accommodation No Accommodation
  • Age Range 5 to 79 years old
From US$ 48 2 hours View Tour
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Today
Jun 19
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  • This is our most popular trip in China and one of the top trips from the entire Intrepid range.
  • In addition to the main highlights in the big cities of Beijing, Xi'an and Shanghai, you'll get a glimpse of small-town life in Xitang and a taste of the countryside when we stay near the Great Wall. .
  • Our small group size allows us to explore destinations on foot together, eat in authentic local restaurants, travel by subway and train, and escape the tourist traps - all under the expert guidance of a passionate local leader..
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Intrepid Travel
15% off Today
  • Starts Shanghai, China
  • Ends Beijing

China Highlights

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Get a taste of historical China on this culture-stuffed adventure. Travel from Shanghai to Beijing ... Read More
SaveUS$ 291
From US$ 1,510 US$ 1,283 9 days View Tour
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Jul 6 Only 2 seats left
Jul 7 10+ seats left
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  • Discover Shanghai's old districts & lanes.
  • Understand the Architecture design, artwork & cultural aspects.
  • Meet elder residents and learn the stories of the street & neighbourhoods.
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Shanghai Pathways
  • Starts Shanghai, China
  • Ends Shanghai, China

Southern City Backstreets Tour

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Discover some of Shanghai's old districts and lanes. Walk through areas which used to be ... Read More
  • Operator Shanghai Pathways
  • Activities Walking tours
  • Accommodation No Accommodation
  • Age Range 5 to 79 years old
From US$ 48 2 hours View Tour
Next Departures
Today
Jun 19
Highlights
  • Visit the Shanghai Archives Museum to learn more about this city's fascinating history.
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Shanghai Pathways
  • Starts Shanghai, China
  • Ends Shanghai, China

History Tour In Shanghai Archive

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Shanghai Archives Museum has only recently been made accessible to the public and offers a ... Read More
  • Operator Shanghai Pathways
  • Activities Walking tours
  • Accommodation No Accommodation
  • Age Range 5 to 79 years old
From US$ 48 2 hours View Tour
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Today
Jun 19
Highlights
  • Take a round-trip by bullet train.
  • Have a private guide for a more personalized experience.
  • Overnight stay in Mount Huangshan.
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Shanghai Advisor Tour
  • Starts Shanghai, China
  • Ends Shanghai, China

2D/1N Huangshan And Hongcun Tour From Shanghai

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Join us on a memorable 2-day excursion as we explore Huangshan, famous for its rock ... Read More
From US$ 684 2 days View Tour
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Jun 21
Jun 22
Highlights
  • A half- or full-day tour of Shanghai markets.
  • Shop like a local and visit two or four specialist markets according to your preference.
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off included.
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Shanghai Advisor Tour
  • Starts Shanghai, China
  • Ends Shanghai, China

Shanghai Market Shopping Tour

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Be a bargain hunter with a half- or full-day tour of Shanghai markets. Don’t miss ... Read More
  • Operator Shanghai Advisor Tour Active 13 minutes ago
  • Tour Type Private Tour
  • Activities Shopping and markets
  • Accommodation No Accommodation
  • Age Range 5 to 79 years old
From US$ 55 4-8 hours View Tour
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Tomorrow
Jun 20
Highlights
  • Trek along the Great Wall..
  • Take in ancient and modern China..
  • Explore Xi'an's Muslim Quarter..
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G Adventures
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  • Starts Beijing, China
  • Ends Shanghai, China

Beijing To Shanghai Adventure

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China can be intimidating, what with its Great Wall, Forbidden City, and army of Terracotta ... Read More
SavingUS$ 251
From US$ 749 US$ 498 8 days View Tour
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Jun 29 Only 9 seats left
Jul 6 Only 8 seats left
Highlights
  • Go on an exclusive tour of the Forbidden City.
  • Visit a less-crowded section of the Great Wall.
  • Travel to Xi'an, see the famous Terracotta Army.
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China Top Trip
  • Starts Shanghai, China
  • Ends Beijing, China

China: Culture And Nature

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Book with us and get the chance to visit some of the major historic and ... Read More
From US$ 2,390 14 days View Tour
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Jul 18
Jul 19
Highlights
  • This is one of our most comprehensive trips in China, taking in key destinations from north to south with plenty of variety in experiences and sights along the way .
  • Travel by overnight train to get a sense of the vastness of this country, as well as zip between cities while you sleep easy on this high-speed rail network.
  • Take through the iconic scenery of the Yangzi River as you meander through the dramatic Three Gorges Dam on a three-day cruise.
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Intrepid Travel
  • Starts Beijing, China
  • Ends Hong Kong

China Experience

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Experience the breadth of cultures, flavours and landscapes that make up the vast Middle Kingdom ... Read More
SaveUS$ 188
From US$ 3,760 19 days View Tour
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Jul 15 Only 4 seats left
Highlights
  • Check out the impressive pavilions and ponds of Yu Garden.
  • See buildings with European-style architecture along the Bund and in the French Concession.
  • Learn more about the history of Shanghai from your informative guide.
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Shanghai Advisor Tour
  • Starts Shanghai, China
  • Ends Shanghai, China

Shanghai City Highlights Tour

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Travel back in time and see the old Shanghai that was a leading city of ... Read More
From US$ 149 6 hours View Tour
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Jun 20
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Shanghai Tour Reviews

4.6 - Excellent Based on 38 customer reviews
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A lovely experience! Reviewed Tour: China Tour: Beijing, Xian & Shanghai - No Shopping Stops
Stanley Silverstein From USA
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“Travel China Guide made our 8-day tour of Beijing-Xian-Shanghai worry-free! From drivers to someone just picking us up at the airport, we felt safe and well-looked after every step of the way. This was the first time our children had been to China so that was extremely important to us. Each tour guide had a unique perspective of their city and its history. We really appreciated John(Beijing) for his honesty, Susan(Xian) for her kindness, and Mulan(Shanghai) for her obliging nature. Mulan accommodated us when wanted to divert from the itinerary and go shopping instead; she not only accompanied us, but bargained with vendors on our behalf.”
Incredible experience, excellent tour company Reviewed Tour: China Tour & Yangtze River Cruise - No Shopping Stops
Connie Grant West From Canada
5 - Excellent
“I really appreciate all the excellent services that have been provided by TravelChinaGuide. The whole tour was extremely well organised and offered so much more than we expected with all the interesting side trips and things to see and do each day. We loved everything but we especially liked the Pandas at Chengdu, the Shennv Stream excursion on the Yangtze River Cruise and seeing Guilin and Yungshou. It was also an interesting experience to have lunch at a local apartment in Xi'an.

We will be recommending your company whenever we talk about our holiday.”

Shanghai - Tour Highlights and Travel Tips

With a whopping 23 million people calling China’s industrial hub home, Shanghai is known for being the busier, brusquer sibling to smaller, friendlier Beijing. However, the cosmopolitan element of Shanghai has travellers flocking to see how traditional Chinese housing sits alongside art-deco, Parisian and Tudor architecture. The unexpected level of ‘East meets West’ in Shanghai is part of what makes it so fascinating. A visit to Shanghai will introduce you to China’s most capitalist yet creative city. 

Travel Highlights

  • Stroll along the Bund, Shanghai’s financial center, and take in the art-deco and neoclassical buildings. Shop in the exclusive boutiques, have a coffee and snap a shot of the Pudong skyline.
  • Explore the ‘Old Town’ for a sense of traditional China.
  • The neighbourhoods of the French Concession offer the best of laid-back entertainment from retail therapy to fine food.
  • See a Buddha carved from pure jade at the aptly named Jade Buddha Temple.
  • For those wanting to seek out Shanghai’s edgier side, head to M50 design space.
  • The Yuyuan Gardens are an unmissable experience of fine Chinese landscaping. Avoid the weekend for a peaceful visit.
  • Shanghai Tower is China’s tallest building - no easy feat.
  • Shanghai Museum perfectly displays Chinese history for all.

Travel Tips

  • Avoid the heat and crowds of summer and visit Shanghai in early spring (March to May) or fall (September to November).
  • Tipping is becoming more common in Shanghai. Though 5% tip is sufficient in restaurants.
  • Street food is second-to-none in Shanghai. Make the most of it if you need to watch your budget.
  • If eating alone, ask for ‘Xiao Pan’. You’ll be given smaller, cheaper portions suitable for one.
  • The Shanghai Metro is huge but also quick and easy to use and machines have an English option.
  • Get a transport card and recharge it to use on buses, ferries, metros and even taxis.
  • Drink bottled water.
  • If you have respiratory problems, consider bringing a mask to fight the fog.

About Shanghai

Shanghai (population 23.9 million),…. wait what?!? Yes, you read that right. Famous as one of the most populated cities on the planet, Shanghai has a population density of 700 people per sq. mile. Only when you get over that mind-numbing fact and apparent lack of privacy, you realize that the city has much more to offer.

Exotic Glamor or Mystic History

Shanghai looks like a city from the future with those gleaming skyscrapers and glitzy architecture, but it is not all about razzmatazz. It also presents a treasure trove of architectural styles and its mix of Buddhist temples, Jewish synagogues and Jesuit cathedrals are literally unparalleled. The Bund is the city’s most notable attraction, but places like the People’s Square, Zhujiajiao (an ancient water town), Yu Garden and the Pearl Tower Roller Coaster also tend to leave you mesmerized. Shopping is another must-do while in Shanghai. There are no half measures in terms of shopping in the city and the locals love to splurge. They aren’t called Little Capitalists by the rest of the country for nothing!

When to Go

The best time to visit Shanghai is during fall, between the months of October and November. The temperatures are comfortable and the city lacks the crowds of the peak summer season, making explorations enjoyable.

Getting Around Shanghai

The best way to explore Shanghai is to use the metro. The city presents an efficient metro system and a vast metro route that covers most major tourist attractions. Other options include buses and taxis.

Tours and activities in Shanghai

Shanghai is an ultra-modern city on the east coast of China which bristles with buildings, roads, bridges and other feats of technological progress. As the largest and the fastest growing city in China, Shanghai has come to become one of the most important business hubs in the world.

Top 3 attractions in Shanghai:

  • Visit the Bund or Waitan, a popular waterfront that sits on the colonial-era embankment along the Huangpu River. The Bund is surrounded by dozens of buildings of different architectural styles including Gothic, Baroque, Romanesque, Renaissance and the ultra-modern styles of the 21st century.
  • Ride the fastest ground transportation on earth - The Shanghai Magnetic-Levitation Train which runs from Shanghai International Airport to the city at speeds of 430 km per hour.
  • Witness a breathtaking 360-degree view of the city from the top-floor observatory of Shanghai World Financial Centre. At 492 meters tall and a distinctive trapezium-shaped opening at the top, the building is unique among the skyscrapers of Shanghai.

Other things to do and see in Shanghai:

  • Explore street-food carts and sample some of the flavors and dishes of Shanghai. Popular delicacies include xiao long bao or soup dumplings, eel noodles, pan-fried dumplings, rice meal balls, scallion pancakes and soy milk custard.
  • Visit Nanjing Road East which is a vibrant shopping area with activity all hours of the day. No cars are allowed on this street and you can choose from a wide varieties of shopping options - from locally made souvenirs to international brands.
  • Dance the night away at some of Shanghai’s exceptional clubs and pubs. Shanghai has had a decadent nightlife scene since the 1930s and now the city is seen as a modern, edgy, and dynamic party destination that is sure to please even the most hardcore of clubbers.
  • Spend a relaxing time away from noise, crowds and markets at one of the many parks that are littered around the city including People’s Park, Xujiahui Park, Gongqing Forest Park, Century Park and Zhongshan Park.

The Climate of Shanghai:

  • Shanghai sits on the coast of the East China Sea and hence has a humid subtropical climate and four distinct seasons.
  • Summers (June-September) are hot and humid with typhoons and sudden heavy rains being fairly common. The average high is 30°C and the average low is around 23°C. Temperatures can shoot up to 40°C during July and August.
  • Winters (December-February) are very cold with average high of 9°C and average low of 1.5°C. Temperatures might drop below zero during late January to early February but it rarely ever snows in Shanghai.
  • Springs and autumns are mild with little rain. Average temperature measure 18-22°C during the day and 10-14°C during the night.
  • Shanghai does not have a dry season and is constantly moist with rainfall all year round.

Currency:

  • The official currency of China is Renminbi (Yuan) and most businesses will not accept foreign currencies. Those that do accept foreign currencies might give you a lower exchange-rate than banks. Hence, it is advisable that you change currency beforehand.
  • China is predominantly a cash society so dealing in real money is the easiest and the most efficient way to do business. However, it is smart to carry a credit card (Visa or MasterCard) that can be used in China.

Although Shanghai is not known for “must-see” sights like those in other big cities like Paris or Rome, there are plenty of things to do and see in this humongous city. The joys of Shanghai are the sights and the sounds of this megalopolis where everyday life bathes in its bewildering variety.

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