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3 Days Best Shanghai Family Holiday Tour

Shanghai Highlights & Family-friendly Activities

As the most developed city in China, the magic blend of West and East, Shanghai might be the most family-friendly destination in China. It epitomizes the idea of a family holiday with a plethora of sights to explore and things to do. Here you and your kids can enjoy the vibrant mix of history, art, culture, shopping and fun freely, and the list is just never ending: exotic the Bund, astonishing Lujiazui skyscrapers, enjoyable biking, prosperous Nanjing Road, classical Yu Garden, relaxing Huangpu River Cruise… The city is just so dazzling.

However, a perfect Shanghai family holiday doesn't come easily as it needs to entertain and delight both adults and kids of all ages and there are too many details to sort out. That is why we are here to help. Come with us, it’s time to create one-of-a-kind Shanghai experience of your own family. Enjoy our valuable packaged tour services, including private tour guide, comfortable transfer, hotels, sightseeing, etc. Notice: Shanghai has the biggest Disneyland in Asian which provides many family-friendly things to do. If you want to cover the Disney in your Shanghai holiday, please feel free to contact us!

  • Type : Private Tour
  • Tour Code : CD-SFT-03
  • Price : from Request
    1. 1. This price is for one person, based on a group of 2 adults sharing one double-bed room in a 4-star hotel and traveling in low seasons;
    2. 2. This price is subject to change according to your traveling season, group size, hotel class, change of activities and possible fluctuation of currency exchange rate.
  • Theme : Family / Cultural
  • Physical Demands :

HIGHLIGHTS OF THIS TOUR

  • Ride leisurely through Shanghai’s local hidden alleys and exotic European-style blocks to seek for a unique experience;
  • Enjoy the magnificent city panorama from the Sightseeing Floor (263m) of Oriental Pearl Tower and experience the thrilling walking on the glass;
  • Have a fantastic chocolate experience in Zotter Chocolate Factory, one of the Eight Best Chocolates Producers in the world;
  • Marvel at the city’s most significant edifices and streets ablaze with colorful lights of night on the exciting Huangpu River Cruise;
  • Wander in the beautiful Yu Garden and hunt for the best local snacks and food at nearby bazaar;
Itinerary Day by Day (Can Be Customized)
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Day 1 Shanghai Arrival

Ni Hao! Welcome to Shanghai, the biggest metropolis of China!

Upon arrival, you will be met by local tour guide at the arrival hall of the airport/train station/port and escorted to check in your hotel in downtown by a private comfortable vehicle. The rest of today is on your own to relax. If you want to explore nearby, feel free to get some practical suggestions from your tour guide.

Optional Activity - Attend an entertaining Acrobatic Show, including breathtaking “balls of death” acts, chair balancing, hula hoops, juggling of benches, walking in the air, and other breathtaking performances (usually performed during 19:30~21:00).

Arrival Ideas: At present, there are many international and many domestic flights to and from Shanghai. Also, you can arrive in Shanghai city by taking a high speed train from Beijing (5-6hrs), Xian (6-7hrs), Hangzhou (1hrs), Suzhou (30mins), Huangshan (4hrs), and so on.

  • Space Motorcycles Performed in Shanghai Circus World Space Motorcycles Performed in Shanghai Circus World

Day 2 Shanghai (B, L)

Today's highlights: Shanghai Biking, Oriental Pearl Tower, Nanjing Road, the Bund, Huangpu River Cruise

After breakfast, you will be picked by your tour guide to enjoy a leisure biking. Ride through the city to find the hidden alleys in Tianzifang, admire Shikumen-style buildings and European architecture in the Former French Concession area. Take breaks to rest, snap photos and hunt for some local snacks.

Then transfer to the Oriental Pearl Tower which stands proudly among the modern skyscrapers of Lujiazui. It is the paradise for family with kids as there are so many things to see and experience. First, take a short visit to Shanghai History Museum at the base of the tower to find out what Shanghai was like in old times and learn about the development of Shanghai, then take an elevator to the Transparent Observatory (259m) to experience the thrilling walking on the glass, and the Sightseeing Floor (263m) to enjoy an amazing panoramic view of Shanghai. The tower also has the highest entertainment place worldwide where there are a great number of entertaining items (your own expense) suitable for kids to play with. Lunch will be in the Revolving Restaurant at 267m high. Please your taste bud with the most high-end cuisines from all over the world while appreciating the fancy view of Shanghai through the glass window.

Later, get to Nanjing Road, Shanghai’s earliest commercial street and one of the most popular current landmarks. Lots of big name brands, restaurants, cafés, souvenir shops and towering buildings can be seen when you stroll around this busy pedestrian mall. Continue your walk to the Bund, the most iconic place of Shanghai. Stretching along the west bank of the Huangpu River, this 1.5km-long road was a simple towpath for transporting good but developed to the early “East Wall Street” in the late 19th century. Most known as a perfect blend of the East meeting the West, the Bund mainly features 52 various European-style architectures praised to the Exhibition of World’s Architecture. Make a pleasant walk to see those western classical and modern style buildings and amazing skyscrapers of Lujiazui across the river.

When the night falls, board a sightseeing ship on the Huangpu River to marvel at the city’s most significant edifices and streets ablaze with colorful lights (about 50 minutes). Lastly, transfer back to your hotel.

  • The Pearl Tower Oriental Pearl Tower stands proudly among the modern skyscrapers of Shanghai The Pearl Tower Oriental Pearl Tower stands proudly among the modern skyscrapers of Shanghai
  • Worth-trying Biking Tour in Shanghai City Worth-trying Biking Tour in Shanghai City
  • Take a Huangpu River Night Cruise to View Dazzling Lights on Skyscrapers Take a Huangpu River Night Cruise to View Dazzling Lights on Skyscrapers

Day 3 Shanghai Half-day Tour & Departure (B)

Today's highlights: Yu Garden, Yu Bazaar, Zotter Chocolate Factory

This morning after breakfast, you will visit Yu Garden (Yuyuan), a famous Southern China classical garden which was originally built about 450 years ago. Walk around to view the ancient pavilions, halls, towers with jagged carved cornices and decorations, grotesque rockeries, glittering ponds filled with swimming kois and many old plants. These buildings, laid out in an asymmetry, fully embody impressive Chinese architectural style, art and skills, from which you can imagine an ancient living scene and find a magic harmony between human and nature. Yuyuan Bazaar outside the garden is an interesting place for shopping traditional Chinese handicrafts and artworks and tasting a variety of local snacks.

Later, go to Shanghai Zotter Chocolate Factory to enjoy a fantastic chocolate experience. How is chocolate made? What's the taste of freshly baked cocoa beans or cheese wrapped in chocolate? In Zotter Chocolate Factory, you have a special chance to watch and learn more about chocolate's origins, how to make chocolate, and taste many kinds of fresh chocolates. It’s truly one-of-a-kind experience.

After the tour, your guide and driver will escort you to the airport, railway station or port to catch your flight/train/ship to your next destination or home. Tour ends.

  • Shanghai Zotter Chocolate Factory has many kid-frienly activities Shanghai Zotter Chocolate Factory has many kid-frienly activities
  • Shanghai Zotter Chocolate Factory Shanghai Zotter Chocolate Factory

Recommended Add-on Options

+1 more day to visit the city of Gardens - Suzhou

Suzhou of over 2,500 years old is abundant with ancient culture and history of Wu State in ancient times.

City like Suzhou which gathers its best highlighting attractions together in the historical old city area is ideal for taking a day trip. This tour brings you the best features of Suzhou in a brief day tour - Appreciate the beautiful Lingering Garden, one of the four most famous classic gardens of China; Spend some leisure time on the Shantang Street to experience the very history and local life of Suzhou; Explore the most historical site in Suzhou – Tiger Hill; Have fun to see see how the exquisite silk garment is produced at No.1 Silk Factory.

Lingering Garden Spring
+2 more days to hike the most beautiful mountain in China - Yellow Mountain

“No mountain is worth seeing after a trip to Mt. Huangshan”!

If you want to travel Huangshan at a leisure pace, this is the ideal trip - short days, classic itinerary, cable cars covered, private transfer. You will reach the top of Mount Huangshan for a day-and-night trip to enjoy the best scenery, and get down the mountain to stroll along the Tunxi Ancient Street to encounter its hundred-years' history and admire the "Four Treasures of the Study" in Ink Stone Factory...

Breathtaking Scenery of Yellow Mountain - West Sea
+3 more days to explore the imperial city of China - Beijing

Beijing, the 'forbidden' city, now is open to the world!

As the capital city of China for more than eight-hundred years, Beijing possesses rich cultural deposits of China. You will need at least 3 days to explore its best highlights. Here is the plan - Day 1 is for you to visit the imperial historical sites, including Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City and Summer Palace; Day 2 is to hike the magnificent Great Wall while Day 3 is for you to have a half-day visiting of the Temple of Heaven,local Hutongs, and depart from the city.

the Forbidden City Overall View

The quotation for this trip is from Request Per Person

1. This price is for one person, based on a group of 2 adults sharing one standard double-bed room in 4-star hotel and traveling with our private tour in low seasons.
2. This price is subject to change according to your traveling season, group size, hotel class, change of activities in your itinerary and possible fluctuation of currency exchange rate. If you want a lower price, you can get more people to join you, or use economy class hotels.
3. This price is only valid to March 31, 2022.
4. Reference exchange rate of USD 1= RMB 6.65. The final quote is based on current exchange rate. It may change according to the currency fluctuation, while the RMB quotation will be remained the same.

What's included?

  • Professional licensed English-speaking guide;
  • Admission tickets for all attractions listed in the itinerary;
  • Accommodation as listed in the itinerary (4-star standard);
  • Necessary vehicle transfers as listed in the itinerary;
  • Airport (and train station) pick up and drop off;
  • Luggage Transfers: between airports (railway station) and hotels;
  • All meals as listed(“B” for Chinese and Western breakfast buffet in your hotel; “L” for Chinese Lunch in local restaurant; “D” for Chinese dinner in local restaurant.);
  • Accident insurance;
  • Our service charge, including tour planning, handling, operational and communication charges.

What's excluded?

  • China visa;
  • Personal expenses;
  • Accommodation not listed in the itinerary;
  • Single Room Supplement;
  • Tourist sites which are not listed in the itinerary;
  • Recommended optional activities;
  • Flights or trains to/off Shanghai (we can book domestic flight/train for you);
  • Excess Baggage Charges;
  • Optional tips to guides, drivers, etc.

Check What our Customers Say...

To whom it may concern:

My husband and I have recently taken a vacation to Zhaoqing and Qingyuan.

It was all organized by this Agency and the tourist agent Leo Li. The tourist guide was Matt

We want to express our gratitude for all the organization as well as the actual trip.

Holtels were just like we asked for, in fact they (2 hotels) were very nice. The places we went were gorgeous and everything well organized. Thanks.

We will keeping using this agency as we have been done in the past for more than 4 trips within in China.

Kind Regards.

Janislene & Floyd

Janislene & Floyd - 2021.05.28‚ Brazil & USA, May 28, 2021

Hi Leo,

Thanks for your email and apologies for not getting back to your earlier but its been a busy return to Beijing.

Verity and I were extremely happy with our tour with Bree. She and the driver went above and beyond waiting for us at the airport until the early hours of the morning as our flight was delayed.

In relation to Bree, she was a great guide. She obviously knew her stuff, was friendly and expertly navigated us around the sites. What we really appreciated was Bree taking us to places that were a little bit out of the way to take us away from the crowds so we could experience the spectacular scenery and views without too many people around us.

In relation to the tour and the schedule, we were really happy with the places on the itinerary and the time we were able to spend at each. Throughout the trip we did not feel rushed nor that we had too much time at any place and were really happy with being able to walk around some really beautiful places.

The choice was hotel was good as it meant we were close to the park which meant less driving in the morning and we were happy with the room.

In addition, the support we received prior to and during the trip from you and Bree was greatly appreciated. We have already passed on the details for the tour and your company to several friends of ours and we are already looking at when we could reschedule our Huangshan trip.

In relation to the Huangshan trip, we were wondering how much notice you need before booking? For example, if we decided on a Monday to do the trip, could we start it on the Friday of that week? We recognise that you require time to lock in hotel bookings, guides, tickets etc. but were wondering how much time was required.

Thanks once again for all your help.

Cheers

Marko

Marko - 2021.05.27‚ Australia, May 27, 2021

Hi Rita,

It was amazing! Thank you so much for everything

Claudia - 2021.05.24‚ Spain, May 24, 2021

Feedback from Gabriella:

Thank you Wonder! We had a wonderful trip!

Feedback from Anne:

Thanks for the kind present. We had a great trip indeed, Alex was a wonderful guide and everything was well arranged. We had some minor feedback on the hotel (no AC) but other than that: it's great.

Gabriella & Anne - 2021.05.23‚ Netherlands, May 23, 2021

Thanks Wonder for checking.

All was good.

Tamer - 2021.05.22‚ Turkey, May 22, 2021
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Once you arrive in the destination, the patient and punctual guides will pick you up and take you to get under skin of the city at your own pace. By in-depth discovery and explanation, they’ll show you more about the history, culture, customs and authentic local life. Throughout the journey, they're not only expert guides who take care of all the details but also fellow travelers who are dedicated to help you explore in comfort and style.

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Our private service includes licensed drivers with many years’ driving experience and air-conditioned, non-smoking, clean and well-maintained cars/vans. Drivers are local, polite, friendly and helpful, taking you to your tourist sites, hotels, airport/train stations in safety. All kinds of vehicle are offered, and yours depends on the size of your group. Usually, we offer sedan cars, SUVs, business vans (MPV) and different types of buses, all with extra space for your luggage.

Our private transfer service guarantees you the highest comfort!

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In each destination, you’ll enjoy a comfortable stay in a great location!

The hotels we choose are based on star rating, great locations, well-equipped facilities, cozy bed, high quality service and guests’ feedbacks. Choices are a lot ranging from luxury 5 star, comfortable 4 star to budget 3 star. You could decide where to stay to best suit for your budget and likes. Generally, the hotels have both Western and Chinese breakfast with a wide choices.

If you have already got an ideal hotel, please feel free to tell our travel consultants and they'll book the hotel for you.

Have good sleep in our well-selected hotels in all the destinations of China.

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We can satisfy all the dietary requirements no matter you want Chinese local food, western food, vegetarian food or muslin food.

The restaurants we will take you for lunch or dinner are all designated tourist restaurants approved by local tourist administration bureau. They have very good sanitary conditions and the food is prepared fresh and clean.

There will be some meals excluded in your itinerary as you like, and your private guide will be delighted to give you some suggestions and take you to the local restaurants to taste like Beijing Roast Duck, Xian Dumpling Dinner, Sichuan Hotpot, etc., if you are interested in local food tasting.

All the dining options will satisfy your stomach!

Here are recent candid photos of this China trip

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  • The Pearl Tower Oriental Pearl Tower stands proudly among the modern skyscrapers of Shanghai The Pearl Tower Oriental Pearl Tower stands proudly among the modern skyscrapers of Shanghai
  • Worth-trying Biking Tour in Shanghai City Worth-trying Biking Tour in Shanghai City
  • Take a Huangpu River Night Cruise to View Dazzling Lights on Skyscrapers Take a Huangpu River Night Cruise to View Dazzling Lights on Skyscrapers
  • Shanghai Zotter Chocolate Factory has many kid-frienly activities Shanghai Zotter Chocolate Factory has many kid-frienly activities
  • Shanghai Zotter Chocolate Factory Shanghai Zotter Chocolate Factory

Most Important Shanghai Travel Notes

1. Make most use of China’s Visa Free Policy to visit Shanghai.

Normally, you need to get a Chinese Tourist Visa (L Visa) for a Shanghai tour. However, at present, Shanghai offers different visa exemptions applying to different visitors. Knowing them helps you save lots of time, energy and money on applying for a Chinese Visa, and enjoy great convenience to have a visa-free layover tour in Shanghai. The 144-Hour Visa Free Transit and 15-Day Visa Free for Cruise Travelers are the two main visa free accesses used by international travelers.

Shanghai 144-Hour Visa Free: If you hold valid ordinary passport of one of the appointed 53 countries (including US, UK, Canada, Australia, Singapore...) and connecting ticket to a third country (region) with confirmed date and seat, you can get into Shanghai from Shanghai Hongqiao & Pudong International Airport (SHA & PVG), Shanghai Port International Cruise Terminal, Shanghai Wusongkou International Cruise Terminal and Shanghai Railway Station, and visit Shanghai, Hangzhou, Suzhou, Nanjing, etc. (Shanghai, Jiangzu and Zhejiang) no exceeding 144 hours (6 days).

Shanghai 15-Day Visa Free for Cruise Entry: Foreign cruise group tourists can make visa-exempted shore excursion in Shanghai, Beijing and other coastal cities for up to 15 days if received by licensed Chinese travel agents.

2. What are the advantages of China Discovery’s private Shanghai tour packages?

Our private Shanghai tour packages provide you wonderful travel experiences of high quality and best value. Travel with us, you can enjoy the best sightseeing highlights, featured local activities and local experienced and knowledgeable tour guide, efficient private transfer, excellent dining and accommodation and many considerate tour services. One-to-one trip planning is offered during your whole tour. Except our popular itinerary, you can let us design a special travel itinerary in Shanghai based on your own schedule and interests. Also, you have great flexibility of choosing hotel and restaurant. Thousands of customers have realized their Shanghai tour with our help and spoke highly of our arrangement and service that you can get inspired from.

3. How to Get to Shanghai?

There are three ways to reach Shanghai: by air, by train and by cruise. Shanghai as two airports, Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport (SHA) and Shanghai Pudong International Airport (PVG), both are international airports flying lots of international and domestic lines. You should know that Pudong Airport operates more international flights to/off Shanghai, but is located farther from downtown than Hongqiao Airport. If you want to take a train travel to Shanghai, you can depart from Beijing, Xian, Hong Kong, Guangzhou..., nearly all major cities in China. Besides, you can take an international cruise voyage or a Yangtze River cruise to get to Shanghai.

4. Shanghai Weather & Climate, Best Time to Visit Shanghai

Located in China’s east coast, Shanghai experiences a humid subtropical monsoon climate, which features four distinct seasons, abundant sunshine and rainfall. The annual average temperature of Shanghai is about 17.6℃ and yearly sunshine hours is around 85.9 hours and mean annual precipitation reaches up to 1,173.4 mm, which mostly occurs between May and September. Shanghai is quite hot and moist during summer (June ~ August) and clammy and cold in winter (December ~ February). As an metropolis highlighting in cultural & historical sites and modern skyscrapers, Shanghai can be visited all year round. If you think of temperature comfort, travel convenience and seasonal features, Spring (March ~ May) and Autumn (September ~ November) are the best times to visit Shanghai, for the weather is quite pleasant, nature scenery is beautiful and a good time to taste crabs.

5. Extend your Shanghai tour to Suzhou, Hangzhou and other destinations is strongly suggested.

Normally, top Shanghai city highlights can be covered within a 2 to 3 days’ itinerary. Nearby area, such as Suzhou, a poetic city of classical gardens and Hangzhou, a paradise city with West Lake, both with UNESCO World Heritages are worth for a Jiangnan style natural and cultural exploration. It’s very popular to take day trips or spend 2 days in each city. If you have 2 days and more, you can also make a marvellous hiking in Huangshan Mountain, travel to Beijing realizing your Great Wall tour, visit Xian to see the miraculous Terracotta Army, to Guilin for a picturesque Li River Cruise and idyllic countryside experience, etc. Just contact us, tell your schedule and preference, we can tailor-make a unique China tour of different destination, theme and length for you.

6. How to Start Your China Tour from Shanghai?

If you choose Shanghai as the gateway city for a China discovery, it’s very convenient to travel from Shanghai to other parts of China, based on the city’s excellent transportation network. Depending on your time and personal interests, you can easily enjoy a China trip of different destination, theme and length. The “”Golden Triangle Cities” - Beijing, Xian and Shanghai are the top three must-visit destinations with the most famous iconic attractions of China, which can be covered in 7 to 8 days’ itinerary. If you only want to explore diverse charm in neighboring area of Shanghai, 5 days is enough to visit Suzhou and Hangzhou with Shanghai, and 9 days is fine to add the Huangshan Mountain in. With over 10 days, you can more stunning experiences, such as a relaxing Yangtze River Cruise tour, a pastoral Guilin countryside life immersion, a super cool real “Avatar World” expedition in Zhangjiajie, a colorful ethnic culture in Yunnan, and sacred spiritual trip to Tibet and so on. Just contact us, tell your schedule and preference, we can tailor-make a unique China tour for you.

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