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3 Days Shanghai Past and Present Contrast Tour (Optional Maglev Train Experience)

Uncover the Old and New Shanghai with Best Guided Trip Experience

What else to expect in Shanghai besides the modern skyline?

Indeed, huge groups of high-rises, especially the towering skyscrapers in Lujiazui are the most eye-catching and most representative postcard of Shanghai. But meanwhile, as a young metropolis, Shanghai still well preserves its local traditional culture and history amid the high blocks. This 3-day Shanghai contrast tour will show you two different looks and cultural features harmoniously coexisted in Shanghai. You will witness the incredible current achievements of Shanghai and encounter the old Shanghai to enrich your Shanghai tour with both wonderful sightseeing and meaningful cultural cultivation. Follow us to enjoy interesting visits to various kinds of attractions, experience featured activities to dig out the authentic Shanghai, find the great changes made in this internationally famous metropolis and revere the amazing “China Speed” and outstanding balance of the city’s past, today and future!

  • Type : Private Tour
  • Tour Code : CD-ST-03
  • Price : from $346 (398)
    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 : History / Culture
  • Physical Demands :

HIGHLIGHTS OF THIS TOUR

  • Capture breathtaking modern skyline towering into the clouds in Lujiazui, , challenge yourself with a once-in-a-lifetime sky walk, catch a panoramic view of whole Shanghai city;
  • Admire Chinese traditional architectural art in Yu Garden, perceive awe-inspiring Buddhist culture in Jade Buddha Temple and admire remarkable ancient relics in Shanghai Museum;
  • Have a chance to take the Shanghai Maglev Train, experience the real flying speed and try ultramodern scientific and technological advances;
  • Stroll leisurely along the Bund, view western style historical buildings and discover the best epitome of the history of Shanghai;
  • Closely feel urban hustle and bustle in Nanjing Road of downtown Shanghai to touch the vitality and heartbeat of Shanghai;
  • Enjoy high-quality tour package covering knowledgeable tour guide, experienced driver & private transfer and other arrangements.
Itinerary Day by Day (Can Be Customized)
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Day 1 Shanghai Arrival

Airport/train station/port pick up

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

Upon arrival, meet your tour guide in the airport Arrival Hall holding placard with your name. Before being transferred to your hotel, firstly experience the Shanghai Maglev Train (optional) - the fastest operational high-speed maglev train in the world, whose top speed is 431 km/h.

Started running in 2003, the Shanghai Maglev Train is the first commercially high-speed magnetic levitation line in the world. With a top speed of 430 km/h, Shanghai Maglev Train takes only 8 minutes to transfer from Shanghai Pudong International Airport (PVG) to Longyang Road Station on the east outskirt of Shanghai. Passengers can hardly hear any noise and feel any jolt, because the maglev trains run without contacting the surface of the railway line. Facilities inside the trains are very modern, clean and comfortable. (Note: The Maglev Train only operates between Shanghai Pudong International Airport and Longyang Road Station from 06:45 AM to 21:42 PM)

Recommended Night Activity (optional): Watch 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).

  • Space Motorcycles Performed in Shanghai Circus World Space Motorcycles Performed in Shanghai Circus World
  • Feel the Highest Speed of 431 km/h of Shanghai Maglev Train Feel the Highest Speed of 431 km/h of Shanghai Maglev Train

Day 2 Shanghai City Highlights Tour (B, L)

Today's Highlights: Shanghai Museum, Yu Garden, Shanghai World Financial Center, Nanjing Road, The Bund

After breakfast, you will visit Shanghai Museum, one of the best museums in China. Conveniently located near the People’s Square, this large museum is designed and built with a round top and a square base which symbolize the ancient Chinese perception of the world as “round sky, square earth”, and mainly focus on Chinese ancient history and art. Over one billion cultural relics are exhibited inside, including precious bronzes, paintings, calligraphy, ceramics, jade, sculptures, traditional furniture, seals and old coins from more than 5,000 years ago to the Qing Dynasty. Da Ke Ding(bronze food vessel in over 3000 years ago), Bianzhong of Marquis Su of Jin (ancient musical instruments) are top treasures to visit. An Audio Explanation Device will help you better learn the facts and knowledge of the exhibitions.

Then, transfer to Shanghai old town to 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.

Next, visit the Shanghai World Financial Center (SWFC), “the Eye of Shanghai”, one of the most incredible skyscrapers in Lujiazui. With a height of 492 meters (1,614 ft), the tower is the second tallest building after the nearby Shanghai Tower (632 meter/2,073 ft). Ascend up to the 474 meter-high 100th floor observation deck, try a thrilling skywalk on the transparent glass walkway and enjoy a breathtaking bird’s eye view of the entire city, including the Bund, neighboring Shanghai Tower, Jinmao Tower and many surrounding attractions. Feel Shanghai lying under your feet and blue sky hanging above your head.

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 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.

After the tour, drive back to your hotel. (If you want to spend free time at the Bund, Nanjing Road or take a relaxing Huangpu River cruise to see the city’s most significant edifices and streets ablaze with colorful lights (about 50 minutes), or explore somewhere else, please let your tour guide know.)

  • Shanghai Museum - One of the Best Four Museums in China Shanghai Museum - One of the Best Four Museums in China
  • Ancient Architectures in Shanghai Yu Garden Ancient Architectures in Shanghai Yu Garden
  • Take a Huangpu River Night Cruise to View Dazzling Lights on Skyscrapers Take a Huangpu River Night Cruise to View Dazzling Lights on Skyscrapers
  • 474 M High Glass Walkway in World Financial Center 474 M High Glass Walkway in World Financial Center
  • The Bund: Famous “Exhibition of the World's Architecture” The Bund: Famous “Exhibition of the World's Architecture”

Day 3 Shanghai Tour & Shanghai Departure (B)

Today's Highlights: Jade Buddha Temple, Tianzifang

After breakfast, your tour guide and driver will pick you up in your hotel, and take you to Jade Buddha Temple, one of the top three sacred Buddhist temples in Shanghai which famed for precious jade Buddhist statues. The temple was built by a Buddhist monk from Mount Wutai to enshrine two jade Buddhas invited from Burma in Qing Dynasty (1882 AD). Now it has been renovated to a Song Dynasty style temple worshiping a sitting Buddha (1.95 meters tall) originally imported from Burma, a reclining Buddha (4.05 meters, 6 tons) donated from Singapore and two smaller reclining Buddhas, Giant Golden Buddha statues, massive valuable Buddhist scriptures and ancient Buddhist sculptures. It’s a wonderful spiritual visit to see real monks chanting and endless pilgrims praying with serene and pure ambience hidden among modern blocks and bustling metropolis.

Finally, drive to Tianzifang, a unique popular tourist enclave remolded from a traditional residential block in the French Concession area of Shanghai. Intertwined narrow alleys are filled with small creative shops selling lovely souvenirs and plenty of cafés, bars and restaurants. It’s great fun to ramble through the maze-like area to appreciate the well-preserved traditional Shanghainese Shikumen (Stone Warehouse Gate) houses, see interesting novel art and handicrafts, savor a lazy open-air coffee time and try some local street food and feel the original Shanghai life vibe.

In the afternoon, your guide and driver take you to the airport/train station/cruise port for your next destination or home. Tour ends.

  • Elegant Sitting Buddha Brought from Burma Worshiped in Jade Buddha Temple Elegant Sitting Buddha Brought from Burma Worshiped in Jade Buddha Temple
  • Spend  Leisure Time at the Mazy Lanes of Tianzifang Spend Leisure Time at the Mazy Lanes of Tianzifang

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The quotation for this trip is from $346 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 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);
  • Personal expenses;
  • Excess Baggage Charges;
  • Optional tips to guides, drivers, etc.

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  • Feel the Highest Speed of 431 km/h of Shanghai Maglev Train Feel the Highest Speed of 431 km/h of Shanghai Maglev Train
  • Shanghai Museum - One of the Best Four Museums in China Shanghai Museum - One of the Best Four Museums in China
  • Ancient Architectures in Shanghai Yu Garden Ancient Architectures in Shanghai Yu Garden
  • Take a Huangpu River Night Cruise to View Dazzling Lights on Skyscrapers Take a Huangpu River Night Cruise to View Dazzling Lights on Skyscrapers
  • 474 M High Glass Walkway in World Financial Center 474 M High Glass Walkway in World Financial Center
  • The Bund: Famous “Exhibition of the World's Architecture” The Bund: Famous “Exhibition of the World's Architecture”
  • Elegant Sitting Buddha Brought from Burma Worshiped in Jade Buddha Temple Elegant Sitting Buddha Brought from Burma Worshiped in Jade Buddha Temple
  • Spend  Leisure Time at the Mazy Lanes of Tianzifang Spend Leisure Time at the Mazy Lanes of Tianzifang

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