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3 Days Shanghai Highlights Tour Water Town Visit

One of a Kind Shanghai Holiday

Looking for a unique Shanghai tour which is different from the regular itineraries? Here it is - A harmony between soft and hard landscapes results in one of a kind holiday in Shanghai.

Shanghai has not only many fancy skyscrapers, well-preserved architecture of colonial period and the most forward fashion, but also many hidden treasures including one of the most beautiful water towns in China – Zhujiajiao Water Town. With our private Shanghai tour, you will make the best of your time to sweep all the best highlights away in the urban Shanghai, including panorama of architectures in the Bund, skyscrapers view from one of the highest building in the world, classic Garden of Yuyuan, etc., then enjoy a unique half day in the beautiful water town of Zhujiajiao to experience the traditional face of Shanghai and find out what is a real water town of ancient time like. It is interesting, enjoyable and valuable.

  • Type : Private Tour
  • Tour Code : CD-SZ-03
  • Price : from $374
    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.
  • Trip Length : 3D/2N
  • Theme : Culture / History

HIGHLIGHTS OF THIS TOUR

  • Take a wonderful walk along the Bund to enjoy both the modern skyline of Shanghai and old architecture masterpieces of colonial time;
  • Explore the old dwellings and bridges, intricate canals, holy temples and unique living custom in Zhujiajiao Water Town;
  • Witness some of the most precious cultural and historical relic exhibitions that can be traced to more than 3000 years ago in Shanghai Museum;
  • Find the unexpected traditions of old Shanghai which are hidden among modern skyscraper in Yu Garden and Tianzifang.
Itinerary Day by Day (Can Be Customized)
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Day 1 Shanghai Arrival

Airport / railway station / cruise port pick up

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

Upon arrival, you will be met by a 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.

  • Shanghai Night Splendid Shanghai Night View

Day 2 Shanghai City Highlights ( B, L )

Today's highlights: Shanghai Museum, Yu Garden, the Bund

After breakfast, you will visit Shanghai Museum, one of the Four Best Museums in China. There are over one billion cultural relics related to Chinese ancient history and art 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 the top treasures to visit. An Audio Explanation Device will help you better learn the facts and knowledge of the exhibitions.

Next, drive to Tianzifang, a unique popular tourist enclave remolded from a traditional residential block in old town 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.

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 No. 1 attraction in 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, 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 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
  • Exquiste International Buildings at The Bund Exquiste International Buildings at The Bund
  • Classical Yu Garden in Shanghai The Tranquil Yu Garden with Classical Chinese Style to Relax

Day 3 Shanghai - Zhujiajiao Ancient Town - Shanghai Departure (B)

Today's highlight: Zhujiajiao Water Town

After breakfast, about 1 hour's drive will take you away from the city's hustle and bustle to visit Zhujiajiao Ancient Town which is known as the Venice of Shanghai

Zhujiajiao has a history of 1,700 years and is a well-preserved waterside ancient town. You will stroll along Hundred-year-old North Street, take some awesome pictures on the Fangsheng Bridge, have a panoramic view of Zhujiajiao by climbing up to Yuanjin Buddhist Temple, enjoy some leisure time on the traditionally decorated boat, cruise along the canals and see the old residences, shops and bridges which are filled with classic architectural style in Ming and Qing Dynasties (1368 AD - 1911 AD).

After the water town 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.

  • Zhujiajiao Water Town - Relax in the Quaint & Charming Jiangnan Area Zhujiajiao Water Town - Relax in the Quaint & Charming Jiangnan Area

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The quotation for this trip is from $374 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 6.45. 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...

Wonder,

The trip was really cool. The nature was breathtaking and it wasn’t crowded. Only the travel time was to short ;) all in all the driver did a great job. He drove really safe and improve his communication. The driver was kind and helped us in all situations. We can highly recommend him for travel. Our wish for the next travel could be more individual accommodations. We prefer more private homestay not so Hotels. The accommodations in the Mongolian Yurte and in the Russian Wooden House were amazing. Thanks for planning this great adventure . We are looking forward for the next travel with you on Christmas Time;) many greetings an thanks so much!

Anne

Anne - 2021.10.10‚ Germany, October 10, 2021

Dear Rita,

Sorry, my phone was off for a while to conserve battery.

we had a fantastic and memorable trip and our tour guide Lin was knowledgeable and went above and beyond.

Linva

Linva - 2021.10.08‚ UK, October 8, 2021

Hi Wonder!

Sorry, my phone was off for a while to conserve battery.

David was great in Chongqing, the cruise was perfect, great staff, very helpful, good food and good tours, and David the guide for the dam was really good too!

Lots of Davids on the trip!

Once we get settled back in SZ this weekend, I'll send you a message about some ideas for our next holidays to see if you can help. Generally, we're thinking of the Hot Springs, Snow City and Harbin around Christmas, and Tibet in our Spring break around the start of April.

Thank you so much for putting together a wonderful holiday for us!!

David

David - 2021.10.08‚ USA, October 8, 2021

Hey Leo.

Sure. I liked the trip very good. The organization and the hotels were good

And my tour guide Ann was awesome i had a great time a and good discussion.

Simon

Simon - 2021.10.08‚ Germany, October 8, 2021

Good morning Leo,

yes, my trip was great, I had a great time. The guide and the driver were both very nice and very cool. The guide had lots of knowledge, she said a lot of things to me that I didn’t know. I’m hoping to plan a trip to Xian later this year so definitely be messaging you again. I totally enjoyed the trip they were both very very gracious and very cool.

The sites we went to see I was very happy for that time frame going early was better consumers less people and we gotta walk through everything pretty quickly and get everything done that we needed or I want to get done pretty quickly so it was also very very helpful and are going to chairman chair was a guide that can get through the lines are very very good very helpful,so really enjoyed I like everything that we did it was very much what iwanted so thank you guys again.

Inga

Inga - 2021.10.08‚ UK, October 8, 2021
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  • Shanghai Night Shanghai Night
  • Shanghai Museum - One of the Best Four Museums in China Shanghai Museum - One of the Best Four Museums in China
  • Exquiste International Buildings at The Bund Exquiste International Buildings at The Bund
  • Classical Yu Garden in Shanghai Classical Yu Garden in Shanghai
  • Zhujiajiao Water Town - Relax in the Quaint & Charming Jiangnan Area Zhujiajiao Water Town - Relax in the Quaint & Charming Jiangnan Area

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