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Shanghai currently as the one of the largest city in China and regarded as " Paris of the East". It is one of the few words that people can associate with "China" when it is mentioned. However, how to plan your Shanghai trip is a top priority for all the tourist. As a senior Shanghai Travel Agency, we have elaborately designed a wide range of best Shanghai tourism products for you, including: Shanghai City Tour, Hop-on Hop-off City Sightseeing Bus Tour, Shanghai Water Town Tours, Hangzhou Suzhou Huangshan Package Tour, ect.


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Shanghai 1 Day Tour: Incredible Shanghai Highlights

Duration:6 - 8 hours

Attractions(Cities):Yuyuan Garden, The Bund, Nanjing Road, Jade Buddha Temple, Old French Concession

Tour Style:Incredible Shanghai Highlights Day Tour is a fully guided tour for those who have just one day to see the best of Shanghai. Make the most of your time with your knowledgeable Shanghai Private Tour guide, see all top Shanghai attractions. With complete flexibility, follow this itinerary or create your own for a unique Shanghai experience. You'll get an insight into the city's culture, history, local lifestyle and future.

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From $50 p/p
Zhujiajiao Water Town Half Day Tour From Shanghai - The Secret Hidden Under the Modern City

Duration:4-5 hours

Attractions(Cities):Zhujiajiao Water Town

Tour Style:Endowed with an elegant name "Pearl Stream", the Zhujiajiao water town of more than 1,700 years, is the best preserved one among the four ancient water towns in Shanghai. Accompanied by your local tour guide, explore the unique ancient bridges across bubbling streams, small river shaded by willow trees, and houses with courtyard. Stay away the bustle and hustle of the modern big city, immerse yourself into this little town get enjoy the leisure, antiquity and tranquility.

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From $78 p/p
Private Full-Day Tour: Shanghai Old and New Highlights

Duration:6 - 8 Hours

Attractions(Cities):Yuyuan Garden & Bazaar, Jade Buddha Temple, Former French Concession, Boat cruise on the Huangpu River, Pudong New Area(Shanghai Oriental TV Tower, OPTIONAL)

Tour Style:If you only have one day in Shanghai, we highly recommend this one day tour in shanghai. This fully customizable tour particularly designed for first-time travelers to Shanghai touring traditional gardens, bustling shopping streets, historic buildings, and even to the top of a skyscraper with your knowledgeable guide. It will let you get an insight into its people, culture, history and the dynamic urban life.

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From $70 p/p
Private Shanghai Evening Street Food Walking and Huangpu River Cruise

Duration:4-5 hours

Attractions(Cities):Boat Cruise on Huangpu River, Yuyuan Bazaar (Shanghai City God Temple)

Tour Style:Book this private Shanghai evening tour, stroll the most famous food street-Yuyuan Bazaar (Shanghai City God Temple) in downtown Shanghai, which can offer you opporunity to taste the city from a local's perspective, taking the Huangpu River Cruise to enjoy the stunning light view and the amazing architecture of the city. It's the best way to admire Shanghai's classic skyline view.

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From $60 p/p
Shanghai in Your Way: Customizable Half Day Shanghai City Tour

Duration:4 - 5 hours

Attractions(Cities):Pick two or three attractions as you are interested

Tour Style:Want to see the top sights in Shanghai with a professional private tour guide? Then go on this half day Shanghai city tour that puts the power in your hands to decide what attractions you visit. Avoid lengthy itineraries of places that don't interest you. You can customized the tour entirely on your preferences and discuss with your guide for advice. Flexible on the start and finish time.

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From $45 p/p
Suzhou Classic Day Trip From Shanghai by Bullet Train

Duration:9-10 hours

Attractions(Cities):Lingering Garden, Panmen Gate, Hanshan Temple, Pingjiang Historic Street, Suzhou No.1 Silk Factory

Tour Style:Book this Shanghai to Suzhou Day Trip riding on a bullet less than 30 minutes, accompanied by your private guide, visit the winding canals, historical buildings, ancient street, classic Chinese gardens and much more on this private customized day tour to Suzhou. We will book the entrance tickets in advance to escape the crowds, let you jump the queue to make your trip comfortable and enjoyable.

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From $90 p/p
Shanghai Private Tour Guide, Translator, Interpreter Service

Duration:8 Hours

Attractions(Cities):Shanghai private tour guide service,Shanghai Translator Service,Shanghai Interpreter Service,etc.

Tour Style:Shanghai Private Tour has full time private guides with a professional license or tour guiding certificate with expertise in history, shopping, business, nightlife and pretty much anything else you can think of. There aren't only tour guides either - assistants and interpreters too! They will help you learn a lot about the region, get a great price by skipping the middlemen and ensure you have a pleasant experience.

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From $50 p/p
‘Heaven On Earth’ Hangzhou Day Trip from Shanghai by Bullet Train

Duration:10 hours

Attractions(Cities):The hangzhou Westlake(including the boat cruise), Fish Viewing at the Flower Pond, Lingyin Temple and Meijiawu Tea Plantation, Anmanfayun Village, The Song Dynasty Imperial Street

Tour Style:Described Hangzhou as "one of the most beautiful cities in the world" by Marco Polo, it is renowned for its historic relics and natural beauty. This private day tour departures from Shanghai to Hangzhou by the high speed train is perfect for sightseeing. Accompanied by a knowledgeable guide, admire the architecture of Hangzhou Old Street, learn about China's most renowned tea at Meijiawu Tea Village and Buddhism Culture, and cruise on West Lake where the views have inspired poets and artists for centuries.

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From $105 p/p
Zhujiajiao Water Town and Shanghai City Highlights Private Day Tour

Duration:7 - 8 hours

Attractions(Cities):Zhujiajiao Ancient Water Town, The Bund, Yuyuan Garden & Bazaar

Tour Style:Discover Shangha's most incredible city highlights and beautiful Zhujiajiao Water Town regarded as "oriental Venice" during this wonderful Shanghai day tour. Accompanied by a professional guide, stroll around the old lanes with antiquated architecture, wander along the canal with old bridges and take the boat (Optional) on tranquil canals in Zhujiajiao for a half day. Followed by another half day tour to see the most incredible city highlights.

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From $80 p/p
2-Day Shanghai Family Vacation Package with Disneyland Park

Duration:2 Days, 1 Night

Attractions(Cities):The Bund, Shanghai Tower, Nanjing Road, Old French Concession, Yuyuan Bazaar & Snack Street, Disneyland Park

Tour Style:This Shanghai Vacation Package is for families who want to make sure everyone - kids and parents alike - enjoys their visit to Shanghai. Your private guide will be young and dynamic, and will interact well with each member of the family. To put the kid breaks and your program together this tour includes Disneyland Park, old Snack & Food Street, the Bund, Shanghai Tower and Old French Concession. All have get great stories behind them that can speak to children as well as for adults.

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From $140 p/p
2 Days Private Shanghai Old and New Landmarks Vacation Package

Duration:2 Days, 1 Night

Attractions(Cities):The Bund, Shanghai Museum, Yuyuan Garden & Bazaar, Shanghai Confucian Temple, Tianzifang, Jade Buddha Temple, Nanjing Road, Old French Concession, Boat cruise on the Huangpu river, Pudong New Area, Shanghai World Financial Center (SWFC)

Tour Style:Shanghai is an intoxicating hybrid of ancient China and a prosperous modern metropolis, as such, it's full of variety. 2 Days Shanghai City Tour with Old and New Landmarks is the best way to explore the Old and New Shanghai, from traditional gardens, bustling shopping streets, historic buildings, and even to the top of a skyscraper! Experiencing both parts of this mix, you will never forget this extraordinary trip in Shanghai.

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From $120 p/p
Private Customized Airport Layover Tour of Shanghai City Highlights

Duration:7 - 8 hours

Attractions(Cities):Yuyuan Garden, Jade Buddha Temple, Old French Concession, The Bund

Tour Style:Shanghai offers Visa-free transit travel for transit tourists from 51 countries to spend up to 72 hours in Shanghai without a visa. We special offer sightseeing in shanghai with or without hotels for the transiting tourists and business travelers. If you only have a small amount of time or even for a solo travel, but still want to take a short trip, this is your best choice. We have selected this most popular Shanghai tour for you. Airport pickup and drop-off are included.

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From $60 p/p

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9 Days Best Scenic and Culture Tour Around Shanghai

9 Days Best Scenic and Culture Tour Around Shanghai

9 Days 8 Nights

Shanghai, Hangzhou, Suzhou, Huangshan
from$550 p/p

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Best 14 Days China Silk Road Tour

Best 14 Days China Silk Road Tour

14 Days, 13 Nights

Xian, Lanzhou, Dunhuang, Turpan, Urumqi, Kashgar
from$1299 p/p

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11 Days China Golden Triangle Tour with Yangtze Cruise

11 Days China Golden Triangle Tour with Yangtze Cruise

11 Days, 10 Nights

Beijing, Xian, Chongqing, Yangtze River Cruise, Yichang, Shanghai
from$1430 p/p

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Most Asked Questions about Shanghai by Travelers

1. Do I need to apply for a visa to Shanghai? Is the 144-Hour Visa Free Transit implemented in Shanghai?

Yes, you should apply for a Chinese Visa when you come to China for tour. 144-hour Visa-free transit is implemented in Shanghai for foreign citizens from 53 countries, including Canada, Brazil, Denmark, France, UK, USA, Italy, Japan, Poland, etc. Moreover, the online application system was put into use since Nov, 1st, 2018, shortening the application time to 20 minutes. Apart from the 53 countries, citizens from other foreign countries are expected to obtain a valid visa before visit. 

2. Is it safe to go to Shanghai China?

Shanghai is one of most popular tourist destinations in China and it’s a quite safe non-violent city. Travelers are often victims of petty crime, but this can be prevented by taking precautions. Transportation there is also very convenient and safe to go around Shanghai. Tourists can take a bullet train from Shanghai to nearby cities such as Suzhou, Hangzhou, Beijing and farther cities in China.

3. Long layover at PVG--Can I go into Shanghai?

Shanghai is one of the “Layover cities” in China. For the convenience of tourists, Shanghai municipality offers the Transit Without Visa (TWOV) policy, which lets you visit Shanghai visa-free for up to 144 hours. You can not only travel within Shanghai Municipality but also neighboring Jiangsu and Zhejiang provinces. This policy requires that passengers must be in transit to a third country or region.

4. What is the weather in Shanghai?

Shanghai has a humid subtropical climate with four distinct seasons. The best time for travelling in Shanghai is spring(March to May) and autumn (Sep. to Nov.), the temperatures is around 20°C. Summer is hot and humid, the hottest month is July; Winter is cold and wet, the coldest month is January. 

5. Is Shanghai expensive to visit?

Shanghai, as the largest city in China, the cost of living in Shanghai is more expensive than other cities in China. The cost is getting higher to travel in China. You can choose to join in the big group and use comfort hotels if you travel with a budget. We provide Shanghai private tours and group tours for different levels of tourists. The cost is higher during Spring & Autumn and Chinese holiday, lower cost during the winter. We also have the winter discount for our customers.

6. Should we bring Chinese currency or can we exchange when we get to Shanghai? I assume the use of credit cards is quite acceptable?

You should plan ahead and bring some cash with you since it’s easier to use cash in China rather than credit card or traveler’s check. Yes, we suggest change some Chinese currency in advance. You can also change the money when you arrive if you don’t change enough cash. There are several places you can exchange currency in China, including the airport, some big hotels, local Chinese bank.

7. What is Shanghai known for?

Shanghai is known as “East New York” by people. Shanghai is China`s most comprehensive industrial and commercial city.  Shanghai is famous for its monument of Chopin, the tallest statue dedicated to the composer in the world. Shanghai is the most famous place shopping in China. 

8. When is the best time to go to Shanghai?

With a humid subtropical monsoon climate, Shanghai has four distinct seasons. Shanghai climate features with pleasant warm spring, a hot rainy summer, a comfortable cool autumn, and an overcast cold winter. The best time for a Shanghai trip will be around springtime (March to May) and autumn (October to November). The springtime is recommended as the best time to pay a visit, while autumn is also a wise choice. If possible, avoid June, July and August with travel crowds, scorching hot weather, and frequent summer showers.

9. Where to stay in Shanghai?

Where to do stay is depends on what you want to see. For tourists, we would suggest you to choose hotels in city center of Shanghai for the most convenience, such as hotels near the Nanjing Road, People Square, Yu Garden and The Bund Area. 

10. Things to do at night in Shanghai?

After the tour in the daytime, you can find some things to do at night, such as watch a show to get to know fantastic art, or take a cruise to admire wonderful night view at the bund of Huangpu River, or take a Leisure walk in Xintiandi and have a cup of café.  You can also do shopping at night, there are many shopping streets and malls in the city. 

11. Where are the places for shopping in Shanghai?

Shanghai has always been a shopper paradise continuing on from its traditional heritage of offering the best of the east and the latest from the west. Nanjing Road Pedestrian Street, Xintiandi, Tianzifang and Yu Yuan Mart at Yu yuan Garden are good place to do some shopping in Shanghai.

12. Which cites are recommended to visit near Shanghai ?

Shanghai is one of the main ports for entry, there are many cities around Shanghai you can visit, such as Hangzhou, Suzhou, Huangshan, Wuxi, Nanjing. You can visit ancient classical Chinese in Suzhou, appreciate the beauty of West Lake in Hangzhou, Spend a leisure time at the Yangtze River Water Town, Hike on the Yellow Mountain in Huangshan City… You can plan a Southeast China Tour when come to Shanghai.

13. Do you also do tours of Beijing or Xi'an and other parts of china?

We not only provide Shanghai local tour, but also affordable china tour package, single city tour package, customized tour. We can make the tour according to your requirements. 

14. How much is a meal cost in Shanghai?

The cost for a meal in Shanghai is depending on what dishes you order and the level of restaurant you order. Shanghai is twice the size of Chicago and has about a million restaurants of every kind and cost. It usually cost around CNY 100-200 per person at normal restaurant, for some good restaurant, it might cost CNY 500 per person, so it really depends on what your order. For more dining information, feel free to contact us.

15. What are the family-friendly activities in Shanghai?

Shanghai is a family-friendly vacation destination with many attractions to entertain your children while providing adult family, such as Spend a day in Shanghai Disneyland Park, it is a world-class family entertainment destination designed and built especially with Chinese tourists in mind. It is a world full of creativity, adventurous spirits, and infinite happiness, and a paradise for children too; Take a tour bus to observe the life of wild animals like Siberian tigers, African lions, and black bears. You can also watch elephants, giraffes, flamingos and other animals perform in Shanghai Wild Animal Park; Take a chance to stroll through the Undersea Tunnel to open your eyes at Shanghai Ocean Aquarium; spend a leisure day with your family at Shanghai Happy Valley.

16. What is the best way to get around in Shanghai?

With lots of transportation options, and a concentrated area of attractions, shopping, and restaurants, getting around downtown Shanghai is easy. You can choose city bus, metro, taxi, rickshaw ride or hop-on hop-off city bus, etc. The best way to get around Shanghai city is by metro due to the traffic in Shanghai, Metro in Shanghai is a fast and cheap way to travel within the city, and its extensive reach will put you close to all the top attractions and hotels. Taxis or private transfer are other convenient and useful option, but they'll cost you a bit more.

17. Is it safe to drink tap water?

The tap water is undrinkable in Shanghai. All local water should be considered contaminated. Bring all tap water to a good rolling boil if you want to drink, brush your teeth or make ice cubes. Otherwise, buy capped bottled water from reputable brands.

18. Can I get an Uber in Shanghai?

There is no Uber service in China, but you will find similar service ‘DiDi”, also call ‘Chinese Uber’. You can try to use Didi when you in China now, it is what everyone uses. In the past, it was only available to those who could speak Chinese. Luckily, the popular DiDi taxi app now has an English version that become a huge hit for expats living and working in China.

19. Is there any metro in Shanghai?

Yes, the Shanghai Metro is the longest rapid transit system in the world and it’s very convenient to get around Shanghai city by metro. Shanghai by metro is a cheap and popular way among young travelers. There are over 10 metro lines serving the city.

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