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How to Plan Your Shanghai Trip?

Shanghai is an international metropolis which tens of thousands of travelers arrive here every year, its pretty easy to explore Shanghai for a few days, and this article will help you broaden your eyes and explore Shanghai with detailed information.



Shanghai provides 24 hours and 144 hours visa-free transit policy(插入链接解释), which largely increase the number of tourists traveling in Shanghai. If you want to travel for more days, you can apply a Chinese tourist visa before traveling to China.


When to Visit Shanghai?

The best time to visit Shanghai are spring(from March to May) and autumn( from September to November) with delightful temperature. Flowers bloom all round in spring, and you can taste delicious hairy crab in autumn.


Rain period starts from mid-June to July, its rainy and sultry in Shanghai. However, the temperature will keep increasing until August, please reduce outdoor activities as much as you can. The winter starts from November to February, the average temperature can as low as 1 degree.


What to See and Do in Shanghai?

1. Yu Garden

It is a famous classical garden and believed to have been built in the Ming Dynasty with more than 400 years of history. The exquisite layout, beautiful scenery, and the artistic style of the garden architecture have made the garden one of the highlights of Shanghai.


2. Bund

For a century, the Bund has been one of the most recognizable symbols and the pride of Shanghai. The architecture along the Bund is a living museum of the colonial history of the 1800s.


3. World Financial Center & Oriental Pearl Tower & Jinmao Tower

Three outstanding skyscrapers of modern Shanghai, witnessed the rapid development of the old empire. Standing on the top of the building and have a panoramic view of the whole vibrant city.


4. Jade Buddha Temple

It boasts two jade Buddha statues imported to Shanghai from Burma by sea. Travelers can experience the peaceful and transcendent atmosphere of Buddha.


5. Huangpu River cruise

It is the best way to admire Shanghai's classic skyline views of colonial architecture and modern skyscrapers along the river. With lit up lamps, everything looks stunning and refreshing.


6. Nanjing Road

It is a popular shopping site attracting thousands of fashion-seeking shoppers from all over the world.


7. Zhujiajiao Ancient Town

The nearest water town from Shanghai, with a history of more than 1700 years. You can experience quaint courtyards and idyllic canals running under the ancient bridges, which forms a picturesque scenery.


8. Shanghai Museum

It is considered one of China's first world-class modern museums. The museum has a collection of over 120,000 pieces, including bronze, ceramics, calligraphy, furniture, jades, ancient coins, paintings, sculptures, minority art and foreign art. If you are a fan of Chinese history, dont miss it!


9. Xintiandi

The combination of Chinese culture and western culture, the old and modern building, which can easily recall how it looks like in the ancient time.



How Long to Stay?

In general, 3 days for Shanghai tour is enough to view the highlights of Shanghai.

And we highly recommend you visit nearby cities, Suzhou and Hangzhou to explore the ancient Chinese classic gardens and beautiful water towns.



1 Day

Yu Garden, City God Temple Bazaar, Bund, Nanjing Road, Oriental Pearl Tower


2 Days

Yu Garden, City God Temple Bazaar, Bund, Nanjing Road, Oriental Pearl Tower

Xintiandi, Shanghai Museum, Peoples Square, Jade Buddha Temple


3 Days

Yu Garden, Bund, Nanjing Road, Huangpu River cruise

Oriental Pearl Tower, Shanghai Museum, Peoples Square, Jade Buddha Temple

Zhujiajiao Water Town



4 Days Travel to Suzhou or Hangzhou

Shanghai: Yu Garden, City God Temple Bazaar, Bund, Oriental Pearl Tower

Jade Buddha Temple, Shanghai Museum, Nanjing Road, Huangpu River cruise


Suzhou: Humble Administrators Garden, Lion Grove Garden, Guanqian Street

Zhouzhuang Water Town


Or Hangzhou: West Lake, Lingyin Temple, Feilai Peak, Meijiawu Tea Village

Former Residence of Hu Xueyan, Hefang Street


And we can make Shanghai tour itinerary as your request, please feel free to contact us!


What to Eat?

There is a wide range of delicious food in Shanghai, you can try famous Xiaolongbao, pan-fried pork bun, soup bun, braised pork, sliced cold chicken, etc.   


Where to Stay?

We advise staying around Peoples Square, which is a convenient transfer station for subway line 1 and 2, easy to access to main attractions of Shanghai. If you want to enjoy the beautiful night view of skyscrapers, please consider booking a hotel near Huangpu River or Lujiazui area.


If you want to have a hassle-free vacation in Shanghai, please consider a private tour with a professional tour guide to explore the essence of Shanghai. And we can tailor-make a wonderful Shanghai tour itinerary according to your interests and your duration in Shanghai, and no other traveler will join in this party.

The Most Popular Shanghai Tour

This tour will enhance your sightseeing experience of Shanghai on an enriching two days excursion around the city and Tongli Water Town. You will see all of the city’s spectacular sights with a knowledgeable guide. The tour covers the oasis in the urban "Jade Buddha Temple", classic garden "Yu Garden", famous bazaar "the City God Temple Bazaar", the western architecture complex Bund" and Old French Concession. In Tongli, enjoy typical water town scenery and experience the local tradition.


2 Days Shanghai and Tongli Water Town Tour

2 days from|$161

Take 3 days to explore the essence of Beijing from Shanghai. You'll hike Great Wall, explore history from Forbidden City and Temple of Heaven, enjoy the beautiful scenery at Summer Palace, have fun on a rickshaw and snack through the narrow hutong, marvel at the charming night view of Olympic Park and two outstanding buildings-Bird's Nest and Water Cube. Besides, experience China development by taking round-way high-speed train.


3 Days Shanghai Beijing Tour Package by High-speed Train

3 days from|$415

You'll tour the scenic and cultural highlights of Hangzhou on a full-day private tour, including hotel pickup and drop-off. You'll take a boat ride on West Lake and visit Lingyin Temple which is the most popular temple in China. The same, you can appreciate the grotesque Feilai Peak. Your visiting of No. 1 mansion in China "the Former Residence of Hu Xueyan" adds more fun to the trip. In the tour, you are able to learn about Chinese history and architecture.


1 Day Hangzhou Tour from Shanghai

1 days from|$105

Immerse yourself in the mixed Shanghai, traditional parts and modern parts. Enjoy charming Yu Garden, bustling City God Temple Bazaar, peaceful Jade Buddha Temple, be thrilled by Bund and Nanjing Road, where you can experience how rapid development of the ancient empire.


Shanghai Classic Day Tour

1 days from|$77
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