Shanghai is without doubt the fastest-paced city in China and is well on its way to once again being an exciting multicultural metropolis that effortlessly blends the modern and traditional. This day trip will give you a look into Shanghai’s top sights.
What to Expect
Make your own way to the airport for your early morning flight to Shanghai. Upon arrival at the airport, your expert local guide will escort you to a comfortable, private vehicle to experience all that the city has to offer. En route to your first stop, talk with your guide about the city’s rich history, and share any particular interests you have so that commentary can be tailored to your needs.
The first stop of this tour is the Yu Gardens, the city’s most famous example of the traditional gardens as historically kept by wealthy families in the Ming & Qing Dynasties. This traditional garden was first conceived in 1559, and is still a masterpiece of beautiful pavilions, miniature lakes, bridges and rock formations regardless of being damaged numerous times during the 19th century. After exploring the gardens, spend time wandering through the markets and bazaars of Shanghai’s Old Town. This is the perfect opportunity to get souvenir shopping done while soaking up the atmosphere of old Shanghai. After that, you will be taken to a Silk Factory, where experts will help you see the process of silk making, from silkworm to finished product. Your guides can also help you explain how everything is made, and it’s the perfect place to get some souvenirs for friends and families at home. You’ll gain an understanding of the different qualities of silk. At midday, enjoy a tasty lunch at local restaurant to taste the local southern Chinese cuisine. The afternoon will be followed by visiting the Jinmao Tower, where you will have an incredible view across Shanghai.
The Jinmao Tower has the highest and biggest observation deck in all of China, breaking the Guinness World. The tower is filled with offices, a shopping mall, and the Grand Hyatt Shanghai Hotel. At the moment, the tower is the seventeenth tallest building in the world, and it comprises part of the Bund’s skyline that you saw earlier from your river cruise. When it was built, its proportions all revolved around the number eight, a number which is associated with prosperity in Chinese culture. That’s why there are 88 floors that can be divided into 16 segments, each of which is 1/8th shorter than the 16-storey base of the building. The building was even built upon an octagon-shaped concrete shear wall core. Then you will be guided you on a walking tour of the former French Concession, a beloved tree-lined neighborhood, to find some of Shanghai's best dumplings. The French concession was under French control between 1849 and 1943 until the French government signed it over to the Japanese puppet government. Under the administration of the French from 1849 to 1946, the French concession is today a pleasant mix of wide tree lined avenues and interesting European style architecture. The area contains many gorgeous art-deco and Tudor style mansions and retains a very European feel despite being in the heart of Shanghai. As the premier residential and retail district of Shanghai, the French concession is replete with boutique shops, charming cafes and exceptional restaurants.
Then there is an opportunity to walk along the wide boulevard of the Bund and photograph one of the world’s most iconic night skylines. Lined with impressive neo-classical buildings, dating back to Shanghai’s grandest days, there are many banks and trading companies from the United Kingdom, France, the United States, Italy, Russia, Germany, Japan, the Netherlands and Belgium who have built impressive offices here in the early 20th century when Shanghai was the financial capital of Asia. The boulevard was also home to the Masonic Club, the Shanghai Club, and the consulates of Russia and the United Kingdom. From here, hop back in your private vehicle and we will bring you to the Shanghai airport in time for your return flight.
- One way or round-trip flights from Guangzhou to Shanghai
- Transport by air-conditioned vehicle in Shanghai
- Professional English-speaking tour guide
- Entrance fees to attractions as included in the itinerary
- Lunch (food only )
What's Not Included
- Additional drinks
- Gratuities (optional)
- Transfer in Guangzhou