Experience Shanghai, which has been a center of commerce, finance and trade since the 19th century, by visiting the Sightseeing tunnel, the Jinmao Tower, the French Concession, M50 and Asia Pacific Plaza Shanghai.
What to Expect
In the morning, you will be brought to visit the Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Hall, where you can get a vision of Shanghai’s exciting future and see a scale model of the inner city including the World Expo site and further developments that have been planned up to 2020. The five floors take you on a journey from Colonial Shanghai, and explain the ambitious plans of Shanghai's urban planners. Following your visit to the planning exhibition hall, you will be brought to the Bund Sightseeing Tunnel: a mind-bending audio-visual ride underneath the Huangpu river. The tunnel uses high levels of technology in the decoration of the interior walls, as there is background music, plenty of pictures, and light patterns.
Continue your visit from there to the Jinmao Tower, which is the highest and biggest observation deck in all of China, breaking the Guinness World Record. 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 which you will have seen earlier from the bund. 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.
After this, you will have lunch at a local restaurant, then 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 will then be guided 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.
Following this, you’ll have the opportunity to stroll around M50, or Moganshan Road Art District. Formerly a set of dilapidated warehouses, the complex, just south of Shanghai’s Suzhou Creek, has been turned into the premier location for Shanghai’s modern art movement.It is home to more than a hundred artists whose studios are all open to the public. To round off your tour, before dropping you off at your hotel, you will be taken to Asia Pacific Plaza Shanghai Market where you can test your bargaining skills and pick up some presents for friends and family at home – or yourself!
- Admission to all attractions as indicated in the itinerary
- Shanghai city-center hotel pick-up and drop-off
- Local English-speaking guide
- Lunch at a Chinese restaurant
What's Not Included
- Additional snacks and drinks
- Gratuities (optional)
Your hotel in downtown Shanghai