When you book any one of our Shanghai tours, you’ll get the best of both worlds. Classic must-do tours that every traveler should have on their checklist when visiting Shanghai; and also, custom tailor-made tours that you can make and experience with private tour guides.
And you know, they say for every year you live outside of Shanghai, 10 years worth of evolutionary change passes by. Indeed China’s largest city evolves fast and if you’re planning to visit in the near future, you’ll want to learn the rate at which it progresses — there’s always something new going on.
But remember: Shanghai is massively populated. It is the world’s most populous city with over 24.1 billion people. It sits at the mouth of the Yangtze River and it is known as, “a city of skyscrapers.” With a history of more than 700 years, Shanghai is the economic and financial center in China. It’s currently being developed into a modern metropolis and world economic, financial, trading and shipping center.
And one of the perks of joining any one of our Shanghai tours is that you’ll get to learn a special part of the city’s rich history you wouldn’t normally get to learn. Shanghai’s background story and its natural climate makes it one of the most fascinating cities in the world. On August 19th, 1291 during the Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368), the then central government approved the establishment of Shanghai County in this area, marking it the official anniversary of the founding of the city of Shanghai.
After the Opium War in the mid-19th century, Shanghai served as a major trading port and a gateway between inland China to the outside world. In 1949, the Communist Party of China took control of Shanghai and since then the city has undergone a historic transformation. With the adoption of Reform and Open-up policy, Shanghai has been embracing a large growth in economy and city scales.
For centuries, Shanghai has been the place where east meets west in China. The cultural melting pot has become one of the key characteristics of Shanghai. Buddhism and Christianity are the two largest forms of religion in Shanghai. From Jing’an Temple to Longhua Temple, the Buddhists are seen everywhere — our Shanghai tours do not disappoint. Various churches are located in different parts of Shanghai. You’ll get to see the well known Xujiahui Catholic Church, the famous cathedral in Shanghai.
And if the mood strikes you’ll get to experience Shanghai like a local. You’ll get to hear the local speaking dialect, Wu Dialect, the native language of Shanghai. It is believed that nowadays millions of residents in Shanghai still speak Wu Dialect, the perfect tongue to order the best of Shanghai cuisine.
The flavors of Shanghai stems from the origins of the nearby Jiangsu and Zhejiang Cuisine, typically sweet in flavor. Due to the geographic position by the sea, the sea food is often seen on the tables. The influx of immigrants from other parts of China into Shanghai make it a melting pot for Chinese food, you’ll find all sorts of flavors.
Shanghai is a typical tourism city for a reason. There’s a lot to do and there are a lot of attractions. The architecture is a mix of traditional Chinese, western colonial and modern magnificence. By the Bund, you’ll find many skyscrapers such as Global Financial Center, Oriental Pearl Tower, Shanghai Center and so on. A stroll around the Yuyuan Garden will make you feel like a step back in to time to the Shanghai of old. The French Concession is the epitome of Shanghai colonial history.
And you can bet our Shanghai tours will exhibit the best Shanghai has to offer, like, the Shanghai Museum in People’s Square, featuring an enviable array of Chinese artifacts. A number of ancient sites and gardens have been well preserved. Well-known sites include, Jing’an Temple, Longhua Temple, Jade Buddha Temple and Zhujiajiao Ancient Water Town to just to name a few. Shanghai is also the home of many notables, a lot of former residences were left behind, such as Residences of Dr. Sun Yat-sen, Mao Zedong and Zhou Enlai.
Modern Shanghai is an international gem and visitors are flocking here every year, drawn by the buzz and exotic locales. For more information about our Shanghai tours call us at 1-888-373-6882.
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Classically beautiful and historically intriguing, the Yu Garden is a Chinese treasure located beside the City God Temple, northeast of Old City Shanghai. It has a history of over 400 years, featuring pavilions, halls, rockeries and ponds, all which display the most exquisite landscaping from the Southern style as shown in the Ming and Qing dynasties.
Orient Pearl TV Tower
The Orient Pearl TV Tower was once the tallest standing structure between 1994 – 2007, standing at 468 meters (1,535 feet) tall. It was surpassed by the Shanghai World Financial Center but yet still is considered an iconic monument in the city of Shanghai. The Orient Pearl TV is located at the tip of Lujiazui in the Pudong district, opposite the Bund.
City God’s Temple
Observe native life at the City God’s Temple, a must-visit for anyone who appreciates local life. The temple is located in the old city of Shanghai, China. It honors the elevation of Shanghai to municipal status. There are many merchants surrounding the street, a bird market, book market, tea houses, restaurants and stores and more.
Zhujiajiao Water Town
Known in Shanghai as the Pearl Stream, the Zhujiajiao Water Town makes for a wonderful day-trip and an escape from the hustle and bustle of modern Shanghai. Here you’ll get a look into the wonderful window into China’s past; featuring rustic bridges across flowing streams, small rivers decorated by willow trees, and welcoming homes with courtyards.
The Shanghai Museum is a museum of ancient Chinese art and is considered one of China’s first world-class modern museums. The museum has a collection of over 120,000 pieces and several items are of national importance. A true gem for anyone into art and spectacle.
Jade Buddha Temple
The Jade Buddhist temple in Shanghai is similar to many modern Chinese Buddhist temples, taking from both the Pure Land and Chan traditions. Apart from its religious significance, the main draw of the temple is the well-crafted Buddha, made from pure jade, made by the monk Hui Gen at the turn of the 20th century.
Shanghai World Financial Center
The awe-inspiring 492 meters (1, 555 ft) high Shànghai World Financial Center is located in the Pudong district of Shanghai. There are three observation decks on the 94, 97 and 100 levels where the best views of Shanghai can be seen. The multi-purpose skyscraper features many conference rooms, hotels, sight-seeing decks, shopping malls and more.
Charming alleyways filled with boutique shops, Tianzifang is a classic arts and crafts enclave that has emerged from the renovated traditional residential area in the French Concession area of Shanghai. It is now home to many indie shops, bars and restaurants. You’ll find a wide variety of different visitors from all over the world and an interesting blend of architectural influences.
Huangpu River Cruise
Spectacular views of the city with a special touch from the coast, the Huangpu River Cruise offers an interesting take on the Yangpu and Nanpu bridge, which spans along the Huangpu river. Its over reaching arch of the two bridges resembles two dragons playing with a ball above the Oriental Pearl TV tower — a local classic and unforgettable silhouette.
Naturally romantic in setting, photography and architecture lovers rejoice at the Bund. It stretches one mile along the bank of the Huangpu River, and is lined with many neoclassical buildings, all which were once banks and trading houses from the UK, France, and the USA. The skyline is famous and it’s known as the museum of international architecture.
Nanjing Road is the main shopping street in Shanghai and also a must-see metropolitan destination, attracting thousands of flagships from all over the world. It begins at the Bund in the east and stops at the west at the junction of Jing’an Temple and Yan’an West Street. Hands down it’s one of the most busiest shopping streets in the world.
Qibao Ancient Town
Calm and relaxing, the Qibao ancient town offers a tranquil sanctuary. Located in the center of Minhang District of Shanghai, only 18 kilometers (11.18 miles) from the downtown core of Qibao, you can escape and free yourself from hustle and bustle of urban life. If you wish to detach from the crowds, Qibao offers a taste of old China along with its classic entertainment.
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