Shanghai
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Our most recommended Shanghai Viewing Points

  • Shanghai: Oriental Pearl Tower Skip-the-Line Ticket

    1. Shanghai: Oriental Pearl Tower Skip-the-Line Ticket

    Check out this famous Shanghai landmark in the Pudong district. Explore a multifunctional site offering sightseeing, catering, shopping, and amusement. Marvel at panoramic views of the city of Shanghai from 263 meters (863 feet). Enjoy hassle-free entry to the Oriental Pearl Tower with your skip-the-line ticket. At 468 meters (1,535 feet) high, the Oriental Pearl is the 4th tallest tower in Asia and the 6th tallest tower in the world. The tower features 11 big and small spheres with a central elevator and giant columns fixed underground. Once inside, first access the 263-meter Sightseeing Floor to admire the views of Shanghai and the perfect landscape of the Bund. Then, feel your feet flying 259 meters (850 feet) off the ground from the glass-bottomed corridor in the Transparent Observatory. After soaking up the best panoramic views, enjoy other activities inside the tower, such as th...

  • Shanghai Day Tour: Yu Yuan Gardens and the Shanghai Museum

    2. Shanghai Day Tour: Yu Yuan Gardens and the Shanghai Museum

    Begin with a visit to the Yuyuan Garden, a classic creation of the Ming Dynasty, before exploring the old streets of Shanghai dating back to the Qing Dynasty. Immerse yourself in the Shanghai Museum of Ancient Chinese Art, where a collection of more than 120,000 precious and rare works dazzles visitors, making it the most remarkable cultural institution in the city. Before lunch, visit the famous Silk Museum. After sampling local cuisine at lunchtime, enter the hallowed Jade Buddha Temple and marvel at priceless jade statues from Burma. Next up, enjoy a tour of the famous Bund, also known as the International Architecture Exhibition. Pause at one of the world's best pearl stores on route to Xin Tian Di, a stylish nightlife district with many boutiques, pubs and restaurants. Please note that Yuyuan Garden is closed on Mondays, so you will visit Confucius Temple instead. You will still v...

    Jesse was an excellent guide with great English. We got to see a lot throughout the day in Shanghai. She also had a great knowledge at all the stops we had and answered all our questions. She has been the best guide we have had so far in China and we have been on a number of tours. I would give Jesse the highest recommendation.

  • From Shanghai: Full-Day Private Hangzhou Tour

    3. From Shanghai: Full-Day Private Hangzhou Tour

    At approximately 08:00, your English-speaking guide will arrive at your Shanghai hotel lobby to pick you up. Climb into a comfortable air-conditioned vehicle and begin your 2.5-hour journey to Hangzhou. Upon arrival, start your first activity, a cruise on the West Lake. From the cruise, you will have the best view of the West Lake and town of Hangzhou. After your cruise tour, head to the famed Lingyin Temple, also known as the Temple of the Soul's Retreat. There, your guide will tell you the history of the temple. Afterwards, make a brief stop at a local Chinese restaurant for a traditional Chinese lunch. Next, head to Meijiawu Tea Village located on a hill in the western part of Hangzhou. Inhabited by more than 500 households, Meijiawu Tea Culture Village is picturesque surrounded by mountains and waters. It is a main production base and protected area of the fragrant West Lake Dragon ...

  • Shanghai: Private Tour including River Cruise

    4. Shanghai: Private Tour including River Cruise

    Benefit from pickup at your hotel in Shanghai city center, and then make your way to Yuyuan Garden to admire the 400-year-old classical gardens, built during the Ming Dynasty with beautiful architecture and water features. Marvel at the different kinds of local snacks in the bazaar area, and then go to a silk factory to explore how it is made. Travel back in time to the days of French administration in the French Concession district and discover a pleasant mix of wide tree-lined avenues, interesting European-style architecture, and gorgeous Art Deco mansions. Stroll past boutique shops, charming cafes, and exceptional restaurants. Then, cruise down the Huangpu River and see the elegant Bund and skyscrapers of Pudong from the water. Explore Shanghai's rich history from a fresh perspective before getting dropped off at your hotel.

  • Shanghai Half Day Tour: Yu Yuan Gardens and Bund Waterway

    5. Shanghai Half Day Tour: Yu Yuan Gardens and Bund Waterway

    Discover the highlights of Shanghai on this half-day tour. Begin with a visit to the Bund, Shanghai’s picturesque waterfront, well known for its spectacular soaring skyline. From here, enjoy sweeping views of both sides of the Huangpu River. Traveling on, visit the intricately designed Yu Yuan Garden, a classic creation of the Ming dynasty, and the ancient Shanghai Old Street, which originated in the Qing dynasty. Enjoy more of Shanghai's history as you drive along the Former French Concession, a charming neighborhood established while Shanghai was a French settlement. Take time to browse and shop at the souvenir shop before the last stop at Xin Tian Di, a stylish nightlife district with a variety of boutiques, pubs and restaurants. Take advantage of the entertainment here on your own or choose to return to the start point. 

    Frank was an amazing guide! He was extremely knowledgeable and very funny. He has a wonderful personality and his English is very clear.

  • Shanghai: Huangpu River 1-Hour Sightseeing Cruise

    6. Shanghai: Huangpu River 1-Hour Sightseeing Cruise

    Experience the Bund from a different perspective with a 1-hour river cruise experience. Admire the eclectic group of architectural styles that make up the striking Shanghai skyline from the water. Start the tour at a time that’s convenient for you with several departure times granting you flexibility. With spots indoors and on the deck, appreciate the views in different seasons and times of day. Spot the distinctive contrasts between traditional European-style buildings and soaring modern skyscrapers. Take in great views of the bridges that span the Huangpu River, as well as the famous colonial-era buildings that make up the Bund on the eastern bank such as the Peace Hotel and the Customs House. On the western bank, see a bustling metropolis full of modern skyscrapers and towering buildings, such as the Oriental Pearl TV Tower and Shanghai World Financial Center.

  • Shanghai: Jin Mao Tower Viewing Platform Ticket

    7. Shanghai: Jin Mao Tower Viewing Platform Ticket

    Enjoy exclusive access to one of the highest towers in the world with this entrance ticket to the 88th floor of the Jinmao Tower. Admire the unique architectural style of the building, built in 1999, which combines elements of traditional Chinese architecture with the newest architectural styles of the time. Take the modern elevators and ascend to the top of the building at a speed of 9.1 meters (almost 30 feet) per second, passing by a luxury hotel and modern offices as you go. You will reach the 88th floor in just 45 seconds. From the viewing platform, admire panoramic views of the city of Shanghai. Witness iconic landmarks such as the Bund, the Pudong skyscrapers, the Huangpu River, and much more, before returning back down to the ground.

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What people are saying about Shanghai

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 38 reviews

Mr. Wang and Ms. Jessie are the team of top professionals. Great tour!

Both guide and a chauffeur were very mindful about what each group member wants, were very customer oriented while on duty, which is a pleasure to see. On top of that, they were both interesting interlocutors and were genuinely invested into every conversation with us. If every team of guides had been like that at any destination I was travelling to, I would have been the happiest tourist. The route was planned and adjusted (when needed) extremely well. Mr. Wang was driving safely and comfortably. Jessie was answering all our questions professionally and coherently in cheerful manner, and could elaborate on everything that we were encountering during our tour around Shanghai. If I didn’t praise some aspect of the tour, it’s not because it wasn’t on par with everything aforementioned, it is because I am running out of characters capacity here. I believe I have outlined the key factors that every tourist wants to find on their journey abroad in a guided tour. Firmly recommend this tour.

Jesse was an excellent guide with great English. We got to see a lot throughout the day in Shanghai. She also had a great knowledge at all the stops we had and answered all our questions. She has been the best guide we have had so far in China and we have been on a number of tours. I would give Jesse the highest recommendation.

The best way to see all the highlights in one day

Transport in a high class mini van, exceptional and helpful tour guide with great English speaking skills. We saw more things than mentioned in the tour page and enjoyed the great views. The guide knew where to go and when in order to avoid crowds. The lunch was good, but not great.

Frank was an amazing guide! He was extremely knowledgeable and very funny. He has a wonderful personality and his English is very clear.

Very nice overview tour to get a first impression of Shanghai. Overall good organization.