In Pudong, on the east bank of the Huangpu River, see the modern side of Shanghai, with skyscrapers looking out across Puxi – the historic centre of Shanghai over the river. The grand old buildings lining the Bund appear much the same as they always did, though some of these former banks and consulates now house contemporary art galleries, designer boutiques and fine-dining restaurants. Take it all in on a waterfront walking tour, stopping off at the monumental Peninsula Hotel for afternoon tea in the lobby.
On the Yangtze River Delta on China’s central coast, Shanghai is one of the fastest-growing cities in the world. On your Shanghai holiday, take a lift ride up iconic skyscrapers like the Oriental Pearl TV Tower, the Shanghai World Financial Center and the Shanghai Tower with the highest observation deck in the world.
Arrange during your Shanghai holiday a trip to see the lights of the financial district from an evening cruise along the Huangpu River, then wander the famous Nanjing Road’s pedestrianised shopping street, which has big-name brands and local boutiques alongside street performers, open-air bars and a popular yellow sightseeing train.
Visit the former French Concession, the most interesting and atmospheric of Shanghai’s once-colonial districts. Here you’ll find tree-lined boulevards with an eclectic mix of lane houses, villas, craft breweries, hip boutiques and pavement cafes. Duck down narrow side streets full of tiny local stores and eateries selling everything from xialonbaos (a type of Chinese soup dumpling) to electrical goods, green teas and quirky holiday souvenirs.
Popular Shanghai holiday excursions include a trip to one of the nearby water towns such as Zhujiajiao, Qibao or famous Xitang, where Tom Cruise ran the rooftops in Mission Impossible III. A few hours from the city centre, this network of charming ancient villages linked together by the old Imperial canal system offers a more relaxed part of your holiday after Shanghai’s fast-paced vibe.
On your holiday in Shanghai, you’ll enjoy the hustle and bustle during the day, but make sure you take at least one stroll around one of Shanghai’s night markets, stopping for a late-night snack of steaming wantons before heading back to your hotel.
Shopping, Skyscrapers and Museums
Despite years of war and revolution, the soul and skyline of one of the world’s great waterfront boulevards has risen to even greater heights.
This centuries-old, downtown Shanghai temple is home to the largest pure jade statue of Buddha Sakyamuni in mainland China.
Experience the bustling energy of Shanghai’s most famous commercial street, with a pedestrian mall surrounded by traditional and luxury shopping opportunities.
To see the modern heart of Shanghai, visit this square, a vast green space surrounded by museums and a grand theater.
This towering symbol of Shanghai’s modern renaissance offers history lessons, fine dining and stunning city views.
Step through the gate of Shanghai’s premier classical gardens and into a tranquil world of bamboo groves, koi-filled ponds and Ming Dynasty pavilions.
Enjoy the nightlife of Shanghai on this 3-hour evening tour. Get your heartbeat racing with a jaw-dropping acrobatic show, followed by a visit to People's Square, The Bund, the French Concession, and the stylish Xintiandi district.
Discover Shanghai's must-see sights on this full-day tour. Visit the many architectural sites that are influenced by different dynasties and colonization. Be picked up from your Shanghai city hotel and make your first stop at the Jade Buddha Temple.
Enjoy a leisurely evening relaxing aboard a boat on the Huangpu River before an invigorating tour through Shanghai's sights. See views of the stunning city skyline from the water, take a stroll through a lively entertainment district, and learn to better appreciate Chinese contemporary architecture.
Have a full-view of both the classic and modern Shanghai on one day. By joining in this day tour, you will discover the history and culture of Shanghai with an insider. Your guide will meet you at your hotel at around 8:30-9:00 am.
Take a journey through the history and culture of Shanghai on this expert-led bicycle tour. Pedal past old and beloved districts, such as the French Concession, Xintiandi, Tianzifang, and Shanghai Old Street, learning about their background and significance throughout your journey.
Experience the rare opportunity to visit 2 traditional water villages on this enthralling guided tour leaving from Shanghai. Travel to the ancient settlement of Suzhou—commonly referred to as the Venice of the East—before journeying down the winding waterways of Zhouzhuang.