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Shanghai Travel Guide

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Shanghai is the largest city in China, and one of the largest metropolitan areas in the world, with over 20 million people. Shanghai is a modern city with a past linked to foreign occupation through World War II. The row of historic bank buildings on the Bund shows the architecture brought by foreigners when Shanghai was the banking capital of Asia. Now modern development in Pudong has changed the face of the city into a modern metropolis. Shanghai maintains some of its 1930's feel to it. Chinese people in Shanghai are more liberal and modern, being farther from Beijing. Foreigners living in Shanghai are there for business reasons, and thus Shanghai has more of a "New York" feel to it.
When to visit
Shanghai experiences four distinct seasons, but temperature differences between the hottest part of summer and the depths of winter are extreme. In summer, temperatures can reach in the 90°F (mid-30°C) and the hottest months are July and August, with about 80% humidity. Most of Shanghai's rainfall occurs during this period. In winter, temperatures can drop below zero and conditions tend to be grey and dull, though no snowfall occurs. Springtime (March to June) is perhaps the best time to travel to Shanghai, with more moderate conditions than summer, although weather can be variable at this time of year. Autumn (September to November) also tends to be moderate, with sunny, dry weather, though the odd typhoon can occur between September and October.

• The Shanghai Acrobat Show (there are several)
• Walking on Nanjing Road pedestrian district
• Huangpu River cruise
Near Shanghai

• Water towns - Tongli and Zhujiazhao are most famous
• Suzhou one hour from Shanghai is known for its canals and gardens
• Hangzhou - two hours from Shanghai is set on West Lake
• Further afield, Yellow Mountain is one of China's sacred peaks

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Longitude: 31.239738; Latitude: 121.47583. Satellite view does not match the Map view due to Google's rendering.

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Shanghai tours
1 day
We have crafted this tour for those who have just one day to see the best of Shanghai. We start off with the old side of Shanghai visiting the Jade Buddha Temple to see modern religion in China. Then to Yuyuan Garden where you can see a classical Chinese garden. Nanjing road is a wide pedestrian shopping district which connects to The Bund, a row of historic bank buildings along the river. ...

Shanghai tours
2 days CNY 790
This two day tour gives you a detailed Shanghai experience. A visit to the Bund gives you a chance to walk along the riverfront and view what was once Asia's most powerful banking center. All the historic buildings lining the Bund were banks. Yuyuan Garden is a peaceful green retreat from the busy city. The Jade Buddha temple is one of our favorite destinations in Shanghai as it is a...

Shanghai tours
1 day CNY 450
Jews played a significant role in Shanghai's development through 1949. Many wealthy and successful entrepreneurs lived in the city and ran thriving businesses. Our tour takes you on the historical trail through Shanghai's Jewish history. Lunch at Shanghai's Jewish Center gives you a glimpse into the continuing role of Jews in China. From 1933 to 1941, Shanghai accepted over...

Shanghai tours
1 day CNY 630
This tour starts and ends its day at your cruise ship in Shanghai. We will pick you up and drop you off again. If you are traveling with others and join together then the cost for this tour will be reduced. We can customize the itinerary if you have some activities you would like to add or remove. As with all our tours we give American style service.

Shanghai tours
1 day CNY 360
This tour will give you a look into early 20th century Shanghai. First, you will stroll along historic Duolun Road, home to many of the most famous Chinese writers and revolutionaries of the 1920s and '30s. Next, you will visit the sights of Shanghai's American concession, home to many Jewish refugees during WWII. Spend the afternoon exploring Shanghai's elegant French Concession,...

Shanghai tours
1 day CNY 540
Everyone comes to Shanghai to see China's modern metropolis. Yet, across from the impressive skyline is a city packed with some of China's most fascinating history. In this tour, you will experience Shanghai's as a city divided by Western powers, a safe haven for refugees and a hotbed for revolutionary writers. Spend the day wandering the city's small lanes, marvel at the...

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