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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
This tour is for those who have just one day to see the best of Shanghai. We start off with the city’s more traditional side, by visiting the Jade Buddha Temple and the beautiful Yuyuan Garden. Nanjing Road and the Bund are the perfect in-between, with elements of old and new. One side of the river, ‘the Bund’, is lined with European banks that have been standing for over a hundred years;...

Shanghai tours
2 days CNY 790
Shanghai is a city of variety, and this two-day tour was made to prove it! In just 48 hours, we will take you to traditional gardens, museums, shopping streets, waterfronts, temples, old alleys, and even to the top of a skyscraper! The river running through the center of town is more than just a pretty sight. The name ‘The Bund’ refers to the historic row of banks built before World War II...

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 was made for those visiting Shanghai by boat. We will pick you up and drop you off at Shanghai Port. Our first stop is Yuyuan Garden, a gorgeous traditional Chinese garden perfect for a stroll or simply an hour of relaxation! Then it is on to the Oriental Peal TV Tower, arguably the most iconic addition to Shanghai’s famous cityscape. From the tower, you will be able to take in...

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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