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Shanghai Travel Guide

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Shanghai, China’s largest city, visually and culturally represents the relationship between China and the West. Although that history may be tainted with war and oppression, the results of this arrangement can be seen in the architecture and local culture of this city. An example of this is the qipao (cheongsam), the tight-fitting Chinese dress we are all familiar with. Its modern form was born in Shanghai, influenced by Western styles, and it exhibited a new fashionable style of clothing for local Chinese. Many Chinese today still view Shanghaies as displaying more cultural openness and as having experienced globalization on a greater scale.

Architecturally, The Bund is a visually impressive example of the aforementioned West’s interaction with China. On one side of the Huangpu River are old and beautiful colonial buildings, including great consulates and exquisite hotels. At night, gazing across the river to the other side, you see an impressive display of modern China; bright and colorful neon lights illuminating tightly packed skyscrapers, a truly mesmerizing image. The sites don’t stop there. This crossing of cultures can also be seen at Xintiandi and Tianzifang (Old French Concession), fantastic modern shopping areas housed in both old, colonial buildings and beautiful, new constructions with Chinese aesthetics. Yuyuan Gardens are another must-see, providing a chance to relax around traditional Chinese architecture and the stunning rock and lake gardens that Chinese landscapers shape so well. The city’s museums and galleries are also plentiful, including exhibitions from the long list of China’s own history to Jewish heritage.

As a result, Shanghai is a lively and splendid city with plenty to do, from one sunrise all the way through to the next. A characteristic of its local food is a balanced sweetness, although you can find cuisine from all over the globe. Cocktails are everywhere, and you can take a tasty, inebriated tour of the city’s stylish hangouts to discover your favorite. All this makes for an exciting sensory experience.

Shanghai’s location also makes for a great launching pad to discover the nearby Water Towns of Tongli, Zhouzhuang, Zhujiajiao, alluring locations where the local waterways are used as alleys, much similar to Venice. Gondolas take visitors around on the meandering rivers through low-rise towns and under arched step-bridges.
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.

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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 820
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 470
Jewish people played a significant role in Shanghai's development before 1949. Many wealthy and successful entrepreneurs lived in the city and ran thriving businesses. From 1933 to 1941, Shanghai accepted over 30,000 Jewish refugees fleeing the Holocaust in Europe. About 20,000 Jewish refugees lived harmoniously with local citizens in the “Designated Area for Stateless Refugees”,...

Shanghai tours
1 day CNY 690
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 380
This tour offers a glimpse of early 20th century Shanghai. First, you will stroll along historic Duolun Road, once 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 560
Today, most people know Shanghai as a modern metropolis, symbolized by the dazzling Pudong skyline. Yet just across from this impressive skyline is a city packed with some of China’s most fascinating history. During this tour, you will experience Shanghai as a city divided by Western powers, a safe haven for refugees, and a hotbed for revolutionary writers. Spend the day wandering the...

Shanghai tours
3 days
This three-day Shanghai tour is packed full of activities that all the family will enjoy. Start off with a tour of Shanghai's most famous attractions, including the beautiful Yu Yuan Garden and the majestic European architecture of The Bund. You'll fuel up during the day with a lunch stop at popular chain Din Tai Fung, which specializes in the popular Shanghainese snack xiaolongbao,...

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