Shanghai Two-Day Experience

Shanghai
Shanghai Art Museum (old China World Expo Pavillion)Shanghai Art Museum (old China World Expo Pavillion) in Shanghai Price: Duration: Dates: Tour code: Overview: From CNY 830   details 2 Days As you request TCG-22 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 by the foreign powers of the time. On the opposite side of the river is Pudong district, with futuristic high-rise buildings as far as the eye can see.

Taking in the Shanghai cityscape from high up Jinmao Tower is the perfect way to wrap up your tour in luxury and style.

What makes this tour special:

The Jade Buddha temple is one of our favorite destinations in Shanghai. It is bustling with locals burning incense and praying. There, you can find all the colors, sights and smells you would expect from a visit to Asia.
day 1
  • Meals: lunch
Yuyuan Garden
Yuyuan Garden
Shanghai Old Street
Shanghai Old Street
The Shanghai Museum (at People's Square)
The Shanghai Museum (at People's Square)
People's Square
People's Square
Nanjing Road
Nanjing Road
The Bund
The Bund
day 2
  • Meals: lunch
Jade Buddha Temple
Jade Buddha Temple
Tianzifang / Old French Concession
Tianzifang / Old French Concession
Shanghai Art Museum (old China World Expo Pavillion)
Shanghai Art Museum (old China World Expo Pavillion)
Liujiazui New Area
Liujiazui New Area
Views from the Grand Hyatt's 88th floor
Views from the Grand Hyatt's 88th floor
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Guests Cost per guest
1 ¥ 3,190
2 ¥ 1,810
3 ¥ 1,370
4 ¥ 1,090
5 ¥ 1,070
6 ¥ 970
7 ¥ 880
8 ¥ 830
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Tour code: TCG-22
  • » Your tour day starts and ends at a hotel in the city, which may or may not be included. If a hotel is included it is listed by name on the itinerary for each night.

  • » Discounts for children in China are based on height. Let us know your child's age and height and we can calculate accordingly.

All tours are billed in Chinese CNY. Prices in currencies other than Chinese CNY are displayed for reference only. The exchange rates are subject to daily change.
  • Why book a tour with The China Guide?
  • » Zero shopping stops at overpriced commission factories. Your time and money is better spent.
  • » Flexible time schedule to suit your pace. No rush and can cater to children's needs.
  • » Guides selected and trained by our staff. Excellent English, accommodating, family friendly.
  • » Meals are in quality local restaurants. We order according to your tastes and diet.
  • » Western style service. Our agents and guides are there to make you happy.
  • » We have traveled in China with our own children. The American owners have four young children.

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  • Included in the tour price
  • » Admission tickets to all sights listed on the itinerary - no hidden costs
  • » Meals as specified in quality local restaurants with unlimited standard drinks (Coke, Sprite, bottled water, Chinese tea)
  • » Free bottled water supplied in your vehicle
  • » Private English speaking guide (selected/trained by our western staff), experienced Chinese speaking driver and quality, air-conditioned vehicle


  • Not included in the tour price
  • » Tips to your guide and driver
  • » International travel insurance (you should purchase your own policy in your home country)


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Yuyuan Garden   豫园

Yuyuan Garden gives visitors a preview of what they will see if they visit the historic gardens of Suzhou. Finely cultivated with an eye for style and detail rarely seen in modern gardens, Yuyuan Garden is a peaceful retreat from the crowded city streets. It can get a bit crowded inside the garden lanes itself when tour groups go through, but there are lots of little areas where you can retreat to a corner if you want.

Outside the garden itself are hundreds of shops and stalls selling tourist souveniers. The area also hosts quite a few restaurants where you can find a decent lunch, and even a Starbucks and a Häagen-Dazs if you need some western comfort food or drinks.

Average time for this activity (in hrs):
1.5
Opening hours:
9:00am - 5:00pm with last admission at 4:30pm

Shanghai Old Street  

Shanghai "Old" Street is actually a completely new reproduction and contains many tourist shops full of souvenirs and little dumpling shops. Not great and not bad, its easy to see on your way to Yuyuan Garden since its right next to it.

Average time for this activity (in hrs):
0.5

The Shanghai Museum (at People's Square)   上海博物馆

One of China's best museums, this one is popular with tourists. Five floors of artifacts are labeled in English and its possible to get a guided audio tour in various languages.

Average time for this activity (in hrs):
1.5
Opening hours:
9:00am - 5:00pm with last admission at 4:00pm

People's Square   人民广场

People’s Square is situated in the bustling heart of Shanghai and is the largest open public space in Shanghai. The square was once a horse racing course owned by the Shanghai Race Club, however after the establishment of the Republic of China in 1949, gambling was banned and the area was transformed into a hub of cultural activity. The square is now home to the Shanghai Museum, the Urban Planning Exhibition Hall and the Shanghai Grand Theatre.

Average time for this activity (in hrs):
0.5

Nanjing Road   南京路

Starting at the Bund and going to People's Square, Nanjing Road is Shanghai's most famous shopping street. Much of it is a wide pedestrian street where you can stroll, shop or dine. Colorful by day or night, its popular with tourists for a stroll.

Average time for this activity (in hrs):
1

The Bund   外滩

A must see on every tour itinerary to Shanghai, the Bund is the historic row of banks built before World War II by the major foreign powers at the time. Situated on the banks of the Huangpu River the Bund has a long pedestrian riverside promenade which both Chinese and foreign tourists like to stroll for the panoramic view and people watching. Most of the buildings still stand in their original style and some are even used as banks again, others trendy shops, restaurants and offices.

Average time for this activity (in hrs):
1

Jade Buddha Temple   玉佛寺

The Jade Buddha Temple is an active Buddhist temple, so when you visit you are likely to see local Chinese burning incense and praying. This makes it particularly interesting because it is not simply historic, it is a living, active Buddhist temple.

Average time for this activity (in hrs):
1
Opening hours:
8:00am - 4:30pm with last admission at 3:30pm

Tianzifang / Old French Concession   田子坊

Tianzifang is a historical area of traditional alleys and shikumen homes with over 200 diverse small businesses including cafes, restaurants, art galleries, craft stores and studios.

Even with all the businesses selling souvenirs, the area does not have the look of having been overly developed. It is distinctly different from Xintiandi, another redevelopment in the vicinity, in that it has managed to preserve its residential feel, adding to its appeal.

Average time for this activity (in hrs):
0.6

Shanghai Art Museum (old China World Expo Pavillion)   上海美术馆

During the 2010 Shanghai World Expo, China’s magnificent pavilion was the largest national display in the history of the World Expo, and since its creation has drawn in millions of visitors. It is also known as “The Oriental Crown”, because its design elements resemble those of an ancient Chinese crown. In 2012 it was converted into a grand art museum that now houses exhibitions from around the world, including France, Mexico, New Zealand and Japan.

Opening hours:
10:00am - 6:00pm with last admission at 5:00pm

Liujiazui New Area   陆家嘴新区

Common on a lot of tour itineraries, it is really an area you pass through than something specific to see. It is the new business district on the Pudong side of the Huangpu river. You can see it on your way to one of the tall buildings to catch the view.

Average time for this activity (in hrs):
1

Views from the Grand Hyatt's 88th floor   在金茂大厦楼顶88层观赏城市景观

The Jinmao tower is home to the Grand Hyatt hotel, and the Cloud 9 bar occupies the 87th floor of the hotel. Rather than go onto a crowded viewing deck to see the city below, we take you for a standard drink in the cocktail lounge where you can relax in a five star setting, sip your drink and take in the view.

Average time for this activity (in hrs):
1
Opening hours:
5:00pm - 10:00am

Shanghai 上海

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...   Read more

Breakfast

Most hotels come with breakfast, or if not it can be added at a cost. Four and five star hotels will generally offer a good western and Chinese buffet breakfast. Three star hotels may only have a Chinese breakfast, or a Chinese interpretation of a western breakfast. Anyway a Chinese breakfast is not bad - rice porridge, eggs, Chinese style breads and vegetables.
Drinking Water
Most of our tours offer unlimited bottled water in the vehicle so you can keep hydrated and healthy all day long. Grab a couple bottles to take to your room for the night. Tap water in big cities in China is not going to make you sick, it is chlorinated. Fine for brushing your teeth but best to stick to bottled water as you don't want to upset your system on your big trip.
Children and Special Diets
Our guides are accustomed to handling special diets or the selective eating of children. Let us know in advance if you have food allergies or other special requests and we can plan for you. Children often find they like certain Chinese dishes, such as noodles, fried rice or sweet and sour pork. If a stop at McDonalds or KFC is required your guide can do this on the go.

Lunch on Tour

We consider experiencing good Chinese cuisine to be an important part of the tour experience. When on a tour, lunch is generally Chinese style and normally included in the price. Our guides will help you order according to your taste. Mild, spicy, meat, vegetables, rice and/or noodles. Dishes are served family style and shared by the guests. The driver may eat on his own but the guide will join you if you like.

Food in Beijing is quite good quality and we take our guests to genuine local restaurants, not tourist traps. We consider it distasteful to ask you for small amounts of money during the tour, so we offer unlimited standard drinks including Coke, Sprite, local bottled water and Chinese tea. You also won't leave the table hungry, if you need more to eat just let your guide know.

We don't have fixed restaurants we must use, it depends on where you are at the time you are hungry. When traveling around China we normally have the same arrangements outside Beijing but this may vary depending on your exact itinerary.
Drinking Water
Most of our tours offer unlimited bottled water in the vehicle so you can keep hydrated and healthy all day long. Grab a couple bottles to take to your room for the night. Tap water in big cities in China is not going to make you sick, it is chlorinated. Fine for brushing your teeth but best to stick to bottled water as you don't want to upset your system on your big trip.
Children and Special Diets
Our guides are accustomed to handling special diets or the selective eating of children. Let us know in advance if you have food allergies or other special requests and we can plan for you. Children often find they like certain Chinese dishes, such as noodles, fried rice or sweet and sour pork. If a stop at McDonalds or KFC is required your guide can do this on the go.

Dinner on Tour

Unless there is a special activity planned or you prefer to have all your meals catered, guests often prefer to relax after a day tour and arrange their own dinner. This gives you flexibility in time and cuisine. Having all your meals catered every day can be tiresome. Handling your own dinner allows you to have some control and also strike out on you own. Your guide can give you restaurant suggestions and in big cities you can find lots of options for fine dining, fast food, both western or Chinese. Hotel staff can often make restaurant recommendations within walking distance.

If you get the taste for a burger or pizza after a lot of Chinese food, this is easily found in Beijing, Shanghai and many other cities around China. Many hotel restaurants offer nice food. China also has its share of McDonald's, KFC and Subway sandwich chains if you need a fix.
Drinking Water
Most of our tours offer unlimited bottled water in the vehicle so you can keep hydrated and healthy all day long. Grab a couple bottles to take to your room for the night. Tap water in big cities in China is not going to make you sick, it is chlorinated. Fine for brushing your teeth but best to stick to bottled water as you don't want to upset your system on your big trip.
Children and Special Diets
Our guides are accustomed to handling special diets or the selective eating of children. Let us know in advance if you have food allergies or other special requests and we can plan for you. Children often find they like certain Chinese dishes, such as noodles, fried rice or sweet and sour pork. If a stop at McDonalds or KFC is required your guide can do this on the go.
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