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Why Shanghai?

A bustling city with a vibrant waterfront and iconic buildings

Shanghai, on China’s central coast, is the country's biggest city and a global financial hub. Its heart is the Bund, a famed waterfront promenade lined with colonial-era buildings. Across the Huangpu River rises the Pudong district’s futuristic skyline, including the impressive Shanghai Tower and the iconic Oriental Pearl TV Tower, with it's distinctive pink spheres. It was already the largest and most prosperous city in the Far East during the 1930’s, and has remained the most developed city in mainland China. In the past 20 years Shanghai has again become an attractive city for tourists from all over the world.

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Shanghai Highlights

Here we have selected a few of the sights and experiences that you really should see on a visit to Shanghai.


Yu Yuan Gardens

The Yu Yuan Gardens, were first designed in 1559, during the Ming Dynasty, by Pan Yunduan. The gardens cover a total area of five acres, and are home to beautiful pavilions, walkways, rockeries, streams, ponds, courtyards and flowers. A horticulturist’s heaven!


Jade Buddha Temple

As with many modern Chinese Buddhist temples, the current temple draws from both the Pure Land and Chan traditions of Mahayana Buddhism. It was founded in 1882 with two jade Buddha statues imported to Shanghai from Burma.

A selection of our tours to Shanghai

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    China Group Tour Nature

    Essential Plus Panda

    12 day tour from £2,297

    This Essential Plus Panda tour visits the Giant Pandas in their natural habitat, Zhujiajiao and the must-see cities of Beijing, Xian and Shanghai.

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    China Group Tour Nature

    China Scenic

    12 day tour from £2,397

    This 12 day tour will give you the chance to discovery China’s contrasting areas of the North, South and West.

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    China Group Tour Rail

    China Rail Discovery

    15 day tour from £2,747

    There are now many bullet trains in operation in China, which provide an interesting way to see more of the countryside and scenery away from the big cities.

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