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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.

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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!

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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.

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The Bund

The Bund was the city’s 'Wall Street' before the second world war, a place of trading and fortunes made and lost. Originally a towpath for dragging barges of rice, the Bund was gradually transformed into a majestic promenade of the city's most powerful banks and trading houses. This is where you come to admire the art deco and neoclassical buildings of Old Shanghai, on a leisurely stroll along the river.

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Shanghai Disneyland

Shanghai Disneyland Park opened in 2016, and has become a popular destination for all the family to enjoy. As well as the expected attractions the park also has Chinese cultural elements, such as the Chinese Zodiac Murals in the Gardens of Imagination.

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Shanghai Museum

For anyone with an interest in ancient arts this museum is a must-see. It is one of the four largest museums in China and contains 120,000 cultural relics which include bronzes, ceramics, painting, calligraphy and ancient sculptures.

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Nanjing Road

Shanghai’s premier shopping street, stretches from The Bund to the Hongqiao district, with the city centre People’s Square Park in the middle. An endless array of famous western brands are on offer, along with more traditional Chinese speciality shops selling silk, jade, embroidery etc., making this the ultimate shoppers paradise. When the sun goes down the numerous entertainment, drinking and dining options come alive amongst the neon lit signs.

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Xin Tian Di District

This is the hot spot for western and Asian bars, food, entertainment, boutiques. The area is popular with affluent locals, expats and tourists.

A selection of our tours to Shanghai

  • Great Wall china
    China Group Tour Cruise

    China Highlights

    15 day tour from £3,098

    China Highlights includes two of China’s most scenic rivers - the Yangtze River, and the beautiful Li River.

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  • Xiling Gorge yangtze china
    China Group Tour Cruise

    Private: Cruise and Panda

    15 day tour from £2,947

    For those with more time in China the Cruise and Panda tour means you can combine the golden route of Beijing, Xian and Shanghai with a Yangtze Cruise and Giant Panda visit.

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  • Temple of Heaven Beijing china
    China Group Tour Cruise

    Great China

    18 day tour from £3,298

    Cruise the Li and Yangtze rivers, see Giant Pandas, and explore Beijing, Xian and Shanghai

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  • Kinkakuji Temple The Golden Pavilion Kyoto japan
    Japan Group Tour City

    Japan and China

    15 day tour from £3,898

    An incredible two-centre tour combining the sights of Japan and China.

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