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Shanghai is an international metropolis with a blend of rich history and fashionable modernity. On our Shanghai mini group and private tour packages, as well as top China tours from Shanghai, one can feel the vitality and prosperity of this city from the museum to Yuyuan Garden and the thriving Bund area. A short cruise on the Huangpu River is also a fantastic experience. Nearby water towns are unique and well worth a visit to round off your trip.

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144-Hour Visa-Free Transit in Shanghai
China's 144-hour visa free transit policy, carried out in Shanghai Municipality, Jiangsu Province and Zhejiang Province, makes a layover tour in Shanghai and its surroundings without a visa much easier than ever before. Transit travelers from 53 countries or regions can benefit from this policy and move around the three regions with visa exemption. More specifically, Suzhou, Hangzhou, Nanjing, and water towns like Wuzhen, Zhouzhuang and Tongli are all great places for a layover tour. Contact us to know more and better plan your Shanghai layover tour.

Shanghai Tour Planning

How many airports are there in Shanghai? Which one should I choose to book my flight?

The city has two airports – Pudong International Airport (PVG) and Hongqiao International Airport (SHA). If you are going to book a domestic flight, Hongqiao airport should be your first choice since it is much closer to the downtown area. If you want to book an international flight, Pudong Airport has a wider choice of flights.

I've heard there are several water towns near Shanghai. Which one should I choose for a day trip?

There are eight ancient water towns with somewhat similar landscapes near the city. The tranquil and less-touristy Xitang and Tongli give visitors a better experience. Both of them are around 1.5 hours drive. However, if you like a more bustling atmosphere, the more developed Zhouzhuang or Wuzhen, still hold irresistible charms and captivate tourists from around the world.

Can you tell me which tower would be the best to visit, Oriental Pearl TV Tower, World Financial Center, Jin Mao Tower or Shanghai Tower?

Either Shanghai Tower or the World Financial Center is a good option. As the tallest and second tallest skyscrapers in China, they both offer amazing city views with symbolic landmarks including the neighboring Jin Mao Tower and the Oriental Pearl TV Tower. For a thrill, the World Financial Center has a transparent glass floor at F100 for visitors to walk on and look down to the ground below.

I will stay in Shanghai for a few days. Which neighboring city can I visit and come back in the same day?

You can take a private day trip to Suzhou or Hangzhou by a high-speed train. The one way train journey to Suzhou takes only about 30 minutes, and around 1 hour to Hangzhou.

Both Suzhou and Hangzhou are quite different from the hustle and bustle of Shanghai. Suzhou is known for its exquisite classical gardens, where you can enjoy a charming natural beauty, harmonious old buildings and rich local culture. Hangzhou, nicknamed “heaven on earth”, boasts great natural beauty and cultural relics. You will definitely be struck by the enchanting scenery of the West Lake, which has been listed as a World Cultural Heritage Site by UNESCO since 2011. No matter which of the two you visit, you won't be disappointed by our Shanghai vacation packages.

Is it possible to take the maglev train to the airport instead of your private car?

Yes, we are very happy to arrange the amazingly fast maglev train for your Shanghai city tour. It is recommended to use the maglev if your flight arrives at or leaves from Pudong International Airport. Below are the maglev operation times.

Route: Longyang Rd. – Pudong International Airport (PVG)
From Longyang Rd.: 06:45 – 21:40
From Pudong Airport: 07:02 - 21:42; Two extra trains at 22:15 and 22:40 from PVG
Frequency: 15-20 minutes

I'm very interested in visiting the Disneyland. Can I add it into your private Shanghai tour itinerary?

The Disneyland is indeed an incredibly happy place, and you can certainly add it to any of our Shanghai local tour itineraries. To save your travel cost, we suggest you book tickets on the Disney Resort App, on the official website of the park, call 400-180-0000 or 86-21-31580000. Also, though it is not that essential to have a guide for the Disneyland, we are more than happy to offer private transfers to and from Disneyland for your convenience.
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    4.8156 Reviews
    Mckenna Fisher
    United Kingdom
    Posted on December 04, 2019
    The 8 days Shanghai, Hangzhou, Suzhou, Wuxi, Nanjing tour was pleasant and relaxing, especially in Hangzhou. The beautiful landscape and vivid Buddhist carvings in Lingyin Temple gave me a deep impression. Visiting the West Lake by boat was a wonderful experience. I saw splendid natural scenery and numerous historical sites. Many people took photos of the beautiful West Lake and the crowd never dispersed. The guide told us many romantic and interesting stories that happened in West Lake. At night, I tasted the traditional Hangzhou food with my friend. I liked Hangzhou and I wished I had a chance to go there again. ... More
    Leanne
    Posted on December 04, 2019
    The guide customized and changed plans to suit our needs. Great trip.
    Diane Dietrich
    USA
    Posted on December 02, 2019
    I booked the 5 days Shanghai, Suzhou, Hangzhou tour for my grandparents and I was worried about them at the beginning. When they came back, they told me that they were very happy and enjoyable. The itinerary was reasonable and they would not feel very tired. The guide was responsible and helped them a lot.
    Sarah
    USA
    Posted on November 28, 2019
    The 8 days Shanghai, Hangzhou, Suzhou, Wuxi, Nanjing tour was cost-effective. The schedule was relaxing and comfortable. The tour guide was also very professional, enthusiastic and thoughtful in detail. I was very satisfied with this trip!
    Regina Tinkov
    USA
    Posted on November 25, 2019
    The driver and the guide were helpful and eager to help, but planning of the tour was not perfect. It took us too much time to travel to the places because of traffic, like the first day going to Guzhou we spent almost 6 hrs just sitting in the car, which was very difficult after 15 hr flight from NY and 13 hr time difference. The next day to avoid the traffic we agreed to go to the closest to Shanghai Watertown instead of going to the number 1. Still we spend about 3 hrs just riding.
    Also it would be nice if during this time in the car our guide would give us and interesting information about China history, traditions etc. Instead she spent a lot of time talking Chinese to our our driver.
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    Katherin Talbert
    USA
    Posted on November 24, 2019
    2 days Shanghai and Suzhou tour was great and suitable for traveling with parents!
    Michael
    USA
    Posted on November 21, 2019
    I took my mother to travel together. And we were very satisfied with the 5 days Shanghai, Suzhou, Hangzhou tour. The food and accommodation were great! The guides were very kind who helped us to solve problems in time and patiently. In short, this trip was the happiest one I had had so far!
    Dormus
    SINGAPORE
    Posted on November 21, 2019
    We arrived at the airport very early at 630am and since we are not able to check in our hotel we arranged a one day tour around shanghai. We have the guide to pick us up at the airport and our tour started from there. We went to yu garden, jade budda and to the TV tower to have some beautiful views and pictures taken there. Ray our tour guide has also brought us to a chinese restaurant for lunch which is reasonably good and not too expensive. Overall i will rate this service good.
    Amy
    Canada
    Posted on November 18, 2019
    This day trip from Shanghai was led by Jimmy. My parents enjoyed some scenic spots and had a lot of fun on the whole trip. They felt very comfortable and very satisfied with the tour.
    Mike
    USA
    Posted on November 12, 2019
    I booked the 8 days Shanghai, Hangzhou, Suzhou, Wuxi, Nanjing tour to spend the honeymoon with my wife. The guide who could explain each scenic spot culture and history carefully was knowledgeable, patient and humorous. She was very thoughtful about the details. During the trip, I enjoyed the beautiful spring scenery in the south of the Yangtze River and left a wonderful memory. It was a worthwhile trip.
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