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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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    4.8175 Reviews
    Mocona
    New Zealand
    Posted on February 28, 2020
    The 5 days private Shanghai tour to Hangzhou arranged by TCG was far beyond my expectations. The Shanghai World Financial Center provided us with fabulous Shanghai city views. The Tongli Water Town and Lingering Garden were unmissable attractions where we explored the thousand-year history of Suzhou. Our leisure boat trip on West Lake would be my lifetime memory. The natural beauty and numerous historical relics left me with a deep impression.

    As a whole, this Shanghai-Suzhou-Hangzhou itinerary was quite cost-effective and we got amazing service. All the guides were polite, helpful and hard-working, thank you very much!
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    Dean
    Australia
    Posted on February 15, 2020
    The schedule of our 8-day Shanghai tour to Hangzhou, Suzhou & Nanjing was substantial but tiring. Cities were far apart so it took a lot of time on the road. But the attractions were all amazing!

    An eased cruise on the Huangpu River to enjoy beautiful bank scenes, boat trip on the West Lake to watch historical sites, a visit the Confucius Temple to worship the great educator of ancient Chinese nation...... Every excellent experience made me trust TCG more.

    However, due to the heavy rain, the first day of free travel in Shanghai was greatly reduced, which was a pity, but this travel experience was unforgettable!
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    Tyler
    USA
    Posted on February 07, 2020
    I had a half-day Shanghai tour to Zhujiajiao Water Town with my daughter. We got there in the morning when there were not many tourists and we enjoyed a tranquil town! The unique old bridges, flowing rivers and traditional residential houses made a beautiful painting! We visited a garden where held various buildings, lotus pond and winding corridors. A good place to relax! Thanks to our guides’ explanation and hard work. I will choose your company for my next trip!
    Jelly
    Australia
    Posted on February 03, 2020
    Great Shanghai tour! The cruise tour on the Huangpu River, bird’s eye view from Shanghai World Financial Center and the Zhujiajiao Water Town were all quite attractive sights. TravelChinaGuide was reliable and did an excellent job of arranging such an amazing 3-day Shanghai tour!
    Camila
    USA
    Posted on January 25, 2020
    Our guides were humorous, informative and dedicated. No shopping at all! The hotel was located in the downtown of Shanghai city, only minutes away from a Bar Street and some attractions. The deluxe room was spacious and had a very good view of Shanghai at night.
    Richard Coman
    USA
    Posted on January 18, 2020
    A delightful Shanghai 3 days tour! The accommodation and catering were arranged very well and we all liked. The guide Jimmy was very careful and enthusiastic. He had strong organization and communication skills and gave us a professional and authentic explanation. He was good at enlivening the atmosphere, making the whole group feel at ease and happy!
    James
    USA
    Posted on January 18, 2020
    The whole trip went well and the itinerary was scientific. Each attraction had its own style and was very impressive. I liked the West Lake and Confucius Temple most. The accommodation was sanitary and comfortable. I enjoyed the Chinese dishes and the guide taught us how to use chopsticks. It was very interesting. But I ended up in failure. Walking around the West Lake in Hangzhou was very enjoyable and the scenery was particularly enchanting. An unforgettable 8 days Shanghai, Suzhou, Wuxi, Nanjing tour! ... More
    Jana
    the United Kingdom
    Posted on January 15, 2020
    I had a happy 8 days Shanghai, Suzhou, Wuxi, Nanjing tour in March. Thanks to the tour guides' explanation and hard work. I left a memorable impression of those cities.
    Matthew Leon
    United Kingdom
    Posted on January 13, 2020
    I had a good travel experience. The food and accommodation were great and completely consistent with the introduction. The facilities in the hotels were of high standards and comprehensive and the breakfast was great! It was a surprise! The Tongli Water Town and West Lake were also very beautiful. However, the cold weather was a little annoying. There was no shopping on the whole journey. Thank guides for detailed explanations. It was an enjoyable 5 days Shanghai, Suzhou, Hangzhou tour!
    Pradeep
    USA
    Posted on January 09, 2020
    The Shanghai 2 days tour was worth to recommend!
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