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Shanghai is an international metropolis with a blend of rich history and fashionable modernity. On our Shanghai 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.

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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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    4.869 Reviews
    Posted on July 14, 2019
    Good tour guide. Recommended.
    Merle Hunter
    Posted on July 11, 2019
    We traveled with my 84 year old aunt who needs a wheelchair. On every occasion we were met by a guide and driver with a suitable van big enough for the wheelchair. The guides and drivers gave exceptional service to my aunt and were always very kind and caring, as well as very knowledgeable and efficient. On Huangshan the guide arranged for a sedan chair with bearers for the steep mountainous path which could only be taken on foot. The scenery was outstanding. All the hotels and restaurants were excellent. We look forward to China again and we will use their services and suggestions of places to visit. ... More
    Coco Tsui
    Posted on July 06, 2019
    The brief time we had in Shanghai was used to full effect with our 3 day tour and hotel package. The Renaissance hotel was perfect and location adjoining the Yuyuan gardens made visiting so much simpler. Our guide Lisa could not have been better or more professional and we would like to extend our thanks to her for making our trip so fascinating. We were enchanted by Shanghai and our first port of call at the museum in particular. This was a revelation in Chinese culture and creativity and extremely impressive. We are still talking about it weeks later. The rest of the day's trip was a good mix of the ancient splendor of the Yuyuan gardens to the river boat cruise and The Bund. The private mini bus called up at a moment's notice added to the ease of traveling around the city. Our visit culminated with a trip on the super fast Maglev train back to the airport for our flight home. 7 minutes was all it took from city central and we wished we could have done it again. It was over all too quickly. A brilliant experience of how future train travel should be in such a large city and a fitting way to end our all too short trip. ... More
    Posted on June 25, 2019
    On the first day in Shanghai, we were picked up from the airport on time with a clear sign with my name. The van was always in an easy place to find and walk to when leaving the airport. When we had one of our group members miss his flight, we were able to contact the company to have him picked up and brought to where we were having lunch the day that he arrived. Each member of the staff from the travel consultants, drivers, guides, hotel employees, restaurant employees were phenomenal! The vans were clean, the hotels were beautiful, and food was great! The Peking duck! It was my first time trying the duck. I can say I am a huge fan! I will definitely recommend their services to my friends. ... More
    Deb S
    Posted on June 22, 2019
    The Tour was really informative. We enjoyed it and the guide there as well. It's nice to get a chance to learn about and visit the off-beat sites.
    James & Kathleen
    Posted on June 18, 2019
    Kathleen and I spent a wonderful few days in Shanghai. Our guide, Annie, did a terrific job in ensuring such. She was always at least 10 minutes early, spoke satisfactory English, and displayed an excellent knowledge of the history of Shanghai which enhanced our visit considerably. Her ability to recall dates, places, and detail of historical events, with local anecdotes, was truly outstanding and very entertaining. I was particularly impressed that she took the time to ensure that we were properly attended to at the restaurants and also ensured that our pick up and drop off at the airport went smoothly. The hotel was very satisfactory and the buffet breakfast provided a wide variety of choice to suit all tastes. The driver was competent and professional and the vehicle provided was in clean and good order. 5+++++ ... More
    Denise Pinhey
    United States
    Posted on June 15, 2019
    Our local guide, Sophie, was fabulous. Her English was nearly perfect and her ability to guide us through various obstacles and challenges was amazing. Sophie was very forthcoming and actively engaged in conversation about all aspects of Chinese life. By the end of the few days I felt we had really gotten to know her as a person and felt fortunate to have met her. She also took many beautiful photos for us. We all enjoyed our time with her.
    Posted on June 12, 2019
    We were more than satisfied with all of the tour and arrangements including the booking process, guides, cars, hotels, meals and everything else. All went very well and everything was as good as we could have wished. My wife's vegetarianism was coped with well in the circumstances. Great service.
    Andrew & Emily
    Posted on June 12, 2019
    My husband and I were very pleased with the services provided by TravelChinaGuide.
    Pavel Okolicanyi
    Posted on June 07, 2019
    Down written are my feedbacks.

    Meals and restaurants were great for us.
    Our guide JING JING was very good. Her language was also O.K, little bit more knowledge about history, but we were very satisfied.
    Driver and car were perfect. We were very satisfied.
    Hotels were very fine and we had no problem.

    Thanks for support.
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