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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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    4.8190 Reviews
    Kerrie
    Australia
    Posted on July 06, 2020
    I had a fantastic 4 days Shanghai tour! The accommodation and meals were of high standards. I was very satisfied with every attraction we visited. In Yu Garden, I enjoyed a great view of the garden in a pavilion in the middle of the pond there while resting and chatting with my friend. The garden was very beautiful! I was able to overlook the whole city in the Shanghai World Financial Center and had a delicious dinner on Tianzifang Art Street. The Tongli Water Town was also stunning and quaint. If you want to fully enjoy the most wonderful sites in Shanghai, the 4 days Shanghai tour can be taken into consideration. ... More
    Donald
    Canada
    Posted on June 28, 2020
    We enjoyed our Shanghai day tour very much. We set off from Shanghai to Suzhou. The guide introduced Suzhou City to us. The Humble Administrator's Garden was very beautiful and exquisite. Then we visited the Suzhou old town by sitting on a tricycle where housed ancient constructions existing over the years. It was an interesting experience. Tongli Water Town was quiet and all the residences were leaning against water. We bought some souvenirs and took many photos. A very happy and fulfilling day! ... More
    kaylene
    UK
    Posted on June 22, 2020
    The guides were friendly and looked after us well, which was the most important thing for me to join a group. I was very satisfied with the 8 days tour to Shanghai, Suzhou, Hangzhou, Wuxi, Nanjing tour.
    Moon
    USA
    Posted on June 14, 2020
    It’s a relaxing Shanghai tour. We had plenty of time to enjoy Shanghai without transferring to different sites in a rush. The accommodation and meals were excellent! The guide was very outgoing and spoke fluent English. My son and I had great fun in traveling Shanghai!
    John
    USA
    Posted on June 09, 2020
    I was very satisfied with the Shanghai 2 days tour. Excellent quality and reasonable price!
    Hylton
    United Kingdom
    Posted on June 03, 2020
    We were very satisfied with the 5 days Shanghai and Suzhou tour. The accommodation was very nice. The facilities in the hotels were perfect and it was very convenient to go shopping or go for a walk in the evening. The guides took good care of my parents and tried best to meet all their requirements. We tasted much local food and enjoyed every scenic spot. It was a very relaxing and warm tour!
    Erythrina
    United Kingdom
    Posted on May 27, 2020
    The schedule was very reasonable and the time was well controlled. During the visit, the rest time and visiting time was well allocated. We had plenty of time to visit and took photos by ourselves. The tour guide was also very responsible and enthusiastic. The catering and accommodation were of high standards. It was a very good Shanghai and Tongli tour.
    Doug
    USA
    Posted on May 17, 2020
    The 8 days Shanghai, Hangzhou, Suzhou, Wuxi, Nanjing tour was suitable for a family trip. The itinerary was leisurely. The tour guides in different cities were very dedicated and nice. The stories of each scenic spot and its historical background would be introduced clearly and many interesting folk tales and celebrity stories could be learned. Food and accommodation were of a high standard. I enjoyed the beautiful scenery and tasted different local foods. There was no forcing shopping.
    Sachin
    United Kingdom
    Posted on May 10, 2020
    The route arrangement of this Shanghai tour was very reasonable, the package, including the landscape of the garden, water town and metropolis. The meals and accommodations in five-star hotels were high-end and pleasing. Our tour guide was knowledgeable, patient, gentle and considerate. She also gave us enough time to experience and appreciate the scenic spots. It’s very suitable for family travel.
    Simon
    Canada
    Posted on May 06, 2020
    I used to live in Beijing, and a few months ago I traveled to Shanghai with my children. The guide who met us at the airport was very patient and responsible. The itinerary arrangement was neither too tight nor too easy. Everyone was happy with the introductions, and even my children enjoyed the guide’s interesting explanations. A very knowledgeable & humorous guide! What a nice trip to Shanghai! Travel China Guide was awesome and trustworthy!
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