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Shanghai is an international metropolis with a blend of rich history and fashionable modernity. Following our Shanghai private tour packages, as well as top China tours from Shanghai, one can feel the vigor and prosperity of this city from the museum to Yuyuan Garden then to 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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    4.816 Reviews
    Posted on March 14, 2019
    We spent two wonderful weeks in China! All the four of us enjoyed every moment and we think by travelling in such a small group we could see a lot more than it is possible within a party of about twenty people... Although it is a lot more expensive! As to the organsation, all meetings with our helpful guides worked out perfectly. Celine in Xian and Ocean in Shanghai seem to have great experience in their job. Although we did not know this agency so far, we had full confidence with them. And now we know it was a good choice! Back to hard work we will keep great memories from our travelling in China and we will certainly recommend this travel agency to friends who want to visit China. ... More
    Posted on March 13, 2019
    At the outset, let me compliment travelchina guide for an excellent online service. Their services on land too were very good.

    1) Meals: Of the meals served on tour, the Farewell Lunch, without a doubt was the best. My guide Vivian was very helpful in suggesting a few dishes which she thought I should order; her suggestions were excellent.

    2) Guides: Both my guides had an acceptable command of the English language, their pronunciation occasionally created minor problems - really nothing to worry about; their knowledge of the places we visited was very good.

    3) Cars: the cars were very clean and comfortable; the drivers were polite and keen to serve.

    I can strongly recommend this travel agency to anyone who might be contemplating a visit to China in the near future. I certainly would take advantage of their services, should I ever visit China again.
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    Lorraine Cowley
    Posted on March 12, 2019
    So far, so good. Linda is very quick to get back to me when I email. Looking forward to meeting her.
    Jose and Andrea
    Posted on March 12, 2019
    Our guided tour in Shanghai was EXCEPTIONAL. The guide Cindy and the driver were GREAT. They were worried about us all the time. The driver was ALWAYS in the van when we got out of the places, he always carried the stroller up and down the van, and Cindy's English was very good, they were very respectful of our time and privacy. We were delightful with their Service. If you want to travel to china, the best way to do it is with travelchinaguide. They have a great service, they take you where you want to go in a comfortable way and with a great accommodation and meals. We had a great time. ... More
    Posted on March 11, 2019
    All in all, the arrangements of the trip planned for us had given us much value for the money. The hotels were quite comfortable and the meals were very good, except the dumpling dinner was a bit bland. (I guess coming from Thailand we are used to spicier type food.) The guides were knowledgeable, spoke very good English and were helpful: Carol helping us to get the boat ride tickets for Shanghai. Thank you again for a job well done.
    Lim S Yee
    Posted on March 09, 2019
    Overall good hospitality and service. Will book future tours and recommend to friends.
    Steve Chick
    Posted on March 07, 2019
    We had an excellent time in Shanghai and Hangzhou, and were pleased to see something of China. Shanghai in particular was very dynamic and impressive.

    The tour to Hangzhou was very successful, and worked to plan. It was reassuring that your guide contacted us in advance to make prior arrangements for pick-up. We were looked after well at the station, with the guide making sure we found our seats, in both directions. Both guides, in Shanghai and Hangzhou were friendly and helpful. All in all, we were very happy with the service, including of course the thorough preparation by means of the e-mails with them! ... More
    Melvin Winokur & Diane Drey
    United States
    Posted on March 05, 2019
    Your guide was excellent - Friendly and Knowledgeable - we had a foot massage which was one of the best parts of the trip.
    Posted on March 05, 2019
    Our guide Peggy was very knowledgeable and professional. Very good English and she was pleasant. I would recommend her any time. One thing we did not like is that the guide and drivers have to eat separately from us as though they were servants. Also dinner/lunch are opportunities to get to know each other better.
    Donald B Steig
    New Jersey
    Posted on March 03, 2019
    Our tour was nice and we enjoy ourselves. The meals were fine, except for the lunch near the museum in Suzhou which we thought was poor. There was a limited selection of lukewarm, tasteless western style food. All the guides were good. Our guide in Hangzhou went out of her way to help us resolve an airline reservation problem. The command of English by all the guides was very good. And they were quite knowledgeable. The cars were all clean and the drivers were excellent. Thank you.
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