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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, 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 Shanghai tour.

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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 tours.

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Things to Do & Places to Visit

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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    4.8210 Reviews
    Ken Cuevas
    Mexico
    Posted on March 25, 2021
    The 2 days Shanghai tour was as good as my expectations. I experienced two different sides of Shanghai. One was modern and the other was ancient. Both of them were impressive! I tasted many kinds of special snacks.

    The guide was versatile and professional and sang beautiful songs for us in the car. There was no shopping during the trip. Highly recommended!
    Michel Sergeant
    the UK
    Posted on March 22, 2021
    The itinerary of the 4 days Shanghai tour was not in a hurry and the elderly in our group could keep up with us. We stayed in a luxurious and comfortable hotel with spacious rooms and perfect facilities. The good location was convenient to go shopping and explore the places around. I tasted many authentic snacks in Shanghai. The guides were professional and helpful. They were effective in solving the problems we had. Every scenic area had its own charm and style. I had a great time on this wonderful trip! ... More
    James Dilworth
    Singapore
    Posted on March 09, 2021
    I was very satisfied with the 3 days Shanghai tour. There was no extra fee and shopping. The experienced guides arranged a reasonable travel time. Be sure to get an experience of night cruise on the Huangpu River.
    Kym Harned
    Italy
    Posted on January 25, 2021
    I stay in China and travel to Shanghai with my son. I chose the TravelChinaGuide recommended by my friends and expected them to organize a wonderful trip for us. The Shanghai tour was indeed a great value for money!

    I was satisfied with the itinerary, accommodation and meals. Especially we stayed in a comfortable and luxurious hotel. I’d like to express my gratitude to the dedicated guide who explained carefully and offered thoughtful service. A bit of a pity that we were influenced by traffic peak. However, the overall tour was smooth and interesting! ... More
    Kaitlin
    Finland
    Posted on January 17, 2021
    The itinerary of the 4-day Shanghai tour was excellent!

    We stayed in a luxurious and comfortable hotel and tasted many local foods. Shanghai and Tongli Water Town were very beautiful and deserved a careful visit. I was very satisfied with this trip!
    Alvarez
    Argentina
    Posted on January 05, 2021
    The guides were considerate and careful. They offered good services and vivid explanations. The Shanghai tour was an excellent experience for me. Thank TravelChinaGuide for making such a wonderful tour!
    Louis Valencia
    Canada
    Posted on December 23, 2020
    The 2 days Shanghai tour was great. Attractions were very beautiful and various in style.
    The guide gave us a good explanation and treated us kindly. He got along well with us and always livened up the atmosphere during the trip.
    Joseph
    Australia
    Posted on December 16, 2020
    I experienced different kinds of scenery in the 4 days Shanghai tour. Shanghai was busy and prosperous while the Tongli Water Town was quaint and peaceful. I was so thrilled to take a Huangpu cruise. The western style architecture and the high-rise buildings on the banks of Huangpu River came into my eyes. Standing in the Shanghai World Financial Center, I could have a bird view of the whole city. The Tongli Water Town was a good place to have a leisure walk!
    Caroline
    the United States
    Posted on November 29, 2020
    It was my first trip to Shanghai with my son. For me, joining a group solved the scheduling troubles.
    I chose TravelChinaGuide to plan my Shanghai tour. They did an excellent job! The itinerary was reasonable and not in a hurry. My son and I could keep up with the group. Everyone was punctual and friendly. We were able to arrive at the scenic spots and return to the hotel on time.
    The guide also cared about us especially my son. My son liked her very much! I was pleased with the Shanghai tour and wished I had the guide accompany if I could return. ... More
    Isak
    Norway
    Posted on November 16, 2020
    The Shanghai tour was one of the most unforgettable trips I have ever experienced! I was willing to share it with all my friends and family.
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