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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.

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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    Rene Duckworth
    Netherlands
    Posted on August 18, 2019
    I traveled to Shanghai with my mother. The itinerary was arranged well and the guides explain professionally during the trip. My mother and I were pleased with this 5 days Shanghai tour!
    Vivek
    New Zealand
    Posted on August 17, 2019
    The Shanghai tours to Suzhou, Hangzhou, Wuxi, Nanjing had exceeded my exceptions! It was so good. The whole itinerary was reasonable and we didn’t need to wait in line when we visited. The hotels had considerate services and perfect facilities. The guides were professional and explained in detail. They cared about every tourist. The drivers were experienced and punctual. My favorite experience was taking a boat ride on West Lake. I could have a splendid view of the lake and enjoy leisure time. That's awesome! ... More
    Joanne Jain
    Australia
    Posted on August 16, 2019
    The guide arranged everything well and looked after us. I was pleased with the Shanghai tour! Shanghai was very beautiful and I hoped I had a chance to explore this city deeply.
    Racquel Recinos
    USA
    Posted on August 15, 2019
    Overall, the 5 days Shanghai tour was very good. Especially in terms of accommodation, the hotels were very comfortable and equipped with perfect facilities. The good locations enabled me to go shopping and explore other palaces of Shanghai and Suzhou.
    Dragan Smith
    USA
    Posted on August 15, 2019
    This was my first Shanghai tour. I had looked forward to this trip for a long time and I was sure TravelGuideChina would organize a great tour. They did it! The scenic spots were the most representative ones. The restaurants were excellent. Many foods including all kinds of western food, Chinese dishes and special snacks were available to choose. That’s so great!

    We stayed in comfortable and luxurious hotels. The guides spoke good English and provided clear and intelligible explanations. Extremely satisfied! I spent a good time on this trip. Highly recommend! ... More
    Anthony Vyas
    United Kingdom
    Posted on August 12, 2019
    The 5 days Shanghai tour gave a chance to explorer Shanghai and Suzhou. The attractions in the two cities were typical and interesting and made me have different experiences. The hotels and food were of high standers. I will recommend this Shanghai tour to my friends!
    Thomas
    USA
    Posted on August 12, 2019
    The Shanghai and Tongli tour went smoothly and time was made full use of, making our short trip very fulfilling. But we didn't feel very tired because the rest and visit time were well allocated. We were very satisfied with food and accommodation. The hotel was luxurious and in a good location. The attractions were very beautiful and there was no need to line up. Highly recommended!
    William Lucas
    United Kingdom
    Posted on August 11, 2019
    Excellent quality and reasonable price! The Shanghai 2 days tour was suitable for family travel.
    Ewing McDonnell
    USA
    Posted on August 10, 2019
    It was an unforgettable Shanghai tour which gave us an enjoyable travel experience. We enjoyed the beautiful and eye-catching sites along the way. The accommodation and meals were of high quality. The thoughtful service of the guide made me feel very warm. Her responsible and dedicated attitude won praise from everyone. Her mastery of the history and culture of different places was also first-class. I'd like to recommend her and this tour to my friends!
    Kym Vivien
    United Kingdom
    Posted on August 09, 2019
    The Shanghai day tour was arranged well. No queuing. The hotel was very comfortable and clean. It was a good trip!
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