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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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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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    4.8201 Reviews
    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.
    Marc Henry
    France
    Posted on November 04, 2020
    The guides were very good and arranged everything carefully. My parents and I had great fun on the Shanghai tour to Suzhou and Hangzhou. We all very liked beautiful Suzhou. The accommodation was of high quality. It was a satisfactory trip!
    Gillian Roy
    the United Kingdom
    Posted on October 18, 2020
    The 3 days Shanghai tour gave me a good travel experience. The itinerary was easy and not in a hurry.
    The guide made great use of time and arranged everything properly. There was no shopping stop. What we need to do during this trip was to have a great rest and enjoy the beautiful scenic spots. That’s so good!
    April Decoster
    USA
    Posted on September 29, 2020
    I spent very enjoyable four days in Shanghai. The itinerary was so good and I liked every attraction. I learned a lot about Shanghai culture and history by listening to the guides’ explanations. The two jade Buddha statues in the Jade Buddha Temple impressed me as well as the pious monks and people. The ancient and classical architectural style of the temple made it unique and inimitable in this modern city. I will recommend the 4 days Shanghai tour to my friends.
    Richard
    USA
    Posted on September 08, 2020
    The Shanghai 3 days tour itinerary was fantastic. The hotel was clean and comfortable and the food was to my taste. The guides were also very active and responsible. The scenic spots and the experience items were very good, especially the Huangpu River cruise. I could get a good view of Shanghai along the river on the boat. I had a memorable time in Shanghai.
    Sepanski
    United Kingdom
    Posted on August 18, 2020
    I enjoyed the beautiful scenery and delicious food in the 5 days Shanghai, Suzhou, Hangzhou tour with my parents. The culture and scenic spots of each place were explained very well. Every detail of the trip was well thought out and great attention was paid to every visitor. The itinerary was very reasonable and the accommodation and meals were excellent. I was very satisfied with the service of the guides and liked them. It is recommended to choose the tour if you want to go to Suzhou and Hangzhou. ... More
    Jessie
    Canada
    Posted on August 12, 2020
    This was a family trip. We met the guide outside the customs of the airport and were transferred to the hotel upon we arrived in Shanghai. The food and accommodation were of a high standard and we enjoyed delicious food and had a restful sleep every day. The guides were very careful and dedicated. We all praised their professional knowledge and enthusiastic service. No shopping on the trip and the itinerary was exactly as described. The guides explained every scenic spot in detail and took family photos for us. It was wonderful that we went to the beautiful regions in the south of the Yangtze River in the most beautiful season! My families were satisfied with the 8 days Shanghai, Hangzhou, Suzhou, Wuxi, Nanjing tour. ... More
    Oliveira
    Germany
    Posted on August 02, 2020
    The day trip from Shanghai went smoothly without any delay under the organization of guides. In Suzhou, the guide told many allusions and stories to keep the trip interesting and made a reasonable itinerary to avoid the crowd and lining up.
    Oliver
    United States
    Posted on July 27, 2020
    It was a comfortable Shanghai tour! The guide was careful and organized the schedule coherently. The itinerary was not very tight but included many famous and representative attractions. I liked the Bund and Shanghai Museum most. This trip was an excellent experience for me. I’d like to recommend it to my friends and family!
    Ann
    Australia
    Posted on July 21, 2020
    The schedule was very good and the standard of food and accommodation in the 5 days Shanghai tour was very high.
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