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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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    Sheryl
    USA
    Posted on May 22, 2019
    Thank you very much for the very knowledgeable guide that you have provided to us. He was very pleasant and spoke good English. He was able to make us understand and appreciate Shanghai's culture. Our driver too, was very nice and courteous. The vehicle we used during our trip although a bit old, was maintained and clean. Both our guide and driver were prompt and patient with us. We also commend the very nice hotel where you had booked us. The breakfast buffet for the days that we were there were fabulous. The hotel staff were cordial and helpful. We were very satisfied with the chosen restaurants where we had our lunch. The food were presented well and delicious. Again, thank you very much for making our trip a wonderful experience. ... More
    Peter
    Germany
    Posted on May 12, 2019
    So far everything is perfect! Thank you for very prompt and helpful service!
    Amirul Chang
    Malaysia
    Posted on May 10, 2019
    Such a perfect and carefully organised by TravelChinaGuide during my 5 days stay, begin started off from their customer service and advises, easy payment method, friendly and knowledgeable guide with a skillful driver with me together it is just good enough to complete my needs during my time in Shanghai. The restaurant in Nanjing Road West was crazy delicious, I will come again... well done! I just can't tell you how wonderful it is to be here in Shanghai.
    Christine
    Canada
    Posted on May 07, 2019
    The service this far has been excellent!
    Carolyn Ellingerds
    United States
    Posted on May 02, 2019
    I am very satisfied with all aspects of our experience. Our guide in Shanghai, Shirley, was particularly helpful and knowledgeable - we enjoyed spending time with her. Her conversations made the travel between the different points on our visit go by very fast!

    The booking process was fantastic. Very fast response times, plenty of information to make decisions, fully customized itinerary - and everything about the trip matched the expectations set at the time of booking. Couldn't be happier! I was a bit nervous at first using an "unknown" online tour service - but everything worked out great!

    Thanks for making our Shanghai trip go smoothly!
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    Regina G Palacio
    Mexico
    Posted on May 02, 2019
    I have not gone on my trip yet, but the response from my travel consultant has been very prompt and useful. Thank you.
    Daniele Boldizzoni
    Italy
    Posted on April 26, 2019
    Back home. We want to thank Wendy for our beautiful tour from Shanghai. The guides were professional; the hotels were good sometimes very good. The best guide we had was Howard that speaks excellent English and had a very good knowledge of the territories of Guizhou. Of course sometimes we had problems with very poor food in the restaurants in the countryside, but the guide try in some way to solve the problems. Any other services were OK. Ocean in Shanghai was also great with good pronunciation and commendable service. Overall, our 11 day vacations were so memorable! ... More
    Zoey E
    Canada
    Posted on April 25, 2019
    We thought this Shanghai tour package was great, and the guide was helpful and attentive and consequently we have actively encouraged friends to go while their prices are so reasonable! We very much enjoyed the last free day to ourselves in shanghai as we had to use our initiative and public transport. We were most impressed with the helpfulness and capacity of the local population and have returned home with a very positive memory of the Chinese people we encountered. And we will happily recommend this company to anyone who wishes to visit China. Marvelous!

    Many thanks for help!
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    Nadine
    France
    Posted on April 25, 2019
    Our guide in Shanghai was very helpful. That was the last stop on the trip and the culture in Shanghai is very "western". Our guide Sophie did a good job of helping us get to where we wanted to go and was very patient when we were a bit late in getting to our bus when we were distracted by shopping. We do hope meet her again when we come back to Shanghai next time.
    Rob OHara
    United Kingdom
    Posted on April 22, 2019
    Our tour in Shanghai was exceptional! Fei (our tour guide) met us at our hotel prompt and on time. Fei was a wonderful host. Warm, engaging and keen to hear how she could ensure we got the most out of our day together. Fei provided some tips and ideas to ensure we got to the key places on time and made the most of our time. We loved the city and struck up a great friendship and bond with Fei.

    We all felt a tinge of sadness when we parted at 5pm. So much out of such a short time. Travel China nailed it for us and help settle us into China.

    10 out of 10 :)
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