3 Days Private Shanghai & Water Town Tour

Code: SH05
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  Trip Highlights
►  Overlook the whole city of Shanghai from the 239-meter-high Duo Yun Bookstore.
►  Have a unique experience of crossing the Huangpu River by public ferry, as the locals do.
►  Appreciate 52 grand European-style architecture at the Bund.
►  Explore the most picturesque water town of your own choice, Tongli, Zhouzhuang or Xitang.
►  Linger over the ancient and intricate Yu Garden with typical Southern China garden style.

Hereunder please find a sample itinerary. Our travel experts will be happy to customize a tour for you to meet your interests and needs.
Day 1 Arrive in Shanghai; Enjoy the Panoramic View of Shanghai, Visit the Bund
Shanghai Bund
The Bund
Welcome to Shanghai! Your English-speaking guide will warmly greet you at the airport, and then the 3-day Shanghai tour will begin. We can also pick you up from the port or the railway station if you need.

Our first stop today is the world’s highest bookstore, Duo Yun Bookstore, on the 52nd floor of China’s tallest building - Shanghai Tower, where you will enjoy a stunning panoramic view of the city and Huangpu River. You can have a drink here and leisurely enjoy the city’s outstanding skyline, including famous buildings like Shanghai World Financial Center, Jinmao Tower and Oriental Pearl TV Tower.

After that, we'll go to the Bund. We will specially arrange for you to take a public ferry as locals do. It takes about 10 minutes to cross the Huangpu River and reach the Bund. You will find not only people on the ferry, but bicycles and motorcycles are also allowed to take with. This is really a good opportunity to experience the real life of the locals.

As the most popular landmark of Shanghai, the Bund is a section of the waterfront along the Huangpu River, known as the World Exhibition of Architecture with 52 buildings in different styles, like Gothic and Baroque. Besides, the Bund is a good place to take photos of Lujiazui, the most prosperous area in Shanghai. After your leisurely waterfront stroll, a comfortable drive will take you to the hotel in downtown location.

►  Where to Explore the Nightlife of Shanghai
As a glamorous city full of diversity, Shanghai’s nightlife is fascinating, lively and colorful. If you are interested, after your trip, we can transfer you to some popular bars in Shanghai, like M1NT with sharks in front of the dancing floor, or VUE Bar on the top of Hyatt at the Bund, where you can get great views of both sides of the Huangpu River. If you would like to be dropped off at a bar, you will need to get back to the hotel by taxi.
Day 2 Shanghai to Tongli Water Town
Water Town
A peaceful water town
Today, we will drive out of Shanghai for around 1.5 hours to the "Venice of the Orient", Tongli Water Town, with a history of over 1,000 years. It features various styles of stone bridges, old waterfront residential houses as well as bucolic canals. Surrounded by water, this photogenic town is divided into 7 islands by 15 rivers, and linked by 49 ancient bridges. Escorted by our private tour guide, you can walk around the ancient town and experience its unique charms.

It will be an unforgettable experience to take a boat ride and see the local people going about their daily lives from a different view. The brown wooden sculling boats shuttle down the water lanes, which once were the main means of transportation for local people to transplant rice, harvest, as well as dig river silt. Nowadays, the boats are used for tourism only, which brings benefits to local people.

Wandering around the town, you may see local residents washing vegetables and clothes by the river. The white-haired old lady, sitting on a cane chair, knits a sweater in the tender sunshine. The old man lights the stove for cooking. The artist plays Erhu (a kind of musical instrument) beside the stone bridge. They still maintain their traditional way of life, which reflects the core of Chinese traditional culture, harmony and peacefulness.

► There are many famous water towns around Shanghai. You also have the flexibility to choose either of the following two towns without any extra charge.

Zhouzhuang Water Town: Though known as the No. 1 Water Town in China, Zhouzhuang is also the most crowded and commercialized. It features the profound culture. The ancient buildings like Shen House, Milou Tower and Chengxu Taoist Temple enjoy very high historical and cultural value.

Xitang Water Town: The most distinctive feature of Xitang is the “Rain Corridor”. In ancient times, every family would put up a ceiling over the flagstone road in front of their own houses, and then the ceilings connected to form the corridor.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Day 3 Visit Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Hall, Yu Garden & Tianzifang; Airport See-off
Yu Garden
Yu Garden
After checking out from hotel, your guide and driver will meet you at 09:00. First, we’ll visit the Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Hall, where you can clearly see how the city was planned, constructed and how it will be developed through the pictures, models, touch screens as well as multimedia. You will finally have a deep and comprehensive understanding of how a little village transferred to an international metropolis.

Getting out of the Exhibition Hall, we will go to the Yu Garden, a classical garden initially built by an official to satisfy his parents over 400 years ago. The Dragon Wall, the Nine-Turning Bridge and a pavilion in the middle of the pond make up the highlights of this garden.

In the afternoon, we will continue our visit to Tianzifang Old Block, a typical residential area of Shanghai Shikumen architectural style. With nearly 100 years of history, it is a perfect place to enjoy a relaxing stroll, and the street is lined with small shops and bars. You can have a drink while experiencing the living environment of local residents who still live here.

Upon completion of the trip, your guide and driver will transfer you to the airport and help you board the flight back home. We can also transfer you to the port or the railway station if you need. Wish you a pleasant onward journey!

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
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This trip can be customized to meet your individual needs!
DestinationsLuxury HotelsStandard Hotels
ShanghaiRenaissance Shanghai Yu Garden Hotel Ocean Hotel Shanghai - Business Room
Tour Prices
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With Standard Hotels
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  • Prices are per person on twin sharing basis.
  • Any part of the itinerary e.g. tour length, activities & hotels can be tailored to your individual interests.
Price Includes
  • Hotel accommodation with western buffet breakfasts
  • Private English-speaking guide
  • Private driver & air-conditioned vehicle
  • Entrance fees to tourist sites
Price Excludes
  • International airfares
  • Lunches and dinners
  • Entry visa fees
  • Gratuities to guide and driver
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