SH05: 4 Days Private Shanghai and Water Town Tour

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Day 1 Arrival in Shanghai
Sincere greetings & airport-hotel transfer. Huangpu River Cruise and the Bund.
Welcome to Shanghai! Today, your English-speaking guide will pick you up at the airport and then a comfortable drive will take you to the hotel in downtown location.

After checking in and having a good rest, we will head to the Bund area to take an exciting cruise tour for one hour on the Huangpu River, which will be an excellent way to unveil your 4 days Shanghai tour. On the cruise, you will see two completely different sides of Shanghai, old and classical with many colonial legacies on the west bank, and modern and fashion with lots of skyscrapers on the east. Afterwards, some free time will be left to you to explore the Bund at your own leisurely pace.
Day 2 Shanghai
Shanghai Museum, Yu Garden, Shanghai World Financial Center, Tianzifang Art Street. (B)
Huangpu River cruise tour
Today's Shanghai 4 days tour will begin with a visit to the Shanghai Museum, a large-scale ancient Chinese art museum which houses over 120,000 pieces of cultural relics, especially ancient artworks. After getting out of the museum, we will come to the Yu Garden, a classical garden initially built by an official to satisfy his old parents over 400 years ago and opened to the public in 1961. The Dragon Wall, the Nine-Turning Bridge and a pavilion in the middle of the pond are the highlights of the garden.

In the afternoon, we will continue to visit the Shanghai World Financial Center. As the second tallest skyscraper in Shanghai, it will give you a perfect perspective to overlook the whole city view. Then you will visit an old street - Tianzifang, which is a modern creativity gathering place based on the Shikumen complex.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Day 3 Shanghai - Water Town - Shanghai
Tongli Water Town. (B)
Ancient water town
Today, we will drive out of Shanghai to visit the Tongli Water Town, which has a history of more than 1,000 years. The various styles of stone bridges, old residential houses as well as the rich cultural history of the town attract visitors from all over the world.

Attention: There are many famous water towns around Shanghai. If you are not interested in the Tongli town, we have more for your choice. For the following option 1 or 2, the tour price will keep the same if you make the change, while for option 3, the price will be a bit higher and you may contact your travel consultant if interested.

Option 1: We will drive to Zhouzhuang, the No. 1 Water Town in China. You will appreciate the unique water lanes, stone bridges, Family Shen's Compound and the ancient buildings along the riverside.

Option 2: Take a full day sightseeing to Xitang Water Town, which is densely distributed by rivers. Inside the town, you can find many well preserved architecture groups constructed during the Ming and Qing dynasties (1368 - 1911).

Option 3: Visit the water town Wuzhen, which possesses a history of over 2,000 years. Explore the town leisurely to the 'Bridge within a Bridge', alleys, canals and traditional houses.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Day 4 Departure from Shanghai
Jade Buddha Temple, Hotel-airport transfer & see you off. A nice journey home! (B)
The Jade Buddha Temple is the most famous Buddhist shrine in Shanghai, hosting two delicate white jade Buddhas, which were imported from Burma in the 19th century. Touring this temple, you will see lots of chanting monks and local people worshipping and praying. Your Shanghai itinerary 4 days 3 nights will end here and your guide will transfer you to the airport and help you board the flight back home. Wish you a pleasant journey!

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
B-- Breakfast L-- Lunch D-- Dinner
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  • Prices are per person in US Dollars based on double occupancy.
  • 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
  • Tips or gratuities for guide and driver
  • Customer Reviews
  • Questions & Answers
    4.710 Reviews
    Posted on August 03, 2020
    It was a good Shanghai and Tongli tour. We had plenty of to visit and rest in the scenic spots. The accommodation and food were of high quality. The guide explained well and had a considerate service.
    Mary Mims
    Posted on June 22, 2020
    The 4 days Shanghai tour went smoothly thanks to the elaborate arrangement by TravelChinaGuide. We visited many famous attractions like the Bund and Shanghai World Financial Center as well as quiet and enjoyable palaces such as Yu Garden and Jade Buddha Temple. I would cherish the joyful memories of Shanghai forever!
    Posted on May 12, 2020
    This was the first time that I took my daughter to travel to China. I was very satisfied with the 4 days Shanghai tour. The guide was very knowledgeable and explained well. Reasonable itinerary didn’t make me feel tired. Shanghai was so beautiful and prosperous. I would go to other cities in China if I had a chance.
    Jana Herr
    Posted on March 24, 2020
    Before we started the 4 days Shanghai tour, the staff repeatedly confirmed the information and documents to ensure everything was correct. It was very responsible. All the hotels were very good and the attractions were fantastic. I was very happy and I especially liked the Bund.
    Michael Duncan
    Posted on January 09, 2020
    So far so Good. Yori has been helpful and responds quickly to your emails. We are looking forward to visiting Shanghai with your travel guide to show us around
    Posted on December 24, 2019
    The 4 days Shanghai tour was very satisfactory. The accommodation and food were great! Shanghai and Tongli Water Town were beautiful with different flavors and I liked strolling in the quaint town. The guide was humorous, careful and responsible. I will go to Shanghai again next time!
    Starr Geraldine
    Posted on November 12, 2019
    The Shanghai and Tongli tour was an excellent trip and I traveled with my parents. The most impressive part of the tour was in Tongli Water Town. Without the hustle and bustle of the city, the water town gave people a sense of peace and leisure. In the water town, I could take a slow walk with my parents and relaxed. At the same time, I enjoyed the traditional architecture of the houses and understood rich cultural history. The breakfast was good and everyone was satisfied with it. The four-day trip was just fantastic and I didn’t feel very tired. Highly recommended! ... More
    Norijah Stenoer
    Posted on September 29, 2019
    The accommodation and meals of the 4 days Shanghai tour were of high standards. It was very cold because we caught up with the heavy snow in Shanghai. But the guides’ considerate services gave me warmth. Tongli Water Town was especially beautiful in the snow which was my most favorite place on the trip. It was so great! I’d like to travel to Shanghai and Tongli Water Town with my parents next time!
    Caroline Huff
    Posted on August 15, 2019
    Relaxed 4 days Shanghai tour! The food and accommodation were high standards. The guide was very enthusiastic. I really enjoyed this trip!
    Denis and Mary Forristal
    Posted on November 23, 2018
    We had a wonderful time in Shanghai thanks to Bright our Tour Guide and driver. Exceeded our expectations. We are 80+ so the private tour proposed by Vera on line was great and also our Wonderful Guide, Bright was so helpful and flexible. We were picked up at our Cruise Line and taken to the checkin counter at airport on departure, plus 3 wonderful days touring.
    Arrangements were made on internet with Vera who was so prompt in getting info etc to us before we left Canada. Everything was as promised plus. Thank you Vera and Bight see picture of Bright as she sang to us on our boat tour in Thousands of years old Watertown of. Tongli. This was an excellent suggestion to spend one day there about 200km from Shanghai, not forgetting the beautiful place and great lunch that we had there at Bright’s suggestion.
    Thank you for making it all so easy and enjoyable.
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