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3 Days Classic Shanghai Tour with Zhujiajiao Water Town

Shanghai / Zhujiajiao / Shanghai

Highlights

Visit:
Shanghai World Financial Center
Yu Garden
Yuyuan Bazaar
 
Zhujiajiao Water Town
Shanghai Museum
The Bund
Experience:
Have a bird's eye view of the metropolis Shanghai;
Get away the bustling city and enjoy some quite time in Zhujiajiao Water Town;
Walk along the Bund to explore the west-meet-east culture.

Sampling Itinerary Day by Day

Day 1 Shanghai Arrival

Ni Hao! Welcome to Shanghai, the largest and the most developed metropolis in the Chinese mainland! You’ll be met by our local guide at the arrival hall of Shanghai airport / train station and escorted to your hotel in downtown area by a private, comfortable and non-smoking vehicle. The rest of today is on your own to explore the “Pearl of the Orient”.

Arrival Ideas: Shanghai has airlines connecting with 282 cities and regions, linking almost every part of the world and China. Also, travelers can take high speed trains to Shanghai from Beijing (about 5~5.5hrs), Xian (about 6~7.5hrs), Suzhou (about 0.5hr), Hangzhou (about 1hr), Huangshan (about 4hrs), etc.

Tall Buildings in Pudong New District

Day 2 Shanghai (B, L)

After breakfast, you’ll take a full day to explore the west-meet-east, modern-blend-tradition culture of Shanghai. First, take an educational trip to Shanghai Museum, one of the Four Greatest Museums in China. From outside, you’ll appreciate the beautiful appearance in the style of “Ding” which symbolizes “a round heaven and a square earth”. While entering into the exhibition rooms, you’ll treat your eyes with large number of collections of historic relics from Bronze, ceramics, painting and calligraphic works to jades, coins, furniture, seals, sculptures, etc.

Then, head to Yu Garden, a typical ancient Chinese garden in Jiangnan area similar to the classical Suzhou Gardens! This garden fully embodies the traditional design of Chinese architecture with jagged pavilions with elegant decorations, glittering pools with roving fish, and pine trees sprouting to the sky, all designed to refresh your mood and spirit. Adjacent to the garden is the Yuyuan Bazaar where you can savor tasteful local snacks and explore elaborate traditional Chinese handicrafts and art works.

Next, drive to Pudong New District to the third tallest building in China - Shanghai World Financial Center. Stand on the 100th floor (474 meters) to have panoramic view of Shanghai downtown, Huangpu River as well as nearby towering buildings. Later, take a wonderful stroll along the Bund with a rich collection of buildings and structures of various architectural styles. Feel the perfect fusion of Chinese and Western cultures while at the same time take in the stunning Shanghai skyline with your own eyes! (Note: If time and energy permits, you can have a nice walk along Nanjing Road to experience the modern atmosphere of Shanghai.)

Optional activities: 1) Take a relaxing Huangpu River night cruise to see the city’s most significant edifices and streets sparkling under the atmospheric cover of darkness (about 50 minutes);  2) Enjoy an entertaining and breathtaking Acrobatic Show at Shanghai Circus World or other acrobatic theatres (usually performs during 19:30~21:00).

Shanghai Museum on the People's Square

Walk through the Zigzag Bridge of Yu Garden

Amazing Night View of The Bund of Shanghai

Day 3 Shanghai - Zhujiajiao & Shanghai Departure (B, L)

After breakfast, your guide and driver will pick you up at your hotel. Today, drive about 48km (30 miles) from downtown area to Zhujiajiao Water Town. Reputed as the Venice of Shanghai, Zhujiajiao is a 1700-year-old town with old bridges, old streets, Ming-Qing dynasty architectures, old Buddhist and Taoist sites, etc. You’ll get impressed by the concept of life in Kezhi Garden, enjoy leisurely walk to Fangsheng Bridge and take some great pictures, stroll along the old North Street, visit Yuanjin Buddhist Temple and climb up Qinghua Pavilion to have a panoramic view of Zhujiajiao…Of course, you won’t miss the tranquil time to relax on the lovely water with a traditionally-decorated boat to enjoy fascinating scenery passing by.

After the tour, your guide will escort you the airport / train station for your flight to next destination or home.

Zhujiajiao Water Town

Recommended Add-on Options

+ 4~5 more days to cruise on the magnificent Yangtze River

Taking a relaxing cruise sailing on the Yangtze River is a popular way to get a short break during your China tour. You’ll not only enjoy many colorful cultural activities and entertainment programs onboard, but also enjoy three to four shore excursions to deeply know the authentic life along Three Gorges and witness the world-famous Three Gorges Dam.

You can take: 1) 4 Days & 3 Night Downstream Cruise from Chongqing to Yichang; 2) 5 Days & 4 Nights Upstream Cruise from Yichang to Chongqing.

Magnificent Qutang Gorge

Quotation Includes:

  • Entrance fees of the scenic spots as listed in the itinerary.
  • Meals as specified in the itinerary.(Exceptions: If the western breakfast is not available in some of the hotels, breakfast would be either Chinese breakfast or Chinese and western breakfast.)
  • Hotels: Hotel Based on two persons sharing one room with twin beds or a king size bed; All hotels as listed in the above itinerary serve daily western or Chinese breakfast; Please note double bed room is on request basis which is subject to Hotel's availability and re-confirmation upon check-in.
    Service, room facilities and breakfast might be not up to standard in some remote areas.
  • Transportation: Flights or train as listed in the itinerary.
  • Sightseeing As listed in the Itinerary will be escorted with English-speaking guide;
  • Service of local guide and van is for a maximum of 8 hours during the full day individual tour packages.

    * Please note that our English-speaking guide and driver provided for you in each city or area will not fly with you from one city to another.

  • Private Transfers between airports, hotels and scenic spots while sightseeing in each city or area by private air-conditioned vehicle with driver and English-speaking guide as listed in the itinerary.
  • Service Charge (the planning, handling, operational and communication charges) & Government Taxes.
  • Luggage Transfers between airports, trains and hotels.

Price excludes:

  • Flights (Economy class) not as listed in the itinerary.
  • Accommodation not as listed in the itinerary.
  • Visa Fees: Please make sure that you have got your valid passport and visa before your entry to China. We can send you a free official invitation letter to assist you in obtaining your visa after the reservation deposit is received.
  • Sightseeing not listed in the itinerary.
  • Meals not listed in the itinerary.
  • Personal expenses such as room service, internet charge, laundry, drink, fax, telephone call, optional activities, etc.
  • Gratuities, tips to guides, drivers, bellboys, etc.
  • Excess Baggage Charges.
  • Life Tourist insurance. Please kindly note that the full coverage travel insurance from your country of origin should be purchased in advance on your own.
  • Optional activities.

Read what other travelers think about this China trip / Yangtze cruise trip. We only accept reviews from actual, confirmed travelers who purchased the tour / activity from us, so you can be sure the reviews are unbiased and authentic.

Hi Evelyn,

We really enjoyed our recent trip.

Everything was very good.

Booking with your company was easy with great communication.

We felt it was good value for money.

Onboard the room was clean and tidy and very well organised with meal times and excursion leaving times.

Many thanks,

Simon

Simon - June 10, 2024‚ , 

Hi Evelyn,

Thank you so much for reaching out. I apologize for the delay, we have been very busy in our last few weeks of our China trip.

In regards to feedback for the 12-day cruise, it was fantastic. We were the only people on the boat who didn't speak Chinese and yet we felt so welcome and included. The staff (whether they spoke any English or not) went out of their way to treat us with kindness and incredible hospitality. One of the cruise managers, Leila, often came and interpreted for us exclusively while the other cruise manager was explaining things in Chinese. The tours were fantastic. We were able to learn so much about the different areas that we visited and every location was beautiful. And the food! Everything we ate was delicious. The chefs did an amazing job in providing wonderful food for every meal.

We have one very strange request. Whilst on the boat, there was a sauce there called noodle companion. If you could put us in touch with anyone who might know the recipe, we would be so grateful. We've been trying to find it on our whole trip through China because it was so delicious.

All in all, this was amazing experience and one of the best things we did in China. Thank you again for helping us organize it and please let us know if there's anything else you need from us.

All the best,

Courtney

Courtney - May 31, 2024‚ , 

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Tall Buildings in Pudong New District
Shanghai Museum on the People's Square
Walk through the Zigzag Bridge of Yu Garden
Amazing Night View of The Bund of Shanghai
Zhujiajiao Water Town

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