Shanghai Half Day Morning or Afternoon Sightseeing Tour

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Shanghai Half Day Morning or Afternoon Sightseeing Tour
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Got only half a day to explore Shanghai? Discover the 'must-see' sights such as Jade Buddha Temple, Fresh Water Pearl Gallery and Shanghai Museum on the morning tour or The Bund, Yuyuan Garden, Shanghai Old Street, a silk mill and Shanghai's entertainment district on the afternoon tour. A guided sightseeing tour of Shanghai is a must for anyone visiting China's most modern city.
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In Brief

Location:
Shanghai, China
Country:
China
Duration:
4 hours
Operates:

Daily

Highlights:
Instant Confirmation
Perfect introduction for first-time visitors
Great overview and orientation of the city
All entrance fees included
Choice of morning or afternoon departure
Informative, friendly and professional guide
Free hotel pickup and drop-off included
Overview
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Unlike any other city in China, or in all of Asia for that matter, Shanghai is an intoxicating blend of ancient culture and a modern, progressive city. Depending on your preferences you can choose from a morning or an afternoon half-day city sightseeing tour. Both tours concentrate on the can't-miss highlights that all visitors to Shanghai must experience.
Morning Tour highlights (this tour is the morning part of Best of Shanghai Full Day City Tour):
• Jade Buddha Temple
• Fresh Water Pearl Gallery
• People Square
• Shanghai Museum
Afternoon Tour highlights (this tour is the afternoon part of Best of Shanghai Full Day City Tour):
• Yuyuan Garden
• Shanghai Old Street
• Bund
• Silk Factory
• Xin Tian Di (entertainment district)

Inclusions

  • Local guide
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Hotel pickup and drop off in the city center
  • Entry/Admission - Jade Buddha Temple
  • Entry/Admission - Yu Garden (Yuyuan)

Exclusions

  • Gratuities

Itinerary

Morning Tour itinerary:

For any visitor to China, perhaps the most attractive thing about Shanghai is just how fashionable it is. Museums, galleries, restaurants, etc. have emerged in the past few years. The heydays of the 1920s and 30s and the newfound wealth in the city are making Shanghai a place with a fabulous and optimistic style and attitude.

Your tour begins with Jade Buddha Temple. It was built during the Guangxu period of the Qing Dynasty (A.D. 1875-1909) with its priceless collection of jade statues from Burma. The construction of the temple is in the magnificent architectural style of the Song Dynasty. There are monks currently living in the Temple and the Temple houses the Shanghai Buddhist Institute.

Next stop is Fresh Water Pearl Gallery. We may see the process of pearl cultivation. One lucky participant will be presented with a single pearl from a mussel.

People Square is a spectacular space in the heart of the city. It is a vast green area including plants and trees, and surrounded by great buildings on all sides, where you may feed the lovely doves to pray for the world peace.

The visit to Shanghai Museum is a real highlight. The museum design is in keeping with Feng Shui principles. It houses a great permanent collection and hosts various exhibitions with over 120,000 pieces including bronze ware, ceramics, paintings, calligraphy, sculpture, ancient Chinese coins, jade carving, ancient furniture, and western art, which shows you 5000 years history of China. We recommend you to rent an audio phone (USD 5) to make 1.5 Hours' visit more splendid.

Afternoon Tour itinerary:

The tour begins the classic sights from the Ming and Qing dynasties, and you will visit the enchanting Yuyuan Garden and Shanghai Old Street. The garden covers a significant space and includes many halls, springs and other buildings of interest. The visit brings you back to Ming Dynasty (A.D. 1368-1644)

Then, the tour stops at the Bund on Shanghai's waterfront, a showcase of pre-1949 architecture. The symbol of old and new Shanghai, Bund is Shanghai's most famous landmark. Four kilometers long, the Bund has long been one of the most important areas in Shanghai, and a must to visit to every visitor. In the 1930s, the row of buildings was host to the city's financial and commercial centers and the world's greatest banks and trading empires established a base here.

The silk factory in Shanghai is not only an interesting place to see how Chinese silk has been produced since the 14th century, but also a desirable site to purchase in low price.

After a drive along the former French Concession District, characterized by beautiful, tree-lined streets and weathered European architecture, you will visit the Finally, you'll be able to stretch your legs in Shanghai's hottest new entertainment district, Xin Tian Di. The brick buildings on these two-square blocks have been preserved and transformed into trendy clubs, restaurants and boutiques. You will have time on your own here, or can go back to your hotel with the group.

Departure Point

Tour departs from Shanghai city location hotels (cruise port pickup not available)

Returns To

Returns to original departure point

Additional Information

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Since October 2017, Shanghai Museum is closed on every Monday. You will visit M50 Art Zone instead if your tour is on Monday.

Booking Information

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

Cancellation Terms

This trip is fully refundable up to 96 hours prior to the commencement of your trip.

Booking Terms and Conditions

When you book this trip, you need to read and accept the terms and conditions for booking our day trips in excursions.

Hotel Pickup

When you book, we will ask you to select a hotel to be picked up from. Once your booking is confirmed, we'll send you a confirmation voucher with full contact information (phone number, email address) for our local operator in case you need to update or change your hotel pick-up details.

Here are answers to some commonly asked questions about hotel pickup:

What if my hotel is not listed?
That's okay. When you book you can select an hotel from our list and make your way there on the day of departure; or you can contact our local operator directly to make alternate pick-up arrangements.

What if I have not yet booked a hotel?
Once your hotel arrangements are finalised, you can contact our local operator directly with your hotel details.

What if I live locally, am staying with friends or relatives, and/or don't require pick-up?
Once your booking is confirmed, we'll send you complete details and directions to the tour/activity departure point.

Scoring an average traveller rating of 5 out of 5 based on the last 24 recent reviews

Great tour guide. He was very helpful and spoke wonderful English!
• Submitted 11 Apr 2018
Was the first thing I did when I landed in Shanghai, and was a great way to quickly get acclimated with the city. Would highly recommend to all first time visitors.
• Submitted 10 Apr 2018
I enjoyed seeing many of the highlights of Shanghai. I highly recommend this tour to get an overview of this beautiful city.
• Submitted 08 Apr 2018
Great day, all went well, We got to see so much in our very short stay in Shanghai. Everyone was very helpful and the tour guide spoke perfect English. It was extremely well organized and everything went like clockwork. Thank you for making our trip so memorable.
• Submitted 28 Mar 2018
I only wish we had booked a full day! Our traveling companions were terrific, the guide and driver were excellent. We had some great shopping opportunities. The city is beautiful, and this tour was a great way to be introduced to it. Recommended!
• Submitted 09 Feb 2018
Great tour. The guide was able to manage time well and gave practical feedback on the sites seen.
• Submitted 13 Oct 2017
This tour was amazing!
• Submitted 27 Sep 2017
The young man who guided us on this tour was top class. Excellent English delivering explanations at just the right pace. Constantly looked over his shoulder to make sure we were all there. Loved the silk factory and the museum.
• Submitted 21 Sep 2017
This was exactly the type of tour I was looking for, so I gave it five stars! This is a half-day option of a full-day tour, and I'm really glad that I only did the half-day option instead of the full day. I think the full-day is a great option if you prefer guided tours, but it is a long day and can be very tiring, especially during the summer when it's blazing hot. I wanted a tour that gave me a glance at the major sites in Shanghai but lef me time in my day to go explore on my own, so I booked the afternoon tour for my first day in Shanghai, and the morning tour for the next day. For the afternoon tour, Frank was my guide, and for the morning tour, Alina was my guide. Both of them were very friendly, patient, professional, and knowledgeable. Both were highly competent English speakers but were also Shanghai locals and were able to speak about their personal experiences growing up in Shanghai and watching all of the architecture shoot up around them. Both of them met me on time in my hotel lobby, and were transparent about the itinerary. I had great conversations with them - they are interested in learning about their tourists so that they can find points of connection for you throughout the tour. The vans are nicely air conditioned! I'm not sure what the maximum size of group they will have on a tour, but when I went on a Wednesday and Thursday, it was just three of us on the first day afternoon and four of us on the second day morning. It felt very private even though it's not advertised as a private tour. No flag, no speakers, highly recommended!
• Submitted 28 Jul 2017
This was exactly the type of tour I was looking for, so I gave it five stars! This is a half-day option of a full-day tour, and I'm really glad that I only did the half-day options instead of the full day. I think the full-day is a great option if you prefer guided tours, but it is a long day and can be very tiring, especially during the summer when it's blazing hot. I wanted a tour that gave me a glance at the major sites in Shanghai but lef me time in my day to go explore on my own, so I booked the afternoon tour for my first day in Shanghai, and the mornings no tour for the next day. For the afternoon tour, Frank was my guide, and for the morning tour, Alina was my guide. Both of them were very friendly, patient, professional, and knowledgeable. Both were highly competent English speakers but were also Shanghai locals and were able to speak about their personal experiences growing up in Shanghai and watching all of the architecture shoot up around them. Both of them met me on time in my hotel lobby, and were transparent about the itinerary. I had great conversations with them - they are interested in learning about their tourists so that they can find points of connection for your throughout the tour. The vans are nicely air conditioned! I'm not sure what the maximum size of group they will have on a tour, but when I went on a Wednesday and Thursday, it was just three of us on the first day afternoon and four of us on the second day morning. It felt very private even though it's not advertised as a private tour. No flag, no speakers, highly recommended!
• Submitted 28 Jul 2017
This tour was fantastic... Very informative and fun!!
• Submitted 16 Jun 2017
An excellent tour and guide. Managed to see the Yu garden, the Bund and entertainment districts as well as visiting a pearl factory and silk factory. Our guide, Evan, was excellent.
• Submitted 11 Apr 2017
Frank was a wonderful tour guide! Such a warm and well-spoken person, with an excellent command of the English language, and who knew a lot about Chinese culture and the financial district at the Bund and its history. He covered the pearl-making and silk-making industries, taking us to two factories, which was a great surprise. Frank answered any and every question posed by our group. I would take this tour again :-
• Submitted 10 Apr 2017
Lovely tour.
• Submitted 16 Mar 2017
This was an excellent tour. Our guide was very knowledgable, and her communication skills were excellent. Went to the Museum, Jade Buddha etc.
• Submitted 26 Jan 2017
This was an excellent tour and the guide was very cheerful, knowledgable and helpful. Would Recommend this for anyone who is pushed for time. Cannot rate it highly enough.
• Submitted 08 Aug 2016
Loved this tour! Our amazing guide, Frank's, perfect English and the hotel pick-up/drop-off made my first day in China fun and relaxing! I would highly recommend this to anyone. It incorporated the city sites, culture, and a little shopping into one package.
• Submitted 28 Jun 2016
Excellent guide and very interesting tour.
• Submitted 08 Jun 2016
Fabulous
• Submitted 08 May 2016
My guide was nice, and we enjoyed the afternoon.
• Submitted 11 Jan 2016
This was an awesome tour! It was smaller so it was very personal. Joy had all sorts of interesting things to tell us about the history of Shanghai and she was a great tour guide. Very fun! THANK YOU!
• Submitted 01 Dec 2015
This tour was excellent. The tour of the Shanghai museum was great and so was the visit to the Pearl store and one of the famous temples. The tour was just for the morning so not too long. Just gives you a taste and if you want to come back to the sites later by yourself you can.
• Submitted 21 Aug 2015
Took the full-day tour - both morning and afternoon sessions. Our guide Rita was excellent. The combination of sites visited in one day really enhanced my understanding of the historical Shanghai and the modern city. Very glad I chose to stay an extra day after my work ended to take this tour.
• Submitted 30 Jun 2015
We recommend our tour guide Rita, interesting and enjoyable hours
• Submitted 03 Jun 2015

In Brief

Location:
Shanghai, China
Country:
China
Duration:
4 hours
Operates:

Daily

Highlights:
Instant Confirmation
Perfect introduction for first-time visitors
Great overview and orientation of the city
All entrance fees included
Choice of morning or afternoon departure
Informative, friendly and professional guide
Free hotel pickup and drop-off included