The province of Shanghai is dominated by its eponymous metropolis, one of China’s major economic and cultural hubs. Here, modern skyscrapers sit near Buddhist temples and art deco buildings, while sleek museums stand alongside manicured gardens and cramped alleys. Shop for local crafts, slurp freshly made noodles, visit historic museums and enjoy a rare moment of peace in a tucked-away monastery.
Situated on the mouth of the Yangtze River, the city of Shanghai blends modern and historic elements, as well as drawing inspiration from both Eastern and Western cultures. At the Shanghai History Museum, find out more about the city’s origins as a small fishing and textiles town that transitioned into a popular destination for foreigners to establish homes and businesses.
To see the city from different perspectives, walk along the riverfront promenade known as the Bund. Marvel at the various architectural styles visible from the walkway. For a bird’s-eye view, head for the observation deck at the Shanghai Tower.
When the weather is nice, visitors and locals converge on the Yùyuán Gardens to stroll, sit in the shade and watch colorful fish swimming around in the pools. Soak up the sun with a boat trip in Zhujiajiao, a historic water town in the suburbs, known for its Ming- and Qing-era bridges. If it’s raining, consider taking shelter in Xīntiāndì, a shopping and entertainment complex packed with boutique shops and restaurants.
Explore the city’s religious past at the Buddhist Jìng’ān Temple. Smell the burning incense and inspect the ornate statues that decorate the halls. Other notable Buddhist sites include the Jade Buddha Temple, one of the only active monasteries remaining in Shanghai.
Book your vacation in the spring or fall for the best weather or visit in the first week of October during the National Day holiday when crowds flock to the city for celebrations. Fly into one of two international airports, Hongqiao or Pudong, to start your journey through the region.
Upscale shopping complexes, ancient temples and relaxing gardens make Shanghai a top destination for travelers looking to experience modern-day China.
Shopping, Skyscrapers and Museums
Despite years of war and revolution, the soul and skyline of one of the world’s great waterfront boulevards has risen to even greater heights.
This centuries-old, downtown Shanghai temple is home to the largest pure jade statue of Buddha Sakyamuni in mainland China.
Experience the bustling energy of Shanghai’s most famous commercial street, with a pedestrian mall surrounded by traditional and luxury shopping opportunities.
To see the modern heart of Shanghai, visit this square, a vast green space surrounded by museums and a grand theater.
This towering symbol of Shanghai’s modern renaissance offers history lessons, fine dining and stunning city views.
Step through the gate of Shanghai’s premier classical gardens and into a tranquil world of bamboo groves, koi-filled ponds and Ming Dynasty pavilions.
You will experience two picturesque towns, Suzhou and Zhouzhuang, each unique in the splendors they reveal. Suzhou is one of the oldest towns in the Yangtze basin, founded in about 600 B.C. With its interconnected waterways and beautiful environment, the city is often referred as “The Venice of the East”.
Enjoy a leisurely evening relaxing aboard a boat on the Huangpu River before an invigorating tour through Shanghai's sights. See views of the stunning city skyline from the water, take a stroll through a lively entertainment district, and learn to better appreciate Chinese contemporary architecture.
If the interval between two connecting flights is 8 hours up and spans over the daylight, come and join this layover tour to see major Shanghai city attractions, such as The Bund in former British Settlement, Yu Garden Private Residence, Bazaar in Old Town.
Leave Shanghai behind and make a memorable excursion to neighboring city Hangzhou, known as “the most beautiful and magnificent city in the world” to Marco Polo. Enjoy its breathtaking scenery and tranquil sights.
Examine an army of ancient terracotta warriors, stroll along the legendary ramparts of the Great Wall, and uncover the history in Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City. With convenient transportation and airfare from Shanghai, embark on a 3-day adventure to Xi'an and Beijing with a private guide.
Hop on board Bus Tour’s sightseeing tour to enjoy the best that the city has to offer. Our open-top, double-decker buses give you the best possible views of the Shanghai’s dramatic skyline.