The Highlights of Bustling Shanghai

The Highlights of
Bustling Shanghai

It is no surprise that Shanghai’s place in China is one of immense power and multicultural allure:
regaining its status as the country’s financial capital, numerous pockets of culture and
history fill that gap between the modern and the traditional.

WHY THIS TOUR?

From its humble beginnings to its current status of a world-class metropolis, Shanghai’s reputation is one that draws a crowd in search for finding true Chinese culture in a fast-moving environment. Setting aside its excellent trading position along the estuary of the Yangtze River and vicinity to the Yellow and East China Sea, its rapidly expanding city borders moved the status of this former fishing village to city in 1927 to become a dominant power in the world economy.

Its glistering skyline still draws visitors who are keen in finding a jaw-dropping panoramic view but are very keen in finding that traditional side: all this is packed to perfection ample opportunities await for lifting Shanghai’s veil.

TRAIL ITINERARY

The Highlights of Bustling Shanghai

08:00 - 16:00

Your guide and driver will pick you up from your hotel in downtown Shanghai early in the morning. Depending on the location of your accommodation, we commonly try to head over first to the French Concession. The former foreign concession in Shanghai from 1849 until 1943, this area remained the premier residential and retail district of Shanghai and was also the centre of Catholicism in Shanghai. Next, we head over to the Jade Buddha Temple; with its Song Dynasty-style grounds, the temple houses two priceless white jade Buddha brought from Burma in the 1870s.

The Bund’s importance for the city also has made it one of its unofficial tourism and trading centre of Shanghai Also called Zhongshan Road, it is Shanghai’s iconic waterfront and regarded as the symbol of the city for already hundreds of years. The unique shape of the Oriental Pearl TV Tower is visible on the opposite side as well as one of the tallest buildings in China, the Shanghai World Financial Centre.

Before we move on, we serve lunch at a local restaurant where you will get a taste of local cuisine in an authentic setting. After lunch, it is time to head into the fully-restored garden of Yuyuan, inaugurated in the Ming dynasty and has a total area of 20,000 square meters. Although the Garden occupies less than five acres, demonstrates perfectly the sophisticated art of combining several different elements to create a world in miniature. The nearby Old Bazaar has established itself as a leading centre for local commerce where visitors loitering among a cluster of shops, restaurants and recreation facilities.

It is without a doubt that, after you’ve safely returned to your hotel, you will see this exciting multicultural metropolis as a blend of the modern and the traditional.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

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INCLUSIONS

  • A full-day tour with a professional English-speaking guide. Other languages are on request and may be subject to supplementary charges
  • Transportation by air-conditioned vehicle with professional driver.
  • All entrance fees for visits as mentioned in the description.
  • All applicable taxes and service charges
  • Lunch at a local restaurant is included (food only)

EXCLUSIONS

  • Personal expenses such as meals, drinks, tips and gratuities, shopping, portage fees and optional tours, unless otherwise stated
  • Hotel accommodation in the destination of commencement.
  • Compulsory Christmas, country-specific festival and/or New Year dinner at included hotels
  • Single supplement charges for single travelers, where applicable
  • Any airline tickets, visa fees, additional transportation cost from and to the general meeting point
  • Supplements for transfers for customers arriving or departing from any airport or resorts located outside the general pick-up and drop-off locations
  • Hotel expenses of a personal nature, should an overnight be included: this includes mini-bar consumption, laundry, room service, any telephone or other communication cost not mentioned in the program
  • Travel insurance coverage for customers (highly recommendable)

GOOD TO KNOW

  • This tour is operated on full private basis with English-speaking guide. Other languages are on request / subject to availability and supplementary charges may apply
  • A private guide will accompany the customers yet will join other guests during the actual tour
  • Return transfers for this excursion apply only / are inclusive for customers staying in and inside downtown Guilin. Transfers outside these areas, including any accommodation outside the Central Business District, Yangshuo, and Longsheng, train stations, Li River cruise ports and Guilin’s Airport are excluded. Supplements apply for customers who want to join this excursion outside one of these regions
  • Customers are advised that during the Lunar Festival celebrations (celebration of Chinese New Year), excursions and tours may be subject to supplementary charges and/or may see longer waiting times than normal.
  • We will do all possible to comply with any dietary requirements during this excursion; it may not always be possible to confirm your wishes in advance based on the simple lunch on board.
  • We regret to inform you that this excursion is not suitable for wheelchair users. Part of this excursion includes walking over unpaved roads and paths.
  • This may not suit guests with walking issues. Bear in mind that such paths may turn slippery / muddy after a rain shower. We suggest wearing good walking shoes, preferred closed shoes, when booking this tour.
  • We always will make efforts to confirm the exact pick-up time upon reservation. For any operational issues in which are not able to confirm the exact pick-up time in advance, we reserve the right to inform you the day before the departure of the tour.
  • Please note pick-up and drop-off services may not be confirmed for customers staying at private residences, apartment complexes, or other non-registered tourism accommodations. Customers may be asked to meet at a nearby hotel for pick-up and drop off.
  • Natural elements of any kind have a destructive effect on electronic equipment. It is the customer’s own responsibility to ensure that any camera, mobile telephone or other device is properly wrapped and protected against these elements. We cannot be held responsible in any way for negligence and/or not following suggestions for any damage related to this.
  • Please ensure that you bring sunglasses, a hat /cap and sunblock with a high SPF factor when traveling with us on this tour – even when it is cloudy, the sunrays still have an immense power.
  • We reserve the right to make necessary changes to the excursion in case of unfavourable weather conditions or situations where we are forced to make alterations to guarantee the safety of our guests.
  • It is the responsibility of the customer to provide us with the correct hotel information, should pick-up and drop-off services be included in the package. Any changes in accommodation outside 24 hours will be handled accordingly: changes within 24 hours may be on request.
  • In the event of no-show or change of accommodation without prior consent and confirmation from us within 24 hours may result in the applicable cancellation charges as outlined in the terms and conditions.

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