The Sites of Shining Shanghai

The Sites of
Shining Shanghai

Indulge for half a day in the wonderful world that is called Shanghai. A blend of East-Meets-West
where the impressive skyline and numerous buildings may represent the forward-thinking
of modern China but still has a few local surprises up its sleeve.

WHY THIS TOUR?

Shanghai is a thriving, pulsating city; a metropolis that defies all boundaries in terms of architecture, cultural exploration and putting itself in the spotlight as the modern face of China. Constructed along the situated on the estuary of the mighty Yangtze River of China, it has grown from its humble fishing origins even before 1000 AD to an international powerhouse in the commercial and trade sector.

Woven between offices and glittering skyscrapers, the traditional side of Shanghai brings visitors back to a beautiful blend of the now and then. If you have half a day to spare and don’t want to miss the highlights, this is the tour to go on.

TRAIL ITINERARY

The Sites of Shining Shanghai

08:00 - 12:00

An early morning pick-up from your centrally located Shanghai hotel marks the start of a half-day exploration of this impressive city. An institution of immense importance is The Bund, a 1.2-kilometre-long boulevard that follows the contours of the Huang Pu River, splitting Shanghai into Pudong and Puxi.

Day or night, you will find hundreds of residents and visitors wandering along the Bund, taking pictures of the soaring Pudong skyline. We head on to the Yu Yuan Gardens, an example of a meticulously-constructed garden compound in the centre of the city from the Ming Dynasty. Numerous figurines and statues ensure that deep-Chinese style of architecture.

At the end of the morning, we drive through the old, aristocrat region of the city: The Shanghai French Concession was a foreign concession in Shanghai, China from 1849 until 1943, which progressively expanded in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Despite re-development over the last few decades, the area retains a distinct character and is a popular tourist destination.

Finally, we end our half-day tour at the stylish Xintiandi District, home of stylish bars, restaurants and quaint little boutiques offering everything from designer clothes to must-have souvenirs. Whether you feel that you want to head back to your overnight address or perhaps wander the Xintiandi before returning on own arrangement to your overnight address, the choice is yours!

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

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INCLUSIONS

  • A half-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 applicable taxes and service charges
  • All entrance and donation fees for visits as mentioned in the description.
  • One commercial / shopping stop is included in this half-day tour

EXCLUSIONS

  • Tours, inclusions of any kind and other services that are not outlined in the tour description
  • 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 private basis as well as on joint / Seat-In-Coach basis with an English-speaking guide only. Other languages are on request / subject to availability and supplementary charges may apply.
  • Return transfers for privately-operated excursions apply only / are inclusive for customers staying in and inside the Puxi side. Transfers outside these areas, including any accommodation outside the Central Business District (i.e. Pudong), Suzhou, Chongming, cruise terminal and Shanghai’s International 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 regret to inform you that most of the museums in China are closed all day on Mondays; wherever possible, we will try to offer alternative visits for touring options on this day.
  • Due to the nature of this tour, we regret to inform you that this excursion is not suitable for wheelchair users.
  • Guests are advised that some walking is required during this excursion; we always ensure that we take the most comfortable ways from the entrance of the sight to the sight itself.
  • 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 pickup 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • This tour is operated only in the morning.

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