On a tour to Shanghai, which once enjoyed the fame of "Paris of the East" and is now China's most potent economic engine, you'll see China's past, present, and future in such a concrete way. The colonial architecture is still evident at the Bund and former French Concession. An unparalleled birds-eye city view from the top of the Jinmao Tower. The old Shanghai lifestyle in the hidden alleys around Tian Zi Fang.
China Odyssey Tours has put together a list of Shanghai itineraries combining essential sightseeing with hidden treasure exploration. Whether you seek a classical image of Shanghai or a more profound understanding, our Shanghai tour packages below have something for you, or we will help you tailor-make your own Shanghai tour.
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- Can I spend some time exploring Shanghai while waiting to transfer? When taking an international transfer via Pudong International Airport, Hongqiao International Airport, railway stations, and cruise ports in Shanghai, passport holders of 53 countries and regions, including the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand, enjoy a 144-Hour Visa-Free Transit. Please visit the relevant embassy or consulate website for information about the document requirement.
- How many days should I spend in Shanghai to see the main attractions? 2 to 3 days are sufficient to see the majority of Shanghai's top sights, including the Bund, Yu Garden, Shanghai Museum, the former French Concession, etc. If your trip takes four days, you can plan to spend one of those days in the nearby Zhujiajiao Water Town.
- What is the best season to visit Shanghai? It is generally in spring and autumn, that is, from March to May, and from October to November. In the spring, the weather is warm and comfortable, and you may enjoy the blossoms of plum and peach everywhere. While autumn is the greatest time to taste hairy crabs, with their plump crab roe and fat getting thick.
- Any dishes can't I miss in Shanghai? Other than the classic Fried Buns and Steamed Buns, you must try the pork Moon Cake, Zui Xia (shrimps marinated in yellow rice wine), and Xie Ke Huang (fried soft crab shells filled with meat). These are, of course, just a few of the many delicious Shanghai dishes that are waiting for you to discover on your own in local restaurants.
- Where to stay in Shanghai? -Near People's Square: Shanghai s attractions are easily accessible on foot from this area, which is considered Shanghai's hub. -Lujiazui: On the opposite side of the Bund, it is one of the most concentrated areas of high-end hotels in Shanghai. -Near Jing'an Temple: This region is ideal for experiencing local life with a strong cultural flavor.
- What are some good souvenirs from Shanghai? In addition the classic souvenir – silk, there are also many unique products that you can bring home: - Li Tang Gao, made from white sugar, almonds, and 14 kinds of Chinese herbal medicines, is used to treat cough and stimulate appetites. - White Rabbit creamy candy, native to Shanghai, is one of the most popular candies in China. - Shanghai Coffee, the oldest coffee brand in China. - Jingfeng Yellow Rice Wine, brewed with high-quality sticky rice. - Jingjing fermented bean curd, with a unique flavor, is one of the most popular seasonings in Shanghai.
- Is tipping generally common in Shanghai? There is no local custom of tipping. Sometimes tipping is even considered impolite or embarrassing. If you want to express your gratitude to those who serve you, saying a "Xie Xie" and a polite will suffice.
- Things to do in Shanghai for family and child? Visit the Shanghai Natural History Museum, which has over 290,000 global collections. Explore the Yuyuan Market and sample a variety of regional treats. Visit the Shanghai Ocean Aquarium to unlock the secrets of marine life. Or enjoy a wonderful day at Shanghai Disneyland Park.
- Are there any other tourist destinations close to Shanghai? Hangzhou, Suzhou, and Huangshan are popular tourist destinations close to Shanghai and are known for their stunning landscapes and vibrant cultures. You can add these destinations to your Shanghai trip if you have enough time.
- Are there only squat toilets？ Although Chinese toilets are typically squat-style, Shanghai’s modern airports, hotels, and popular tourist destinations now feature western types. Always keep in mind to bring tissues, in case some public restrooms do not provide toilet paper.