Shanghai Travel Guide

It is the largest economic and trade center in China, and one of Chinas

Shanghai retains Chinas last vestige of its unusualcolonial past. The architecture along the Bund is a living museum of the colonial history of the 1800s. Shanghai stands in the front line of Chinas economic development. The Pudong areawith itsprosperous cosmopolitan featuresis guaranteed to wow visitors.

Shanghai, a directly-controlled municipality and the largest city in China, is sandwiched between the provinces of Jiangsu and Zhejiang.In the middle of Chinas coast, on the south of the mouth of the Yangtze, it is about 2 hours by air fromBeijingorHong Kong.

Shanghai, Jiangsu, and Zhejiang have hada144-hour visa-free transit policyfor international passengers since January 30, 2016.

The new policy covers travelers from51 countries and regions, including the US, the UK, Australia, and Canada.

Eligiblepassengers can enjoy a 144-hour visa-free stay in thethree provincial level areasupon entry to China via Shanghais air, sea and railway ports, Nanjing Lukou International Airport of Jiangsu, or Hangzhou Xiaoshan International Airport of Zhejiang.

They must laterdepart for a third country(or region, i.e. HK/Macau/Taiwan) from one of the above-listed ports. SeeHow to Make the Most of Your 144-Hour Visa-Free Stay in Shanghai.

Shanghais classic skyline views

Shanghai is Chinas largest and richest city

Chinas biggest and most prosperous city oozes an atmosphere of vitality and rival New York and Paris in terms of modernity.

A Blend of Eastern and Western Cultures

Shanghais colonial legacy combined with Chinese culture has created a unique fusion of East and West.

From Shanghai it is easy to travel to Xian to see the Terracotta Army or up to Beijing to see the Forbidden City and the Great Wall of China, or to Guilin to see the beautiful karst landscape.

Shanghais gorgeous night scene:

One of the main highlights that will linger in visitors mind. As night descends the entire city is lit up by colorful lights.

Shanghai has emerged as one of the most popular travel destinations worldwide. It is constantly improving its travel infrastructure and facilities to ensure tourists an exceptional and memorable experience, and many choose to return.

The typical Chinese architecture in Shanghai, Yuyuan Garden

Stroll down the Bund promenade or board an evening cruise boat to enjoy Shanghais

of colonial-era buildings and tall skyscrapers along the Huangpu River.

Contemplate the masterpieces of traditional Chinese art in

Enjoy a birds-eye view of the city from the

, a water town with fascinating canals, bridges, and architecture.

Although Shanghai is a very busy city with heavy traffic, the old part of the city has a lot ofancient and quiet streets,which you may walk or bike around to have a look at old Shanghai. See ourShanghai walking routesandbiking guide.

Shanghai is a world famous destination with classic gardens, colonial architecture, tall skyscrapers, tranquil water towns, museums, etc.

Symbolic of colonial Shanghai, the Bund has dozens of buildings of various architectural styles.

Yuyuan (Happiness Garden)

houses a wonderful collection of classically Chinese traditional buildings and it is an oasis in the bustling city.

Aa serene place in the hustling city, with amazing jade statues, gorgeous buildings and a lovely Chinese garden.

A newly-built amusement park blends the magic of Disney and unique cultural elements of China.

An ancient town endowed with waterways, ancient bridges, and traditional Chinese-style residences.

The best times to visit Shanghai areMarchMayandSeptemberNovemberwhen the weather is pleasant.

Try toavoid Labor Day holiday(May 13) andNational Day holiday(October 17) when all tourist sites are crowded with Chinese people. Hot summer and cold winter are good seasons to travel in terms of cost.

Shanghai is a perfect blend of theEastand theWest, theancientand themodern. If you would like toexplore the real Shanghaiandexperience the best of Shanghai, it will prove helpful to have a professional travel advisor tohelp you plan your tour.

Here are our most popular Shanghai tours for inspiration:

Visit the highlights in Beijing, Xian and Shanghai.

5-Day Essence of Shanghai and Hangzhou Tour

See the most famous sights in Shanghai and Hangzhou, like the Bund and West Lake.

Shanghai Essence and Water Village VIP Day Tour:

Take you to visit Zhujiajiao Water Village, the World Financial Center and the Bund.

Are the above tours not suitable for you? We have moreShanghai tours. Our tours can betailor-madebased on your requirements and budget. Please feel free to contact us.

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