Shanghai is the world’s most populous city, which means it has much to do, which can be confusing. That’s why taking a day trip or tour when you first arrive in Shanghai is a great way to acclimatize yourself to the city. You’ll shop at the best places in the world, eat authentic Chinese food, travel to ancient water villages and even see where Shanghai is going in the future, and these three Shanghai tours and day trips are the best.
Shanghai Shopping Tour – Let’s face it, most people do a lot of shopping when they get to Shanghai. It’s known as one of the best shopping cities in the world, with so many cheap products you don’t know where to start. That’s why taking a Shanghai Shopping Tour day trip is a good way to figure out where the best shopping areas are and how to find your way around.
On this one-day tour, you’ll be picked up by a guide at your hotel and taken to department stores, world-class malls, hundred year old shops, specialty stores and super markets all over Shanghai. Your guide will give you some of Shanghai’s ‘shopping secrets’ so, for the rest of your vacation, you’re set up to get the best deals, and you’ll eat authentic Chinese food at a local restaurant. It’s an eight-hour tour and, of course, you can shop and shop while you’re on it.
Shanghai Highlights Cycling Tour – One of the best ways to see any city is from a bicycle and, in Shanghai, where half of the city rides bikes, you’ll have a wonderful time on a half-day cycling tour.
The Shanghai Highlights Cycling Tour is a three hour 20 kilometer trip, during which time you’ll see some of Shanghai’s most famous places. You’ll start off in the French Concession area, the district where the French used to live in the early 20th century and which is now a trendy shopping and dining area, and cycle on to Xintiandi. Taikang Road is next, with its boutiques and cafes, then to Shanghai’s Old Town and the Bund – the street that has some of the oldest colonial-era buildings in the city. You’ll also see People’s Square and even take a ferry across the water to Pudong.
The cycling tour is a wonderful way to figure out how to get around Shanghai and, with a guide who’ll tell you all about each area as you cycle through it, you’ll be see a large part of Shanghai in a short time. The tour includes a traditional Chinese meal at a local Shanghai restaurant, where the guide will help you choose local dishes you’re sure to enjoy.
Suzhou and Zhouzhuang Water Village Tour – This full-day trip is a must see for anyone interested in Chinese history. Suzhou and Zhouzhuang are two of the Shanghai area’s most beautiful water villages. This trip is a 10 hour day trip that will take you a couple of hours outside Shanghai to the Yangtze Basin.
Suzhou was first founded 1,400 years ago and with its old grey brick houses, waterways and canals, it’s often called “The Venice of the East”. Tour Suzhou and its famous gardens, as well as visit a traditional Chinese silk spinning factory.
Moving onto Zhouzhuang, another famous water village, you’ll see locals still living the traditional life that’s been going on here for more than 1,000 years. They wash clothes in the river, take boats from place to place and even buy food from floating restaurants that go from house to house with everything from noodles to rice and curry dishes. Take a Chinese-style gondola and float through the village’s beautiful waterways to experience life just like it was 30 generations ago.
For the Suzhou and Zhouzhuang Water Village Tour, you’ll be picked up and dropped off at your hotel and a traditional Chinese lunch is included.