Old town or new town see the sensational Shanghai on Private tour, Shanghai is an international metropolis known for booming China's financial capital. The city is located on the estuary of the renowned Yangtze River giving it its long history as a gateway to mainland China.
On a guided tour see the famous Pudong area is cosmopolitan and upbeat with great restaurants and nightlife, a must-see for visitors to the city.
The Bund area with its culture, old rickety charm and intriguing backstreet traders, is great and will make you want to stay and have a good wander around for souvenirs, pottery and nick nack.
Primarily a popular shopping city with district's dedicated to tailoring alone it's a shopper's paradise. However, if you want a little culture to take a private tour and see the Jade Buddha Temple it's beauty is mesmerising. Read More...
Shanghai is a shopper's paradise, but if you want a little culture take a private tour and see the Jade Buddha Temple.
The active Shanghai Jade Buddha Temple has 70 resident monks who work and live there.
Take a sightseeing private tour and see this Song Dynasty Style Temple with stunning courtyards, halls and bright saffron-painted yellow walls it is beautiful.
The monks are very proud of the history of this temple and can be seen worshiping at The White Jade jewel encrusted Buddha sitting at the centre of this holy place, quite a breathtaking sight to see.
This Temple is unique in its design, and the monks manage to keep it in pristine condition and are very proud of its heritage and cultural impact.
What to See and Do in Shanghai
Take a guided tour of The Bund (Zhongshan Dong Yi Lu); this famous waterfront has been a symbol of Shanghai for many hundreds of years. On the west bank of the Waibaidu Bridge and Huangpu River, the Boulevard is a mile long with lots of beautiful sculptures and cultural status. You can wander around the winding little streets with the crazy street traders and get a bargain. Try the sightseeing underground from The Bund to Puxi a must see tour.
Yu Garden occupies about 5 acres, on your custom tours see the pavilions, rockeries, halls, cloisters and tranquil ponds. The main scenic must see areas are Huijing Hall, Sansui Hall, Dianchun Hall, Wanhua Chamber and the Inner Garden. When you enter the gardens, you will see the Great Rockery, at the top of the rockery you have a clear view of the gardens. The trees and flowers are the perfect backdrop for lasting photo memories.
The Jade Buddha Temple
The active Shanghai Jade Buddha Temple has 70 resident monks who work and live there. Take a sightseeing private tour and see this Song Dynasty Style Temple with courtyards, halls and bright saffron-painted yellow walls it is stunning. The monks are very proud of the history of this temple and can be seen worshiping at The White Jade jewel encrusted Buddha sitting at the centre of this holy place, quite a breathtaking sight to see.
Xintiandi (Shanghai Town)
In the centre of Shanghai Town take a guided tour of Xintiandi. This strip of Shikumen Houses mixed with modern buildings is a big attraction for many travellers. Your private tour guide will take you around this area and you will see how the people of Shanghai lived in bygone years. The Shikumen houses are unique to Shanghai and they represent the culture and undeniable drive of these people.
Nanjing Road Shopping District
If you want to shop shop and shop then, Nanjing Road is the place for you. Starting at Bund Street and ending at the Jing an Temple everything you can think of is for sale here. For high-end fashion and genuine fake bags and jewellery, you can get it all here. The pedestrian arcades cleared out the big chain stores in favour of convenient shopping malls and speciality stores. From Tiffany to silk shops and street theatre this area has it all.
Shanghai Disney Resort
Book your guided private tour of Shanghai Disneyland and experience the fun and adventure of this magic kingdom. See the enchanted storybook castle which is the largest Disney castle in the world. A huge majority of couples in the Shanghai Province host their weddings here, so this theme park really caters for all. Spend your time in the gardens of imagination, adventure isle, fantasyland, mickey avenue, Tomorrowland and treasure cove.
Oriental Pearl Tower
If you want to see the breathtaking views of Shanghai, you need to take a guided tour to this amazing tower! The observation deck is situated approx 900 ft in the air!!! Very modern design and the lift takes you up very quickly. The views are fantastic, and there is also a restaurant where you can have an expensive drink and look down over the city! A museum is based on the ground floor also.
Jade Buddha Temple
This stunning temple is a perfect example of the Chan Buddhism, a separate school of Chinese Buddhism. A temple is a place of worship with many rooms for meditation with hundreds of Buddha statues which are beautiful. A sightseeing tour here is a must while in the city. It is very peaceful and serene and you will definitely feel more relaxed when you leave.
If you fancy a bit of excitement and adventure, this is the park for you to visit. The place is so well looked after, and the staff are excellent. Many types of rides to suit all ages. There is a trail as well if you fancy yourself as an Indiana Jones type ! you won't be disappointed! If you're a Walt Disney fan, you will enjoy the park for sure.
This is the best place if you want to see Shanghai in all its neon glory in the evening. Many ferries are offering you a tour along the river that separates Bund from Shanghai. Whether you take the ferry or walk along the shore, you will be in awe at the beautiful skyscrapers all lit up in vivid colours, just Wow! Make a stop here and take fabulous photographs.
Travel Tips for Shanghai
Best Time To Visit Shanghai
October, November and late March are the best times to visit Shangai; there are fewer crowds which is better for going on sightseeing tours and the temperatures are more comfortable. Believe it or not, there are fewer rain showers in these months than in the summer months. There are a few different festivals during the months of March to May which are great to experience. If you like F1, the Grand Prix is in April!
Typical Costs in Shanghai
The prices in Shanghai is like most places; there are cheap and cheerful or expensive, it all depends on you and the type of holiday you want and how much you have to spend. There are great places to eat which may not look great, but the food is tasty and cheap, dinner for US$20. Hotels vary in standard and prices from US$30 - US$100 for a double room. To get around the city, take the metro, it is of a very high standard and cheaper than taxis.
Know Before Visiting Shanghai
Arrange your entry and exit visa through your tour travel agent before your arrival into China. There are many restrictions on emigration on the purchase of goods and souvenirs you will be given questionnaires to fill in, complete these honestly as delays may occur or you may jeopardise your entry or exit from China. Learn a few phrases in Mandarin like thank you (xie xie), Hello (nihao), Goodbye (zai jian). Be aware of your surroundings at all times.
Weather in Shanghai
There are four seasons in Shanghai which is known for its humid subtropical climate. There is rarely snow, but temperatures do drop below zero during the winter months. Spring is great for travelling around Shanghai on private tours as the weather is just warming up. Hot and wet is the description of the summer here and then Autumn another great time for tours and seeing the colours change to golden as the temperatures start to cool down.