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                                  Shanghai is an international metropolis with a blend of rich history and fashionable modernity. On our Shanghai mini group and private tour packages, one can feel the vitality and prosperity of this city from the museum to Yuyuan Garden and the thriving Bund area. A short cruise on the Huangpu River is also a fantastic experience. Nearby water towns are unique and well worth a visit to round off your Shanghai tour.

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                                  144-Hour Visa-Free Transit in Shanghai
                                  China's 144-hour visa free transit policy, carried out in Shanghai Municipality, Jiangsu Province and Zhejiang Province, makes a layover tour in Shanghai and its surroundings without a visa much easier than ever before. Transit travelers from 53 countries or regions can benefit from this policy and move around the three regions with visa exemption. More specifically, Suzhou, Hangzhou, Nanjing, and water towns like Wuzhen, Zhouzhuang and Tongli are all great places for a layover tour. Contact us to know more and better plan your Shanghai tours.

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                                  How many airports are there in Shanghai? Which one should I choose to book my flight?

                                  The city has two airports – Pudong International Airport (PVG) and Hongqiao International Airport (SHA). If you are going to book a domestic flight, Hongqiao airport should be your first choice since it is much closer to the downtown area. If you want to book an international flight, Pudong Airport has a wider choice of flights.

                                  I've heard there are several water towns near Shanghai. Which one should I choose for a day trip?

                                  There are eight ancient water towns with somewhat similar landscapes near the city. The tranquil and less-touristy Xitang and Tongli give visitors a better experience. Both of them are around 1.5 hours drive. However, if you like a more bustling atmosphere, the more developed Zhouzhuang or Wuzhen, still hold irresistible charms and captivate tourists from around the world.

                                  Can you tell me which tower would be the best to visit, Oriental Pearl TV Tower, World Financial Center, Jin Mao Tower or Shanghai Tower?

                                  Either Shanghai Tower or the World Financial Center is a good option. As the tallest and second tallest skyscrapers in China, they both offer amazing city views with symbolic landmarks including the neighboring Jin Mao Tower and the Oriental Pearl TV Tower. For a thrill, the World Financial Center has a transparent glass floor at F100 for visitors to walk on and look down to the ground below.

                                  I will stay in Shanghai for a few days. Which neighboring city can I visit and come back in the same day?

                                  You can take a private day trip to Suzhou or Hangzhou by a high-speed train. The one way train journey to Suzhou takes only about 30 minutes, and around 1 hour to Hangzhou.

                                  Both Suzhou and Hangzhou are quite different from the hustle and bustle of Shanghai. Suzhou is known for its exquisite classical gardens, where you can enjoy a charming natural beauty, harmonious old buildings and rich local culture. Hangzhou, nicknamed “heaven on earth”, boasts great natural beauty and cultural relics. You will definitely be struck by the enchanting scenery of the West Lake, which has been listed as a World Cultural Heritage Site by UNESCO since 2011. No matter which of the two you visit, you won't be disappointed by our Shanghai vacation packages.

                                  Is it possible to take the maglev train to the airport instead of your private car?

                                  Yes, we are very happy to arrange the amazingly fast maglev train for your Shanghai city tour. It is recommended to use the maglev if your flight arrives at or leaves from Pudong International Airport. Below are the maglev operation times.

                                  Route: Longyang Rd. – Pudong International Airport (PVG)
                                  From Longyang Rd.: 06:45 – 21:40
                                  From Pudong Airport: 07:02 - 21:42; Two extra trains at 22:15 and 22:40 from PVG
                                  Frequency: 15-20 minutes

                                  I'm very interested in visiting the Disneyland. Can I add it into your private Shanghai tour itinerary?

                                  The Disneyland is indeed an incredibly happy place, and you can certainly add it to any of our Shanghai local tour itineraries. To save your travel cost, we suggest you book tickets on the Disney Resort App, on the official website of the park, call 400-180-0000 or 86-21-31580000. Also, though it is not that essential to have a guide for the Disneyland, we are more than happy to offer private transfers to and from Disneyland for your convenience.
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                                    4.8205 Reviews
                                    Posted on January 05, 2021
                                    The guides were considerate and careful. They offered good services and vivid explanations. The Shanghai tour was an excellent experience for me. Thank TravelChinaGuide for making such a wonderful tour!
                                    Louis Valencia
                                    Posted on December 23, 2020
                                    The 2 days Shanghai tour was great. Attractions were very beautiful and various in style.
                                    The guide gave us a good explanation and treated us kindly. He got along well with us and always livened up the atmosphere during the trip.
                                    Posted on December 16, 2020
                                    I experienced different kinds of scenery in the 4 days Shanghai tour. Shanghai was busy and prosperous while the Tongli Water Town was quaint and peaceful. I was so thrilled to take a Huangpu cruise. The western style architecture and the high-rise buildings on the banks of Huangpu River came into my eyes. Standing in the Shanghai World Financial Center, I could have a bird view of the whole city. The Tongli Water Town was a good place to have a leisure walk!
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                                    Posted on November 29, 2020
                                    It was my first trip to Shanghai with my son. For me, joining a group solved the scheduling troubles.
                                    I chose TravelChinaGuide to plan my Shanghai tour. They did an excellent job! The itinerary was reasonable and not in a hurry. My son and I could keep up with the group. Everyone was punctual and friendly. We were able to arrive at the scenic spots and return to the hotel on time.
                                    The guide also cared about us especially my son. My son liked her very much! I was pleased with the Shanghai tour and wished I had the guide accompany if I could return. ... More
                                    Posted on November 16, 2020
                                    The Shanghai tour was one of the most unforgettable trips I have ever experienced! I was willing to share it with all my friends and family.
                                    Marc Henry
                                    Posted on November 04, 2020
                                    The guides were very good and arranged everything carefully. My parents and I had great fun on the Shanghai tour to Suzhou and Hangzhou. We all very liked beautiful Suzhou. The accommodation was of high quality. It was a satisfactory trip!
                                    Gillian Roy
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                                    Posted on October 18, 2020
                                    The 3 days Shanghai tour gave me a good travel experience. The itinerary was easy and not in a hurry.
                                    The guide made great use of time and arranged everything properly. There was no shopping stop. What we need to do during this trip was to have a great rest and enjoy the beautiful scenic spots. That’s so good!
                                    April Decoster
                                    Posted on September 29, 2020
                                    I spent very enjoyable four days in Shanghai. The itinerary was so good and I liked every attraction. I learned a lot about Shanghai culture and history by listening to the guides’ explanations. The two jade Buddha statues in the Jade Buddha Temple impressed me as well as the pious monks and people. The ancient and classical architectural style of the temple made it unique and inimitable in this modern city. I will recommend the 4 days Shanghai tour to my friends.
                                    Posted on September 08, 2020
                                    The Shanghai 3 days tour itinerary was fantastic. The hotel was clean and comfortable and the food was to my taste. The guides were also very active and responsible. The scenic spots and the experience items were very good, especially the Huangpu River cruise. I could get a good view of Shanghai along the river on the boat. I had a memorable time in Shanghai.
                                    United Kingdom
                                    Posted on August 18, 2020
                                    I enjoyed the beautiful scenery and delicious food in the 5 days Shanghai, Suzhou, Hangzhou tour with my parents. The culture and scenic spots of each place were explained very well. Every detail of the trip was well thought out and great attention was paid to every visitor. The itinerary was very reasonable and the accommodation and meals were excellent. I was very satisfied with the service of the guides and liked them. It is recommended to choose the tour if you want to go to Suzhou and Hangzhou. ... More
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