Best of Shanghai

  • Port

    Shanghai, China

  • Activity Level

    Strenuous

  • Excursion Type

    Local Sightseeing, All

  • Wheelchair Accessible

    NO

  • Cost

    USD USD

    Price between $51-$100
  • Minimum Age

    Information not currently available.

  • Duration

    8½ Hours

  • Meals Included

    Yes

Known as the Paris of the East and the Queen of the Orient, Shanghai is the largest city in China with a population of 13 million. This tour will show you the many highlights of this vast city. Your first stop will be at the Shanghai Museum, which houses 110,000 historical objects and 430,000 reference pieces. Continue to the New Economic Zone in the Pudong New Area, where you will view the Jin Mao Building and the oddly futuristic Oriental Pearl TV and Radio Tower. The fifth-tallest structure in the world, this peculiar tower has become a symbol of the city and fully captures the boldness and glitz that embody today’s Shanghai. It’s hard to believe that prior to 1990, the Pudong New Area was farmland and rice paddies. Today, it is an urban experiment that is expected to become Asia’s financial, economic and commercial center. Travel by motor coach along Shanghai’s premier attraction, the Bund. It was here that early English trading companies set up shop and built enduring colonial structures that overlook the river. Watch for the legendary Peace Hotel and Shanghai Club. Enjoy a Chinese lunch at a four-star hotel before visiting the Yuyuan Garden which, with less than five acres, has more than 40 scenic spots in the inner and outer gardens, both following the classical style of the Ming Dynasty. The last stop on your tour today is the Jade Buddha Temple. It was first built in AD 1882 to house the two jade Buddha statues brought back from Burma by the monk Huigen. The temple was rebuilt in 1918 and is easily identifiable by its bright saffron walls. The centerpiece is a six-foot-tall, white-jade seated Buddha, encrusted with jewels. Artifacts abound, not all on display, and some 7,000 Buddhist sutras line the walls. This is one of the busiest and most famous working Buddhist temples in the south of China.