Days
4
Price from
$817USD

Explore the many faces of bustling Shanghai on this short independent tour

Fusing cutting-edge modern architecture and ancient personality, Shanghai stands tall as the new face of China. You’ll discover both sides of its fascinating character on this short adventure, from the boutiques of the Luwan and Xuhui districts – the former French Concession – to the atmospheric charm of the Bund waterfront and the winding waterways of Zhujiajiao.

Independent Experiences
Independent travel, without the stress. Peregrine’s Independent Experiences are a range of short ‘mini tours’ that you can add to other Experiences or as an extension to a longer tour, to craft your perfect holiday itinerary. Independent Experiences are for 1-3 travellers, come accompanied by a local Peregrine guide and depart daily.

TRIP CHANGES FOR 2017:
This trip will be discontinued in 2017. For other great Independent Experiences in the region, see PCBJX Beijing Experience or PCGWX Great Wall Experience.


Start
Shanghai, China
Finish
Shanghai, China
Country
China
Style
Peregrine
Code
PCSHX
Physical rating
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1, Max 3

Why we love this trip

  • Get an insight into China’s revolutionary history with the fascinating collection of political art at the Shanghai Propaganda Poster Art Centre

  • Discover the breadth of Shanghai's architecture in a city that straddles the past and the future – from the Shikumen houses of the nongtangs (alleys) to the eclectic art-deco marvels lining the Bund and the towers piercing the sky in Pudong

  • Walk into the traditional side of China on strolls through the alleys, and cruises down the canals, of the tranquil water town of Zhujiajiao

  • Travel privately and discover Shanghai with English-speaking local tour guides at your side

Is this trip right for you?

  • This is an ‘independent’ tour. You’ll have a Peregrine guide for each Experience (but not while on transport between each Experience if you booked several). As the name suggests, this is not a group tour, so it is just you and/or your booking party. You’ll never be left totally alone though – you will have 24/7 support from your guide and our local office.

  • It’s up to you if you dine with your guide in the evening – they’re available if you want some extra company.

  • This Independent Experience is perfect for those that only have limited time and want to take in the best that Shanghia has to offer.

  • You can link together our 'Independent Experiences' to create a trip of your own choosing – we also have them in Xi'an, Beijing and a special Great Wall experience.

Itinerary

Nimen Hao! Welcome to China. Blending 21st-century architecture with old-world character, Shanghai pulses with the beat of new China. A Shanghai airport or train station arrival transfer is included, please provide your flight/train details at the time of booking, or no later than 14 days prior to travel. Once you have provided your details a transfer representative will be booked to meet you and transfer you to your hotel. Your local guide will meet and greet you at the hotel upon your arrival. Shanghai’s bright lights, fevered trade and frenetic pace provide a glimpse into the dazzling global future of the country. Your evening is free for your first exploration of the city – perhaps get a taste of Shanghai’s eclectic food scene, which draws on influences from far beyond China’s walls.
Accommodation
  • Shanghai Kingtown Hotel Plaza or similar (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Today join your leader for a walking tour that will take you to historical Shanghai. At the Bund you can get a taste of 1920s Shanghai; its spectacular array of art deco style buildings, formerly belonging to Western banks, line what was once the most important financial street in Asia. Wander the narrow winding lanes (nongtangs) of old Shanghai, where you can get a real glimpse into the locals’ daily life. Explore the European-influenced French Concession, the area of Shanghai once designated for the French, consisting of today's Luwan and Xuhui Districts. Luwan's Huaihai Road is a busy shopping street and is home to Xintiandi and Tian Zi Fang, extremely popular shopping and dining spots for visitors. The area's tree-lined avenues and their many Tudor mansions still retain an air of the 'Paris of the East'. You’ll also get a fascinating look at China's revolutionary past at the Propaganda Museum, which houses a collection of posters detailing the government’s attempts to control the thoughts of the population. There will also be time to wander the Yuyuan Gardens – famous classical gardens from the 16th century that retain the feel of traditional China. Contrast that with the sights of Pudong – the modern financial centre – with its amazing skyscrapers like the iconic Pearl Tower, and the world's highest observation deck on the 100th floor of the Shanghai World Financial Centre.
Accommodation
  • Shanghai Kingtown Hotel Plaza or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Shanghai - Yuyuan Gardens
  • Propaganda Museum
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
This morning you’ll drive out of the big city to a town where ancient times live on – Zhujiajiao (approximately 1 hour). You’ll spend the day exploring this ancient, well-preserved Chinese water town. Surrounded by lakes and rivers, with canals running through the centre and bridges crossing them, the town is undeniably picturesque. You’ll spend some time exploring with you leader before free time on your own. Walk down the cobbled alleyway and across bridges like Fangsheng Bridge, and then find a traditional (or perhaps cool) café for lunch. You could also sample some of the wares of the street vendors who sell food all-over town. Explore the Kezhi garden, the old buildings, and get your fortune told in Yuanjin Buddhist temple. Maybe get a unique view of the town on a boat trip, with a tea ceremony and traditional Chinese music on-board. When you return to the city, perhaps end your last Shanghai evening with a beer or cocktail in one of the highest bars in the world.
Accommodation
  • Shanghai Kingtown Hotel Plaza or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Zhujiajiao - Water Town Day Trip with Lunch
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Your Shanghai experience will come to end today after breakfast. There are no activities planned for the final day and you are able to depart the accommodation at any time.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast

Meals

3 breakfasts

Transport

Private Vehicle, Metro

Accommodation

Hotel (3 nights)

Included Activities

  • Shanghai - Yuyuan Gardens
  • Propaganda Museum
  • Zhujiajiao - Water Town Day Trip with Lunch

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Important notes

1. Arrival and departure transfers are included.
2. Please make sure you have access to an additional US$500, to be used when unforeseen incidents or circumstances outside our control (eg. a natural disaster, civil unrest or an outbreak of bird flu) necessitate a change to our planned route.
3. In the case of a genuine crisis or emergency, our local offices can be reached on: +861064067328
4. China visa supporting documents will be provided by Peregrine.
5. This is an ‘independent’ tour. You’ll have a Peregrine guide for each Experience (but not while on transport between each Experience if you booked several). As the name suggests, this is not a group tour, so it is just you (and your travelling companions if you booked with a friend). You will have 24/7 support from your guide and our local office. It’s up to you if you dine with your guide in the evening – they’re available if you wish.

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