Indulge for half a day in the wonderful world that is called Shanghai; a blend of East-Meets-West where the impressive skyline and numerous buildings may represent the forward thinking of modern China, but still has a few local surprises up its sleeve.
Shanghai is a thriving, pulsating city; a metropolis that defies all boundaries in terms of architecture, cultural exploration and putting itself in the spotlight as the modern face of China. Constructed along the situated on the estuary of the mighty Yangtze River of China, it has grown from its humble fishing origins even before 1000 AD to an international powerhouse in the commercial and trade sector. Woven between offices and glittering skyscrapers, the traditional side of Shanghai brings visitors back to a beautiful blend of the now and then. If you have half a day to spare and don’t want to miss the highlights, this is the tour to go on.
An early morning pick-up from centrally-located Shanghai hotels marks the start of a half day exploration of this impressive city. This tour is operated on joint basis only so you may make a quick round around the city centre to welcome fellow travelers who are just as keen to see what Shanghai has to offer. An institution of immense importance is The Bund, a 1.2 kilometer long boulevard that follows the contours of the Huang Pu River, splitting Shanghai into Pudong and Puxi. Day or night, you will find hundreds of residents and visitors wandering along the Bund, taking pictures of the soaring Pudong skyline. We head on to the Yu Yuan Gardens, an example of a meticulously-constructed garden compound in the centre of the city from the Ming Dynasty. Numerous figurines and statues ensure that deep-Chinese style of architecture.
At the end of the morning, we drive through the old, aristocrat region of the city: The Shanghai French Concession was a foreign concession in Shanghai, China from 1849 until 1943, which progressively expanded in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Despite re-development over the last few decades, the area retains a distinct character, and is a popular tourist destination. Finally, we end our half day tour at the stylish Xintiandi District, home of stylish bars, restaurants and quaint little boutiques offering everything from designer clothes to must-have souvenirs. Whether you feel that you want to head back to your overnight address or perhaps wander the Xintiandi an return on own arrangement back to your hotel, the choice is yours!