Shanghai: Decadent, modern, exciting Tour Overview
Shanghai is undoubtedly the most dynamic and exciting city in the world’s fastest changing nation. Once the decadent playground of foreign adventure-seekers, Shanghai has once again emerged as an exhilarating and world-class city.
Cosmopolitan without losing its sense of history, this booming metropolis is the showpiece of the fast-paced Chinese economy, where temples and local markets are nestled between towering monuments to capitalism, and tree-lined European avenues from the colonial past lead to contemporary shopping malls with the latest brands and charming local designer's boutiques.
Walk through Shanghai’s past with a visit to the Yuyuan Gardens, one of the finest imperial gardens throughout China, then discover its creative side at the galleries of Tianzifang. Enjoy a dream-like boat ride on the heavenly canals of Suzhou, then continue exploring the mix of east and west along The Bund. Exploring Shanghai brings together the past, present, and future in a city that never stops.
Insider Eperences & Highlights:
The Bund, where colonial glamour meets modern China, the Canals of Suzhou, boutique shopping along the famous Tianzifang, a traditional Chinese Acrobatic Show, cycling the Old Town, The Yuyuan Gardens and more.
The Langham Xintiandi is ideally located in the heart of Shanghai adjacent to Huai Hai Road, known as the Champs Elysees of the East, and its boutiques, cares and bars.
Accomodation/Hotel, Private Driver Transfers, Private Tour Guides, Museum & Heritage Buildings' Entrances, Culinary Excursions with daily lunch and two evenings where we have selected restaurants highlighting excellent local cuisine.
Duration: 4 Days
Day by Day: Your tailored Shanghai itinerary...
Day 01 Welcome! Check-in, local dining and sights
After your arrival, we'll book into the wonderful Hotel Langham Xintiandi, then jump right into local life and an 'Insider's' travel experience with a personal invitation to a Shanghaiese family’s home. You’ll have an unforgettable insight into Chinese society, and warm hospitality over a meal of authentic cuisine. In the afternoon, wander the intricate paths of the Yuyuan Garden, one of the best imperial gardens in China known for its impeccable detail, classic architecture, and serene views. You’ll have some time to browse the lively bazaar alongside, which sells all sorts of traditional items and wares, perfect for gifts.
Day 02 Tianzifang, cosmopolitan life, local dining, boutiques & sights
Take a stroll through the collegiate Shanghai Campus area, where some of the brightest minds in China meet regularly to discuss and debate, as well as host talks from some of the world’s great contemporary thinkers. Continue into the cosmopolitan soul of modern Shanghai at Tianzifang, a newly renovated old quarter of the city with the swankiest cafes, designer boutiques, and stores. Finish the day with a show of Chinese acrobatics that has to be seen to be believed.
Day 03 The Canals of Suzhou, a Teahouse luncheon, pure escapism
Come morning, you’ll be in the dreamlike city of Suzhou, renowned by artists and poets for centuries. The town is built on a network of interlocking canals feeding the ponds and lakes of the best classical style gardens in China. After lunch at a local teahouse, explore the Humble Administrator’s Garden, generally considered the finest in Southern China. If time allows, find a slice of the old empire in the Suzhou old town.
Day 04 Biking around the Old Town, Drinks at the Bund
Bike around the old town of Shanghai, a mélange of architectural heritages from east and west, then stroll along the Bund, where buildings from the glory days of imperial Shanghai stand across the glittering skyscrapers of the contemporary city. Take the public ferry to explore the futuristic buildings up close, and look down from one of the highest observation points in the world.
Further Details: Accommodation, food, weather, inclusions ...
Ideally located in the heart of Shanghai’s entertainment hub, The Langham Xintiandi is also adjacent to the high street chic of Huai Hai Road, known as the Champs Elysees of the East. Enjoy the inner city excitement of Shanghai, close by are must-see museums, charming cafe's, excellent restaurants and bars. The Langham is a
5-star property. The South Huangpi Road Subway Station (Line 1), is at its front door and provides easy access to the top tourist attractions in Shanghai such as the People’s Square and The Bund. Modern rooms feature dark wood interiors and oversized windows overlooking the city.
Shanghai cuisine, also known as Hu cuisine, tends to expertly modify the tastes and techniques of surrounding provinces, such as Jiangsu and Zhejiang. Yet what can be called Shanghai cuisine is epitomised by a generous splash of alcohol to the pan! Fish, crab, chicken are "drunken" with spirits and are briskly cooked/steamed or served raw. Salted meats and preserved vegetables are also commonly used to enhance the dish. Noodle bars also abound and are rightly famous with cult like followings.
We 'curate' a selection of dining experiences to highlight authentic local cuisine and local beer is also available at meals, some Shanghai brewers are doing a superb job!
What to pack? What's the weather like?
Shanghai weather is generally mild and moist, with four distinct seasons - a pleasant warm spring, an even warmer rainy summer, a comfortable cool autumn and an overcast brisk winter. The region's location at the estuary of the Yangtze River to the East China Sea makes it wet such that it rains for about one third of the year.
The hottest time here comes in July and August, with more than 10 days at temperatures around 35 C (95 F). The coldest time is from the late January to early February. The spring from March to May is very pleasant and a light coat serves you well by early evening.