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Shanghai - Best Tours & Trips 2019

Situated on China's central coast, and the biggest city in the country. It's a hotbed of history, city life and modern culture. Other than Beijing, this is where many China tours begin or end and it is a spectacular introduction to the many nuances of China.

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Shanghai Trip Reviews


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Shanghai Tour Reviews - Summary
97% Recommend

4.7 out of 5
Excellent 59 Great 17 Average 1 Disappointing 0 Terrible 1
Value
4.7 Guide
4.7 Activities
4.7 Lodging
4.7 Transportation
4.7 Meals
4.7

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What a nightmare! October 2018

1.0

14 Day China & Tibet Discovery 2018 Itinerary

  • Value 1.0
  • Guide 1.0
  • Activities 1.0
  • Lodging 1.0
  • Transportation 1.0
  • Meals 1.0
Do not book with Gate 1. If you do, don't get sick cause they leave you for dead. If you do they will take creepy photos of you. If you do don't get the travel insurance, because they will not honor it. Read more

Operator Gate 1

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Imperial China and Yangtze River Cruise October 2018

5.0

Imperial China & Yangtze River Cruise

  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
We have just returned from this busy and full on trip. As other reviews have
said 'China is big!' We saw and experienced so much - from the different
styles of food, transport and sites. Our guide was informative and shared
lots of information regarding Chinese culture and history as well as the
amazing development that has occurred during the last 20 years.
Realising just how far China has come and how far it plans to go. This is awe
inspiring rather than inspirational. The infrastructure projects, buildings,
size of cities, numbers of travellers/ tourists/people. Reading about it
can't really prepare you for the reality.


Dragon was extremely good at managing expectations and ensuring the whole
group navigated the busy schedule. He was professional, funnyGo patient and
very good at helping us make the most of the opportunities available. This
included where to stand on the boat to get the best view, upgrading our
dining option on the Yangtze cruise to avoid the scrum in the dining room. We
enjoyed hearing his anecdotes of growing up and life in China.


Be prepared for the crowds but don't let them put you off as the Chinese were
always friendly, helpful and good natured. Take mosquito repellent and wear
comfortable shoes as there is a lot of walking but it is all manageable. Use
the 'farmers' to carry your bag on to the cruise boat there are a lot of
steep steps down to the river. Have an open mind and be willing to go with
the flow. Foot massages were great (especially the ones on the cruise).
Enjoy!


We met lots of interesting travlleling companions and the group size of 16
worked well with a mix of couples and singles, so there were always people to
hang out with if you wanted to. Go for it - you won't be disappointed


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Operator Exodus Travels

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China and Yangtze October 2018

5.0

Imperial China & Yangtze River Cruise

  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Great trip ,great guide.so much going on!!!
One of the best of 10 trips I have been on with exodus.Thank you Chris .
Just loved the cycling

Operator Exodus Travels

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China in summer! October 2018

4.0

Imperial China & Yangtze River Cruise

  • Value 4.0
  • Guide 4.0
  • Activities 4.0
  • Lodging 4.0
  • Transportation 4.0
  • Meals 4.0
A very good and interesting holiday taking in all the fascinating places that
China has to offer.
Seeing the Terracotta Army was for me the most inspirational part of the
trip. The size of the find and how much they still have to uncover, so much
so that they are leaving a huge proportion to future generations to explore
as they have so much to do already.


Our group leader Jane could t have been more helpful or considerate, she was
a delight and went out of her way to help everyone making sure that we were
all comfortable and supported. She was also very knowledgeable about every
part of the trip. She will be truly missed.


August is the Chinese school holidays and also the hottest time of the year
so really crowded everywhere and extremely hot and humid. Think about going
at a different time of the year!


I throughly enjoyed the trip, we saw so much and experienced so much. All was
well organised. Comfortable hotels and great food. Lots to see and do. And
many many steps! Worst day was 45 flights of stairs! Wish I’d started
counting the steps when I arrived. Lots of walking and half of them upor down
or so it seemed! If you go in the summer take clothes that can be easily
washed through, it’s very, very sweaty!


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Operator Exodus Travels

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Excellent tour October 2018

5.0

Imperial China & Yangtze River Cruise

  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Fabulous tour - it covered everythingI wanted to see or do, and much more -it
exceeded my expectations. I loved every minute. Everyday was different and a
pleasant experience. Great guide, great group, great fun, great tour, not to
be missed.
Climbing the Great Wall of China at Mutiayun! That was an achievement for me
- I didn't think that I would manage to climb to the top but I did!


Excellent - Kris, our tour guide, is professional, knowledgeable, friendly
and caring - exceptional. Kris made the tour fun and a fabulous experience.


Manage your own expectations and others about limited access and availability
of wi fi and ability to contact family and friends easily. Take "roll on" or
"liquid" insect repellent and not pressurised or "flammable" ones as these
are not allowed in cabin luggage on trains, or aircraft.


I highly recommend Exodus and this tour - excellent trip and a great tour
company.


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Operator Exodus Travels

Shanghai Tours and Travel Guide


Shanghai Attractions & Landmarks Guide

Situated on China's central coast, and the biggest city in the country. It's a hotbed of history, city life and modern culture. Other than Beijing, this is where many China tours begin or end and it is a spectacular introduction to the many nuances of China.

Top 5 Things to Do in Shanghai

1. See the Old & the NewGet a glimpse of old China and older Shanghai in Zhujiajiao, a traditional “water town”, with life surrounding the various canals winding through the towns. Narrow bridges connect over these waterways, and lead into a tangle of charming, pedestrian back streets too narrow for cars.

Then, take a quick ride back into the city to get a look at the Shanghai World Financial Center, the 9th tallest building in the world, a symbol of modernization and modern China.

2. Yuyuan Garden Take a moment to appreciate some of China’s beautiful endemic plant life inside the Yuyuan Garden. This garden was originally intended to serve as a private garden for Ming-dynasty official Pan Yunduan and his family, though it is now completely open to the public.

There are 6 main areas and 30 pavilions, each with their own with ornate decorated bridges and colorful pagodas, and quiet private areas. In particular, be sure to visit the dazzling Jade Magnificence Hall and the magical Lotus Pool.

3. Shanghai’s Oldest Temples - Longhua Temple and Jade Buddha Temple. Longhua Temple is the oldest and largest religious complex in Shanghai. This 10th century, multi-story pagoda is filled with treasures, as are the surrounding buildings.

In the spring, this is site is also one of the best places to see the peach blo Jade Buddha Temple is known for its legions of statues, most notably two large jade buddhas and three golden ones representing past, present, and future, this temple is also still inhabited by monks -- one of the few remaining in Shanghai. 

4. Walk the Bund - This is the bridge connecting Shanghai’s mainland across the Huangpu River, and also the classic location to get a photo of Shanghai’s famous skyline. We recommend going at night -- not only is there less of a chance of smog concealing the view, but the buildings are also known for their fantastic light shows. You will feel as if you’ve been transported into the future.

5. Nanjing Road This is Shanghai’s most famous shopping centers, Nanjing Road is lined with dozens of international and local shops. Although not the best place to find a bargain, the beautiful architecture of the area and the lively hustle and bustle make it one of the must-see sights in Shanghai. The views at night are equally spectacular as the daytime; neon signs turn their lights on and are reminiscent of Times Square.

Private Tours in Shanghai

Shanghai is a large and crowded city, so it makes sense if you want to make sure you won’t be lost in the crowds of a large tour group. One solution to this would be to book a private tour of Shanghai, a surprisingly popular option.

Although meals are not typically included in these tours, you can expect to get many more genuine and personalized suggestions for restaurants, along with everything else.

If you have a specific interest, like Chinese history, for example, having a privately guided tour ensures that all of your questions will be answered and the specific sightseeing you wanted to do will be.

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