China Highlights aim to offer you memorable tours of discovering Shanghai, a booming megalopolis mixing the West and the East, the modern and the ancient.
As a gateway to China and the Yangtze River delta, China Highlights also designs tours extending to the Yellow Mountains, Suzhou, Hangzhou, and nearby water towns from Shanghai. Every tour can be tailored to your dates and interests. We are all about 'Discovery Your Way!'
5 Most Popular Shanghai Tours
Best time to visit Shanghai
Shanghai’s most pleasant weather comes in May, September, October, and November, being neither too hot nor too cold and with little rain.
July and August are the hottest months in Shanghai, with more than 15 days each month seeing temperatures above 35 °C (95 °F).
January to early February is the coldest time, with an average low of 1 °C (34 °F).
What to See in Shanghai: Top 10 Attractions
- The Bund and Nanjing Road: the symbolism of Shanghai, renowned for its colonial architectural buildings.
- Yu Garden: An essential attraction in Shanghai. This well-preserved garden-styled courtyard was built in 400 years ago.
- Shanghai Museum: Renowned for its large collection of rare cultural pieces, including Chinese bronzes, ceramics, paintings, jade, and calligraphy.
- Shanghai French Concession: The ‘Paris of the Easr’ with London-plane-tree-lined avenues and the French-influenced architectures.
- Moganshan Road Art Gallery: An artists’ community witnessing the developments of the contemporary art scene in China.
- The Oriental Peal Tower: Shanghai’s most famous landmark where you can have a bird’s-eye-view of this metropolis.
- Xintiandi: A recreational centre with plenty of restaurants, bars and clubs utilizing Shanghai’s traditional dwellings in the 1920s: shikumen.
- Shanghai World Financial Center: The best place for a bird’s-eye-view over Shanghai, with a gala floor and several multiple viewing platforms.
- Tianzifang: A comfortable district for art, café, and shopping hidden in Shanghai French Concession, also allowing you to see local Shanghai life
- Zhujiajiao Ancient Water Town: A nice destination to escape the noisy modern city near Shanghai, bigger than the nearest Qibao Water Town.
Shanghai Itinerary Tips
Recommended Itinerary (arrival day and departure day are not included)
1 day: The Bund, Shanghai World Financial Center (or the Oriental TV Tower), Yu Garden, and Shanghai Museum
2 days (based on 1-day itinerary):
- Water town focused: Add Xintiandi and Zhujiajiao Ancient Water Town (or a water town of your choice)
- Traditional Chinese garden focused: Add Humble Administrator’s Garden, Lingering Garden, and a rickshaw discovery in the old city area
3 days (based on 1-day itinerary):
- Suzhou Focused: Add Tongli Ancient Water Town, and Suzhou (including a visit to a traditional Chinese Garden and a rickshaw ride in the old city area)
- Hangzhou focused: Add Lingyin Temple, West Lake, and Wuzhen Ancient Water Town
- The Yellow Mountains focused: Add the Yellow Mountains, Hongcun Ancient Village, and Tunxi Ancient Street