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2-Day Modern Shanghai Discovery Tour

A Journey to the Future

2-Day Modern Shanghai Discovery Tour

What's life going to be like in the future? This tour allows you to have a peep at our tomorrows. In this tour, you will learn about Shanghai's urban planning and what's destined for Shanghai - see Shanghai's old and new to get its idea of phenomenal development. You will also have a chance to get close to the world's leading drone and enjoy a meal served by robots.

Hop aboard, sit back, and let's go to the future!


  • Uncover Shanghai's urban planning and see how this giant city is run.
  • Explore the Bund in-depth and its historical buildings, then go up to the top of Shanghai to see its modern pinnacle.
  • Get close to the world's leading droneand learn why DJI dominates the global drone market.
  • Visit the world's biggest Starbucks and see how AR (augmented reality) is used in the store.
  • Be a guest at a new-retail supermarket and enjoy a meal served by robots.

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Suggested Itinerary

Here is a suggested itinerary. We are happy to customize a tour according to your interests and schedule.

Day 1Shanghai Urban Layout and Bund Highlights


Your private guide will be waiting for you in the airport arrivals hall or in your hotel's lobby. A comfortable vehicle (non-smoking) with an experienced driver will be ready for you to explore Shanghai.

First you will visit the Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Hall, where you will discover Shanghai's urban designs, and your guide will introduce Shanghai's past, present, and future.

Learn Shanghai's urban layout Learn Shanghai's urban layout

After lunch, walking along the Bund, you will learn about Shanghai's rise. Your guide will take you into historical buildings where you can touch the old items and he/she will tell you stories about their past.

Wander through the alleyways to get a glimpse of the locals' lifestyles. Your guide will take you to a famous local restaurant to taste Shanghai's most typical snack - xiaolongbao (steamed buns). Learn the proper way to eat one or you will burn your mouth!

Travel like a local as you hop on a public ferry, mingling with the crowds as you cross the Huangpu River and slowly travel from old Shanghai to Shanghai's Pudong New Area.

Take the fastest elevator in the world and ascend the highest building in Shanghai - Shanghai Tower. You can enjoy seeing the Oriental Pearl TV Tower below you and get a bird's-eye view of the entire city.

Hotel options:
Sunrise On The Bund
Les Suites Orient, Bund Shanghai, Bund View

Discover the Bund in-depth Discover the Bund in-depth
Day 2Jump to the Future

Breakfast and lunch

Today you will have a peep into the future and see what's happening at China's cutting edge.

Learn how Shanghai has become a fertile ground for China's independent startup industries by visiting DJI (Da-Jiang Innovations) and having fun flying the world's leading drone. Get to know about this China unicorn's road to success and their cutting-edge technology (a unicorn is a startup valued at $1B+).

Try to fly a drone by yourself The staff is demonstrating how to fly a drone

After that, transfer to the world's biggest Starbucks - Starbucks Reserve Roastery, where via phone you can watch an animated version of what is inside the beans' machines, and virtually see them resting before they are whisked through copper pipes to the coffee bars.

Starbuck's first in-store augmented reality experience is jointly developed with Alibaba's AI lab. Your guide will show you more surprises and tell you the stories behind the two companies.

Have lunch in a new-retail supermarket and see how robots deliver the dishes.

At the end of the day, we will escort you to your Shanghai airport or train station of choice.

Automatic packaging of coffee beans

Trip Notes

Customizing the Tour - According to Your Needs

This tour is very flexible. We are happy to alter the itinerary with you, to extend or shorten it to suit your schedule. For example, you can extend your tour for 1 day to explore more of Beijing, such as the hutong area and the Temple of Heaven.

Tour Price

FromUSD 469p/p Based on a private tour for 2 people. Price varies depending on program, travel date, number of people and chosen hotel

Price includes:

  • Private air-conditioned business car with big windows and ample space
  • English speaking local guide
  • Activities, hotels, and meals listed in the itinerary
  • 24/7 helpline for while you are traveling

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