Top China Tours from Shanghai
Why Start Your China Tour from Shanghai?
- Convenient arrival: Over 280 air carriers travel to Shanghai from the rest of the world. Shanghai is also accessible via international cruises.
- Gateway city: From Shanghai, travelers can take flights or high-speed train journeys to connect to major cities in China.
- Future of China: Visit this metropolis to witness the development of China.
How to Plan a China Tour from Shanghai
Depending on your schedule and interests, you can spend 2–4 days in Shanghai. Usually, 1 day is enough to cover the highlights, such as the Bund, Yu Garden, and the Shanghai Tower.
More days can be spent at the French Concession, the Jade Buddha Temple, and Hong Kong Disneyland, among other attractions.
If time permits, taking an extension tour to Suzhou, Hangzhou, or Huangshan for an extra 3–5 days is highly recommended.
Best China Tours from Shanghai
The following tours are six of the best China tours from Shanghai, based on tour features and previous customers' feedback. These are provided as inspiration and a possible framework for your own tailor-made China tour. Tell us what you would like. Your dedicated one-to-one travel consultant will customize any itinerary to suit your interests, tastes, and budget.
13-Day Tour: Shanghai - Hangzhou - Guilin/Yangshuo - Xi'an - Beijing
One-Day Shanghai to Suzhou Round-Trip Tour
5-Day Shanghai, Hangzhou and Suzhou Bullet Train Tour
5-Day Shanghai, Hangzhou and Watertown Tour
4-Day Shanghai Family Tour with Disneyland
3-Day Ancient Villages and the Yellow Mountain Tour
3-day Jingdezhen Porcelain Tour
2-Day Hot Spring and Skiing Weekend Getaway Trip
- Hollywood of China
- Stay Overnight in a Movie-theme Hotel
- Watch pandas eating bamboo
- Rafting in a valley and cliff swing
- Sand Sledding and desert trek
- Wine Tasting
- Walk on the less crowded Great Wall section.
- Explore the emperors' lives in the Forbidden City.
What Our Customers Said
My husband and I celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary by exploring China ; and first in our bucket list was Shanghai and Beijing.We booked this trip via China Highlights, and we had a tour guide , named Ryan, who made our trip memorable by not only sending us to Shanghai's best spots but most of all his rich knowledge on all these places. One of the best part is that he communicates very well, fluent in English, made us understand China's culture, its stories behind those buildings and sceneries. No doubt will recommend this travel site to our friends, "High Five" to China Highlights and again kudos to our tour Guide, RYAN, see you again !!more
Mar 2023, Jocelyn So G
Experience Tour in Shanghai
Tour guides under this agency are very well experienced, and questions are always answered in great detail. Definitely will recommend to anyone who would like to go on a flexible tour with guidance.more
Mar 2023, David A
Experience Tour in Shanghai
This trip has been an eye-opener for myself and my mum, and the flexibility enabled us to fully explore the city during my free time. To running enthusiasts like me, Shanghai is a very nice place to clock your runs. There are many visits to places of interests, but the plans are not hectic. The hotel being arranged is very close to the Shanghai Bund and you can have a very nice view even when resting.more
Mar 2023, David A
Roger Li has been AMAZING....
Roger Li has been AMAZING and deserves to win this advisor competition! He answers e-mails promptly, addresses my concerns, and guides me through the process. He has organized tours for me and my husband for both China and Taiwan, and we are excited to go! I have been thoroughly satisfied with his work in every way.more
Mar 2023, Brian Lewis
Chinese lantern festival and Sophie Lee. Actually March 2018 not Feb 2022
When we were there, one of the highlights was the Chinese Lantern Festival in Old Shanghai, which is both colourful and has an excellent festivalatmosphere. She bought us a Chinese desert item that was small sweet sticky balls that were very good.more
Jan 2023, Dave H
Fun couple days in fantastic Shanghai!
Our family trip to China ended with a couple of days in historical Shanghai. We loved seeing and visiting the historic centers, traveling up the Shanghai Tower, eating delicious dumplings, and visiting the best Chinatown we have ever experienced. Our guide, Quing Quing, and driver Ken were fantastic, informative, professional and fun. Quing Quing even took us to experience the marriage market where Chinese parents try to help their children find potential mates after we expressed that it would be an interesting thing to see. Quing Quing, her American name is Clair, is an excellent and vivacious tour guide. Ask for her when you book with China Highlights you will be in good hands. --Inspire819460more
Dec 2019, Inspire819460
Awesome Shanghai tour with Mary
With other two friends I have visited Shanghai in October 2018 and our tour guide was Mary, who has been wonderful with us.She had the smart idea to adapt the schedule of our planned tours in order to visit the city centre with few crowds, even if we were visiting Shanghai right during the Chinese national holidays. Besides the city centre with the panoramic towers, we visited the old French district, the Bund, the old city with the market and Tonglizhen, a water village just outside of Shanghai. Mary gave us also very nice suggestions about restaurants and hotels with panoramic terrace to visit in the evenings during our free time. In the end Mary was so kind to give us some Chinese salty pastries as lunch for our long train journey back to Beijing. Totally recommended!!! ---Vittorio C, Germanymore
Nov 2019, Vittorio C
Lovely girl Candy
We have been in China 2 weeks and our last day was spent in Shanghai! Our guide Candy Shao was the best...Candy was so helpful in planning the highlights of the city and what we absolutely needed to see and do on our last day. Her English was great and she was young and fun...seemed more like we were hanging out with a friend. Candy also took some great photos of us to capture our experience! I would definitely recommend Candy and China Highlights to all my friends! --Vody, USAmore
Nov 2019, Vody