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Things to Do in Shanghai This Summer

Things to Do in Shanghai This Summer

Summer is the peak tourist season in Shanghai. It also can be hot and wet, but there are plenty of ways to cool off and stay dry, while experiencing the best that the city has to offer. Here are a few ways to enjoy summer days in Shanghai.

  • Sightsee in air-conditioned comfort on a hop-on hop-off bus tour.
  • Enjoy a nighttime cruise along the Huangpu River, followed by an acrobatics show.
  • Cool off in one of the city’s pools or beaches, such as Sunny Beach or Jinshan Beach.
  • Lace up a pair of skates at the indoor ice skating rinks at Shanghai New World Paradise or Songjiang University Students Sports Center.
  • Go diving with sharks at the Changfeng Aquarium shark tank.
  • Shop and dine indoors, while enjoying the air conditioning, at shops and restaurants along Nanjing Road or in Xin Tian Di.
  • Float along the river in Zhujiajiao Water Town or visit the famous gardens in Suzhou.
  • Sample local dishes on a food tour, then go rooftop bar-hopping at night around the Bund waterfront area.
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Shanghai Circus World: ERA Intersection of Time Acrobatics Show

Shanghai Circus World: ERA Intersection of Time Acrobatics Show

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During your Shanghai sojourn, immerse yourself in the cultural extravagance of an 'ERA Intersection of Time' show at Shanghai Circus World. See a captivating combination of Chinese history, mesmerizing martial arts and incredible special effects throughout the unique spectacle. Watch China evolve from humble beginnings to the global superpower it is today, and enjoy entertaining live music and elaborate costumes as you experience the family-friendly show.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$48.00
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$48.00

Zhujiajiao Water Town and Shanghai City Private Day Tour

Zhujiajiao Water Town and Shanghai City Private Day Tour

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Save time without compromising on experience on this door-to-door private guided tour that covers Zhujiajiao Ancient Town and key Shanghai highlights. First, explore the ancient water town of Zhujiajiao by boat and foot, and savor a local lunch. Then, spend the afternoon discovering Shanghai: the 16th-century Yu Garden, the Bund, and the Shanghai Tower. Upgrade to include a Shanghai dinner.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$208.00
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$208.00
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Suzhou and Zhouzhuang Water Village Day Trip from Shanghai

Suzhou and Zhouzhuang Water Village Day Trip from Shanghai

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Appreciate China’s provincial delights during a full-day tour of two charming traditional towns from Shanghai. Escape the metropolitan mayhem of the city and see how daily life has remained unchanged in these quaint and ancient enclaves. With an accomplished guide, stroll amid the botanical beauty of Suzhou’s gorgeous gardens; cruise along the waterways of Zhozhuang on a Chinese-style gondola; and appease your appetite with a delicious Chinese lunch in a rustic restaurant. Enjoy convenient round-trip transportation from your Shanghai hotel.
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$135.00
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$135.00

Shanghai Morning Half Day Tour with Yu Garden, Bund, Nanjing Road--Group Tour

Shanghai Morning Half Day Tour with Yu Garden, Bund, Nanjing Road--Group Tour

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Combine some of Shanghai's highlights in this time-saving half-day tour for those who are short on time or want a free afternoon. Spend the morning visiting the Nanjing Road Pedestrian Street, the Bund, the Confucius Temple, Yu Garden, and experience a classic Chinese Tea Ceremony. Pickup and drop-off at one of four conveniently located points around the city.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$53.00
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$53.00

Late Night Food Tour in the Shanghai's French Concession

Late Night Food Tour in the Shanghai's French Concession

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Explore Shanghai's former French Concession long after dark, tasting several local foods along the way, on this culinary walking tour. Learn about the history and culture of the Xintiandi and Zhaozhou Road areas through your guide's commentary, and leave the tour with your culinary and historical appetites sated.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$93.75
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$93.75

Eat Like A Local: Shanghai Night Food Tour

Eat Like A Local: Shanghai Night Food Tour

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Avoid the hassle of trying to find out where to grab a good meal while in Shanghai. This Shanghai food tour takes you off the beaten path as the sun starts to set so you can taste some of the most authentic regional dishes of the city. Pop into family-run eateries, and sample food, beer, and spirits well-liked by locals. Travel in a small group for a more intimate experience as you sample foods with a guide who also tells you about the city’s history and culture as you go.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$84.00
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$84.00

Shanghai Local Food and Beer Tour

Shanghai Local Food and Beer Tour

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Shanghai is one of China’s most delectable culinary capitals, but knowing where to go for the tastiest treats takes local know-how. Hit up four family-run seated eateries during this insider’s food crawl, topped off by a pint of craft beer at a local pub. You’ll venture far off the tourist track as you feast on 12 regional classics, made from recipes passed down over generations.
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  • 3 hours
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$69.00
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$69.00

Authentic Local Food Tour in Central Shanghai

Authentic Local Food Tour in Central Shanghai

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Satisfy your taste for traditional Chinese food during this culinary tour in Shanghai. Make your way down the famous Yunnan Road, stopping at several restaurants that are local favorites. Try typical Shanghainese dishes such as scallion oil noodles, steamed buns, parched chicken, and soup dumplings with black vinegar. Learn about the history and culture of the quickly changing city through your guide's informed commentary. All tastings are included and add up to more than enough for a full meal. Tours are available from morning to late-night to experience the best of Shanghai's culture.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$67.00
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$67.00

Private Suzhou and Zhouzhuang or Tongli Tour from Shanghai

Private Suzhou and Zhouzhuang or Tongli Tour from Shanghai

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Visit two of south China’s most celebrated water towns on a private trip from Shanghai. Travel to Suzhou to explore its historical canals and bridges, and visit its Humble Administrator’s Garden and one of its silk factories. After lunch (own expense), choose to visit Zhouzhuang or Tongli, two ancient water towns famous for their stone bridges, tranquil canals, and Ming- and Qing-era houses. Enjoy a flexible itinerary, with central hotel pickup and drop-off included.
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  • 8 to 9 hours
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$280.00
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$280.00
Price varies by group size

Zhujiajiao Private Day Tour and Shanghai Acrobatic Show

Zhujiajiao Private Day Tour and Shanghai Acrobatic Show

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See some of the beauty Zhujiajiao has to offer with this 8-hour tour of the water town, and then end your night watching an acrobat show in Shanghai. Wander along the canal in Zhujiajiao, and take in beautiful views of the garden homes and scenery before going on a boat ride. Then see acrobats perform dances and martial arts moves in this fun show.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$190.00
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$190.00
Price varies by group size

China Acrobatics Show and Shanghai Evening Tour

China Acrobatics Show and Shanghai Evening Tour

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Immerse yourself in the captivating choreography and dazzling color of a performance by the Shanghai Acrobatics School and Troupe on this 4-hour tour. Marvel at the graceful agility and immense skill of the performers as they demonstrate how they have won hundreds of international competitions. After the show, see some of Shanghai’s most alluring landmarks by night as you embark on an evening tour with a knowledgeable guide. Enjoy the convenience of round-trip transportation from your Shanghai hotel on this tour. 
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$84.27
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$84.27

Shanghai Nightlife: Bars in The Bund and Old French Concession

Shanghai Nightlife: Bars in The Bund and Old French Concession

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Calling all revellers, this 4-hour Shanghai evening tour showcases the city’s nightlife hotspots. In a small group limited to 10, you’ll visit ambient bars and a swanky club in the Old French Concession and The Bund (Waitan.) Enjoy a glass of wine, beer, or spirits in every bar and conclude your evening at M1NT, a nightclub famed for its shark tank and luxurious decor. Hotel pickup and drop-off, and entrance fees are included.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$193.34
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$193.34
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Shanghai Authentic Dinner and Night River Cruise with Rooftop Bar Hopping Option

Shanghai Authentic Dinner and Night River Cruise with Rooftop Bar Hopping Option

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Enjoy a romantic night out on the town during this exclusive combo package, which includes both a tasty restaurant dinner and a moonlit cruise along the Huangpu River. Spot landmarks both old and new from as you glide along Shangai’s glittering skyline. Upgrade to include an optional bar hopping add-on after the tour, which includes a complimentary bottle of beer or house wine.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$139.00
Price varies by group size
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$139.00
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Eat Like a Local: Street Breakfast Tour in Shanghai

Eat Like a Local: Street Breakfast Tour in Shanghai

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Get a taste for Shanghai’s startlingly diverse food culture and its culinary specialties. A guide introduces Shanghai’s selection of pulled noodles, breakfast pancakes, and “xiaolongbao” (soup dumplings). Along the way, observe tai chi practitioners and water calligraphers in Xiangyang Park, and wander street stalls and a wet market, where you’ll see fresh Chinese dishes prepared before your eyes. This small-group food excursion, limited to eight guests, is also great for kids.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$80.00
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$80.00

Private Tour: Zhujiajiao Water Town from Shanghai

Private Tour: Zhujiajiao Water Town from Shanghai

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Discover the charming delights of Zhujiajiao, a wonderful water town with an ancient origin, on this full-day private tour from Shanghai. Relish the freedom and flexibility of a private guide and tailor the itinerary according to your interests; gain insight into the town’s 1,700-year history and admire antiquated architecture, tranquil canals and crumbling bridges. Pleasure your palate with local specialties at authentic restaurants and enjoy convenient round-trip transportation from your Shanghai hotel in a private vehicle.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$238.40
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$238.40
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Private Shanghai Foodie Adventures with Rooftop Bar Hopping

Private Shanghai Foodie Adventures with Rooftop Bar Hopping

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Shanghai visitors that want to experience the local cuisine face a challenge—with such a big city, it's tough to know where to go, and what to taste. Let your personal guide show you to some of the best food in Shanghai on this private evening foodie tour. Discover off the beaten path eateries, taste everything from dumplings to braised pork, and enjoy regional cuisine like Szechuan and Hunan dishes. End your excursion with drinks at a rooftop bar, included in the price.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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$186.67
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$186.67
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Full-Day Private Guided Tour of Shanghai

Full-Day Private Guided Tour of Shanghai

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Spend your day exploring one of China’s biggest cities with a private guide to steer you in the right direction on this tour of Shanghai. Cover more ground in a shorter time with someone who knows the best ways to maneuver around the crowded city streets, and choose to travel by public transport or by the comfort of a private vehicle. Pop by Jade Buddha Temple, Confucius Temple, the Bund, Riverside Promenade (Binjiang Da Dao) and People’s Park, as well as the famous shop-lined Nanjing Road and the city’s Flower and Bird Market.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$99.00
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$99.00
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Shanghai Half-Day Private Tour: Yuyuan Garden and Xintiandi

Shanghai Half-Day Private Tour: Yuyuan Garden and Xintiandi

Discover two of Shanghai’s main highlights on this private half-day tour. First, head to largest garden, Yuyuan, and explore the ancient grounds filled with Ming and Qing classic architecture. Then head to Xintiandi and absorb the culture and history of old Shanghai during the 1920s as you listen to informative commentary from your guide.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$125.34
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$125.34
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Shanghai Zhujiajiao Ancient Town Admission Ticket

Shanghai Zhujiajiao Ancient Town Admission Ticket

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With a history dating back around 1700 years, Zhujiajiao Ancient Town is one of the most popular and photogenic water towns around Shanghai. So, naturally, it pays to book ahead. This entrance ticket gives you access to the entire town: ancient bridges, charming alleys, refined gardens, sweet museums, and watery vistas.
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  • 1 to 8 hours
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$10.75
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$10.75

Shanghai Highlights Bike Tour Including the Bund and Xintiandi

Shanghai Highlights Bike Tour Including the Bund and Xintiandi

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Get a new perspective on the many neighborhoods of Shanghai during this easy 3.5- to 4-hour guided bicycle tour. Cycle past city districts and famous attractions including Nanjing Road, Xintiandi, the Bund and the French Concession, gaining new insight into Chinese daily life and customs as you ride. This small-group cycling ride, also includes a bike and helmet plus bottled water.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$108.04
Price varies by group size
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$108.04
Price varies by group size