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While Shanghai represents ultramodern metropolitan China, the surrounding countryside offers a glimpse into the nation’s ancient heritage and historical roots. If you’re ready to escape the big city for a while, here are some of the best day trips, from quiet water towns to the silk-making city of Suzhou.

Zhujiajiao – 29 miles (46 km) away
A day trip to Zhujiajiao often means a boat ride along the town’s peaceful canals past landmarks like the five-arch bridge spanning the Cao Gang River. For history buffs, this ancient water town offers insight into China’s industrialization, particularly the art of silk production. As one of the closest water villages to Shanghai, you can visit Zhujiajiao in as little as half a day.

Zhouzhuang – 53 miles (85 km) away
This 900-year-old water town in Jiangsu is one of China’s best-known canal towns. Highlights of Zhouzhuang include its 14 stone bridges, many dating back to the Yuan, Ming, and Qing dynasties. Due to its proximity to Suzhou, you can visit both cities in a single day trip from Shanghai.

Suzhou – 66 miles (107 km) away
The city of Suzhou, known for its meticulous traditional Chinese gardens and rich silk history, makes a pleasant escape from the bustle of Shanghai. A day tour to the Venice of the East might include visits to some of the city’s UNESCO World Heritage–listed gardens, a cruise along the picturesque Grand Canal to admire the Ming and Qing dynasty architecture, and a visit to a 14th-century silk factory to see how the luxe fabric is produced.

Hangzhou – 109 miles (176 km) away
The UNESCO-recognized city of Hangzhou ranks among China’s most popular destinations, thanks in large part to the stunning scenery of West Lake. Depending on the option you choose, a guided tour to this city might include a visit to Meijiawu Tea Village, a boat ride on West Lake, and a visit to Six Harmonies Pagoda.

Day Trips by Flight
The best way to understand China’s rich culture, long history, and vast geography it is to visit destinations that are spread across the country. Even the most time-pressed travelers can see the must-see sights of destinations like Guilin, Xian, or Beijing on a day trip by air from Shanghai.
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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

Half Day Private Tour to Zhujiajiao Water Town with Boat Ride from Shanghai

Half Day Private Tour to Zhujiajiao Water Town with Boat Ride from Shanghai

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Escape the hustle and bustle of Shanghai with a getaway to Zhujiajiao Water Town. Explore traditional architecture and take a relaxing boat ride through the waterways. This private half-day tour takes care of all transfers and entrance fees, and you can upgrade to include lunch or dinner.
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  • 4 to 5 hours
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$134.50
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$134.50
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Best of Shanghai Day Tour, including Jade Buddha Temple & Bund & Yuyuan Garden

Best of Shanghai Day Tour, including Jade Buddha Temple & Bund & Yuyuan Garden

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Enhance your sightseeing experience of Shanghai on an enriching full-day excursion around the city. See all of the city’s spectacular sights with a knowledgeable guide as you tour a selection of historical highlights; absorb the sacred majesty of the Jade Buddha Temple; immerse yourself in the city’s rich heritage at the Shanghai Museum; and stroll amid the botanical beauty of the Yuyuan Garden. Walk along the Bund and the former French Concession and enjoy a traditional Chinese lunch.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$79.00
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$79.00

Flexible Hangzhou Private Tour from Shanghai by Bullet Train

Flexible Hangzhou Private Tour from Shanghai by Bullet Train

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You can choose the attractions you visit and the places you see on this private full-day tour of Hangzhou. Work with your guide to customize your itinerary, and see famous spots, such as Meijiawu Tea Village, Leifeng Pagoda, Yuewang Temple, Liuhe Pagoda, and Longjing Village. Go on a boat ride on West Lake, see Chinese monks at Lingyin Temple, or even taste snakes on Hefang Street. This tour includes round-trip bullet-train tickets.
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  • 10 to 11 hours
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$276.00
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$276.00
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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
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$208.00
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$208.00
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Group Day Tour in Suzhou and Zhouzhuang from Shanghai

Group Day Tour in Suzhou and Zhouzhuang from Shanghai

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Spare yourself the time and hassle of Chinese public transport with this convenient guided tour that covers two picturesque water towns: Suzhou and Zhouzhuang. In Suzhou, discover the Master-of-Nets Garden, the old city wall at Panmen Gate, and a silk mill. In Zhouzhuang, admire attractions like the celebrated Double Bridges. Tour includes a local restaurant lunch.
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  • 9 to 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$144.00
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$144.00

Private Suzhou Day Trip from Shanghai by Bullet Train with All Inclusive Option

Private Suzhou Day Trip from Shanghai by Bullet Train with All Inclusive Option

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Escape the bustle of modern Shanghai and enjoy a relaxing day in small-town China during this all-inclusive day trip to Suzhou, a picturesque riverside city famed for its centuries-old heritage. The Trip include a round-trip bullet train ticket. Upgrade your tour with all-inclusive package which offers a complimentary traditional Chinese lunch, a scenic boat ride along the Grand Canal, and a private rickshaw ride through history-packed Pingjiang Road.
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  • 8 to 9 hours
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$198.00
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$198.00
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Suzhou and Zhouzhuang Water Village Full Day Coach Tour from Shanghai

Suzhou and Zhouzhuang Water Village Full Day Coach Tour from Shanghai

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Spend the day exploring beyond Shanghai’s city limits—and discover two of the region’s most beautiful destinations—on this full-day tour of Suzhou and the Zhouzhuang Water Town. Following pickup from one of several central locations, travel via comfortable, air-conditioned coach to Suzhou, where you’ll visit the UNESCO-listed Master of Nets Garden, will see the Grand Canal, and more. Then, transfer to the Zhouzhuang Water Town, where you’ll explore the centuries-old buildings and waterways by boat.
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$135.00
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$135.00

Hangzhou Private Customized Day Trip from Shanghai by Bullet Train

Hangzhou Private Customized Day Trip from Shanghai by Bullet Train

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The dream-like beauty of West Lake led to Hangzhou's nickname as the "Heavenly City." Tour Hangzhou's top attractions, including the West Lake area and the Meijiawu Tea Farm, alongside a private guide on this day trip from Shanghai, which includes transportation and optional tour upgrades for lunch and entrance fees.
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  • 10 to 12 hours
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$275.00
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$275.00
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Private Evening Tour: VIP Huangpu River Cruise and Shanghai Lights

Private Evening Tour: VIP Huangpu River Cruise and Shanghai Lights

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See the city of Shanghai light up at night on this private evening tour, which takes you to top attractions such as the French Concession and the Zig-Zag Bridge. Take in panoramic views of the city from the VIP deck of a cruise along the Huangpu River, and then choose to be dropped off back at your hotel or to continue your evening out on the town.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
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$128.00
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$128.00
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Shanghai Night River Cruise Tour with Xinjiang Style Dining Experience

Shanghai Night River Cruise Tour with Xinjiang Style Dining Experience

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Get the most out of your Shanghai trip by experiencing the combination of a Huangpu River cruise and a Xinjiang food experience. Take the stress out of navigating the metro, and instead travel in a private, air-conditioned vehicle. See multiple famous Shanghai landmarks from your river cruise such as Oriental Pearl TV Tower and World Financial Center, and have a guide to translate the menu during your Xinjiang feast.
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  • 3 hours
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$138.00
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$138.00
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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

Half-Day Private Zhujiajiao Water Town Tour with Boat Ride from Shanghai

Half-Day Private Zhujiajiao Water Town Tour with Boat Ride from Shanghai

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Explore Zhujiajiao with a private guide on this tour from Shanghai. With your dedicated guide, take a boat ride down the town's small canals and visit the KeZhi Garden. This private tour ensures personalized attention and a flexible schedule.
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  • 5 hours
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$140.00
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$140.00
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Private Full-Day Tour: Shanghai Old and New Highlights

Private Full-Day Tour: Shanghai Old and New Highlights

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Discover old and modern Shanghai as you wish on a full-day private tour. With a personal guide, explore attractions like The Bund, Ming-Dynasty Yu Garden, Jade Buddha Temple, and visit the observation deck of one of Shanghai’s highest skyscrapers. Customize your itinerary to suit you and opt to explore by private vehicle with lunch and select entrance fees included, or by private vehicle or public transit with lunch and entrance fees at own expense.
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  • 7 to 8 hours
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$121.50
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$121.50
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Mini Group: One-Day Zhouzhuang and Jinxi Water Town Tour

Mini Group: One-Day Zhouzhuang and Jinxi Water Town Tour

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Explore two of China’s water towns on this Zhouzhuang and Jinxi day trip from Shanghai. Discover Zhouzhuang, a canal-woven settlement considered one of the world’s most beautiful towns. Ride a gondola to see the waterfront bustle and view three courtyard houses. After lunch, continue to quieter, 2000-year-old Jinxi, famous for its 36 bridges and especially photogenic in the afternoon light. Air-conditioned transport, lunch, town admission fees, and central hotel pickup and drop-off included.
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  • 8 hours
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$138.67
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$138.67
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Hangzhou: Heaven on Earth Day Trip from Shanghai including West Lake Cruise

Hangzhou: Heaven on Earth Day Trip from Shanghai including West Lake Cruise

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Discover the rich cultural tapestry of Hangzhou, a city shrouded in history and natural splendor, on a full-day tour from Shanghai. Accompanied by an accomplished guide, gain fascinating insight into China’s most esteemed tea at Meijiawu Tea Village; cruise on the idyllic and inspirational West Lake; and marvel at the alluring architecture of the Six Harmonies Pagoda. Explore the historical highlights and cultural delights of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed city on this all-inclusive tour, during which lunch, round-trip transportation and entrance fees are complimentary.  
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  • 10 hours
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$180.27
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$180.27

Private Full-Day Tour: Incredible Shanghai Highlights

Private Full-Day Tour: Incredible Shanghai Highlights

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Get to know Shanghai with your own guide on this full-day private tour. Admire bird’s-eye views from a Shanghai Tower, stroll along the Bund, and visit the Yuyuan Garden and bazaar. Plus, explore the Confucius Temple and Former French Concession area, and enjoy a traditional tea ceremony. Choose to travel by public transport (own expense) if you're in a group of four or fewer, or upgrade to get around by private vehicle.
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  • 8 hours
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$99.00
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$99.00
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All Inclusive Amazing Shanghai City Highlights Private Day Tour

All Inclusive Amazing Shanghai City Highlights Private Day Tour

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Hit all the highlights of Shanghai on this private full-day tour with a dedicated guide. Stops include Fuxing Park, the Shanghai Museum, a stroll down the Bund, a river cruise on the Huangpu, and a Shanghai-style lunch. Upgrade your tour with a Sichuan dinner accompanied by a face-changing show. Private pickup and drop-off at your Shanghai hotel included.
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  • 8 hours
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$200.00
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$200.00
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Shanghai Private Tour with River Cruise, Shanghai Tower, and Lunch or Dinner

Shanghai Private Tour with River Cruise, Shanghai Tower, and Lunch or Dinner

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Get a taste of Shanghai’s highlights and famous cuisine on this flexible private tour, with a choice of morning or afternoon departure. Settle inside a private, air-conditioned vehicle and tailor the itinerary around your interests and guide’s recommendations. Explore the Yuyuan Bazaar, admire bird’s-eye views from the Shanghai Tower, take a River Huangpu cruise, savor a classic Shanghai lunch or dinner, and more. Cruise, Shanghai Tower admission, meal, and hotel pickup and drop-off included.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$176.50
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$176.50
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Flexible Half Day Tour to Zhujiajiao Water Town with Boat Ride from Shanghai

Flexible Half Day Tour to Zhujiajiao Water Town with Boat Ride from Shanghai

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Enjoy a relaxing half day tour to the remarkable ancient water town Zhujiajiao with your local lovely guide. Experience the charming "Oriental Venice "and explore the ancient water alley streets ;appreciate the traditional Ming and Qing Dynasty architecture. Visit the classic Kezhi garden and enjoy a fun boat ride in the ancient waterways. Private tour insures a more flexible and personalized experience.
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  • 4 to 5 hours
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$133.90
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$133.90
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Shanghai Half Day Morning or Afternoon Sightseeing Tour

Shanghai Half Day Morning or Afternoon Sightseeing Tour

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Enhance your experience of Shanghai regardless of time constrains on a morning or afternoon half-day sightseeing tour. See the best of Shanghai with a knowledgeable guide as you discover historical highlights like The Bund and the Jade Buddha Temple. Learn the complex process of pearl cultivation at the Fresh Water Pearl Gallery; absorb the antique charm of Shanghai Old Street; and delve into the city’s rich historical heritage at Shanghai Museum. Convenient round-trip transportation from your Shanghai hotel is included on this tour.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$56.54
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$56.54

Private Half Day Tour: Zhujiajiao Ancient Water Town with Local Delicacies

Private Half Day Tour: Zhujiajiao Ancient Water Town with Local Delicacies

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Don’t waste your precious time in Shanghai searching around suburban metro stations for the right bus. Experience the charming water town of Zhujiajiao the easy way on a door-to-door half-day tour with private guide. Ride a gondola down ancient canals and under reflecting bridges; sample local delicacies from dumplings to candy; and admire 16th-century Fangsheng Bridge. Upgrade to add a trip to one of China’s celebrated acrobatics shows.
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
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$149.00
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$149.00
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Tour of Jewish Shanghai led by a Jewish History Expert

Tour of Jewish Shanghai led by a Jewish History Expert

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Discover the Jewish history of Shanghai on a half-day tour with an expert guide. Hear about Jewish immigration to Shanghai and visit important sites around the Hongkou district, also known as Shanghai Ghetto, where thousands of Jewish refugees lived during World War II. Stop at the memorial plaque in Huoshan Park and the Jewish Refugees Museum—formerly Ohel Moishe Synagogue. Your guide shares fascinating stories about the people whose lives intersected in Shanghai, including a Baghdadi–Jewish real estate developer, Chinese migrant workers, and Jewish refugees from war-torn Europe.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$82.67
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$82.67

Shanghai Tower Observation Deck Admission Ticket

Shanghai Tower Observation Deck Admission Ticket

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It’s wise to book in advance for the 2,070-foot (632-meter) Shanghai Tower, one of the world’s highest buildings and one of China’s top attractions. With these tickets, you can race up in the elevators and soak up views over one of the world’s great skylines from the 118th-floor observation deck.
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  • 1 to 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$30.77
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