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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.
  • See the best of Shanghai on this full-day tour
  • Visit the Jade Buddha Temple and Shanghai Museum
  • Stroll along the Bund, located along Shanghai's waterfront
  • Includes hotel pickup and drop off as well as lunch
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Professional English-speaking tour guide
Air-conditioned vehicle
Pickup and drop off from the hotels in the city center
Admission tickets

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
Departure Point: Tour departs from Shanghai hotels located in city center
Dates: Daily
Return point: Returns to original departure point

Departure Time

8:00 AM
Depart from your Shanghai hotel in a comfortable, air-conditioned minivan and head straight to Jade Buddha Temple, a sacred 19th-century structure built during the Qing Dynasty. Marvel at the majestic architecture of the temple and listen as your guide explains the captivating history of the construction. 

Next, absorb the botanical beauty of People's Square next, a verdant and vast green area in which locals socialize. Feed doves and pray for world peace in the consecrated enclaves then enrich your cultural knowledge of the city with a visit to the Shanghai Museum, a collection of exhibits that speaks eloquently of the country’s history. 

After perusing 12,000 artifacts, revitalize with a fulfilling and flavorsome lunch then visit the Yuyuan Garden, a blissful stretch of springs and significant buildings. Continue onto Shanghai’s waterfront to see The Bund, a legendary landmark that symbolizes old and new Shanghai and hear of its rich heritage from your guide.

Drive down the former French Concession District, a boulevard characterized by tree-flanked streets, then wander through the exuberance of Shanghai’s entertainment district, Xin Tian Di. After your tour comes to a conclusion, travel back to your hotel in a spacious vehicle with magical memories of your sightseeing experience.
Stop At:  
Shanghai Museum (Shanghai Bowuguan)
Shanghai Museum is a highlight of the tour. The museum design is in keeping with Feng Shui principles. It houses a great permanent collection and hosts various exhibitions with over 120,000 pieces that showcase the 5000 years of China's history. We recommend you rent an audio phone (USD 5) to make the most of your 1.5 hours' visit.
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
People's Square (Renmin Guang Chang)
People Square, in the heart of the city is a vast green area surrounded by great buildings on all sides. Here you have the opportunity to feed the doves to pray for the world peace.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Jade Buddha Temple
Built during the Guangxu period of the Qing Dynasty (A.D. 1875-1909), Jade Buddh Temple contains a priceless collection of jade statues from Burma. The temple is constructed in the magnificent architectural style of the Song Dynasty. Currently the temple houses the Shanghai Buddhist Institute.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
The Bund (Wai Tan)
The Bund is known as Shanghai's waterfront. It is the most famous landmark and a symbol of old and new Shanghai. Four kilometers long, it has long been one of the most important areas of Shanghai. In the 1930s, the Bund was host to the city's financial and commercial centers.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
Yu Garden (Yuyuan)
Yuyuan garden includes many halls, springs and other buildings of interest. The visit brings you back to Ming Dynasty (A.D. 1368-1644).
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Yuyuan Old Street
It is a big bazaar in city center surrounding Yuyuan Garden, which was built 500 years ago. All the buildings are in Ming Dynasty architecture.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Former French Concession
The former French Concession is characterized by beautiful, tree-lined streets wander through Shanghai's hottest new entertainment district.
Stop At:  
Xin Tian Di is located in the central area of old French Court. The brick buildings on these two-square blocks have been preserved and transformed into trendy clubs, restaurants and boutiques.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Shanghai Museum is closed on every Monday. You will visit M50 Art Zone instead if your tour is on Monday
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Yuyuan Garden is closed on every Monday. You will visit Yuyuan Bazaar and City God Temple instead, if your tour is on Monday.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 999 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Hantang International Travel Service
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Best of Shanghai Day Tour, including Jade Buddha Temple & Bund & Yuyuan Garden?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
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What is the policy on sanitization during Best of Shanghai Day Tour, including Jade Buddha Temple & Bund & Yuyuan Garden?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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What is the social distancing policy during Best of Shanghai Day Tour, including Jade Buddha Temple & Bund & Yuyuan Garden?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Best of Shanghai Day Tour, including Jade Buddha Temple & Bund & Yuyuan Garden?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
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  • "If I wanted to take a shopping tour, I would have scheduled one." See review


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Shanghai tour including Jade Buddha Temple and The Bund
, Dec 2019
Over all the tor was good but the following areas of improvement can be considered Instead of visiting the Bund in the afternoon, evening visit should be preferred as the evening lights can be seen, The tour guide should ensure that the tourist follow strict timelines. In my tour there were only three of us. My self and one elderly couple. After lunch the tour guide took us to a pearl show room and the elderly couple was allowed to spend unlimited time in the showroom for shopping. More than one hour was wasted on this.
Excellent Tour!
, Nov 2019
Frank is an excellent tour guide. He is very knowledgeable and takes care of his clients. He even took pictures and sent them to me by WeChat.
Lovely way to spend a day
, Nov 2019
Tom is a good guide. Full of information, dates, facts and figures. We visited the Shanghai Museum, three different temples, a silk factory, the jade and pearl center and a large open air flea market/mall area and the Bund. Every stop is an opportunity to shop, but I really felt it in the silk and jade shops. The shop workers hovering, pointing out sales and making suggestions. The tour group was less than 10 people which was great.
Too Many Retail Stops
, Nov 2019
I was the only person on this tour. The transport was over 30 minutes late, so I would have expected a call to say they were on their way. In fact the Concierge at the pick up hotel called for me, got the driver’s number then called him. Traffic was bad, as it often is in Shanghai, but it shouldn’t have been me doing the calling. The places we went were really interesting. I would have liked longer at the Shanghai Museum & the Jade Buddha Temple, the Bund etc. Because I was the only passenger we moved faster than a group would so time at stops could have been extended. In fact, despite the late start, I was back at the hotel by about 15.40. What was disappointing were the visits to the pearl centre, the silk factory etc. These were thinly disguised (expensive) selling opportunities, with very little actual information & interesting facts provided. Frank, the guide, was knowledgeable if uncharismatic.
A wonderful tour
, Oct 2019
This was a long day but our guide was knowledgeable and confident. He didn't hurry us and answered all the questions he was asked. We had time for photos and to examine museum exhibits etc for ourselves. We found the trip to the Silk Factory fascinating and the Tea Tasting session was most enjoyable. An excellent lunch was included. We would never have seen all these things by ourselves so totally recommend this tour.
Great Tour Host
, Oct 2019
Tom was assigned to host a gp of international tourists from US, Canada, South Africa and Singapore on 29/10 day tour of Shanghai. His pleasant personality, great hospitality skills, deep local knowledge were indeed commendable. Tks Tom.
completely commercial experience
, Oct 2019
In a nutshell, this is simply commercial mass tourism at its worst. The tour stops at the "Silk Center" where you waste time because the sales rep are trying to sell you stuff. Then you stop at "Pear Center" where it is the same story. Then the guide spends a good amount of time trying to sell you additional acrobat show tickets while in the bus. I cannot blame the guide. He is probably doing what the travel company is asking him to do. A better option than this tour would be to use the hop and hop off tour.
Need to see more of Shanghai and less of factory tours
James T
, Oct 2019
This tour was labeled as the Best of Shanghai and it did show us some of Shanghai. We also visited numerous Buddhist Temples. However, it seemed like we spent an equal amount of time visiting a pearl factory and a silk factory where time was spent having sales people try to sell us jewelry and silk comforters. I do not believe this was our guide's fault but rather the person who developed the itinerary of the tour. If I wanted to take a shopping tour, I would have scheduled one. Time on this tour could have been better spent going into the history of Shanghai: pre-WWII, during the war, and Post WWII. It could have gone into the demographics of Shanghai and its economy. What do all the people in Shanghai do? We should have visited the amazing diorama at the Urban Planning Center instead of being let loose for 90 minutes with out a guide in the Shanghai Museum This tour has so much potential and room for improvement.
Tour was not good and Guide was worse
, Oct 2019
Our guide was boring and like a robot. he had no personality and made the tour boring. We had 2 stops to go and left. We had taken 5 tours and they were all great except this one.
Very good tour and tour guide
, Sep 2019
Very good tour and tour guide I learned alot from new and old Shanghai. Worth a visit to Shanghai and exploring.

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