Glamour, charisma, mystery, and a little bit of magic – that's Shanghai. Shanghai is a time warp. Look one way and you're in a futuristic, sci-fi dream, turn the other, and you're in an art deco city of the 1920s, then walk a few streets back and you'll dive into an ancient market town. But then again, what would you expect from China's largest city.
Divided by the mighty Huangpu River, Shanghai is a global centre for finance, innovation and home to the world's busiest container port. Although a sprawling metropolis of over 1000 square miles, each of Shanghai's neighbourhoods has their own character. It's a city which throngs with commerce, culture and cuisine. It's city you'll love to visit and to which you'll long to return.
If you think Shanghai's skyline looks good in the day, wait until darkness falls. Then you'll marvel as its multicoloured display shimmers across the water. There's no better way to see this than from the river itself.
For this private tour, you'll be picked up from your hotel and taken to the Bund for the legendary view of Shanghai's skyline. Then you'll board the boat for a different perspective on the city's ethereal towers.
Shanghai has an extensive, convenient and cheap metro system. Get yourself a Shanghai Public Transportation Card at any station, and you'll pay around $0.40 a ride.
You'll need Chinese Yuan in Shanghai. Many places will accept cards and ATMs are everywhere.
Yes, you will need to apply for a visa well before you travel. In our experience from the UK, this is a pretty long process which involves sending your passport to the Chinese consulate. You can apply for a ten-year multiple entry visa if you plan to visit China more than once.
The Shanghai summers can be sweltering and humid, and the winters can be cold. Avoid these extremes by travelling (if possible) between March-May and September-November.
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