Shanghai is a city on fire with development. Upon pick up from the port, your van passes through the Lujiazui financial district. With an abundance of skyscrapers, you'll have the chance to ride an elevator to a skyscraper's 100th floor. After seeing panoramic views, a visit is paid to the famous fabric market before seeing classic sights from the Ming and Qing dynasties at the Yuyuan Garden. Afterward, you'll drive through the French Concession District en-route to see the mobster, Big-Eared Du's residence, and the first prime minister's residence. Then you'll encounter Tianzifang, a lane factory from the 1950s. Finally, you will visit the famous Bund building on Shanghai's waterfront. This extravagant adventure is the ideal way to see Shanghai.
Once collected by your English-speaking guide, you'll pass Lujiazui financial area, where nearly 100 skyscrapers have been built within the past decade! Take the opportunity to travel 100 floors high to see Shanghai city's panoramic views.
Next, at Shanghai's most famous silk museum, you'll learn about how silk is produced. You'll learn about how the process starts with the silkworm, which can produce over 3,280 feed of silk thread.
While visiting the Yuyuan Garden and Shanghai Old Street, you'll see classic statues, ornaments, and flatware from the Ming and Qing dynasties. Also, the picturesque garden is expansive with many halls, springs, and other small buildings. During this part of the tour, you will even get the opportunity to enjoy a traditional tea ceremony.
As you enter the former French Concession District, you'll note its antiquated European architecture complementing the tree-lined streets. You'll pass by the home of the infamous mobster, Big-Eared Du Yuesheng in Sun Zhengshan. This early 20-century criminal mastermind had a keen eye for architectural design as you'll note.
Lastly, a short hop will bring you to Tianzifang, dubbed the SOHO of Shanghai. In the 1950s, it was a lane factory, today it features nearly 100 companies from 18 countries, specializing in interior design and industrial design.
Book this Shanghai tour today for a memorable China excursion.
Please Note: A tourist visa is required to debark in China. Cruise lines do not usually provide this visa, therefore, you will need to obtain one prior to your cruise.