Culture and beauty in Shanghai, China

Garden in Suzhou near Shanghai, China
Garden in Suzhou near Shanghai, China

A world cruise will let travelers see a wide range of different cities and cultures, but the port of Shanghai, China, offers perhaps one of the most intriguing stops on the whole journey.

There's so much to see in this city that it's tough to know where to begin, but the Shanghai Museum located downtown is a good spot. Not only will a tour of this institution give you some insight into the history of the city, but it's also your chance to see nearly 12,000 artifacts from across the massive country.

Just because you're in a city doesn't mean you can't interact with nature. Shanghai's beloved Yuyuan Gardens are sure to impress anyone looking for a little scenic beauty during their excursion. Don't pass up the opportunity to experience some culture as well. A trip to the renowned Jade Buddha Temple will give you an appreciation for both the dazzling architecture and serene spirituality rooted in the city.

Alternatively, you can skip most of Shanghai and head out to the city of Suzhou, which is located just a short drive away. Often referred to as the "Venice of the East," this city's mix of romantic canals with old world architecture will certainly leave a lasting impression.