Shanghai

This fabled port on the Huangpu River has played a pivotal role in the history of modern China. One of seven treaty ports inflicted by the West on Imperial China, the city was famed for the Bund, an elegant section of riverbank lined with European mercantile houses and elegant mansions. Shanghai was also the cradle of the Chinese Communist Party, and it is here that the People's Republic created its vast commercial and industrial bastion. Shanghai is also one of the most fascinating cities on the face of the earth. Its streets are packed with individuals, cars and bicycles, weaving an extraordinary tapestry of humanity. Yet serenity and beauty are always present, be it a class practicing early morning tai chi or the serene repose of the city's jade Buddha.

Shanghai's attractions are legendary, from exquisite temples and superb museums to the Bund's elegant 19th-century European architecture. The city is also your gateway to the Grand Canal and the legendary city of Suzhou.

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Points of Interest

  • Yu Gardens
  • The Bund
  • Jin Mao Tower
  • Jade Buddha Temple
  • Pearl TV Tower
  • Shanghai Museum
  • Suzhou/The Humble Administrator's Garden
  • Water Village
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  • Yu Gardens

    One of the most lavish and finest Chinese gardens in Shanghai. Established in 1559, the gardens feature five acres of spellbinding cliffs, winding caves and gorges, ponds, and glorious pavilions and pagodas. Yu Garden is not wheelchair accessible

  • The Bund

    Formerly the financial center of colonial Shanghai, The Bund stretches one mile along the bank of the Huangpu River and is one of the most recognizable architectural symbols of Shanghai.

  • Jin Mao Tower

    At 88 stories, this stunning skyscraper reaches almost 1380 feet tall. Jin Mao, which means "Golden Prosperity Building" in Chinese is a splendid combination of traditional Chinese architecture and modern technology.

  • Jade Buddha Temple

    The temple houses two rare cultural relics. Carved out of solid white jade, the Sitting Buddha measures over 6 feet tall and is adorned with semi-precious stones, the Recumbent Buddha measures 3 feet high. Jade Buddha Temple is not wheelchair accessible

  • Pearl TV Tower

    Situated on a field of grass, the entire 1,500-foot structure gives the appearance of pearls shining on a jade plate. The top of the tower contains shops, restaurants and breathtaking views of Shanghai.

  • Shanghai Museum

    Located in the center of Shanghai in the People's Square, the museum's eleven galleries include 120,000 pieces of bronzes, ceramics, calligraphy, furniture, jade, ancient coins, seals and more.

  • Suzhou/The Humble Administrator's Garden

    Often called the "Venice of the East," Suzhou is renowned for its waterways and elegant gardens, many of which are UNESCO-designated, including the Ming Dynasty Humble Administrator's Garden. Suzhou excursion is not wheelchair accessible

  • Water Village

    Glide aboard your boat through the interwoven canals of historic Zhujiajiao and take in the distinctive style of its bridges, including the dragon-adorned Fangsheng Bridge, built in 1571. Zhujiajiao Watertown is not wheelchair accessible

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