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About Shanghai

Once known as the Paris of the East, Shanghai now calls itself the Pearl of the Orient. It is China's largest and most cosmopolitan city and no other city can better capture the urgency and excitement of Chinas economic reform.

A port city, lying at the mouth of Asias longest and most important river, the Yangtze, Shanghai's spectacular architecture is catching the worlds attention. Charming old houses are making way for new museums, theatres and shiny new high-rises. But there is a comfortable blend of modern and traditional.

You can admire the exquisite Yu Garden with its Teahouse and Bridge of Nine Turnings or the Temple of the Jade Buddha. At the Shanghai Museum, you can peruse its works of art, which simultaneously draw you through the pages of Chinese history. But today in Shanghai, you can also enjoy the fast-paced lives of Chinas most glamorous, cosmopolitan and open people.

 

Shore excursions in Shanghai

Please note: The shore excursions listed are typical for this port. The full programme of shore excursions available for your cruise will be displayed on Cruise Personaliser at least 12 weeks prior to departure.

Best of Shanghai

Activity highMeal includedShopping

Duration: 9½ hours

This comprehensive tour delivers the highlights of this wonderful city.

Take a guided walking tour exploring the narrow alleys and cobblestoned lanes of the Old Town. Traverse the zigzag bridge and see the charming pavilion teahouse. As well as some shopping time in the Old Town, the highlight of your stop here is the Yu Garden, a classic Ming Dynasty garden home with traditional halls and pavilions.

No visit to Shanghai would be complete without seeing the wonderful Jade Buddha Temple, featuring a priceless Buddha statue carved from one piece of white jade.The Temple was built in the Song Dynasty and is still an active venue for Buddhist events.

Enjoy a family-style Chinese lunch at a local restaurant in the city.

Visit the Shanghai Museum, one of this city’s foremost treasures. Its collection of 110,000 historical objects and 430,000 reference pieces enjoy worldwide fame.

Your last stop is a local Silk Factory. Visit their workshops and learn the secret of how silk is made and have a chance to shop in their gift shop for silk garments, home accessories, carpet and souvenirs.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. There is approximately 3½ hours of walking on this tour, including some steps and inclines. The Jade Buddha is displayed on the 2nd floor of the Temple. Should you wish to purchase any art and craft items at the Silk Factory, it is recommended you take Chinese Yuan. Comfortable, flat, walking shoes are recommended. The lighting in the Temple is low, and care should be taken. Photography is restricted in the Museum and Temple buildings. The Shanghai Museum is closed on Mondays and will be replaced by a visit to the Shanghai Municipal History Museum when this tour operates on a Monday.

Best of Shanghai - Private Tour - by car (up to tw

Activity high

Duration: 9½ hours

A private vehicle is the perfect solution for passengers who wish to tour together around this wonderful city.

Vehicles with an English-speaking guide, local driver and selected itineraries are offered on the tours mentioned below. No deviations to duration, venues included, departure or return time can be made. Please select the tour itinerary of your choice from the list on your record of shore excursions.

This is a private vehicle; those accompanying you are family or friends with whom you agree to share costs. We do not match groups of passengers to form a private group for the vehicle. Vehicles and guides are extremely limited and so early reservation is recommended to avoid disappointment.

The tour fare is per vehicle and only 1 person in the party should book a ticket. The entire cost of the vehicle and tour will be charged to that person’s onboard account and cannot be divided between the party. Once on board, you will receive a request for the names of each individual in your party.

Entrances and toilet facilities are included for the venues incorporated in your chosen tour itinerary. Gratuities are not included.

Cars will take up to 2 passengers SHA701, 9½ hours – Best of Shanghai

Essential information

This tour will operate by car and on foot.Private tours are non-refundable once confirmed. Actual vehicle type varies depending on availability and the number of passengers in your party. Only 1 ticket per party should be booked and the full cost will be charged to that person’s credit card.Once on board, you’ll receive a request for the names of each individual in your party. This information is required to allow your party to disembark the ship for the tour.

There is approximately 3½ hours of walking on this tour, including some steps and inclines. Should you wish to purchase any art and craft items at the Silk Museum, it is recommended you take Chinese Yuan. Comfortable, flat, walking shoes are recommended. The lighting in the Temple is low, and care should be taken. Photography is restricted in the Museum and Temple buildings.

Best of Shanghai by Private Minivan

Activity highMeal includedShopping

Duration: 9½ hours

A private vehicle is the perfect solution for passengers who wish to tour together around this wonderful city.

Vehicles with an English-speaking guide, local driver and selected itineraries are offered on the tours mentioned below. No deviations to duration, venues included, departure or return time can be made. Please select the tour itinerary of your choice from the list on your record of shore excursions. This is a private vehicle; those accompanying you are family or friends with whom you agree to share costs. We do not match groups of passengers to form a private group for the vehicle. Vehicles and guides are extremely limited and so early reservation is recommended to avoid disappointment. The tour fare is per vehicle and only 1 person in the party should book a ticket. The entire cost of the vehicle and tour will be charged to that person’s onboard account and cannot be divided between the party. Once on board, you will receive a request for the names of each individual in your party. Entrances and toilet facilities are included for the venues incorporated in your chosen tour itinerary. Gratuities are not included. Minivans will take up to 4 passengers SHA702, 9½ hours – Best of Shanghai

Essential information



This tour will operate by minivan and on foot.Private tours are non-refundable once confirmed. Actual vehicle type varies depending on availability and the number of passengers in your party. Only 1 ticket per party should be booked and the full cost will be charged to that person’s credit card.Once on board, you’ll receive a request for the names of each individual in your party. This information is required to allow your party to disembark the ship for the tour.

There is approximately 3½ hours of walking on this tour, including some steps and inclines. Should you wish to purchase any art and craft items at the Silk Museum, it is recommended you take Chinese Yuan. Comfortable, flat, walking shoes are recommended. The lighting in the Temple is low, and care should be taken. Photography is restricted in the Museum and Temple buildings.

Free Time at 3 Sites

Activity mediumShopping

Duration: 7 hours

Listen to a local and use your handy Shanghai city map to plan your day your way.

The first stop is at Huangpu Park, located on the Bund. Use your free time to explore the famous waterfront, which has been regarded as the symbol of Shanghai for hundreds of years. Gaze at the west side where a variety of architectural styles including Gothic, Baroque, and Renaissance sit side by side along the waterfront. Alternatively, head to Nanjing Road for a spot of shopping.

As you move on to the Old Town, you’ll be spoilt for choice. Explore the classic Ming Dynasty Garden Home at Yu Garden, weave your way around the narrow alleyways and cobbled lanes of the Old Town or enjoy lunch in a local dim sum restaurant.

Your final stop is the Pudong Lujiazui Financial Area, The futuristic skyscrapers are the main event here, take the high speed elevators to the observation decks of the Oriental Pearl TV Tower, Jinmao Tower or Shanghai World Financial Center for a breathtaking panoramic view of China’s largest city. If you prefer to stay on terra-firma, the view from the ground is pretty impressive too.

Essential information

This tour is un-guided, a tour assistant will be on hand to provide practical information at each stop. A map of Shanghai will be provided. No entrance fees are included in the tour price. Please pay careful attention to the pick-up point and time. Local currency is recommended for purchases.

Futuristic Shanghai

Activity medium

Duration: 4 hours

Take a ride on the world’s fastest train, the Maglev, and see Shanghai from one of the tallest buildings in China.

You’ll drive from the port area of Shanghai to Pudong Longyanglu Station, your boarding point for the famous Maglev Train. Maglev, short for ‘magnetic levitation’, whisks you off to nearby Pudong Airport using groundbreaking technology. Without the friction of wheels or rails, the innovative train reaches speeds of 267 miles per hour (weather permitting), making it the fastest transportation on land.

You’ll return to Longyanglu Station and continue by coach for your insight into the future with a visit to the Jinmao Hyatt Building, an impressive 88-floor skyscraper. Jinmao Hyatt is one of the tallest buildings in China, a soaring monument to Shanghai’s economic boom. Completed in 2001, this building’s gently tapered design embodies China’s history and culture. Take the express elevator to the observation floor at the top of the building to enjoy a panoramic view of the city.On your return journey you will have chance to photograph Oriental Pearl TV Tower, standing at 1,536 feet this makes it the worlds’ third tallest TV tower.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and train. There will be a brief time for shopping at the Hyatt Building to purchase souvenirs and postcards. Passengers must be able to negotiate steps onto and off the bus and train. Delays can be expected prior to boarding the lift to the observation floor due to its popularity.

 

A selection of cruises to Shanghai

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