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1 Shanghai Essentials
Shanghai Essentials

Get down to earth fr £83pp

On this interesting and busy tour you start with a morning visit to the Jade Buddha Temple which is situated in the northwest near the intersection of Anyuan Lu and Jiangning Lu. This is a very active temple and attracts large numbers of visitors from all over the world. It is also popular with Chinese tourists as it is one of Shanghai’s few Buddhist temples.

Then visit the Yu Garden and Old Town Bazaar before having lunch at a Chinese restaurant followed by a walk along the famous Bund with its colonial architecture. The Bund, also called the Zhongshan Road, is the city's waterfront and has been regarded as the symbol of Shanghai for hundreds of years. Explore Xintiandi and the charming art district of Tianzifang and visit Shikumen Open House Museum in Xintiandi before returning to your hotel.

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1 Shanghai Essentials

Shanghai Essentials

2 Cultural Street and Silk Market Tour
Cultural Street and Silk Market Tour

Smooth as silk fr £85pp

On this fascinating tour you will be picked up after breakfast from your hotel and taken to Shanghai's Duolun Cultural Street, which was once home to many aspiring writers in the first half of the 20th century. Decidedly less glamorous than the converted Shikumen style architecture on Taikanglu, Duolun Lu retains a Bohemian feel. Today the neighbourhood is lined with memorial museums, tea houses and galleries.

Walk around the streets with your knowledgeble guide and learn all the secrets of this interesting area of Shanghai and meet some of the local people who live and work in the area. Then after a delicious lunch at a restaurant you are taken to visit the Silk and Fabric Market where you have the opportunity to shop for some beautiful bargains that will make great presents.

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2 Cultural Street and Silk Market Tour

Cultural Street and Silk Market Tour

3 The French Concession
The French Concession

French connection fr £88pp

Under the rule of the French from 1849 to 1946, the French concession is today a pleasant mix of wide tree lined avenues and interesting European style architecture. The area contains many gorgeous art deco and Tudor style mansions and retains a very European feel despite being in the heart of Shanghai. As the premier residential and retail district of the city, it is also full of boutiques, charming cafes and exceptional restaurants.

Visit the former residence of Dr Sun Yat Sen - considered the father of the modern China - and the first president of the short-lived Chinese Republic after the overthrow of the Imperial Qing Dynasty in 1911. Then explore the Xintiandi shopping precinct and the charming art district of Tianzifang. Xintiandi is a fashionable pedestrian street composed of traditional Shikumen (‘stone gate’) style houses that now serve as boutiques and restaurants.

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3 The French Concession

The French Concession

4 Shanghai Old & New
Shanghai Old & New

The ancient and modern fr £112pp

Visit the Shanghai Urban Planning Centre where you can see Shanghai’s past, present and future. This informative and interesting venue contains some amazing scale models depicting Shanghai at various points in its development. Then visit the Shanghai Museum, which is one of the best museums in China. Located in the centre of the city in People's Square, it contains one of the finest collections of ancient Chinese art and antiques.

After lunch at a Chinese restaurant visit the tallest building in China, the Shanghai World Financial Centre. Its unique rectangular opening at the top of the tower for wind tunnelling is an instantly recognisable landmark on the Shanghai skyline. Currently the third tallest building in the world, it has a very impressive observation deck located above the opening that offers a birds eye view of the city from the world’s highest observation deck.

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4 Shanghai Old & New

Shanghai Old & New

5 Full Day Shanghai Markets Tour
Full Day Shanghai Markets Tour

Looking for a bargain?

Shanghai is a shopper’s paradise – whether you are after authentic antiques, beautiful fabrics, brand name originals (and their clever copies), or just wish to revel in the bustle and energy of an Asian market. Begin your day at Dongtai Lu Antique Street where you find antiques, and their more contemporary counterparts. This is a great place to pick up an exquisite lacquerware box or kitsch related to Chairman Mao.

Next visit Dongjiadu Fabric Market, a multi-level indoor market that specialises in silks, prints, and tailors shops. Here you can bring home a new shirt or an entire new wardrobe in just a matter of hours! Then visit the Yu Garden Bazaar and Fangbang Street in the Chinese Old Quarter which is a fitting place to end your afternoon as you shop for arts and crafts, ceramics, paintings and gold.

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5 Full Day Shanghai Markets Tour

Full Day Shanghai Markets Tour

6 Old Shanghai and the Bund
Old Shanghai and the Bund

Bound for the Bund

On this tour you will be picked up and the first visit is to the Old Town of Shanghai, where cobbled streets are lined with traditional shops selling herbal medicines, handicrafts, Chinese tea and a variety of tantalising snacks. Take a relaxing walk through the peaceful Yu Gardens, that date back to the Ming Dynasty, and explore the superb antiquities and fine arts at the Shanghai Museum.

Later you are taken for a walk along the famous historical riverfront area of the city known as the Bund. Recognised as Shanghai's former Wall Street, the Bund is home to an impressive collection of colonial style architecture from the early trade houses of the 1850s to the glamorous Art Deco modernism of the 1920s and the views across the river are spectacular.

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6 Old Shanghai and the Bund

Old Shanghai and the Bund

7 Shanghai Cooking Class
Shanghai Cooking Class

Cook a Chinese meal

It's always good to try the local food when you're on holiday in a foreign country and it's even better to learn how to cook it. And that's exactly what you do on this fun trip. On arrival at the cooking class, the chef will introduce you to the basic rules of making Chinese cuisine and tell you all about the seasonings, methods of cooking and culture that you will encounter.

He will then prepare and cook each dish and you will follow his example. The chef will, of course, help you and will make sure you understand the recipe. Then it's time to enjoy the fruits of your labours when you sit down for lunch. After this fascinating cooking class you will have gained many new culinary skills and be able to impress your friends and family back home.

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Shanghai Cooking Class

8 Suzhou Embroidery Research Institute
Suzhou Embroidery Research Institute

Darn good visit

You are picked up from your hotel in the morning and driven to the Suzhou embroidery research institute. Suzhou embroidery is one of the oldest embroidery techniques in the world, with origins stretching back more than 2,000 years. Suzhou embroidery was one of the first embroidery styles to be developed in China, but its detailed needlework and intricate images are still produced today.

It is a style characterised by brightly coloured silk, embroidered with well-proportioned and uncluttered representations of almost any pastoral scene, person, animal, or object. At the end of a fascinating day, during which you will watch the embroidery craftsmen and women producing beautiful work, you will be taken back to your hotel.

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8 Suzhou Embroidery Research Institute

Suzhou Embroidery Research Institute

9 Wuzhen Water Town Tour
Wuzhen Water Town Tour

Wuzhen's all you could wish for

Enjoy this full-day tour to the charming old world atmosphere of Wuzhen, a traditional water canal town in Zhejiang Province which provides you with a distinct contrast to the fast-pace of ever growing and always changing Shanghai. Wuzhen's network of waterways, old wooden waterside houses, arch stone bridges, and narrow paved laneways are the perfect setting for a peaceful canal cruise.

Sightseeing here is leisurely paced and also involves several hours exploring on foot, walking through this century-old Chinese town, absorbing the unique atmosphere and meeting the local families as they go about their work and relax. On this popular tour you have plenty of time to explore this historic water town before returning to Shanghai in the late afternoon.

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9 Wuzhen Water Town Tour

Wuzhen Water Town Tour

10 Zhujiajiao Water Town Tour
Zhujiajiao Water Town Tour

Water town wonders

On this super tour you are picked up from your hotel in the morning and taken to Zhujiajiao, which is an ancient water town with a history that stretches back for more than 1,700 years. The village prospered through the clothing and rice businesses and today old historical buildings such as rice shops, banks, spice stores and even a Qing dynasty post office can still be found.

There are so many wonderful sights to see in Shanghai these days that it is hard to tear yourself away from the city. But this trip out to Zhujiajiao makes a great change from the hustle and bustle of the big city and is very rewarding. Once there you will be taken to lots of sites of historic interest and get to appreciate how life has gone on in this water town for centuries.

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10 Zhujiajiao Water Town Tour

Zhujiajiao Water Town Tour