Shanghai Afternoon Sightseeing Tour including Huangpu River Cruise & OTV Tower


After hotel pickup, start your 4-hour tour at the landmark that is most symbolic of hyper-modern Shanghai: the Oriental Pearl Tower. Located in Pudong Park in the developing Lujiazui District, the tower stands 1,535 feet (468 meters) high and rates as one of the world's tallest TV towers. Follow your guide into the elevator and ride up to the observation deck for panoramic views over Shanghai, including the industrial development alongside the Huangpu River, the wide waterway that slips through the center of Shanghai. Next, travel over to the Huangpu River to board your boat for a sightseeing cruise. From the river, get a close look at the waterfront and the grand colonial buildings in the Bund, the center of international trade and government in 19th-century Shanghai. The buildings feature diverse architectural styles, including Baroque, Romanesque and Gothic. Stop for photos at People's Square, a pretty green park that commemorates Chinese patriots and is surrounded by buildings. Then see the vision for the new Shanghai at the Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Hall. Your final stop is Nanjing Road, the first commercial street in Shanghai. The pedestrian-only street is the popular shopping center of the city, always bustling with locals, business people and tourists. You may want to return on your own in the evening to get a taste of Shanghai's nightlife. After about five hours, your guide returns you to your hotel to end your tour.

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4 hours
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Why take this tour?

The tour starts with the Oriental TV Tower, the unmistakable symbol of modern Shanghai. It overlooks the industry and commerce quickly developing on the banks of the Huangpu River. You will enjoy a panoramic view of Shanghai from the main observatory and have the opportunity to orient yourself to the thriving metropolis you are about to discover. A cruise on Huang River gives you another way to see the Bund, the cultural district along the river. From this floating vantage point, you will see 80-100 year old buildings with diverse architectural styles: Gothic, Baroque, and Romanesque. Then you visit the Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Hall. Here you will see the vision for the new Shanghai, complete with exhibits and an impressive scale model of the city planned for the future. Your final stop is Nanjing Road, the first commercial street in China. It is always bustling with excitement, with locals, business people and tourists alike.

What’s included?

  • English-speaking tour guide

  • Air-conditioned vehicle

  • Hotel pickup and drop off in the city center

  • Admission tickets

  • Entry/Admission - Pujiang Cruise Ship

  • Entry/Admission - Oriental Pearl Tower (Dongfang Mingzhu)

  • Entry/Admission - Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Hall

  • Cruise port pickup

  • Food and drinks

  • Gratuities

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Before you book

  • Duration: 4h

  • Mobile tickets accepted

  • Instant confirmation

Covid Policy

  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas

Cancellation Policy

    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

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Shanghai is a frenetic, picturesque port city, home to both traditional silk weavers and cutting-edge fashionistas. Get a taste of both ancient and contemporary sides of the city on this comprehensive full-day guided tour, which covers more than 5,000 years of Chinese history, from Ming-era temples to sleek new waterfront towers. The tour is the perfect primer for first-time visitors to Shanghai, or anyone traveling on limited time.

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