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3 days in Shanghai

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3 days in Shanghai
Three days highlighting the best of Shanghai, from modern architectural wonders to historical temples and traditional gardens, plus the most worthwhile museums for completely experiencing Shanghai's culture and history.
Good for: Families, Groups, Seniors, Individuals
Seasons: Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
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Day 1
Shanghai World Financial Center
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Shanghai World Financial Center

Three observation decks offer different experiences at the 94th, 97th, and 100th floors. The 100th floor is the highest observatory in the world, with transparent glass-walled walkways.

Fee: Yes      Duration of visit: 1-2 hours
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Riverside Promenade (Bingjiang Da Dao)
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Riverside Promenade (Bingjiang Da Dao)

The riverside walk along the Bund may be busy and crowded during the day, but with good reason - it's simply a must when in Shanghai for people-watching and getting a good feel for the city.

Fee: No      Duration of visit: 1-2 hours
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Oriental Pearl Tower (Dongfang Mingzhu)
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Oriental Pearl Tower (Dongfang Mingzhu)

The Oriental Pearl TV Tower is without a doubt Shanghai's most recognized landmark. It rises 1,500  feet (457 meters) in Shanghai's newest district... more »

Fee: Yes      Duration of visit: <1 hour
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Bund Sightseeing Tunnel
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Bund Sightseeing Tunnel

A pedestrian-only tunnel crossing the Bund, this fun and unique form of public transportation is a pricey but quick way to get across the river on foot. The experience is a bit reminiscent of a Disney Tomorrowland attraction.

Fee: Yes      Duration of visit: <1 hour
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The Bund (Wai Tan)
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The Bund (Wai Tan)

The Bund is a symbol of Shanghai and an epitome of Shanghai's modern history.  From the Oriental Pearl TV Tower you can see the Bund. The... more »

Fee: No      Duration of visit: 2-3 hours
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Day 2
Jade Buddha Temple
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Jade Buddha Temple

This Chinese Buddhist Temple hosts two jade Buddha statues imported from Burma, along with many other cultural relics. It is a peaceful refuge from the modern bustle of Shanghai, where monks may be seen and heard conducting Buddhist ceremonies.

Fee: Yes      Duration of visit: 1-2 hours
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Shanghai Jiangnan Silk Museum
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Shanghai Jiangnan Silk Museum

The Silk Museum is an educational tour of the entire process from growing and feeding the silkworms to collecting the silk threads and the factory production of silk textiles. Quality silk bedding and products may be purchased here.

Fee: No      Duration of visit: 1-2 hours
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Garden of Contentment (Yugarden)
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Garden of Contentment (Yugarden)

A classical garden complete with period style buildings. The Garden was created by Pan Yunduan a Government Officer for his family finishing in 1577.

Fee: Yes      Duration of visit: 2-3 hours
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Yuyuan Bazaar
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Yuyuan Bazaar

Yuyuan is a bustling marketplace set in an old Chinese neighborhood with traditional architecture and shops selling everything from dumplings to kitsch. A great place for people-watching and picking up Chinese souvenirs, and close to the nearby Yuyuan Gardens.

Fee: No      Duration of visit: 1-2 hours
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Day 3
Shanghai Museum (Shanghai Bowuguan)
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Shanghai Museum (Shanghai Bowuguan)

This elegant museum, opened in 1996, features eleven state-of-the-art galleries housing China’s international-standard exhibits of bronzes, paintings, sculpture, ceramics, jade and Ming and Qing dynasty furniture.

Fee: No      Duration of visit: 2-3 hours
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Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Hall
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Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Hall

The Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Hall is located in People Square , a short walk from Shanghai Museum and adjacent to the Shanghai Municipal... more »

Fee: Yes      Duration of visit: 2-3 hours
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Nanjing Lu (Nanjing Road)
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Nanjing Lu (Nanjing Road)

Modern, electric street filled with shops, eateries, and lovely restaurants tucked away up above the street level. Some can be tricky to find but are worth the effort.

Fee: No      Duration of visit: 1-2 hours
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Shanghai Circus World
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Shanghai Circus World

The Multimedia Theatrical Spectacular 'ERA Intersection of Time' has been performed since its debut at Shanghai Circus World in September 2005. It is unique and comparable to the tradition of the Broadway Musical.It is in fact a stunning acrobatic show combining traditional Chinese arts and modern technologies. The performers present Chinese acrobatics, martial arts and dance perfectly... More

The Multimedia Theatrical Spectacular 'ERA Intersection of Time' has been performed since its debut at Shanghai Circus World in September 2005. It is unique and comparable to the tradition of the Broadway Musical.It is in fact a stunning acrobatic show combining traditional Chinese arts and modern technologies. The performers present Chinese acrobatics, martial arts and dance perfectly in harmony with the music, sound, lighting, and other special effects, which include a water screen.While you marvel at the highly proficient skills of the performers, the story of China's evolution from its ancient past to the future is told. Hence, the title 'Intersection of Time', as the viewpoint of the audience is set in the present between the past and the future.The performance provides a wonderful insight into China's ancient culture and civilization, with sections about Sinan, an ancient Chinese invention for telling directions, soothsaying and conjuring. There is a fantastic section showing an acrobatic program which has elements performed since the far off days of the Han Dynasty (206BC–220AD). With porcelain jars and vats as their stage properties the performers give an overview of Chinese porcelain culture and greater understand of the country's name of 'China'.Modern achievements that are also showcased include Shanghai Donghai Cross-Sea Bridge, Maglev Train, and Shenzhou 5, China's first manned space mission. From these, you can see the amazing development and bright future of Shanghai and the whole country.The 100-minute performance shows not only artistic skills, but also creativity. Aided by multimedia including vision, original live music, sound effects, smell effect, air conditioning and lighting, Less

Fee: Yes      Duration of visit: 2-3 hours
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