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Shanghai Highlights

Shanghai Highlights, China

Shanghai has very few Buddhist temples, so the Jade Buddha Temple is well known and well used. Over 15,000 Chinese Buddhists descend on the temple during the February Lunar New Year. Built in the early twenties, the Temple houses a 2 metre high, jewel-encrusted Buddha in seated position. No photography is allowed in the temple and shoes should be left at the entrance.

Wealthy Ming Dynasty officials founded the Yuyuan Gardens in the 16th century. They spent 18 years creating and nurturing the gardens only to have them destroyed during the Opium War. The gardens have now been restored and attract hordes of tourists, most of whom are Chinese.

The bazaar area is also worth visiting as there are many snack bars and restaurants, famed for their savoury delights. The Yuyuan Gardens and bazaar are located at the south-eastern end of the old city, its bustling maze of narrow lanes lined with traditional houses.

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Other experiences in Shanghai

These activities are designed to give you the most authentic experiences around where you're staying. We work with local guides, who use their knowledge and often a resident's eye to show you the main sights and more out-of-the-way attractions. Our specialists can suggest tours and activities, such as cooking classes, that will introduce you to the local ways of life.

  • Food vendor in Shanghai

    Culinary Tour of Shanghai


    Visit Zhonghua market in Shanghai and wander down some of the famous side streets sampling regional delicacies with a guide, who will be able to give you all sorts of recommendations.

  • Fuxing park on Morning Shanghai bicycle tour, Shanghai

    Morning Shanghai Bicycle Tour


    This guided cycling tour around Shanghai’s old town and French Concession backstreets shows you a salt-of-the-earth side of the city that few visitors experience. You’ll pass tiny street markets, and stop off at a public park and a Buddhist temple.

  • Shanghai Acrobatic Show

    Shanghai Acrobatics


    Gifted Chinese acrobats perform the contortions and feats of balance that have made them famous throughout the world.

  • Suzhou, China

    Suzhou Excursion


    Suzhou is a city with over 2,500 years of history. Following completion of the Grand Canal in the Sui Dynasty, the town grew and prospered from the trade that passed through its gates.