THE BEST OF SHANGHAI
Sightseeing, Cultural, Shopping, Meal included
The first stop on your tour is the Yuyuan Garden, the only fully restored classical Chinese garden in Shanghai. It was inaugurated during the Ming dynasty and covers a total area of 20,000 square metres. Although the Garden occupies less than five acres, it perfectly demonstrates the sophisticated art of combining several different elements to create a world in miniature. Pavilions are ingeniously juxtaposed with passages, small hills and carefully selected, strategically positioned rocks, lotus ponds, bridges, winding paths, trees and shrubs. Next you will drive to the Jade Buddha Temple, which is still in use today and had 70 resident monks at last count. It was built between 1911 and 1918. The exterior is readily identifiable by its bright saffron walls. Inside, the centrepiece is a 1.9-metre-tall white jade Buddha, which was installed here after a monk brought it from Burma in 1882. You will then return to the coach to drive to the Oriental Pearl Tower, a new highlight in the Pudong area. At 468 metres, it is the tallest television tower in Asia and the third tallest in the World, after those in Toronto and Moscow. It is not only used for television broadcasting, but also as a multipurpose building with museum, viewing deck, revolving restaurant and souvenir shops. Your next stop will be a restaurant for lunch. Finally you will drive to Nanjing Road, which has a bit of everything for everyone. There are shops for children, the elderly, women, knitters, photographers, art collectors, souvenir hunters and athletes. And if you can't find what you're looking for in any of these, you're bound to find it in one of the street's great department stores. At the end of the tour you will return to the port.
What you need to know
Please note: The order of visits may vary