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Shanghai

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Introduction

Shanghai is undergoing the greatest economic explosion the world has ever seen, as it begins to claw back the position it held as East Asia's leading business city before World War II.

Lying on the shores of the East China Sea, close to the mouth of the mighty Yangtze River, it is also full of great attractions, such as the colonial-era Bund, former French, British, US and Japanese ‘concession' neighbourhoods and a typically Chinese Old City, along with the Jade Buddha Temple, Yu Gardens and nearby water city of Zhujijiao.

Bund

The riverfront Bund was Shanghai's former commercial hub: the heart of the colonial city's banking and hotel district.

Today its famous River Promenade is home to China's most exclusive real estate, providing spectacular cross-river views of the futuristic Pudong Business District.

The Hong Kong & Shanghai Bank building and Peace Hotel are the principal architectural sights and are best enjoyed on a leisurely stroll.

Yu Garden

The classical buildings, gardens, pools, bridges and rockeries of the Ming Dynasty Yu Yuan are a major tourist draw.

The complex is full of tranquil teahouses, temples and dumpling restaurants and only survived the Cultural Revolution after headquartering the Little Sword Society in 1853 during the Taiping Uprising.

Jade Buddha Temple

Shanghai's most famous temple, the Jade Buddha Temple, was built in 1892 in the southern Song Dynasty style to house two exquisite carved jade Buddha statues that were brought to Shanghai from Burma by the Abbott Wei Ken.

Zhujiajiao

Zhujiajiao, located 30km from Shanghai, is an ancient water town of canals, bridges and well-preserved buildings, which combined with the tranquility of the setting have meant that the city is known locally as the ‘Venice of Shanghai'.

Special offers in Shanghai

The Yangtze River and Best of China

15-day tailor-made journey from £3,950 pp

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offer

Early Bird Offer – Save up to £255 pp
Book by: 28 February 2018

From the Great Wall and the Terracotta Army to Shanghai’s skyscraping wonders and the Yangtze River’s rural splendour, this is your chance to see all of China’s highlights. You’ll travel in style, with a luxury river cruise, flight hops and private touring, transfers and gourmet dining included.

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Top itineraries in Shanghai

Best of China

18-day tailor-made journey from £3,970 pp incl. flights

Take in the best of China on this introductory tailor-made holiday. You'll visit Beijing, Xian, Chengdu, Guilin and Shanghai, with included touring bringing together this vast country's unique collection of landscapes, cultures and wildlife.

The Yangtze River and Best of China

15-day tailor-made journey from £3,950 pp

Special
offer

Early Bird Offer – Save up to £255 pp
Book by: 28 February 2018

From the Great Wall and the Terracotta Army to Shanghai’s skyscraping wonders and the Yangtze River’s rural splendour, this is your chance to see all of China’s highlights. You’ll travel in style, with a luxury river cruise, flight hops and private touring, transfers and gourmet dining included.

Best of China with APT

15-day tailor-made journey from £5,395 pp incl. flights

Taking in the highlights of China, including an unforgettable four-night Yangtze River cruise through the spectacular Three Gorges region, this 14-day escorted tour with APT is the perfect way to explore the country's unique history and landscapes.

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Top places to stay in Shanghai

The Langham Shanghai, Xintiandi

Contemporary hotel

This city-centre gem takes full advantage of its location with floor-to-ceiling views of Shanghai’s skyline from its luxury rooms, club lounges and superb restaurants. It even features China’s finest restaurant, three Michelin stars and all.

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Why book with Wexas Travel?

At Wexas, we specialise in bespoke travel experiences. Our itineraries are just samples of what we can arrange, and can be changed depending on your precise needs, finances and ideas by our experienced destination specialists.

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