Best City Tours
These day tours are a nice way to unwind post-flight, and can help you get your bearings on that stressful first afternoon.
Huangpu River boat tours afford a great view of Pudong and the Bund, but after that it's mostly ports and cranes.
Huangpu River Cruises. This company launches several small boats for one-hour daytime or nighttime cruises. The company also runs a 3½-hour trip up and down the Huangpu River to Wusong, where the Huangpu meets the Yangtze. You'll see barges, bridges, and factories, but not much scenery. Tickets are Y50 to Y150. 239 Zhongshan Dong Lu, (the Bund), Huangpu, Shanghai, 200002. 021/6374–4461.
Cruises from Oriental Pearl Tower. Forty-minute boat tours run along the Bund from the Pearl Tower's cruise dock in Pudong. Tickets are Y180 and can be purchased at the gate to the Pearl Tower. Follow the brown signs to the dock and, if you can't find it, ask a Pearl Tower staffer to help you. Oriental Pearl Cruise Dock, 1 Shiji Dadao, (Century Avenue), Pudong, Shanghai, 200120. 021/5879–1888.
Gray Line Tours. Escorted half- and full-day coach tours of Shanghai as well as one-day trips to Suzhou, Hangzhou, and other nearby waterside towns are offered by Gray Line Tours. Prices range from Y350 to Y3,000. A19, 2F Youth Centre Plaza, 1888 Hanzhong Lu, Putuo, Shanghai, 200070. 021/6150–8061. www.grayline.com/shanghai.
Jinjiang Tours. This company runs a full-day bus tour of Shanghai that includes the French Concession, People's Square, Jade Buddha Temple, Yu Garden, the Bund, and Xintiandi. Tickets cost Y580, lunch included. 161 Changle Lu, Xuhui, Shanghai, 200020. 021/6415–1188. www.jjtravel.com.
Shanghai Jews. This half-day tour, available daily in Hebrew or English, takes you to the sites of Shanghai's Jewish history, such as the 1920 Ohel Rachel Synagogue. The cost is Y400 per person. Shanghai. www.shanghai-jews.com.
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