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.
Cruises from Oriental Pearl Tower. Forty-minute boat tours run day and night along the Bund from the Pearl Tower's cruise dock in Pudong. Tickets, excluding Pearl Tower admission, can be purchased at the gate to the tower. Oriental Pearl Cruise Dock, 1 Shiji Dadao (Century Ave.), Pudong, Shanghai, Shanghai Shi, 200120. 021/5879–1888. From Y100.
Huangpu River Cruises. Boats run nightly 6–9 pm, leaving every 30 minutes and traveling for 45–60 minutes up and down the Huangpu River to where it meets the Yangtze. You'll see barges, bridges, and factories, but not much scenery. 501 Zhongshan Dong Er Lu, The Bund, Shanghai, Shanghai Shi, 200010. 021/6374–4461. From Y100.
Gray Line Tours. On offer are half- and full-day group coach tours of Shanghai, as well as one-day trips to Suzhou, Hangzhou, and other nearby waterside towns. 5A, 5F, 1399 Beijing Xi Lu, Jing'an, Shanghai, Shanghai Shi, 200040. 021/6289–5221; www.grayline.com/shanghai. From $58.
Jinjiang Tours (锦江旅游公司). 锦江旅游公司 This State-owned company runs half-and full-day group bus tours of Shanghai. Stops include include the French Concession, People's Square, Jade Buddha Temple, Yu Garden, the Bund, and Xintiandi. Full-day tours include lunch, but those with dietary restrictions should pack snacks. 191 Changle Lu, Room A101, Xuhui, Shanghai, Shanghai Shi, 200020. 021/6445–9525. From Y350.
Context Travel. U.S.-based Context runs small group and private walking tours in Shanghai and Beijing. Tours focusing on food, history, art, architecture, and urban planning are led by academics and experts in these fields. Shanghai, Shanghai Shi. 215/392–0303; www.contexttravel.com. From Y550.
Shanghai Jewish Tours. Available daily in Hebrew or English and led by an Israeli photojournalist, this half-day tour takes you to the sites of Shanghai's Jewish history, such as the 1920 Ohel Rachel Synagogue. Shanghai, Shanghai Shi. www.shanghai-jews.com. From Y100.