China Tours from Shanghai

Customize Your Trip to the Real China

Why start your China tour from Shanghai?

Strategically located at the center of East & South coastline of the country, Shanghai is the largest and most prosperous city in China, and links almost all major destinations in the world with non-stop international flights.

Shanghai is the first city in China that “the west meets east”. Now it becomes a vibrant metropolis with high-rise buildings, glitzy restaurants, funky cocktail bars and dazzling malls, as well as the historical spots and old streets.

The convenience of traffic network makes Shanghai a perfect destination to start your China tour. With high speed trains and domestic flights, you will have an easy access for visiting nearby Suzhou, Hangzhou, Yellow Mountain, or further to Beijing, Xi’an, Hong Kong, Guilin, Zhangjiajie, Lhasa and other popular destinations.

How to Plan a China Trip from Shanghai

Step 1: Plan your Shanghai trip

For ordinary travelers, within 2 days you can visit all the highlights of Shanghai, including the nearby water town with traditional culture experience. Here below we offer you an itinerary sample.

Day 1, Yu Garden, the Bund, Shanghai Tower, (sidecar/jeep zigzagging through) the old town of Shanghai for real local life experience

Day 2, Zhujiajiao Water Town with boat cruise, Shanghai Museum

Step 2: Plan your trip from Shanghai to other destinations

From Shanghai, you may travel to Suzhou (2 days) for the classical gardens and Tongli/Zhouzhuang Water Town, Hangzhou (2 days) for the amazing cultural landscape of West Lake and tea village excursion, then Huangshan (3 days) to hike Yellow Mountain and sip coffee or beer at the serene Huizhou villages, further explore Guilin and Yangshuo (3 days) home to China’s most beautiful karst scenery and rice terraces. Alternatively, enjoy a luxury cruise voyage up the Yangtze River, getting to Chongqing and Chengdu (2 days), meet giant pandas before embarking on the adventure to Lhasa (4 days). End your trip in Beijing (3 days) after sightseeing Xian (2 days), where in China’s ancient capitals, you’ll encounter the Terracotta Army and the Great Wall.

Have got a rough plan? Be free to tell us, and our one-to-one destination experts can customize your own China vacation.

Best China Tour Packages from Shanghai for First-timers

Below are the top-rated packages especially designed for your frist time trip to China starting from Shanghai. Ranging from 6 days to over 20 days, with different budgets and travel style, you can select the trip that suits you best. Or get inspired to tailormade a China tour.

China's Tradition and Future Collision
Mutianyu Great Wall of Beijing
Destinations: Shanghai - Beijing
  • The trip is perfect for a first-time traveler.
  • Experience the traditional and futuristic China via an in-depth exploration.
  • Visit highlight attractions and witness local real life.
Unwind in Picturesque Countryside
Leisure Countryside Bike Tour in Yangshuo Guilin
Destinations: Shanghai - Guilin - Yangshuo - Xi'an - Beijing
  • From the colonial architecture on the Bund to life-size Terracotta Army and the Great Wall, visit all big-name attractions.
  • From the colonial architecture on the Bund to life-size Terracotta Army and the Great Wall, visit all big-name attractions.
  • Relax when cruising Li River and feel refreshed in the countryside of Yangshuo.
Culture and Nature Immersion Journey
Roof Tiles of Forbidden City Beijing
Destinations: Shanghai - Suzhou - Huangshan - Hangzhou - Guilin - Yangshuo - Longji - Xi'an - Beijing
  • Starting from Shanghai, explore classic gardens of Suzhou and Yellow Mountain of Huangshan.
  • The trip includes rural China extrusions to the Hongcun Village, Guilin’s karst landscape & spectacular rice terraced fields.
  • Travel through Xian and Beijing, China’s historical capitals, to discover several of world’s most amazing ancient wonders.
Classic Wonders & Yangtze Cruise
Giant Pandas
Destinations: Shanghai - Guilin - Yangshuo - Kunming - Lijiang - Chengdu - Xi'an - Chongqing - Yangtze River Cruise - Yichang – Beijing
  • Experience the old and new, natural wonders and cultural marvels of China.
  • Embark on the Yangtze cruise trip from Chongqing, sightseeing the beautiful China, and meet giant panda.
  • Venture off the big cities to Guilin and Lijiang to discover the country’s best ancient town and countryside teeming with karst peaks.

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