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Shanghai and Tongli Water Town Tour

3-Day Shanghai (3Days) Tongli Shanghai

People may know that Shanghai is a metropolis. She is called “Mo Du (魔都)” by Chinese people. Mo means ambition and Du means metropolis.

But many people ignore that she also has a soft side like any elegant lady. Water towns are her tenderness. They are unique to China and preserve well an ancient atmosphere. Ordinary people still live there. 

Let’s take 3 days to explore this ambitious city with added elegance and tenderness.

  • Tour Type: Private Tour
  • Best Season: Summer Autumn Winter
  • Exprience:

From $429 USD p/p

Inquiry This Tour


  • Admire the ambitious skyline on the Bund and Former French Concession
  • Relax in Tongli Water Town including Tuisi Garden and bridges
  • Take a gondola ride down the waterway of Tongli
  • Tongli Water Town was well designed and is well preserved.
  • A professional driver with over 5 years’ experience and an English-speaking guide with excellent knowledge of Shanghai and the water towns will serve your private group.

Tour Itinerary


Shanghai Arrival

Airport Transfer (Shanghai)

  • Hotel options: Radisson Blu Hotel Shanghai New World (TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence, 5-star) / The Bund Hotel (near the Bund, 4-star) / Kingstown Hotel Plaza Shanghai (3-star)
  • Meals: none

Your English-speaking guide will be waiting for you at the arrivals hall with a sign of your name and you will be escorted directly to your hotel.

Your guide will help you check-in at the hotel and arrange the pickup time of the next day with you. Have a good rest and recover from jet-lag.

Bottled drinking water will be provided for free everyday.

Good to Know

  • Don’t worry about being late. Your guide will be there no matter when you arrive. This tour can be customized just for you.
  • Don't worry about different language or circumstances. Your guides are not only good at English, but also know Shanghai and water town culture and history very well. Most importantly, they are nice people (most Chinese are). You’ll enjoy a nice time with them.
  • Your transfer car is a 7-seat air-conditioned business car with GPS (If your group size is large or you have a lot of luggage, please inform us so that we can make sure the car is comfortable for you.).
  • Your driver is a professional with over 5 years of experience.

Free-Time Ideas

Take a Huangpu River Cruise in the evening, to witness the gleaming night-Bund.



Yuyuan Garden, The Bund, French concession region, The Shanghai World Financial Center

  • Meal: breakfast and lunch

Your guide will be waiting for you at the hotel lobby at about 9:00.

In the morning, you will go to the top of Shanghai World Financial Center, the second highest building in Shanghai, for a panoramic view of Shanghai.

Then, take a walk along the Bund to appreciate the city’s European architectural heritage.

After lunch, explore Yuyuan Garden, a classic Chinese garden.

Note: Yuyuan Garden will be closed on every Monday for maintenance (except Chinese public holiday). Your travel advisor will arrange other sites for visit instead in this period.

Later in the afternoon, visit Tianzifang and the Former French Concession, a place noted for its leafy tree-lined avenues and French style architecture.

Good to Know

  • There is very little by way of written English descriptions at Yuyuan Garden and the Bund, so our English-speaking guide is very helpful for you to understand these places.
  • The Oriental Pearl Tower is always crowded (mostly by Chinese people), so we don’t recommend a visit.


If you want to go to the Shanghai Tower (the highest building in Shanghai) instead of World Financial Center, please let us know.

Free-Time Ideas

  • Watch ERA Acrobatics Show. Each individual performance will attract your attention and impress you. The artists do incredible things. After each trick you can hear gasps of admiration from the people around.
  • Visit the People's Square and Nanjing Road to buy some souvenirs for your family or friends.

Shanghai Departure

Our guide and driver will escort you from Shanghai to Tongli, Tongli Water Town, Tongli Boat Ride, Our guide and driver will escort you from Tongli to Shanghai, Airport Transfer (Shanghai)

Zhujiajiao Water Town
  • Meal: breakfast and lunch

Your guide will be waiting for you at the hotel lobby at about 9:00.

In the morning, you will be transferred to Tongli. It takes about 2 hours on the road. Your guide will introduce you the highlights of Tongli.

There are still many well-preserved buildings from the Ming (1368–1644 AD) and Qing (1644–1912 AD) dynasties, and locals still live there. It is one of the less commercialized and less crowded water towns.

It has stone bridges and well-preserved ancient architecture, including private gardens, temples and houses. It is not difficult to imagine how life must have been there 100 years ago.

You will visit Tuisi Garden (Garden of Retreat and Reflection), a notable attraction. It was built in 1885–1887 during the Qing dynasty.

The waterways provide a major form of transport in Tongli. So you will take a gondola from Tuisi Garden to the Three Bridges.

Then, you will be transferred back to Shanghai.

If you need a transfer to the airport, tell us your departure time. We will make sure that you arrive at the airport 1.5 hours ahead of departure time for domestic flights, and 2.5 hours for international flights.

Good to Know

  • It’s uncommon to find western-style toilets in the water towns, but our guides know where they are.
  • If you need a transfer to a train station or your hotel in Shanghai, just tell us. This tour can be customized according to your requests.

Price Per Person in US Dollars

Apr.1- Nov.31 Tourist Class Superior Class Deluxe Class Single Room Supplement
1 person -
2-5 persons / /
6-9 persons / /

* The price may change during some festivals including the Spring Festival, Tomb Sweeping Day, Labor Day (1st May), Mid Autumn Day and National Day (1st Oct.).

* The price is subject to change based on exchange rate.

What's Included & Excluded

Price Inclusion

  • Entrance fees.
  • Meals listed in the itinerary.
  • Private transfers.
  • Private English-speaking guide and driver.
  • Hotels listed in the itinerary.
  • Service Charge & Taxes.
  • China Life Tourist Accident/Casualty Insurance.
  • Luggage Transfers.

Price Exclusion

  • International Airfare or Train Tickets to enter or leave China.
  • China Entry Visa Fees.
  • Excess Baggage Charges.
  • Personal Expenses.
  • Any meals that are not mentioned in the tour itinerary.
  • Single Room Supplement.

Why Choose This Tour?

Do you want to change this 3-day itinerary according to your schedule and needs?

- Your itinerary is private and can be customized to you needs. 
- You can decide to spend more time at the attractions you like and less time at other attractions.
- We will buy your World Financial Center tickets in advance to save you time, so that you don’t have to endure long queues. 
- If you have booked hotels on your own, we will delete this from the quotation for you.

Do you need a guide in Shanghai and the water towns?

- First of all, there is very little by way of written English descriptions at Yuyuan Garden, the Bund, the Former French Concession and the water towns, so a guide can explain these attractions for you.
- Secondly, our guides know the culture of Shanghai and the water towns very well and they are friendly and well-trained. We never use freelance tour guides in Shanghai. So they will be very helpful for you to gain a deep understanding of these places.
- Last but not least, our product team and sales team inspect every spot of this tour periodically with our guides and drivers to assure the high quality of not only the places you go and stay but also the service. Our information is authoritative and updated.

Have you ever encountered scammers tainting your tour experiences, or heard about them during your travels?

- If the answer is yes, we feel sorry about that. Scams may happen in any country, but you will stand a better chance of avoiding them with us. We are a trustworthy company which has operated for over 60 years.
- Presidents Nixon, Bush, Clinton and Carter, and Bill Gates and Warren Buffet chose our customized tours. See our licenses. You just enjoy; we are always willing to take the stress for you.

Have you ever been taken by tour guides to shops and bought overpriced merchandise?

- With us, this won’t happen to you.
- This tour is a no-shopping tour, thus you will have more time to enjoy your experiences, without rushing.


Transfer Car


We use a 7-seat air-conditioned business car as your transfer car. If your group size is large or you have a lot of luggage, please inform us so that we can make sure the car is comfortable for you. Your driver is a professional with over 5 years of experience.


The Bund Hotel

Near the Bund, 4-star

Radisson Blu Hotel Shanghai New World

TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence, 5-star

Comparing Accommodation in China




Staff English Standard

5-Star Hotel

TVs, telephones, Wi-Fi, private bathrooms, Chinese and Western restaurants, elevators, swimming pools, assembly room, business center and health clubs

US$ 100-300

Staff usually can speak about two or three languages.

4-Star Hotel

TVs, telephone, Wi-Fi, private bathrooms, Chinese and Western restaurants, elevators, assembly room, business center and health clubs

US$ 55-100

Staff usually can speak about two languages.

3-Star Hotel

TVs, telephones, private bathrooms with hot and cold water; some hotels offer free Wi-Fi

US$ 30-50

Some staff can speak basic English.

Budget Hotel

TVs, telephones, usually no private bathrooms in the cheapest rooms; some hotels offer free Wi-Fi

US$ 12-50

Some staff can speak a little English.

1. There are some differences between same tier hotels in different cities, e.g. a 3-star hotel in Shanghai probably will have a higher standard than a 3-star hotel in a small city.
2. The information above is just for reference.

Booking and Cancellation

Booking Procedure

  • Step 1: Select your travel date and number of people, and fill out the inquiry form, submitting your name, email address and nationality.
  • Step 2: Receive a reply within 24 hours from our experienced travel advisor. Your tour will be customized to meet your requirements.
  • Step 3: After the final itinerary is confirmed, you canmake payment via PayPal or other method and your request will be listed as our top priority. 10% of the total tour cost is needed for us to proceed with your booking. Final payment is due 30 days before departure.

Payment Methods

We are now able to offer 2 methods of payment.

1. PayPal(fast&secure, strongly recommend)

Visa or MasterCard secure online payment via PayPal.If you are a Paypal member follow the usual system.It's possible to use Paypal without actually having a Paypal account. Simply look for the option to continue without Paypal at the bottom of the Paypal payment page.

2.Wire Transfer

After you have made the wire transfer in your bank, please make a copy of the transaction receipt or stub issued by the bank, write down your tracking code on the copy and fax us the copy of the transaction receipt (Fax no. 86-773-2885309). Once we have received your payment fax, we will start to secure your booking.

  • Price may change during some Chinese festivals.
  • Price is subject to change based on exchange rate.

Cancellation Policy

If you need to cancel your booking for any reason: cancellation received up to 14 days before departure we will return 100 % refund of all monies paid. Click here to know more.

Optional Activities


Shanghai Community Church

Shanghai Community Church

No matter you are a believer or a passer-by, at Shanghai Community Church, you will see how God blesses the people and the city. Shanghai Community Church is the city's biggest Christian church and the most important one.(Address: No.53, Hengshan Road, Xuhui District, Shanghai)

Dongtai Road Antique Market

Dongtai Road Ancient Market

Dongtai Road Antique Market is more like a backyard garage sale than a tourist attraction. Stuff from rusty bikes to Mao's faded quote book, from old Shanghai's beautiful lady calendar to life-size Terracotta Warriors replica. (Address: No.63, Liuhe Road and Dongtai Road, Luwan District, Shanghai)

Hershey's Chocolate World

Hershey's Chocolate World

Hershey's Chocolate World in Shanghai is the first store opened outside the States. The first floor is a typical Hershey retail selling all kinds of chocolate and the second floor you will see a model of Hershey factory.(Address:No.290, Xizang Zhong Road, Huangpu District, Shanghai)

Ding Tai Fung Restaurant

Ding Tai Fung Restaurant

Ding Tai Fung Restaurant doesn't have to sell itself. Xiaolongbao (steamed bread), Xiajiao (shrimp dumplings), noodle soup and other dim sum provide you a nice dining experience after a walk at the Former French Concession or Yuyuan Garden.

Era Legend of Time Acrobatic Show

ERA Legend of Time Acrobatic Show

ERA Legend of Time Acrobatic Show has created a wonderful night for many travelers from all over the world. The show is a perfect mixture of China's traditional acrobatic art and modern state-of-art stage technique. (Address: No.2266, Gonghe Xin Road, Zhabei District, Shanghai)