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Shanghai and Water Town Tours

Shanghai, the metropolis, is called “Mo Du (魔都)” by Chinese people. Mo means ambition and Du means metropolis.

Many people are familiar with the spectacular riverside of the Bund and ambitious skyline of Pudong. But they often overlook the city’s soft side. If Shanghai is like an elegant lady, water towns are her tenderness. They preserve well an ancient atmosphere which is unique to China. Ordinary people still live in the water towns.

Let’s explore this ambitious city and her extra elegance. Remember her tenderness and get to know her more completely.

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  • Experience Shanghai Your Way
  • Freedom to Create Your Kind of Holiday
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  • Good Value and Care

Best Water Town Tours

Suggested Itineraries for Visiting Shanghai

Chenghuag Temple


Short Trip

Plan AThe Bund, Yuyuan Garden, Chenghuang Temple, and Oriental Pearl Tower

Plan BSuzhou highlights + Tongli water Town

Plan C1-2 iconic sites in Shanghai + half day Zhujiajiao Water Town tour

Zhujiajiao Water Town


City Essence

Plan AOne day Shanghai city essence + a water town

Plan BOne day Shanghai city essence + One day Tongli Water Town + Suzhou

Plan COne day Shanghai city essence + interesting activities like sidecar experience

suzhou pedicap


City Extends

Plan AShanghai city essence + West Lake in Hangzhou + a water town

Plan B2 days Shanghai city essence + 1 day Tongli Water Town and Suzhou

Plan CShanghai city essence + Hangzhou highlights + Suzhou highlights

hangzhou art fan


Leisure Tour

Plan AClassical sites of Shanghai + Hangzhou + Suzhou + a water town

Plan BShanghai highlights+ Hangzhou highlights + Wuzhen Water Town

Plan C2 days Shanghai highlights + 2 days Suzhou/Hangzhou highlights

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Our local guide will not only show you the sites, but will also reveal the stories behind the buildings and tours that no other company offers, which will enrich your experience and give you in turn stories to tell.

shanghai food

Mouth-Watering Food

The restaurants we pick are those we use to treat our own family and friends. They provide an authentic food experience, and your guide will help you order the food you like.

hangzhou tea garden

Customized Activities

If you have a special itinerary in mind for a special event, we are confident we can help you create that itinerary. Over 35% of our customers use our tailor-made service.

Travel Confidently with Our Shanghai Specialists


Vivian Cen

Tour Design & Marketing

Vivian has been to Shanghai many times. She likes to stroll around the streets and alleys, exuding the breath of new life, and has made in-depth investigations about the city’s different sites and activities. She is an expert in improving customers’ travel experiences.

Vanessa Zeng

Vanessa Zheng

Shanghai Travel Advisor

Vanessa has worked as a travel consultant for over 10 years, has often been given 100% ratings by satisfied customers, and has helped over 4,200+ tourists create their trips to China. Want help? Contact her at 800-933-7181. or email her at vanessa@chinatravel.com

summer zhao

Summer Zhao

Shanghai Tour Guide

Summer is one of our top guides. She is proficient in Shanghai history and culture, and in providing cultural insights into the places you visit. There is a saying that the tour guide is the soul of a tour group. See what customers said about Summer.>>


Si Xiao Li

Xiaoli is the local operator in our Shanghai office, in charge of implementation of tour itineraries, including tour guides, cars, drivers, tickets and restaurants. She makes sure your tour goes smoothly.

Customers Frequently Asked Questions

Best Time to Visit Shanghai and Water Towns

You can visit Shanghai all year round. The most comfortable seasons in the city arespring and autumn, and the scenery is also pleasant then.
There are fewer tourists during weekdays. So it is recommended to visit water towns during weekdays.
You are recommended to avoid Chinese public holidays from 1st to 3rd May (Labor Day) and 1st to 7th October (National Day). During these holidays it’s crowded and hard to buy tickets.

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What Customers Said about Our Guides and Trips

This was our 2nd tour with the Shanghai Highlights tour company having taken the Classic and Modern Shanghai Highlights the day before and this tour was every bit as satisfying. Our guide was Kris Lee, an informative and friendly guide....>>

Kris Lee was our guide extraordinary on the day. His English and knowledge of each venue was outstanding. He made us feel very comfortable and was constantly being helpful. The lunch venue he choose was very good and we enjoyed the meal and his company at great deal...>>


susancberkeley, Berkeley, California

Custom tour of Shanghai, Zhu Jia Jiao

We had a great few days in and around Shanghai with our local guide, Sophie Lee arranged with China Highlights. Sophie is an excellent, professional, smart, flexible, knowledgeable guide with strong English skills, and a thoughtful, reflective personality...>>

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