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Shanghai Itinerary

Shanghai Itinerary

Shanghai is the commercial and financial centre of China. In just two days you can fully experience the bright lights of the most populated city in the world, with over 24 million residents! Shanghai is constantly developing, with the skyscrapers becoming taller and taller. As the city becomes more and more busy and exciting, Shanghai becomes impossible to ignore in the study of human geography.

The rate in which Shanghai is growing means your students will literally see the city expanding before their eyes. However, in amongst the busyness of the city, it is possible to find a quiet moment to reflect in one of city’s beautiful gardens or parks. This includes the famous Yu Gardens, which literally translates to the garden of happiness.

This two day itinerary can be combined with trips to any of our other Chinese destinations; Beijing, Xi’an, Hong Kong, Yangtze and Chengdu, to form trips from 7-11+ days

Our China combination recommendation:

Beijing > Shanghai

Departure time: Year round | Currency: Renminbi

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Topics Covered
  • Weather processes & hazards
  • Climate change
  • Water & river processes, landforms & management
  • Geological processes & landforms
  • Urban change & growth
  • Development & inequality
  • Population
  • Economic change
  • Global systems & global governance
  • Food resources
  • Water resources
  • Energy resources
Destinations Visited
  • The Bund
  • Xintiandi
  • Lujiazui financial district
  • Zhujiajiao
  • Yuyan Gardens

Day 1 – Shanghai – The Bund – Xintiandi – Lujiazui Financial Center – Nanjing Road

  • Enjoy a city tour of the Bund, a waterfront area in the centre of the city, Xintiandi, the shopping area and Lujiazui, the financial district famous for its striking skyline.
  • Take an optional sightseeing trip to the top of the Oriental Pearl TV Tower or the 100th floor of the World Financial Trade Centre for views over the city.
  • In the evening, visit the restaurants and shops of the vibrant Nanjing Road, one of the world’s busiest shopping districts.

Day 2 – Yu Gardens – Old City Area – Jade Buddha Temple – City Planning Exhibition Hall

  • Wander the beautiful Yuyuan Gardens; spot koi in the large ponds and view the exquisite jade rock.
  • See two ornate jade buddhas in the Jade Buddha Temple, where monks still hold ceremonies.
  • Visit the six storey Urban Planning Exhibition and see scale models of the city’s current and future plans for development from a bird’s eye view.
  • Alternatively choose to venture out of the city and spend a half day exploring the water town of Zhujiajiao, with its 36 bridges and multitude of canals.
  • In the evening, celebrate your final night in Shanghai by seeing an acrobatic show.

See more of China in one trip, combine this itinerary with: