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About Shanghai

The world’s most populous city and China’s largest, Shanghai started off life as an unassuming fishing village on the Yangtze River and continued to grow and develop throughout the centuries under the rule of successive imperial dynasties into the key economic power and centre for trade that it is today. The city’s coastal location was a big contributing factor to its prosperity and it didn’t take Europe long to realise Shanghai’s potential. The Opium War with Britain over trade relations marked the start of an era of colonisation in some areas of the city and some of their legacies can be explored during your visit. Today, the city has grown into a sprawling metropolis which is very much China’s modern face and though you’ll not want to miss any of its contemporary landmarks, there’s a wealth of historical attractions to discover too.

Exploring Shanghai

In contrast, the Bund is a hugely popular waterfront area where you’ll find much the city’s older colonial heritage and buildings which date back to its first era of modernisation. There’s plenty of classic architecture here and building heights are restricted to preserve its historical significance. A stroll along the waterfront promenade to take it all in is a popular activity for many visitors and the area truly comes alive at night, when it’s illuminated by ingenious electronic lighting displays. The Old French Concession offers a fascinating look at one of the city’s key colonial areas, while Longhua Temple is the city’s largest place of worship, occupying an incredible five acres and boasting some incredible architecture and artefacts as well as a welcome calming atmosphere.

Shanghai tips

If authentic crafts to take back home are on the to-do list, Yuyuan Bazaar in the Bund is the best place to look. Owing to its history and coastal location Shanghai offers a wealth of freshly-prepared oriental dishes to enjoy but you’ll find that many of the dishes are made with catch from the Yangtze rather than the sea.

Suggested Read: Port in focus: Shanghai

Shanghai Itineraries

Uniworld River Cruises
Beijing

Grand China & the Yangtze

5 sailing dates May 2019 to September 2019
17 Nights From Beijing (Tianjin), to China , Hong Kong
Uniworld River Cruises logo FROM £6969pp
Uniworld River Cruises
Xi'an

Highlights of China & the Yangtze

17 sailing dates June 2019 to October 2020
10 Nights From Beijing (Tianjin), to Fly From Shanghai

Includes your EXCLUSIVE extra discount of £400 per couple

Uniworld River Cruises logo FROM £4429pp
Uniworld River Cruises
Shanghai

China, Tibet & the Yangtze

11 sailing dates June 2019 to September 2020
13 Nights From Beijing (Tianjin), to Fly From Shanghai
Uniworld River Cruises logo FROM £6159pp
Viking Cruises
Shanghai

Imperial Jewels of China - Shanghai to Beijing

24 sailing dates June 2019 to November 2020
13 Nights From Shanghai, to Beijing (Tianjin)
Viking Cruises logo FROM £3045pp
Uniworld River Cruises
Beijing

Beijing to Shanghai

6 sailing dates April 2020 to September 2020
13 Nights From Beijing (Tianjin), to Shanghai
Uniworld River Cruises logo FROM £6119pp
Riviera Travel
Xi'an

A Grand Tour of China

3 sailing dates May 2019 to October 2019
15 Nights From Shanghai, China to Shanghai
Riviera Travel logo FROM £2669pp
Uniworld River Cruises
Chongqing

Beijing to Shanghai

12 sailing dates April 2020 to October 2020
10 Nights From Beijing (Tianjin), to Shanghai
Uniworld River Cruises logo FROM £4429pp
Scenic River Cruises
Shanghai

Hanoi to Shanghai

6 sailing dates August 2019 to April 2020
32 Nights From Fly From UK, to Arrive UK
Scenic River Cruises logo FROM £11069pp

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