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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

Hong Kong

Grand China & the Yangtze

10 sailing dates April 2019 to September 2019
17 Nights From Beijing, China to Hong Kong, China
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Shanghai

Highlights of China & the Yangtze

11 sailing dates April 2019 to October 2019
10 Nights From Beijing, China to , Fly From Shanghai
Uniworld River Cruises logo FROM £4719pp
Shanghai

China, Tibet & the Yangtze

3 sailing dates May 2019 to August 2019
13 Nights From Beijing, China to , Fly From Shanghai
Uniworld River Cruises logo FROM £5969pp
Shanghai

Imperial Jewels of China - Shanghai to Beijing

10 sailing dates March 2019 to November 2019
13 Nights From Shanghai, to China , Beijing
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Ho Chi Minh City

Hanoi to Shanghai

6 sailing dates August 2019 to April 2020
32 Nights From Fly From UK, to Arrive UK
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Chongqing

North Asian Odyssey

1 sailing date April 2019
26 Nights From Beijing, China to , Arrive UK
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Beijing

Grand China Beijing to Shanghai

2 sailing dates May 2019
20 Nights From Beijing, China to , Arrive UK
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Chongqing

Beijing to Shanghai

1 sailing date March 2019
13 Nights From London (Dover), United Kingdom to London (Dover)
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Beijing

Wonders of China

2 sailing dates March 2019 to May 2019
14 Nights From Beijing, China to , Shanghai
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Shanghai

Grand China Beijing and Shanghai

1 sailing date October 2019
19 Nights From Beijing, China to , Shanghai
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Chongqing

Best Of Japan And China

1 sailing date September 2019
24 Nights From Tokyo, to Shanghai
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Chongqing

China, The Yangtze River & Hong Hong - Eastbound

13 sailing dates April 2019 to October 2019
15 Nights From Beijing, China to Hong Kong, China
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Chongqing

Best of China - Beijing to Shanghai

1 sailing date March 2019
12 Nights From Beijing, China to , Shanghai
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Siem Reap

Best Of China, Vietnam & Cambodia from Beijing

1 sailing date August 2019
28 Nights From Beijing, China to Cambodia , Siem Reap
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Chongqing

Imperial Jewels of China - Beijing to Shanghai

15 sailing dates March 2019 to November 2019
13 Nights From Beijing, China to , Shanghai
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Shanghai

Undiscovered China - Shanghai to Beijing

11 sailing dates March 2020 to November 2020
18 Nights From Shanghai, to China , Beijing
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Chongqing

Best of China - Beijing to Shanghai

11 sailing dates April 2019 to November 2019
12 Nights From Beijing, China to , Depart Shangai
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