Find your cruise

Shanghai River Cruises

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

Beijing

Highlights of China & the Yangtze

22 sailing dates May 2020 to October 2021
10 Nights From Beijing, to Fly From Shanghai

Includes HUGE savings plus a FREE one-way Business Class flight upgrade, limited time only | Extra savings for Heritage Club members!

Uniworld River Cruises logo FROM £4399pp
Xi'an

China, Tibet & the Yangtze

5 sailing dates May 2020 to September 2020
13 Nights From Beijing, to Fly From Shanghai
Uniworld River Cruises logo FROM £5439pp
Beijing

Grand China - Beijing to Shanghai

6 sailing dates October 2020 to October 2021
20 Nights From Depart UK, to Arrive UK
Scenic River Cruises logo FROM £6999pp
Shanghai

China Express - Beijing to Shanghai

8 sailing dates September 2020 to September 2021
15 Nights From Fly From UK, to Arrive UK
Scenic River Cruises logo FROM £5089pp
Shanghai

Grand China & The Yangtze

18 sailing dates May 2020 to September 2021
17 Nights From Beijing, to China , Hong Kong, China
Uniworld River Cruises logo FROM £6479pp
Beijing

China Express - Beijing to Shanghai

1 sailing date May 2020
13 Nights From Beijing, to Shanghai
Scenic River Cruises logo CALL
Guilin

Grand China Discovery - Beijing to Shanghai

2 sailing dates May 2020 to June 2020
18 Nights From Beijing, to Shanghai
Scenic River Cruises logo CALL
Shanghai

Beijing to Shanghai

6 sailing dates April 2021 to September 2021
13 Nights From Beijing, to Shanghai
Uniworld River Cruises logo FROM £5669pp

General Enquiry

Title
First Name
Last Name
Phone Number
Email Address
Adult
Children
Infant
Cruise Destination
Departure Month
Duration
Cruise Line
Cabin Type
Call back time
Special
requirements
Airport
preference

By providing your email address and clicking the Submit button, you consent to us sending you cruise holiday deals by email. For further details, please see our Privacy Policy here .