View or download the itinerary, then see below for a description of the places we'll go during the trip. With us you'll get the best of both worlds - the benefits of an organized tour (not having to worry about where to go, when to go, how to get there, where to eat, etc.) with the freedom to explore sites at your own pace once you get there.
South Bund Fabric Market
This is the main market where we'll go to buy all the clothes you want to have tailor made. Relationships have been formed over the years with trustworthy tailors who consistently deliver high quality products, great service, and low prices. Go here to see a video of this amazing market!
Originally a residential and small factory area, today Tianzifang is an artsy area with shops, cafes, bars, restaurants, and is known for its Shikumen (stone framed door) houses and narrow alley ways with cute boutiques and galleries. Luckily this area still retains its gritty roots that give visitors a feel for real life in old Shanghai.
Propaganda Poster Art Centre
Take a step back in time and check out a collection of hundreds of propaganda posters from the Mao era that will allow you to understand more of how information was communicated to the masses in the form of art.
Shanghai Fashion Week*
Being in Shanghai during fashion week is an exciting time since all of the most fashionable people are out and about. We'll check out the scene and get you as close to the action as possible. (*April & October trips only) See a video of Shanghai Fashion Week here.
Shanghai Fashion Weekend*
Accompanying Shanghai Fashion Week in 2017 was Shanghai Fashion Weekend - an exhibition featuring a series of interactive exhibits, installations, and displays. Assuming it's on again in 2018, we'll visit this fascinating exhibition. (*April & October trips only)
Ride the fastest elevator in the world to the 118th floor of the 2nd tallest building in the world to get a view of China's largest city as you've never imagined. See a video here of what it's like to go to the top and see the city.
Finished in 1577 and opened to the public in 1961, this garden has remained a peaceful and relaxing place to take a stroll to enjoy classic Chinese architecture, sculptures, and rock gardens. The surrounding area is a thriving marketplace filled with food, drinks, crafts, souvenirs, and other fun sites to see. Watch a video of what it's like to wander around Yu Garden here.
Urban Planning Museum
Even self-professed "non-museum" people will be impressed by the 1:500 scale model of the entire city of Shanghai, which measures a staggering 5,200 square feet! Learn how Shanghai accommodates a population of 25 million people. Watch a video to get a glimpse inside!
Daily Food Market
We'll visit a "wet market" where the people of Shanghai go to buy their daily food staples - fruit, vegetables, meat, seafood, noodles, spices, sauces, and whole lot more. This experience will provide you with a further understanding of how the regular citizens of Shanghai live their daily life.
M50 Art District
Formerly a textile factory district, M50 is now a fascinating labyrinth of restored factory buildings boasting more than 120 contemporary art galleries, film-making workshop spaces, architect and artists' studios, clothing stores, and graphic design firms. See a video of one of the coolest galleries at M50, called Island6.
One of the most iconic places in all of China, The Bund offers a study in contrast - on one side of the river you'll see gleaming skyscrapers rising out of the ground comprising Shanghai's booming finance sector, while on the other side you'll see historical European-style buildings that formerly housed numerous foreign embassies and commercial companies. Watch a video to get a glimpse of what you'll experience taking a stroll at The Bund.
Custom Shoe Maker*
Get high quality perfectly-fitting custom made shoes at a bargain price! Choose from hundreds of different styles, colors, and materials. (*This is an optional stop only for people interested in buying custom made shoes.) See a video of the custom shoe buying process here.
Even with the meteoric rise of dating apps, some worried parents and grandparents still try to help out their single child by attending the weekly marriage market. Here you'll find hundreds of family members touting the strengths and charms of their child or grandchild - all with the hopes of finding the perfect match. See a video preview of the market here.
Once an area designated for the French only, these days the French Concession is simply a lovely place to walk tree-lined avenues and see European-style mansions from last century, all in the heart of China's biggest city.
This is the area of Shanghai to see and be seen - it's not only one of the trendiest areas of Shanghai to eat and shop, but also plays host to Shanghai Fashion Week! The area retains the antique walls, tiles and exterior of the Shikumen housing of old Shanghai.
QiPuLu Clothing Market
Described as "shopping heaven" for some and "shopping hell" for others, either way you see it, you've likely never seen anything like this place before - buildings crammed with hundreds of vendors selling clothes, shoes, bags, and accessories at low, low prices.
With a history stretching back nearly 800 years, Jing'an Temple is the most famous and well-known religious site in Shanghai. It's a quiet respite in the heart of a bustling city, and gives a feeling of both old and new with all of the skyscrapers surrounding it. See a video of the temple taken from one of our trips!
This 3-story market has dozens of shops selling thousands of eyeglasses and sunglasses at very low prices. Bring your eyeglasses prescription and stock up on a variety of different styles and looks, or pickup some non-prescription sunglasses. Orders are ready in 24 hours. (*This is an optional stop only for people interested in buying eyeglasses and/or sunglasses.)
Insect & Plant Market
A throwback to traditional China, the insect and plant market is a place to see one of the more fascinating aspects of Chinese life - pet crickets for sale! Locals keep crickets as good luck, and some can be worth hundreds or even thousands of dollars.
This is a great place to buy all sorts of souvenirs, bags, clothes, shoes, hats, scarves, gloves, electronics, and just about anything else you can think of - just remember to bargain hard!
Whether you like to sing or not, every visitor to China should experience karaoke the way the locals do.
Enjoy a huge buffet of food, order some drinks, and then retreat to a private room to belt out your favorite tunes.
Relax and let all your cares go away with a 60 or 90 minute massage at a much lower price than what you're used to! This is an optional activity at your own expense.
On your journey to/from the Shanghai airport, take the fastest commercial high-speed electric train in the world (called the Maglev). The trip takes a measly 7 minutes with speeds topping out at 430 kilometers per hour. Don't blink or else you'll miss all the fun! This is an option for you to go to/from Shanghai airport (at your own expense). See a video of what it's like to ride the Maglev here.