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Shanghai Tower (Shanghai Zhongxin Dasha)
Shanghai Tower (Shanghai Zhongxin Dasha)

Shanghai Tower (Shanghai Zhongxin Dasha)

501 Yincheng Middle Rd, Shanghai, Eastern China

The Basics

Shanghai Tower tours typically focus on the observation deck, which can be very popular; it’s well worth securing tickets in advance. Particularly at night, the panoramic views across Shanghai’s surrealist skyline are epic, making the Shanghai Tower observation deck a popular stop on private and custom Shanghai tours.

As there is only so long one can spend looking at the view, any Shanghai Tower observation deck visit is typically just one component of a more comprehensive exploration of the city. Tours that pair a historic water town with the hyper-modern tower offer a lovely sense of the region’s dualities.

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Zhujiajiao Water Town and Shanghai City Private Day Tour
Zhujiajiao Water Town and Shanghai City Private Day Tour
$208.00 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Wonderful day in Shanghai!!!
We were so pleased with our private day tour in Shanghai! Xin, our guide, was absolutely wonderful. We so enjoyed the beautiful Zhujiajiao Water Town, The Sky Tower, and all of the other amazing sights!! Xin showed us around to wonderful shopping areas too! We really appreciated her thorough and comprehensive explanations of our questions and the wonderful lunch at a fantastic local restaurant. When we return to Shanghai, we look forward to seeing Xin again!!
William D, Nov 2019

Recent reviews from experiences in Shanghai

star-5
awesome tour, a must do.
emily_H, Feb 2020
Private Full-Day Tour: Shanghai Old and New Highlights
Rita was our tour guide and she was excellent. She was so knowledgable and catered the tour to us. We loved having our own car and they were so accommodating. We only had one day in the city but we felt like we saw everything and we learned so so much. I learned more in the hours spent with Rita than I had in all my research. Highly Highly recommend.
star-5
Tour of Shanghai
flund2017, Jan 2020
Private Full-Day Tour: Shanghai Old and New Highlights
We had one day in shanghai to see the sites and spent it with Lily. She customized it to fit what we were interested in seeing and the weather (which wasn't great). This was a no rush tour - we had time to really enjoy the museum, gardens and the marketplaces. Overall, very nice day and would recommend to everyone.
star-5
Tour of Highlights of Shanghai
Dreamer508226, Oct 2019
Customizable Shanghai Shore Excursion of City Highlights with Airport Drop-off
Kelly , the guide, presented us a wonderful customized tour of the highlights of Shanghai, based upon the limited time we had before going home. The tour was concise, informative and highlighted the most important places in Shanghai. The lunch was very good also.
star-4
Nice Tour
ronitl23, Dec 2019
Private Full-Day Tour: Shanghai Old and New Highlights
Our Guide, the lovely Freya, picked us up at our Hotel on time. She took us all over Shanghai to see the main sights. She willingly answered all our questions, although, I would have liked her to be more proactive and provide information on her own. Regardless, we tremendously enjoyed the day, and the delicious dumplings lunch. Thank You Freya and Sunny Tours!
star-5
Wonderful Shanghai
margaretbillw, Sep 2019
Private Full-Day Tour: Incredible Shanghai Highlights
Thanks to our Guide Peggy we had a wonderful day exploring this beautiful city. We saw so many different parts of Shanghai and enjoyed every minute of the day. Peggy's English was so very easy to understand. Loved her humour. Thanks so much Peggy for making our tour of Shanghai one we will remember. 4 very grateful Aussies.
star-5
Excellent customized tour
Linsa_J, Sep 2019
Zhujiajiao Water Town and Shanghai City Private Day Tour
I had a great experience on this customized tour-my tour guide Wilson was very knowledgeable and friendly.
star-5
Your Choice Sightseeing with Sunny
togoro1, Aug 2019
4-Hour Shanghai Private Flexible Highlight Tour with Lunch or Dinner Option
My family of five adults enjoyed the flexibility of the private half day tour where Sunny allowed us to make our own itinerary- this was the highlight of our time in Shanghai. We got great photos and saw the our top priorities; The Bund, French Concession, etc. Sunny’s van driver got us to multiple sites rapidly and with ease. We wrapped up with the lights over the river. Highly recommended
star-5
Shanghai Adventures
steven3016, Aug 2019
Zhujiajiao Water Town and Shanghai City Private Day Tour
The name of my tour guide was Judy. Judy did a great job of showing me around. The schedule was very well planned and we progressed through all the points of interest in a timely manner. The overall plan was a great introduction to the sights and history of Shanghai. Judy was very knowledgeable of the local history and the backgrounds of all the places that we attended. August is a busy season in Shanghai. Be prepared for crowds and warm weather. Overall a great experience!
star-5
Lily was amazing
David_E, Nov 2019
Private Full-Day Tour: Shanghai Old and New Highlights
Collecting us right on time Lily structured the day quickly to ensure we saw everything we wanted to but to avoid being held-up in the holiday traffic. The driver was amazingly good at being just a few minutes away whenever we were ready to move on. We learnt a lot about Shanghai & the Chinese way of life in the day we spent with Lily. As this was our first time in China this was a brilliant way to experience such a wonderful city & country. Thank you Sunny & Lily!!
star-5
Lilly was the best
Sam_G, Nov 2019
Private Full-Day Tour: Shanghai Old and New Highlights
I do not like writing reviews. But this young lady was sooo good it made are trip an excellent experience. Only high fives to Lilly.
star-5
Amazing city tour.
RAUL_M, Apr 2019
Private Full-Day Tour: Incredible Shanghai Highlights
We amazing experience in shanghai with our very good tour guide. She guide us and she was able to explain in details the place weve visited like Yu Garden, Confucius temple,xiantindi,French concessions,Shanghai Financial Tower and even help us to watch the movie avenger end game .
star-4
Nice day
Robert_H, Jan 2019
Shanghai Tower Observation Deck Admission Ticket
Overall was this a good day, not to many people.We had a problem to begin with because we needed a 7 digit numer to get our tickets. It was not in the email from Viator. Staff had problem closing the elevators when we went up. Really nice we that day

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Although enclosed, the Shanghai Tower Observation Deck features a lot of glass—acrophobes, this probably isn’t for you.

  • Built at a cost of over $2 billion, the Shanghai Tower boasts more than 100 lifts.

  • The Shanghai Tower is an eco-friendly building with 270 wind turbines and built-in rainwater- and wastewater-recycling systems.

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How to Get There

A landmark that’s visible for miles around, the Shanghai Tower is hard to miss. To get there on public transit, take metro Line 2 to Lujiazui station and walk 15 minutes. You might also choose to cross the river from the Bund by ferry, or simply join a tour that provides transport to the Shanghai Tower and other key sights.

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When to Get There

From the bubble-gum pink spaceship of the Oriental Pearl Tower to the glistening lights of river cruises, Shanghai’s skyline comes into its own at night. While the observation deck doesn’t stay open as late as some American tower viewing decks, going after sunset is hugely rewarding. Needless to say, look for a clear day for maximum viewing potential.

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The Race to the Top

Construction on the Shanghai Tower began in 2008. After several false starts, it finally opened to the public in 2017. Designed by American architectural firm Gensler, the tower makes a 120-degree rotation to help minimize wind loads. When it opened, it became the world’s second tallest tower after Dubai’s Burj Khalifa and the highest building in China. A project underway in Shenzhen may take its crown in the next decade.

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