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Sightseeing on a Budget in Shanghai

Sightseeing on a Budget in Shanghai

Shanghai is cosmopolitan and glamorous—and the most expensive city in China. With a little advance planning, though, you can still enjoy sightseeing without busting your budget. Here are some tips on how to keep the costs down in Shanghai.

 

Opt for a Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

Shanghai is a sprawling city, and some attractions are quite far apart, such as the Jade Buddha Temple and Jin Mao Tower. Save money you’d otherwise spend on taxis and other transportation costs, and enjoy informative commentary, by booking a hop-on-hop-off-bus tour, which also includes entrance to a number of attractions.

Enjoy Free Activities

Some of the most popular attractions and experiences in Shanghai can be enjoyed for free. Take a stroll along the iconic Bund or the charming former French Concession, with a stop in Fuxing Park or the alleys of Tianzifang. A number of museums also offer free admission, such as the massive Shanghai Museum. Art lovers should check out the China Art Palace and galleries at M50 Creative Park.

 

Book a Combo Tour

Combo tours offer great value over booking different activities and attractions separately. For example, combine a Huangpu River cruise—one of the top experiences in Shanghai—with dinner, live entertainment, an acrobatic show, bar-hopping, or a sightseeing tour for extra savings. Alternatively, combine a trip to a nearby water town, such as Zhujiajiao, with a Shanghai sightseeing tour.

 

Choose a Tour That Includes Tastings or a Meal

To save on food expenses, opt for a tour that includes breakfast, lunch, or dinner, or join a walking or bike tour that also includes food tastings. Not only is it a great way to experience the local culture and cuisine, there are usually enough items and servings to fill you up as well.

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Zhujiajiao Water Town and Shanghai City Private Day Tour

Zhujiajiao Water Town and Shanghai City Private Day Tour

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Save time without compromising on experience on this door-to-door private guided tour that covers Zhujiajiao Ancient Town and key Shanghai highlights. First, explore the ancient water town of Zhujiajiao by boat and foot, and savor a local lunch. Then, spend the afternoon discovering Shanghai: the 16th-century Yu Garden, the Bund, and the Shanghai Tower. Upgrade to include a Shanghai dinner.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$208.00
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$208.00
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Shanghai Bus Tour Hop-on Hop-off Premium Ticket including City Top Attraction Admissions

Shanghai Bus Tour Hop-on Hop-off Premium Ticket including City Top Attraction Admissions

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Experience all of Shanghai’s historical highlights and impressive landmarks on a hop-on, hop-off sightseeing bus tour. Sail past alluring attractions like the People’s Plaza, the Nanpu Bridge, The Bund and the Jade Buddha Temple on a distinctive double-decker bus, and disembark whenever you wish to explore further. Use your pass to discover three distinct routes, all of which visit must-see monuments sure to capture your attention.
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  • 2 days
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$29.50
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$29.50

3 hours bike trip experience Shanghai morning and local breakfast

3 hours bike trip experience Shanghai morning and local breakfast

This is a morning tour combined the folk culture, history,daily life and neighbour experience together. Jump in the fascinating depths of a local culture and its people. Avoid the crowed tourist group. But don’t you just look quietly! Taste,experience, touch,speak... At the begin of this tour, we will enjoy the picturesque scenery from both side of Huangpu river under the sunrise. Except take some nice photo as the regular tourist , background story share will as one of the necessary part of this trip. The old neighour located Nanshi is a best place experience the authentic Shanghai life, taste local food and take daily life picture before it disappear by the rapidly modern urbanization Imitate the local people do some morning exercise and share the history of Shanghai at ancient city park will as the end of this trip. As a optional program (extra cost), acrobatic show in the evening is one of the most fantastic choice as evening activity.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$40.80
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$40.80

Shanghai Local Food and Beer Tour

Shanghai Local Food and Beer Tour

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Shanghai is one of China’s most delectable culinary capitals, but knowing where to go for the tastiest treats takes local know-how. Hit up four family-run seated eateries during this insider’s food crawl, topped off by a pint of craft beer at a local pub. You’ll venture far off the tourist track as you feast on 12 regional classics, made from recipes passed down over generations.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$69.00
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$69.00
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Shanghai Night River Cruise Tour with Xinjiang Style Dining Experience

Shanghai Night River Cruise Tour with Xinjiang Style Dining Experience

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Get the most out of your Shanghai trip by experiencing the combination of a Huangpu River cruise and a Xinjiang food experience. Take the stress out of navigating the metro, and instead travel in a private, air-conditioned vehicle. See multiple famous Shanghai landmarks from your river cruise such as Oriental Pearl TV Tower and World Financial Center, and have a guide to translate the menu during your Xinjiang feast.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$138.00
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$138.00
Price varies by group size
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Huangpu River Cruise and Bund City Lights Evening Tour of Shanghai

Huangpu River Cruise and Bund City Lights Evening Tour of Shanghai

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Experience the incandescent beauty of The Bund, Shanghai’s cosmopolitan cultural district, on an evening tour of the waterfront. Accompanied by an expert guide, see the city’s most significant landmarks under the atmospheric cover of darkness; board an evening cruise boat to watch the city sparkle from the shimmering Huangpu River, then stroll the area to admire the historical Peace Hotel. Hop into a trolley to enjoy spectacular views of Nanjing Road and enjoy the convenience of round-trip transportation from your Shanghai hotel.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$84.27
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$84.27
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Private Shanghai Evening Street Food Walking and Cruise Tour

Private Shanghai Evening Street Food Walking and Cruise Tour

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Discover a side of Shanghai it takes a local to know on this private foodie walking tour. Explore main streets and back lanes as you snack and slurp on delicacies like soup dumplings, roast duck, and mango pudding—enough for a full meal. Finally, enjoy a Shanghai classic: a Huangpu River cruise.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$110.00
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$110.00
Price varies by group size
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Shanghai Authentic Dinner and Night River Cruise with Rooftop Bar Hopping Option

Shanghai Authentic Dinner and Night River Cruise with Rooftop Bar Hopping Option

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Enjoy a romantic night out on the town during this exclusive combo package, which includes both a tasty restaurant dinner and a moonlit cruise along the Huangpu River. Spot landmarks both old and new from as you glide along Shangai’s glittering skyline. Upgrade to include an optional bar hopping add-on after the tour, which includes a complimentary bottle of beer or house wine.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$139.00
Price varies by group size
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$139.00
Price varies by group size
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Mini Group Shanghai Day Tour to Zhujiajiao Water Town, Yu Garden, Bazaar, Bund

Mini Group Shanghai Day Tour to Zhujiajiao Water Town, Yu Garden, Bazaar, Bund

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Explore dynamic Shanghai and charming Zhujiajiao Water Town on this private full-day tour that includes Yu Gardens and Bazaar, and the Bund. Swap the bustle of the city for the calm and quiet of Zhujiajiao Water Town as you discover this ancient village. In the afternoon enjoy the splendid Yu Gardens, browse the goods at the traditionally styled Yu Bazaar and check out the colonial architecture on the Bund. Your knowledgeable guide shares stories throughout the day for a comprehensive look at Shanghai.
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$159.00
Price varies by group size
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$159.00
Price varies by group size
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3-Hour Small Group Tour: Shanghai Old Town Discovery with Street Food Tasting

3-Hour Small Group Tour: Shanghai Old Town Discovery with Street Food Tasting

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Step back in time to old Shanghai and discover the city’s history and cuisine during this 3-hour tour. See famous landmarks such as the Old City Wall, a birds market, a 700-year old Confucius temple, the last remaining shantytown, and more. Stop along the way to sample some of the city’s most delicious foods such as egg pancakes, sticky rice rolls, wonton soup, fried dumplings and much more.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$68.27
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$68.27

Biking Real Shanghai& Enjoy Local Food

Biking Real Shanghai& Enjoy Local Food

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Get up close and personal with the sights, and discover several of Shanghai’s most noteworthy neighborhoods, on this small-group bike tour. Meet your group in central Shanghai, and grab a bicycle and helmet. In the space of just half a day, you’ll chart your way through the evocative French Concession, the bustling Bund, vibrant Xintiandi, Shanghai's Old City, and more. As you go, stop to taste local snacks, and learn more about the city’s history from your guide.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$53.61
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$53.61

Old Shanghai Breakfast Food Tour

Old Shanghai Breakfast Food Tour

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Get to know Old Shanghai through this morning food and walking tour, including breakfast and a visit to the Xiahai Temple. Follow your guide through the ancient neighborhood's longing, or courtyard communities, visit six street stalls and eateries to taste 10 traditional foods that make up a hearty breakfast. End up at the Xiahai Temple, where entrance fees are included. A small group of just 10 people ensures your guide's personalized attention.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$52.27
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$52.27
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