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Things to Do in Shanghai This Winter

Things to Do in Shanghai This Winter

Shanghai experiences its coldest weather from December through February, but there’s still plenty to do and see in the city—and many ways to escape the cold. Plus, the holidays, including Christmas and Chinese New Year, bring many festive activities. Here are some ideas on what to do in Shanghai this winter.

  • Choose from among 200 museums in Shanghai.
  • Enjoy panoramic city views from one of the city’s many skyscrapers, such as Shanghai Tower or Oriental Pearl Tower.
  • Get in a festive mood by checking out the Christmas markets at Christmas Village (Century Park) or Shanghai Christmas Market (Xin Tian Di).
  • Participate in the Chinese New Year festivities, such as the Lantern Festival at Yuyuan Garden or the bells chiming at Jade Buddha Temple.
  • Stay warm by shopping and dining indoors at trendy Xin Tian Di.
  • See giant pandas playing in the snow at the Shanghai Zoo.
  • Watch a cultural performance, such as Chinese Opera or an acrobatics show.
  • Visit People’s Square, Wujiaochang Champion Rink, or Shanghai New World Ice Paradise to ice-skate indoors.
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Shanghai Circus World: ERA Intersection of Time Acrobatics Show

Shanghai Circus World: ERA Intersection of Time Acrobatics Show

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During your Shanghai sojourn, immerse yourself in the cultural extravagance of an 'ERA Intersection of Time' show at Shanghai Circus World. See a captivating combination of Chinese history, mesmerizing martial arts and incredible special effects throughout the unique spectacle. Watch China evolve from humble beginnings to the global superpower it is today, and enjoy entertaining live music and elaborate costumes as you experience the family-friendly show.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$48.00
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$48.00
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Best of Shanghai Day Tour, including Jade Buddha Temple & Bund & Yuyuan Garden

Best of Shanghai Day Tour, including Jade Buddha Temple & Bund & Yuyuan Garden

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Enhance your sightseeing experience of Shanghai on an enriching full-day excursion around the city. See all of the city’s spectacular sights with a knowledgeable guide as you tour a selection of historical highlights; absorb the sacred majesty of the Jade Buddha Temple; immerse yourself in the city’s rich heritage at the Shanghai Museum; and stroll amid the botanical beauty of the Yuyuan Garden. Walk along the Bund and the former French Concession and enjoy a traditional Chinese lunch.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$79.00
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$79.00
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4-Hour Private Customized Shanghai City Tour

4-Hour Private Customized Shanghai City Tour

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Rather than struggling to plan your own itinerary, make the most of Shanghai on a private half-day tour. Available morning, afternoon, and night, it’s the perfect introduction for first-time China visitors. Just pick two or three attractions, perhaps the Bund, a Huangpu River cruise, a temple, a skyscraper, or a market, and design your dream day out. Entrance fees are at your own expense: upgrade to include a private car.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$79.50
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$79.50
Price varies by group size

Shanghai Half Day Morning or Afternoon Sightseeing Tour

Shanghai Half Day Morning or Afternoon Sightseeing Tour

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Enhance your experience of Shanghai regardless of time constrains on a morning or afternoon half-day sightseeing tour. See the best of Shanghai with a knowledgeable guide as you discover historical highlights like The Bund and the Jade Buddha Temple. Learn the complex process of pearl cultivation at the Fresh Water Pearl Gallery; absorb the antique charm of Shanghai Old Street; and delve into the city’s rich historical heritage at Shanghai Museum. Convenient round-trip transportation from your Shanghai hotel is included on this tour.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$56.54
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$56.54
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China Acrobatics Show and Shanghai Evening Tour

China Acrobatics Show and Shanghai Evening Tour

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Immerse yourself in the captivating choreography and dazzling color of a performance by the Shanghai Acrobatics School and Troupe on this 4-hour tour. Marvel at the graceful agility and immense skill of the performers as they demonstrate how they have won hundreds of international competitions. After the show, see some of Shanghai’s most alluring landmarks by night as you embark on an evening tour with a knowledgeable guide. Enjoy the convenience of round-trip transportation from your Shanghai hotel on this tour. 
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$84.27
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$84.27
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Shanghai Dinner and Acrobatics Show

Shanghai Dinner and Acrobatics Show

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Go on a night out on the town with this 3.5-hour acrobat show and dinner experience in Shanghai, including round-trip transport. Start with dinner at one of the most beloved eateries in Shanghai, and indulge in authentic Chinese dishes. Afterward head to the city’s acrobat theater, and watch from your seating as amazing acrobats perform tricks, such as aerial walking and bowl balancing.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$160.00
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$160.00
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Shanghai Half-Day Sightseeing Coach Tour

Shanghai Half-Day Sightseeing Coach Tour

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Catch the highlights of Shanghai on a morning city tour with a professional guide. Your 4-hour tour starts with a walk along the Bund, which follows the waterfront of the Huangpu River. Continue to Yu Gardens and Bazaar, taking in the gorgeous landscaping of the Ming-era gardens and Qing-era Shanghai Old Street. Drive through the French Concession, then see Shikumen-style architecture in the Xintiandi district, where you also find trendy boutiques and restaurants.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$50.00
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$50.00
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Best of Shanghai Full Day Coach Tour

Best of Shanghai Full Day Coach Tour

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Enjoy Shanghai’s star attractions, including Yu Garden and Shanghai Museum, in one day on a comprehensive, guided tour.  As you travel from sight to sight, listen as your well-informed guide shares the secrets and history of the city. Admire the exquisite ponds and pagodas of ornamental Yu Garden; stroll along historical Old Street; and admire the views from the stately Bund waterfront. Visit the Shanghai Museum to witness its stunning Chinese art; and after a delicious lunch, explore the Jade Buddha Temple before sampling the restaurant-filled Xin Tian Di quarter.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$80.00
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$80.00
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Private Shanghai Night Tour : Shanghai Tower Observation Deck and Amazing Lights

Private Shanghai Night Tour : Shanghai Tower Observation Deck and Amazing Lights

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Shanghai is known for its eclectic skyline; watch it light up in color on this private 3-hour walking tour of Shanghai at night. This tour includes entrance to the Shanghai Tower, the tallest skyscraper in Asia, for spectacular views of the city.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$102.00
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$102.00
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Shanghai at Night with Chinese Opera, Dinner, and Drinks

Shanghai at Night with Chinese Opera, Dinner, and Drinks

Take an evening out on the town with this luxury tour to the Chinese opera. Learn about local arts and culture as you enjoy a performance, dinner, and drinks at the Long Bar at Waldorf by the Bund, followed by a tour of the city at night. This tour also includes round-trip transportation from your hotel in a comfortable private vehicle.
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  • 4 hours
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$243.20
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$243.20
Price varies by group size

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
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$159.00
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Private Banquet including Kun Opera, Zither Performance and Tea Ceremony

Private Banquet including Kun Opera, Zither Performance and Tea Ceremony

Recapture the sophistication and magic of old Shanghai on this unique night tour: a private Chinese banquet in a hidden villa. Begin with a tea ritual accompanied by a private “qin” (zither) performance. Then head into the private dining room to feast on a menu of organic vegetables, fine meat, and seafood chosen while still alive. Your evening includes transfers by premier vehicle: Alcoholic drinks are at your own expense.
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  • 4 hours
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$346.67
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$346.67
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Shanghai Half-Day Private Tour: Yuyuan Garden and Xintiandi

Shanghai Half-Day Private Tour: Yuyuan Garden and Xintiandi

Discover two of Shanghai’s main highlights on this private half-day tour. First, head to largest garden, Yuyuan, and explore the ancient grounds filled with Ming and Qing classic architecture. Then head to Xintiandi and absorb the culture and history of old Shanghai during the 1920s as you listen to informative commentary from your guide.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$125.34
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$125.34
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Shanghai Highlights Bike Tour Including the Bund and Xintiandi

Shanghai Highlights Bike Tour Including the Bund and Xintiandi

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Get a new perspective on the many neighborhoods of Shanghai during this easy 3.5- to 4-hour guided bicycle tour. Cycle past city districts and famous attractions including Nanjing Road, Xintiandi, the Bund and the French Concession, gaining new insight into Chinese daily life and customs as you ride. This small-group cycling ride, also includes a bike and helmet plus bottled water.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$108.04
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$108.04
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Shanghai Private Day Tour of Pudong New Area including Oriental Pearl Tower

Shanghai Private Day Tour of Pudong New Area including Oriental Pearl Tower

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Learn all about, and witness first hand, the development of Shanghai Pudong. Lunch and a Huangpu River cruise are included
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$274.00
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$274.00
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2-Hour Private Shanghai Longhua Temple Walking Tour

2-Hour Private Shanghai Longhua Temple Walking Tour

Travelers interested in culture and history won't want to miss this two-hour walking tour of Shanghai's Longhua Temple. Learn all about the religious significance of this temple, which is very popular with locals. As this is a private tour you'll receive personalized attention from your guide, and the ability to ask questions.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$82.00
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$82.00
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Shanghai Tower Observation Deck Admission Ticket

Shanghai Tower Observation Deck Admission Ticket

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It’s wise to book in advance for the 2,070-foot (632-meter) Shanghai Tower, one of the world’s highest buildings and one of China’s top attractions. With these tickets, you can race up in the elevators and soak up views over one of the world’s great skylines from the 118th-floor observation deck.
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  • 1 to 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$30.77
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$30.77