Shanghai has a rich architectural legacy and is home to some of the most famous art deco buildings in China.
The Peace Hotel has been a Shanghai landmark for more than a century. Located on the corner of busy Nanjing Road and the Bund, this enduring monument was the centre of Shanghai’s nightlife in the 1920s and 30s. Its lobby is an art deco masterpiece.
The former HSBC building is a six-floor neo-classical building in the Bund area of Shanghai. Designed by a British architecture firm, this building is often seen as one of the best examples of neo-classicism in China. It has been called "the most luxurious building from the Suez Canal to the Bering Strait".
Visit Shanghai’s famous waterfront, the Bund and enjoy the city’s impressive skyline. It offers a splendid view of Pudong’s modern skyscrapers across the river.
There was a large and varied Jewish community in Old Shanghai. They were some of the richest people in the city, and built many of the grandest structures, including the world-famous Peace Hotel on the Bund.
The French Concession is one of the loveliest areas in Shanghai. Today, the area's central Huaihai Road is a busy shopping street, but the tree-lined avenues and their many Tudor mansions still retain an air of the "Paris of the East".
You will be picked up from your hotel and taken in an air-conditioned car or mini coach (depending on the number of passengers) for a historical and architectural sightseeing tour of Shanghai. An English-speaking tour guide will accompany you on this tour.
The highlights of your tour include:
• The Bund: The Bund is one of the most famous tourist destinations in Shanghai. It starts from the Baidu Bridge, which is at the connecting point of the Huangpu River and the Suzhou Creek, to the East Jinling Road and winds a 1.5 kilometres. Walking along the Bund, the Oriental Pearl TV Tower can be seen on the opposite side and also the Jin Mao Tower. The two most famous buildings on the Bund are the Peace Hotel and the domed edifice that was once the headquarters of the Hong Kong and Shanghai Bank Corporation (HSBC), one of the largest banks in the world today. The Bund was once known as the financial capital of Asia.
• Former HSBC Building (lobby): The lobby of the HSBC building is solar lighted and natural sunlight floods the atrium from above. Enter the building and marvel at the beautiful mosaic ceiling, featuring the 12 zodiac signs. Four pillars that frame grand staircases are hewn from solid marble. Only six such pillars exist in the world, and the other two reside in The Louvre in Paris.
• Old Jewish corner and synagogue: The famous Ohel Moishe Synagogue, and Ohel Rachel, are the only two surviving synagogues in Shanghai, bearing testimony to the once flourishing Jewish community that resided in Shanghai.
• Old French Concession: The French Concession is one of the most beautiful areas in Shanghai, and also among its most peaceful. This is one of the most rewarding districts to explore, where the combination of leafy, tree-lined streets, European-blended-with-Chinese architecture and independent designer boutiques is unique in the city.
Stop for lunch at a local restaurant.
At the end of the tour, you will be dropped back at your hotel in Shanghai.
Cloud was an excellent tour guide who treated us as special customers. He was well educated, spoke excellent English and was extremely well mannered. The places he took us were... Mr Robert L Crook
Approx. 5 hours
Start time: 0900h (09:00am)
Duration: Approx. 5 hours
Your hotel in Shanghai (hotel located at city area). (Please advise your hotel at the time of booking. If you do not have this information now, please contact the local activity operator 24 hours prior to the start of the tour with these details.)
Your hotel in Shanghai
Please call the local activity operator at least 24 hours prior to start of the tour for reconfirming departure details.
Maximum 3 children in total accompanied by minimum 2 adults in one group
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