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Zhujiajiao Water Town Tour including Huangpu River Night Cruise

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Shanghai, China
Zhujiajiao Water Town Tour including Huangpu River Night Cruise

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icon8 hours  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
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iconOffered in: English

Overview

Enjoy two of Shanghai’s must-do activities on a Zhujiajiao water town and Huangpu River cruise experience. Visit the ancient canal town of Zhujiajiao for a walking tour of the willow-lined waterways, lanes, and Ming- and Qing-era architecture. Afterward, learn about silk-making at a silk museum, and admire Shanghai’s illuminated skyline on a buffet dinner cruise on the Huangpu. Return coach transport, admission fees, cruise buffet, and central hotel pickup and drop-off included.
  • Full-day Zhujiajiao and Huangpu River experience from Shanghai
  • Tour ancient Zhujiajiao water town, seeing its pretty waterways, lanes, and bridges
  • Admire the quaint buildings dating from the Ming and Qing dynasties
  • Learn how silk is made and browse ‘soft gold’ at a silk museum
  • View Shanghai’s illuminated sights on an evening River Huangpu cruise
  • Chinese buffet dinner included on board
  • Admission fees, coach travel, plus central hotel pickup and drop-off included
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Hotel pick-up and drop-off (selected hotels only)
Air-conditioned vehicle
English-speaking guide
Huangpu River Night Cruise
Gratuities

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
Downtown Shanghai hotel pick-up & drop-off service (only for hotels in city center)

Departure Time

12:00 PM
After pickup from your central Shanghai hotel, travel by air-conditioned vehicle to Zhujiajiao, on the city’s western outskirts.

On route, hear about Zhujiajiao’s 1,700-year-old history. Learn how, like other Chinese water towns, it developed around the trading routes of waterways and man-made canals along which goods were ferried from house to house.

After about an hour, arrive in Zhujiajiao, and take a walking tour of the fan-shaped old town, with its pretty canalside streets and Ming- and Qing-era architecture. Admire the old-time buildings and courtyards along the willow-shaded waterfronts, and take photos of the ornamental bridges. See landmarks including the Qing-period post office and opera house, as well as highlights like the Shanghai Handicrafts Exhibition Hall and art gallery.

Next, return to central Shanghai, and visit the Jiangnan Silk Museum. Discover how silk is made, and perhaps purchase some pieces of China’s ‘soft gold,' such as bedding and fashions.

Then, continue to the city’s Huangpu River and board a comfortable sightseeing boat for an evening cruise. Soak in the views of The Bund and Pudong’s skyscrapers, all beautifully illuminated against the darkness, as you savor a delicious onboard buffet dinner.

Finally, disembark and conclude with a hotel drop-off.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Zhujiajiao Ancient Town
You will be greeted by your guide and driver at around 12:00 before head to Zhujiajiao Water Town (1 hour’s drive). Zhujiajiao Water Town sightseeing for 2.5 hours . (Zhujiajiao, known as the "Venice of Shanghai", with a history of more than 1,700 years. Endowed with another elegant name - 'Pearl Stream' - the small town is the best-preserved among the four ancient towns in Shanghai)
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Huangpu River
Then, continue to the city’s Huangpu River and board a comfortable sightseeing boat for an evening cruise. Soak in the views of The Bund and Pudong’s skyscrapers, all beautifully illuminated against the darkness. Finally, disembark and conclude with a hotel drop-off.
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Your guide will contact you 1 day in advance to confirm the departure time and pick-up place.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • OPERATED BY Trippest Mini Group Tours

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star-5
Very intetesting tour.
Roberto A
, Oct 2019
Very good services, excellent and efficient guide speaking good English and providing sufficient infirmation. I recommdnd to all travelers.
star-4
The tour was very nice and well...
Krystle J
, Apr 2018
The tour was very nice and well organized. I would have liked if our guide, Leo, would have showed us around a little in Zhujiajiao but we did enjoy the free time. Leo was very knowledgeable about the city and provided lots of insight. He also went above and beyond by helping us with other accommodations and recommendations. He was definitely an amazing resource and knew what he was doing.
star-1
This is not worth seeing - there's...
Iris K
, Mar 2018
This is not worth seeing - there's nothing much - our tour guide Jason wasn't helpful either - he's always on his phone and we definitely had lots of free time since he would just leave us quite often and when walking, he would walk ahead of us on his own quite often. The included dinner that was part of this tour was just awful as the food wasn't even hot.
star-5
It was a very ice Tour . Especialy the...
Lucy
, Nov 2017
It was a very ice Tour . Especialy the night cruise was worth thr money. When in Shanghay, the night cruise is a must.
star-4
This was a very enjoyable tour and we...
Rowena Z
, Oct 2017
This was a very enjoyable tour and we would certainly recommend it to anyone wanting to experience Shanghai and its surroundings. Leo, or tour guide, was very knowledgeable and full of interesting information about the sites and Shanghai life. The water town was really interesting but we were a little disappointed that the river boat was not included in the cost of the tour as everyone wanted to do it and it really was a highlight. The night tour on the river was amazing but again, in order to get access to the top deck, the only way to take photos we were charged extra on top of the ticket price in fairness this may have been due to the National Holiday as Leo did not seem aware of this Just a warning .....we were herded to a couple of shops, a Silk shop and a Pearl and Jade shop which were blatant attempts to sell gullible tourists overpriced goods. Not unexpected, but as we had been taken to the exact same two stores on a previous tour 2 days before, it was a little annoying!
star-2
Not as advertised. No buffet dinner...
Mike
, Oct 2017
Not as advertised. No buffet dinner during the cruise. You had to pay extra to get on the top deck on the cruise boat. Many disappointments.
star-1
Not overly impressed with this tour...
Ari F
, Aug 2017
Not overly impressed with this tour, was disappointing in a number of areas. Firstly the guide Luna came across as inexperienced and this resulted in many of the issues. First stop was silk factory, interesting to see silk worms and the process to make silk but largely a sales pitch to buy silk products which took up bulk of the time on this stop. Next up was at Zhujiajiao where we walked through to the central area. Luna said very little about the history of the area and made no mention of the boats that travel around the canels until I asked. At which point we were advised this would extra cost AUD8 which was no issue for anyone and the whole tour group did this. I would rather just pay a little extra in the tour cost and have this included. From here we returned to the Bund for the Huangpu River Cruise but were 2 hours early. The Bund is great but two hours of unstructured time on a paid tour and a guide who was unable to give guidance on what we could do in the area was not what I expected. We returned to the meeting point at sunset to meet up with rest of the group and took our bus to the cruise terminal. More waiting time here in excess of 40 minutes as no pre arranged tickets and again lots of confusion. Eventually got on the cruise and on to the next disappointment. My partner is vegetarian and we had requested and had confirmed a vegetarian meal but he received the same as everyone else which was pretty much all pork. I spoke to Luna but she knew nothing of the request and whilst she offered her rice the whole incident seemed to fluster her and then she made a comment about Indians not eating pork, but my partner was Caucasian so he should. The cruise itself was fine, dinner for me average and my partner had to skip dinner with nothing else available. To top off everything, when we got on the bus to head back to our respective hotels, Luna advised us that she had to get to the Metro station and was the first one dropped off with barely a goodbye. I have never experienced this on a tour before with guides normally staying until the last guests are returned to their hotels. All in all pretty disappointing and hard to recommend. I will acknowledge that Viator and operator provided a partial refund in relation to the lack of the vegetarian meal.
star-4
The Tour guide was great full of useful...
Deborah M
, Jun 2017
The Tour guide was great full of useful information, good English. The water town markets was crowded on the day we went however it was well worth the trip. We tried Shanghai dumplings at one of the little restaurants leading into the markets and they were sensational, and a trip on one of the small boats on the river was lovely. The best way to see all the lights on the Bund is on an cruise and the boat we were on was extremely large, the food was different and eatable just don't expect to much I found the entire day a very enjoyable trip, also made up by the company of fellow travellers from USA Japan and England.
star-5
The water town was nice to see and a...
Daniel G
, May 2017
The water town was nice to see and a great way to end our stay in Shanghai. We had a few hours to kill in between the water town and the cruise. Cruise was amazing! We were the only ones in VIP section and got a deck to ourselves. Weather was great and the view is amazing. Our guide Dylon English name was the best tour guide we have ever had. His English was good and he was really funny. Made the tour even better. Would definitely recommend.
star-4
The guide was very good and the way the...
Kevin W
, May 2017
The guide was very good and the way the tour was conducted was fine. Zhujiajiao itself was great to see. We had already had silk factory and river tour experiences a few days before this tour so we weren't so excited about those parts.

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