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Shanghai

Any city that can make New York City feel laid-back must be extraordinary—and Shanghai is just that. Due mainly to the speed at which the city is growing, changing and reinventing itself, there’s an undeniable energy that’s invigorating and exhausting at the same time.

  • Perfect for
    Art Lovers | Families | Intellectuals
  • When to go
    March-May | September-November
  • Ideal length of stay
    3-5 Nights

Designing Your Journey

Work with Indagare to design the perfect itinerary for an immersive journey. Our travel experts know the destination inside and out, and they can make recommendations based on your travel needs and preferences.

  • 3 Days: Essential Shanghai-LP

    3 Days: Essential Shanghai

    In China’s densely populated metropolis, it’s important to include guided tours and escapes to the countryside. Here is just one example of what our destination experts can create for you.

    • Day 1

      Explore Puxi, home to two of Shanghai’s most interesting historic neighborhoods, the Bund, a riverfront boulevard lined with restored neoclassical mansions from the 1920s and ’30s, and the French Concession, where you can see historic Communist landmarks and enjoy some of the city’s best shopping. Start with a guided visit to Mao Zedong’s former residence and the house where the Communist Party was founded, and then explore contemporary Chinese capitalism by touring Xintiandi’s shops and restaurants.

    • Day 2

      Today, tour Shanghai’s lively art scene with a dedicated art guide. Be sure to visit 1918 ArtSpace, the Long Museum West Bund, the Shanghai Gallery of Art, Studio Rouge and 50 Moganshan Road, an art neighborhood with many galleries. Conveniently, most of the city’s major museums are clustered around People’s Square. Worth seeing are the Shanghai Art Museum, the MOCA Shanghai (for contemporary art) and the Shanghai Museum. End the evening with drinks at one of the rooftop bars in Pudong, which is home to the iconic Oriental Pearl TV Tower.

    • Day 3

      Visit Nanshi Old Town, the city’s oldest neighborhood. Its narrow alleys and colorful markets offer a glimpse into traditional Chinese life (travelers eager to try local street food should head to food stall–lined Yunnan Nan Lu). For a look into the future, visit the Urban Planning Exhibition Hall. The model of Shanghai as it’s expected to look in 2020 is done on a 1:2,000 scale, making it the largest ever built.

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Indagare's Eliza Harris
“Everything about this city defies one’s imagination—which, in some ways is perfectly consistent with its roots. As our architectural guide put it: 'You know what I love about Shanghai? In the 1920s and ’30s, you take this odd cultural mix of refugees, gangsters, prostitutes, Chinese warlords, Japanese spies, English opium traders, French missionaries…and somehow they all come together to create this lovely city.'”
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