12-Day The Middle Kingdom

Optional Tours

Please book your optional tours before you travel. These popular tours are often sold out prior to your departure date due to limited available spaces. Your travel insurance only covers services and features purchased prior to departure. Optional tours purchased after the tour starts will cost an extra 10%. Many countries in Asia do not accept credit card payments.

Shanghai day excursion with night cruise     (Day 11, Shanghai) $50

Nanjing Road is bargain shoppers
Nanjing Road is bargain shoppers' paradise

Shanghai's bustling Yu Garden bazaar
Begin your tour in the heart of old Shanghai at the 16th century city bazaar. This complex, with its classical architectural details, maze of walkways and reflecting pools, has been a marketplace and social center for the locals in the past 200 years. Afterwards, we visit the Jade Buddha Temple, which houses two exceptional Buddha statues, each exquisitely carved from a single piece of white jade. Built in the Song-dynasty style, the temple's architectural design is also very impressive—with sharply curved eaves and figurines on the roof.

Continue to the People's Square, the center of life in today's Shanghai, where you will see Shanghai's many predominant architectural masterpieces: the Shanghai Grand Theater, MOCA Shanghai, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Shanghai Art Museum, and Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Hall, which traces the huge urban development projects which have taken place in recent years, with a whole floor dedicated to a scale model of Shanghai, showing all existing and approved buildings. You visit the famed Shanghai Museum, an unique and inspiring piece of architecture, home to more than 120,000 cultural relics of ancient China, including a priceless collection of jade, bronze, ceramics, paintings, furniture, etc.

Later, you are at leisure to explore and shop at Nanjing Road's emporiums. Shanghai is well known as bargain shopper's paradise. Today, you will find out why.

Your optional tour concludes with an exciting evening cruise on the Huangpu River, offering you an opportunity to see many of Shanghai's famous sites, from the Bund, a relic of Shanghai's golden age, to the dramatic skyline of the futurist Pudong. ($50 per person, including a private, escorted tour, entrance fees, a dinner, evening cruise and transportation)