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Shanghai Cruises

Once known as the ‘Paris of the Orient’, Shanghai offers a cool, international vibe. This modern city offers the perfect blend of old and new, merging traditional temples with cutting-edge skyscrapers. The Bund district offers an intriguing cityscape, including a treasure trove of art deco buildings. If that’s not enough to tempt you, how about the food? From Michelin starred restaurants to fragrant bowls of soup dumplings, indulge in tasty flavours. Shop until you drop at high fashion department stores, and check out the thriving contemporary art scene to discover the next big thing!

Shanghai, China

What You Need To Know About Shanghai

What are the can’t-miss sights in Shanghai?

If you see nothing else during your time in Shanghai, make sure to make time for the Bund. This mile-long waterfront promenade offers a look at the city’s various incarnations with its blend of architecture styles, from Art Deco to modernism. See impressive buildings like the Shanghai Tower, Jin Mao Towers, and Customs House. Another cultural hotspot is People’s Square, a public meeting place hosting fountains, plazas, and special events. The Shanghai Museum is located there, with its exquisite calligraphy, jade, and sculptures. Stroll around the Old City to see what life was like in the 16th century with its pagodas and elegant temples, and relax in the Yu Garden.

How can you reach Shanghai from the cruise terminal?

Shanghai’s bustling port is one of the world’s busiest, but never fear – getting in and out of the city is a breeze for cruise passengers and the city is quite walkable! This is because the main cruise terminal is located right in the North Bund area, close to major attractions. The Bund is within a 15-minute stroll along the waterfront, and the Nanjing Road shopping district is just under half an hour. Of course, there are also shuttle buses on hand to take you to and from major sights. Taxis are reasonably priced in Shanghai, but you may need to walk to the nearest hotel to find one.

When is the best time to visit Shanghai?

Wondering when to plan your visit? The ideal time to see the sights here is during the autumn months, when the weather’s dry and comfortable and tourist numbers are lower. Temperatures start to fall in December, but don’t let that put you off! Spring is a charming time to visit as well, when the city streets burst into bloom and temperatures are very comfortable. The one time that’s not particularly recommended is summer, particularly if you’re not a fan of humidity and crowds. (You’ll find both in abundance as well as the heavy rains of monsoon season).


We have over 130 expert cruise consultants to help you book the perfect cruise. Many have first hand experience of Shanghai and you can find some of their best tips and advice below.
Cruise Expert Adrian Partridge

Adrian Partidge

The Great Wall of China is one of the most amazing architectural features on a landscape that I have ever seen. I also visited Badaling which was a short drive from the city to the wall.

Alexander Abraham

Alexander Abraham

Shanghai is an amazing modern city with massive skyscrapers but also a nod to history with the concession areas. The juxtaposition between these two things is very evident in the cities’ Bund area.

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Shanghai is dotted with beautiful temples, but one of the most engaging is the Jade Buddha Temple. This serene destination features two Buddha statues crafted from precious white jade, sourced from Myanmar back in the 1880s. It’s the perfect place for reflection and serves as a work of art in its own right.

Shanghai Ocean Aquarium is a top attraction for fans of marine life, showcasing exotic species from all over the world. There are over 10,000 marine creatures that call the aquarium home, including a number of endangered animals from China that you won’t see every day!

The city’s markets are a delight for shopping enthusiasts, but when you’ve tired of clothing and food stalls why not head to the Wan Shang Flower and Bird Market? As the name suggests, the market’s filled with beautiful flowers and songbirds, along with a bevy of singing crickets in cages.

Shanghai’s culinary scene is truly world-class, and you’re unlikely to have a mediocre meal during your time here. Don’t miss local delicacies like plump and juicy soup dumplings, stuffed with pork and a delicate broth.

For a birds-eye view of the city, take the lift up to the observation deck of the Shanghai Tower. You’ll enjoy panoramic views as well as an interactive gallery to learn more about this high-tech skyscraper.

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