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Overview

Discover the glittering cities of Shanghai and Taipei that are full of history, old towns, culture and more. Whether it’s walking the back alleyways, zipping through town on an evening local market adventure or visiting famous landmarks go on this city discovery like no other.

Trip Highlights

Visa free, Shanghai + Taipei

Architecture of Shanghai’s The Bund

Discover the unique architecture of Shanghai’s French Concession and learn all about the buildings history.

Explore old lilongs of Shanghai

Found in the Old Town of Shanghai, explore the city’s few remaining lively old alleyways and observe the everyday lives of the locals.

Foodie discovery of Taiwan’s night markets

Famous for its bustling night markets with rows of stalls selling delicious bites, get to know all about Taiwan’s food culture.

Itinerary

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Shanghai Arrival

Welcome to Shanghai! Upon arrival in Shanghai, a guide and driver will be waiting to provide transport to the hotel for check-in.

Spend the rest of the day at leisure.

Option: Go on an independent evening tour of bustling Shanghai in a private convertible jeep. An expert will design a perfect 2-hour itinerary and offer tips on where to go and what to see in downtown Shanghai.

Overnight in Shanghai.

2

Shanghai

Begin the day at the stimulating Nanjing Road that is overflowing with colourful signs and crowds of locals and tourists alike. Stroll along the neighbouring streets and take in the local sights and sounds of this quintessential Asian metropolis.

Continue the Shanghai city tour experience at People’s Square, the former site of the Shanghai Racetrack. The delightful People’s Park situated at the heart of People’s Square is a great place to relax. The park has a small lake, a number of food stands and countless places to sit and enjoy the atmosphere.

From here, head to Shanghai Museum: one of China’s best museums for Asian artifacts. From the world’s foremost Chinese bronze collection and Qing Dynasty jade and furniture to Buddhist scriptures and Chinese artifacts spend ample time to explore this incredible collection.

Note: Shanghai Museum is closed on Mondays.

Continue on from the museum and head to the Jade Buddha Temple, Shanghai’s most well-known temple. Its famous jade statue was one of 5 such relics brought back from Burma by a monk from the island of Putuoshan.

Complete the day with a cultural art visit to M50 (50 Moganshan Road). Between M50 and Beijing’s 798 District, it is China’s street for contemporary arts. Enjoy plenty of free time to explore this industrial art complex.

Option: This food tour visits four eateries with a chance to taste over 12 authentic local dishes. Stop by small, family-run restaurants offering freshly handmade food prepared the same way over generations. The tour ends at a family-friendly local craft beer pub for a drink.

Overnight at Shanghai

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Shanghai

Option: See a different side of Shanghai today by vintage bike. Look beyond the modern skyline of Shanghai and discover the city’s rich, exotic traditions. Travel by vintage bike through quieter laneways and encounter scenes of daily life at every turn. Pedal through hidden neighbourhoods and stop often to be immersed in the local culture.

Begin the day by heading towards the French Concession: a symbol of a time when Western powers were accorded many privileges. Particularly of note is Fuxing Park, where the Chinese practice their daily morning exercise rituals.

After exploring the park, wander on along the surrounding roads, admiring colonial homes which have now been transformed into restaurants, bars and different boutique stalls.

Wander on towards Xintiandi, an entirely renovated area that is considered one of the liveliest parts of the city. Conclude the walk at Tianzifang, a maze of alleyways full of restaurants, boutique stalls and small, authentic art galleries.

Conclude the walk in the Old Town with its few remaining lively lilongs (which are like the hutongs found in Beijing). The Old Town also houses the famous Yu Yuan Gardens, a superb example of the art of Chinese garden landscaping, particularly common in this region.

Before heading back, pay a visit to the local bazaar, where visitors and locals come to haggle. It’s a perfect chance to buy some souvenirs before departure the following day. Alternatively, take a rest at the Huxinting tea house, located at the centre of the lake opposite the Yuyuan Park; one of the most famous tea houses in China.

Option: Enjoy an ERA evening show, one of the most popular evening entertainments in the city. On stage for 6 years, ERA is a multimedia odyssey whose inspiration is a direct result of the combination of traditional Chinese acrobatic arts and modern technology. (Note: closed on Mondays)

Overnight in Shanghai

4

Shanghai - Taipei

Option: From art-deco villas to towering skyscrapers to stately colonial hotels, Shanghai’s skyline is as intriguing as its history. Join a local expert for an architecture-focused walking tour of either the French Concession or the Bund or the Jingan neighbourhood and get a better understanding of the city’s past, present and future.

Before leaving Shanghai, old meets new on this morning discovery tour. Visit the famous Bund and step back into the 1930s when European influences came flooding into traditional, culture-rich China. Travel across the river to Pudong and be vaulted into a 21st century landscape of gleaming modern skyscrapers.

Start this half-day Shanghai tour at the Bund, arguably China’s most famous walkway. Learn about the concessions granted to the British, Americans and French along this riverside stretch in the 1930s. Until the 1950s the area flourished and was home to financial institutions, international consulates, a newspaper, hotels and trading houses. Walk past these historical buildings, seeing how international influences impacted the Chinese architecture at that time. Hear how the Bund was abandoned during the Chinese civil war and then restored to its former glory through a succession of restoration projects.

After capturing impressions of the past, it is time to move to the present. Take the Bund Sightseeing Tunnel across the Huangpu River to Pudong. Although only a short journey, the Pudong district will feel like an entirely new world.

Not long ago Pudong was a marshy area with more buffalos than buildings. But the area has emerged as one of Asia’s most important business centres and is still growing at an incredible rate. Walk through the streets, looking skyward to see the tips of the modern skyscrapers. Listen to the guide share his memories of Pudong and his impressions on the changing landscapes of Shanghai. Venture onwards through the Lujiazui neighbourhood, home to China’s most famous buildings. See the Oriental Pearl TV Tower, Jin Mao Tower and Shanghai Tower. Shanghai Tower is 632 meters tall with 121 floors above ground and 5 floors underground, it becomes the tallest and largest building in China. Can take its super high speed elevator to its 118th floor observation terrace and enjoy a panoramic view of the city.

After this glimpse into modern Shanghai, transfer to the airport for the flight to Taipei.

Upon arrival, be greeted by the tour guide on arrival at Taoyuan International Airport and be transferred to the hotel for check-in.

Spend the rest of the day at leisure.

Overnight in Taipei.

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Taipei

After breakfast, be picked up by the guide and driver for a tour of well-known spots in Taipei City.

The first stop is one of the most-visited museums in the world – National Palace Museum. This museum houses nearly 700,000 pieces of ancient Chinese artworks over multiple dynasties. Beside the permanent exhibits, there are temporary exhibits from time to time. The Southern Branch of the National Palace Museum in Chiayi City was established in 2015, aimed to balance cultural resources between north and south of Taiwan.

After lunch (own arrangements), this tour continues with a visit to Dalongdong Cultural and Historical District, including Pao An Temple and Taipei Confucius Temple, which are located next door.

Pao An Temple is a Taiwanese folk temple built in the early 19th century, which also won the UNESCO Asia-Pacific Awards for Cultural Heritage Conservation in the year of 2003.

The Taipei Confucius Temple is modeled after the original Confucius Temple in Qufu, Shandong Province of China. Among the Confucius temples in Taiwan, Taipei's is the only one adorned with southern Fujian-style ceramic adornments. Every year on September 28, a ceremony with traditional music and stylized dancing is held at the temple in honor of Confucius.

Next, enjoy a nostalgic walk along Dadaocheng Dihua Old Street. This historic area prospered during the 19th century from the export of Taiwanese tea. Today, the young generations bring diversity of different cultures into this old town, integrate the old and new lifestyle and make it a stunning blend: the hipster coffee shops, the modernised handicraft shops…

After that visit one of the oldest night markets in Taipei – Ningxia Night Market. Here have a great opportunity to taste of different types of authentic street foods, such as oyster omelets, minced pork rice, taro cake and many more to fill the appetite

After dinner, be transferred back to the hotel.

Overnight in Taipei

6

Taipei

After breakfast, be picked up by the tour guide and driver from the hotel and continue to discover the  charm of the old city and the metropolitan area.

Today the first stop is Longshan Temple. Found by the immigrants from Fukien in 1738, this ancient temple was built to dedicate the Buddhist Goddess of Mercy (Kuan-in in Chinese). The most well-known about this temple is that the statue of Kuan-in has survived the bombing during the air raid in 1945.

After that we will take a walk along Wanhua Herb Alley, which is just around the corner from Longshan Temple.

It is a small alley with shops that sell all types of herbs for more than 100 years. Do not miss the opportunity to try some Chinese herbal drinks!

Then we will drive past Presidential Office, a baroque-style building built in the 1910s. It is also a symbolic landmark and historical site in Taipei City.

The next stop is Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall, an impressive monument in memory of President Chiang Kai-shek. Surrounded by white walls with blue-tiled roof, the park contains an archway, a museum, a square, and a garden.

After lunch (own arrangement), visit the eastern part of Taipei City, also the busiest commercial district in Taiwan. The first stop is Songshan Culture & Creative Park. The park was initially constructed in 1937 as a tobacco factory under the Japanese government. The factory ceased to produce cigarettes in 1998, but in 2001, it was converted it into a park comprising historic sites and urban architecture. 

The last stop before dinner is Taipei 101(formally known as 101 Taipei Financial Center Corp.). This skyscraper was once the tallest building in the world, about 508m tall, with an observatory deck on the 88th, 89th and 91st floor. Before dinner, enjoy panoramic night view of the city.

After dinner, be transferred back to the hotel.

Overnight in Taipei

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Leaving Taipei

After breakfast, enjoy some time at leisure before check-out and transfer to Taoyuan International Airport for the onward flight.

Important Information

Our services include:

  • Accommodation in selected hotel
  • Meals as mentioned (B= Breakfast, L= Lunch, D= Dinner).
  • English speaking guide without shopping
  • Tours and transfers as mentioned by private air-conditioned vehicle
  • Entrance fees for mentioned visits

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  • Other meals than mentioned
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  • International and Domestic Flights
  • Laundry, telephone calls and expenditure of a personal nature
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