One-day VIP Shanghai Highlights Tour with Water Village

A trip to see both old and new Shanghai by visiting Zhujiajiao Water Village, the wolrd-World Financial Center and the Bund

“This is a one-day trip that combines both modern and romantic elements in Shanghai. Enjoy a panoramic view of the whole city from the World Financial Center, take a leisurely boat around Zhujiajiao, and wonder along the Bund which is the symbolic of colonial Shanghai. Pack up your bags and let’s go!”

David Deng, the product manager of Trippest

Reasons for booking this tour

Experience tranquil water town life at Zhujiajiao Water Village.

Get a bird’s-eye view of the city standing on the one of the tallest building of 101 floor at World Finance Center.

Enjoy authentic Shanghai local food at Zhujiajiao Water Village.

Professional and friendly English-speaking trip leader.

Mini groups with no more than 6 travelers to ensure a better tripexperience, no shopping, no time-wasting at all.


Know before you go

Suitable time for the trip: this trip is suitable for travellers all year round.

Suitable group: this trip is suitable for all age range.

Friendly to disabled: we could provide wheelchair for disabled people if needed and all the attractions are friendly to disabled.

Group Size: this is a mini group tour with no more than 6 persons in the group.

Dressing Code: Casual, suggest wearing comfortable clothes and shoes with sun glasses.

Tipping Notes: it is not required to tipping but it would be a great encouragement for them if you give CNY 50 -100 to your guide and driver if you are satisfied with their services.

Pick-up and Drop-off Area: The pick-up and drop-off area should be within the middle ring road of Shanghai. For further distance an extra cost might be added for the transfer that you'll be notified by your travel advisor.

Trip Route Map

Hotel pick-up → Drive to Zhujiajiao Water Village

Your guide and driver will be waiting for you in the morning at around 8:00AM – 8:30AM at your hotel lobby and you’ll be picked up and drive to the start point of our journey-Zhujiajiao Water Village.

As we mentioned Zhujiajiao Water Village is one of the four famous historical and cultural towns in Shanghai. This exploration lasts about 2 hours.

Good to know:

  • How can I know my pick-up time? For detailed pick-up time and your guide information you can simply find it at: The information will not be updated until the day before your trip date. If you failed in getting the information, please call Trippest at +86-13910694045.

Visit Zhujiajiao Water Village

This famous ancient water town-Zhujiajiao is often compared to the “Venice of Shanghai”, and a bright pearl in Dianshan Lake. And it is also one of the four famous historical and cultural towns in Shanghai.

A boat trip is the best way to explore the town. There are dozens of two or three-storey houses with black tile and whitewashed wall on both sides of the waterway. See for yourself the hustle and bustle of life of the local people living by the canals, which is colorful and very interesting as you glide by.

Three Must-visit Sights:

Your tour guide will help you explore three carefully-selected places along the waterway, recommended by our insiders.

  1. Kezhi Garden: “Kezhi” means “study plants”. It is also called Ma’s Garden, and it is the largest manorialgarden architecture in Zhujiajiao.
  2. Qing Dynasty Post Office: it is the first post office in modern China. And it is also the place where China's first set of stamps –The Large Dragon Stamps come into being.
  3. Fangsheng Bridge: it is the largest stone arch bridge in Shanghai and in the South areas.

Lunch in the water village with a great view

Stop at our well-selected local restaurant and have a rest and grab a bite of someenjoyable local Shanghai dishes. The restaurant has an excellent waterway view. Open the window on the second floor and you will have a nice view of the weeping willow trees swaying in the wind, gondolas gliding along the waterway, and local life in the village.

Visit the World Financial Center

In the afternoon, you'll travel 1 hour by car to the World Financial Center and go up to the 100th floor for spectacular views of the city.

It is the world's tenth tallest building (492 m), and the fifth tallest in Mainland China [2016]. The 100th floor has a viewing gallery 55 meters long — the third highest observation deck in China, after the Canton Tower and Shenzhen IFC, and fourth highest in the world (the Burj Khalifa's is highest) [2016].

As one of the most popular attractions in Shanghai, the World Financial Center receives many tourists every day. Usually people have to stand in a queue for at least half an hour! Your tour guide will buy the tickets on-line in advance so that you will NOT need to stand in a boring long queue.

In order to save your time and improve your experience, we have researched the best time of the day to be 1:30 in the afternoon for 3 reasons: less people, brighter sunlight, and better views, especially on poorer air quality days.

Walk the Bund

Finally we head to our last scenic spot-the Bund. There are many buildings on both sides of the Bund, and you can feel the strong contrast between the old and new buildings in the east and in the west. Walking through the Bund, you can see a lot of boats galloping on the Huangpu River and the towering Oriental Pearl TV Tower not far away.

Return to Your Hotel or Onward Transport

This is for the day, your guide and driver will transfer you back to your hotel for about 1/2 hours. If you need to catch a flight or a train after the tour we are more than happy to help you arrange it. Please click here to book the airport transfer for your onward flight.

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* Please Note: The peak season includes the following dates: 29/Apr/2017 - 01/May/2017, 01/Oct/2017 - 08/Oct/2017, 30/Dec/2017 - 01/Jan/2018, 15/Feb/2018 - 22/Feb/2018. Other dates are indicated as shoulder season.

Seasons Adult (age 12+) Child (age 2 – 11) Infant (age < 2)
Shoulder Season * $99 USD $89 USD Free
Peak Season * $109 USD $99 USD Free

Price Include:

  • Admission to Zhujiajiao Water Village, Kezhi Garden,Qing Dynasty Post Office and Fangsheng Bridge.
  • A gondola tour in Zhujiajiao.
  • Admission to the World Financial Center.
  • A walk tour to the Bund.
  • Transport between attractions, including pickup and return to your hotel (within the middle ring road of Shanghai).
  • English-speaking expert local guide.
  • Set-menu lunch at a local restaurant in the water village.

Price Exclude:

  • Airport transfer. Click here to book airport transfer service. (price from 18 USD p/p.)
  • Your personal expenses.
  • Hotel accommodation.
  • Gratuities to your tour guide & driver (usually CNY 50 - 100 per person). It is not compulsory but would be a great encouragement for them.

Cancellation Policy for Trippest Shanghai Tours

  • If we are not able to implement the services that we list in this trip due to war, flood, typhoon, fire, strikes, storm, earthquake, or any other condition we are not able to foresee and avoid, we will inform customers at the first possible opportunity and offer the best possible solutions, and the final bill shall be settled based on the service we actually provide.
  • Up to 7 days before departure: 100% refund of all money paid, excluding penalties charged by hotels, railways, airlines, and PayPal, if applicable. All penalties will be itemized.
  • From 3 to 7 days before departure: 90% refund, excluding penalties charged by hotels, railways, airlines, and PayPal, if applicable. All penalties will be itemized.
  • Within 3 days before departure: no refund.
  • After the trip has commenced, we are unable to refund any amount for cancelled services due to non-participation, early departure, late arrival, or missed days on tours.
  • For groups of more than 10 people: The terms for cancellation may vary from case to case. Please ask your travel advisor regarding the cancellation policy for your group.

About Shanghai 72-Hour Visa-Free Transit Policy

  • Citizens of certain countries who meet the criteria are allowed 72-hour visa-free transit via and travel in nine China cities including Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Chengdu, Chongqing, Xi'an, Guilin, Shenyang, and Dalian. Please make sure you have read the detailed Visa-free policies before you decide to take the Visa-free policy. And please keep in mind that Trippest does not take any resposibility for the risk or loss of customer who use the Visa-free policy.

Last Minute Booking of Trippest Shanghai Tours

  • All the bookings are required to be placed at least 48 hours in advance before your trip start so that we may have enough time to make the arrangement. However, it might be possible that there are several seats available with the last 48 hours. So please do make us a phone call at: +86-13910694045 to check the availability for the last minute booking.



Reviewed June 23, 2017

I was a little nervous to travel China as a young girl so I decided to book this tour and I am so happy I did! My guide William was friendly, knowledgeable and overall great. There were only a couple of us on the tour so it was personal as well. William was always offering to take pictures and share his knowledge on the Great Wall, Forbidden City and Tiananman Square. I would recommend this tour to anyone. :)

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Sig S

"Beijing Adventure"

Reviewed June 22, 2017

Amazing trip!! Tour guide Cactus, was outstanding! Exceeded my expectations. Not only visited the listed places but Cactus went over and beyond to show us additional things outside of the planned trip. Also picked great places to eat and it was important to her that we had private areas to eat at where we could hear and enjoy the small groups company. I would highly recommend requesting Cactus, on your adventure!!

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"Forbidden City"

Reviewed June 20, 2017

Jimmy was an excellent tour guide. He was on time, personable and extremely knowledgeable on China's history. We appreciated his VIP tour and his thoughtfulness of our group. He made sure our group was away from the crowds and allowed us to view the different sites with exclusivity. He is fluent in English and Mandarin allowing our visit to the Forbidden City to be so much better. Thanks Jimmy!!

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Daniel E

"Forbidden City & The Great Wall"

Reviewed June 23, 2017

Me and my girlfriends together with a family from Australia took part in this trip. We visited the Forbidden City and the Chinese Wall for one day. Our guide, Lucy Cheng, made this day fantastic. I really can recommend her, and this day trip. A nice day, with lots of laughs and nice things to see. //The Swedes

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"Wonderful experience"

Reviewed June 23, 2017

We had tour guide, Rico. He was amazing. His English was great and he was able to give a detailed history on all the places we went. The lunch was delicious and water was always on hand. Wish I could have had him for all my tours!

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Why Book With Trippest?

Go Local!

Experience the real local culture with a local guide!


No text-book recite but interesting and vivid stories and experiences behind every attraction.


Our guide and driver are knowledgeable and friendly! They are willing to serve you with their passion and enthusiasm.

Skip the lines!

Skip the lines at some major attractions (such as the Forbidden City) as a VIP guest!

Real Small Groups!

Our small groups are limited to Max. 6 persons to ensure a better experience and flexibility.

Time-smart Arrangement!

We make full research of each attraction in the itinerary to make sure you don't have to spend unnecessary time on the road.

Well-selected Restaurant!

We choose featured local restaurant where local people loved to taste the most authentic local food!

Comfortable & Safe!

Air-conditioned business car with GPS facilities, big windows, and ample space. Reliable licensed local driver with at least 5 years’ driving experience.

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