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See Shanghai in a day? Even though many visitors on organized tours do, we don't recommend it. While the city may lack the large-scale palaces and awesome sights of Beijing, Shanghai is one of the most exciting cities in the world right now, and requires at least 2 or 3 days to soak in its unique vibe and energy. Still, if a day or two is all the time you have, we want to help you make the most of it with a ready-made itinerary that allows you to have an unforgettable trip.

While Shanghai's sights are scattered around town, the one-day highlights are clustered together, sparing visitors the need to fight Shanghai traffic. The second day takes in Shanghai's lesser-known but no less delightful sights on both land and water. For those staying a third day, we suggest an overnight trip to nearby Hangzhou (or a day trip to Suzhou or one of the water villages in the Yangzi River delta).

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.